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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Water Supply Problems

Rona Taylor, on behalf of the Residents' Association, has been in contact with Severn Trent.

Severn Trent will be at the village hall on Wednesday 22nd February - 3.30 - 6.30 to enable residents to ask questions, seek assurances etc - and understand what happened to disrupt the water supply.

The following letter was sent by Severn Trent to the Residents' Association on January 18th (and was included within the Residents' Association Minutes):
"Thank you for your email and the feedback given. It’s always nice to receive positive feedback and I’ve fed this back to those involved in your case. 
I’m pleased to see that the issues you and the other residents have been experienced should be resolved soon. I was concerned to learn that Western Power were not able to fix the fault last week, but I’d like to assure you that we’re working with them to help identify the faults so that it can be repaired as soon as possible. 
My team also assures me that whilst the investigation is ongoing we do have a process in place to keep supply disruption to a minimum. 
In light of the inconvenience caused by the supply interruptions and sewer blockages I’d like to make a gesture of goodwill offer of £500.....
The Residents' Association has also been concerned about the verge and fencing in Red lane which was destroyed getting the generator onto site - ST has assured us that this will be put back "as good as new".

Many customers will have received a letter from Severn Trent, on January 14th.

The state of the problem, as of January 13th, was:

"Severn Trent were hoping that the work being done by Western Power would be completed today (Fridday 13th). When the generator was switched off the water went off! So the problem has not been solved. The water supply is back on generator to maintain water supply at peak times. Severn Trent is booking the village hall and someone will come and speak with residents. The Residents' Association will let you know when this will happen."

The state of the problem, as of the morning of Friday 6th, appeared to be:



The information from Severn Trent, as of January 4th, was:

"Western Power have identified that the problem is caused by the power supply to the Hob Lane booster. Severn Trent and Western Power will be there until 8.0pm Wednesday 4th and again Thursday 5th 5.0am-8.0pm. Severn Trent have an emergency generator and if they do switch to it there will be a very brief interruption of supply."

The original problem recurred on January 3rd:



An earlier response from Severn Trent was:

"We believe the issue is being caused by the power supply to our kit as there seems to be no problem with the boosters themselves, and so we’re currently on site with Western Power trying to get to the bottom of the issue.

We’d like to apologise again for the issues that local residents faced over the Christmas period as we absolutely understand just how difficult it must have been for everyone.

We’re happy to keep you up to date with the situation as we work with Western Power to get everything back to normal."

Rona's additional comments are:

"The recent problem is independent of the on going problem we have been dealing with and is caused by one of the two boosters in Red Lane. Severn Trent thought they had rectified this on Christmas Day, but it crashed again , leading them to believe it is a power cable problem. So Western Power are currently working on the problem too. Western Power want to put loggers on the site for 7 days and it could be that there will be a brief (less than 5 minute) interruption while they take the boosters down. They are putting a generator on the site."


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It's Christmas Day and we have no water.







The problem was fixed by midday...


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Father Christmas' Sleigh


Friday, December 16th 2016




The Balsall Common Lions together with the Burton Green Residents' Association bring Santa and his Sleigh to Burton Green.





Stopping places have been arranged along the route.  Please bring children to these points if they wish to sit with Father Christmas on his sleigh.

  • Times are approximate but we hope to keep as near as possible to the schedule.
  • The village hall will be open from 4.30 until 9.00pm.  Mince pies and drinks will be available if you wish to drop in.
  • Collectors will be knocking on doors; all money collected will go to the Myton Hospices.  A food bank is at the Village Hall from the 12th to 16th of December for any Christmas donations.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Major New A46 Link Road Through Westwood Heath

You may have seen a report on the Coventry Telegraph concerning plans for a link road from the A46 to the A452.



Full report in the Coventry Telegraph:
http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/major-new-road-linking-coventry-12221063

Precise details of the proposed route have not been made public. How could the A46 and Westwood Heath Road be linked to the A452? One solution would be to connect Westwood Heath Road to Hallmeadow Road, Balsall Common, as shown here.



 It should be emphasised that the routes shown are purely speculative.

Westwood Heath Road and Hallmeadow Road have both already been designed and built to high capacity standards.

Hallmeadow Road was originally intended to form part of a Balsall Common bypass, though that work was not completed, and the road currently takes virtually no traffic off the A452.

If a link to Westwood Heath Road was constructed then some of the traffic that currently uses the A452 could be diverted via Westwood Heath Road and on to the A46. Traffic taken off the A452 would also relieve congestion in Kenilworth.

A new road between Balsall Common and Westwood Heath would also remove much of the traffic that currently passes through Burton Green.

The original statement from Warwick District Council can be seen in the link just below. This is a link to a downloadable PDF file:
https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/3974/exam_96_-_wcc_a46_link_road_eip_statement.pdf

The justification for building the new road may be related to the future of HS2. The current political climate is highly volatile and nothing is certain.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Bugle December 2016

The December 2016 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.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Senior Citizens Christmas Meal

BURTON GREEN VILLAGE HALL

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Friday 2nd December 2016

3 course meal with drinks and entertainment

Tickets £15


Jill:        024 7646 2070 / davidline@onetel.com

Diane:   024 7646 6750 / swindellsdiane@hotmail.com

Deirdre: 0247646 4188 / didvernon@me.com

Friday, 18 November 2016

Burton Green Family History

A new series of the BBC program Who Do You Think You Are begins on Thursday 24th November.

Are you interested in your Family History? Do you have an ancestor who served in World War I? Do you know their story?

Our local group Cakes, Coffee and Computers will be holding a Family History session on Tuesday 22nd November, at 3pm in the Village Hall. This will include an introduction to Family History, and will demonstrate how the internet can used for Family History research.

Whether you know nothing about the subject and would like to find out about it, or are an experienced Family History researcher who would like to share their experience, please come along.

Details of websites discussed at the meeting can be found here:
http://burtongreen.blogspot.co.uk/p/family-history.html

For queries about Family History, email: family.history@burtongreen.com

Coffee, Cakes and Computers meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month in the Village Hall 3-5pm. A small charge of £3 covers the cost of the hall and refreshments.

People are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet computer to the meetings, but it doesn't matter if you don't have one.


Minutes of Residents' Association Committee November 15th 2016

Present
Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Bron Putnam; Rona Taylor, Mary Webb, Dianne Adams, Trish Hancock Faith Ward, Hillary Cox

In attendance: Cllr Caryll Green

Dianne was welcomed to her first meeting as treasurer.

