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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

Planning Application – Tidbury Green Farm – Pub & Restuarant

Planning Application PL/2018/00235/PPFL for Tidbury Green Farm was received on the 29th January 2018. The proposal is for “Change of use of existing farmhouse, associated buildings and land from residential use (Use Class C3) to a pub / restaurant (Use Class A3/A4) with ancillary ,manager’s accommodation, and construction of extensions and associated works, including: formation of access and car parking; partial infilling of the pond; and hard and soft landscaping.”

The Consultaion End Date is the 19th February 2018. Associated documents can be viewed and comments can be made to Solihull MBC via the following link,  http://publicaccess.solihull.gov.uk/  and by inserting the above planning number.

Tidbury Green Parish Council objected to the proposal as detailed below:-

Tidbury Green Parish council object to the above application. This view is predominately based on the responses to a Survey of Parishioners in autumn 2017, which asked for their views of this development. The Survey summary is attached. The results were overwhelmingly opposed to this development.

In addition to the survey findings Tidbury Green Parish Councillors have also detailed reasons why they object to the proposal. These reasons can be found in the attached Appendix 1

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.

Brunning & Price Proposal – TGPC Survey Findings

Thank you to all parishioners who participated in the survey conducted by Tidbury Green Parish Council, to obtain Parishioners views regarding the proposal by  Brunning & Price, to develop the house and barn at Tidbury Green Farm, with enlargements, into a licenced eatery. We received 56 response allowing us to draw some quality conclusions. Results of the survey can be found below.

Please Click Here to View the Report of Findings

Joint Police And Community Speed Watch Operation

On the 13th June 2017 the Rural Neighbourhood Police Team in Partnership with Tidbury Green Community Speedwatch Volunteers,carried out a Speed Enforcement Check in Norton Lane, Tidbury Green.

Officers were at the location for an hour. During that hour 222 vehicles went along Norton Lane, of those 8 vehicles were stopped by officers for excess speed.

Hopefully this will impact on the amount of speeders in the area in a positive way, as not obeying the speed limit is both dangerous and irresponsible.

Remember, speed kills!! Please drive responsibly.

World Cafe Event – Active Citizens

A series of local events are due to take place across Solihull starting in June 2017.  These events branded World Café Events will give members of the public the opportunity to discuss issues in their community that are important to them and help identify how they can become involved in a community project or activity and how to apply for funding from the Police and Crime Commissioners Active Citizen Fund to turn their ideas into reality and help resolve local issues.

Whether you are already involved in a community group or would like to start one to address local issues we can help guide you through the process of forming a group through to applying for funding to start a long term project or one off activity.

The Active Citizen funding scheme will involve nearly a million pounds being spent on schemes throughout the West Midlands. Each Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) has an annual budget allocated to it to help fund local community initiatives.

The Active Citizens Fund combines three previous streams of funding using money seized from criminals so that West Midlands Police will be better placed to engage with the public and encourage ‘active citizenship‘ to enable the public to help solve local issues and to make communities safer.

Small Grants may be used to help the community to purchase equipment or may be used to support a one-off community event or initiative.  These grants will usually be smaller amounts, although there is no upper or lower limit.

Your local World Café Event for Monkspath, Dickens Heath, Cheswick Green, Tidbury Green, Earlswood is on:

13th July 2017 6:00pm to 8:00 pm at:
Hockley Heath Pavillion
Old Warwick Road, Hockley Heath, Solihull B94 6HH

Your local Neighbourhood Team will be running the event supported by the Police Partnership Team and partners. We’d welcome your attendance and any other local residents who are interested in making a difference and entering into conversation with a purpose with their local team.

Details can be found on the attached flyer :-

Flyer 1

Flyer 2

Should you need further details please contact the Rural Neighbourhood Team by the below contact details:

Email: rural@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or Tel: 101 Ext 892 6032

Advise From West Midlands Police -WMNOW – Holiday Security Tips

Please see below the advise received from West Midlands Police

As many of you are planning to go on holiday over Easter please also remember to plan your security provisions whilst you are away too.

  • ​Set timers so that lights come on in your house.
  • Test and use your alarm and outside security lights.
  • Lock all doors, including porches and remove keys from the locks
  • Can a neighbour take in your post to avoid it being visible in a porch for days?
  • Ensure all valuables are safely stored away.
  • Register your valuables for free on www.immobilise.com
  • If you are travelling by car, could a neighbour leave a car on your drive to give the impression someone is home?
  • If you are leaving your car at home, install additional security such as steering wheel locks.
  • Avoid telling everyone on social media that you are going away.
  • Avoid posting holiday photos on social media whilst you are away.
  • Ensure all bushes at the front of your property are trimmed down. High front hedges are a criminals dream when committing burglaries as they cannot be seen from the road / pavement.
  • Ensure ladders, garden tables and furniture is secured / locked away, including your wheelie bins !! especially if you have single storey extensions / conservatories.
  • Ensure you do not leave garden tools around that could be used to break in. Lock them securely in a shed or garage.
  • If you have bicycles in a shed or garage make sure they are all locked together  with a quality assured lock.Also consider letting the tyres down whilst you are away to make them less attractive to take !
  • Ensure a neighbour or relative have your contact details of where you are going and ask them to keep an eye on your home whilst you are away.
  • Visit http://www.securedbydesign.com/crime-prevention-advice/secure-your-home/ for more tips and security advise.