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.
As part of the Consultation Survey completed earlier this year for the Neighbourhood Plan you told us that more facilities were needed for older children and teenagers. The Council are keen to address this issue and want to identify ideas that are feasible - with a view to delivery in the future.
We would love to hear your suggestions so please do email us with any ideas. Please email and watch this space!
Art and Craft Exhibition
Once again this years Art and Craft Exhibition at Fentham Hall was a resounding success with a record number of people attending. Kriss Cooper received Mrs Kate Wild, Mayoress of Solihull, on the Saturday to open the exhibition where there was a fine display of paintings, photographs and crafts.
The Isabel Shakespeare cup was awarded to the best young photographer by Helena, Isabel's daughter and there was also a display of paintings by children from George Fentham school.
A big thank you to all those behind the scenes who worked so hard to make the event a success, particularly the flower arrangers, the volunteers in the kitchen, who provided a much needed cuppa and sustenance and the 'assembly and dismantling team'.
Welcome to a New Councillor!
Following our advertisement for a new Parish Councillor I am delighted to announce that we have appointed David Sandalls. David lives in Old Station Road with his young family and is keen to help preserve and develop the character of our village. We all wish David a long and rewarding association with the Parish Council.
Chance to Have Your Say!
Hampton-in-Arden Parish Council has asked Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to consider increasing the number of parish councillors that sit on the Parish Council.
The Parish Council has Quality Parish Council status and aims to engage fully with all issues affecting the community in a highly professional manner. Members are involved with a number of complex and time consuming issues, including formulating a Neighbourhood Plan, representing the local community in matters relating to HS2, efforts to improve the proposed flight path routings, responding to planning applications and other Solihull MBC consultations, maintaining the village environment to a high level, and organising and participating in a number of local community events.
At present, they have 7 Members but hope that increasing the number of Councillors to 9 will help the Council to operate even more effectively.
The Governance Committee has now agreed to publish a draft proposal which is subject to a further period of consultation ending on 8th January 2015, after which time the Governance Committee will be invited to consider the response and agree a final proposal.
The Terms of Reference Document can be viewed on the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council website.
Network Rail Tree Work
Due to poor maintenance over very many years we have been left with some large insecure trees within the railway embankment which we are told are a danger to railway passengers. Following 2 meetings with Network Rail residents of Station Road and Old Station Road have rather reluctantly become reconciled to the felling of many of these trees. The work has begun and will progress in sections over the next couple of months, some night work will be necessary. A supervisor will always be on site to ensure public safety and a mobile phone number is clearly displayed if you have any concerns. We are pleased to report that our negotiations with Network Rail have resulted in an undertaking to plant a hedge on the rail side of the Old Station Road fence and for some planting, resurfacing and improved drainage along Station Road. We have been promised some larger trees to plant on Parish Council land at the Recreation Field and for consideration of improved access to the Birmingham platform .... lets hope!
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.
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.
The parish council has prepared a petition concerning the adverse effects of HS2 on the community, which has been submitted to and 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 in late 2014 or early 2015 to put our case with robust evidence. On 16th September members of the select committee visited the local area and spent 15 minutes talking to representatives of the Parish Council and Hampton Society at Patricks Farm about our serious concerns.We have also had two meetings with HS2 Ltd to press for our asks to be contractually agreed but it is unlikely that we will have any undertakings before our date to appear is approaching. The company says it aims to resolve as many issues as possible by arbitration in order to reduce the time spent by the Select Committee in hearing petitions so delaying the project.
The closure of Diddington Lane to through traffic has always been an element of the HS2 plans and we understood that this has been supported by many villagers in order to prevent the lane being a short cut to the Interchange Station on the A452 near Melbicks Nursery. Packington Estate have recently started a campaign to keep the lane open so if you would like to make your view on this matter known please email the parish clerk.
The parish council remains fundamentally opposed to HS2 which will severely affect the nature of our village for future generations.
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
Having completed water main connections in Marsh Lane Severn Trent are progressing with the remainder of the work along the High Street. It appears that this is being conducted in a much more business like manner the parish council urging the contractors to use lessons learned from the operations of previous contractors. Shorter lengths of road are being closed for shorter periods and the traffic lights are being removed whenever possible. It is hoped that before long Solihull MBC will be able to undertake the long postponed resurfacing of Marsh Lane.
A programme will be developed with the Contractor, Laing O'Rourke, for other outstanding work in the village when High Street 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. The airport claim that this is because aircraft are not following the designated routes as a result of inaccurate co-ordinates being entered in the navigation systems. We are told that this has now been corrected and a further 3 month trial of option 6 will commence on November 13th. The public consultation concerning flight path options preceded any trials and consequently information about their impact might be considered insufficient for the public to have made informed decisions. It also appears that Birmingham Airport Ltd may not make the results of the trials public although they will have to present them to the CAA. It might therefore be possible to access the results by way of a Freedom of Information request to the CAA and a judicial review of any CAA decision might be possible. A local action group is being established by residents of Balsall Common and we will ensure that you are represented.
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 and some residents in Old Station Road are aware of ground testing of engines in the new maintenance hanger.
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. The petition has been presented and is in the hands of the Minister for Transport, Mrs Spelmans office has reported that we will hear more when Parliament reconvenes after the summer recess.
The constitution and operation of the Airport Consultative Committee was fundamentally changes a few months ago but following a great deal of pressure, not least from The parish council and Hampton Society, it has been re-established whilst the trials continue. We will be fighting to ensure that both bodies are represented on it in future so that we have a strong voice with which to protect our community from further environmental damage.
Solihull Neighbourhood in Bloom
Most Engaged Village!
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 are pleased to report that we received the 'Most Engaged Village' award. 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.
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 taking place on behalf of the Fentham Trust 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 - 11 December 2014