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Have Your Say on Proposed Changes to Bus Services in Solihull

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) will be commencing consultation next week regarding a review of the financially supported bus services within the Solihull area. Many of the services are currently operated under the ‘Signature’ brand and have been in their current form for over 5 years. The contracts that are in place will be coming to an end in February 2019.

The consultation will be open from Monday 24 September, for a period of three weeks. TfWM are keen to ensure that residents and representatives of wards, groups and communities, have the opportunity to feed into this consultation and that they can capture as many views as possible from service users. As part of this TfWM will be holding a public exhibition in Solihull Town Centre (near to the former Maplins) on Wednesday 3 October from 9am until 3pm. They will also be conducting a number of on-bus and at-stop surveys over the coming weeks.

 

The public information for the consultation is attached, and the dedicated TfWM webpage, where people will be able to find more information and completed surveys,  can be accessed through: www.Networkwestmidlands.com/solihull

 

The best way for service users to provide their feedback about the proposals is through the consultation questionnaire. We encourage residents within Tidbury Green to complete the questionnaire, in order to help influence and inform the decisions regarding the network.

Further information can be found in the attached document.

Solihull SMBC Flood update – 15 August

Solihull SMBC Flood update – 15 August

Thank you to those residents who have been in touch with us since our last update. The further photographs, videos and information that we have received have been extremely useful.

In the past month, we have continued carrying out our investigations into the flood event in the Norton Lane, Fulford Hall Road and Rumbush Lane areas as follows:

  • We have inspected the highway drainage system in Fulford Hall Road and Rumbush Lane and updated our asset maps. Generally, the systems on both roads are in good condition but we are in the process of scheduling repairs to a few minor defects that we have found to ensure that the assets remain fit for purpose over the coming years.
  • As a result of our inspections we have been in touch with our colleagues at Severn Trent Water to ensure that their assets are inspected along Fulford Hall Road and Norton Lane.
  • We have completed the process of formally inspecting the various watercourses in the area and we should receive the results in the next week or so. As we previously stated, the results of the inspections will be shared with the relevant landowners, who will be asked to undertake any necessary works.
  • The detailed modelling work that we have commissioned is progressing well but more detailed measurements are required in some areas for us to accurately carry out the work. We will be contacting relevant landowners to arrange access where necessary.
  • We are currently inspecting the ditches on Fulford Hall Road and Rumbush Lane, mapping where they run and assessing what condition they are in. Where necessary we will be contacting the relevant landowners to arrange for works to be undertaken.

We will continue to update you when we have any new information, but in the meantime, if you do need to get in touch then please email drainage@solihull.gov.uk

Every One Remembered initiative – To remember those Commonwealth Service men and women who fell during World War One by the end of the centenary.

In 2014, we at The Royal British Legion were inspired by the words of a school child visiting a war cemetery in Belgium, she wrote to us and said “I know that not everyone can be remembered as individuals, but I felt it was a shame for some people to have dozens of poppies and crosses while others had no one left to remember them.”

 

Everyone Remembered is that place, where all 1.1million Commonwealth Service men and women who fell during World War One will be individually remembered, including any who died from war related injuries up to two years after the conflict ended.

 

You can leave your own unique commemoration on our website to one of the fallen. Individuals like Private John Edward Thompson, who died on 15th September 1914 aged just 18 years old: Private Charles Saxby Davies of the Canadian Infantry who fell aged 23; or Rifleman Bal Sing Gurung of the Gurkha 4th Rifles whose age remains unknown.

 

You can remember a family member, someone from your local area or any of the many still left to be remembered. You’ll be helping us create a lasting legacy and ensure that none who fell are forgotten. It only takes a minute to create a lasting legacy, by visiting: http://www.everyoneremembered.org/.

 

 

Flooding Update

Flooding Update

As requested at the meeting of Interested Parishioners, which took place on the 24 June 2018 the Parish Council shared the report produced by the Parish Council, which was based on the experiences and views of those Parishioners who were affected by the flooding on the 27 may 2018, with Nick page, CEO SMBC.

The Parish Council also requested Nick Page meet with with interested Parishioner to address their points and concerns detailed within the report.

Nick Page advised that he would meet with the Parish Council to discuss the matter.

On 12 July 2018, the Parish Council Clerk, Charlotte Kirby, The Parish Council Chairman, Cllr.Thomas, Cllr.Reohorn and Alison Gorman met with Nick Page, Deborah Merry and Ann Brereton of SMBC, to discuss all the key points included in the report.

