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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Kenilworth Community Forum - Policing Priority Vote

The Kenilworth Community Forum policing priorities vote is now live.

There's nothing specific to Burton Green on this occasion.

Priority options are:
  • ASB / Reassurance Patrols – Kenilworth Parks & Open Spaces
  • Crime Reduction Patrols – Kenilworth Town Centre
  • Speed Checks / Monitoring – Rounds Hill, Kenilworth
  • Burglary Prevention Patrols - Kenilworth
  • Inconsiderate Parking Patrols – Kenilworth

You can cast your vote here:
https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/60351

Voting closes 3rd June 2019.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Burton Green Produce Show 2019



This years Produce Show will take place on 
Sunday 1st September.

The Schedule is being prepared and should be delivered by mid June.

We hope that residents will be able to help us with donations for some of our stalls and we will be in touch closer to the date with drop off details.

  • Plants and Bulbs - do you have any spare plants you can pot up for us to sell or are you able to take cuttings from your garden and grow them on over the summer months 
  • Tombola - last years stall was a great success and all donations are appreciated
  • Games/Puzzles/Books - if you are clearing out any games, puzzles and recent books please donate them to us.  If you have some but are not able to store them until the show, please contact us and we will arrange collection.

Draft Minutes of Residents' Association Committee Meeting May 15th 2019

Present: Dianne Adams; Hilary Cox; Andy Gibbs; Helen Hehir; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Rona Taylor; Faith Ward; Mary Webb.


1. Apologies and Minutes of the March 13th meeting

Apologies had been received from Paddy Deeley and Bron Putnam.

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Cala Homes to be asked about refurbishment of Red Lane air warden’s shelterRona
Liaison with Cala Homes re Bugle entryMary
Progress litter postersRona
Add Village Hall chair to agenda distribution listJudi
Update Welcome leafletJudi
Arrange for copies of the Bugle to go to Cala HomesMary
Speak to Berkswell charities regarding bench and plaqueRona
Include thank you from Canley Community Centre in next edition of the BugleMary

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See Minutes of March 13th meeting

The minutes of the March 13th meeting were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes

  • Hodgett’s Lane overgrown hedge – Rona would contact the residents concerned. Post meeting note: the residents concerned acted very promptly in cutting back their hedge and the committee would like to thank them for their response and for the immediate action.
  • Red Lane shelter project – still to be progressed
  • Communication with PC regarding precept. Rona would bring this up at the meeting on May 20th, but it was understood there would be no problem now in the new financial year.
  • Overgrown hedge near Cromwell Land bridge – Rona has contacted the residents concerned.

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 items. The only items of expenditure had been:

  • Insurance Employers liability £186.48
  • Pick Up Litter Signs - £86.40

Income was:

  • Cheque from Parish Council for flower tubs £200
  • Profit from Residents’ Lunches on 26 April 2019 - £82.74
  • Profit from Charity Breakfast on 28th April 2019 to be donated to Helping Hands, Kenilworth Charity £352.60



3. Amendment to constitution

Following the discussion at a previous meeting regarding stopping collection of subscriptions (which would be replaced by money from the precept), in line with the current constitution, a special meeting was held as part of the proceedings and the following amendments to the constitution were agreed:

Point 5 All residents of Burton Green shall be eligible for membership
Was changed to
All residents of Burton Green are deemed members unless they indicate to the contrary to the secretary in writing

Point 6 The annual subscription for a household shall be decided at each Annual General Meeting (AGM) and subscriptions shall be due by May 31st of each year
Was changed to
There are no subscription fees.


4. Residents' views/concerns

  • A question was raised as to whether the Greek Orthodox Church should have obtained planning permission to put down hard standing in their car parking area in Westwood Heath Road Cllr Illingworth was following this up.
  • A number of dog waste bags were being carelessly disposed near the sports field on Cromwell Lane. Mary had enquired but currently there was no funding available for a dog waste bin to be erected in that area.
  • Mary would purchase a long-handled grabber to help dispose of the waste.
  • The committee commended Deirdre Vernon’s actions in raising the question of why so many HS2-purchased properties were standing empty. A meeting had been held with relevant bodies and it had been explained that there was a cost ceiling of £20k regarding refurbishment of properties for the rental market.  Now there were four houses being prepared for renting. Some people had enquired about buying the properties but HS2 was not selling because of “crystallised blight” (selling at a low price now might impact the sale price of other local properties.) It was considered ridiculous that a gas safety inspector was brought from Leeds rather than using local contractors. It was suggested our MP should be involved in further investigating how the remaining empty houses could be added to the rental market more quickly.

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

  • Cala Homes update on the site.Paddy remained vigilant but residents were not happy with the way Cala Homes were responding. For example, there had still been no signs erected to advise lorries of a suitable route to use. Cala Homes had asked if there were any community projects they could assist with and it was decided to ask if they would consider refurbishment of the old air warden’s shelter in Red Lane. Action: Rona
  • Charging for Cala Homes Bugle entry. A 4-page document had been submitted for inclusion in the Bugle, but Mary explained this was far too lengthy and would ask Cala Homes to provide an article of suitable length and they would be advised of a cost of £200 Action: Mary
  • Positioning of litter posters. Following discussion, it was agreed to position sign sin several locations in Red Lane and Hob Lane and to place them on stakes rather than lamp posts so that they could be moved around.  Two further signs would be ordered to make 5 in total. Action: Rona
  • Lunch for retired and friends of BG April 28th. Once again, this had been a successful event with many compliments paid.
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate. This was now to be a requirement for anyone responsible for food handling in the Village Hall kitchen. It was agreed to pay the costs for Hilary and Mary to take the online course.
  • Breakfast for Helping Hands. Another successful event and the amount raised had been covered under item 2 of the agenda.  The cheque would be presented at a forthcoming event for Kenilworth Helping Hands.


6. Village Hall

There was nothing more to report. It was agreed that the Village Hall Chair would be added to the circulation list and asked if she would like to present at each meeting or, if more appropriate, to send a written report. Action: Judi


7. Parish Councillor's Report

Andy reported that a new Parish Councillor, Richard Paine, had joined the Council.

There was nothing further to report.


8.  Any Other Business

  • Paddy had made suggestions regarding the Welcome Leaflet. Judi agreed to update the current one and it was agreed that copies of the Bugle would be best to ask Cala Homes to distribute to potential home buyers. Action: Judi and Mary
  • A question had been raised at the recent Neighbourhood Plan meeting about tree preservation orders.  Although some work had been carried out on this many years ago, there was no information available.
  • The Berkswell Charities had removed a bench donated to the Residents’ Association which used to sit by the almshouses. It had been removed to carry out essential services, but it was not in a fit state of repair to reinstate.  It was agreed the bench could be disposed of and if it bore a plaque this should be returned to the committee. Action: Rona
  • Thanks received from Canley Community Centre for the donation resulting from the Santa Sleigh – to be published in the Bugle. Action: Mary


9. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next committee meetings were scheduled for July 17th, Sept 11th, AGM Sept 30th, Nov 27th

Saturday, 4 May 2019

District Council Election Results

Burton Green is part of a brand new ward known as Kenilworth Abbey and Arden.

This ward covers Kenilworth Castle, Burton Green, Honiley, Rowington, Baddesley Clinton, Packwood and Lapworth (roughly the area of the old Forest of Arden).

The complete results for the May 2nd local election are shown below.

The 3 Councillors elected were John Cook (Conservative), Richard Hales (Conservative) and George Illingworth (Conservative).

The experience of Burton Green (3 Conservatives elected) was not typical of Kenilworth, or Warwickshire as a whole.

On Kenilworth town council, 12 incumbent Councillors lost their seats, including Mayor Mike Hitchins; only 4 incumbent Councillors survived.

The Green Party made huge gains and now holds the most seats on Kenilworth Town Council (8 seats) with Liberal Democrats (7 seats) and the Conservatives (2 seats).

The Conservatives have also lost control of Warwick District Council including council leader Andrew Mobbs who lost his seat. In contrast there were gains for the Greens and Lib Dems who will now go forward as part of a rainbow coalition as no party has overall control.

These are the complete results for Kenilworth Abbey and Arden:



Saturday, 20 April 2019

ONS Reduces Population Projection Figure for Coventry

Please note that the petition referred to below is addressed to Coventry City Council. It is not addressed to Warwick District Council, who are responsible for the proposed building at Westwood Heath

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A petition to preserve Coventry’s green belt land has gained more than 1000 signatures following the publication new population projection figures. The Coventry Green Belt campaign group has been formed in opposition to thousands of homes being built on ‘treasured’ open spaces on the rural fringes of the city.

It launched its petition in opposition to plans in Keresley, Eastern Green, Finham, Westwood Heath, Coundon Wedge, Exhall, and Cromwell Lane.

The petition demands the council urgently reviews its housebuilding plans and returns land to the green belt. The sites earmarked for housebuilding were protected green belt land but have now been declassified in Coventry City Council’s Local Plan, which claims to outline a need for 42,400 homes to be built in and around the city by 2031.

The figure is based on Office for National Statistics (ONS) projections for Coventry’s population to increase by more than a third. But the ONS this month released new figures showing that Coventry could have 17,600 people fewer than projected by 2026.

Campaigner, group member and ex-prospective councillor Merle Gering previously produced expert-backed research claiming to refute the city’s projected population explosion and therefore the need for mass housebuilding.

The petition is titled ‘Return Land in Coventry to Greenbelt’.

Mr Gering said: “Coventry City Council should begin a review of its Local Plan now, and return land to green belt. If there is hyper-population growth in Coventry – as the council claims – they are all ghosts or vampires. Latest government data shows they don’t vote, don’t go to A&E, don’t have babies or send children to school, don’t have cars, don’t receive state pension or ESA benefit, don’t use gas or electricity, and don’t produce household waste. Do they exist? Three world experts have looked at our case – on our website – and said ‘it is all compelling evidence.’ There is no need to build thousands of homes at Keresley, Eastern Green, Finham, Westwood Heath, Coundon Wedge, Exhall, or Cromwell Lane, for people who are not here. We can have the homes we actually need on brownfield sites and keep the beautiful Forest of Arden landscape. We need a people’s plan that delivers homes for ordinary people – like teaching assistants, nurses, care workers, firemen, shop workers can afford, to buy or rent – not the luxury four bed £400,000 palaces being planned.

The group says there are many reasons land should be returned to the green belt including concerns about increased air quality, traffic, loss of wildlife and strain on the NHS and local services.
Mr Gering says the true number of houses needed in and around the city is closer to 18,600, based on his research.

His analysis – which has been commended by Professor of  of Demography at Oxford University David Coleman and Newcastle University professor Tony Champion, an adviser to the ONS – estimates there could be more than 100,000 ‘ghosts’ in the projections for population growth by 2031.

For more news, events, and the full evidence, see the group’s website http://www.coventrygreenbelt.org/

Sign the Petition at
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/return-our-land-to-green-belt-coventry

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Local District Council Elections - 2nd May

These are the candidates who will be standing for Kenilworth Abbey and Arden District Ward.

It is understood that we have 3 votes. There are three candidates for each of the principal parties represented. You should be able to find three individuals worthy of your votes in the list below. Consider the list carefully, and be sure to vote...


The original document is here:
https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/downloads/file/5370/kenilworth_abbey_and_arden_ward

Candidates standing in other district council wards can be found here:
https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/downloads/download/1140/district_council_candidates_2019

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Dawn Chorus in Cromwell Lane

This is a 4-minute recording of the dawn chorus in Cromwell Lane.

The chorus begins at about 5am (GMT) and lasts for about 45 minutes.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Helping Hands Charity Breakfast 28th April

Charity Breakfast 
Village Hall
Hodgetts Lane
Burton Green

Sunday 28th April 10.00 - 12.00

In support of HELPING HANDS, a charity supporting Young adults in Kenilworth with learning and physical disabilities.

A SELECTION OF BREAKFAST MENUS from full English to avocado poached egg muffin.

£7.50.

Please come and support this local charity.

Monday, 18 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, 17 March 2019

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

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, 24 February 2019

Village Hall Race Night

BURTON GREEN VILLAGE HALL

Invite you to an evening of HORSE RACING

Saturday 13th April 2019

Paddock opens at 7.30

Fish & Chip Supper - Tickets £12.50

Please come and join us for an evening of fun, riding your own horse or just watch if you prefer

Bring your own drinks

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

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Neighbourhood Crime

There was a serious burglary in Westwood Heath on Monday 28th January.

Three males entered a house, in daylight, attacked the female occupant, and stole jewellery. These images were taken by CCTV...



There seems to have been an increase in neighbourhood crime recently.

