Speed along Broad Lane and elsewhere


A number of residents have contacted the Residents Association to say that they were concerned about safety at places like school bus boarding points along either The Common in Earlswood or Broad Lane in Tanworth.

For the benefit of newcomers there were major campaigns in recent years to reduce the speed limit on both roads to 30 and 40mph respectively.

These new limits were only achieved because of extraordinary pressure being put on the County Council Highways authority (WCC) to assign the relevant funds.  We were originally told that they would not be possible because of lack of funding or there were not sufficient deaths on the road to justify such measures!

Eventually, “the powers-that-be” relented thanks in no small part to the efforts of our then County Councillor Mike Perry.  Times and personnel may have changed but the reasons for the bureaucrats to do nothing have not.

I went through a number of possible options to reduce speed with someone in the Warwickshire County Council Road Safety Group recently.  All have cost implications and the major problem on Broad Lane is that 40 mph down to 20 is a very sudden jump.

  1. Current County Councillor John Horner’s suggestion of a part-time Lolly pop person – volunteers would be needed and training, kit etc. 40mph may be a problem
  2. Flashing 20 “when lights flash” signs – problem in a 40mph area
  3. Physical choke/chicane with “give way” in one direction to slow traffic
  4. “Residents Priority” temporary signs – used in Shirley but a B road may be a problem
  5. Pelican Crossing – very expensive and not really justified?
  6. Park up a fake white van with a black rectangle on back on hard shoulder morning and afternoon to deter speeders.

All of the above have arguments against – not least the cost.  Also, WCC and local residents have long standing reservations about road humps or bumps.

After a lot of consideration my preferred option is a physical build-out of some kind.

At some carefully chosen sites this would slow down traffic – at all times of the day – and help traffic trying to get out side roads like Rushbrook and Arden Leys or Springbrook Lane. It could also be employed on both Earlswood Common and Broad Lane .  The cost would be £5k to £6k each.  The speed on Broad Lane would probably need to come down to 30mph.

I have attached below a photo of a similar arrangement at Bishop’s Itchington in the south of the County.  In other words, WCC is already operating such schemes.

It must be stressed that it is hard to avoid the conclusion that some in the County is most reluctant to employ such a measure in case it is effective – everyone might want one.

I would appreciate the thoughts of concerned residents as soon as possible to me about both the principle and possible locations – copied to Councillor John Horner.  Please consult neighbours to see if they want to support such measures.

If the idea was a success such physical traffic-calming might be applied elsewhere in the parish.

(Source:  Tom Ross)



The NDP – What Happens Next?


The team preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan on behalf of the Parish Council have submitted a draft timetable for the next stage in the process.

A Draft Consultation Paper has been drawn up under Mike Saunders and Jonathan Ashcroft and the text of this has been agreed in principle by the Parish Council at a meeting on 18 January.

The most controversial proposals are likely to be the three sites identified as suitable for possible housing developments at Butts Lane in Tanworth itself, at Wood End Station and in Earlswood.

In order to gauge the views of residents on the NDP’s main draft recommendations the Parish Council plans two major initiatives:

1)  A summary of the Consultation paper and a questionnaire will be sent to each household in the parish in the coming weeks together with a stamped addressed return envelope.  Mike Saunders intends this to be the main means of establishing likely public reaction to the proposals.

Copies of the full NDP consultation document will be available on various websites or in printed form from the Parish Office.

2)  Two Open Days will be held one in Tanworth Village Hall (for Tanworth and Wood End) and one in Earlswood on dates to be advised where residents can see maps of the proposed sites and discuss the draft with members of the Parish Council.

Residents are free to attend either location.

In addition to the above, Tanworth Residents Association will host a public meeting before the closing date of the return of the questionnaires to allow a full discussion of the draft plan and its implications.

Mike and Jonathan are keen to stress that this is not the final NDP document and they are open to constructive suggestions about how it may be changed or otherwise improved.


(Source:  Tom Ross)

Beware of Scams


Warwickshire Police ask residents to be aware of a number of current email, phone and text scams.

One is a so called phishing email that tries to get the unwary to click on an apparently innocent link in what seems to an email from the Police themselves.