During the meeting SMBC advised that:-

  • They are prioritising clearing any blocked drains.
  • They have commissioned work to be undertaken by RAB Consultants. This involves them walking and carrying out formal inspections of key ordinary watercourses in the affected areas, totalling approximately 10km in length.
  •  SMBC are completing various work to gather all available evidence to enable them to build up a complete picture of what occurred and potential factors that had an impact.
  • SMBC have also commissioned some modelling works to be completed.
  • Once all the investigations, research and evidence gathering has been completed, SMBC will produce a report of findings.  The initial findings are expected in October. These will be submitted to scrutiny board and the cabinet.

 

At the end of the meeting the Parish Council asked if Nick Page would attend a meeting with Interested Parishioners. Nick Page advised that he would consider the request. No response has yet been received.

 

 

Lowbrook Farm (Reserved Matters) – Application Submitted – Consultation Period Commenced

A Planning Application -PL/2018/01828/PPRM which is for Lowbrook Farm (Reserved Matters) has been submitted. The consultaion period for this planning application commenced on the 4th July 2018.
The deadline to respond to SMBC is the 25th July 2018.

The documents can be viewed at http://publicaccess.solihull.gov.uk/ by inserting the planning number into the Search Field.

SMBC Brown Recycling Bins Update – 25th July 2018

SMBC Brown recycling bins update

 

 

You may be aware that due to a fault some of our brown recycling bins are splitting. If your brown bin has split we’ll deliver a replacement free of charge and collect your damaged bin. You can report a split brown bin here.

 

Due to a higher than expected demand for replacement brown bins, it is currently taking longer than 20 working days to deliver replacements. 

 

We will deliver your bin as soon as we can – please accept our apologies for this delay.

 

Whilst you wait for a replacement, any household recycling can be placed in an alternative container such as an old recycling box, plastic container or a hessian/jute bag. If you don’t have any of these, you can pick up five clear sacks from your nearest Solihull Connect walk in centre, your local library, or Bickenhill Waste and Recycling Centre (from Friday).

 

Find out more here: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Rubbish-recycling/refuseissues/Split-Brown-Bin

Scam Alert & Rougue Traders

The following details of current scams has been received from Warwickshire County Council:-

Tax fraud arrests scam
A number of Warwickshire residents have reported bogus phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be HMRC. The callers attempt to scare residents by suggesting they have committed tax fraud and a warrant has been issued for their (the residents) arrest. They then demand the resident pays a fine/tax owed.

Bitcoin investment scams
A Warwickshire resident reported losing over £3000 after being cold called and offered an opportunity to ‘invest’ in Bitcoins via an online platform. The resident transferred the money which was then almost immediately withdrawn by the fraudsters.

Free solar panel ‘health check’
Owners of solar panels are warned to beware of letters and cold calls from bogus/high pressure companies offering solar panel ‘health checks’ that are in reality an opportunity to sell the resident highly priced and unnecessary warranties and additional solar panel equipment.

Bogus BT callers
Attempts are being made by fraudsters to obtain the banking details of Warwickshire residents by making calls falsely claiming to be BT and other telephone service providers. The fraudsters telephone unsuspecting consumers, claiming that their broadband speed is not as fast as it should be and offering them £200 refunds. They then ask for the individuals’ bank details to so they can ‘pay the money in’. In reality, bank details stolen in this way are used for criminal activity.

NEVER provide personal or financial information to people who cold call you, either over the phone or on the doorstep. You can’t tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep. Don’t buy goods/services/investments from cold callers.

Solihull MBC Flooding Update – 2nd July 2018

Solihull MBC – Flood update – 2 July

The update below was provided by Solihull MBC:-

Thank you to those residents who have been in touch with us since our last update. The additional photographs, videos and information that we have received have been extremely useful.

Since our last update, we have continued carrying out our investigations into the flood event and we have been looking into the various questions that many residents have raised with us so that we can provide initial answers.

Please find below an update on the specific actions that have been undertaken with regard to Norton Lane, Fulford Hall Road and Rumbush Lane:

  • We have inspected and cleansed our highway drainage assets along Norton Lane and found the system to be in good working condition. We will be looking at Fullford Hall Road this week in more detail.
  • We have made arrangements for watercourses in the area to be formally inspected. Work should commence next week and the results of the inspections will be shared with the relevant landowners, who will be asked to undertake any necessary works.
  • We have also begun commissioning some detailed flood modelling work that will make use of the various photos and videos that residents have sent to us, and help us better understand the causes of the flooding. From this work we will be able to establish what options may exist to mitigate the risk and impact of any future flood events and help inform any business cases for flood defence funding that we may submit.

We will continue to update you when we have any new information, but in the meantime, if you do need to get in touch then please email drainage@solihull.gov.uk