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Monday, 16 September 2019

Draft Minutes of Residents Association Committee September 11th 2019

Hilary Cox; Andy Gibbs; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Bron Putnam; Rona Taylor; Faith Ward; and Mary Webb

Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting

Apologies had been received from Dianne Adams, Paddy Deeley

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Ask Peter Hallam again about rubble in Hob Lane as the problem was recurringRona
Send to Parish Council (PC) HS2 response to letter about house in Hodgett’s LaneJudi
Contact Chair of Village Hall (VH) committee re websiteRona
Contact representative of Broadwells Wood re dust problemRona
Email PC about dust complaint (as above)Judi
Email PC regarding HS2 parking problemsJudi
Sort out who is standing down and those willing to be re-elected at AGMJanet
Invite councillors, police and school head to AGM as guestsJudi and Rona
Establish date for 2020 AGM and book roomJudi
Book VH 18 Dec 2020 for Santa SleighJudi
Canvass opinion in Red Lane re shelterRona
Introduce shelter topic at AGMRona
Ask Peter Hallam about the safety aspect of the shelterRona
Add HS2 Community Fund discussion to AGMRona
Add HS2 Community Fund discussion to Nov meetingJudi
Refreshments at AGMMary and Hilary
Purchase spring bulbsMary and Hilary
Arrange with school the Christmas card competitionFaith

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See Minutes of July 17th meeting

The minutes of the meeting were approved.

1. Matters Arising from the previous minutes

  • Police Watch – link completed
  • Letter to Hedgerow Nursery - completed
  • Contact with Cheryl about website - to be actioned
  • Minor wording changes to donations policy - completed
  • Finalising of Welcome Leaflet, printing and distribution - completed
  • Clarify the re-route of the Greenway – awaiting details
  • HS2 Community Fund to be added to September agenda – carried forward to November
  • Contact William Slater - completed
  • Copies of the Bugle to Cala Homes - completed
  • Weed killer to be purchased to use on the Jubilee verge - completed

All other matters arising were to be agenda items.

2. Village Hall Update

Cheryl was unable to attend but said there was nothing new to report.

3. Treasurer’s Report

See: Treasurer’s Report

Dianne had sent her apologies but a report had been circulated.

4. Residents’ views/concerns

  • A complaint had been received from Broadwells Wood residents about the dust caused by HS2 works on the pipeline. Cllr Gibbs said the pipeline work was almost completed but there remained work to do on the diversion of the Greenway and then the construction of the new Village Hall. Rona would contact residents to signpost them to the HS2 Helpline to complain about insufficient attention to dust management and to refer to the Code of Construction Practice. The PC would also be informed. Action: Rona
  • Dangerous parking by HS2 contractors was causing traffic problems in Hodgett’s Lane. It was agreed to report this to the HS2 Helpline.
  • A resident had reported the difficulty in contacting HS2 with complaints Email: mailto:HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk Freephone: 08081 434 434
  • A resident had reported two lampposts were not working in Cromwell Lane.  Residents should make a note of the lamp post number and contact Warwick District Council:  https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/reportstreetlighting  Or phone 01926 456076

5. AGM Sep 30th planning

  • The banner had been amended to the 2019 date and would be erected at the top of Red Lane.
  • Mary and Hilary agreed to arrange refreshments. Action: Mary and Hilary
  • HS2 had agreed to put their presentation about the tunnel on a loop to be shown at the AGM with someone available to answer questions.
  • The committee agreed that no vote was needed regarding selection of the charity to receive funds from the Santa Sleigh collection as it was unanimously agreed to donate to Warwickshire Air Ambulance.

6. Update on and discussion of Residents’ Association initiatives and issues

  • Former air raid warden’s shelter. Rona provided a brief history of the structure and explained the costs she had researched should it be decided to attempt restoration. Questions were asked about whether this was a good use of finances (although the costs might be sought from external sources) and whether there was a general consensus in the community that the shelter needed restoration.  There were concerns as to whether the roof contained asbestos. It was agreed it was an eyesore in its current state and it was decided that Peter Hallam should be asked about its safety.  Residents on the opposite side of the road should be canvassed to find their opinions. Action: Rona
  • Cala homes had agreed to buy a bench and, if it was decided to demolish the structure, the bench should at least bear a plaque referring to the air raid warden’s shelter.
  • Cala Homes update on the site. Three houses were now occupied. The entrance to the site is being adapted and Cala Homes reported the need to trim back the hedges to allow for visibility. This will need further discussion. The PC is likely to be putting together a proposition regarding the speed limit and signage at the top of Red Lane as both the Greenway diversion and Cala Homes site will impact on the road.
  • Bulbs on the verge. It was agreed to spend up to £100 on the purchase and planting of spring bulbs. Action: Hilary and Mary
  • HS2 letter reply. Following concerns expressed by the Residents’ Association regarding the empty property at 36 Hodgett’s Lane, this response was received from Stephen Leigh, the HS2 Interface Manager:

