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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Draft Minutes of Residents' Association Committee Meeting March 13th 2019


Present

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

In attendance: Fiona Anderson, CAVA


1.Apologies and Minutes of the January meeting

Apologies had been received from Helen Hehir and Mary Webb. The committee was pleased to hear of Mary’s successful hip replacement.


Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Ask Hodgett’s Lane resident about overgrown hedgeRona
Progress Red Lane Shelter projectFaith and Mary
Inform Westwood Heath residents about Santa SleighMary (at appropriate time)
Communication with PC regarding preceptPaddy and Andy
Overgrown hedge near bridge on Cromwell LaneRona
Next meeting agenda item re BGRA membershipJudi
Production of anti-litter posterRona



Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See Minutes of January 23rd

The minutes of the January 23rd meeting were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes
  • Hodgett’s Lane overgrown hedge – Rona would try again to contact the residents concerned.
  • Red Lane shelter project – still to be progressed
  • Treasurer’s report had been re-sent.
  • Blocked drains had been reported
  • Shed break-ins – response had been sent

All other matters arising had been covered or were to be agenda items.


2. Fiona Anderson, Rural Capacity Officer - presentation

Fiona is the Rural Capacity Officer working for Warwickshire Community Voluntary Action.

https://www.wcava.org.uk/about-us

CAVA provides a single point of access for everyone who wants to engage in community and voluntary action. Fiona explained her work tackling rural isolation. The group can provide signposting to potential funding and tackles issues such as internet and telephone scams, safeguarding and governance. She was thanked for attending and providing information.


3. Treasurer's Report

A report had been circulated. Dianne explained the items. There were no questions.


4, Residents' views/concerns

  • Cala Homes – is there a site office yet? Paddy agreed to continue to liaise with the site manager who was always very helpful. 
  • Rubbish dumped in the ditch outside the site would be removed by Cala Homes even though it had not come from the site.
  • There had been some complaints regarding water from the site puddling on Red Lane.  It was agreed this needed to be monitored but that the situation was likely to improve as site development reached a conclusion. 
  • Nearby residents had complained about lights being left on all night in some of the properties. Cala Homes had been approached about this and explained it was their security policy. Once site security was established it was hoped the lights could be extinguished. 
  • Lorries were travelling past the school in Hob Lane and presented a danger, especially at each end of the school day when there was always congestion on the narrow lane. Cala Homes could not force delivery lorries to use other routes as that had not been included in the planning permission, but they had ordered signs recommending a different route.
  • Subscriptions. At the last meeting it had been agreed to investigate including funding in the precept to avoid collecting subscriptions from an ever-growing population in the village and to cover basic BGRA expenses and administration costs. Paddy and Andy, both Parish Councillors, agreed to pursue this to ascertain if this had been included in the precept. Action: Paddy and Andy
  • It might be necessary to add a clause to the constitution to explain that all residents were automatically members of the Residents’ Association (unless they specifically wished to withdraw). This would be considered at the next meeting Action: Judi
  • Lunch for retired and friends of BG, April 26th .This was being arranged. Volunteers to assist were always welcome.  Further publicity of the event would be circulated on the loop.
  • Report from Waste Partnership conference. Rona had attended and reported back on some of the presentations with a focus on recycling and using “waste” food. She said it was an annual event and would be worth attending every year.
  • Report from Kenilworth Forum, March 5th Thanks to residents’ votes, there would be 10 police speedwatch sessions on Cromwell Lane. Walking for Health was another project to tackle isolation and bowls sessions at Castle Farm were also highlighted. A grant had also been given to the Kenilworth Greenway group that oversees the Kenilworth end of the Greenway.
  • Rona had attended the Balsall Common presentation evening. The £500 collected by the Santa Sleigh in Burton Green was presented to our chosen charity Canley Community Centre with an additional £100 from the Lions. This was gratefully received by the Centre representative who explained some of their work especially with children in the area.
Other concerns/views included:
  • The overgrown hedge on Cromwell Lane near the Greenway. Rona agreed to visit the householders.
  • Roadworks which probably had little communication between HS2 and various services. A resident’s letter highlighting the problems to HS2 had been copied to BGRA.
  • Crime Prevention – Mary was liaising with our community police to arrange a meeting on Sunday June 9th.
  • Bus timetable – slight amendments to the bus services were not displayed at the bus stops.  WCC were responsible for this and had been informed.  New timetables had been distributed with the recent edition of the Bugle.

5. Village Hall

A date of the end of 2020 was still anticipated as the date for the completion of a new hall.
There was nothing more to report.


6. Parish Councillor's Report

There was nothing further to report.


7.  Any Other Business

  • A breakfast was to be held in support of Kenilworth Helping Hands on Sunday April 28th
  • Pupils at Burton Green School had been involved in the design of a poster to deter littering from passing cars.  A design was to be chosen and Faith would investigate having it printed and erected at key points. Action: Rona
  • The committee wished to thank John Webb for his continued support in the research and production of interesting articles for the Bugle and for maintaining such an excellent website for Burton Green.


8. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next committee meetings were scheduled for

 May 15th,  July 17th, Sept 11th, AGM Sept 30th, Nov 27th

Monday, 11 March 2019

Burton Green Neighbourhood Plan

A draft version of the Burton Green Neighbourhood Plan can be seen here:
http://www.burtongreenparishcouncil.org/uploads/1/0/0/6/100693498/np_draft_5.2.1.pdf


Please note that the iconic image of Burton Green on the cover of the Neighbourhood Plan (see above) shows a field adjacent to Westwood Heath Road, that is about to be covered by a housing estate!

A Community Meeting will be held on Sunday 24th March in the Village Hall, 10.00am to 1.00pm with coffee and refreshments included.

We hope you are able to take part in this event because we need to know what’s good about what has been done on the Neighbourhood Plan so far and what could be better. We have to be able to demonstrate that our Plan has been developed in response to the input of Burton Green residents so your views really do matter.

Please come along to the Village Hall on the 24th March and make a difference.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Bugle - March 2019

The March 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.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

A46 Link Road

Updated 18th February 2019

Regrettably, the route options for the proposed new road are still being kept secret by local authorities and our elected councillors are colluding with that secrecy. Councillors have the authority to mandate full publication, overriding council officers.

None the less, it is intended to proceed with phase one of this proposal i.e  the creation of another bridge over the A46 at Stoneleigh to create a roundabout junction. Some preliminary work clearing woodland has already been undertaken.

Going ahead with “phase 1” when there is no clarification of “phase 2” and “phase 3” of the road, is at best premature. And in fact, even the phase one proposal does not have the full planning permission approval required from the Department for Transport.  A previous application to the DfT for that permission by Warwickshire County Council triggered a number of objections sent to the DfT. This triggered the announcement of a public enquiry. But, in response,  that application was withdrawn by the council and the whole process has been started again. Previous objections have not been carried over.  So there is only until midnight Monday 18th February to get new objections in to the Department for Transport.

Reasons for objecting to the proposal can be summarised as:

  • The A46 Link Road is not a proposal of any Local Plan now in force in the areas it would run through. It is not shown on any public Proposals Map or Policies Map. 
  • The A46 Link Road would be highly damaging to the countryside south and west of Coventry, which is in the Green Belt. It would enable release of land for development which is currently agricultural land, woodland or available for recreation. The established pattern of urban areas surrounded by Green Belt would be undermined and eventually lost. 
  • The need for the A46 Link Road has not been shown; it appears to be promoted for development purposes rather than to meet any problem on the present road system. The existing main roads, A46, A45, and A452 have provided sufficient access and linkage for the present level of development and there is no current public pressure or demand for further road capacity. They have congestion at peak hours inevitably, but operate freely off-peak and at weekends; peak hour delays are not grounds for new road-building when tested against national transport policy to encourage use of other modes of transport. 
  • There has been no public consultation on the A46 Link Road, and no date for such consultation has been announced. Phase 1 has now been promoted by Highways Act Orders ahead of consultation on the proposed road as a whole. These Orders are the first opportunity those affected by or concerned about the A46 Link Road have to give their views on it or to lodge objections. While a planning permission for the Stoneleigh Junction enlargement has been granted by Warwickshire County Council to itself under deemed-permission regulations, that did not involve any independent appraisal or right to an independent hearing and does not restrict scope for objections to these Orders. 
  • Warwickshire County Council should be asked to either bring forward the overall A46 Link Road proposal, or if they cannot do this to assent to these Orders been held in suspension until the full A46 Link Road is published and a public inquiry into the full proposal can be held. If not, a public inquiry into these Orders is requested. 


Originally Posted 18th January 2019

The following map has been produced by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and shows a proposed route for an A46 link road (dashed line in red). You can enlarge this plan to full screen size by clicking the image...


The source for that map is the Solihull Local Plan Review, 17th January 2019. A copy of that document, which includes that map, can be found on the Cheswick Green Residents' Association website, here:
http://www.cgra.org.uk/2019/01/15/local-development-plan-review/

The following map has been produced by a local resident and shows possible speculative routes for the link road beyond the boundaries of the plan above...



This is part of a secret map, obtained from SMBC under a Freedom of Information request in October 2018...



Previous Posts on This Subject

October 2018 - the secret collusion scandal
https://burtongreen.blogspot.com/2018/08/a46-relief-road.html

June 2017
https://burtongreen.blogspot.com/2017/05/a46-link-road.html

December 2016
https://burtongreen.blogspot.com/2016/11/major-new-link-road.html

Monday, 25 February 2019

Balsall Common (Solihull) Housing Plans Consultation




New housing numbers increase from 1215 to 1755 

Solihull Council have published a 2nd version of the housing plan for the borough for the period 2020 to 2035. Far from reducing planned housing numbers for Balsall Common, the new plan takes homes planned for elsewhere and puts them in Balsall Common. The new plan proposes huge areas being taken out of greenbelt all the way south to Everson Fuels. It also gives some commitments on local infrastructure

Spare 30 minutes of your time to see what is planned

Berkswell PC needs residents’ input to help frame its response to the plan. Not only the number of homes but infrastructure, greenbelt boundaries and town planning. You can also find out how to respond as individuals to the consultation.

It is worth coming even if you went to the library event. Our exhibits will be much larger so they can be viewed easily and we have information SMBC have not shown on the extent of greenbelt changes and the risk of even more housing.

Come see the plans and give us your views

Saturday 2nd March 2019 1.30 pm to 5 pm– Jubilee Centre, in the Library Car Park, Station Road, Balsall Common

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Kenilworth Community Forum - Policing Priority Vote

The Kenilworth Community Forum policing priorities vote is now live.

Suggested priorities are:

  • ASB / Reassurance Patrols – Kenilworth Parks & Open Spaces
  • Crime Reduction Patrols – Kenilworth Town Centre
  • Speed Checks / Monitoring – Cromwell Lane, Burton Green
  • Burglary Prevention Patrols - Kenilworth
  • Vehicle Crime Prevention Patrols – Kenilworth

You can cast your vote here:
https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/57365 

Voting closes 4th March 2019.

Don’t forget to vote!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

HS2 Community Visits, Ground Surveys and News

The HS2 Community Engagement Team will next be visiting Burton Green Village Hall on the following dates to answer any questions you may have.
  • Monday 11th Feb, 3pm - 5pm. 
  • Monday 8th April, 6pm - 8pm.

HS2 will be undertaking ground surveys in Burton Green from 11th February for a period of 5 weeks.


The ground surveys are critical for determining the stability of the ground, which will determine the cost of track construction, and the ultimate speed of trains.


Other HS2 News

This is an article in The Spectator (9th February)...



Extracts:

The controversy has so far focused on the shabby treatment of those with homes on the HS2 route, subject to compulsory purchase... But with demolition work underway in London and Birmingham, and construction soon starting in earnest, the rationale of the project itself is being questioned at the heart of government. The UK’s new super-train could soon be called to a halt...

An unglamorous truth is dawning — that the UK needs to solve its national rail issues by investing not in trophy assets but in existing infrastructure, channelling cash into the humdrum local services that get commuters to work. ‘The case for HS2 is and always was nonsense,’ says one cabinet minister...

‘In the next Tory leadership contest,’ a cabinet colleague adds, ‘the winning candidate will need to have “Scrap HS2” in his or her leadership manifesto — as in: call the whole thing off.’

Complete article:
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/is-the-financial-logic-behind-hs2-collapsing/


Channel 4 Documentary Monday 11th February







The program can be viewed on demand here:
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/on-demand/69215-001

A summary of the program, from the Channel 4 Press Office, is here:
https://www.channel4.com/press/news/hs2-great-train-robbery-channel-4-dispatches


Fewer and Slower Trains Raise Doubts About The Business Case

The most recent news from Westminster is that David Lidington, the deputy Prime Minister, has asked HS2 to review the business case for the project. 

This review comes in the light of revelations that the number of trains running on the line may be need to be fewer than originally planned, and that speeds may need to be slower than originally planned. These constraints are in part due to ground conditions.



"Theresa May's deputy has warned that a proposed reduction in the number of trains running along High Speed 2 will "seriously undermine" the case for continuing with the project. David Lidington has asked HS2 Ltd, the government-owned firm behind the scheme to set out the "current business case" for the £56 billion project..."

Complete report:



Extracts:

HS2 could be forced to slash the number of trains it runs on the line in a desperate bid to keep control over its £56 billion budget... The move would cut the capacity of the line by the equivalent of 8,800 passengers per hour during peak times....  

The option of reducing the number of trains able to run on the line was revealed to MPs at a briefing on November 20 by Mark Thurston, HS2's chief executive... These changes included possibly lowering the speed that trains will operate at on the line by around 50 km/h, reducing the number of trains from 18 per hour to 14, and changing from a slab track to a ballast track...

In her letter to Mr Thurston, Mrs Leadsom, who campaigned against HS2 as a backbencher, said: "Given the business case for HS2 was first predicated upon speed, then on capacity then finally on improving connectivity with the north, can I ask how these changes - separately and cumulatively - would impact on the viability of the project? ... My constituents are naturally concerned that changes to the project could undermine the business case, negatively affect the benefit-cost ratio, and reduce the value for taxpayers' money."

Complete report:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/01/12/hs2-could-built-carry-thousands-fewer-passengers-part-attempts/

Andrea Leadsom's complete letter is here:
Andrea Leadsom Letter (PDF document)


White Elephant Projects Will Be Axed

As an independent development, on January 5th, Liz Truss, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said that the Government will examine all major investment projects across Government as part of a review later this year.



Extracts:

Ministers must be prepared to scrap expensive "white elephant" projects... "we must be prepared to junk the white elephants, the programmes that haven’t worked" ... 

The announcement is likely to be welcomed by Tory MPs opposed to controversial projects such as the £56 billion HS2 rail line.

Complete report:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/01/05/scrap-white-elephant-projects-says-liz-truss/



Previous Post on this Subject, 'Pull the Plug on HS2'

https://burtongreen.blogspot.com/2019/01/pull-plug-on-hs2.html