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Are you planning on spending time outdoors? Play your part in helping to keep our environment clean and litter-free: bring a bag to take your rubbish home with you to throw away or recycle. Don’t leave rubbish next to a full bin. Litter ruins our great outdoors by harming our wildlife and polluting our waters. Remember, bins aren’t always available outdoors, especially in the countryside

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Dickens Heath Parish Council Acquire the 56 Space Tesco Car Park

Following the completion of their redevelopments in Dickens Heath, including Garden Square East, the developer Elegant Dickens Heath Village Ltd is winding up their ownership of certain property holdings in the village.

The Parish Council has acquired the freehold ownership of the 56 space surface car park off Gorcott Lane (the Tesco Car Park) from the present owners effective on 9th July 2021.

This safeguards the future of this large car park into public ownership by the Parish Council on behalf of the village community and will allow it to continue its important role in the village centre where parking facilities are of critical importance

The arrangement includes a schedule of remedial works to the car park area and a tidying up of the garden area to be carried out by the developer.

The car park will be renamed “Parish Council Car Park” and use will continue as at present subject to providing new signage and as a public body providing a new notice covering the Conditions of Use and the usual parking at owners’ risk notices.

The Parish Council will have no liability for any damage, theft or any claims made by any users of the car park but will be undertaking a review of the car park management arrangements to see if any improvements can be made.

The Parish Council freehold is legally conditioned to ensuring free access is maintained to the central Bin Waste Area together with the sub-station, fresh water pumping station and other Communal Service Facilities in the centre for both adjacent residents and servicing requirements at all times. Parking will therefore only be allowed in the designated bays and any obstruction to the central area will not be permitted.

The central service area is privately maintained and controlled by the overall Estate Manager, The Dickens Heath Management Company, office at 1 Main Street Dickens Heath. The Parish Council cannot deal with any issues arising from the use of those facilities or services and any maintenance aspects except where they may incur onto the car park area.

We can confirm the transfer of the car park comes at no cost to the Parish Council from Elegant Dickens Heath Village Ltd other than our own legal costs, new signage and the like and we are satisfied the parking area has very low ongoing maintenance costs that can be met from within Parish Council’s existing financial resources.

Temporary road closure

From 7:30am on Thursday 15 July – 6:30pm on Saturday 28 August, Birchy Leasowes Lane (full length from Dickens Heath Road to Tile House Lane) will be closed for gas mains replacement. A diversion route will be signed via Dickens Heath Road and Tilehouse Lane.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Residents invited to comment on parliamentary constituency boundaries

Solihull Council is encouraging residents to comment on the proposed parliamentary constituency boundaries that have been proposed by the Boundary Commission for England (BCE), as part of an eight-week consultation.

The BCE is required to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal and in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543. The Commission is undertaking an independent review and will present their final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023.

The West Midlands has been allocated 57 constituencies – a reduction of two from the current number. The proposals leave nine of the 59 existing constituencies wholly unchanged, and 12 unchanged except to realign constituency boundaries with new local government ward boundaries.

The two existing constituencies in the Borough of Solihull – Meriden and Solihull – both exceed the permitted electorate range. The BCE proposes to extend the Birmingham Hodge Hill constituency to take in the Solihull borough wards of Castle Bromwich and Smith’s Wood. And to also move the existing Solihull constituency wards Elmdon and Silhill into the Meriden constituency. It is also proposed that Blythe ward, which is currently in the Meriden constituency, will be moved to the Solihull constituency.

These proposals relate only to the Parliamentary constituency boundaries. There are no plans for any changes to be made to the Borough Council boundaries and this process has no implications for the services provided by Solihull Council.

People can visit www.bcereviews.org.uk to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries and provide feedback before the consultation closes on 2 August 2021. Comments can be made on anything from where the proposed new boundary lines are, to the names of the constituencies.

There will be a further two rounds of consultation in 2022. Following the conclusion of all three consultation periods, the Commission will look at all the evidence received before forming its final recommendations.