All the hardcore is to be removed and levels restored to their original level with topsoil. This will happen over the school summer holiday. In the autumn the site will be planted with trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grass.
A group of temporary classrooms adjacent to Arden School on Station Road were dismantled and removed today. Planning permission had expired and their continued presence had led to irritation within the community.
Arden School has responded to concerns expressed by Council planners, councillors and especially local residents by removing these temporary classrooms a few weeks after the expiry of planning permission but before wider community agitation became significant. The community will welcome this move as nobody wants to see poor community relations with a very successful local school. The school would prefer to have continued with the use of the extra space, this being despite a recent history of strong growth of new facilities. The real issues on this matter from the perspective of the school although aired had not reached the point of widespread debate; most people however will be glad to see the law upheld and a longstanding eyesore addressed.
We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new online forum for members to discuss issues of relevance to the ‘village’ of Knowle and The Knowle Society. This facility was originally requested by a member at the Society’s 2006 AGM.
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.