Dickens Heath Parish Council held a meeting this week with Solihull MBC senior officers and Borough Councillors. The Parish Councillors were generally pleased with the senior officers’ reaction to problems that the Parish Council and residents have been raising for a while. The assurances given by the Borough Officers were as follows:
Garden Squares – unfinished site
There is a developer interested in buying this site, and they have had some pre-planning discussions with the Borough Council. It is hoped that a planning application will be submitted by the end of 2012 and that Garden Squares phase 2 will then be transferred to this developer along with the land behind Tesco that is also due to be developed.
Unadopted Roads and Traffic Islands
Not too much work is required to bring the roads up to standard. The Consortium, which owns these roads, will carry out the required work in the next 2 months. The roads can then be adopted and maintained by Solihull MBC. The 2 untidy traffic islands will be tidied up in the next 2 weeks, and Solihull MBC will continue to maintain these even though they are unadopted.
Solihull MBC contractors will be in Dickens Heath for 2 weeks, starting on Monday October 1st 2012, and will carry out the following work:
- Mechanical footpath sweeping
- Mechanical removal of moss and weeds from traffic islands
- Litter removal in identified ‘grot spot’ areas, particularly at the base of shrubs and hedges
- Litter bin installation at the centre of the pedestrian footpath section of Buckridge Lane
- Shrub and hedge cutting throughout Dickens Heath
On Saturday October 6th 2012, a team will weed and tidy the 2 previously adopted traffic islands
Overgrown vegetation running adjacent to the canal footpath will be cut back once a fixed bollard has been replaced with a drop bollard to enable access for the cutting equipment.
Imprinting on traffic islands – a repair programme will be implemented in Spring 2013.
Village Clock – installation should be complete mid November 2012.
Parking – SMBC to send in ticket wardens for a ‘blitz’.
The Parish Council are pleased with this prompt response, but will be keeping a close watch on the delivery of these promises and keeping residents informed of progress.