Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in September 2010

A brief report of matters discussed at the most recent committee meeting. Feedback on Society matters is welcomed on our online ‘Forum’.

1. It was reported that:

a) Arden School was proposing a cycle route and footpath that bordered the school’s playing field.

b) The Society had pressed for speedy decision making on the Kimberley Developments planning application. Kimberley has since advised the Society of the reasons for the delays and that there was no intention to reduce opposition by dragging out the process. It is understood that revisions to the proposed scheme are being considered.

c) initial efforts to establish a Youth Section were progressing slowly

d) final arrangements for the Heritage Weekend (11 Sept) were all in place – efforts this year to be confined to the Local History Centre opening and High Street guided tours being led by Colin Smith.

2. It was agreed:

a) to request High Street closure for street celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and the Golden Jubilee of The Knowle Society on Saturday 2nd June 2012. The celebrations will be led by Knowle Society with the inclusion of all village groups.

b) that the switch-on of the Christmas Tree and Village lights would be on Monday 29th November. Difficulties with the new arrangements last year were reviewed and an action was agreed to approach the Church on relevant issues.

c) not to participate in the first national Civic Voice ‘Civic Day’ in 2011 as this would follow too closely on the Knowle Festival in the Park, which was a major presentation of the Society within the community and a prior major commitment of the Society.

3. Written reports had been received from Committee chairmen and from Councillor Rebeiro. In most cases these reports were received with no further discussion except that a proposal by Solihull Police to set up an online forum and asking the Society to invite members to partake was discussed. Unfortunately insufficient information was available at the time however enquiry after the meeting enabled the matter to be aired in the forthcoming October newsletter.

4. The Knowle Community Green Project (redevelopment of the area around the bus stop on the junction of Station Rd and Warwick Rd) is going through an important phase of applying for planning permission and grant application but has been complicated by the financial difficulties of the Architect.