Parish Boundary Change Project

In order for Solihull MBC to undertake a Community Governance (Boundary) Review a petition of at least 187 signatures is required  from residents of both the existing Parish and the new proposed area.  Many of you over the last week or so have signed the petition and in total 260 signatures were obtained, over 100 of which came from residents on the Parish electoral roll.  Representatives of the Parish Council and Catherine-de-Barnes Residents Association delivered the Petition to Solihull MBC on the 12th October and they are now in the process of drawing up Terms of Reference which will be presented to the Governance Committee all being well on the 28th November.  This will be followed by a series of Resident Consultations which will probably commence at the turn of the year.

We will provide more information as and when we have it.

HS2 Construction and Wishlist

During the most recent HS2 Implementation Advisory Group meeting the HS2 Engagement Officer revealed the most up to date construction timeline.  It is now unlikely any construction will occur around Hampton in Arden until 2019.  Groundwork and environmental investigations will continue throughout 2018, but we should not expect any major disruptions.  While we are celebrating a slight reprieve, the downside of this is that it is also unlikely the contractors will carry out any community projects until 2019.

However, please feel free to continue sending ideas to us, via, but be aware that they will not be looked at by the contractors for at least a year.  Remember that any ideas need to be projects the contractors can carry out themselves, they are unable to pay for other work to be done.

Security of Recreation Ground car park

In response to growing concerns about unauthorised access to the Recreation Ground car park located off Shadowbrook Lane, especially by travellers, the Parish Council is to have height restricting barriers installed.  The work, to be carried out in November, will also include bunds and posts along the footpath access from the railway bridge and minor rearrangement of parking spaces.  The barriers will prevent access by large vehicles and vans but will be capable of being opened when the need arises.

Motorway Services (MSA) at Catherine-de-Barnes

Highways England have now withdrawn their opposition to this provided 4 lane running is installed. However, the application, together with the alternative site at Junction 4, has yet to be determined by Solihull MBC and we understand no date for a decision has yet been set.

M42/Junction 6 Improvements

‘Option One’ has been announced as the preferred route running north of Solihull Road and under Catherine-de-Barnes Lane to the Clock Junction.  There will be further local (resident) consultations by Highways England shortly on the more detailed design.