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BOXING DAY WALK

The Society’s ever popular Boxing Day family walk returns this year after a hiatus last year.  It will be about 3 miles long and start at 11am on Dec 26th from the large car park behind Knowle Church. Please park at the school end to keep the rest clear for church-goers.  Traditional refreshments will be served to survivors! All welcome!

PROGRESS ON THE COUNCIL’S ‘LOCAL PLAN’

A quote from the latest KDBH Forum email:-

The Solihull Local Plan saga continues, with Public Examination throwing up some concerning twists and turns

How are things looking?
 
In short, very worrying.  As it stands currently, Hearing sessions, held in front of the Government-appointed Inspector, have thrown huge uncertainty on possible outcomes for the two large development sites proposed in KDBH. Basic issues relating to land ownership, as identified in our Forum consultation response, have come strongly to the fore – to the extent that Council proposals for both sites are in serious jeopardy.  Consequently, there is a real risk that new housing could be built, but without the associated community benefits that, since day one, have been central to the proposals.

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COVID INJECTIONS AVAILABLE

The new town centre vaccination centre has been very busy and in its first week has managed to vaccinate 4,539 residents. This permanent centre is located on Solihull High Street (in-between Pret A Manger and Halifax bank).

It is open daily, from 8am to 6pm, and you can use this service by simply turning up – no appointment is necessary to receive first, second or booster doses – if eligible. Alternatively, you can book an appointment at the centre via the national booking system.

DISCRETIONARY HOUSING GRANTS

Solihull residents who receive Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (Housing Costs element) may be eligible for financial support from the Discretionary Housing Payments Scheme.

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are designed to help residents where their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (Housing Costs element) does not cover the rent. In addition to making up rent shortfalls, the scheme can also be used to help with a one-off cost, such as covering outstanding rent, a rent deposit or moving costs.Before making an application to the Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme, residents are advised to refer to the DHP information sheet to check their eligibility.