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Bring a bag for your rubbish when spending time outdoors.

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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Highways England M40/M42 Interchange Scheme – survey works from May 2021

In early May we’ll start the final phase of our overnight survey work to gather information which will inform the design of this vital interchange upgrade scheme.

We’ll be working:

•             between M42 junctions 3 and 3a from 4 May to 27 May

•             between M42 junction 3a and M40 junction 16 from 1 June to 17 June

•             between M42 junctions 3a and 4 from 18 June to 23 July

M40 M42 interchange map

What are we doing?

We’ll carry out a number of different surveys on both carriageways. These will include drilling carriageway core samples, excavating small trial holes and ecology inspections.

We’ll work overnight, when the road is at its quietest.

How will the survey work affect motorists?

To safely carry out the surveys we’ll need to close some lanes, in 4km sections at a time, but will keep one lane open on each carriageway while we work (Monday to Saturday between 9pm and 6am). We’ll take a ‘traffic count’ before we close the lanes and if the traffic levels are too high, we’ll delay the work until they reduce.

All lanes will be open as usual during the daytime.

We’ll also need to close the following slip roads overnight:

•             M40 to M42 northbound link road from 14 June to 25 June

•             M42 junction 3a to M42 northbound link road from 28 June to 25 July

•             M42 to M40 southbound link road from 12 July to 20 July

We’ll put in place clearly signed diversion routes to the next junction when the slip roads are closed.

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause and advise everyone travelling through the area to allow extra time for journeys.

Please note these dates and times may be subject to change due to poor weather or for operational reasons.

Contact Us

For information about the surveys, please contact our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 or email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk

If you would like more information about the scheme including planned closure details, please visit our webpage:


New Chair for Parish Council

At last night’s Parish Council meeting, Councillor Trevor Eames was elected as Chair and previous Chair Councillor Maureen Holloway was elected as Vice Chair. Maureen is the Parish Council’s longest serving Chair to date – having been Chair since May 2016. We would like to thank Maureen for 5 years of extremely hard work and dedication to the community of Dickens Heath.

Link For Reporting Problems To SMBC

If you have any issues that need to be reported to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council such as overflowing bins, potholes and fly tipping the council have a very comprehensive list of options available to report online. Please follow this link to go to their website and report any issues:


Census 2021

If you haven’t managed to complete the Census 2021 there is help available from the ONS website – https://census.gov.uk/ – or on 0800 141 2021. Local support is being offered by Solihull Library on 0121 704 6005.
If people have any questions or concerns or are uncertain about completion, I am also offering the online sessions listed below. To join the sessions, click on the links below during the times stated. If anybody is having trouble with the links they can also phone me direct on 07452946003

Fiona Saxon

Community Engagement Manager for Solihull Office for National Statistics

Tuesday, 6th April, 6-7pm – https://meet.google.com/okg-nrcw-dbv?authuser=0
Wednesday, 7th April, 5-6pm – https://meet.google.com/ite-xgbi-sys?authuser=0
Thursday, 8th April, 7-8pm – https://meet.google.com/wmo-sgcr-trd?authuser=0