Demise of the Taxibus Service

As of the 5th September 2016 the Taxibus service was replaced by a new bus service (Number 89) provided by IGOBuses.  This is a scheduled bus service operating Monday to Friday from Solihull Town Centre (including Solihull Hospital) to Coventry via Berkswell and Heart of England School.  It operates three times daily.  It has the facility to roam up to three miles in Meriden and Balsall Common areas to serve various locations.  Passengers in these two areas call to request a service.  Passengers in non-roaming zones (including Hampton-in-Arden and Catherine-de-Barnes) can catch the service at normal bus stops, hailing buses in the usual manner.

Your Parish Council have met with Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM, the new Centro) to express our dissatisfaction over the demise of the Taxibus service and the fact that the new service does little to provide an adequate service to those who have mobility concerns in the way that Taxibus did.  In the light of there now being no Taxibus service we have asked TfWM to review the area of operation of the Ring and Ride service (which is currently unavailable to Parish residents) in order that residents in those villages can qualify for this service.  A further meeting has been arranged in early November.

An online petition has been organised by Dame Caroline Spelman on her website for the retention of Taxibus (https://www.carolinespelman.com/taxibus-petition-0).  We urge all residents to sign this petition.

In the meantime, we would like to hear from those who used the old taxibus service.  We would like you to give us details as to your regular journeys, frequency and pick up point. Please call / e mail the Parish Office asap with this information (see contact information below).

For more information about the Number 89 bus service (including timetables and fares) please visit the following website: www.igobuses.co.89/index.html

HS2 Ground Investigation Works

As some of you may be aware, ground investigation (GI) works for the construction of HS2 started at the beginning of September.  These are being undertaken on private land parallel to Diddington Lane.  The works are scheduled to continue into October 2016.

The High Speed Rail (preparation) Act 2013 permits the development of the design and the undertaking of works such as ground investigation.  Parliament is considering the Bill providing powers to construct HS2, and until the Bill becomes law, HS2 Ltd rely solely on consent from landowners to access land for GI works.  It should be noted that the Contractors completing the works are required to leave every site as they found it.

Works will take place between 8am and 6pm on weekdays (excluding bank holidays) and 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.

If you have a question about HS2 or the surveys, please contact the HS2 helpdesk on 020 7944 4908 or email to HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

A Warm Welcome to our New Parish Councillor – Vicky Woodall

Vicky Woodall was co-opted to the Parish Council in September 2016.  She has been a village resident for the past eight years and has two young sons at George Fentham School.  She is involved in a number of community groups, being particularly active in the HS2 Action Group.  We are delighted to have Vicky as a member of the Council and look forward to working with her going forward.

Mobile Library

The mobile library service brings books, audio books and other library services direct to people who cannot access community libraries. The service is free of charge and there are no charges for fines or reservations.  The nearest mobile library stop in Hampton-in-Arden is at Fentham Green.  Please see below for the timetable for this service:

  • Scheduled visits for 2016:  October 6th, October 27th, November 17th, December 8th & December 29th
  • Arrival time: 14.25
  • Departure time: 14.55

For more information call 01926 851031 or go to the Solihull MBC website: www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Libraries/homeandmobilelibraryservices