1. Apologies

Apologies had been received from Diane Swindells.

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Approach PC for full costs of Bugle printingRona
Article on walking group for BugleCllr Green
Cromwell Lane car parked on pavement to beraised at police surgeryBron and Rona
Next AGM to ask for new committee membersJudi
Arrange distribution of 30mph stickers with the BugleMary


Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the previous meeting of September 13th 2016 were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes:It had been established that fly tipping on the Greenway was a matter for Warwick District Council.

Rona was yet to approach the Parish Council regarding funding for the Bugle.Action: Rona

Mary would pursue sponsorship from Hickory’s Smokehouse at a later stage.Cllr. Green agreed to write an article for the Bugle to ascertain interest in a walking group.Action: Cllr Green

The cable litter from BT was no longer considered a problem but would be monitored.

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


2. Treasurer's Report   

A report had been circulated. There was very little to comment upon. Contributions had been received from Warwick District Council for Speedwatch and for dining equipment.


3. Residents' views/concerns

A car was persistently parked on the pavement in Cromwell Lane and this had been reported to the police who had agreed to put a warning notice on it. As this had not yethappened, the matter would be raised again at the forthcoming police surgery.

Rona had received two complaints about inconsiderate parking on the night of the fireworks display at Hickory's Smokehouse. Rona had conveyed the complaints to the management who had responded, saying they had tried very hard to manage this first community event and would take note of the complaints to rectify the situation in future. Cones would be placed along one side of the road and marshalls would be needed further along the road.

On the whole it was felt the management had acted very responsibly and had created an excellent and well managed event.

Thanks for the work of the Residents' Association committee had been received from a Cromwell Lane resident.


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

  • October 28th retired of Burton Green lunch. Thanks were extended to Mary, Diane and the team. Diane would not be available for the next lunch and so Mary and Hilary were making contingency plans for February. A grant of £266 had been received for 4 dozen sets of cutlery and the Village Hall committee were to purchase 6 dozen sets.
  • Collection of £3 subscription. Thanks were given to Hilary and Mary for tackling Red Lane in the dark. A resident had asked when collections take place.  It was established that each collection should fall within the Association's financial year (up to August 31st). Although collecting started earlier in the year, it was a lengthy task and sometimes took longer than anticipated to complete.
  • Children in Need ramble. Mary and Hilary organised this and had raised £65.
  • Chatsworth visit November 23rd. This had been cancelled because of lack of support.
  • Christmas: Father Christmas and Christmas Tree. Thanks were given to Joy and Rob Barnes for once again agreeing to donate the Christmas tree. Thanks would also be given to Laura Schlotel, Barry Putnam and Darren for their involvement. Mary and Rona had attended two meetings with Balsall Common Lions to agree the process for extending the route of their Father Christmas sleigh to cover most of Burton Green. A route had been agreed and a co-ordinated approach decided with Balsall Commons Lions supported by Burton Green Residents' Association. The hall would open at 5pm on Friday December 16th and collectors would be briefed. Collections would take place for The Myton Hospice and collecting tins were to be placed at Hickory's Smokehouse and the school would also be asked if a tin could be placed there for parents to contribute.The Lions would issue their Christmas card as usual and Rona and Mary had asked Faith to organise with the school for designs to be submitted for a Residents' Association card. The entries were shortlisted at the meeting and Hilary and Trish agreed to make the final selection.


5. AGM  Review of new format and follow up on issues  

Rona had received a lot of positive feedback. It was felt the new format worked well. Rona had been unwilling to cut short any presentations because of the amount of time speakers contributed to the community and because different people had different amounts of information to impart. It was felt the guidance of three minutes was sufficient and that no-one had needed to exceed this unnecessarily.

A comment had been received that when members of the committee had stood down and been re-elected there had been no opportunity for people to volunteer to join. This was acknowledged and would be acted upon next time. Action: Judi

The provision of bite size nibbles had been well received and Residents had made donations for the refreshments.


6. Village Hall

No-one was available from the Village Hall committee but a full report had been provided at the AGM. Rona and Janet had attended the Village Hall AGM the previous week.


7. HS2 Opposition Group

Andy had not been available. The northern route had been announced and inevitably was not popular with all.


8. Parish Councillor's Report

Cllr Green reported that the Council was in limbo in terms of the Local Plan which was still with the inspector. The Parish Council was making various submissions. Cllr Green commended the chairman of the Parish Council who had spent many hours on this and attended so many meetings. It would be necessary to progress to a Neighbourhood Plan once the inspector had submitted a report. This would need a committee of residents outside the Parish Council and should be followed by a formal referendum in the village.

The chair of the Parish Council had also been involved in discussions regarding the Hodgetts Lane/ Nailcote Lane junction and copies of the Parish Council response were circulated.

The Parish Council had considered small planning matters but also considered was an application from Two Oaks Nursey which was planning to rebuild the nursery separate from the house and to increase its capacity to 70 children. Two further houses were planned on the site. Cllr Green said the County Council was unlikely to oppose the plans because of the need to supply additional nursery places.

Cllr Green explained that objections to small plans usually had to be placed within three weeks and so to facilitate this, a sub committee of three councillors had been tasked with making decisions on behalf of the Parish Council.

Two councillors had resigned recently but two new members had volunteered to be co-opted.

BT wanted to close the phone box at the top of Red Lane. Some local residents had proposed using it as a Village Library.

Cllr Green asked for the history of the ivy-clad bus shelter in Red Lane. Rona replied that it started life as a shelter for air raid wardens during the war. There was uncertainty regarding its ownership. Local residents felt the ivy needed cutting back but who was responsible for its maintenance?

Thanks were given to Cllr Green.


9.  Any Other Business

An idea had been put forward of using 30mph stickers on rubbish bins and that these could be left facing the road on bin collection days. Stickers were to be issued with the next edition of the Bugle. Action: Mary

Stickers about Doorstep callers would also be available on request.

A question was asked about how to use the defibrillator. Mary explained that a phone number was provided on the casing and that the caller would then be given a code to access the equipment. The step by step instructions were provided and were easy to follow.

Signs explaining the location of the defibrillator were placed at the school and on the Greenway.


10. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

Judi would contact Vic Stuthridge to book similar dates to the current year. It was anticipated the next meeting would take place on January 17th 2017.

