Applications open for free trees

Solihull MBC have released the following Information:-

Solihull residents and local groups are invited to apply for trees through the Arden Free Tree Scheme which promotes the planting of traditional native trees in the borough.

Run by Solihull Council in partnership with Birmingham Airport, the Arden Free Tree Scheme is open to individuals or groups who would like to create hedgerows or small woodlands on their own land within Solihull. The deadline for applications is the end of August and successful applicants will receive their free trees in time for the planting season (November 2022 – March 2023).

The aim of the scheme is to protect and enhance the rural character of Solihull, restoring features typical of the wider local landscape while also reducing carbon and in the atmosphere.

Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, Cllr Andy Mackiewicz, said: “The Arden Free Tree Scheme offers residents and organisations the chance to plant trees for free while helping to maintain the distinctive character of the Arden landscape. It also contributes to our target of planting 250,000 trees in ten years which will help us to achieve Net Carbon Zero and tackle climate change.”

Trees Planted in 2021

Some of the trees Planted in 2021

Landowners in the borough who wish to plant new hedgerows and trees can apply by sending in a location map, sketched plan and list of species to landscape@solihull.gov.uk

A Solihull Council ecologist will then visit the site to discuss the plan in person. The scheme can cater for small scale planting right the way up to 1,000 trees.

For further details and to discuss the scheme please email landscape@solihull.gov.uk

or visit https://www.solihull.gov.uk/your-future-solihull/arden-free-tree-scheme

Residents, local businesses and organisations who don’t fulfil the criteria for the Arden Free Tree Scheme may also apply for trees by contacting the Planting our Future team who will be taking requests from January to April 2023 for the 2023/24 planting season. For further details visit https://www.lovesolihull.org/plantingourfuture or contact the team at plantingourfuture@solihull.gov.uk

Partnership Working-Tidbury Green Clean-Up

Tidbury Green Parish Council recently met with Solihull MBC, to discuss various issues of concern, including:-

  • Damaged & collapsed pavements
  • Pot Holes
  • Trip Hazards
  • Leaves built up, blocking drains etc.
  • Weed/grass growth and debris in the gutters
  • Overgrown hedges.

The Parish Council have agreed a reporting mechanism with Solihull MBC, whereby issues will be reported to them and updates will be provided by Solihull MBC in terms of progress made resolving the issues.

Solihull MBC have advised that they will work to achieve the best improvements that they can. However, we have to be mindful that they do have a limited budget to work with. Therefore we have to be realistic in terms of expectations of what can and can’t be delivered and what the priorities are.

Following our meeting it was good to see that Solihull MBC’s recently chosen environmental contract supplier Veolia’s, have had their Transformation Team out to deep-clean various locations in Solihull, including Tidbury Green.

They have been completing jobs such as cutting back overgrown vegetation, removing litter and clearing detritus from streets, parks and green spaces.

The team work alongside volunteers from the local community. Solihull MBC and the Parish Council wish to say a massive thank you to the team and all the volunteers who supported their clean-up efforts.

Solihull Council’s Five Year Plan for Adult Social Care – Have Your Say

The following has been provided by Solihull MBC

 

Our colleagues in Adult Social Care have asked us to support them in sharing the message below. 

Solihull Council is developing a new five-year plan for Adult Social Care. It will set out the Council’s approach and priorities to support Solihull residents who have social care and support needs, as well as support for their carers and families.

 We want to make sure the final plan includes what matters to the people we support, their carers and families, Council staff, NHS and voluntary sector partners.

 We would also like you to complete a survey to gather feedback on the draft plan, which is open until 11th September 2022. The survey and draft plan are available on the Council website at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/consultations/adult-social-care-five-year-plan

 We are looking to set up one or more discussion event(s) about the plan, and would love for you to take part. Please email cdt@solihull.gov.uk if you are interested and your information will be passed over to the Adult Social Care team who will get in touch with you.

Kind Regards

Community Development Team

Stronger Communities| Economy & Infrastructure Directorate

cdt@solihull.gov.uk

 

Consultation on plans to beat congestion around new developments

Please see the information, below received from Solihull MBC

Residents, businesses and local developers in the borough are being asked to have their say on the proposals to tackle congestion caused by new developments.

A new draft Travel Plan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is out for consultation over the summer.

A Travel Plan is a package of measures or agreed outcomes that developers could be asked to develop in order to reduce the reliance on the private car and maximise the opportunities for sustainable travel (cycling, walking, using public transport etc.)

