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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.

 

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.