New Light Agreed

Warwickshire Highways have been given the go ahead to install a new lamp post in the passageway between Bellfield and Doctor’s Close.

Tanworth Parish Council,  which is responsible for footpath lighting, agreed to fund the new light at its meeting on Thursday 21 November. This followed representations by several residents that children were going to and from school in the dark.

(Source:  Tanworth Parish Council)

Water Mains Work

Major road works originally planned for earlier this year have now begun.

Severn Trent Water has started work to replace mains water pipes along Tom Hill, Butts Lane, Doctor’s Hill and The Green from Monday 28 October .  This will mean major traffic disruption in the village for many weeks with temporary traffic lights.   Pedestrians will be unaffected.

Amey, the contractor, will suspend work over the Christmas and New Year period.

(Source:  Severn Trent)

Disruption on A435

Major Work will continue on the roundabout at Junction 3 of the M42 with the A435 for some time.

Also, the A435 itself from Junction 3 to Beckitt’s roundabout closes every night  from 20.00.

Kier, who are conducing the work on behalf of Highways England,say that to complete this work safely, they will have the following traffic management in place throughout:
▪ 24/7 Single lane running on all approaches to the junction
▪ 24/7 Single lane running on the roundabout itself
▪ 50mph speed limit in place on the M42
▪ 30mph speed limit in place on slip roads

When the north or south side of the roundabout is closed there will be no access to go all around the junction. The diversion will be in place if you’re looking to travel around the roundabout.

The speed limit on both north and southbound dual carriageways approaching the new roundabout has been reduced to 50mph.

(Source: Highways Agency)

Anti-Social Behaviour

Earlswood, in particular, has been plagued for some time by anti-social behaviour around The Lakes. Often drugs are involved.

Tanworth Parish Council and Earlswood Residents Association have lobbied Warwickshire Police to take action for some time. Recently they have discovered that sometimes residents have reported a problem but it has not been logged by the police.

The Parish Council, therefore, asks residents, when they have called 101 or otherwise notified the police about anti-social behaviour anywhere in the parish that they should also let the Parish Council know so it can ensure that the complaint is logged and followed up.

Please telephone 703200 or email: office@tanworth-pc.org.uk.

(Source: Tanworth Parish Council)

New Motorway Service Area at M42 Junction 4

Solihull Council extended the time for the public to comment on the proposed new Motorway Service Area at Blythe Valley Junction 4 of the M42.

The closing date was Friday 1 February.  This application and another for a larger Service Area near Catherine de Barnes will be determined in March.

If residents wish to see details of the application they are available on the Solihull Metropolitan Council website at:

https://publicaccess.solihull.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=dates&keyVal=OFWWSPOE01G00 

 

(Source:  CPRE)

Every Wednesday at the Village Hall

Since early July Tanworth Village Hall has opened its doors every Wednesday afternoon to enable the community to come together and join in gentle leisure pursuits.

Initially, the hall committee wished to establish if there was sufficient demand to warrant heating the hall throughout the winter months to justify such activities continuing.  Demand has been such that the doors remain open.  Residents have been able to enjoy Bingo, Draughts (the game not a chill!), a game called ‘Frustration’(It is well named) and to stimulate memories with playing cards and the occasional quiz.

In the summer we enjoyed a little light piano playing from a young talented teenager now back at school.  We would welcome any local resident to come along and entertain us at the keyboard.

Doors open every Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm and close between 4.30pm and 5.00pm depending upon the state of games at the time. Refreshments in the form or tea or coffee with biscuits are provided in exchange for a small donation.

All are welcome, do come along and meet old friends and make some new ones.

(Source:  Tony Dixon)

How To Submit Your Views On A Planning Application

 

A resident has suggested it might be useful to set out in detail how to comment on a current planning application.

The conventional way is to write to Stratford District Council at Elizabeth House, Stratford Upon Avon CV37 6HX quoting the relevant number currently 18/00000/FUL followed by some letters which describe the kind of Application.

The planners tend to disregard loads of letters that are all in the same style or use the same form of words.

The much easier way that allows residents to view plans and the comments of others is to go to the SDC website:

https://www.stratford.gov.uk/

Scroll down and click once on Planning And Building

That opens an E Planning option

Click on that and then choose View Planning Applications

You are now on the main E Planning System page.

Put the 18/02392/REM application number in and you can then browse the history and relevant documents relevant to the current Cank Farm application.

On the right hand side is Comment.  You than have access to a pro forma where you can type in comments.

Be very careful to ensure that you tick the relevant option – Support, No Representation  or Object

Hope this is helpful

 

(Source: Barry Stephens and Tom Ross)

 

 

Could You Be a School Governor?

