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Cllr Ken Hawkins: Conservative - Blythe

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Community Litter Pick, Monkspath 

12 Aug 15

Click to view slideshow.


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BLYTHE VALLEY MASTER PLAN 

21 Jul 15

Developers have held talks with Council officers and Ward members about proposals for Blythe Valley.


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ANOTHER PETITION PRESENETD TO COUNCIL 

21 Jul 15

At last Tuesdays Full Council (14th) I presented the petition, signed by 99 residents, calling for better screening of the new buildings in Monkspath Hall Road/Highlands Road (please see previous post dated 15 May).


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NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT – JULY 2015 

21 Jul 15

Please find posted the latest monthly Neighbourhood Report (from police, council and partners).


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Boy Racers – another update 

19 Jul 15

On Tuesday 14 July I presented to Solihull Council the petition, then signed by 277 people, seeking action by the Council, Police and Tesco’s/Notcutts to stop the congregation of vehicles which leads to anti-social behaviour (the image shows …


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Street Racers – Stratford Road, Monkspath 

26 May 15

Residents near to the Tescos and Notcutts car park have endured a lot of hassle from cars and motor bikes using the car park at weekends for a meeting place and for some of their owners to use the Stratford Road and car park as some sort of race …


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Highway Works Programme 2015 

19 May 15

SMBC Highway works planned programme for this financial year (2015-16) has been published and I have posted the document here: Programmes For roads in Blythe ward the relevant pages are: CWay Micro and FWay Slurry Seal (via the tabs at the foot of …


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BLYTHE VALLEY PARK 

19 May 15

With other ward councillors I was invited to a briefing regarding Blythe Valley Business Park yesterday morning.


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Local Elections Results 

15 May 15

I am pleased to show the link to the borough elections held last Thursday 7 May: http://www.


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HILLFIELD LOCAL NATURE RESERVE – PETITION 

15 May 15

Its great to be back doing the real work now the election is over (will post a bit more about that later this weekend).


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NHS SERVICES – Tidbury Green area/cross border 

31 Mar 15

I have been dealing with an elderly resident of Tidbury Green who has been attending the doctors surgery at Hollyoaks Medical Centre, Wythall for over 60 years.


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SHELLY FARM COMMUNITY CENTRE, Monkspath 

31 Mar 15

Concern has been raised regarding Shelly Farm Community Centre, Monkspath.


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Creynolds Lane – planning application 

30 Mar 15

An interesting application has been made to demolish 264 Creynolds Lane and replace it with three dwellings, with two bungalows in the back garden.


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SOLIHULL BUSINESS PARK/HILLFIELDS LOCAL NATURE RESERVE 

17 Mar 15

An on-going issue since the aircraft hanger sized buildings have been developed.


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Being a School Governor and Volunteering 

13 Mar 15

I don’t normally like to blow my own trumpet (go on, say it)  but as we near the time when lots of people will be saying what they will do for this and that people I know have convinced me it is appropriate to evidence WHAT I ACTUALL and …


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SHELLY CRESCENT/HAY LANE – parking restrictions. 

13 Mar 15

Following the formal consultation into the proposals for parking restrictions in Shelly Lane and Hay Lane, officers have collated responses and have reported to ward councillors as shown in the table below: Representation Officer Response General A …


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MAIN STREET CAR PARK, DICKENS HEATH 

12 Mar 15

Following on from my post of 2 February last I can now report on the following: Together with many business owners on Main Street I organised a petition which read ‘ The facility for patrons to be able to park vehicles when visiting shops, …


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NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT – February 2015 

17 Feb 15

Please find posted the latest report from the Rural Sector Neighbourhood Teams – covering Blythe, Knowle, Dorridge and other areas in this side of Solihull: Newsletter Feb 2015 Filed under: Blythe , Cheswick Green , Dickens Heath , Monkspath , …


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POISON CHALICE, DICKENS HEATH 

12 Feb 15

Planning application 2015/69 relates to an retrospective planning plication which reads ‘RESUBMISSION OF PLANNING APPLICATION 2014/1688 FOR RETENTION OF FENCING AND DECKING ON DERELICT LAND ADJACENT 168-170 MAIN STRET, TO BE USED AS AN OUTDOOR …