Church Clock – Back To Chiming Soon!

Many residents will have missed the chiming of the church clock which has developed a fault in the winding mechanism. The clock is nearly 130 years old so it is clearly showing its age. The clock, known as a Turret Clock, was installed in 1891 by A. H. Leeson and Sons of Coleshill who specialised in clocks for public buildings and especially churches. We are pleased to report that fortunately repairs are in hand and we should be hearing the “dongs” again shortly!

Christmas Tree Lights!

We are happy to announce that this year there will be an illuminated Christmas tree on Hampton Village Green! Donations from the Parish Council, Solihull MBC, the Hampton Society and the Hampton Festival Committee will fund the decoration of an existing fir tree near to the War Memorial with coloured lights over the Christmas period.

Switch on of the lights will take place at 6.00pm on Friday 6th December (following the Christmas Fair at George Fentham School). We will keep you posted via noticeboard, the website and Facebook!

Planning Matters

Solihull Council is the Local Planning Authority and the Parish Council, as a Statutory Consultee, continues to review and, when considered necessary to respond to, every planning application affecting land or property in the Parish area. Most applications are relatively straightforward and non-controversial being for house extensions, tree works and the like. However, occasionally there are applications for new developments or applications which may be contentious which are referred to the Planning Sub-Committee who will decide an appropriate response by either objecting, supporting or commenting on the application. Planning applications can be viewed on Solihull Councils Planning Portal at www.solihull.gov.uk

Traffic Calming and Road Safety

Residents may recall that in June this year we installed temporary traffic counters in Hampton-in-Arden (on the High Street and Meriden Road). These recorded both traffic volumes and speeds. The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed two new counters in Catherine-de-Barnes (on Lugtrout Lane and Hampton Lane). These have now been removed and we are awaiting the results. We will then have the data required to reinforce our traffic calming plans throughout the Parish.

With the high traffic volumes (and speeds) through the two villages in the Parish, there is now a greater need to also clamp down on illegal and inappropriate parking. With this in mind the Parish Council will be holding discussions with the police to agree future actions such as the issuing of warning notices to offenders. We will keep you posted!

Thanks a Bunch!

The Parish Council has been generously gifted over 500 daffodil bulbs by the Rosebourne Garden Centre (located on the Kenilworth Road). The Parish Council was keen to involve young people in the village in planting the bulbs and the local Beavers group helped to plant a large number of bulbs at the Recreation Ground at the end of October. The children at George Fentham School will also be helping plant these bulbs on the borders of the school playing field at the beginning of November.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Rosebourne Garden Centre for the bulbs and for helping to make the village a brighter place…. we’re looking forward to seeing them pop up in the spring!