The Parish Boundary-  We Are Growing!

The results of the final consultation held in August are now in!  There were a large number of positive responses in support of the extension of the Parish Boundary, and as such, the Governance Committee at Solihull MBC met on the 24th September to approve the final proposals.  The Committee therefore made a recommendation to full Council to extend our Parish boundary to include the whole of Catherine-de-Barnes (through a Community Governance Reorganisation Order).  The Full Council unanimously approved this recommendation at a meeting on the 9th October.

The Parish boundary will extend to include the whole of Catherine-de-Barnes on the 1st April 2019. Full details are on the Parish Council’s website.

Meet Your New Councillors

Following the call made in the last Newsletter for two residents to fill vacancies on the Parish Council we are pleased to announce that Peter Green and Mike Hulme have been co-opted to serve as Parish Councillors until the local elections in May next year.

We are confident that both Peter and Mike will contribute fully to the work of the Council for the benefit of residents.

Village War Memorial

You may have noticed that the Memorial recently suffered more damage, possibly due to fair wear and tear, necessitating the replacement of some Portland stone. The work has been satisfactorily completed well in time for Remembrance Day on 11th November.

This year’s Remembrance Day is very significant as it marks the final year of the First World War centenary. In support of the Royal British Legions campaign to take part in a movement to say “Thank You” to the First World War Generation who served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation the Parish Council has donated a “Tommy” statue to stand alongside the village War Memorial.

Our “Tommy” is a near life size silhouette of a First World War soldier and has been placed close to the War Memorial and remain there for some time.  It is expected that many “Tommy`s” will appear in locations across the country.

Traffic Calming

The Parish Council held a very successful meeting with two officers from Solihull MBC Highways department.  They have agreed to submit an application to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund on our behalf and we are just finalising what parts of our Traffic Calming plan to focus on.

We will be unable to fund the entire plan with this money, so it is important to work out which pieces will work together to start slowing down the traffic and which pieces can be added at a later date.  We hope to have the bid submission finalised by mid-November and will let residents know then what we have planned.