Have You Noticed How Blooming Marvellous the Village is Looking?!

Train travellers amongst you may have noticed that there are now an extra two planters on the Birmingham bound platform at the station either side of the covered waiting area.  These were installed in June following discussions and agreement with West Midlands Trains and will be maintained by our local Gardening Club.  Residents may also have noticed the planter located by the Recreation Ground.  This was kindly planted by Jo Joyner who has also volunteered to maintain and water the bed.  The Parish Council wishes to thank everyone involved in supporting these projects.

An Early Reminder- Remembrance Day: Sunday 10th November 2019

Please could all residents please note that road access through the village will be severely restricted due to the Remembrance Day Parade and Service at the War Memorial on Sunday 10th November. 

The High Street, Meriden Road and around the Village Green will be closed to vehicular traffic between 10.30 am and 12 noon.  Access to and from the Sports Club will only be permitted from Catherine-de-Barnes Lane and Shadowbrook Lane west between these times.  No access will be permitted from the High Street.

Please also remember to advise any visitors that access will be restricted during the morning to allow a safe passage for the Parade and its dispersal after the service.  Notices and road signs will be displayed throughout the previous week.

Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety – A Decision From HS2

We are sad to report that HS2 Ltd has confirmed that our application to the Community Fund for traffic calming measures through the village has been unsuccessful.  Whilst this is disappointing news all is not yet lost.  HS2 have a Road Safety Fund which has been divided up between the various Local Authorities along the route and, in our case, will be managed by Solihull MBC.  We will be holding meetings with Solihull MBC officers in the forthcoming weeks to discuss and agree the next steps.  Watch this space!

Dog Fouling

The Parish Council is receiving regular complaints about dog poo being simply left on the ground. In addition, we are getting reports of dog waste bags being used but then not being put into one of the many bins we provide and instead being left on the floor or hung in hedgerows.  It is extremely disappointing to receive these complaints. We are a Parish of dog lovers and it would be wonderful if every dog owner could be responsible in maintaining the open spaces where our four-legged friends are exercised to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of these areas can continue.

To try and combat this issue, the Parish Council is going to purchase a further bin and bag dispenser (location to be confirmed but likely to be near the Under 7’s play area at the Recreation Ground). Please make use of these facilities and help to keep our village a lovely place to live.

N.B. a big thank you to all the dog owners that DO use the dog bags and bins provided!

Overhanging Vegetation – A Request

After all of the warm and wet summer weather we have been having recently the hedgerows and plants in the village have been growing like mad!  Therefore, please could we remind all residents to cut back any vegetation that belongs to them that encroaches onto footpaths. This is particularly important along the narrow footpaths next to the High Street.  Thank you in advance.

The Village Tidy Up

On 23rd June we carried out our annual Village Tidy Up.  We had a group of dedicated volunteers who worked hard to collect plenty of rubbish from around the village.  A big thank you to everyone who took part – and to Solihull MBC for supporting the event by providing equipment and collecting the rubbish at the end!

Our local Beavers group also carried out a mini Village Tidy Up at the Recreation Ground – they spent about an hour collecting litter and they did a fantastic job!  Thank you to our young litter collectors for their efforts!

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