Post meeting note: Judi had proposed the following dates which had been agreed by Vic Stuthridge on behalf of the Village Hall:January 17th, March 7th, May 9th, July 11th, September 12th, November 14th, The AGM: October 30th

Friday, 4 November 2016

Minutes of Residents' Association AGM 31st October 2016

Rona welcomed everyone, in particular parish councilors and said some county councillors hoped to join later after an earlier meeting.

She explained her aim was to make presentations as brief as possible allowing time for discussion of issues of importance. The District and County councilors reported to Parish Council meetings so there was no longer a need to incorporate these reports into the Residents’ Association AGM.

1. Apologies

Apologies had been received from Peter and Lesley Tacon, Cllr.John Whitehouse, Cllr.David Skinner and Sue Patterson.

2. Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the last Annual General Meeting of October 5th 2015 were accepted.  Proposed: Faith Ward; Seconded: Mary Webb; Unanimously accepted.

3. Matters Arising

All matters arising were to be covered by agenda points

4. Chair’s Report

Copies of the Chair’s Report had been made available. Rona presented her report as follows:

The Burton Green Residents’ Association has had a busy year organising community events, responding proactively to issues of concern raised by residents and keeping residents as fully informed as possible through the Bugle , which is published four times a year, and “Paddy’s Loop”.

Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday was celebrated in style with a well supported Community Fun Day in June. We are grateful to the School for hosting the event and to all our generous sponsors. Yet again the Jubilee Group did us proud and we look forward to their next summer extravaganza on Saturday June 10th, 2017, when Henry’s R and B Band will be entertaining us at Long Meadow Farm.

Lunches for “The Retired of Burton Green” have remained popular and the September meal was a special Royal Birthday buffet, with an amazing cake made by Vicki Aizlewood.

We continue to be vigilant in reporting potholes, fly tipping and overgrown hedges and trees which obstruct pavements and roads. A particular issue of concern recently has been the Hodgetts Lane junction with Nailcote Lane and Waste Lane where there have been 3 accidents since July. Together with the Parish Council, we are working with Bruce Broom, of Solihull Metropolitan Borough, who set up a meeting with hissafety officer to which we also invited representatives of Balsall Common and Berkswell Parish Councils. We will be pressing for a reduction in the speed limit in Nailcote Lane and Waste Lane on both sides of the junction and would like a traffic island to be considered. In the meantime, we will keep a close eye on the cutting back of hedges on all corners of this dangerous junction.

Speeding remains a key issue of concern to residents, so we are very grateful to our Speedwatch team for continuing to maintain a regular presence on Cromwell Lane and Red Lane.

Severn Trent have fixed the leak at the end of Red Lane and, after receiving a report from the Residents’ Association on problems with water pressure, they are investigating this issue again, liaising individually with residents who identified problems.

The flower tubs at the entrance to the village have been a lovely splash of colour and a clean up in the Spring improved the appearance of the Greenway. The Christmas tree with festive lights has become an annual attraction on the Jubilee Verge and this year we are working with the Balsall Common Lions to ensure the Santa Sleigh visits Hob Lane and Red Lane as well as the usual route along Hodgetts and Cromwell Lanes. So look out for Santa after 5.30 pm on Friday Dec 16th! We will be doing a door collection in aid of The Myton Hospices and the Village Hall will be open from 5.30pm until about 8.30 if you would like to pop in for a tea/ coffee and donate.

We were very pleased to host a welcome meeting for new residents in the summer and we have compiled a welcome pack of information about Burton Green. We have represented Burton Green at the Kenilworth Forum meetings and are pleased to have received grants for recalibrating our Speed watch gun and purchasing new cutlery forour residents’ lunches. We are delighted that at the last two Forums, PC Cain Pickering  announced that Burton Green voters had secured police priority status for monitoring traffic on Red Lane and running a police clinic in the village.

Our charity activities this year have included a coffee morning to support people affected by disaster in Nepal and a food bank.

The First Response course, teaching emergency first aid, was well attended and we hope to make this an annual event to keep residents’ skills updated.

The interesting and varied activities done under the umbrella of the Residents’ Association are a credit to  the community reflecting the community spirit which makes Burton Green such a special place to live.

5. Treasurer’s Report

The Income & Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet are attached separately.

Terry introduced the Income & Expenditure account for the year. He said it had been alow key year with income and expenditure just over £3000. There were unattributed assets of £3200 to face any emergencies.

BGRA occasionally gave donations to worthwhile causes but particular fund raising activities were carried out for such a purpose. This year some donations had been made to First Response team and Made in Burton Green.

The summer event celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday had been funded through sponsorship. A donation of £200 went to the school.

There were no questions.

Terry was standing down as treasurer after 4 years. Thanks were given to him.

6. Election of Independent Examiner 

Terry thanked Peter Tacon for inspecting the accounts Peter had again agreed to act as Independent Examiner. Proposed:  Deirdre Vernon; Seconded: Jerry Marshall; Unanimously agreed

7. Election of Committee members

Janet Hickinbottom, as Joint Secretary, conducted this agenda item.

The constitution required that the officers and three committee members should stand down.  All the officers (Rona Taylor, Mary Webb, Janet Hickinbottom and Judi Hibberd) were re-elected. As already reported, Terry Heyes was standing down. Proposed: Andy Gibbs Seconded: Betty Woodward Unanimously agreed.

Three committee members (Hilary Cox, Faith Ward and Bron Putnam) also stood down and agreed to be re-elected: Proposed: Eileen Nisbet; Seconded: Caryll Green; Unanimously agreed.

A nomination had been received for Dianne Adams to act as treasurer. Proposed: Mary Webb; Seconded: Janet Stanworth; Unanimously agreed

8. Discussion of key Burton Green issues:

District Cllr. Rowena Hill was welcomed to the meeting.

HS2 

Andy Gibbs explained that HS2 was currently being discussed by the Select Committee in the House of Lords. It was expected that the hearing would be completed by Christmas and a report would then be made. Then there would be a finalvote and royal assent was likely to be granted early in 2017. Some preparatory work was happening currently with the agreement of landowners.

Outer compensation bands would be established and compensation would start to be paid after the Royal Assent.

