Great British September Clean September 11th – 27th

As many of you are aware the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) was one of the many events across the country which had to be postponed due to the coronavirus.

Well now Solihull MBC have advised that, it’s back, and the Love Solihull team are encouraging residents to grab their litter pickers and give the borough a Great British September Clean. 

They have kindley provided the information below:-

The GBSC is a fantastic incentive to get people talking about the importance of keeping our communities clean, green and safe by taking action to dispose of litter in the right way.

Litter picking has an immediately positive impact on our neighbourhoods and means we can continue to take pride in our neighbourhoods. However, in these very different times, we must remember to put safety first and follow the guidance around social distancing so that we don’t jeopardise our health and that of those around us.

As the Love Solihull teams first priority is to make sure everyone stays safe and well, we have attached our Community Litter Picking Guidelines, Community Litter Picking Risk Assessment and Covid-19 Guidance.

It is also important to remember that large group clean-ups aren’t possible at the moment, but we can offer support to individuals signed up to the Love Solihull Community Litter Picking Initiative who may go out in groups of up to 6 people.

If you haven’t already got your own equipment but would like to take part in the Great British September Clean either as an individual or as a small group, just sign up to the Love Solihull Community Litter Picking Initiative by completing and returning the attached Community Litter Picking Registration Form to lovesolihull@solihull.gov.uk we can then arrange delivery of your litter picking equipment.

When planning your GBSP remember:-

Small groups are key

So while we cannot support large community clean-ups at this time a litter-pick can be just as effective alone or in pairs. For those taking part in groups, this should involve a maximum of six people if from different households. Please do make yourselves familiar with our Covid-19 Guidance.

Make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

Please do not promote the time and place you intend to undertake any activities to avoid the risk of large social gatherings. Also, if you’re litter picking in a public place like a park or a playground, think about when it’s likely to be quieter, and plan your clean-up for then.

Collaborate with Love Solihull 

Leave your full Love Solihull litter bags next to SMBC litter bins (maximum 2 bags). If you need to arrange a special collection where you either have bags that you have not been able to leave next to a litter bin or where you have more than 2 bags that need collecting from one location please contact lovesolihull@solihull.gov.uk

We want to hear from you

We really want to keep a running total of all the bags collected during GBSC 2020, so please do get in touch at lovesolihull@solihull.gov.uk and let us know how your litter pick went and we will share your story. If you take any photos don’t forget to tag in @lovesolihull on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #LoveSolihull #GreatBritishSeptemberClean

You can also show your support for the GBSC by pledging your time here:- https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean

Before we go, this year’s GBSC initiative comes at a time when caring for the environment and living more sustainably has never been more important. Right now, a lot of things are uncertain, but our passion for tackling litter and our love for the environment remains unchanged.

Thank you to all the volunteers who selflessly dedicate their own time to help clean up our streets and parks therefore protecting the beautiful environment we share. 

Information provided by

Community Engagement Officers

Public Realm Team | Environmental Services | Managed Growth & Communities Directorate | Solihull MBC

0121 704 6243

www.solihull.gov.uk

Flooding – Solihull Council gives the go ahead to start flood mitigation schemes in Solihull.

Solihull MBC provided the information below on 2nd September 2020

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways has now signed off on a series of flood mitigation schemes which will help over 100 properties in the borough.

These schemes will see residents being offered the opportunity to introduce Property Level Resilience and Resistance (PLR) measures, essentially practical support, to make their homes safer.

Those residents who are included will be contacted and asked to complete an online questionnaire to scope out their requirements and to arrange individual property surveys.

Flood risk specialists, appointed by the Council will be contacting these residents directly to undertake the surveys in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

The Council will continue to look at securing further funding so more schemes can be rolled out to other areas that are at risk of flooding.

For more information about the Flood Mitigation Schemes please contact the Council’s Drainage and Flood Risk Management Team, drainage@solihull.gov.uk

Flooding – Solihull homes to be better protected from flooding thanks to Environment Agency funding

Solihull MBC provided the update below on 28th August 2020

Solihull Council has been granted £440k worth of Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) funding by the Environment Agency to use for flood mitigation schemes at four locations within the borough.

Alongside the Environment Agency funding there is a commitment of £431k from the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, which means the council has now secured over £800k of external funding for these potential schemes.

