Hampton-in-Arden Parish Council

Under 7s Play Area

WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE FOR HAMPTON IN ARDEN!

Thank you for visiting the Hampton in Arden website which includes information about the village, events and services and which is sponsored by the Parish Council.

Please use the links on the left hand side of the page to easily navigate around the site and we hope that you find the information useful and readily available. Please remember to visit this site frequently as the information will be regularly updated.

Hampton-in-Arden Neighbourhood Plan

Parish Council Vacancy

Following our parish councillor Alison Rolf's successful election as the SMBC Ward Councillor for Bickenhill a vacancy exists on the Parish Council which we shall be filling by co-option.
If you have the commitment and time to become involved in shaping our village for future generations why not consider applying?

For detail of our work please take time to browse through this website and if you would like to discuss what is involved Julie, the parish clerk will organise meeting with the chair of vice chair.

If you are interested please make your submission to the clerk, in writing by Friday 29th August 2014 including:
- a brief personal and job experience history
- reasons for your application including your commitment and time availability

Under 7s Play Area

Following 2 years of determined fundraising by Councillor John Doidge our long awaited Play Area for the Under 7s has now been unveiled by the Scout and Guide Hut at the Recreation Ground. It is a fantastic facility for the children and the natural wood blends sympathetically with the woodland surroundings. We would like to thank The George Fentham Trust, The Big Lottery Fund, The Hampton Gym, The PTA, The Hampton Society, Severn Trent Water and the Hampton Surgery for their generous sponsorship.

Commemoration of the start of WW1 in Hampton

"Hampton Families in the First World War" a talk by Malcolm James ...

The Hampton Society is arranging this talk by Malcolm James, Chairman of the History Section of the Society, on Wednesday 3rd September at 7.30pm in the Arden Room, Fentham Hall.
There is no charge for this interesting talk about our village during the First World War.

HS2 UPDATE

Hampton-in-Arden community lobby Parliament against HS2

On 25th November the HS2 Environmental Statement was released by the Government. It is a very detailed plan for the construction programme of HS2 and forms the basis of the Hybrid Bill, the parliamentary go ahead for the scheme.

The documents number thousands of pages and can be viewed in the local libraries or on line here.

The parish council and Hampton Society have worked together to read the lengthy documents and extract detail that is important for the village, we have now sent off our separate responses, click here to read the response of the parish council.

The actual consultation period has been extended by decree of the House of Lords as over 500 pages of detail were omitted from the Environmental Statement!

Representatives of the parish council and Hampton Society have been working closely with Councillors and planning officers at SMBC and we are pleased to report that all our 'asks' have been included in the draft SMBC response which we hope they will fight to achieve on our behalf.

We have now requested a meeting with HS2 Ltd to press for our asks to be contractually agreed, the company says it aims to resolve as many issues as possible by arbitration as the next stage would be petitioning Parliament, time consuming and costly and if many petitions need to be heard the project could be delayed.

The parish council has prepared and submitted a petition concerning the adverse effects of HS2 on the community, which has been accepted by the Parliamentary Select Committee. The petition covers important issues of mitigation for the village in which we are supported by SMBC. It is likely that councillors John Doidge and Gill Lewis will appear in front of the committee after September 2014 to put our case with robust evidence. The parish council remains fundamentally opposed to HS2 which will severely affect the nature of our village for future generations.

VILLAGE DIARY

If you use the navigation menu on the LH side of this website you will see that there is a Village Diary page. This is a free service for you to advertise your events taking place in the village. To use the diary, please e-mail your dates to the Clerk.

WATER MAINS NETWORK RENEWAL

Severn Trent and the Parish Council met on 29th May 2014 to review what work remained to be undertaken and to discuss the lessons to be learned from the operations of previous contractors. The first part of the remaining works is already taking place in Marsh Lane where 6 connections and approximately 30 customer services require to be connected to the new main along with disinfection prior to service. As work progresses, the top section between High Street and Fentham Road will have to be closed for 1 - 2 weeks as the excavation will be fairly large to make all the connections. This element of work will take place in the school summer holidays with traffic being directed down Fentham Road to exit at the Engine Mews. Contractors estimate that all this works will take 9 weeks and once complete, Solihull MBC will be able to undertake the long postponed resurfacing works.

A programme is currently being developed with the Contractor, Laing O'Rourke, for other outstanding work in the village when Marsh Lane has been completed.

Trial of Aircraft Southerly Departure Routes

There has been much anger and disquiet within the village concerning the sudden increase in aircraft noise since the southerly departure route trials began in May. Initially route 5 presented a sharp increase in noise but Route 6 has been much worse and the airport claim that this is because aircraft are not following the designated routes...why is this? In addition with the end of the runway being 300 m nearer the village the noise from aircraft taking off to the north is much worse especially in the early morning with windows open.

Well over 150 residents attended the 'Hello' held by the airport on 21st June and made their feelings known in no uncertain terms, many people felt that little heed was taken by the junior employees who represented the airport. Incredibly the airport say that whilst they are noting comments there is no further public consultation, the data from the trial is information for the CAA only.

Subsequently a petition was drafted by two pilots living in the village, which has been presented to Parliament by our M P Caroline Spelman, requesting the Minister of State for Transport reviews the trial of options 5 and 6 and instructs the airport to look at other possible routings which will mimick the Hampton Turn and be quieter for residents of the rural communities. Within 10 days 2200 signatures had been collected from Hampton 880, Balsall 1300 and Barston 25, we will await the outcome.

The parish council and Hampton Society are also fighting to ensure that both bodies are represented on the Airport Consultative Committee so that we have a strong voice with which to protect our community from further environmental damage.

Solihull Neighbourhood in Bloom

Solihull Neighbourhood in Bloom

You may recall that in 2013 the Parish Council entered Hampton in Arden in the Solihull Neighbourhoods in Bloom Best Village competition and we won! We entered again this year and judging has already taken place. We were very grateful for the help of over 20 people who came to the Village Clean up, an all time record which we hopes indicated improving pride in our village. This year for the first time some individuals and businesses entered so we are hoping that we receive some awards to recognise how good our village is looking.

Solihull Community Housing Development, Peel Close

The construction of 5 houses on the site of the disused garages adjacent to Peel Close is now well underway and expected to be complete later this year. Following pressure from the Parish Council it is likely that 3 of the 5 houses will be given preference for tenants with a close association to the parish of Hampton in Arden by way of a local letting plan and who are in priority bands A, B or C on the Council's Housing Register. This applies to both first and subsequent lettings. If you would like more detail please contact the parish council.

CCTV Recreation Ground Car Park

Unfortunately several cars have been broken into recently at the Sports Club and the existing CCTV was not able to show the car number plates clearly. The Sports Club have now upgraded the cameras so if any crime takes place they should be able to provide the necessary evidence.

Fentham Trust Lake and Landscaping

For some months work has been underway to develop this lovely facility on the far side of the Spinney. An integral element of the plan is a pathway, suitable for mobility devices and prams, from the far end of the Recreation Ground Car Park, crossing the sports field, through the Spinney and around the lake. So if it is a nice day and you are feeling a little intrepid please try out the new pathway when it is completed with it's smooth all weather surface.

Please take some time to view all areas of the site and let us know how we may improve the service which we are providing. Remember, please advise us of your forthcoming events for the village diary.

Website last updated - 15 September 2014