The email says that the recipient is being summoned to court as a witness and asks them to follow a link.  By clicking on the link a virus or malware can be downloaded on their computer.

It uses a police.uk heading and suggests it is from the Crown Prosecution Service portal, but is  not official and represents a risk to security.

If any members of the public receive such an email they are advised not to click on any links and delete the email from their accounts as soon as possible.

I know we are all very savvy but there is a worrying story in the Guardian newspaper this week warning never to trust texts or calls from banks (however trustworthy they appear) that urge us to use a specific telephone number to dial about a problem.

The scammers may say or text there has been what they think is a large withdrawal or some mistaken transaction. We need to contact the bank’s fraud department.

The answer is always phone the bank back on a known number such as that given on the back of a debit or credit card. Never use the one the fraudsters suggest and always check the telephone line has disconnected before dialling any number after a call to you. Perhaps dial another number first before the bank to clear the line.

The Guardian says this scam could happen because a third party like Uber may have been hacked giving access to name, telephone number, address and part of debit or credit card number.

Of course, none of us would ever fall for a trick like that.


(Source:  Tom Ross)

Vacancies on Parish Council

Following the resignations of Andy Wilkins and Sylvia Stanton there are now two vacancies for the Tanworth ward on the Parish Council.

For more information contact the Parish Clerk on 703200.




(Source:  Tanworth Parish Council)

Bellfield Lock-ups Sell for £126k

At the auction held on Monday 17 July in London the 14 empty lock-up garages between Bellfield and Doctor’s Close  sold for £126,000 to an unknown buyer. The guide price was £30,000.

Orbit Housing, who took over responsibility for the former Stratford District Council housing stock from the South Warwickshire Housing Association, have been selling off similar sites all over the County.

Last week’s  Stratford Herald confirms that a clawback clause means SDC may benefit from the sale of  the 19 sites by as much as £1million.  SDC, therefore, stands to make £63,000 from this sale.

Tanworth Parish Council made several approaches through our local District Councillor and our MP to see if the important site – the last open space at the centre of the village – could be secured in the public interest but was rebuffed by Orbit at every attempt.


(Source:  Tom Ross)

Beware Intruders!

Warwickshire Police report that over a couple of days at the end of June a number of householders in Tanworth, Earlswood and Hockley Heath suddenly became aware of masked intruders in the kitchens of their homes.

All the events took place in early evening and the intruder or intruders in each case made off in a black car of some sort.

Please be careful not to leave back doors unlocked and report any suspicious circumstances to 999.


(Source:  Warwickshire Police)

Watch out for Lead Thieves!

The Police advise that there has been a spate of thefts of lead from churches in the West Midlands.

Insomniacs and other residents are asked to keep a look out during the night for people behaving suspiciously in the vicinity of the church and to dial 999 if they believe the theft of roof lead is in progress.

Replacing lead after a theft is an expensive business and insurance does not always cover the full amount of replacement.


(Source:  BBC Midlands Today)



Refuse Bags Offer

Warwickshire residents are now able to buy 6 rolls of 25 compostable bin liners for their Green Kitchen caddies at what is said to be a special discounted price.

You can order the 150 liners for £7.95 (including post and packing) from:



(Source: WCC)

Warning: Rogue Tradesmen


Warwickshire County Council would like to draw the attention of residents to the actions of so called tradesmen who are cold calling, offering to remove moss from roof tiles.

An elderly customer who doesn’t wish to be named has been charged £2000 for this ‘service’. If she didn’t pay cash tshe was told hey would have to charge her more + Vat. They even went back for a tip!

If you see any elderly or vulnerable neighbours with ‘tradesmen’ working at their homes, be nosey! You can do it tactfully. And if in doubt, contact the Police .


(Source: Warwickshire County Council)


Bogus Emails Warning

Fraudsters are sending out a wave of scam emails purporting to be from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that claim you have to appear in court.

Concerned members of the public have reported receiving the email entitled You’ve been witness summoned to court.

The email encourages the recipient to click on a link to view their start time and case details.

This link is likely to lead to malware which could affect your computer.

This email has no connection to the CPS and anyone receiving the email should not download any attachments or click on any links.

If you receive one of these messages rreport it to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

(Source:  Warwickshire Police)