Precinct flower beds given a ‘makeover’

Members of the Society led by its Natural Environment committee worked over three days this month to tidy up the four big raised flower beds in Knowle Precinct which had become a little tired. After removing fifty black sacks of green waste and adding a significant number of new plants, the consensus from passers-by was that it was a job well done. Encouragement, sustenance and access to taps for watering were freely offered by precinct traders and great support was received from the Council and its contractor Amey, even the Council’s political wing got stuck in as well.

The project was ably led by Lilla Baker and it is hoped that the end result gives pleasure to all and better business for our traders. We do know for sure that the result was hugely appreciated by an army of caterpillars that appeared soon afterwards but Lilla led a pincer action with her bug gun!

New parking restrictions from 1st May

Total prohibition of parking in sections of St John’s Close, Lodge Road, Longdon Road and the service road by the GPS Healthcare (Blythe) Surgery as proposed and consulted on by the Council will come into effect on Friday 1st May. Limited parking on a section of road by the same surgery also comes into effect at the same time. Details of the original proposal can be seen in our previous news item.

Proposals Letter

Consultation-Plan

Did someone not realise it’s a good idea to walk to the machine to get a ticket for the car park?

Good news for poor timekeepers!

Did you know that the law changed recently to help us when parking? We all try to get the best from our parking time but sometimes we get caught out because our watch is not keeping good time or someone distracts us when returning to our car and then we find that a warden has just reached our car in their round and the unthinkable happens. Well now the law requires wardens to permit a ten minute grace period before issuing a ticket. We still need to plan to get back on time but it’s nice to know that we are covered for the unexpected. It should also help to build and maintain a good relationship between those whose job it is to keep our car parks from being abused and those who use them – we are fortunate that those who serve us in Knowle are a friendly bunch – if you are smarting from a recent fine, you may be feeling less charitable about this of course!

Government Care Act consultations in Solihull

Important impending changes which will become effective on 1st April this year will be discussed at public consultations in the borough being organised by SMBC.

The public consultation is about two areas of the Care Act where the Council has a choice about how it implements the new requirements. The first area is about introducing a new deferred payments scheme to help people pay for their care, and the second is about the way the Council charges for non-residential care and support services.

The dates and venues for the meetings are:

  • Thursday 22 January, 9.30am – 11.30am Sans Souci Centre, Tanworth Lane, Shirley B90 4DD
  • Monday 26 January, 10am – 12midday Civic Suite Chamber, Council House, Solihull, B91 3PX
  • Tuesday 27 January, 9.30am – 11.30am The Fordbridge Centre, Chelmsley Wood B37 5LU
  • Tuesday 3 February, 2.30pm – 4.30pm The Loft, Blue Bell Centre, Chelmsley Wood B37 5EX