Residents with any HS2 related problems should contact Jonathan Lord, HS2’s SeniorArea Engagement Manager. In January the community was to have a noise demonstration

A resident asked for further details of compensation schemes. Andy said residents were now entitled to choose a local independent valuer (instead of from a pool of appointed valuers) alongside one chosen by HS2.  The Home Owner Protection Zone (formerly the Safeguarding Zone) was the area up to 60m from the proposed line. In this zone residents could choose to sell their house to HS2 and would also receive costs. At some point in the future, residents in the Rural Support Zone (120m) would be able to get 10 per cent of their home’s value if the residents chose to stay. Otherwise they could sell to HS2.Three further bands would have compensation at a lower level.

All of this would be triggered by the Royal Assent.

Q. What if a resident needs to sell? The resident must try to sell on the open market and see if they are offered within 85% of the asking price. The reasons for needing to sell included divorce, moving job, change in health, downsizing.

Cllr.Taylor said the HS2 Action Alliance was looking at the need to sell scheme. This was being more generous around Heathrow.

Q. A resident asked about the timescale for any demolition.  The date of 2018 had been given.

Q. Could pressure be brought to bear on HS2 as a landlord with regard to matters of maintenance such as cutting hedges? Yes. Contact details would be circulated in the next edition of the Bugle. Action: Mary

Housing

Cllr Taylor said the Parish Council as an elected body had statutory responsibilities including with reference to issues of planning.He said the village was surrounded by problems. There were 240 houses proposed near Tile Hill Station in Cromwell Lane. Solihull council was opposed to the development. There was to be a final meeting on the following Wednesday and the inspector would look at local sites. Cllr.Taylor had been impressed with the research and knowledge of local people.

Cllr. Taylor made reference to a road which had long been rumoured to connect with the A429 and might easily run from Westwood Heath Road/Cromwell Lane junction.

Berkswell and Balsall Common were to receive a maximum of 1600 houses and Solihull MBC was to produce a draft plan with preferred sites which might impact on Windmill Lane, Waste Lane and Hob Lane and increase traffic. In the Warwick District Revised Plan, 425 houses were sited at the top of Westwood Heath Road with a health centre, shop and some community facilities. It appeared to Cllr. Taylor that there would be little affordable housing.

The Burrows Hill Nursery site which was supported by the Parish Council had been changed to accommodate 90 homes rather than 60 and the Parish Council opposed this increase.

Burton Green was likely to double in size and with the possibility of boundary changes Coventry might absorb the village.

Q. What was the timing on the Burrows Hill decision? The inspector would be commenting in two weeks’ time.700 homes were proposed at a later stage further down Westwood Heath Road.

Cllr. George Illingworth had joined the meeting. He said the inspector would report early in 2017 and then planning applications would need to be submitted so there would be several months’ delay.

He asked how many people had raised objection to housing and recommended residents should register to attend the meeting and speak. He said the inspector would provide a fair hearing.

Q. A resident asked about an earlier proposal to build 25-39 houses by the pub. Planning for this had not been submitted.

Q. Another question was raised about a possible development on the former electricityboard site. Cllr. Taylor said this site had in the past been accepted as a necessary greenspace and that it was not part of current plans. However, the planners had said that building in Cromwell Lane had compromised the Green Belt. The situation was uncertain.

Speedwatch

Terry Heyes reported as the Speedwatch Team Leader, Pat Hehir, was away. He explained that the number of volunteers has dwindled from 11 to 5. Volunteers were trained and supervised by the police but there had to be sufficient numbers of volunteers to trigger training/ PC Cain Pickering had volunteered to do some basic training for those who would not be able to use the speed gun but could assist the team

Q. How effective was Speedwatch? Terry felt its effectiveness had obviously decreased because a lack of volunteers meant it could not operate so frequently. Their purpose was to persuade, not enforce which was the role of the police. A letter might be sent by the police to persistent offenders. Speeds along Cromwell and Hob Lane had reduced partly because of a reduction in the speed limit.

Q. Questions were asked about the chosen locations for the operation of the team. Residents could suggest new locations and these would be assessed by the Speedwatch Road Protection Unit. Police Matters PC Pickering introduced himself and explained he was based in Kenilworth with two PCSOs.

He felt the Speedwatch team do a tremendous job. Thanks were given to the team.

He went on to say Burton Green had a very low crime rate even compared to Beehive Hill and Clinton Lane. He warned, though, that residents should be extra vigilant as the dark nights were a cover for burglars and high performance cars were a particular target. At the Community Forum it had been voted on to establish foot patrols in the village and to hold surgeries for local people. The dates of these would be circulated via Paddy’s loop and the Bugle.

Village Hall 

Cheryl Ward, Chair of the Village Hall Committee said it had been another successful year as the hall had been well used. The committee wanted to respond to the needs of the community. The new Coffee, cakes and computers club twice a month was starting to prove popular. A range of different groups and activities used the hall.

It was important to promote the hall as income had dropped from regular hirers. The committee planned to use Facebook more.

With reference to the proposed replacement Village Hall, plans had been presented to HS2 in April with a justification paper. Originally it was planned that the new hall would be ready to use at the end of October 2019 but the committee had heard very little since April. Earlier that day they had heard that the independent evaluator felt the new hall was too big, even though the Select Committee had told HS2 to be generous.It was felt the hall needed to increase its capacity by at least 30% to accommodate a growing population.

Deirdre Vernon explained that some students from Warwickshire College were to carry out a paper exercise to design possible outside space.

Q. When will the hall’s final design be available?  That all depended on HS2. The committee was also dealing with the issue of trying to get main sewerage access for the new hall.

Q. Was there a Plan B if the hall design was turned down? It had been suggested that the help of the local MP should be sought. The community fund which had to be raised by developers was another avenue worth exploring. Cllr. Illingworth said the latter was certainly worth investigating and he recommended talking further to WDC’s planners.

Another reason to keep pressure on HS2 was that the new hall had to be ready for occupation before the old one was demolished.

Cheryl closed by inviting residents to the Village Hall AGM on November 11th.School,

Sue Patterson, the Head teacher, had sent her apologies. Sue Marshall, one of the school governors, said the good news was that the school was full with 105 pupils. The school had a new website www.burtongreenschool-warwickshire.org.uk

The successful Green Leek 10k run was mentioned and this would take place again in 2017. Anyone could get involved either by taking part or by acting as a marshal.