Examples...
  • 7 February - beehive and garden bench stolen from Red Lane; incident 143
  • 25 January - shed ransacked in Cromwell Lane; mower, strimmer, leaf blower and hedge cutter were stolen; incident 191
  • 23 January - shed theft Cromwell Lane; garden vacuum and hedge trimmer stolen; incident 427
  • 22 January - shed theft Cromwell Lane; peteol hedge cutter stolen; incident 254
  • 22 January - attempted shed theft in Cromwell Lane; incident 133
  • 3 January - report of attempted break-in in Westwood Heath
  • 29 December - house break-in in Westwood Heath
  • 15 December  - car stolen from Cromwell Lane; incident 363
  • 11 December  - attempted burglary in Red Lane
  • 10 December - report of two attempted break-ins in Westwood Heath
There may have been other incidents.

This issue was raised at the January 23rd meeting of the Burton Green Residents' Association...
"A resident had made contact with concerns about break-ins to sheds in which the police showed no interest.  Various measures were discussed including the employment by Westwood Heath residents of a security firm and the use of Street Watch community patrols."

Action by Westwood Heath Residents' Association

Westwood Heath Residents' Association have been investigating both a voluntary Street Watch scheme, and the possibility of employing a private security firm. Proposals are described on the Westwood Heath Facebook page (requires privileged access to view):
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Westwoodheath/permalink/2233181786732073/


Street Watch

Street Watch is a national scheme in which local volunteers patrol the street. There is a webpage for the Street Watch scheme, here:
http://www.street-watch.org/

That page has no contact details and does not appear to be funded by any official agency.

According to that page, only 5 police forces in the country seem to provide any training or other support for the scheme (Bedfordshire, Havering, West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Redbridge). West Midlands Police (Coventry and Solihull) is one of them; Warwickshire is not.


Kenilworth Neighbourhood Watch

Details have also been circulated, around Burton Green, of the Kenilworth Neighbourhood Watch, which covers Burton Green. Notices from Kenilworth Watch can be viewed here:
https://kenilworthnwatch.wordpress.com/

Kenilworth Watch also have a Twitter account. This basically provides timely alerts to the information on the website:
https://twitter.com/kenilworthwatch/

The Kenilworth Watch webpage is run and updated by Fraser Pithie.

There are several important social and political factors which have a bearing on neighbourhood crime.

In 2012, Fraser Pithie was a vocal supporter of plans to reduce funding for the Police Force, including reducing the number of officers on the beat. See:
https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/would-be-tory-warwickshire-police-commissioner-3022861

Fraser Pithie also supported the use of private firms to carry out the role of front-line policing:
https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/fury-at-g4s-adverts-for-front-line-police-roles-in-warwickshire-1-4176310


The National Picture

There have also been two relevant articles in The Telegraph this week (25th and 26th January):


Extract:
Operational decisions are matters for the police but the Home Office could at least make it clear that the public expects to see a greater deployment of beat officers... The public does not want the police to waste their time investigating offensive online comments but to focus on what matters to most people. Everyone knows there are deeper causes of violent offending that cannot be resolved by policing alone but these take generations to turn around. They must not be an excuse for failing to do what can be done in the short term.
Complete article:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2019/01/25/public-expects-see-officers-beat-response-rising-crime/




This is an article written by Sergeant Richard Cooke, Chair of the West Midlands Police Federation.

Extract:
Soaring violent crime is not just due to cuts to the number of police officers, although let’s be clear, this is a massive part of the problem... 
I believe that while we do require urgent investment, we could achieve more with better organisation and focus. In order to do that, we must be clear about what actually constitutes a crime. Already incredulous that the Home Office is thinking of extending the categories of existing Hate Crime, to misogyny and ageism...
Complete article:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/26/crime-will-continue-rise-us-bobbies-released-shackles-pc-police/


Sunday, 3 February 2019

Kenilworth Community in Action


Comprehensive details of this event are here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kenilworth-community-in-action-2019-registration-54217797893




There are at least 40 community groups taking part in the afternoon showcase event:

