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Lowbrook Farm Appeal Allowed

After a number of appeal Inquiries/ Hearings into Gallagher’s appeal against the refusal of their outline planning application (Planning application number 2012/1627) to develop 200 homes at this sites, On the 8th March 2016 the Secretary of State’s made the decision to allow the appeal.

Tidbury Green Farm – February 2016

We await the submission of the detailed Planning Application by LionCourt Homes. This will provide the specifics of the development including layout and design. Once available the Parish Council will review in depth the plans and proposals and submit relevant views and comments to Solihull MBC. We recommend that parishioners also review these and submit their opinions to the Council. Whilst unfortunately we cannot prevent this development we can work together with the aim of contributing to and shaping the design and layout of the development and hopefully obtain some benefits for the community. The Parish Council will also work to develop communication channels and engage with LionCourt with a view to achieving these aims.

The attached leaflet was issued by Gallagher Estates for the public consulatation.

Lowbrook Farm – February 2016

The Parish Council wrote to the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP and the Secretary of State asking that the inquiry be reopened or alternatively a decision be delayed until the Social Local Plan Review is completed. Reasons supporting the request included the fact that since June 2013 interested parties have not had an opportunity to express their views on this proposal, as whilst further inquiry hearings have taken place these have focused only on 5 year housing supply matters.
The Parish Council believe that changes have occurred since June 2013, including those relating to transport accessibility and that we should have the opportunity to raise these issues. Also the Parish Council felt that if the decision was made and the Lowbrook Farm appeal was allowed, this could potentially influence the outcome of available options within the Solihull Review. We have not received a response to our requests however we are mindful that a decision on the Appeal could be reached at any time.

Superfast Broadband

Broadband Upgrade By BT Openreach

Superfast broadband is now available in parts of Tidbury Green!

CSW Broadband has now brought superfast broadband to parts of Tidbury Green! Cabinet Wythall 3 has been upgraded meaning that many properties connected to the upgraded cabinet can now order the improved service. What this can do is to shorten the time to download and upload data (by typically a factor of 7 or 8 times) making the use of the internet that much more enjoyable and enabling films and video in HD to be watched without stuttering or freezing.

To check which cabinet you are connected to and what speeds you might achieve enter your address/landline number here: https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/

There are a number of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and it is best to check carefully as there are a wide range of packages available, with some including telephone calls and even TV options. For impartial advice and to see which might be best for you visit http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/cheap-broadband or http://www.uswitch.com/broadband/packages/

You may also wish to use a broadband comparison site such as one or more of the following:

www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/

www.uswitch.com › Broadband

https://www.cable.co.uk/compare/broadband/

The CSW Broadband website has lots of information about Internet Service Providers, a very useful jargon buster to help you to get through the sometimes baffling terms surrounding broadband, and lots of self-help guides so that you can get the most from your new, improved service http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/about-broadband/

Happy surfing!

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Help For Hedgehogs – Update

There has been a major decline in the number of hedgehogs across the country and in 2015 Solihull was selected to spearhead research to try and reverse that decline. A major publicity drive was started talking about the plight of hedgehogs and giving ideas as to what we can all do to try and improve their habitat in our urban environment. The second stage was a programme of research work that set out to establish where in the Solihull area there were hedgehogs. Baited tunnels were set up to encourage hedgehogs in the hope they would leave tracks as they left the tunnel.

Support From Tidbury Green Residents

Tidbury Green residents were invited to participate in this work by hosting a tunnel for a period of 5 days. Results were varied and we had cats, voles, mice, rats and foxes all come and sample the special hedgehog bait. We finished up having hedgehog tracks from four different sites around our area which was encouraging. We also deployed a camera trap in one garden where hedgehogs were regular visitors and shot video of them whilst they went about their foraging. Thank you to all those who helped collect the track data.

Making Your Garden More Hedgehog Friendly

Hedgehogs roam far and wide whilst foraging for food and to find a mate. They need access to our gardens as they are a rich source of food. They need access to the wider area via our gardens. We can all help to make our gardens more Hedgehog friendly by ensuring they have paths into and out of our gardens. Fences and wire netting that we use to secure our gardens are not hedgehog friendly but by making holes about the size of a hand (10-15cms) in the bottom of a fence can allow hedgehogs free access to roam. Security is barely compromised but the access it will offer hedgehogs will in the long term help their return.

Slug Pellets

Whilst Slug pellets keep our plants safe from slug attack, such pellets are very poisonous to hedgehogs, and we should try and find other ways to stop slugs (a beer trap can be quite effective!).

What's Next

The work is being extended to other midlands centres and further research into the hedgehog densities should be started in the spring.

Further Information

For further information see http://www.helpforhedgehogs.co.uk/ Or The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust at Solihull Tel 0121 704 0768.

Solihull Local Plan Review – Consultation- Dec 2015

The Parish Council circulated the attached Newsletter (click to view) to all residents of Tidbury Green, advising of the Solihull Local Plan Review and urging Parishioners to respond to the consultation.

The Parish Council reviewed the consultation document and provided a detailed response. The completed Response Form (click to view) has to be read in conjunction with the attached Supporting Letter, which accompanied the Response form.

The Documents below were referred to within the Supporting Letter:-

Thank you to all Parishioner’s who took the time to respond to this important consultation.

Allotment Plot Waiting List

Tidbury Green Parish Council has an allotment site  situated in Wood Lane, Earlswood opposite the Craft Centre and consists of approximately four acres of land.

Originally, the site was divided into 20 plots each measuring approximately 90 by 30 feet but due to recent demand for allotments from local residents the Association decided to limit allocation to half plots only.

If you would like to register your interest and be added to the waiting list for a plot at Wood Lane Allotments, please contact Rob Hawkes on Tel: 01564 826323 or email roberthawkes@sky.com.

Thank You To The Social Committee

For a number of years the Social Committee have given up their time free of charge and worked immensely hard to organise and deliver some fabulous social events for the benefit of Tidbury Green Parishioners. As mentioned the Annual Scarecrow Competition has grown in popularity year on year, yet again the 2015 Barn Dance Supper evening was a great success where fun was had by all and for the first year in 2015 a Christmas Carol Concert in association with Tidbury Green School was organised. This was a sell-out event which received excellent feedback from those who attended. The Social events have such a positive impact bringing people together and helping to build a strong community spirit. Also the Social Committee use a number of events to raise money for charity. Most recently a Cheque for £250 has been sent to Edwards Trust from the events and collections from last year. The Parish Council would therefore like to say a massive thank you to all those who are part of the Tidbury Green Social Committee. All your hard work is really appreciated and events organised are very much enjoyed.