The Knowle Society:
- is strictly apolitical
- is accountable only to our members, but we aim to give a public service
- is a member of Civic Voice and of the West Midlands Amenity Societies Association, through which we have an independent line to the government
- seeks to be effective by adopting a non-combative style within the legal framework, pressing for changes in the law if necessary
- makes constructive suggestions, regarding both individual planning applications and wider issues, aiming to discuss proposals with all interested parties from an early stage
- has good relations with Solihull M.B.C. and an acknowledged voice. Whilst always expressing an independent opinion, we see our relationship with the Council as a partnership from which both sides can benefit, supporting our local councillors when appropriate
- is happy to engage in joint ventures with the Council, such as the local history centre, the nature reserve, the hanging baskets and floral displays in High Street, the water butt
- supports village events such as festivals and jubilees, has contributed financially to occasional local appeals and has provided the Christmas tree since 1975
- believes Knowle can derive great benefit from the whole village working together, especially the larger organisations
- aims for a high membership to maximise influence, and in mid-2009 represented about 40% of the Knowle electorate(*). We do not release our membership list to anyone.
- is financially independent. Although pleased to receive the occasional grant, we do not accept either sponsorship or advertising, nor is our literature used by third parties.
(*) Based on members with B93 addresses (slightly wider than Knowle Ward) compared with the size of the Knowle electorate (10,186 in mid-2009). It is recognised that many people living outside Knowle Ward may visit the village regularly and be concerned for its future well-being.
See also The Knowle Society’s Memorandum and Articles.