Category Archives: Dickens Heath
The latest report covering the whole of the Meriden (rural) side of Solihull is posted here Newsletter October 2013 . As usual, some excellent work being done in partnership both in Blythe ward and Solihull in general. I also realise I did not post Septembers report, her it is: Newsletter September 2013
Please find posted the latest monthly Neighbourhood Report covering the rural side of Solihull; this includes my ward, Blythe. You will find details of operations and projects between the council officers and police neighbourhood teams, with some excellent work being undertaken. Newsletter September 2013
Also shown on the newsletter are details of Police Beat surgeries. For Blythe ward these will be:
19 September – 3.30 x 4.30pm at Dickens Heath Library
9 October – 11am x 1pm Cuppa with a Copper at Notcutts
21 October – 6 x 7pm at Tesco’s Store.
Please find posted the latest report from the Borough’s Neighbourhood Team covering Blythe Ward. You will also read about what is happening other parts of the rural sector, e.g. Knowle, Dorridge, Meriden. Newsletter July 2013
Solihull Council has, by law, to address allocations of Gypsy & Travellers sites. A lengthy consultation has been undertaken, especially with Parish Councils, and the (Draft) ‘Gypsy and Traveller Site Allocations – Development Plan Document’ was published in April this year. This has relevance to Blythe Ward because of Gypsy/Traveller sites, whether authorised or not, are referred to. I have posted the internet link to the document here: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Attachments/Gypsy_and_Traveller_Site_Allocations_DPD_Submission_Draft.pdf
A site relating to Blythe Ward is ‘Uplands’ in Dickens Heath (page 24 of the document). The report states, in recommending the site for adoption ‘The Uplands is an established unauthorised site that has been present and occupied in this location for many years. It is a small family owned and occupied site located approximately 1km from Dickens Heath village centre. The site is not visually obtrusive; it is located to the rear of an existing residential property and is well screened along the side and rear boundary’. I have posted two photographs of the property from the highway, which has existing hard space for three caravans at the rear.
The site, as the report states, has been an unauthorised site and people who know the area say it has been such for about 30 years. Many people did not know the site was actually there; this is because the site is in the rear yard of a bungalow, screened from the highway and through the lack of any problems.
The council has, in law, to identify more spaces and has taken the decision to authorise this site. In doing so the council refused to allow an expansion of sites in Salter Street, in the parish of Cheswick Green. I believe this is a win-win for Blythe, with no effective change.
It is important to acknowledge the owners of the site in Dickens Heath have submitted and planning application to extend the site. This is still to be determined and not date has been set for hearing by the Planning Committee. I have posted links to the council’s planning portal for details of the planning application here: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/planning/dc/ViewApp.asp . Viewers will recognise the application is to extend the site for as many as eight caravans, whereas the council will authorise the site for three caravans only. I will monitor the situation and report back as soon as I know more – the planning application will be objected to by me.
Furthermore, the owners of the Salter Street site also submitted a planning application to extend one of the two authorised sites there. This was refused by Solihull Planning Committee and the appeal by the site owners was refused by the national planning inspector.
Mayoral year has ended so now I have the time to devote to this blog; I was really surprised how much Mayoral duties and social media for that role took over. Anyway, I’m back!
Please find attached a pdf of my submission to Tudor Grange School regarding its consultation about admission arrangements. I submitted the representation on Thursday via email and have received an email acknowledging its receipt.
I do believe all schools in Solihull must agree, within its family of schools, an admissions code that is fair to all schools and residents.
Please find attached the Neighbourhood Reports for the Autumn and Winter period of 2012. There was a wealth of activity being undertaken in Blythe Ward and you will also see what is being done in neighbouring wards.
We really do have a fantastic neighbour team.
Please find attached the June report from our excellent Neighbourhood Team covering the whole of the Meriden Sector. There is again some outstanding work being done by Council, Police and partner teams, well done to all. Newsletter June 12
SMBC’s Cabinet is meeting this evening (6pm in the Civic Suite) and item 9 on the agenda relates to ‘The Solihull LDF Gypsy and Traveller Site Allocations Development Plan Preferred Options’ – link to agenda papers: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/akssolihull/users/public/admin/kab14.pl?operation=SUBMIT&meet=104&cmte=CAB&grpid=public&arc=71
I have been liaising with residents and Cheswick Green Parish Council about the sites off Salter Street for quite a while a submitted representations to the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the Councils decisions to halt further unauthorised development on the site known as ‘Land off Slater Street’. There is another site next to this one called ‘Canal View’
I have submitted a letter to Cabinet and this will be shared with all members of the Cabinet at this evenings meeting. I have also shared it with Ward and Parish Councillors. The letter is self explanatory and asks Cabinet to not allow any further expansion in ‘Canal View’ because local need is provided in the provision of making an unauthosirsed site in nearby Dickens Heath Road an authorised site.
I am unable to present my report verbally because of Mayoral duties but this will not detract from the message. My letter is attached: Letter to Cabinet