Following on from my post of 2 February last I can now report on the following:
Together with many business owners on Main Street I organised a petition which read ‘ The facility for patrons to be able to park vehicles when visiting shops, restaurants, library, health services and other businesses in Dickens Heath is vital to the social and economic well being of the Village.
We, the undersigned, petition Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to work with the administrators of the former Parkridge Homes and business owners of Main Street, Dickens Heath to ensure car parking for all residents and business owners of Main Street is sustained to meet their needs.’
I am happy to report the ‘low key’ petition saw 628 people put their name to the petition, with as many as 171 having non-B90 post codes. This is evidence that over a quarter of visitors to the services on Main Street come from outside of Dickens Heath. In fact the figure must be far higher because I have a B90 post code and reside about 2 miles from the village.
I am presenting this petition, with a covering letter, to Anne Brereton, Head of Managed Growth Directorate. The covering letter can be viewed here: IMG_20150312_0001
Next steps: The petition is nicely timed to be with the council just before any prospective developers of the Garden Square sites are identified and look to submit planning applications. Myself and Cllr Richard Holt will work with the Parish Council and businesses on Main Street to ensure the car parking spaces lost will be replaced in and around the Main Street area.
I welcome any comments.