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Fast badminton – NBL 

22 Mar 16

Fast moving badminton – NBL  Fixture Birmingham Lions V.


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LOWBROOK FARM – Planning Appeal lost 

15 Mar 16

I am naturally disappointed that first Tidbury Green Farm and now Lowbrook Farm has been lost to developers (Gallagher’s) on appeal.


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HILLFIELD PARK & NATURE RESERVE 

15 Mar 16

Following a review of anti-travellers measures within the borough’s Parks Open Spaces it was noticed that a number of the wooden posts placed around the edges of Hillfield Park were rotten.


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FLOODING IN CHESWICK GREEN, SOLIHULL 

10 Mar 16

This winter has seen severe rainfall throughout the UK and many parts of Solihull have been affected with flooding.


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NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWSLETTER – Feb 2016 

29 Feb 16

Please find posted the February monthly newsletter for the Meriden area; includes all wards within the Meriden Constituency: Newsletter February 2016 final version Filed under: Blythe , Cheswick Green , Dickens Heath , Monkspath , Neighbourhood …


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Snowshill Drive, Cheswick Green 

17 Feb 16

Post to allow residents of Snowshill Drive to comment on parking in that location following letter delivered to each residence: Residents of Snowshill Drive Filed under: Blythe , Cheswick Green , Solihull…


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DICKENS HEATH – MAIN STREET PARKING 

15 Feb 16

It is widely recognised there are problems with parking cars on or near to Main Street, Dickens Heath.


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PAVEMENT RESURFACING, Monkspath 

8 Feb 16

The resurfacing of pavements in Monkspath has been widely welcomed as the former hopscotch effect (as a result of utility works) have been covered over by the technique known as ‘slurry surfacing’.


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HILLFIELD PARK, MONKSPATH 

7 Feb 16

The nature reserve is within the boundaries of three Solihull wards; Blythe, St Alphege and Shirley South.


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The Chalice new chef 

6 Feb 16

The Chalice warmly welcomes Mark head chef formerly of Mortons.


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Parking issues behind Morton’s – tell the council your views 

5 Feb 16

A meeting held between Solihull planners and the D.


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BUS SERVICES IN BLYTHE WARD 

3 Feb 16

I met today with two officers from Centro at their offices in Birmingham.


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SCHOOL PLACE PLANNING IN BLYTHE WARD 

3 Feb 16

The developments in Blythe ward, especially in and near Cheswick Green and Dickens Heath quite naturally cause concern about the numbers of school spaces, especially by parents of school aged children or soon to be school aged.


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THE WEEK AHEAD 

1 Feb 16

A busy week ahead, starting today with the meeting of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel (which I am Vice Chair).


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Powergen and Parkgate update 

27 Jan 16

Solihull Conservatives are pleased to say that after 21 years, a detailed planning application for the former Powergen site has been submitted to Sol The Powergen site is finally to be transformed and Parkgate is fully let.


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HEALTH PROFILE – BLYTHE WARD 

26 Jan 16

Please find attached the Health Profile for Blythe Ward.


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NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWSLETTER – Jan 2016 

25 Jan 16

The first newsletter of 2016 is posted, with news of operations from all partners with the Meriden Constituency area, not just Blythe Ward.


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BLYTHE VALLEY PARK, SOLIHULL 

23 Jan 16

Residents will be aware through leaflets delivered through doors of the consultation relating to the potential development on Blythe Valley Park.


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MOUNT DAIRY FARM, Cheswick Green 

21 Jan 16

I had a meeting with Kim Allen (Head of Planning and Development SMBC) today.


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Clean for the Queen! 

21 Jan 16

Get involved with this national campaign for Queen and community….


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BUNGALOWS – CREYNOLDS LANE 

20 Jan 16

Many residents will be aware of the state of the bungalows on Creynolds Lane and this post is to update a post I made on this website on 28 Feb 2014:   http://cllrkenhawkins.