In the wake of terrible flooding in 2018 the Council pledged to investigate what could be done to protect people’s homes from such flooding in the future.  Officers explored options for mitigation schemes as well as bidding for the relevant funding to deliver them.

A mitigation scheme can be only be delivered when there is FDGiA funding in place, supplemented by Local Levy and partnership funding, and after a business case is submitted to the Environment Agency and given technical approval.

In July 2020, bids for Local Levy funding were approved by the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and the relevant business cases were submitted to the Environment Agency for final approval, granted on the 26 August.

Tidbury Green Farm – Pub & Restaurant – Planning Application – PL/2019/00039/PPFL

Planning Application PL/2019/00039/PPFL for Tidbury Green Farm was received on the 16th January 2019. This is a resubmission of the withdrawn Planning Application PL/2018/00235/PPFL, which 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.”

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.

Latest Update

The applicant recently submitted amended plans (reductive in built form) and a supplementary planning note to Solihull MBC. These are available on the Solihull MBC Planning website.

As above 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.

The application, and its allied listed building application will be considered at the next planning committee on 4th December 2019. SMBC documents for the meeting can be found on the Solihull MBC website.

 

Previous Updates

The Planning Application was considered at the SMBC Planning Committee Meeting 4th September 2019, where a Deferral Decision was reached by the Planning Committee.

The two key issues that the Planning Committee focused on were the greenbelt and heritage issues.

Following discussions at the Planning Committee meeting, in spite of the SMBC recommendation for refusal, the developer was offered an opportunity to accept a deferral of the application, to allow them to consider options for reducing the size of the development, as currently it was considered excessive. Once this is completed revised details will be considered by the planning committee.

 

Previous Update

Please see attached the Parish Council’s response and the Copy of Survey Findings Report, referred to within the response submitted for the above Planning Application. The Parish Council based their response on views shared with them by Parishioners who  responsed to the full Survey completed in Autumn 2017 and the information received from Parishioners regarding their views about the proposal, which was requested in the February 2019 newsletter.

Both the survey and the request for views in the February 2019 Newsletter, went to all homes in Tidbury Green. Therefore everyone was provided with an opportunity to respond and therefore the Parish Council  believe that given the time available that we followed the most effective, democratic approach that we could.

Tidbury Green Parish Council Response.

Survey Findings Report.

The Parish Council have secured an extension from Solihull MBC until 1 March 2019, to allow them to respond to the latest application. The Planning Officer has also agreed to accept neighbour responses up until this date. The Parish Council, however recommend that you submit your comments to SMBC by 27th February 2019, or earlier.

Your response should be addressed to Rebecca Hadley – Solihull MBC Planning Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB or Email your response for the attention of Rebecca Hadley to planning@solihull.gov.uk. Please quote the application number (PL/2019/00039/PPFL) in your email subject and text and include your name and address in your correspondence.

This Planning Application will be discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on 20 February 2019. If you have any comments/ views that you would like the Parish Council to consider, for inclusion in their response, please attend the meeting and share these. Alternatively, please email your views to the Clerk (tidburygreenpc@googlemail.com) by 20th February.

Given the available timescales, if we do not receive sufficient additional comments / views on the latest application the Parish Council will have to base their response on the findings of the survey previously completed and the key concerns raised, which resulted in the Parish Council objecting to the proposal, when the first application was submitted. The Survey can be found clicking Here. Also the Appendix letter submitted by the Parish letter, detailing reasons for their objection can be found Here.

Brunning & Price have advised us that they will be running an open afternoon open afternoon on Monday 25th February, from 4pm until 6pm at Tidbury Green Village Hall and then from 6.30pm until 8pm at the Earlswood Methodist Church Hall. They plan to set up a small display of their proposals and have people on hand to talk you through them and hear what you think to the changes that they have made.

Tidbury Green Parish Council – Community Governance Review – Update

As previously reported Tidbury Green Parish Council wrote to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, on the 11th September 2019, requesting that they undertake a Community Governance Review to increase the number of Parish Councillors from five to six. The request was later increased to seven.

Tidbury Green Parish Council have always had five Councillors. However given the growth in homes and Parishioner’s and the increased demands that the Parish Council has observed, the Parish Council are finding it increasingly difficult to fulfil their roles, with only five Councillors.

Referring to the Communities and local Government – The Government Boundary Commission Guidance on Local Community Governance Review it states that “The 1972 Act, as amended, specifies that each Parish Council must have at least five councillors and there is no maximum number.

