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!
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
Runway work over the 2014-15 winter months means reduced weekday night time flights from Birmingham Airport. Details below.
The Greswolde car park (the one between the High Street, the churchyard and the school) will be closed for resurfacing work between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd August 2014.
This also affects the adjacent recycling centre which will be unavailable too.
Healthwatch Solihull has organised a public consultation on the future of local ambulance services in this area on Thursday 12th June between 5.30pm and 7.00pm at Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Road, Bentley Heath B93 9BQ. The event is aimed at local residents of Bentley Heath, Dorridge, Knowle and surrounding areas in the South of Solihull.