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ARC for ASD- Proposals to create Additionally Resourced Centres to cater for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder 

19 Jan 16

Solihull Council has launched a consultation document looking at: Proposals to create Additionally Resourced Centres to cater for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and A pilot Social Emotional Mental Heath Assessment Unit incorporating an …


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SUCCESS TACKLING BOY RACERS IN SOLIHULL 

12 Jan 16

Many residents and shoppers will have noticed the barriers on Notcutts end of Tesco’s car park.


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WINTER WARMTH 

12 Jan 16

“Winter is a difficult time for our vulnerable and elderly citizens, especially when temperatures fluctuate or there is a sustained cold period with both daytime and night time temperatures dropping below freezing.


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HEART OF ENGLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

6 Jan 16

A resident of Monkspath encouraged me to sign up for membership of the trust and I now receive regular emails and leaflets informing me of important events and seminars.


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SHIRLEY LADIES CIRCLE 

4 Jan 16

The New Year has started off in fine style at Shelly Farm Community Centre, Monkspath, with the centre receiving a donation of £500 from Shirley Ladies Circle.


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Welcome to Castle Bromwich Community Website 

31 Dec 15

Want to know what’s happening? Check out the Calendar Castle Bromwich Community Website is the number one online resource for Castle Bromwich residents.


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NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT – DECEMBER 2015 

23 Dec 15

The final Monthly Neighbourhood Report (covering the whole of the Rural Sector, not just Blythe Ward) for December 2015 is posted here: Newsletter December 2015 Filed under: Blythe , Cheswick Green , Dickens Heath , Monkspath , Neighbourhood …


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CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR THE ELDERLY IN SOLIHULL 

23 Dec 15

Some great work done by so many people in the last few weeks, but  most praise goes to Kerry Grandison, form SMBC’s Neighbourhood Services team.


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RUMBUSH LANE 

23 Dec 15

Residents who use this road hardly need to be reminded by these photographs but there are obviously issues here.


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BOY RACERS UPDATE 

1 Dec 15

Some great coverage of the issue by Cathrina Hulse, reporter for Solihull News and Birmingham Mail.


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Christmas in Dickens Heath 

1 Dec 15

December is filling up fast with events for the whole family in Dickens Heath.


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TIDBURY GREEN – Lowbrook Farm 

1 Dec 15

A quick update from my post (dated 29 October) about planning appeals in Tidbury Green (see link: http://cllrkenhawkins.


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Dickens Heath Parking – Petition update 

22 Nov 15

Earlier this year, following discussion with traders on Main Street, Dickens Heath I organised a petition and presented it to Solihull Council.


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BOY RACERS UPDATE 

21 Nov 15

Some excellent news to report: Weather permitting, work will start on 23 November to install two manual barriers at the top end of the car park (commonly known as the Notcutts part).


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Devolution agreement reached 

18 Nov 15

This agreement is worth over £40 million a year and lasts for 30 years.


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DICKENS HEATH LIBRARY 

30 Oct 15

On Thursday 29 October I attended Dickens Heath Library for a meeting regarding the future of the library.


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TIDBURY GREEN PLANNING APPEALS 

29 Oct 15

I have posted several reports about the Local Development Plan (LDP) for Solihull and perhaps a more detailed and succinct report which relates more in-depth towards Blythe ward and Tidbury Green can be found on 28 July 2014, link here: http://…


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Solihull Council signs up to West Midlands Combined Authority 

14 Oct 15

Following a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 13th October, Cllr Bob Sleigh, Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, has confirmed that Solihull Council has decided to sign-up as a constituent member of a Following a meeting ofthe Full …


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NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT – October 2015 

13 Oct 15

Please find posted the latest monthly report from the Neighbourhood Teams representing the Rural Sector, which includes Blythe ward.


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West Midlands Combined Authority – to be or not to be? 

