TANWORTH LANE – Appeal by Bloors

I am saddened that Bloors have found the need to appeal against the decision to refuse their planning application to build 200 homes on land off Tanworth Lane, commonly know as Mount Dairy Farm. For those who have not followed the process you may wish to view the post I made in January: https://cllrkenhawkins.co.uk/2014/01/30/planning-applications-update/ This … More TANWORTH LANE – Appeal by Bloors


As a dog lover I get really appalled when encountering dog mess, whether on pavements, roads or parkland. There is really no excuse for dog owners not to pick up any mess; it is so easy to do with plastic bags. I feel self conscious that anyone walking past me and my mutt might believe … More DOG WASTE and BINS

Former parkridge Offices – Dickens Heath

An interesting planning application came before Planning Committee at our last meeting. It involved the change of empty offices to become ten two bed-room apartments and eight one bed-room apartments. These were the offices of  Parkridge, who managed Dickens Heath but went into liquidation around 2007. The offices were next to mixed use units (shops, cafe’s … More Former parkridge Offices – Dickens Heath

A Bit of Litter on the Kings Highway, Monkspath

Having shouted out (very loudly) Solihull is such a great place to live (and it is), I am informed of another mass of litter and other debris on the public footpath running from Shelly Lane to Stratford Road. This is an historical footpath, termed in medieval times as the ‘Kings Highway’ (see post from October … More A Bit of Litter on the Kings Highway, Monkspath

Grass Verge Damage – Monkspath

The power of social media should not be understated. As a result of observing damage to the grass verge on Frankholmes Drive (created through BT staff driving their van onto the grass whilst working at the nearby cable box: see post https://cllrkenhawkins.co.uk/2014/02/27/grass-verge-damage-monkspath/ ) I posted the photograph in a tweet to BT. There response was swift and … More Grass Verge Damage – Monkspath