Monday, 17 September 2018

Draft Minutes of Residents' Association September 11th 2018

Draft Minutes of Burton Green Residents’ Association Committee Meeting September 11th, 2018 

Present: Dianne Adams; Hilary Cox; Andy Gibbs; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Bron Putnam; Faith Ward; and Mary Webb,

 1. Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting:

 Apologies had been received from Paddy Deeley

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Words and music for Armistice commemoration community singingHilary
Request for school involvement in Armistice eventFaith
Lamp post in Red Lane not workingRona
Voting forms for AGM Santa’s Sleigh charitiesRona
Finalise Santa’s sleigh arrangementsRona
Arrangements for erection of Christmas treeBron
Liaise with school re Christmas card competitionRona
Arrange printing of banner advertising armistice eventsRona
Seek permission from the farmer to erect the beaconRona
Source buglerRona
Village litter pick on October 14th 11 am at Cromwell Lane bridgeAll
Details for bulb plantingMary and Hilary
Speak to homeowner about overgrown hedgeRona
AGM agenda to be sent round the email loopJudi
Refreshments for AGMRona, Mary and Hilary

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the July 10th meeting were approved. 

Matters Arising from the previous minutes:( as above)
  • The application to the Parish Council had been successful.
  • Faith would be approaching the school in October
  • Mary had not had room in the Bugle to request cake stands.
  • The Choir had agreed to sing two songs at the Armistice commemoration. Hilary was to source words and music for the community singing.
  • Judi had arranged thank you cards.
  • Mary had asked several times about the removal of the barrier around a manhole on the verge in Red Lane. This had still not been actioned.
All other matters arising had been covered or were to be agenda items.

2. Treasurer's Report

A report had been circulated. Dianne explained the various items. 
Total funds available amounted to £3489.24 with the £149.56 defibrillator costs still to be taken out.

Subscriptions collected amounted to £1,049 compared to last year’s 1039.40. Expenditure since the last meeting included the plants for the flower tubs (£109.43). A £250 donation had been received from Warwick District Council for WW1 Commemorative Funds.

3.  Residents' views/concerns
  • A lamp post in Red Lane was not working.  Rona would report this. Action: Rona
  • There had been water problems again in Cromwell Land and residents had been unable to contact Severn Trent

4. Update on and discussion of Residents' Association initiatives and issues

Choice of charity for Santa Sleigh

It was agreed that a local charity should be selected. 

Several charities were suggested including Canley Community Centre; Kenilworth Helping Hands Club; Coventry Boot Fund; and Helen Ley House.

It was decided that the charities should be asked to provide information for the AGM where a public vote would be held.  Those not selected would be considered for future years.

Rona would prepare forms for voting. Action: Rona

Date and arrangements for Santa Sleigh

Details were still being finalized by Mary, but it was hoped the event would take place on December 14th.  The choir had very considerately changed the date of their concert to December 21st to make the Village Hall available.  However, there was still some uncertainty because of a regular booking of the hall. Action: Mary

To avoid future clashes the Hall had been booked for December 13th, 2019.

Christmas tree and Christmas cards

Andy Gibbs offered a tree which he would cut down in his garden.  Barry and Darren would be asked if they would erect it on the Jubilee Verge w/c December 7th

Faith would again liaise with the school regarding the Christmas card competition.  The final entry needed to be ready for printing on November 21st.

Jubilee Group feedback on plans for commemorating 1918 armistice

Final arrangements were taking place.  Orders would be taken for afternoon tea. The choir would sing at 3.30 to be followed by community singing. A colouring table would be made available for children. Soldier silhouettes had been produced to place on the Jubilee Verge. British Legion crosses would be available to purchase at £2.50 each. Deirdre Vernon had demonstrated how to make poppies which the schoolchildren would be creating to display on the Jubilee Verge.

Rona would order a £15 banner to display at the top of Red Lane to publicise the armistice event.
Action: Rona

The Parish Council had agreed to purchase a gas-fired beacon as part of a national initiative to mark the armistice.  The committee discussed the best location for this and it was agreed to seek permission to place it in the field at the top of Red Lane. 
Action: Rona

Post meeting note: the farmer had kindly agreed to this request

Peter Hancock had volunteered to erect the beacon.  Also, in line with the national initiative, it was hoped to have a bugler to play the Last Post at 7p.m. on November 11th.
Action: Rona

Litter initiative

Litter remained a problem, but a productive meeting had been held with WDC and the recycling adviser.  Suggestions for how residents could secure their recycling items had been published in the recent edition of the Bugle. The cleansing team would also visit the village every two months.