12 Oct 15

Cards on the table – I feel there is a lot to be gained with greater communication and work between neighbouring local authorities in the West Midlands Region.


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SOLIHULL WASTE & RECYCLING 

8 Oct 15

I wish to help inform residents and readers as to what can be and what can not be recycled in the respective household bins in Solihull.


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The latest neighbourhood initiative: ShirleyTOPS 

6 Oct 15

ShirleyTOPS is a community focused web site designed to encourage Shirley residents to support local businesses.


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Cllr Ken Hawkins and Local Resident & Campaigner, Alex Insley take on boy racers 

5 Oct 15

CLLR KEN HAWKINS AND ALEX INSLEY, LOCAL RESIDENT CAMPAIGNER, SEEK COURT INJUNCTION TO BAN BOY RACERS FROM GATHERINGS AT TESCO, STRATFORD ROAD….


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Staff Required 

1 Oct 15

28th September 2015 STAFF REQUIRED LittleU Pre School is a well-established Pre School in Dickens Heath running 5 sessions a week from the Village Hall.


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Introducing Born Zero… 

28 Sep 15

Fresh from appearing at Festival on the Green, local band Born Zero (formerly Voltage), which started life at Dickens Heath School and is going from strength to strength, is profiled by Dickens Heath-based writer and poet Michael Andrews on his blog…


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AND THE WINNERS ARE… 

27 Sep 15

The winners of the third Annual Tidbury Green Scarecrow Competition are: In 3rd PLACE – From Lady Lane  : In 2nd PLACE –  From Lowbropok Lane : In 1st PLACE –  From Tilehouse Lane: Filed under: Blythe , Solihull , Tidbury Green…


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TIDBURY GREEN SCARECROW COMPEPTITION 

27 Sep 15

The third annual scarecrow competition was held this morning with yours truly being one of the judges.


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SHELLY FARM COMMUNITY CENTRE 

23 Sep 15

I attended the users group meeting with the committee officers on Monday (14th).


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BLYTHE VALEY PARK 

23 Sep 15

A report relating to Blythe Valley Park (BVP) went to the Council’s Cabinet Member for Managed Growth at his decision session of 1 September.


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NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT – AUGUST 

23 Sep 15

Please find posted the monthly neighbourhood team report for August.


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Dickens Heath’s Pop Chorus Juniors feature on BBC 1 Last Night of the Proms! 

13 Sep 15

Dickens Heath-based Pop Chorus Juniors responded to the BBC’s request for people to sing-a-long to Do-Re-Mi as part of this year’s Last Night of the Proms celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music.


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Photos from Festival on the Green 2015 

13 Sep 15

What a fantastic, sunny and fun afternoon.


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Divine Fine Wines – forthcoming tastings 

9 Sep 15

Now that summer holidays are out of the way, Divine Fine Wines are focusing on some in-store tastings.


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DICKENS HEATH SOUP? 

9 Sep 15

I recently attended a briefing by council officers in respect of an idea to establish two ‘Soups’ in Solihull; one in north and one in the south of the borough.


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TESCO CAR PARK – RACERS/CAR ENTHUSIASTS MEETS UP-DATE 

8 Sep 15

Following on from the event held on August bank Holiday Sunday things have moved on apace.


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The line-up for Saturday’s Festival on the Green 

8 Sep 15

Not long to go now until Festival on the Green.


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Dickens Heath collection for refugees 

5 Sep 15

Dickens Heath resident Duncan Kellett and friends are coordinating the collection of essential items for refugees stranded at Calais.


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STREET RACERS MEET-UP – TESCO’S 

31 Aug 15

Thankfully I feel the weather may have put paid to a larger turn out but there were several hundred young people congregated on Tesco’s car park yesterday evening, from about 7.30pm.


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New Look, New Products for Darlings of Chelsea 

12 Aug 15

Summer is a great time to refresh your style, and luxury furniture retailer, Darlings of Chelsea, certainly agree.