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Monday, 22 July 2019

Draft Minutes of Resident's Association Committee Meeting July 17th 2019

Dianne Adams; Hilary Cox; Paddy Deeley; Andy Gibbs; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Bron Putnam; Rona Taylor; Faith Ward; Mary Webb

1 Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting

Apologies had been received from Helen Hehir

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Cala Homes to be asked again about refurbishment of the former air warden’s shelterRona
Copies of the Bugle to Cala HomesMary
Add to November agenda discussion of priorities ready for next application to PCJudi
Monitoring of recycled materials being litteredAll
Removal of rubble from ditch - ask Cala HomesPaddy
Speak to Peter Hallam re rut in Hob LaneRona
Letter to HS2 regarding empty house in Hodgett’s LaneJudi and Rona
Police Watch. Link to be sent throughPaddy
Letter to Hedgerow NurseryRona
Contact with Cheryl about websiteRona
Minor wording changes to donations policyJudi
Finalising of Welcome Leaflet, printing and distributionJudi, Paddy and Mary
Clarify the re-route of the GreenwayHilary
Regular agenda item on the Greenway TrustJudi and Hilary
HS2 Community Fund to be added to September agendaJudi
Contact William SlaterRona
Add VE Day celebrations to next agendaJudi
Weed killer to be purchased to use on the Jubilee vergeMary
Add bulb planting to September agenda Judi

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See Minutes of May 15th meeting

The minutes of the meeting were approved. 

Matters Arising from the previous minutes
  • Cala Homes to be asked about refurbishment of Red Lane air warden’s shelter. Rona had approached them, and they seemed interested, but no progress had been made. Rona would try again. Action: Rona
  • Liaison with Cala Homes re Bugle entry. The entry had been declined because of cost.
  • Progress litter posters. Completed.
  • Add Village Hall chair to agenda distribution list. Completed.
  • Update Welcome leaflet. Completed.
  • Arrange for copies of the Bugle to go to Cala Homes. Mary would progress this. Action: Mary
  • Speak to Berkswell charities regarding bench and plaque. Completed. 
  • Collapsed bench removed and plaque returned to BGRA for future use.
  • Include thank you from Canley Community Centre in next edition of the Bugle. Completed.
  • Rona had also spoken to the resident near the Cromwell Lane Bridge regarding an overgrown hedge and this was dealt with in a very timely manner.
All other matters arising were to be agenda items.

2 Treasurer's Report

A report had been circulated. Dianne explained the items. The only item of income was a cheque just received from the Parish Council for £1275. This was to replace the collection of subscriptions, as agreed. A question was asked about the need to repay if all the funds were not spent and Cllr Andy Gibbs replied that this would be the case. There was some concern that the BGRA would not be able to build contingency funds, but Cllr Gibbs said the payment did not prohibit further applications.

Cllr Gibbs also mentioned the Community Infrastructure Levy which resulted from the building of new houses and a percentage would be available for the Parish Council (currently an estimated £41k). This was something to be aware of in the future.

It was decided to discuss priorities at the November meeting in readiness for a further application for 2020.
Action: Judi and all

3 Residents’ views/concerns
  • A resident had complained about dogs barking in Cromwell Lane, but this problem seemed to have been overcome.
  • A resident had reported seeing recycled materials being rejected by collectors and thrown into a hedge. This would be monitored. Action: All
  • Lights being left on overnight at the Cala Homes site had been reported. It was suggested that if this was witnessed, residents should go to the site and mention it. It was thought that most lights were now on timers.
  • There had been a complaint about a significant rut in Hob Lane. An attempt had been made to fill the rut but there was also rubble in the adjoining ditch. It was unclear how the rut had been caused and it was believed Cala Homes had attempted to remedy this. There was concern that ditches must be kept clear. Paddy agreed to speak with Cala Homes to see if the ditch could be cleared. Action: Paddy
  • Rona would contact Peter Hallam to discuss the rut in the road. Action: Rona
Post meeting note: Response from Peter Hallam:
I refer to our telephone conversation of yesterday concerning the above.

I have a look at the site yesterday and someone has had a go at filling the edge of carriageway erosion at this point. Road sections without kerbs are always a challenge for a Highway Authority as if you drive off the road you can encounter a dip. We normally fill such voids with stone and top soil to try and maintain the verge and not widen the road in such cases. It looks like someone has had attempt at doing this.