The next Village Clean Up would take place on October 14th 11am at Cromwell Lane bridge 
Action: all

Bulb planting 

The digging of trenches for the bulbs would be the best method. Barry would be asked for help with this.  Hilary and Mary would purchase the bulbs and a date for planting would be sent via the email loop.

AGM arrangements

 The banner had been amended and would be put up.  Judi would send the agenda, once agreed, round the email loop. The format was agreed as last year with the chair’s report available in advance and on the seats.  The key issues would be: 
  • The charity to be supported from the Santa’s sleigh collection
  • Village Hall update
  • The road (Andy Gibbs)
  • An introduction from the new school head (if available) 
The constitution required that the officers and three committee members should stand down. All committee members plus Andy, Bron and Hilary would stand down but were prepared to stand again.  Helen Hehir had volunteered to join the committee.  Other volunteers would be welcome.

Refreshments would be arranged by Rona, Mary and Hilary. Action: Rona, Mary and Hilary

5. Village Hall

Cheryl had submitted the following:
Amazingly, we’re still awaiting planning permission… we hope it will now be heard at the October committee but it’s not definite. 
·         We’re looking for new trustees from Autumn next year, please ask anyone interested to get in touch with me for an informal chat about the role and shadowing opportunities.·         We’re currently awaiting information from Groundworks to see whether we are eligible to apply to the HS2 community fund. If so, we intend to apply for funding for a range of art works to enhance the interior and exterior/grounds of the new hall. We’re open to suggestions and will need to/would like to consult the community. If we are eligible and if the residents’ association are thinking of applying too, perhaps we could do a joint consultation? 
·         Next events were advertised in the Bugle: Off the Cuff on 13th October with a sharing platter and Autumn crumble supper and a Quiz Night on 17th November.

6. Parish Councillor's Report

Andy reported that the next meeting would be held on the following Monday.
The main contractor for HS2, Balfour Beatty would be presenting
New Parish Councillors were in post and details had been included in the recent edition of the Bugle.

7.  Any Other Business

Notice was drawn to the fact that double yellow lines were to be introduced to one side of Westwood Heath Road.

WDC was consulting on air quality but it was agreed this would be a matter for the Parish Council.

Some residents had expressed concern about an overgrown hedge in Hodgetts Lane.  Rona would arrange to speak to the home owner. Action: Rona

HS2 Community Fund – a coordinated approach had been recommended.

Post meeting note - Rona circulated the following:
A meeting had been held in July with these actions:
  • It was agreed to find out details of the Greenway Trust’s application
  • Lesley Tacon would see if the school had ideas.
  • Paddy- agreed to contact Groundwork regarding the fact that the village is hugely disadvantaged by the criteria for awarding funding: we can't apply until we own the land, we have to be in the position to start 6 months after being granted funding and finish in 2 years. Paddy will also clarify with Groundwork the five projects per community rule. 
  • Deirdre wold ask Red Lane residents to contribute ideas.
  •   Rona would ask at the AGM
A further meeting would be held in September.
Post meeting note- Rona had received the following correspondence:
I’m writing to you on behalf of the Leigh Educational Foundation in order to publicise ourselves more widely to the residents of Burton Green. 
The Foundation as a charity has been going for 308 years and was begun in 1710 by the Leigh family to give financial assistance to young people in the parishes of Stoneleigh, Ashow, Leek Wootton and Guys Cliffe. Over the years young people in these parishes have benefitted considerably and both Leek Wootton and Burton Green schools as a combined Academy have benefited too. However when Burton Green split from Stoneleigh and formed their own new civil parish, individual applications from the new parish have dried up! 
I as Chairman of Trustees to the Foundation, would like to remind residents of Burton Green that you are not forgotten and we would welcome applications from young people living in your area. To that end I attach a flyer which I hope may be useful for you to email out to residents, perhaps include in the next Bugle and put up on your Village Hall noticeboard too?  
I have met Archie and have spoken about the Foundation to residents at an HS2 meeting in the Village Hall which at the time probably wasn’t the best forum. 
Many thanks and kind regards  
Richard Coates, Chairman, Trustee of the Leigh Educational Foundation 

Judi had represented the Residents’ Association at the Made in Burton Green meeting.  The group was considering involvement in the Coventry City of Culture 2021 events. Thanks were given to Judi for her involvement.

8. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next meetings were scheduled for  October 1st (AGM),  December 11th

Monday, 10 September 2018

Bugle - September 2018

The September 2018 edition of the Bugle has been published.

Just below are thumbnails of the page images. To enlarge any page image, click on the thumbnail below. Once you have the individual page, you may also need to click on the magnifying glass in your browser, where you can view the page at its original size...

The text of the Chair's Report has also been added to the Residents' Association page.

The archive of back issues of the Bugle is here: Bugle Archive.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

OVO Energy Tour of Britain at Westwood Heath 2018

The 4th stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2018 ran along Westwood Heath Road, on its way to Leamington Spa.

Police officers from the Central Escort Group closing off the road...

One of the police officers stopped to tell us that the cyclists were two miles behind him...

This is the small breakaway group, who were the first riders to arrive...

Just below, the leaders of the breakaway group. On the left is British rider Matt Holmes, and on the right British rider Alex Paton.

The main bunch of riders, the peloton, were about 2 minutes behind the breakaway...

This is Chris Froome, reigning Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España champion, and winner of the Tour de France in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017

And this is Geraint Thomas, the current Tour de France champion...

This is Andre Greipel, from Germany, winner of 22 stage victories at Grand Tours, and 11 stage victories at the Tour de France, and who was the winner of today's race...

Finally, the long caravan of support vehicles...

The entire event was covered live on ITV4. This is the eye in the sky that was looking down on us...

Previous Cycle Races Passing Along Westwood Heath Road

Ovo Energy Women's Tour Passing Through Westwood Heath 2018

Ovo Energy Women's Tour Crash at Westwood Heath 2017

Aviva Women's Tour Coming Through Westwood Heath 2016

Monday, 3 September 2018

Black Waste Wood Ponds Construction

Using its powers authorised by the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017 for Ecological Mitigation, HS2 Ltd has advised Warwick District Council of its intention to construct four ponds and associated reptile basking banks in two sites, one adjacent to The Greenway near the site of the new Village Hall, and the other in Black Waste Wood, behind Cromwell Lane.

Full details of the proposals -- which have been submitted by Laing OʼRourke Murphy Joint Venture (LM), HS2 Ltd's appointed contrator undertaking works ahead of the main construction through Burton Green by the Balfour Beatty Vince Joint Venture -- can be seen at Warwick District Council's planning portal here:

Advice has now also been received that representatives of Laing OʼRourke Murphy JV will be attending the HS2 'Drop In" on Monday (3 September) from 6pm to 8pm in the Village Hall and will be able to explain the plan and answer questions.

Warwick District Council Planning Department's current deadline for receiving comments on the plan is Thursday 6 September.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

A46 Link Road

There has been much speculation about a proposed link road joining the A46 at Stoneleigh to the A452 near Balsall Common, or the A45. The official information provided by WCC is here:

The closing date for objections to Phase 1, the A46 roundabout, is Wednesday 5th September.  Please make your concerns known should you feel that more more complete information should be provided about the overall scheme before such strategic decisions can be made. Objections should be sent to:  The Secretary of State for Transport, National Transport Casework Team, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AR or, quoting “A46 Trunk Road Stoneleigh Junction (Slip Roads) Order” and stating the grounds of objection.

At various recent public consultations local council employees from WCC have denied the existence of any specific plans for the 3rd phase of this project passing through Burton Green. Under the Freedom of Information Act, Dr Thornton has managed to obtain plans produced in 2016, and which had been labelled 'Highly Confidential'.

Dr Thornton made his original request for this information on 1st April 2016. Dr Thornton's original correspondence with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and their refusal to provide any information can be viewed here:

It has taken more than two years of appeal to the council, then the Information Commissioner, then the Information Tribunal, to obtain the judgement that withholding this information was unlawful.  The important message is that Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council withheld information unlawfully. The information that has now been released is 2 years old. We know that the authorities have done more work since then, in secret. This needs to be published without further delay. Councillors need to make sure that this happens.

