Community News

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.

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

Communication on Parish Council’s Response to local flooding issues

Thank you to all Parishioners who provided information and photographs of the extreme flooding that took place on Sunday 27 May and the devastating damage that it caused. The Parish Council have gathered, collated and analysed all the information provided.

As you are aware the Parish Council held a meeting for all interested Parishioners on Sunday 24th June 2018. Thank you to all of those who attended.

At the meeting the Parish Council presented our findings from the analysis work completed. We also consulted on the information that should be submitted to Solihull MBC and agreed how the community wish to progress this issue. The report to be submitted to SMBC, has been updated to reflect parishioner’s views and comments received from the consultation that took place at the meeting of the 24 June 2018.

 

This report (attached below) along with appendix A below which provides additional photographic evidence of the damage caused by the flooding, have been submitted to Nick Page, Chief Executive SMBC on the 27th June 2018. We have requested as resolved by Parishioners at the meeting that; following Nick Pages review and a site visit to Tidbury Height’s development that he should attend a meeting with interested parishioners to address the points and concerns raised.

The Parish Council are very grateful to Alison Gowman, the daughter of a parishioner seriously affected by the flooding, for completing a significant amount of investigation in relation to the flooding, for supporting local parishioners when the flooding occurred and for attending the meeting to deliver a  presentation in relation to the flooding and the findings of her investigations. This report is also attached below, along with the Approval Conditions and Atkins Flood Risk reports Assessments referred to within. This report has also been submitted to Solihull MBC.

 

We will update you once we receive a response from Nick Page, Solihull MBC.

 

Documents

Tidbury Green Parish Council – Flooding Report / Presentation- Submitted to Nick Page, SMBC – 27th June 2018

Appendix 1 – to the above Report – Providing additional photographic evidence of the damage caused by the flooding.

Alison Gowman – Flooding Report/ Presentation – Submitted to Nick Page, SMBC – 27th June 2018

Approval Conditions Referred to in Alison Gowman’s- Flooding Report/ Presentation

Atkins Flood Risk Assessment 1 – Referred to in Alison Gowma’s – Flooding Report/ Presentation

Atkins Flood Risk Assessment 2 – Referred to in Alison Gowman’s – Flooding Report/ Presentation

Atkins Flood Risk Assessment 3 – Referred to in  Alison Gowman’s – Flooding Report/ Presentation

Please Report Potential Suspicious Activity

Unfortunately we have heard of several burglaries and vehicle crimes within Tidbury Green and the local surrounding area. Please refer to the November 2017 and the August 2017 Parish Council Newsletters for tips on helping to secure your homes and helping to prevent vehicle crime.

Also if anyone calls at your home asking for someone that does not reside at your address, please get a clear description of the person and report it to police on 101.  It may be a totally legitimate mistake on the caller’s behalf, however there is a chance that this is part of the process to establish if anyone is at home, before committing a burglary.