Hampton-in-Arden Parish Council

Patrick Farm flooded February 2014

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

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.

A new councillor joins Hampton in Arden Parish Council

Cat Sellars

Hampton in Arden Parish Council is delighted to welcome Cat Sellars as a newly co-opted councillor. Cat has lived in Hampton for 4 years and applied for the vacancy because she wanted to play a more active role in the village in which her young son will be growing up.
Cat is qualified as a Senior Ecologist and much of her work has been in supporting planning applications and Environmental Impact Assessments, skills which will be invaluable to our planning team. We wish Cat a very happy and successful association with the parish council.

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 is prepared to petition on the important issues but remains fundamentally opposed to HS2 which will severely affect the nature of our village for future generations.

HAMPTON FESTIVAL 2014

The Hampton Festival took place over the weekend of Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014. Saturday saw a dry day with the Fete well supported. As usual, the tea and cakes by the WI in the Scout Hut went down a storm! The band did us proud in the evening with a good selection of light music with the flag waving and singing bringing the evening to a conclusion. Duncan conducted a lovely open air church service which was followed by the Big Lunch, which, thanks to the weather, was a success with lots of families having their picnics on the Sports Field.

The scarecrow competition was again excellent with a very high standard of entry. The details of the competition can be found by clicking on the scarecrow image on the left.

Thanks to all who organised and supported the event, raising funds for village organisations.

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 will be to Marsh Lane where 6 connections and approximately 30 customer services require to be connected to the new main along with disinfection prior to service. Work should commence on the lower part of Marsh Lane on 30th June using 2 way traffic lights. 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.

Update on flight path trials at Birmingham Airport

In May 2014, the Airport began their trials of the 2 proposed new take off routes with Option 5 being May. The noise was bad but then we got to June and option 6. The airplanes were then taking off directly over the village and everyone was unhappy. A meeting took place at Fentham Hall on Saturday 21st June 2014 which was attended by many unhappy local people! The Airport are aware how unhappy we are and please ensure that you continue to make your feelings known by signing petitions, writing to the Airport, the CAA and your local MP. The trials are due to continue until the end of October 2014 with the routes alternating so listen out and make your opinions known.

Solihull Neighbourhood in Bloom

You may recall that last year the Parish Council entered Hampton in Arden in the section of Best Village and we won! The competition is being held again this year with judging due to take place between 14th and 18th July 2014. The Village Clean up has therefore been set for Saturday 12th July 2014 commencing at 9.30am at the Meeting Rooms of the Parish Council. Please come and help to make the village look as good as we possibly can for the judging. The more people who help, the less time each has to give. Please help us to make the village look as good as it possibly can!

Network Rail

Date for your diary - a meeting will take place to discuss the extent of the proposed tree felling works with Network Rail and Caroline Spelman at the Parish Meeting Room, Marsh Lane at 1pm on Friday 1st August 2014, followed by a site visit.

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 - 23 July 2014

Hampton in Arden Scarecrow Competition 2014