Maps have previvously been seen which showed some 'high level' options for the road through Westwood Heath but this is the first time any options have been seen for the road to go through Burton Green or interfaced with HS2.  HS2 had previously denied they were in talks about Phase 3 of the road but only recently have confirmed that there have been discussions.

These are the documents now released by SMBC. You can enlarge these documents by clicking on them...

This is a detail showing where the proposed routes cut through Burton Green, according to the 2016 plan...

As you can see, in that plan, the Phase 3 Option 1 route passes across the area of the proposed Burrow Hill housing estate and the site of the new Village Hall. More recent plans presumably exist but are being kept secret.

This is an extract from a letter sent by Dr Thornton to SMBC:
"So that Solihull council will benefit from the assistance of electors, council taxpayers and the wider expert public much earlier in its deliberations on matters that may affect the environment, I hope that this decision will cause reflection within the authority and a greater understanding of the democratic principles and provisions of the Arrhuss Convention. 
Going forward, I hope you will ensure that council officers recognise that their previously claimed need for "space to think in private and debate and explore options and solutions" is, and should be, substantially restricted. Particularly, I hope there will be further reflection on your obligations under regulation 4 of the EIRs to publish environmental information at the earliest opportunity even if it has not been requested. The era of secret meetings between colluding planning officers from various local authorities, over an extended period, apparently without even the knowledge of elected representatives, should have been consigned to history. "

Previous Posts On This Subject

November 2017

There was a presentation and speculation about possible routes by Councillor Alan Marshall at the Burton Green Residents' Association AGM (item 8):

This is an extract:
"Whilst it is clear that a wide number of route options have been or are being looked at -- taking account of land and properties that would have to be acquired, disruption that would be caused, and the costs -- and that a route via Eastern Green was the least probable (because of overall distance to reach UK Central) -- it has seemed to Cllr Marshall that a likely preference would be to continue the phase 3 route along Westwood Heath Road (where there is space for road widening) and across a new junction with Cromwell Lane. This might then continue towards and across Nailcote Lane and Hodgetts Lane, crossing the West Coast Main Line railway above Beechwood Tunnel, then going across Truggist Lane, Baulk Lane and Lavender Hall Lane. A possible end point, where the new road could join the A452, would be the roundabout at the junction with Bradnocks Marsh Lane -- although an alternative, to avoid crossing HS2, would be to continue the new road on the east side of HS2 to join the A452 at the junction with Cornets End Lane and Hampton Lane. Nor is it clear whether the new road should be a single or dual carriageway -- and with few or many intersections? Of course, there are alternatives for the way the new road could pass by, or through, Burton Green and one that has clearly caught a lot of attention recently is it being constructed adjacent to the eastern boundary of HS2.  This could be achieved by taking phase 3 of the new road from the vicinity of Cryfield Grange along Cryfield Grange Road over Crackley Lane to pick up the HS2 alignment, passing under Cromwell Lane and along Hodgetts Lane to pick up the route I described earlier going between Berkswell and Ballsall Common towards the A452. James Llewellyn had responded: “I can well appreciate that residents are very concerned about the continuing uncertainties . . .  With those concerns in mind, rest assured that we are progressing the Route Options Technical Study as quickly as possible and we hope to be in a position to finalize the route options report by the end of November [2017].” We are planning a pubic consultation on the route option(s) in the spring of 2018."

June 2017

A schematic from the West Midlands Combined Authority transport planning ducument:

December 2016

A report in the Coventry Telegraph, plus some local speculation:

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Produce Show 2nd September

Although it has been a challenging growing year due to the weather, we hope that everyone will help support this popular event, either by entering produce or by attending with your families.

All exhibits should be brought to the hall on the Sunday morning  between 07:30 - 10:00
Judging takes place 10:00 - 13:00
Refreshments open at 13:00
Exhibits 0pen to public at  13:30
Prize giving at 16:00 followed by the Produce Auction

The complete 12-page schedule can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF file from here.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Afternoon Cream Tea in Aid of Maasai Charity

A Burton Green resident is hosting Afternoon Cream Tea at the Village Hall on Sunday 9th September at 3pm - 5:30pm.  This is in aid of her charity, Enkisuma Maasai Project which supports education in rural Kenya.  More information about the charity here: