Saturday, 14 July 2018

WI Air Ambulance Coffee Morning

Hodgetts Lane WI
Hodgetts Lane, Kenilworth CV8 1PH
Would like to invite you to a Coffee Morning

For Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
This is a chosen Charity by Warwickshire WI’s for their Centenary Year

On Saturday 21st July
Coffee, Tea, soft drinks and Home Made cakes
Will be served from 10.00am until 12noon in Burton Green Village Hall

We would remind you that this very worthwhile cause does not receive
any Government funding and relies entirely on the
generosity of the public

We do hope you will come and support us
We would also like to remind you that on the Village Hall carpark
there is now a Clothing Bank which takes curtains etc. and paired shoes.
This is also for AIR AMBULANCE

Friday, 13 July 2018

Draft Minutes of Residents’ Association Committee July 10th 2018

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

In attendance:

1. Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting

Apologies had been received from Paddy Deeley and Rona Taylor. In Rona’s absence, Mary chaired the meeting.

Thanks were given to Trish Hancock who was stepping down from the committee to focus on other responsibilities.

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Application to PC for £100 for Armistice Day commemorationRona
Contact WCC regarding removal of barriers on verge in Red LaneMary
Ask about school involvement with poppy creation for Armistice commemorationFaith
Bugle request for loan of cake stands and china platesMary
Discussion of details for choir involvement in aboveJudi and Hilary
Letters of thanks to volunteer waterersJudi
Items for September agendaRona and Judi

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the May 8th meeting were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes:

  • Research into GDPR  – an agenda item.
  • Application to Forum Armistice Day Fund – successful (£250). As the community day had been cancelled, the Parish Council had suggested the application for £100 be resubmitted for this event instead. Action: Rona
  • Check progress with restoration of Red Lane verges – progress and litter clearance but some barriers still to be cleared.
  • Monitor litter situation - ongoingAll 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. Current total funds stood at £2891. Expenditure since the last meeting was made up ofinsurance renewal, replacement batteries for the defibrillator and Bugle printing.

Income comprised annual subscriptions (currently £618 had been counted but much more was submitted at the meeting) and a small profit of £1.08 from the May Residents’ lunch.

A final total of subscriptions was awaited but it was noted that several houses belonging to HS2 were standing empty in the village.

3. Residents' views/concerns

One resident had complained about drains in Cromwell Lane not being cleared.  Drainclearing had recently taken place in other parts of the village.

There was very positive feedback from the recent Made in Burton Green event.  In particular, it was good to see the involvement of Red Lane residents.

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

General Data Protection Regulations - our actions

Judi, Paddy and Dianne had met and drawn up a suggested process which had been circulated to the committee.  This process covered the email loop data.Judi and Janet had prepared some information for the next edition of the Bugle.

Lunch For Retired of Burton Green - May 18th

This had been a very successful event with a small profit already noted.The purchase of plastic, dish washable champagne flutes was noted.The final lunch of the year would be held on October 26th and the Hall had been booked.

Jubilee Group feedback on plans for commemorating 1911 armistice

The committee had asked the PC to purchase a gas beacon to be placed on the Jubilee verge. Mary suggested the purchase of small wooden crosses from the British Legion to be sold at cost price for residents to add a name and place on the verge. Poppies would be made to place in the flower tubs.  It was suggested the school might like to take part in this activity. Action: Faith

Afternoon tea would be served in the Village Hall. Mary would use the Bugle to request the loan of cake stands and china plates. Action: Mary

The choir would perform and lead community singing. Judi and Hilary would liaise on the details of this. Action: Judi and Hilary

Feedback from consultation with Warwick University review development

Rona had submitted the following report
Helen May invited me to a consultation session on their latest expansion plans which have been submitted to Coventry. There are 6separate projects in this hybrid application and you can see details on their website on the community page. Respond by June 8th if you wish to take part in the consultation. 
I raised the issue of parking as the multi storey CP is being demolished and some residents were concerned about the availability of parking close to the Arts Centre for people who have reduced mobility but do not qualify for a blue badge. I was assured that this need is being recognised and that there is also the possibility of a shuttle.  
Increased traffic seemed to me to be the only negative impact this latest planned expansion wouldhave on Burton Green, and, of course we stand to benefit from the new Arts Centre, with 3 cinemascreens, and Sports Centre which are already on their way.  
I highlighted our concerns about the increased traffic, which they do recognise. They are currently conducting an air quality assessment and have a green travel plan with a range of measures to persuade people out of car use including a free shuttle around campus and from Canley station and an increase in the number of buses.

5. Village Hall

There was no representation from the Village Hall committee. It was pointed out that HS2 had now compulsorily purchased the Village Hall and was leasing it back to the trustees.The planned BBQ had been cancelled as many people would be away on holiday.

6. Parish Councillor's Report

  • Cllr Gibbs said there was still much speculation about a proposed road.  A map had been shown at a presentation to the PC but this had not been made generally available, Residents’ concerns had been noted.
  • The next HS2 drop in event would be held in Kenilworth on August 21st.
  • The Cromwell Lane bus shelter needed painting.
  • It seemed the play area/field adjacent to the Cala Homes site would be donatedto the PC.
  • Terry Heyes was to be proposed as a co-opted member of the PC.
  • The Westwood Heath housing development had now been approved.

7.  Any Other Business

Rona had sent a report on Kenilworth policing priorities.
The results of the on-line voting were announced at the Kenilworth Forum, Monday June 25th.Thanks to everyone who voted for police speed monitoring in Cromwell Lane; we polled a respectable 121. However, we were outvoted by anti-social behaviour policing (349) and primary school safety (St Nicholas:243, Clinton:198). Better luck next time! In the previous 4 months, when speed checks in Cromwell Lane were a priority, 10 speed checks were carried out leading to 31 warning letters and 8 motorists being reported.  In addition, a number of motorists were pulled over and verbally warned. You can access the Police newsletter on line. I know speeding through the village is a serious concern for most residents and the Residents' Association will continue to raise awareness whenever we can.

Rona had also reported that 2 Speedwatch shifts had taken place recently and another was planned. Pat Hehir had reported that on the last one, they witnessed 39 cars doingin excess of 37mph in the 2-hour period 11.0am - 1.00pm. The Community PC would be present at the next shift. Parents walking children to and from BG School had reported that speeding cars made them fear for their children's safety.


Mary said David Martin was the new PCSO.

Flower tubs

Thank you cards would be sent to the volunteers who watered the tubs at the entrances to the village. Action: Judi

September agenda

Thoughts turned to the Santa Sleigh event and Mary would find out the proposed date as there might be a clash with the choir concert.Suggestions would be needed for charity to receive donations from the Sleigh event.

Should the children’s Christmas competition be held again and if so would Hickory’s Smokehouse be asked to sponsor this?

8. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next committee meeting was scheduled for September 11th 2018. Future meetings were scheduled as follows:
October 1st (AGM), December11th

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Made in Burton Green 2018

This selection of photos shows some highlights of Made in Burton Green 2018. The event was organised in collaboration with Warwickshire Open Arts and the Coventry Arts Trail.

Art and Crafts in the Village Hall

The centrepiece in the Village Hall was a set of hand made clay models of houses and landmarks, made by their respective residents (with the assistance of Muddy Cottage Pottery), and positioned on an outline map of the village...

Scarecrows on the Greenway

This animation shows the 17 scarecrows along the Greenway...

Mischief in the Wood

'Mischief in the Wood' was the theme for an art project in the National Grid wood. The project featured the witches and gnomes of Burton Green. Burton Green has a long association with witches and gnomes. Hob Lane takes its name from such a figure.

Numerous gargoyles, attached to trees, had been made as an offshoot of the clay houses project...

A notice pinned to a tree explains...
"In Scandinavian folklore, these gnomes protect the homestead from misfortune or evil spirits, secretly acting as their guardian. However, the gnomes should be respected and treated with kindness, as they can be very easily offended, and will then play tricks on their family. Such mischief includes tangling your hair while you sleep, turning your milk sour, or stealing your sausages! 
These kindly yet tricksy gnomes are a very fitting subject for our 'Mischief in the Woods' Sculpture Trail." 

Some of those stolen sausages...

And more mischief...

The Terracotta Snail Army created by pupils of Burton Green School...

Exhibits Along Red Lane

Residents of Red Lane had created various exhibits along much of Red Lane. A sample is shown in this animation...

Previous Made in Burton Green Exhibitions

Made in Burton Green 2016
Made in Burton Green 2014
Made in Burton Green 2012

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Almshouse Vacancy



Currently the Charities has an Almshouse Bungalow to let at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green.

The accommodation, comprising of a sitting room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, is suitable for a couple, but individuals also will be considered for the vacancy.

All interested parties may contact the Clerk to the Trustees, for further information, on telephone number 01676-535190, or alternatively may write to him at
Clerk to the Trustees, 
Berkswell Charities, 
52 Meeting House Lane, 
Balsall Common, 
CV7 7FX.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Made in Burton Green 2018

The Village Choir will be performing at the hall on Sunday 24th, at 3:30.

Voting for your favourite Scarecrow needs to be done by 4:30, Sunday 24th.

The cafe at the hall will be serving from 10am to 5pm, but the Scarecrows and art in the wood will be around for a couple more weeks.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

HS2 Drop-In Session

The next HS2 Drop-In Session will be on 
Monday 2nd July, 6pm to 8pm.

Monday, 18 June 2018

The First HS2 Whistleblower Speaks and Project Delays

From The Sunday Times, 17th June 2018...

The HS2 high-speed rail project has pressed staff to falsify figures, mislead parliament and cover up “petrifying” overspends, according to a senior manager turned whistleblower.

In documents seen by The Sunday Times, Doug Thornton, HS2’s former head of property, said the organisation put him under “tremendous pressure to accede to an enormous deceit” that the official budget for buying land and buildings was accurate.

It is in fact wrong by billions of pounds, he said, was based on “rudimentary map-based analysis by interns” and contains errors in the tens of millions even on single properties.

One site officially valued by HS2 at £3,800 will end up costing taxpayers £40m — 10,000 times more. Initially assessed as agricultural land, Whittington Heath Golf Club, near Lichfield, must replace its Victorian clubhouse and five of its 18 holes.

At the Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre, in west London, which will need a new sailing lake, a payment initially estimated at £6.4m became a legal commitment to pay the owners up to £26.5m. Payments to Camden council for homes and property near Euston are £38m more than budgeted.

HS2 did not dispute the figures.

Thornton, a former director of property development and acquisitions at Tesco, is the first senior whistleblower to emerge from HS2. He was paid more than £200,000 a year and ranked two rungs below the chief executive.

In the documents, he said he was sacked after refusing to “at worst, severely mislead” HS2’s own board about the state of the programme. He described HS2 as “hostile and dysfunctional”.

A few months later, Thornton said, the head of planning and performance, Andrew Bruce, was also placed on leave of absence 30 minutes before he was due to “present major budget, programme and capability issues” to the board.

The two men left in 2016 as the bill to allow HS2’s phase one, from London to the West Midlands, reached a critical stage in parliament. HS2 told MPs and peers that buying the 11,000 properties and plots of land needed to build this section of the route would cost £2.8bn, a figure it maintains to this day.

However, Bruce had produced detailed calculations that the true cost of property in this phase alone would be £4.7bn. Thornton said HS2 may have “knowingly misled parliament”.

HS2 admitted last week that it had already spent £1.6bn on land and property, the vast majority of it for phase one, but had acquired only “around 30%” of what it needed for the first section. However, it stood by the £2.8bn figure. It said Thornton and Bruce had not been sacked for whistleblowing.

The new revelations are contained in letters and reports sent to the cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, the National Audit Office (NAO) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors between 2016 and March this year.

They will place further pressure on the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, who insisted in April that phase one “remains within” the official budget of £24.3bn. The documents suggest one of Grayling’s senior officials, Thomas Barry, knew of Thornton’s and Bruce’s concerns.

In the documents, Thornton said the “scale of the land and property budget error is petrifying” with “a large proportion of properties . . . not budgeted for”.

Thornton and Bruce are understood to have given extensive oral and written evidence to the NAO, which confirmed last night that it was investigating HS2’s land and property budget as part of a report to be published next month.

Thornton’s documents were passed to Lord Berkeley, a Labour peer and chairman of the Rail Freight Group. He said: “HS2 has been covering up and Grayling knows that the budget is not deliverable.

“I am furious with the way they are trying to bat on with this, knowing it cannot be built for the price. The idea is to get it so far advanced that it’s too late to stop.”

Thornton and Bruce declined to comment. HS2 did not respond to requests for comment on its alleged misleading of its own board and parliament.


The original article, which is in the link below, also includes lots of fascinating readers' comments:


Also in the media this morning (18th June)  is another article claiming that the timescale for some aspects of the project have been pushed back, precisely because of cost overruns incurred so far...

High Speed 2 (HS2) civils contractors have been given an extra eight months to adapt their designs to meet target costs, New Civil Engineer can reveal.

New Civil Engineer understands that HS2 bosses have pushed back the notice to proceed (NTP) deadline from November until June 2019.

The additional time has been given to allow the contractors to cut costs on the project, which New Civil Engineer reported last week were currently coming in around £1bn above the target cost.

Full article here:


And from 1st June...

Full article here: