A Fond Farewell – John Doidge Leaves the Parish Council

John has recently resigned from the Parish Council as he and wife Margaret have moved to Earlswood. John and Margaret came to live in the village in 1995 and he became a Councillor in 2010.  John has always been very active in Council affairs: he chaired the Planning Sub-Committee and was instrumental in the preparation and writing of our Neighbourhood Plan.   John became a key member of the HS2 Working Group and gave evidence to Scrutiny Committees in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and has regularly attended meetings with Solihull MBC on behalf of residents.

John was Vice Chair of the Hampton-in-Arden Society and has recently accepted the position of President which will enable him to maintain a close relationship with the village.  We sincerely thank John for his support and contribution to the work of the Council and wish him and Margaret every happiness in their new home.

Parish Councillor Vacancies

Are you interesting in giving back to our Community? Would you like to get involved with helping to preserve and protect our village?  If yes perhaps you should consider becoming a Parish Councillor.  The Parish Council currently has two vacancies and wishes to co-opt new Councillors to serve until the local elections in May next year.

To be eligible you should be at least 18 years of age, be a British Citizen, an eligible Commonwealth Citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union and meet one of the following four qualifications:

  1. Be on the Parish electoral roll;
  2. Have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Parish area for at least 12 months;
  3. A main or only place of work during for at least 12 months in the parish area; and/or
  4. Have lived in the Parish area or within three miles of it for at least 12 months.

Applications are welcome from any residents wishing to take a more active role in local matters and who wish to make a greater contribution to community affairs.  For more information and an informal chat please contact Julie Barnes, the Parish Clerk whose contact details are at the bottom of Page 1 of this Newsletter.

Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming in the Village

The latest proposals for traffic calming and road safety were shown at the Village Festival and attracted a lot of interest and generated a lot of discussion – most of it positive!   Our thanks to all who contributed and also to Solihull MBC Highways who prepared the drawing for us.

Your Parish Council will now finalise the overall plan in co-operation with Solihull MBC Highways, and prepare a new application for funding under the HS2 Community Fund for the priority section from the station to Diddington Lane.  We are limited to a maximum grant of £75k which will be sufficient to cover the priority section along Meriden Road.  This application will include a gateway entrance to the village, two new speed cushions, two raised speed tables and two additional crossing points.

Remembrance Day

A reminder that the Remembrance Day Parade this year will be held on Sunday 11th November.  This is a special year as it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

As in previous years the High Street will be closed for a short while in the morning to allow a procession from the church to the War Memorial. 

We are seeking additional volunteers to act as traffic marshals to ensure the safety of the procession so if you are interested please contact the Parish Council.

Proposed Extension To Parish Boundary

The final consultation regarding the extension of the Parish Boundary ended on the 31st August.  We now await the results!  The Governance Committee at Solihull MBC will make final recommendations (based on all the Consultation responses) in September 2018, for final approval by the Full Council in October 2018.

If approved, the final reorganisation order will be published by the end October 2018 and the new boundary (and all associated changes for the Parish Council) will become effective in April 2019.  We will keep you posted!