Thank you for your email. I have now heard from my colleague and can respond as follows:
I have been informed that 36 Hodgetts Lane is to be kept vacant due to the level of costs being required to bring this up to a lettable standard. 
I can, however, give you a bit more background on the £20,000 limit in relation to this property. HS2 has to ensure that any property it lets out meets the required standards. The property requires complex works that will cost over £20,000 and as such this will require tendering and sign off by Department for Transport (DfT). We have carried out a budget cost exercise and the costs identified far exceeds this limit. As such our financial model has proven that carrying out the works will not be value for money. As a publicly funded organisation we have to ensure that any spend represents good value for money for the taxpayer.
We have reviewed the costs in detail and cannot proceed with the works due to reasons set out above. Community use was suggested as there may be grants or funding available that we, as HS2 Ltd, cannot access. This option is still available and HS2 would be glad to discuss this further should some form of community use be found for this property. HS2 is examining options for potentially disposing of the property earlier but this is subject to approvals being sought from DfT. The current stance from HS2 is that unfortunately this property is likely to remain vacant until one year after the line is operational.
If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • VE DAY May 8th, 2020. It had been agreed to work with the VH committee to arrange an event on May 8th, 2020.  Mary had booked the Hall. Ideas included a lunch with entertainment, but the final details were to be agreed with representatives of the VH.
  • HS2 fund – what should we ask for? Suggestions included landscaping and a play area on top of the tunnel.
  • A problem was highlighted as being unable to apply for funding until the tunnel was completed. The query about choice of projects would be raised at the AGM. It was felt important to liaise with e Neighbourhood Plan group.

7. Greenway Trust update

There was no update.

8. Parish Councillor's Report

There was nothing to report as the PC had not met during the summer. Visibility splays at the entrance to Cala Homes site would be raised at the next P.C. meeting.

9. Any Other Business

  • It was reported that the dog waste bin at the Cromwell Land entrance to the Greenway was overflowing and people continued to place bags on the top of the bin.  This had been reported and it would be emptied within the next 2 weeks.
  • The Christmas card competition for the schoolchildren would be overseen by Faith as the winning entry needed to be at the printers by prior to the next committee meeting. Action: Hilary
  • Santa’s Sleigh collection would take place on Friday December 13th. As dance classes were taking place at the VH, the Green Room would be used at the start of the evening.
  • A Christmas tree would be purchased in December.
  • A litter pick would start from the bridge on Cromwell Lane at 10.30 on October 13th.
  • The next Residents’ lunch was scheduled for October 4th.

10. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next committee meeting was scheduled for AGM Sept 30th Nov 27th

Monday, 9 September 2019

HS2 Community Event 11th September

Two events are being organised by HS2 on September 11th.

The first event is between 1pm and 3pm. This was originally intended for the Greenway Group but has been broadened out so others can also attend.

The second event is between 4pm and 6pm. This is being run by LM as a drop in type session with the 3D model of the Greenway also present.

The agenda will be:

1.      Introductions
2.      Terms of Reference
3.      Background
4.      LM 3D Model Demonstration
5.      Winter Clearance
6.      BBV Update on Design Engagement
7.      Future Engagement in the Area
8.      Questions

Original Notice

We have been informed by HS2 that they will be holding a drop in meeting on Wednesday September 11th, 1pm -3pm when they will be demonstrating their digital modelling of what the area of Burton Green affected by HS2 will look like after construction is completed.

Update 7th September

Some residents have just received a notice from HS2 regarding the meeting on 11th September stating that the session runs from  4pm - 6pm with 3D model demonstrations about the Greenway works being shown at 4:15pm and 5:15pm.

This is a different time and not quite the subject matter that HS2 originally agreed to present.  They originally agreed to demonstrate a 'digital model of the Scheme Design for the railway in the Burton Green area with a future event to demonstrate a digital model of the Temporary Greenway'; this event  was never intended to be solely about The Greenway.

It is of course possible that this event is in addition to the one originally scheduled from 1pm to 3pm and if so then this should have been included on the original notice.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

HS2 Mammoth Overruns

It has been a hectic week at Westminster and a very good time for the Government to bury bad news.

The timescales for HS2 delivery have been set back again. The delivery of the Birmingham phase may now be five years behind schedule.

Full report:

An interesting consequence of this is that an extended timescale may incur yet further cost increases over and above those already conceded.

Coffee, Cake, Computers........and Chat

Coffee Cakes and Computers is changing!

New time, new venture. We will now be starting at 10.00 and finishing at 12.00.

We will be starting on Tuesday 10th September.

We will continue to offer information and support on all matters relating to IT gadgets, but we will also be offering Coffee, Cake and Chat for those who would like to come to the village hall just for some company. We will have a pack of cards, a chess set and various board games for anyone wishing to just come along and enjoy some social interaction.  If you wish, you can bring your own games.

At our meeting on Tuesday 24th September, we will be making a presentation about home security when we will be explaining some technical and non-technical ways to improve your home security.

At £3.00 per session for tea or coffee and a slice of cake, it’s a bargain and (we feel) much more interesting than sitting in Costa!  Come and join us!

You will all be very welcome.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Bugle - September 2019

The September 2019 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.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Burton Green - Recent Burglaries

Updated 23rd August

Burglary, Cromwell Lane, 21st August

Please be aware that at some point before 10.30hrs on Wednesday 21 August 2019 offenders have stolen a Mercedes Benz 270 Jeep motor vehicle by entering a property at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. This is incident 170 of 21 August 2019.

Three Attempted Garden/Shed Burglaries, Cromwell Lane, 7th/8th August

Please be aware that between 21.30hrs on Wednesday 7 August and 06.30hrs on Thursday 8 August 2019 offenders have broken into a summer house, garden shed and old stable at a property at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. It is not clear at this stage what, if anything, has been stolen. This is incident 55 of 8 August 2019.

Please be aware that between 21.30hrs on Wednesday 7 August and 09.10hrs on Thursday 8 August 2019 offenders have smashed off the locks and entered a garden shed at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. It is not clear at this stage what, if anything has been stolen. This is incident 139 of 8 August 2019

Please be aware that between 20.00hrs on Wednesday 7 August and 13.30hrs on Thursday 8 August 2019 offenders have cut the padlock and entered a brick built detached garden shed at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. Power tools were stolen. This is incident 221 of 8 August 2019.

Three Burglaries in Red Lane and Cromwell Lane, 1st August

Please be aware that between 19.00hrs on Wednesday 31 July and 19.50hrs on Thursday 1 August offenders have forced a side door and broken into a detached garage at a property between Red Lane and Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. Once inside the offenders have stolen a bicycle estimated to be worth in excess of £5,000. This is incident 385 of 1 August 2019

Please be aware that at approximately 02.15hrs on Thursday 1 August 2019 offenders have broken into a property via its integral garage at Red Lane, Kenilworth. The occupants activated the intruder alarm immediately and the offenders made off without taking anything. This is incident 27 of 1 August 2019

Please be aware that overnight between Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August 2019 offenders have broken into a garage and garden shed at a property on Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. It is not clear at this stage what, if anything, has been taken. This is incident 43 of 1 August 2019

Two Incidents in Cromwell Lane, Wednesday 25th July

Offenders have broken into a garage at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth overnight between Wednesday 24 July and Thursday 25 July 2019. The offenders removed a window to the garage and threw it into an adjacent field. It is not clear at this stage what, if anything, has been taken. This is incident 102 of 25 July 2019

Overnight between 20.00hrs on Wednesday 24 July and 09.00hrs Thursday 25 July 2019 offenders have damaged the fencing to a property at Cromwell Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth. The offenders have then entered the property grounds but were unable to access the property. This is incident 116 of 25 July 2019

Car Key Burglary, Hodgetts Lane, 23rd July

Please be aware that between 12.45hrs and 13.15hrs on Tuesday 23 July 2019 offenders broke into a property at Hodgetts Lane. Once inside the property the offenders located the keys for a Black Vauxhall Insignia that was parked on the drive of the property. Consequently, the Vauxhall Insignia motor vehicle was stolen. This is incident 202 of 23 July 2019

Fences Cut, Cromwell Lane, 19th 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.

Four Garden Shed Burglaries, Cromwell Lane, 7th July

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Caravan Theft, Red Lane, 12th June

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.

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, 25th April

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.

Two Thefts in Cromwell Lane, 9th April

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.

A large planter was stolen from the front of a house on Cromwell lane at the weekend.

Garden Theft Red Lane, 7th February

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.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Burton Green Produce Show

would like to remind you that our 
13th Annual Produce Show
is on Sunday 1st September
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Fruit and Vegetables, Flower arranging, 
Photographic Competition, Baking for all, Children and Adult Crafts
  • Check your roses, have you a single rose that will win you a first prize?
  • Have you a "best red" flower that could be a winner
  • Check your schedule and see what else you might find in your garden that is suitable to enter
  • Bring your entries to the Village Hall on Sunday morning, 1st September between 7:30am and 9:45am
  • Come and see what wonderful things the children of Burton Green can make plus see the talents of villagers and surrounding areas
  • Choose some new reading or game from our second hand books or buy your new bulbs from our Plant and Bulb Sale
  • Join us for a  'hot dog' from 1:00pm or a cup of tea and homemade cake
  • Please come and join us for an enjoyable afternoon
Prize giving 3.45

Produce auctioned at end of show.

Something for everyone - 
Plant and Bulb Sale, 
Book and Games Stall, Tombola, 
Children's Table and Tasting Table.

Donations for the Plant Stall, Book and Game stall plus the Tombola are still appreciated. Please drop off at the hall on Saturday 31st August at 2:00pm or we can arrange collection.