The SPD aims to provide detailed guidance for developers on what they must do as part of their development proposals to make sure they don’t increase congestion or promote over reliance on using cars. Developers will have to offer alternative options for employees, residents or customers to get to and from the development, such as providing cycling and walking schemes, shuttle buses and access to public transport.

Read more here.

To have your say on the plans please go the consultation page here:

 

Information From CSW Broadband – Upgrading landlines to digital technology – what you need to know

The Following Information has been proided by CSW Broadband

The technology that we use to make landline phone calls is due to be upgraded over the next few years but what does this mean for you as a landline customer?

Traditionally, landline phone calls have been delivered over the old ‘copper’ telephone network known as the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). However, the equipment used in the PSTN was developed and installed in the 1980’s and is becoming harder and increasingly more expensive to maintain. BT has therefore taken the decision to retire the PSTN by the end of December 2025.

Telecoms providers have been investing heavily in new systems and infrastructure networks such as full fibre, which means that in the future, landline calls can be delivered via digital technology called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which uses a broadband connection.

Your landline provider will contact you well in advance of when the process to start migrating your old landline to your new telephone service will apply to you and your property.

Once a home service is moved from PSTN to VoIP, the phone will generally work in the same way as it always has, but it will need to be plugged into a broadband router instead of into the phone socket on your wall. If you need any new equipment – e.g. a new router, your provider should sort this out for you.

This change from PSTN to VoIP will affect other devices that rely on a phone line – such as some fire and burglar alarm systems and telecare devices. It is therefore important that you mention those devices to your provider and check if they need to be replaced or reconfigured in order to continue working when they notify you that your service is to be migrated.

Once the PSTN is switched off, if you wish to continue having a landline phone, but don’t already have broadband or don’t use a broadband service, you will generally still need to have a suitable connection. Ofcom expects that providers will have a range of options for people in this situation.

However, as VoIP services will operate successfully on broadband connections of less than 1Mbps, customers should not be forced to take out a high-speed broadband package if they do not want to.

One issue with VoIP that has raised concerns with residents is what happens during a power cut at your property? A phone connected to a broadband router wouldn’t work as it gets its power from the property’s mains electricity supply. So what if you needed to call the emergency services?

If you rely on your landline – for example, you don’t have a mobile phone, are unable to use a mobile phone or you don’t have a mobile signal inside your home – your ISP must make sure that you are able to contact the emergency services in the event of a power cut. This could be in the form of battery back-up so that your landline will continue to work for the minimum of at least 1 hour.

However, since the end of 2018, Ofcom’s published guidance states an expectation to ‘recommend only providing battery back-up or other protection facilities to vulnerable consumers.’ If you would still quite like the option of a back-up solution but aren’t in a vulnerable group, ISP Review’s Solutions for Battery Back-up of Fibre Broadband and VoIP article provides you with some options.

If you have any further queries or concerns about the migration to VoIP technology, we suggest you contact your landline or broadband provider in the first instance. More information is also available at the Future of Voice website.

Queens Jubilee Celebration – What a Great Day!

On the 3rd June 2022 the community came together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, at Woodbourne Sports & Social Club.

Fun was had by all. The event was opened by Doug Montgomery (Woodbourne Sports Club) and Mark Reohorn (Chairman of Tidbury Green Parish Council). Everyone was welcomed to the event, which was organised by Woodbourne Sports Club and supported by Tidbury Green Parish Council.

The welcomes and introductions were followed by a beautiful, moving performance by Aoife, who at only 5 years sang the National Anthem. Well done Aoife, you were amazing!

During the day a Bowls competition took place.

There was plenty for adults and children to enjoy, including:-

🏰– A Bouncy Castle   🥂 🍾 – Cream Teas & Prosecco

 

🍔 🌭 – BBQ  🍭– Sweets      🤡– Face Painting

                                                                          🥚 🥄

Old School Kids races !

 

Bar                   🎼    Music 🎸

 

There were also some fantastic raffle prizes including the following:-

£50 Johnson Coaches Voucher                          

£75 Chung Ying Chinese Restaurant Vocher

Meal for 2 @ Th eRailway, Dorridge

£20 Becketts Farm Voucher

£20 Tropic Skincare Voucher

£75 Draw My City Prints Voucher

£50 ENC Skincare & Aesthetics Voucher  

4 x passes for Freddies Playpad

Whartons Furniture Ornament

£25 Earlswood Garden Centre Voucher

Grey Goose Vodka

Fowlers Cheese Selection

£25 Botanic Beauty Voucher

Signed Warwickshire Cricket Shirt

3 Course Meal for 2 @ Monsoon Restaurant

Plus lots of Beer, Champagne, Wine, Sweets & Chocolate.