9. Any Other Business

An ongoing issue concerned Severn Trent water pressure Nick Hogue had gathered responses from residents about low water pressure and had collated these to send to Severn Trent.

A response had been received which, although it indicated Severn Trent felt they wereproviding an above average service, they were willing to monitor the areas of specific concern and indeed the individual properties.  They promised to see if they could identify the problems being experienced with a view to solving the issues. Anyone with outstanding problems should contact Nick in the first instance. Thanks were extended to Nick.

Q. Was there any news on broadband speeds? It depended where residents lived.  Box 22 covering some of Cromwell and Hodgetts Lanes had been upgraded. There was a separate phase for rest of Red Lane. Coventry and Warwickshire broadband website explained the plans.

Was pavement parking improving? Yes but some builders for example were not cooperative.

It was felt Hickory’s Smokehouse should make some reference to the pub’s former name of the Peeping Tom. Forty people voted to have this put to the owners of Hickory’s Smokehouse.Action: Rona

Rona updated residents on concerns about the dangerous crossroads at Hodgetts Lane and Waste Lane. Berkswell Parish Council had looked into this but it was feared that there were not enough accidents to warrant any action. Residents were asked to ensureany incidents at the crossroads should be reported. Burton Green Parish Council and Burton Green Residents’ Association were making a joint submission to Solihull MBC pressing for action regarding this dangerous junction.

Mary asked that any residents who had not paid their £3 subscription still had the opportunity to do so.  A further collection was to take place in Red Lane on Wednesday.

Volunteers were also asked to contact Mary if they were willing to help Balsall Common Lions who had agreed to take their Santa’s Sleigh all round the village rather than just Hodgetts and Cromwell Lanes.  Help was needed with the collecting of donations.

The speed of traffic in Bockendon Road and Crackley Lane was raised and this would be brought up with Cllr. Skinner. Action: Cllr. Taylor

Q. Was anything being discussed about the dangerous Westwood Heath and CromwellLane junction? Rona would raise this with Cllr.Skinner. The junction was likely to be affected when new housing built in the vicinity.Action: Rona.

10. Date of Next Annual General Meeting

The next Annual General Meeting would be held on Monday October 30th 2017 at theVillage Hall.

Thanks were given to all for their support,



Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Police Surgery

There will be a Police Surgery, at the village hall, Friday 4th November, 10am-11.30am.


WDC Hearing - Proposed Housing at Westwood Heath

Warwick District Council's hearing into the proposed housing development at Westwood Heath will take place from 9.30am on Tuesday 8th November at Leamington Spa Town Hall.

This is the agenda...


Friday, 21 October 2016

Missing Cat Ziggy








Missing cat - Ziggy - from Hob Lane.

If seen please contact 07929978911.

Ziggy is microchipped.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Barn Dance 22nd October

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Green Leek 10k Run - 9th October

A group of parents from Burton Green Primary school, together with colleagues at our partner school, All Saints in Leek Wootton, are organising a brand new running 10 kilometre running event.

The Green Leek 10k will take place at 10.00 am on Sunday 9th October. More details are in the flyer, below, and at the website: http://www.greenleek10k.co.uk

More than 250 runners have already signed up for the race.


Monday, 19 September 2016

Minutes of Residents' Association Committee September 13th 2016

Present
Terry Heyes; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Bron Putnam; Rona Taylor

In attendance: Cllr Caryll Green, Diane Adams

1. Apologies

Apologies had been received from Hilary Cox, Andy Gibbs, Trish Hancock, Diane Swindells, Faith Ward, and Mary Webb

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Query about fly tipping from houses backing onto the GreenwayRona
Approach PC for full costs of Bugle printingRona
Help with collection of subscriptions in Red LaneAll
Further sponsorshipMary
Walking group suggestion in next edition of BugleMary
Invitation to councillors to AGMJudi and Rona
Request for financial contributions towards AGM refreshmentsRona
Grant Policy to be forwarded to Treasurer, Chair and SecretariesTerry
Response to Berkswell Scout GroupRona
Letter to BT Open Reach regarding cable litterRona
Volunteers welcome at Retired of Burton Green lunch October 28thAll
Query about Christmas tree Rona and Diane
The Father Christmas sleighRona
Publicity for AGMRona
Kathryn Stewart to be asked about toddler group contact detailsRona
Date for 2017 AGM Judi

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the previous meeting of July 12th 2016 were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes
  • Joint letter about fly tipping. Rona would follow up the situation with Cllr John Whitehouse who had indicated it was a District Council matter.
  • Rona would follow up with the Parish Council whether funding might be available for the full cost of Bugle printing throughout the year.
  • Mary and Hilary had agreed to finalise collections in Red Lane but any help would be appreciated.
  • Mary would approach Hickory's Smokehouse regarding Bugle sponsorship and/or sponsorship of flower tubs at an appropriate point.
  • Walking group article would feature in a future edition of the Bugle.
  • New treasurer: Diane Adams had volunteered her services and would be nominated at the AGM.
  • Children in Need fundraising pack had been sent for by Hilary.
  • Email to be sent to invited speakers.
  • An invitation to submit questions for the AGM had been included in the Bugle.
  • A card and flowers had been sent to Betty Woodward and the committee was pleased she was now much better.
  • A request for financial contributions towards refreshments would be displayed at the AGM.
  • Hilary had rung Peter Hallam about the footpath in Red Lane which had now been cleared. 

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


2. Treasurer's Report  and discussion document of requests for funding

Terry said there was not a lot to report as things had been quiet over the holiday period. There had been very few transactions. The remaining £100 sponsorship from the most recent Jubilee Group event was being earmarked for framing of village mapsto go to the new Village Hall.

Subscriptions collected so far amounted to approximately £750 which was on a par with the same date in previous years.  This was about three quarters of the final amount anticipated.

Funding for Speedwatch calibration: costs had risen significantly from £238p.a. to £298p.a. but this increase had been incorporated into funding applications. The ParishCouncil had a meeting the following week and it was hoped a favourable decision would be reached to fund 50% of the costs. The Kenilworth Forum would also be deciding the following week which applications would go forward for consideration.

Terry's BGRA Grant Policy was agreed with minor amendments. Thanks were expressed to Terry for producing this document which set out BGRA Residents’ Association financial position and the fact it is not a grant-making body.

