Category Archives: Parks and Green Spaces
Please find the MAY monthly report from our excellent Area 3 Neighbourhood Team, which includes Blythe ward and most of the Meriden Constituency. Again, some excellent work being done by the Council, Police and other partners. Newsletter May 12
Many residents in or near to Lowbrook Lane, Tidbury Green have received a leaflet from Gallagher Estates/Pegasus Planning Group informing them of a ‘public consultation’ relating to the development of land known as Lowbrook Farm, off Lowbrook Lane.
Pegagsus Planing Group are holding an exhibition at Tidbury reen Village Hall on Friday and Saturday (11 and 12 May. I have added here a scanned copy of the leaflet sent to some residents of Tidbury Green: IMG
NO formal planning application has been made to date but it can be reasonably expected that one will follow in due course. Having said that, the developers have a big obstacle to overcome because this site is not included in Solihull (Draft) Local Development Plan. I have attached a PDF file which relates to land in Tidbury Green that was discussed as part of the local plan but all sites were dismissed. The site in question is site number 16 in the report and reasons for excluding the site from the local plan are clearly explained. TidburyGreen
For those who are not too certain of the local area I have posted a few photographs:
Please find the latest report from Solihull’s excellent Council and Police Neighbourhood Team (Rural section). The report highlights some criminal activity and also some success in tackling metal thieves. The Neighbour teams are a great asset to the borough.Newsletter March 12
I took a walk through Blythe Valley Country Park this cold morning. To have this fantastic park in my ward, and on my doorstep, is fantastic, it is a wonderful place to visit – anytime of the year. There is a wealth of wildlife to be observed and a hide/shelter to allow you observe any birds under cover.
If you need to drive to the location you may park free by the Blythe Valley Management Offices (get free parking permit first) or do what I sometime do; park on the Notcutts Car Park and cross the road. Why not pop into Notcutts for a tea/coffee afterwards.
The country park is not very well known, so get down there and spread the word.
The next meeting of the Park Users Group is on Monday 6 February at 7pm at the Community Centre, Farmhouse Way, Monkspath. Here you will meet Luke Holland, my Councillor Shadow. Luke is a keen environmentalist and will tell you about his shadowing Award and what we have done already. I will try my best to attend but am already committed at a Monkspath School Governors Finance and Personnel meeting at the same time. I shall try and pop-in.
The agenda is attached and if any local resident wishes to join the group then please pop along and meet them. Hillfield PIG group agenda for 6-2-2012
Monkspath is a great place to live in – I moved here over 28 years ago! It is clean and usually free of litter and graffiti and for this and the previous post I have had to go out of my way a little bit to find the litter. However, it is there if you look. In the sideshow (which I hope works as it is the first time I have used one on this website) you will see litter on the public footpath running from the bottom of Elmdbridge Drive to the rea of Tesco’s superstore. There is a problem with the amount of bags and other debris from the store, petrol station and the nearby McDonalds being strewn on the footpath by youths who walk through a gap in the fence at the petrol station. We are working with Tesco’s, asking them to erect a fence similar to that used on the other side by the Spire office site.
Other views of litter is of the hedgerow between the footpath and the main A45, just down from the petrol station. Also included is a few images of the grassed area between Tesco’s and McDonalds.
Please note: I do not show these images to name and shame, merely to point out that I have noticed the litter and help to show the state and location so that the council, Tesco’s and McDonalds can take action.
Thought I should share with you the positive feedback I have following the previous post, which saw over 160 visits to the website in just two days!
Attention is being given to the park and all litter and graffiti will be cleared up. Co-incidentally, there is a meeting of the Hillfield Park Users Group on Monday evening. I do intend to pop in and say hello but can not stay too long as I have a Finance and Personnel meeting at Monkspath Junior and Infant School at the same time (I have been a governor there for over 21 years).
Well done to to the swift response from the council departments. I need to ensure that there are regular inspections of the park by the contractors who provide the service to the borough.
I am taking part in a ‘Local Councillor Shadowing Award’ where young people shadow a local councillor and undertake activities contributing towards their award. There are seven young people taking part in the first pilot group in Solihull and a year 10 student at Tudor Grange has been assigned to me. Luke is very interested in the environment and we undertook a ‘ward walk’ last Saturday examining the environment of Hillfield Park, Monkspath, which is naturally in my ward.
It was great being with Luke because it made me open my eye’s more than I normally did. For instance, Luke was able to point out areas where he had identified litter, graffiti and other issues. I took several photographs and wil post them here as soon as some gremlins in the system have been sorted. Hillfield Park is an absolutely fantastic park but we must ensure litter etc is tackled as early as possible. I will update you as to how Luke is progressing during his Award. He has to complete a minimum of ten hours shadowing me. I did hope that a few hours could have been devoted to sorting my garden out but the award does not allow for that!
The Council’s draft plan has now been published and the report can be found here LDF_Draft_Local_Plan_-_Shaping_a_Sustainable_Future_lr(1) . You may find it easier to access maps etc via the Council’s website and the direct to the relevant pages are here http://www.solihull.gov.uk/ldf/default.htm
The plan has relevance to Blythe Ward as there are two areas included for planned development. I have posted the maps relating to Cheswick Green and Dickens Heath but maps for the whole borough can be viewed on the web site shown above.
Please feel free to comment, either on this post or directly in response to the formal consultation.