Tidbury Green Parish Council has operated for many years with the minimum number of five Councillors, however this has become increasingly difficult with the Population increases observed in Tidbury Green over recent times.

More homes and increased Parishioners inevitably results in increased workloads for the Parish Council. With the new homes already developed in the area, we have already observed increases in workloads, in the form of additional queries, increased planning applications and greater communication commitments and this is likely to increase further as more homes are built and occupied.

Consequently the Parish Council needs to increase its numbers to allow the workload to be spread over a larger base and to ensure that councillors have the time to effectively respond to the issues and concerns of the community that they represent.

The Parish Council request for a Community Governance Review can be found here.

The request was submitted to the Solihull MBC Governance Committe on the 24th September 2019, who agreed to the request.

Solihull MBC carry out the Community Governance Review and the Council’s Governance Committee is responsible for the process and considering recommendations before any Community Governace order is made.

Solihull MBC drew up and published the Terms of reference, which can be viewed on their Council website – www.solihull.gov.uk/tidburygreencgr.

As part of the process Solihull MBC will wrote to all Tidbury Green Parishioners requesting your views, by the 10th November 2019.

Latest Update – Consultation

Solihull MBC has drawn up and published the Draft Proposal and is now consulting local residents on increasing the number of parish Councillors in Tidbury Green from five to seven. The consultation on the draft proposals will end on Friday 6 December 2019.

Further details, including How to make a representation, can be found on Solihull MBC’s website by clicking Here

Burglary Crime Prevention Solihull

West Midlands Police provided the following information on 7th November 2019:-

In recent days we have seen a shift in times when residential burglaries have been reported in Solihull. The key times have been between 4pm and 7pm. Homes have been unoccupied and in darkness as this is a time when homeowners have not returned from work or are out and about busy with family.
We saw a similar pattern this time last year and although burglary numbers in Solihull are down by around 20% for the same period this year we are mindful that the darker nights present more opportunities for burglars.
Using a light timer or a Fake TV is a great way to light up your home when you are out. We recommend setting a light to come on at around 3.30pm as it is dark indoors by late afternoon.
Our officers are out on active patrols speaking to residents about darker nights crime prevention and if you need more advice on home security you can visit our virtual reality home 27 Station Road on WMP online.
https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/27stationroad

Tidbury Green Parish Council – Community Governance Review

Tidbury Green Parish Council wrote to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, on the 11th September 2019, requesting that they undertake a Community Governance Review to increase the number of Parish Councillors from five to six. The request was later increased to seven.

Tidbury Green Parish Council have always had five Councillors. However given the growth in homes and Parishioner’s and the increased demands that the Parish Council has observed, the Parish Council are finding it increasingly difficult to fulfil their roles, with only five Councillors.

Referring to the Communities and local Government – The Government Boundary Commission Guidance on Local Community Governance Review it states that “The 1972 Act, as amended, specifies that each Parish Council must have at least five councillors and there is no maximum number.

Tidbury Green Parish Council has operated for many years with the minimum number of five Councillors, however this has become increasingly difficult with the Population increases observed in Tidbury Green over recent times.

More homes and increased Parishioners inevitably results in increased workloads for the Parish Council. With the new homes already developed in the area, we have already observed increases in workloads, in the form of additional queries, increased planning applications and greater communication commitments and this is likely to increase further as more homes are built and occupied.

Consequently the Parish Council needs to increase its numbers to allow the workload to be spread over a larger base and to ensure that councillors have the time to effectively respond to the issues and concerns of the community that they represent.

The Parish Council request for a Community Governance Review can be found here.

The request was submitted to the Solihull MBC Governance Committe on the 24th September 2019, who agreed to the request.

Solihull MBC carry out the Community Governance Review and the Council’s Governance Committee is responsible for the process and considering recommendations before any Community Governace order is made.

Solihull MBC have now drawn up and publisged the Terms of reference, which can be viewed on their Council website – www.solihull.gov.uk/tidburygreencgr.

As part of the process Solihull MBC will write to all Tidbury Green Parishioners requesting your views. As detailed in the letter, please provide them with your views by either –

Responding to their online form

Emailing them – electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk

Or writing to them at Resources Directorate, Electoral Services,Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3QB

Please respond by Sunday 10th November 2019.