Thank you to everyone that donated prizes.

The kids and some of the adults, including the Parish Council Chairman, Mark Reohorn, loved meeting and hanging with Louie, the Orangutan. 

A Massive Thank You – Queens Jubilee Celebration 2022

On the 3rd June 2022 the community came together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, at Woodbourne Sports & Social Club.

The Parish Council were delighted when they heard that Woodbourne were planning to organise the event and we are extremely pleased that we agreed to support them with the event.

Woodbourne Sports & Social Club is a great facility on Rumbush Lane, in Tidbury Green.

It offers an excellent club and outdoor space, where a number of sports including football, cricket and Crown Green bowls take place.

We were so pleased to see so many people join us from the Community. It was a great day, (even though it rained later in the afternoon), enjoyed by friends and family.

We enjoyed a BBQ, Music, Beverages from the bar, Inflatables, Funfair Teacups & Bungee Trampolines, Afternoon Cream Tea and much more.

The Parish Council feel that these types of gatherings are invaluable for communities. They help people meet friends old and new, socialise and have fun, which is so important for improved health and mental wellbeing. We hope that this was the first of many successful events.

The Parish Council would like to say a massive thank you to Woodbourne Sports and Social Club, for hosting the event. In particular thank you to Kate Fall, who did such an amazing job organising and advertising the event, decorating the club so well, being so welcoming and working so hard to ensure that the event was such a success.

Thank you to Darren from Jungle Hut for bringing Louie the Orangutan. The kids (and adults) loved him.

Thank you to all those who donated prizes for the raffle that took place. Local people/companies were really generous with their donations and there were some lovely raffle prizes. Those who kindley donated raffle prizes include:-

Johnson Coaches

The Railway Pub and Resturant in Dorridge                         

Chung Ying Chinese Restaurant

Becketts Farm

Tropic Skincare

Draw My City Prints

ENC Skincare & Aesthetics

Freddies Playpad

Whartons Furniture

Earlswood Garden Centre 

Fowlers Cheese

Botanic Beauty

Warwickshire Cricket

Monsoon Restaurant

 

 

Congratulations to all those who won a prize.

Last and my no means least a great big thank you to all those who attended. It was so nice to see you all there. All the kids seemed to have fun and they were so well behaved. Without all those that attended; events like this would not happen. Attending goes such a long way to helping to build happy and strong communities.  We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we all did and we hope that we will see you again in the future for more fun events.

Brunning & Price – Proposed Pub & Restuarant – The Mallard – Planning Application

Brunning and Price, the organisation that are planning to open The Mallard pub in Tidbury Green have submitted Planning application number – PL/2022/00790/PPFL  for Tidbury Green Farm Fulford Hall Road.

The application is for Change of use of the existing farmhouse, associated buildings and land from residential use to a public house/restaurant and construction of extensions and associated works (Revisions to approved scheme PL/2019/00039/PPFL)

Additionally they have submitted Planning application No. PL/2022/00791/LBC, which is for Listed building consent for the change of use of the existing farmhouse, associated buildings and land from residential use to a public house/restaurant and construction of extensions and associated works (Revisions to approved scheme PL/2019/00040/LBC).

The Parish Council recommend that you view these planning applications and submit your comments on the proposal to Solihull MBC.

To view the case details, track this application and provide comments – please log on to Consultee Access at the following address: https://publicaccess.solihull.gov.uk/online-applications/

You can then view the documents and make your comments by inserting the Planning Application numbers, detailed above.

The Consultation end date is 18th May 2022, therefore please submit your comments by this date.

Introducing the Anne Robson Helpline – if you or someone close to you is dying, you can talk to us.

Introducing the Anne Robson Helpline – if you or someone close to you is dying, you can talk to us.

At the Anne Robson Trust we aim to be there to listen to anyone who faces dying or the imminent death of someone they care about.  We know that facing the end of life can leave you feeling isolated and alone.

Being able to access support is so important. Gaining knowledge of what may happen towards the end of life and being prepared helps both the person dying and their loved ones to feel a sense of control.

Calls are free and confidential. Call us on 0808 801 0688 – we have time to talk

Please visit www.annerobsontrust.org.uk/helpline-service to find out more.