Parish Office and Council Meetings

Did you know that you can still visit the Parish Office – it is currently open by appointment only.  And… you can also attend our Parish Council meetings online!  The Parish Clerk, Julie Barnes, is available to assist with any issues or concerns by both telephone and email (01675 442 017, and will happily advise you how to attend our next meeting on the 11th November should you wish to.

Neighbourhood Policing Beat Surgery

Because of Covid restrictions it has not been possible to hold the regular surgery at Sandwiches @ No.6 on High Street for some time now and it is impossible to forecast when they might begin again. In the meantime any resident who has an issue which could require police advice is asked to contact our Clerk who will take up matters with the police on their behalf.

Sports Club – Oak Tree To Be Felled

As many residents will already be aware, particularly those who are members of the Sports Club, the club house is suffering from subsidence with the floor by the rear entrance and kitchen area sinking. After discussions with their insurers and thorough surveys being undertaken by experts, the Sports Club has been advised that the route of the problem is two large trees near to the club house – namely the large Oak Tree that everyone will be aware of and an Ash tree on the boundary with Shadowbrook Lane.  The insurance company have further advised the Sports Club that in order for them to fund the repairs and more importantly to continue to provide insurance cover to the Club – which it obviously needs to continue to operate – both of these trees will need to be felled.

Being the Landowner, the Parish Council has been part of all the discussions and like the Sports Club feels it have no option but agree to the insurance company’s experts’ recommendations. Rest assured we have queried the recommendations of the surveys and questioned if there were any alternative solutions – such as an engineering solution. We have however been advised not.  As a result, we regret that we have to inform residents we have had to agree to the felling of these two trees which is likely to happen in later October or early November.  We are though pleased to also advise The Sports Club have agreed to replace both trees at locations to be agreed with the Parish Council. 

Christmas Lights Switch On

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions it will not be possible to hold the planned switch on ceremony on Friday 4th December.  We had planned to hold an event similar to last years with Santa and his sleigh in attendance.  Whilst it is disappointing not to be able to hold these festivities, the lights will still be switched on in December to bring a little Christmas cheer to the village.

Inland Border Facility at Birmingham Airport

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced plans for the use of Car Park 6 at the airport as an inland border facility to provide customs and transit checks required for hauliers from 1st January 2021 when the Brexit transition period ends. The site, one of five in England, would act as a customs office for the starting and ending of transit movements of goods to and from the UK. It would include parking areas for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) and other vehicles as well as security measures and facilities to enable the checking of vehicles and goods entering and exiting the country. It is envisaged that the site will be able to process up to 1,000 HGV`s every 24 hours and will be operational from January 2021 until December 2022.

HMRC’s proposed use of the site will require special planning approval, which the Government is seeking under the requirements of a Special Development Order (SDO). Planning approval will be considered directly by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and will not be determined by Solihull MBC. Instead the Council and the Parish Council will be a consultee to this application. The initial period of consultation took place between 16th and 30th October 2020. More detailed information can be found on the following website:

Solihull Draft Local Plan Review – October 2020

On 6th October Solihull’s Full Council agreed Cabinets recommendation to accept the Draft Local Plan for consultation and subsequent submission to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. The plan covers the period 2021 to 2036. The consultation period will be 6 weeks and its likely to commence around the end of October. The Plan has significant implications for the Parish as a whole and in particular for Catherine de Barnes Ward where two sites have been allocated to take nearly 800 houses.  As things stand Hampton Ward has been allocated one site (the Arden Wood Shavings site for 100 home) and adjacent to this site, at the rear of 86 Meriden Road, another site again for 100 homes (this site is already with Solihull Council for consideration).  We urge residents to consider the plan and have your say! The draft plan as it stands can be viewed by visiting