  • Abbey Hill URC, Cancer Vaccines Charitable Trust
  • CELST (Lipreading)
  • Chinewrde Morris Dancers, Cycleways
  • Harry Sunley Memorial Project
  • Heartsafe Kenilworth
  • Warwickshire Heartsafe
  • Kenilworth All Together Greener, Kenilworth Chamber of Trade
  • Kenilworth Civic Society
  • Kenilworth Family History Society
  • Kenilworth Footpath Preservation Group
  • Kenilworth History & Archaeology Society, Kenilworth Lions
  • Kenilworth Methodist Church
  • Kenilworth Phab
  • Kenilworth Talking News Association
  • Kenilworth Twinning Association
  • Kenilworth U3A
  • Kenilworth Women’s Institute
  • Ladies Link
  • London North Western Railway Society
  • Royal British Legion Kenilworth Branch
  • Simply Social
  • Soroptomist International
  • St John’s Church
  • Sustrans & Kenilworth Greenway
  • The Kenilworth Centre & Radio Abbey
  • The Kenilworth National Women's Register
  • The Omega Course
  • The Spring Playgroup
  • Tools With A Mission (TWAM)
  • Warwick & Leamington Beekeepers
  • Warwick And Kenilworth Choral Society
  • Warwickshire CAVA
  • Warwickshire Vision Support
  • Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
  • Waverley Day Centre.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Village Hall Games Night

VILLAGE HALL GAMES NIGHT
Saturday 16th February


This will consist of teams competing in simple games such as 
Table Top Bowling, Hoola Hoop, Darts, Skittles plus more.

There will be a Ploughmans Supper but bring your own drinks. 
Only £10.00 per person.  All ages welcome.

If you are interested please contact Jill on 02476462070.
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Please come and join in the fun, either as a team of 6 or join with others to make a team.

Start time 7.00pm

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Minutes of Residents' Association Committee 23rd January 2019



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


1. Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting

Apologies had been received from Dianne Adams and Rona Taylor.

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Resident to be contacted about overgrown hedgeRona
Progress Red Lane shelter projectMary and Faith
Invite Fiona Anderson to next meetingRona
Treasurer’s Report to be re-sent and Dianne updated on circulation listJudi
Note when Cala Homes site office openedPaddy
Keep Cala Homes site office on agendaJudi
Inform Westwood Heath Residents’ Association about Santa Sleigh collection next yearMary
Communication with PC regarding the preceptPaddy, Mary and Rona
Seek advice on ways to deter litter and arrange litter pickMary
Peter Hallam to be informed of blocked drainsMary
Further details to be sought regarding Street Watch or other measuresMary
Response to resident regarding measures discussed after break-ins to shedsRona


Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See Minutes of December 11th

The minutes of the December 11th meeting were approved.


Matters Arising from the previous minutes

  • Red Lane lamppost - this was now working.
  • Hodgett’s Lane overgrown hedge - Rona had not yet managed to contact the resident. Action: Rona
  • Presentation date for Canley Community Centre cheque - had been contacted.
  • Red Lane shelter project - Details would be placed in the March edition of the Bugle to ask for volunteers to help with this project as funding was available. Faith would also speak to her neighbour, a builder. Action: Mary and Faith
  • Invite to Fiona Anderson - Rona still to contact. Action: Rona

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


2. Treasurer's Report

A report had been circulated. Not all committee members had received this and so Judi would send round and would also send Dianne an updated contacts list. Action: Judi

Dianne had applied for internet banking.


3. Residents' views/concerns

  • A resident had expressed concern at the number of empty houses in the village as a result of HS2 purchases. This matter was to be taken up by the Parish Council.
  • Rubbish on the exterior of the CALA Homes site had been pointed out and Cala Homes had agreed to clear the boundaries of litter.


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

Cala Homes update
There was now a site office. Contact would be made when the sales office opened to enquire if we could leave Welcome Packs. Paddy would monitor this, and Judi would keep it as an agenda item. Action: Paddy and Judi

Review of Santa Sleigh evening
This had been a successful event though fewer people were at home so only £500 was collected this year. It was suggested that information was sent in advance to the Westwood Heath Residents’ Association as a number of residents said they were not told that Santa would be visiting. Action: Mary

Storage in the new Village Hall
Mary was storing many items on behalf of BGRA. She would liaise with Deirdre regarding the need for storage facilities in the new hall. Action: Mary

Precept and subscriptions collection
Rona had discussed with the PC replacement of the collection of BGRA subscriptions by funding from the precept.

It was agreed that a letter would be sent to, the Parish Council agreeing to their suggestion that the precept would include a sum of approximately £1200 (amount to be finalised) to cover BGRA annual expenses. This would remove the need for the onerous task of volunteers going house to house collecting subscriptions.

Paddy agreed to find, the current number of properties within Burton Green and Mary would pass on a breakdown of current costs. This would be checked against what the PC was allowed to use precept monies for, and Tracey Gate of the PC would be asked for her advice on restriction. Mary would include details in the Bugle. Action: Paddy and Mary


5. Village Hall

HS2 had informed the Village Hall trustees of a further delay so a date of the end of 2020 looked more likely for the new Hall. HS2 had agreed to extend the lease on the current Village Hall accordingly.


6. Parish Councillor's Report

A Neighbourhood Plan meeting was scheduled for the following week. Once the Plan had been updated a public meeting would be held. It was hoped a date could be included in the next Bugle.


7.  Any Other Business

  • Poppy collection tin had raised £20
  • A question was asked about signs to deter people from littering the village. A competition at the school to create posters had been suggested. Mary agreed to seek advice from our contact at Warwickshire County Council.
  • A community litter pick would be arranged for early Spring. Action: Mary
  • Blocked drains were again a problem. These were identified and Peter Hallam would be contacted. Action: Mary
  • A resident had made contact with concerns about break-ins to sheds in which the police showed no interest.  Various measures were discussed including the employment by Westwood Heath residents of a security firm and the use of Street Watch community patrols. Mary agreed to make further enquiries about this. Action Mary
  • Rona would reply to the concerned resident. Action Rona
  • Paddy would find and re-circulate on the email loop details of how to receive alerts now that there was not an operational Neighbourhood Watch system. Action Paddy
  • A breakfast was to be held in support of Kenilworth Helping Hands on Sunday March 24th or Sunday April 28th (date to be confirmed)



8. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next committee meetings were scheduled for

March 13th, May 15th, July 17th, Sept 11th, AGM Sept 30th, Nov 27th

Pull the Plug on HS2

There is yet another editorial in The Telegraph this morning (27th January) urging the government to abandon HS2.



Extracts:

It’s hard to imagine a more costly, unattractive combination guaranteed to infuriate British voters: HS2 plus onshore wind turbines. But, amazingly, tone-deaf officials are considering putting the two together. A strategy document seen by this newspaper proposes powering the High Speed rail line with wind farms lining the route. The document suggests prices be pre-agreed with energy firms – described by one analyst as a sweetheart deal – at rates that could lead to passengers and taxpayers paying what effectively amounts to a hidden wind farm subsidy...

HS2 is turning into a case of corporatism at its bloated worst. Its current budget is around £56 billion; it’s now feared that it could cost over £100 billion. The price tag, for example, of buying land between London and Birmingham has tripled in six years. Speaking in Parliament last week, Sir Terry Morgan, the former chair of HS2, said “everyone has their own guesstimate” of the final cost but “nobody knows, actually, the number”. HS2 is considering running fewer trains and – wait for it – at lower speeds to rein in the finances...

Full report:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2019/01/26/please-pull-plug-hs2/


A separate report in the same edition describes the new controversial wind farm plan.



Extracts:

Wind farms could be built along the route of HS2 in a major resurrection of onshore turbines in Britain, under confidential Government-commissioned plans. An official strategy document seen by The Sunday Telegraph proposes powering the controversial rail line using lucrative onshore wind farms spanning the equivalent of 19,000 football fields...

The document indicates that the move would require more land being purchased by developers along the route of the line, and could tip the scheme over its £56 billion budget.

The plan is likely to spark fury among MPs and residents who already fear the line will blight landscape...

The disclosure comes amid growing calls for the project to be scaled back or scrapped. Earlier this month The Sunday Telegraph revealed that HS2 Ltd, the Government-owned firm behind the scheme, had raised the possibility of slashing the number of trains in order to keep control over its budget...


It recognises that onshore turbines could lead to "a degree of resistance at the local level as onshore wind turbines have been considered an 'eyesore' by communities."

Full report:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/01/26/wind-farms-could-built-along-route-hs2-confidential-government/

Monday, 14 January 2019

Crime Prevention

The link immediately below is to a 45-page booklet produced by the Metropolitan Police giving advice on avoiding scams. You can download the PDF file, or read it online...

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/the-little-book-of-big-scams.pdf

Topics covered include:

  • Online Crime
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • Online Shopping and Auction Sites
  • Computer Software Service Fraud
  • Romance and Dating Fraud
  • Recruitment Fraud
  • Ticketing Fraud
  • Courier Fraud
  • Door to Door Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Scam Mail 
  • What to do if you get scammed - Contacts and Reporting Advice




Additional topical advice about cyber crime here:
https://www.cybersafewarwickshire.com/