It was agreed that Treasurer, Chair and Secretaries would hold copies of the document.  Terry would forward the final version. Action: Terry

Cllr Green asked about the status of the Jubilee Group. Terry explained it had begun as a separate and independent group but when it started doing large scale events which needed an initial financial outlay, it had been agreed the Jubilee Group should become a subcommittee of BGRA. The Jubilee group had to raise funds to support each event. Significant profits were usually made but events needed to break even if possible. Terry gave a comprehensive explanation of the Jubilee Group's finances overthe past few years.

A request had been received from Berkswell Scouts for a contribution to a new scout hut.  It was agreed the Policy would be sent to them but we would explain a willingness to assist where possible with any fundraising activities. Action: Terry


3. Residents' views/concerns

A resident had expressed concern about unused cable being left lying around by the BT Open Reach box on the corner of Hob Lane. In spite of several emails, the situation had not improved.  Rona agreed to write a letter on behalf of BGRA. Action: Rona

There was a request from residents at Broadwell Wood that they be fully informed about matters regarding the siting of the new Village Hall and car parking.  The chair of the Village Hall committee was addressing this.


4. Update on and discussion of Residents' Association initiatives and issues
  •  Water pressure. Problems of water pressure persisted in certain parts of the village. Nick Hogue had gathered responses from residents about low water pressure and had collated these to send to Severn Trent.A response had been received which, although it indicated Severn Trent felt they wereproviding an above average service, they were willing to monitor the areas of specific concern and indeed the individual properties.  They promised to install "loggers" at the most affected properties to see if they could identify the problems being experienced with a view to solving the issues. Thanks were extended to Nick.
  • Overhanging tree.A resident had been concerned about a willow tree in the grounds of the Hickory’s Smokehouse which had been over growing the pavement and obscuring the view of motorists exiting the site. Once concerns had been relayed to the management, the matter had been dealt with promptly and the tree pruned.
  • Retired of Burton Green lunchOctober 28th was scheduled as the date of the next Retired of Burton Green lunch. Any volunteers to help Mary and Diane would be welcome.
  • Children in Need ramble, October 29th. This did not match the national date as the Green Leek Run was already taking place on that date.
  • Chatsworth visit November 23rd. As yet there were not enough people booked on the visit. Money was not being banked until it was certain the visit would go ahead.
  • Father Christmas and Christmas tree. For the past few years Rob and Joy Barnes had generously donated a tree for the Jubilee Verge. Diane Swindells would be asked if an approach would be appropriate again.Action: RonaShould Burton Green have its own Father Christmas float? Balsall Common Lions covered only part of the village and as Balsall Common was growing, they found it difficult to continue to include Burton Green in their schedule. It was agreed that the first question would be to ask if the Lions could lend us their sleigh for one night if allmoney collected went to their charities.(Post meeting note: Balsall Common Lions had said this would not be possible) The second option would involve research into the technicalities and legalities of creating a Burton Green sleigh. Both Peter Stanworth with his tuk tuk and Barry Putnam with his 4x4 and trailer were willing to be involved. Volunteers would also beneeded for the collection. There would be an outlay in the first year to create the sleigh etc but this would then be available in subsequent years. Rona would approach the Lions and then feed back to the committee Action: Rona


5. AGM

To minimise outlay regarding wine and refreshments, Rona had agreed to put up a notice asking for donations.
The formalities of the election were still needed but the committee was keen to make the event more inclusive and less a series of presentations. It was agreed the councillors would be invited to join us but rather than presenting reports they would be there to answer specific questions. A request for questions had been placed in the Bugle and the issues the committee felt would be of interest included: housing (response from PC); HS2 (Andy Gibbs); Village Hall (VH Chair); Traffic to include Speedwatch; Police Matters. Each response should last no more than three minutes.

Publicity: notice had been included in the recent edition of the Bugle and would be sent round on the email loop.  BGRA also had a banner which would be updated and placed at the top of Red Lane with A boards also strategically situated. Action: Terry and Rona


6 Village Hall

There was no report


7. HS2 Opposition Group: petition to the House of Lords and possible delay of HS2

The petitions had not been successful. Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, was in favour of HS2. There was still great uncertainty about timing etc. Concerns about costs were resulting in cost cutting. Drilling rigs were in place locally to test the grounds.


8. Parish Councillor's Report

Cllr Green said PC had almost become owners of the playground in Red Lane. Some volunteers were to check it once a month for purposes of insurance.

The PC was short of councillors and needed to co-opt more members as soon as possible.

Cllrs Green and Vine looked at planning applications and felt the Planning Committee at the District Council was becoming stricter.

Thanks were given to Cllr Green for her support at BGRA meetings.


9.  Any Other Business

Alex Skarlatas the Warwickshire Smart Start Officer had written asking for help in contacting child care groups etc which met in village halls so that she could visit to offer help. The Toddler group which met in the Village Hall on Thursday mornings was mentioned.  It was decided to ask Kathryn Stewart for contact details. Action: Rona

Mary was collecting information about wells in Burton Green for a history project.


10. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The AGM would be held on October 31st at 7pm
The next committee meeting would take place on November 15th 7.30p.m.at the Village Hall.
Judi would sort out with Vic Stuthridge an early October 2017 date for the next AGM. Action: Judi.

Thanks were expressed to all for attending

Monday, 12 September 2016

Warwick District Local Plan - Proposed Building at Westwood Heath

WDC has provided the following information on how representations concerning how the proposed local plan modifications have been dealt with.

The Council has not made any individual responses to the representations received during the modifications, but did pass them all to the Inspector who is considering the soundness of the plan and its modifications. Representations concerning Westwood Heath are available to view here.

The questions and concerns people raised will in turn have helped him draw up a list of detailed questions that will be addressed during the forthcoming local plan examination in public, which is due to start during the last week in September and which runs until December.

A number of statements have now been produced by all parties interested in participating in the examination hearings. The statements are available to view on this page.  Please scroll down to Written Statements – Resumed Hearings. A number of written statements concerning the Westwood Heath site can be seen here. The former page also contains details of the hearing dates and times and the inspector’s matters and issues paper, containing the questions he has about various topics.

There is an evidence base available to view for both the submitted plan and the modifications. The main evidence base page is here and the  Local Plan examination evidence base page is here, which also contains the documents and evidence prepared for the proposed modifications.

