Because of the late change in meeting venue for last Sunday’s walk, half the walkers didn’t get to join the official walk and did their own instead. We apologise for the mix-up and have taken steps to reduce this risk in future. See full apology.
Almost exactly three years after we made our applications to register three areas of green space as Village Greens, next week we’ll get to the next critical stage.
At a Public Hearing an Inspector, engaged by the Council, will hear our evidence that Area A, off the Wychwood roundabout, should be registered. The objectors will have a chance to make their case that it should not! A selected group of our supporters will appear in person to give their evidence and your attendance in the public gallery will give them great support.
Please come along and support them, even for a short while. The Hearing will take place at the Solihull Moors Football Club, near the rear entrance to the ‘Rover’ works, postcode B92 9EJ. The sessions will be on Monday 1st Feb and Tuesday 2nd Feb from 10:00 to 17:30 with an evening session up to 20:00. There will probably be a session on Thursday 4th as well, but most of this will be taken up by legal arguments. You will be able to come and go, you don’t need to stay for an extended period. There is ample parking on site.
Our Applications for Registration of Areas C & D – next to the Park, will not be heard in person. As the Council has withdrawn its objections to these areas, the Inspector will deal with them as a paper exercise.
We will probably not know the outcome of our Applications for some time, as the Inspector will need to submit his conclusion in writing via the Council.
It’s not going to be easy, so keep your fingers crossed and support our campaign.
The Knowle, Dorridge & Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum is holding an extraordinary meeting on 13th January at 7pm at Arden School, dedicated to discussion of the new housing development options outlined in Solihull Council’s recent Local Plan Review consultation document.
Given that a number of these options could directly affect our Neighbourhood, please do take this opportunity to learn more about what they could mean and to make your views known as part of the Forum’s response to SMBC. Please also spread the word to friends and neighbours.
A link to the agenda is attached below. It would really help if you could confirm your attendance by clicking on firstname.lastname@example.org, just putting ‘Yes’ in the subject line and sending.
The Knowle Society was instrumental in initiating the process to create a new Neighbourhood Forum in Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath and is delighted to report that this independent body has now been officially approved and is therefore the first such forum in Solihull. See details in the attachment, which also invites you to an Open Event.
As we are all using our kerbside recycling facilities more and not the mini ones in public areas, the Council has decided to close them. The Tesco car park ones go by 30 November 2015, the Dorridge Station car park ones go by 28 February 2016 and the Greswolde car park ones by 31 May 2016.