Parish Boundary Review (AKA Community Governance Review) – An Update

Following the end of the consultation on the Terms of Reference, Solihull MBC received 80 responses and 90% supported the proposal.  In the event that the Review is ultimately successful in achieving the Parish Council boundary extension, the whole of Catherine-de-Barnes will become part of an enlarged Hampton-in-Arden Parish.  Solihull MBC have now prepared draft proposals which were presented to and approved by the Governance Committee on the 18th January 2018.  A new consultation was launched on 31st January.  This new consultation takes the form of three questions/proposals.  These three questions are shown on our website along with a form you and print and email or post back to Solihull MBC (

Solihull MBC and the Parish Council are keen for the outcome of this Review to encompass the broadly held views of the residents of the affected areas.  If you have a clear interest in this review or are impacted by its outcome as a resident, Solihull MBC would like to hear your views and invite submissions and comments in response to the questions posed by the deadline of 15th April 2018.

Road Safety and Traffic Calming

We have submitted an updated Road Safety and Traffic Calming Report to Solihull MBC Highways.  We met with Ward Councillors and Officers on 1st February 2018 to discuss this Report and agree a way forward.  The updated Report is available for view on the Parish website with Meriden Road identified as the priority area.  We are hopeful than funding for this priority area will be found either locally or through the HS2 Road Safety Fund.  Solihull MBC will receive approximately £2.5 million as their share of this fund for works within the Borough and we actively seek a proportion of this fund for Hampton.   We will keep you updated on progress but if you have any comments in the meantime, please contact the Parish Council or Councillor Ken Blanch.

Crime In The Parish – An Update

We are pleased to report that there has been a very positive response to the appeal made in the last Newsletter for volunteers to join the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and assist with Community Speed Watch. A number of residents have offered their services and an initial meeting with the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the small number of current Coordinators took place on 5th February. Residents will be contacted by the new volunteers if their road is to be included, to explain how the scheme operates and what they can do to help in the fight against crime.   There is, unfortunately, a further delay in the reintroduction of Speed Watch due to police resources but it is hoped that this will happen shortly.  For more information or to volunteer for Neighbourhood Watch or Speed Watch please contact Julie Barnes, our lovely Clerk (contact details at the bottom of the Newsletter), and she will put you in touch with the relevant people.

Brown Recycling Bins – Is Yours Split?

We are aware that many brown bins in the village have split.  Solihull MBC have informed us that there was a manufacturing fault with the original bins and this has resulting in many of the bins splitting down the sides.  As such Solihull MBC will replace them free of charge.  Please call 0121 704 8000 to report the problem and Solihull MBC will arrange for delivery of a replacement bin and collect your damaged one.