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For example, this particular PDF document (which is listed among the written statements) includes numerous annotated photos of Westwood Heath Road and proposed developments:
http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/3717/matter_7c_written_statement_-_h42_westwood_heath_-_turley_for_im_properties_-_part_5_of_5.pdf

This map, included in that document, shows proposals for the area immediately behind Cromwell Lane (the old sports field)...



Related Housing Articles

Warwick DC Local Plan - Westwood Heath (Feb 2016):
http://burtongreen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/new-proposal-for-435-600-homes-at.html

Coventry Local Plan - Cromwell Lane (Jan 2016):
http://burtongreen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/coventry-local-plan.html
and
http://burtongreen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/proposed-new-housing-estate-off.html

Solihull Local Plan - Balsall Common(Aug 2016):
http://burtongreen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/solihull-local-plan.html

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Brexit and HS2

Updated 9th September.

From the Daily Telegraph, 8th September:

Chancellor of the Exchequer appears to rule out spending on big infrastructure projects.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will deliver his first Autumn Statement, the budget, on Wednesday 23rd November. Mr Hammond, speaking before the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee last week, said that:

Britain's roads and railways are in line for a multi-billion pound boost to help cushion the impact of the Brexit vote. But any fiscal stimulus delivered by the Government would provide a “quick” boost to the economy, be “well designed” and “limited in duration”.

Mr Hammond appeared to rule out spending on big intrastructure projects.

Mr Hammond said "modest" projects would be more beneficial to the economy, citing the UK’s fiscal position and the lengthy time needed to start large projects.

Complete article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/09/08/chancellor-signals-boost-for-roads-and-railways-but-warns-on-unh/

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These are some extracts from reports that appeared in some of the media on Friday (22nd July):

Daily Mail:


Financial Times:

"Billions of pounds’ worth of public projects will have to be scrapped because of a tidal wave of pressures from an impending Brexit.

The comptroller and auditor general of the National Audit Office, Sir Amyas Morse, said the government would have to treat leaving the EU as an emergency and that government departments would be forced to decide which plans could be cancelled or suspended. Major projects such as the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, a third runway at Heathrow and the ambitious HS2 rail project would have to be reassessed as the government decides which can be done without. 

Ministerial ambition also made it hard for the government to think rationally about which projects were “must have” and which were “would like” and expendable, he said.

We need to ask ourselves, can the public sector deliver Hinkley Point C, a third runway, HS2, a northern powerhouse, nuclear decommissioning, Trident renewal and restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster all at the same time? All these projects are drawing on the same pool of skills and many of these contain optimism bias that they will be able to meet their skill needs at an appropriate cost, he said, while declining to speculate on which should be scrapped."

Full reports:

http://www.publicsectorexecutive.com/Public-Sector-News/civil-service-overcommitted-to-projects-which-suffer-from-optimism-bias--nao-head

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/21/brexit-could-force-multibillion-pound-projects-to-be-scrapped-says-nao-chief

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3703121/Brexit-tidal-wave-means-cuts-needed-major-projects-new-nuclear-power-rebuilding-Parliament-HS2-railway-spending-watchdog-warns.html

Friday, 2 September 2016

Bugle September 2016

The September 2016 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.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Solihull Local Plan

This basically affects Berkswell and Balsall Common, but may be of interest to residents of Burton Green.

Solihull MBC needs to find land for between 4000 and 8000 housing units over the next twenty years.  Recently developers and landowners were asked to put forward sites for potential development.  Over 40 sites were identified in Balsall and Berkswell parishes.  Most of these are situated in and around Balsall Common. The map below shows most of the sites being considered across the two parishes.



Solihull must now give consideration to the viability of these sites for possible inclusion in Solihull’s Local Plan. This will determine potentially how many houses can be built in the two parishes.

The Balsall and Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan Committee has a responsibility to consult widely with the community about all matters pertaining to housing development.  To this end we are holding a site exhibition at St Peters Hall on Saturday, August 20th from 10 a.m.

This Site Exhibition, arranged by the Neighbourhood Development Plan committee, will be attended by developers and landowners. This is your chance to have your say on how sites should be chosen in our area. Please do come along!

Black Cat

A resident writes:

We normally have a daily visit from a black cat,who seems to be more or less wild / very timid.  He had not been around for about two weeks, and yesterday he turned up very thin, with injuries under his chin. I got him trapped in the shed (as per RSPCA instructions), and the RSPCA collected him this morning, and have taken him to their vet to treat his injuries.  In their check, they discovered he has a microchip, and while they cannot release the address or name of the owner, they could say that the owner resides in Burton Green, and from the work contact details, appears to be on holiday at present.

They are trying to get hold of the owners through the microchip company to get authorisation for treatment, and after discussing it with the RSPCA representative, we thought we may be able to track the owners through Burton Green Parish Council.

He is black, with yellow/ green eyes. He has slightly longer than short haired fur, and may have a white patch of fur on his lower jaw, at present the fur there is completely missing, but there's a white patch of skin. He is thin and badly neglected, with ticks, but this may just be because of his injuries. He did not bite when we put him in the carrier. Was quite good about the whole ordeal. And he does know how to use a litter box.

Does anyone know who this poor boy belongs to so that the vets can provide the care needed?

The cat is at the Birmingham RSPCA vet.

Phone number: 0300 123 8585

His reference number: NC25598

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Minutes of Residents' Association Committee 12th July 2016

Present

Hilary Cox; Andy Gibbs; Terry Heyes; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom;  Bron Putnam; Faith Ward; Mary Webb.

In Rona's absence, Mary chaired the meeting and welcomed everyone.

1. Apologies

Apologies had been received from Trish Hancox, Rona Taylor and Cllr Caryll Green.

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Joint letter about fly tipping
Query PC about possible funding of all Bugle editions Cllr Green
More help sought to collect subs in Red LaneMary
Approach Hickory’s Smokehouse later in the year for sponsorship of the BugleMary
Walking group Bugle article carried over to SeptemberRona
Represent funding paper as advice document Terry
New treasurer to be soughtRona
Children In Need fundraising pack to be sent forHilary
Prepare email to be sent to invited speakers at AGMJudi
Invitation to submit questions at AGM to be included in BugleMary
Card and flowers for BettyJudi
Display request for financial contributions at AGMRona
Add to next agenda Christmas Tree and Father ChristmasJudi


Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the previous meeting of May 3rd 2016 were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes:

  • Hilary had spoken to Peter Hallam.
  • A letter of thanks had been sent to Burton Green Congregation
  • The donation to First Responders had been made up to £150 
  • The pot hole problem had been sorted 
  • Volunteers for Speedwatch had been requested but so far with no success
  • It was not clear if the joint letter about fly tipping has been arranged
  • Caryll was unable to attend so there was no report on funding from the PC 
  • Collection of subscriptions was underway and Mary would like further help with Red Lane
  • A letter of thanks had been sent to Hickory’s Smokehouse from the Jubilee group. They would be approached at a later date for sponsorship of the Bugle.
  • Walking group Bugle article carried over to September
  • The Parish Council was taking a decision about a new website.