Tanworth School and Nursery  is looking for a local resident to serve as a school governor. That person does not have to have an existing connection with the school.

Some of the existing governors are parents who, despite all the demands of having a young family and, usually, full-time jobs, are prepared to give up their precious time to bring their unique perspective to running our school and nursery.  Other governors have an education background and are able to use that experience to help shape and monitor the learning that we offer.

Equally important are those who can bring a strong business background and experience to the governor role.

The Chairman of the Governors thinks such business experience is essential if the headteacher and her staff are to be able to focus on helping our children to learn and achieve their best.

Anyone with a business background, particularly in commercial accounting or financial management, or in buildings and asset management, either from the private or public sector, whether retired or nearing the end of a career, is particularly asked to consider becoming a school governor.

For more information contact Bob Perks on 07891 432881 or e-mail him at perks_robert@hotmail.co.uk.  Note that is perks underscore Robert.

 

(Source:  Tanworth School)

 

Neighbourhood Watch Matters

Your Chief Co-ordinator, Tony Dixon, recently reported these conclusions from a recent Neighbourhood Watch meeting he attended:

128 reported crimes were reported in the parish of Tanworth in Arden during first five months of 2018.  June figures are not yet available.  This compares with 105 in the same period of 2017 – an increase of 22%.

2017 itself saw an increase of 7% over 2016.

It is vital that residents report all crimes to ensure the authorities get an accurate picture of all the crimes being committed.

Burglaries in our parish for May 2018 are 24% up on June 2017, vehicle crime is up 16%, and anti social behaviour is up 18%.

In 59% of cases no suspects have been identified and, accordingly, no further action is being taken in respect of these crimes.

Police resources are stretched everywhere and, as ever, they are reliant upon good on the ground information being fed to them by the ever watchful residents of the Parish.

The advice from the police is that when residents see something out of the usual make a note of numbers, descriptions, perhaps take a photo with your ever handy phone and relay this information to the police on 101.  This is the number to ring when residents do not believe an actual crime is in process.  If a crime is in process ring 999.

Some of the residents in neighbouring villages are following suspect vehicles around their patches with mobile phone pictures.

WHILST THIS CAN BE USEFUL THE ADVICE IS NEVER  PUT YOURSELF INTO A POSITION OF DANGER.

Tony observes that Claverdon are very active in their fight against local crime and are in the process of trying to raise sufficient funds to establish a scheme of Automatic Number Plate Recognition  cameras on the various roads which enter the village, they are investigating the option to create a charity, (gift aid benefits) but need to raise between £40,000 and £50,000 to establish the scheme.

This equates to about  £30 per household if Tanworth Parish was to try something along similar lines, BUT we have more roads and lanes so costs may be double that figure, if we were to go along similar lines.

Elsewhere, Tony notes Neighbourhood Watches continue to encourage residents to receive the crime messages issued by the police and in some instances they relay these around small groups of e-mail addresses.  See elsewhere on this site how to sign up for these messages.

In Tanworth we suggest the quickest way to receive information is to get it direct from the police, to wait for it to be re-transmitted from your Watch simply loses time in the receipt to such information.

Finally, where is the best place to park your car overnight?  The advice is in a locked Garage.

Is your Garage full with other household items? Then leave your keys out of range of wireless signals, or risk your car disappearing over night from your drive!

 

(Source:  Tony Dixon)

 

 

Community Bus Service

UBUS is a dial-a-ride community transport service operating within Stratford District.

It is available to anyone in the district who struggles to access public transport due to mobility issues, health problems or who lives in an area with no, or infrequent, public transport.

UBUS will collect passengers from their door, drop them off at their destination, pick up again at the agreed point and drop off back at home.  Drivers can assist passengers to get on & off the bus and will help with up to 3 shopping bags or a trolley if necessary.  All UBUS vehicles can accommodate a wheelchair.

Depending on where residents live in the district a single journey costs between £2.10 and £3.40. Return journeys from £4.20 to £6.80.   Residents living in an Orbit property are eligible for a 60p discount on their journey.

Sadly, bus passes are not accepted and travel can only be within the district so, for example, trips to Redditch and Solihull are not permitted.  It is available weekdays only.  Passengers can only travel between 9:30am and 2:30pm.

Journeys need to be booked in advance.   You can book up to seven days before you need to travel.

UBUS can be used to visit friends, attend social groups, leisure activities or go shopping.  It cannot be used to attend medical appointments.

To book call 01789 264491.

The number is much in demand at certain times of the day so you may be asked to leave a telephone number or need to call back if you prefer.

 

(Source:  Stratford District Council)