Voting Boundaries are set to be Drastically Changed for the General Election in 2020

The Boundary Commission has called for comments on initial proposals for major changes to the boundaries of the Meriden Constituency where the sitting MP is Dame Caroline Spelman.

Hampton-in-Arden, Catherine-de-Barnes and Barston could become part of the new constituency of Chelmsley Wood and Solihull North, which would also include the Elmdon and Lyndon Wards of the current Solihull constituency and the Birmingham city ward of Sheldon.  The Commission is also suggesting that Knowle, Meriden and Balsall Common should become part of a new Coventry West and Meriden Constituency.

You can find information about what is being proposed and make comments on line at (follow the link ‘West Midlands Initial proposal report’).

Your Library Your Say – Community Engagement Event

Solihull MBC have organised a number of Community Engagement Events across the area to relay the results of the recent questionnaires about library services and to allow you to share your views about libraries and how you think services should be provided in the future.

The event in Hampton-in-Arden is taking place at the library on 4th November between 10am and 12.30pm.  Library users and non-users are welcome at these sessions. No booking required.

For more information on the sessions please contact Solihull MBC (0121 704 6958)

Shadowbrook Lane Traveller Site Public Enquiry

The planned Public Enquiry re-scheduled for July 2016 was again postponed.  This is now scheduled for November 29th at The George Hotel in Solihull town centre and is expected to last for four days.  The Parish Council website will be updated with details and any outcomes.

*Interested persons may attend or be represented and may give their views if allowed (at the Inspectors discretion). However, members of the public are advised to contact Solihull MBC on 0121 704 8082 should they wish to attend as numbers may well be restricted due to room size.

Catherine-de-Barnes Motorway Service Area (MSA)

There have been further delays to any decision on the MSA planning application.  Solihull MBC are awaiting a response from Highways England (regarding impacts on the M42 and local junctions). We do not expect any decision before January 2017.