We are carrying out some carriageway patching works on Hob Lane on 23rd July but I will keep on eye on this section of verge.
  • The question arose again of Marlene’s old house in Hodgett’s Lane (now an HS2 property). It had been reported that the house would cost too much to refurbish and HS2 were looking for ideas for community use. BGRA were opposed to this idea and would contact HS2 to ask them to reconsider so the property could be improved and let. BGRA was opposed to empty properties being left in the village. A letter would be sent. Action: Judi and Rona
  • A query had been raised as to whether Neighbourhood Watch was still in operation. Police Watch was in operation and anyone could sign up for this to receive updates electronically. Paddy would send through the link. Action: Paddy
Post meeting note: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/register
  • A letter had been received from Hedgerow Nursery outlining a proposal to operate Hedgerow 2 in a separate property on Cromwell Lane. 22 children would be accommodated in the house which would be an additional facility to the original Hedgerow Nursery. Parking was the main query posed by members of the committee, but it was agreed that neighbours’ views should be sought. Rona would respond. Action: Rona

5. Update on and discussion of Residents’ Association initiatives and issues
  • Cala Homes update on the site. Paddy reported that 8 houses had been sold with one completed and one to complete in August. Cala Homes were planning to tidy up the Red Lane entrance and this had been hindered by problems with the ditch. Once Severn Trent had installed new piping, the entrance would be completed with a culvert beneath.
  • Thanks were extended to Barry Putnam for erecting the litter signs
  • Website update. There had been some queries about the BGRA information on the Village Hall website. Rona agreed to speak to Cheryl to sort this out. Action: Rona
  • Residents’ Association donation policy. The donations policy was reviewed and minor changes to wording made to update it. It was agreed the policy remained valid.Action: Judi
  • Welcome leaflet – what next? Now that this had been completed, a decision needed to be reached about how to distribute it. It was agreed to have copies printed to include with the Bugle. Within the Bugle an article would ask residents for their opinions and whether any other information was needed. Action Paddy, Judi and Mary

6. Village Hall
  • The VH Chair was now on the meeting’s distribution list but had sent apologies as she was on holiday. Deirdre had reported that payment of bills by HS2 had now taken place so the tender for the building of the new VH was no longer delayed. There was some confusion over the proposed re-route of the Greenway and this was to be checked with HS2 via the Greenway Trust. Action: Hilary
  • It was suggested that there could be a regular agenda item on the Greenway Trust. Action Judi and Hilary

7. Parish Councillor's Report
  • Andy reported that there had been a meeting the previous Monday following an unproductive meeting with HS2. The meeting had been attended by Cllr George Illingworth, Chair of the District Council. Discussions were held about the link road. The roundabout at the A46 was destined to go ahead followed by the university link road but the road that had been proposed through Burton Green was no longer likely because Solihull MBC showed no interest in it.
  • The PC would be pursuing the problem with Marlene’s former house.
  • Although initial indications had been that the HS2 Community Fund would be available to owners of the land where any projects were proposed, it was now stressed that ideas could be put forward irrespective of land ownership. This would be added to the next agenda. Action: Judi

8.  Any Other Business
  • At the HS2 meeting mentioned above, Rona had made contact with William Slater, a computer aided designer who had agreed to present at an open meeting so that residents could have a better idea of the look of the cut and cover tunnel etc. Rona would contact him to arrange a date for a meeting. Action: Rona
  • A thank you card had been received from Kenilworth Helping Hands
  • Mary had copies of a leaflet about scams and taking measures to protect oneself
  • Mary asked to purchase plastic bags to contain the Bugles when she gave them to distributors. Agreed
  • The Village Hall has been booked for Friday May 8th, 2020 for VE Day celebrations. This needed to be added to the next agenda. Action: Judi
  • Sincere thanks were given to all those who had arranged the recent breakfast event.
  • Thanks were also sent to Bill Homes for mowing the Jubilee verge.
  • A suitable weed killer would be purchased for use on the Jubilee verge. Action: Mary
  • Bulb planting needed to be added to the Jubilee verge.Action: Judi
  • Thanks were extended to all who had involvement with the flower tubs, whether through planting or watering.

9. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next committee meetings were scheduled for: 

Sept 11th, AGM Sept 30th, Nov 27th

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Garden Shed Burglaries

Update 19 July

Several residents on Cromwell Lane have discovered that their boundary fences have been cut.  As some residents have long gardens they may not always be aware that this has taken place.  There have been several burglaries in the last few weeks so please do be vigilant and check your gardens and sheds and make everything as secure as you can.


There was a series of at least 4 garden shed burglaries in Cromwell Lane on Sunday night (7th July). It's possible that other residents may have been burgled, but have not yet discovered.


1 Please be aware that between 22.00hrs on Sunday 7 July and 09.00hrs on Monday 8 July 2019 offenders have broken into a shed situated in the rear garden of a property at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. Offenders forced off a padlock and stole 2 chainsaws, and a strimmer.

