Large modular school buildings directed away from the High Street

The Society is pleased to announce that following discussions it has held with Martin Murphy of Arden Academy and SMBC, the heavy escorted trucks bringing the 63 modular units for the new school building will now travel in from Warwick Road (South) into Station Road, thus avoiding the High Street and Lodge Road.

The aim has been to minimise local disruption and has had full cooperation from everyone including Eliot the contractors who will implement the plan. The work was scheduled to commence at 8am on 30th March for four days with a break for Easter and then from 7th April for four more days.

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

Proposed M42 Service Area in Solihull – Public Consultation

See attached below the details of the very short-notice public consultation on a proposed new Motorway Service Area (MSA) on the M42 in Solihull. Exhibitions and opportunities to discuss the proposal with the project team of the developer Pegasus Group are being held on Friday 12th December, 2.30-8.00pm at Catney Village Hall and Saturday 13th December, 10am-4pm at the Ramada George Hotel, Solihull.

The Knowle Society has not had advance notice of the detail of this proposal and therefore has not yet formed any opinion on it. This information is being placed here in the interests of fostering local involvement in an important proposal for use of rural land.

We apologise that the resolution of the poster is poor and recommend that the leaflet is consulted for the best view of the plan. We have placed here what we have received.

Solihull MSA Consultation Poster

Solihull MSA Consultation Leaflet

Preparing for a Knowle Neighbourhood Plan

Communities in small villages and large cities are taking control over the future development of their neighbourhoods. They are shaping the places where they live and work, and deciding what type of development is needed, where it should go and what it should look like. People in over 1,200 areas have started working on a neighbourhood plan, with over 140 plans published. 37 of these have gone to referendums and all of these have won resounding victories as local residents have turned out in large numbers to agree the plan written by their neighbourhood plan group.

The Knowle Society and Dorridge & District Residents’ Association (DDRA) are cooperating to initiate the independent body which would drive forward the creation of a local Neighbourhood Plan in Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath. The details of this initiative are in the leaflet circulated to all homes in Knowle & Dorridge as an insert to the December 2014 issue of Look Local – a copy is attached below.

Simultaneous drop-in sessions to collect comments from local people are taking place on Saturday 6th December at Knowle Library (10am-3pm) and the newly refurbished Dorridge Station Waiting Room (Platform 1 – not the Ticket Hall) (10am-2pm). The results of these drop-ins will be fed back at a Public Meeting at Arden Academy on Wednesday 7th January 2015, when it is hoped that the new independent committee will be formed to work on this plan.

Everyone in Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath is invited and welcome to come to any of these meetings. We hope that you will find this new initiative a really interesting and worthwhile development for the community.

Neighbourhood Plan leaflet