Recreation Ground Car Park Flooding

As many residents are aware, the recreation ground car park was severely flooded in March.  It has been discovered that a Victorian era (or earlier) brick culvert into which the car park drainage is connected and which should discharge into Shadow Brook has either collapsed or is blocked (most likely both) which is the cause of the flooding.  This also explains why a large area beyond the Scout and Guide hut is often waterlogged.  The culvert is no longer fit for purpose and as such the Parish Council has arranged for the essential repair work to be completed.

A new drainage pipe (and associated oil and sediment interceptor tank) will be installed to run alongside the hedge behind the Scout and Guide hut to emerge in front of the equipment shed and then run between the footpath and hedge to connect to an existing redundant but serviceable drain on George Fentham Trust land.  This drain, which discharges into the Shadow Brook, used to be part of the sports field land drainage system but became redundant when the new pond was constructed.  Two trees will need to be removed as part of these essential works.

Work will begin at the end of April and is not expected to be too disruptive and access to the car park and the recreation ground should not be compromised.  For health and safety reasons, all works areas will be clearly marked and fenced off.

Planning News

The Solihull MBC Planning Committee has now refused the planning application for 12 affordable homes on Green Belt land off Old Station Road:

Residents may also be aware that planning applications have now been submitted to Solihull MBC for both the Continuing Care Retirement Village at Oak Farm in Catherine-de-Barnes and for 45 residential properties on land off Corbetts Close (the old cricket pitch).  The Parish Council will be responding to both applications in due course.  However, should residents wish to express opinions on one or both proposals, the applications can be viewed on Solihull MBCs website (

Brown Recycling Bins – Is Yours Split?

We are still seeing many brown bins around the village that 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.

Village Festival

We can confirm that the Village Festival will be held between Friday 29th June and 1st July.  Make sure to pop the dates in your diary!  Keep checking out the Festival website for more information –

Village Tidy Up – We Need Your Help!

Please don’t forget that we are holding our annual Village Tidy Up on the 23rd June between 9.30am and 11.30am.  We would be grateful for any volunteers willing to come and lend a hand to help give the village a spring clean. Please meet at Fentham Hall (next to the Beeches).  All equipment will be provided and there will be refreshments and a prize draw for all those who help out.