This is incident 89 of 8 July 2019

2 Please be aware that between 21.00hrs on Sunday 7 July and 10.30hrs on Monday 8 July 2019 offenders have forced the patio doors to a summer house situated in the rear garden of a property at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. Offenders smashed a window to a small shed to look inside and also entered a secured shed nearby by unknown means but no items were stolen.

This is incident 156 of 8 July 2019

3 Please be aware that it is believed that overnight between Sunday 7 July and Monday 8 July 2019 offenders have broken into a garage at a property at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth by removing the window. It is not known at this stage what, if anything, was stolen.

This is incident 371 of 8 July 2019

4 Please be aware that overnight between Sunday 7 July and Monday 8 July 2019 offenders have cut through wire fencing to the rear garden of a property at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth possibly to gain access to the grounds of the property.

This is incident 109 of 8 July 2019

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about any of these incidents then please call Warwickshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Previous Recent Thefts

Motorcycle Theft Cromwell Lane, 26/27th June

On the night of Wednesday (June 26) going into Thursday June 27 offenders entered the grounds of a property in Cromwell Lane through a side gate and stole a motorcycle. If you think that you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about either of these incidents then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Incident in Cromwell Lane, 15/16th May

Please be aware that between 20.00hrs on Tuesday 14 May and 10.00hrs on Thursday 16 May 2019 offenders have cut through a fence and associated fence wire at the rear of a property at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. No buildings were entered or property stolen.

Burglary in Red Lane

Between 20.00hrs on Wednesday 24 April and 09.00hrs on Thursday 25 April 2019 offenders have forced the padlocks on a detached garage and two other outbuildings at Red Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. Once they gained entry to the buildings they stole a rotavator, chainsaws, compressors, strimmers, a leaf blower and a number of hand tools.

Thefts in Cromwell Lane

A jet washer was stolen from a driveway on Cromwell Lane, 4pm, Tuesday 9th April. Two men were involved, one of whom distracted the owner of the jet washer under the pretext of requiring help with something along the road. Two are believed toi have been involved.
A large planter was stolen from the front of a house on Cromwell lane at the weekend.

Garden Theft Red Lane

Between 9am Sunday 3rd February and 9am Thursday 7th February offenders have entered the garden of a property at Red Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth and stolen a Beehive and a garden bench.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Village Hall Fashion Show

Invites you to a


Monday evening 1st July at 7.30pm

Tickets £8.00 This includes a glass of wine on arrival
(pay in advance or tickets at door)

Good variety of outfits, tops, trousers, dresses to suit all sizes

Accessories also available, jewellery, handbags etc.

All available to purchase on the evening with a 10% discount

Come along and see 8 glamorous LOCAL models helping us with this event

Tickets available from any Village Hall committee member.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Ladies Day at Ascot

invites you to attend:

Thursday, 20 June 2019
See the Races on Large Screen
Glass of Prosecco on arrival (BYO drink for later)
Arrive 1:30 pm ready to see arrival of Queen and Royal Family
First Race 2:30 pm

Variety of sandwiches
Assorted Hand Made cakes and Scones with Jam and Cream

Tickets: £12.00

Dress for the occasion if you wish. MEN are allowed!

Please contact any committee member.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Pointless Vandalism by HS2 Contractors

Update 19th June

After consultation with Warwickshire County Council and HS2, this particular oak tree has been reprieved.


Burton Green are trying to save a mature oak tree in Red Lane, Burton Green.

The tree is due to be cut down on Wednesday 19th by contractors working for British Pipeline Agency, on behalf of HS2, unless a reprieve can be obtained some way.

Apparently the reason why HS2 want to cut this tree down is that it would obstruct the view of lorry drivers coming out of the field behind; even though the road is being completely closed to traffic this week.

The tree is apparently in the way by 50 centimetres.

Presumably several hundred, or possibly thousands, of saplings would be planted to compensate for the environmental destruction. The number of leaves on a mature oak (leaf area) is between 200,000 and 500,000. How many saplings will be required to replicate that?

How many saplings will HS2 guarantee to plant to replace this single tree?

Report in the Kenilworth Weekly News


Friday, 14 June 2019

Caravan Theft - Red Lane

Please be aware that between 18.00hrs on Tuesday 11 June and 07.30hrs on Wednesday 12 June 2019 offenders have cut through a fence and then forced the padlocks off gates to a secure area on premises at Red Lane, Kenilworth.

Following the forced entry to the secure area the offenders have stolen a white “Classic” caravan that also contained a number of personal effects.

It is believed the offenders made off along Red Lane with the caravan towards Birmingham Road.

This is incident 56 of 12 June 2019

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about this incident then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Wine Tasting Event

Friends of Burton Green School 
invite you to a 
Wine Tasting Evening
 at the school
 on Friday 14th June 7pm - 9pm.