Update From Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins – October 2016

At the October 2016 Parish Council meeting Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins provided an update on the Solihull Local Plan. Solihull MBC will finalise and submit their preferred options report to Cabinet in November 2016. This will include findings of the Green Belt Review. If necessary this will be refined, with the aim of it being ready for Public Examination in early 2017. Solihull MBC plan to have the revised Solihull Local Plan adopted by October/ November 2017.

Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins estimated that during the period covered by the revised Local Plan, Solihull have to accommodate land for an additional 8.0k homes, of which 2.5k are likely to be built in the Blythe area.

High Court Judgement Made – Appeal Succeeds

The judgement to the High Court appeal, was made public on the 1st May 2014. The appeal succeeded on 2 of the 3 grounds raised against Solihull MBC, which relate the housing need figures used in developing the plan and its method used to assess revisions to the green belt boundary (Lowbrook Farm and Tidbury Green farm)

This meant that SMBC had to reconsider its housing needs and the method it used to assess revisions to the greenbelt boundary. Consequently SMBC had to make changes to their Local Plan which included deleting the paragraph relating to the two sites in Tidbury Green that were to have been returned to the Green Belt.

Planning Application for change of use at Rumbush Farm

Planning Application Number PL/2016/00373/COU for change of use of part of site to HGV vehicle parking, at Rumbush Farm, 321 Rumbush Lane.

The above Planning Application will be considered at the Solihull MBC Planning Committee on Wednesday 18th May 2016. The meeting commences at 6.00pm at the Civic Suite. If you wish to speak at the meeting, you must register with the Solihull MBC planning section by telephone or email, by 12 noon on Tuesday 17th May 2016. You must also provide Solihull MBC with a daytime contact number. Further details are included on the attached Notification.

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling continues to be a problem in Tidbury Green. Once again we would like to remind you that if you take out a dog you must clean up after its mess, regardless of whether you are the owner or not. This anti-social behaviour is taken very seriously by the Police, as well as Local Councils. As well as being an unsightly, unpleasant nuisance dog mess can also be a health hazard.

It is an offence to allow a dog to foul in a public place, without clearing the mess up. Solihull environmental health officers make regular patrols and respond to complaints. For first time offenders fixed penalty notices of £75 (reduced to £50 if paid within 5 days) are given. Persistent offenders can be fined up to £1000 and have gone to jail in Solihull for such an offence.

Parishioners can report incidents of dog fouling online via the Solihull MBC Website: www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Pests-pollution-food-hygiene/animal/dogfouling or by calling them on 0121 704 8000.

Christmas Tree Thanks

Whilst Christmas feels like a distant memory to many of us, we would like to say thank you to those people who helped to make the Village look festive over the Christmas period. Thank you to Woods Farm for supplying and delivering the Christmas Tree at the Junction of Lowbrook and Norton Lane, thank you to Margaret and Roger Ballard for allowing us to light their holly tree and finally thank you to Peter Seddon for his help with lighting the trees.

Litter Champion

Like many areas litter is a real issue in Tidbury Green. Not only is it unsightly, but it can attract unwanted pests, which can create health hazards and litter can be dangerous for birds and animals. The Parish Council work in partnership with Solihull MBC to arrange regular litter picks and removal of rubbish caused by Fly Tippers. However with restricted resource there is only so much that can be achieved. There are parishioners that are regularly seen picking up litter, and these people make a real difference and the Parish Council are very grateful to them. We understand that it is very annoying when people discard rubbish and we all have that thought of why should I clean up after them?, however if everyone followed this approach our village would have a much worse litter issue. So whatever you can do to help, however small will make a difference and help to keep the area looking clean and tidy, having a positive impact on the community. One Parishioner that is noted for her ongoing efforts with litter picking is Pam Cole. Pam has worked hard and remained committed to picking litter in the village for almost 2 decades. This has had such a positive contribution to making Tidbury Green a cleaner and tidier place to live. The Parish Council invited Pam to our December 2015 meeting and in recognition for her ongoing efforts and commitment thanked her and presented her with some M&S vouchers. Once again Many Thanks Pam.