Best Practice award for The Knowle Society

Runners up for SUSTAiN competition to find the Best Practice organisation in the voluntary sector in Solihull Borough.

The Society entered a ‘Best Practice’ competition run by SUSTAiN, the new name backing Solihull’s voluntary sector. We were fortunate to achieve a position in the final three entrants, and after being interviewed by an independent judge, Mr Lawrie Rumens, a decision was made that we finished a close second to the winners. An award of 200 pounds has been made which is to be spent in connection with the Dr Bower memorial garden project, which is hopefully to be the site at the top of Station Road created by demolishing the old toilet block and having a more open garden around a new style bus stop. The development will be a ‘community effort’ and the existing Steering Group also incorporates Knowle & Dorridge Rotary Club, Knowle Traders and Solihull Council on whose land the existing building is sited. All this detail is subject to acceptance by the residents and the Council.

Doorstep collection of glass for recycling

Solihull Council has announced that it plans to commence doorstep collection in the autumn of glass for recycling.

It will be interesting to see whether all or some of the bins in various locations around Knowle will then be withdrawn. There may still be a need for a central ‘bring to’ facility but otherwise it could herald a welcome return of car parking places. On the other hand there are still several household waste materials that could be collected for recycling that are currently disposed of to landfill or incineration, these could now be collected centrally – but if collecting those items, why not continue to collect glass centrally? What is really needed is full doorstep collection of all waste materials and that will take a little longer to organise.

Response to Airport Expansion proposal

Read the letter sent to the Airport in March 2008. Subject – The Knowle Society’s response to Birmingham International Airport’s proposed Planning Application for airport expansion.

The Knowle Society is pleased that a number of concerns raised in March 2006 to the first consultation document, have been addressed. In particular the maps showing projected flight paths and noise contours will be satisfactory to the residents of Knowle. The proposal to raise the level of public transport usage to the Airport from 25% to 35% is also welcomed.

Surface Access is however, still a major concern, very little detail is available with respect to existing and projected peak and average traffic flows on the M42 up to 2012 and specific detail is required. Later years (2012 -2030) are of even greater concern as the projections are unspecified and inevitably more speculative.

As we set out in our 2006 response, the roads around Knowle already feel the impact of congestion from the M42. Significantly increased traffic and peak events will adversely affect local amenities e.g. road congestion and air quality

The Knowle Society is also of the opinion that a direct link from the M42 to the Airport is required to mitigate M42 congestion.

There is an urgent need for a powerful co-ordinating authority to ensure that all agencies involved, airport, road and rail, produce and deliver a coherent plan to meet all needs that will arise.

These concerns prevent us from endorsing the Airport’s planning application.

Finally any new motorway service station in the area will exacerbate the congestion problems and the relevant planning authorities should take this into account.

Knowle Conservation Area Re-Appraisal

The long awaited report from Solihull Council on the re-appraisal of the Knowle Conservation Area is now complete and is being published.

The Society contributed to this re-appraisal and has been advised that several of its suggestions have been incorporated. Further news will appear in the next newsletter and on this website when the Society has received the report and had an opportunity to study it.

A Short Guide to Central Knowle

 

The Knowle Society’s third edition of this informative, illustrated booklet is selling very well (over four hundred copies). See the expanded list of outlets where you may buy copies.

Outlets in Knowle:
Carly’s / Oxfam Books & Music / Knowle Library / Midland Business Equipment

Outlets in Solihull:
Solihull Central Library / Borders Bookshop – Touchwood

As always, copies are also on sale at the Society’s main meetings. The price of the guide is three pounds. These make excellent gifts for distant friends and family members who may have Knowle connections, as well as being a useful reference source for all Knowle families. Why not buy two and keep one to hand for that urgent small gift?