M42 Junction 6 Improvement Scheme

Highways England (HE) announced the preferred route for the M42 junction 6 Improvement scheme on the 7th August 2017.  A ‘modified’ version of Option One has been agreed upon.  Further consultations will be held in both Hampton-in-Arden and Catherine-de-Barnes in the autumn to explain the outcome in more detail.  However, it should be noted that these improvements will not provide a short cut to Solihull and that drivers will not be able to leave the motorway going southbound or access the motorway going northbound.  No work on the junction is expected before 2020.  For further details please visit the HE website:  http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/m42-junction-6-improvement/

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum – You Said Yes!

We are delighted that residents have voted overwhelmingly in favour of our neighbourhood plan with 94.7% of voters answering ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do you want Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hampton in Arden to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’.  The voting figures were 399 in favour, 21 against with 1 rejected paper. The turnout was 27.4%.  We have made history – this is the first Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted in Solihull!

We can also announce that Solihull MBC agreed at a meeting held on the 10th August 2017 that, in accordance with regulatory requirements, the Hampton-in-Arden Neighbourhood Plan can now be formally “made”.  This means that the Neighbourhood Plan will be adopted and become part of the adopted Local Plan for Solihull. It will be used to assist Solihull Council in making decisions on development applications for the area for the next 10 years.

Where Have The White Lines Gone?!

Residents, and motorists in particular, may have noticed that following the recent resurfacing of Meriden Road most of the white line markings have not been replaced.  We have been advised by Highways department of Solihull MBC that this is to introduce a village “feel” and to encourage a sense of place and responsible driver behaviour.  They hope that this new initiative will have a positive effect on the speed of traffic as has been found elsewhere.  We will be monitoring this new arrangement closely.

Parish Boundary Change – A Proposal To Consider

Catherine-de-Barnes Residents Association (CdeBRA) recently asked the Parish Council to consider the possibility of increasing the Parish boundary to incorporate the whole of Catherine-de-Barnes (rather than just the area east of the Union Canal, which is currently included in the Parish).  The current boundary is considered arbitrary and unhelpful in determining issues affecting both villages. This was considered at a PC meeting and it was unanimously agreed to investigate further.

Solihull MBC have asked us to gather a petition as a representative sample of electors who support the proposal in both Hampton-in-Arden Parish and in Catherine-de-Barnes.  On submission Solihull MBC would instigate a Governance Review which would involve a consultation with all residents in both areas to establish the level of support for the initiative.  In order that the proposal can be fully understood by all concerned we will provide further information in September.   We will shortly publish details of the petitioning process on our website. However, in the meantime we will of course respond to any questions you may have (please email clerk@hamptoninarden.org.uk).