Community News

Arden Tree Scheme – August 2020 – Free Trees Available

Solihull residents and local groups are invited to apply for free trees as part of a scheme to promote the planting of traditional native trees in the borough.

The Arden Free Tree scheme is run by Solihull Council in partnership with Birmingham Airport and is open to individuals or groups who would like to create hedgerows or small woodlands on their own land within Solihull.

The deadline for applications is the end of August and successful applicants will receive their free trees in time for the planting season (December – February).

The Attached Arden Free Tree Scheme Leaflet, provides further details about the scheme, including details about how you can apply for trees.

Campaign Against Cut to Opening Hours at Dickens Heath Library –

Dickens Heath Parish Council have shared the information below. Please support them in fighting against these cuts.

Big Hours Cut Proposed at Dickens Heath Library

Solihull Council have proposed the cutting of Dickens Heath Library opening hours by 26%, to just 14 hours per week, from 1st April 2020, bringing back the September 2019 plans that the Parish Council successfully opposed and were deferred at that time. The Parish Council was especially disappointed as only last April their Offices were sold, the mortgage paid off, and they co-located into the 1st Floor of the Library as a cost saving partnership for us both. This move had been long in arranging and was aimed at safeguarding the Community Library with the Parish Council now paying 45% of the building’s expensive running costs. The proposal to then reduce Library opening hours came as a huge disappointment and strong representations were made, supported by Cllr. Ken Hawkins, leading to the plans in the Library Review being further deferred by Cllr. Rolf, on 27th January, until June for further local consultation.

We now need Community Action to support our Dickens Heath Library Campaign – here’s how:

  • At the next Parish Council Meeting there are two Senior Solihull Council Officers – Kate Bunting (Libraries) and Alyson McGrory (Asst. Director) – attending to explain the proposals and hear the Parish Council/Community Views.  To “REVERSE THE PROPOSED CUT IN OPENING HOURS” – Public attendance at 7.15pm on Tuesday 11th February at the Library would greatly help. 
  • To Sign the Petition to support the Parish Council at our stand at the Food & Craft Market at the Village Hall 10.00am to 12.00noon on Saturday 8th February (note this is a new time for the Craft & Food Market this month only). A copy of the petition to Solihull Council available on Dickens Heath Parish Council’s webs (Click Here), in case any concerned residents would like to collect signatures from family or friends etc. and return to Dickens Heath Parish Council c/o Dickens Heath Library by 22nd February.

 

  • Ken Hawkins has also now set up an online petition against the proposed cuts which can be completed on line and is available by clicking HERE

 

  • Email personal representations direct to Cllr Alison Rolf, the Cabinet Post Holder, at Solihull Council at alison.rolf@solihull.gov.uk

The Proposed New Opening Hours are – Monday 2.00pm to 5.00pm (cut 1 hour) Tuesdays Closed (cut 3 hours) Wednesdays Closed (as now) Thursdays 10.00am to 1.00pm & 2.00pm to 6.00pm (1 hour increase) Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm (cut 2 hours)

We say it makes little sense to have a costly Library building as a public asset open for just 14 hours a week, particularly given that the Parish Council is now sharing the use and costs.

Address: Dickens Heath Library, Old Dickens Heath Rd, Dickens Heath, B90 1SD

Tel:          07772 469271

Email:      dickensheathpc@hotmail.com

Website:  www.dickensheathpc.org.uk

Your Solihull Winter 2019 – Magazine for Residents

Your Solihull Winter 2019 – Magazine for Residents, which is produced by Soluhull MBC can be found by clicking HERE.

The magazine contains lots of useful information includinging:-

  • Recycling and rubbish – Christmas collection arrangements.
  • Darker Nights / Lock up & Lights On – Police advice.
  • Details of events taking place in Solihull.

Community Wellbeing Services

From 1st April 2019 the Community Advice Hubs, delivered by Age UK Solihull, will sit at the heart of the new Community Wellbeing Services.

 

The Hub provides universal information, advice and support to all adult residents of Solihull and carers of Solihull residents. Some services such as Direct Payments and Benefits will be available to children and young adults.

 

To find out more about the Community Advice Hub, including the services that they provide, please click here.

Superfast broadband in your area – information for Tidbury Green – provided By CSW Broadband

CSW Braodband has provided the attached information, which provides details of the areas that the CSW Broadband Project has been upgraded within our local area. 

CSW advise that the purpose of this information is to raise awareness, particularly amongst residents within the parish who may not be aware that they may be able to order a superfast broadband service.  

As well as providing information on the coverage in your area, the content attached also provides residents with information on the benefits of superfast broadband and information on how to order an improved service.

Braggs Farm Lane Prohibition of Driving Proposal – October 2018

SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL

The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull (Braggs Farm Lane, Dickens Heath)
(Prohibition of Driving) Order 2018.

The Council proposes to make this Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended, and all other enabling powers. The draft Order and reasons for making it can be obtained by written request from the address below; or by visiting Solihull Connect, Library Square, Touchwood, Solihull during normal opening hours or via www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-travel-roads/roadworks-and-restrictions/tros To support or object to the above Order, please write to Mr L Stevenson, Resources Directorate, at the address below stating the reasons by no later than 9 November 2018.

 

The proposals are:

Proposed Prohibition of Driving -Braggs Farm Lane – from a point approximately 500 metres south east of its junction with Rumbush Lane in a south easterly direction for 10 metres.

Exemptions: Emergency Service vehicles, vehicles used in connection with gaining access to land fronting Braggs Farm Lane. Standard exemptions for utility companies and other works on the road.

ASHLEY PRIOR
Head of Highway Services
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB
19 October 2018

 

Further details can be found on the attached Statement of Reason and the Plan.