A brief report of matters discussed at the most recent committee meeting. Feedback on Society matters is welcomed on our online ‘Forum’.
1. There is no news to report on the proposed ‘Waitrose’ development, except that a revised proposal is envisaged by Kimberley Developments which would not involve replacement of the Village Hall but was thought possibly to utilise the old bowling green. It is understood that further community consultation will be sought by Kimberley before submitting new plans.
2. Plans for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Society’s Golden Jubilee in 2012 were discussed, including the opportunity to work closely with the expertise and funding that exists from the village’s celebrations at the Millennium, in 2002 (Golden Jubilee) and in 2005.
3. Youth involvement continues to be a top priority for the Society. Following recent advice from Solihull MBC’s Youth Service and the newly formed Civic Voice, the Trustee Directors considered a photographic competition and the use of social websites as desirable ways forward. Newly formed links with Arden would also be explored to seek the school’s input and advice.
4. Switching on the Christmas lights was felt to be another successful occasion. The event was reviewed and a few points were noted for subsequent years. Numbers were thought to be similar to last year.
5. Finding a suitably qualified and available person to lead the proposed Village Plan was seen as an urgent requirement; the need for a Village Plan was becoming more inevitable each day.
6. The Society’s offer of help in supporting Knowle Library has been verbally accepted in principle by SMBC and remains to be worked out and taken forward.
7. Last month’s AGM was felt to have been a successful event and that the format was right.
8. It was reported that a planning application can be expected to convert the premises of the former Knowle Decorating & Building Supplies into housing. A conversion from office to retail use is also expected for the old Soden’s shop as an extension of the bridal-wear shop.
9. Community Services concerns centred on the current proliferation of A-Boards in the High Street and parking on the bends of St Johns Close.
10. More offers of stewards to help with the Boxing Day walk were needed.
11. A grant application for the Knowle Green Community Project was currently being prepared; the budget for the scheme has been reduced; a meeting was imminent to consider which trees should be retained in the scheme and decisions are needed on the incorporation of the new illuminated service indicator panels.
12. It was noted that the new Localism bill has the potential for a significant impact on the Society and its role in the community.
13. The benefits of professional input to the design of the website and a more ‘newsy’ and less wordy newsletter were raised but no decisions were taken.