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


2. Treasurer's Report and discussion document of requests for funding

Terry said there was not a lot to report as the usual outgoings were similar to before.
£950 in donations had been received towards the event to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations. There was also £100 agreed by the Parish Council. £200 remaining was to be donated to the School.

£589 in subscriptions had already collected with more still to come in

The overall situation year on year was fairly static at around £2,500 to £3,000.
It was a little more this year because of the refund received from the Mine Opposition funds.

With reference to the retired residents' lunches, overall there was a profit of £550 but much of this had been reinvested into catering equipment.

Terry had devised a form regarding a policy for donations and this had been circulated. It was decided, however, on reflection, tha the BGRA did not receive sufficient funds itself to be a grant making body. Instead Terry was happy to rewrite his document explaining the position and that any charity donations made by the committee were the result of specific fund raising events (for example a coffee morning to raise funds for a disaster appeal).

The committee agreed that in addition to signposting to other sources of funding, an offer would be made to provide practical assistance, where possible, in the form of advice or actually helping at an event, for example, rather than financial support. Action: Terry

Andy said the committee needed to make clear why it needed to seek funds from the Parish Council.  An explanation of costs for Bugle printing was provided, showing that there would be very little remaining in the funds if the Bugle was published without this additional support.  The costs of all other activities were low, although these mounted up when combined.  Examples were given of the AGM, the flower tubs, hire of the hall, events such as the welcome to new residents and a general fighting fund.

It was agreed that a small fund might be available as a start up for an event within the village on condition that it would be repaid from profits.

Requests for items such as the calibration of the speed gun and the defibrillator might go to the PC at a future date.

Thanks were given to Terry. The committee was sorry to hear he was pllanning to step down at the AGM. Requests would be made for someone to take on the role of Trasurer in October. Action: Rona


3. Residents' views/concerns

Reference was made to a letter from Kathryn Stewart regarding speeding in Red Lane. Copies had been sent to the Speedwatch team and the police. The matter had been voted in at the Kenilworth Forum as a result of which police support was to be offered. It was commented upon that Burton Green was a very active community and a large number of votes had been received placing the issue second in a list of priorities.

John Whitehouse had spoken at the Forum on behalf of Kenilworth and Burton Green Speedwatch. The Forum was contributing to the cost of the calibration of the Kenilworth speed gun and Terry was planning to put in an application for the same for Burton Green. This would be for 50% of the cost and it was hoped to approach the PC for the remainder.

Faith suggested residents could be asked via the Bugle to inform BGRA about any burglaries. Residents should also be encouraged to link up with those neighbours without computers to ensure they were kept informed.


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

  • June 12th Jubilee Group Queen's 90th birthday event. This went well in spite of disappointing weather. Organisers found it tiring but thanked everyone for their support.
  • Speedwatch - Feedback from Kenilworth Forum had already been reported under agenda item 3.
  • Flower planting. All tubs had been planted.
  • June 16th welcome to new residents. About 20 people came including most residents of Broadwell Woods. Rona had visited two people who had been unable to attend. The bus to Kenilworth was now scheduled to stop at Broadwell Woods.
  • July 16th retired of Burton Green lunch. Not so many were attending on this occasion partly because of holidays.
  • Collection of £3 subscriptions - already discussed.
  • Children in Need ramble September. Hilary would apply for a Children in Need pack to initiate this event. Action: Hilary
  • Chatsworth Christmas market visit Wednesday November 23rd. A cost of £15 would be made for entrance to the hall dressed for Christmas plus £15 for the coach. This would be advertised soon.


5. AGM

It had previously been agreed to hold a discussion regarding how to encourage more contribution from residents at the AGM.

A variety of ideas was put forward to try to cut down the length of presentations made at the AGM.  Finally, it was agreed to create an email which would be sent to invited speakers.  This would ask them to speak for a maximum of three minutes on topics appertaining to Burton Green and then allow time for questions.  Judi agreed to write the email and to be the "timekeeper" on the evening. Action: Judi

Questions could be submitted in advance or on the day although spontaneous questions would still be allowed. Details would be included in the Bugle. Action: Mary

Betty Woodward was not well and it was agreed to send her a get well card. Action: Judi

A suggestion was made that raffle tickets be issued so that only one free glass of wine was served at the AGM. Instead, it was agreed that a notice would be displayed asking for financial contributions to help cover the cost of the wine. Action: Rona


6. Village Hall

Petitioning the House of Lords was to take place the following Monday. The Village Hall's petition referred to sewerage and utilities at the new hall.

A meeting had been held with HS2 looking at outline plans and although representatives seemed to like them HS2 was now employing an agent to look at costings.

It was pointed out that the current schematic from HS2 was not accurate as it showed a playground.

A query was raised about what would replace the current village hall. Diane said this was destined to be a car park for the Greenway.

The next Village Hall event was the 10th anniversary Produce Show on September 11th

Thanks were given to Diane


7. HS2 Opposition Group petition to the House of Lords and possible delay of HS2

The PC and others were going the following week to petition at the House of Lords. Andy was not optimistic about the outcomes.


8. Parish Councillor's Report

Andy had already mentioned the updating of the PC website. There was a vacancy on the Parish Council.


9.  Any Other Business

Diane said Hob Lane was to be closed from July 28th till Christmas to install a mains sewer. Traffic would be diverted and this would impact on Hodgetts Lane. Several houses had applied for section 101 forms to see if the Burton Green end of Hob Lane could be added to mains sewerage and the school had also been approached.

Mary asked that the Christmas tree and Father Christmas should be added to the next agenda. Action: Judi


10. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next committee meeting would take place on September 13th 7.30p.m.at the Village Hall.

Future dates in 2016 would be: October 31st (AGM), November 15th.

Thanks were expressed to all for attending.