Arden School temporary classrooms removed

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.

New online discussion forum launched

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.

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.

Jobs Close pond drained

Job’s Close duck pond, thought to be an old marl pit, was recently drained and some of the surrounding growth cleared in a bid to bring renewed life to this popular feature of the park.

How many local children of all ages can remember being taken by their parents to see the ducks at the pond at Jobs Close Park? The condition of the pond had declined in recent years and was not ideal for the continued life of those poplar ducks! A major project was devised to drain the pond and deepen the bottom. At the same time cover from the bankside growth was thinned and cleared to enable more sunlight to penetrate to the water and help to reduce the growth of algae that can throttle life in the pond. The Knowle Society’s newsletter photographer Roger Grainger captured these images during the work. The Knowle Society can claim no credit for the project but we thought that you might find the pictures interesting and if we are totally honest we needed a story with which to try out a new facility enabling stories that have several pictures attached to them to be displayed on this website!