Hampton-in-Arden Parish Council

Winter visitors enjoy River Bly flood

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 Festival 2015

Please put July 4th and 5th in your diary and follow this link for more information.

Parish Council Elections 2015

Parish Council elections will take place on 7th May 2015, the day the General Election takes place. This is your chance to think about whether you would like to put your name forward for election in order to contribute towards maintaining and improving our community for the future.

An Information Session will take place on Saturday 28th March, at the Parish Office adjacent to the Beeches, from 10.30 until 12.00. Please come along to talk to current councillors and find out exactly what is involved.

Nomination papers must be submitted to SMBC by 9th April 2015. (Visit Parish Newsletter drop down for more information)
This is your opportunity to have a greater say in village life!

Youth Issues

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!

Welcome to a New Councillor!

David Sandalls

 

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.

 

Hampton-in-Arden Neighbourhood Plan

Parish Council Governance Review

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 necessary Governance Review has now taken place and it has been recommended to SMBC Governance Committee that permission is granted.

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 we have 7 Members but hope that increasing the number of Councillors to 9 will help the Council to operate even more effectively.

The Terms of Reference Document can be viewed on the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council website.

Garden City Consultation

A consultation event, organised by the Parish Council, took place on 6th December and a large number of residents came along to see what was involved. The consultation was really concerning de-designation by SMBC of green belt land around the proposed HS2 station to optimise economic potential by allowing development of housing and jobs. A vast majority of those who attended felt that the main concern was to protect the green belt and the parish council response will reflect this view in it's response.

The parish council response to the consultation can be viewed here.

Motorway Service Station

Those in the village who have successfully fought this proposal on 2 previous occasions will no doubt be dismayed that it is to be resubmitted. The proposal is to build the facility in the Meriden Gap to the south of, and on the Catherine de Barnes side of Solihull Road. Solihull Road will be raised on a new motorway bridge, a second bridge would be constructed for access just to the north of Solihull Road, It is said that there will be no access for vehicles from the Solihull Road. There are other reviews taking place to increase capacity on the M42 for the HS2 station and new Resort World which might result in widening of the Motorway or creation of a new junction and the new bridges would have to cater for additional lanes on the motorway. The public consultation so far is by the developer only, taking place prior to submission of detailed plans for planning consent. The parish council have submitted an outline response opposing the development. It will be more important to respond to the actual planning applications when it is submitted.

The parish council response to the consultation can be viewed here.

Network Rail Tree Work

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 largely been completed and our village scene has certainly changed...looking on the positive side we have got a lot more light. Network Rail have provided the Parish Council with 12 semi mature trees and 3 large sacs of daffodils which a working party planted in pouring rain on the 3rd December around the Recreation Ground Car Park. We still await planting of a hedge on the rail side of the Old Station Road fence and for resurfacing and improved drainage along Station Road. We are pressing for consideration of improved access to the Birmingham platform as part of this work .... 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 which was augmented with funding by the parish council.

HS2 UPDATE

Select Committee

Parish Council and Hampton Society
delegation visit Parliamentary HS2
Select Committee

On December 11th a delegation from the Parish Council and Hampton Society travelled to London to appear in front of the HS2 Select Committee and present the petition outlined below. We spoke for 2 hours and were very well received the Chair subsequently stating 'The Hampton-in-Arden petitioners presented their case formidably. We are confident that their impressive abilities will contribute to reaching sensible outcomes with HS2 and Solihull on their particular issues of concern, especially viaduct design and flooding. If there are unresolved problems, they should feel free to inform us and there will be time to call them back'. A meeting has been organised with HS2 negotiators to firm up on the promises that were made.

The transcript of the presentation can be found here or viewed here.

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 here.

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

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 SMBC response.

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. Councillors John Doidge and Gill Lewis, and Hampton Society Chair George Goodall and Trustee Ken Blanch will appear in front of the committee on 11th December 2014 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. It is disappointing that Packington Estate have been able to persuade HS2 to work on a plan to keep the lane open so if you would like to make your view on this matter known please email the parish clerk. We will of course continue to fight this proposal on your behalf.

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 Water have now completed water main connections in Marsh Lane which we are pleased to see has finally been resurfaced. A vast majority of the work on High Street has been completed and I am told that there remain only a few days work to do near the entrance to Hampton Manor. Apparently all other water main work within the village, including Fentham Road, has been cancelled for the time being and will be reviewed at a later date.

Airport Consultative Committee Reform Consultation and 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 reply by the Transport Minister concerning the petition can be found in Hansard.

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.

The parish council response to the ACC consultation can be viewed here.

Solihull Neighbourhood in Bloom

Most Engaged Village!

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 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.

With the help of the Gardening Society we have used our winnings to purchase and plant 2 flowering cherry trees at the bottom of Meriden Road.

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.

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 - 3 March 2015