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FULL COUNCIL MINUTES - 17th June 2019

Those present

 

Chairman:  Cllr M Rashid

 

Councillors:  Cllr D Cornock, Cllr G Craig, Cllr A Duffen, Cllr Mrs G Harrison, Cllr H Hendry, Cllr Mrs J Lloyd, Cllr K S Paul.

 

Officer:  Mrs K Woods.

 

In Attendance:  Dave Dixon (Safe & Sound/Big Local), Andy Hunter (Solihull MBC - Community Development Worker)

 

1.  Apologies.

Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr F Churchill.

 

2.  Minutes of the Annual General Meeting.

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Monday 13th May 2019 be approved as a true and correct record.

 

3.  Matters Arising.

There were no matters arising.

 

4.  Public Participation.

a.)  Andy Hunter - Community Development Worker.

Mr Hunter informed members that he was the Community Development Worker for Castle Bromwich and Smith’s Wood.  He added that in the past, models always looked at addressing the problems in the above areas, the new model is to look at the assets (buildings, people, skills, etc) to find out what is important to the local residents, to make a cohesive community and to help those that are living in social isolation.  He stated that in a recent survey 70% of residents liked living in Smith’s Wood, but did not have much influence to make any impact in the area.  Cllr Hendry stated that the residents had participated in survey after survey in recent years, and if Solihull MBC did not know the answers to issues in Smith’s Wood, then they would never know.  He added that regeneration funding had been put into Smith’s Wood, but, apart from housing and the new High Street, there was not much evidence of peoples lives getting better.  Mr Hunter stated that the new model was looking at what people want to do rather than what they want, ie street parties, motivational talks in schools, mobile café, Whatsapp groups to keep in contact with other residents.  He added that the purpose was to tap into peoples skills and encourage them to help others, to change peoples community perception.  Dave Dixon stated that the Cars Area Big Local had tried this two or three years ago and found that no-one is interested in doing things for themselves.  Cllr Craig stated that there were a lot of individual things in the area, but the trouble was motivating people with no motivation.  Cllr Hendry stated that the Parish Council have a playing field that needs utilising.  He added that they have a gym and use of two halls for hire.  Mr Hunter stated that the intention is to start small and give it a shot.  Members thanked Mr Hunter for attending and he left the meeting at 4.50pm.

 

b.)  Dave Dixon - Safe & Sound/Big Local.

Mr Dixon stated that he wanted to inform members of the Parish Council of a scam that he was a potential victim to.  He added that the scam is that the Treasury Department telephone the victim stating that their bank have overcharged them and that they wanted to pay the victim the overcharge back.  To do this, the victim needed to issue copies of their passport or driving licence and they would receive a SWEAT card worth £150.  The victim was to take this card to their bank, and their account would then be emptied by the scammers.  Mr Dixon stated that he had reported this to Action Fraud.  He also stated that Solihull Trading Standards had attended the last Safe & Sound meeting and he handed over a list of telephone numbers, which would be placed on the Parish Council’s notice board.

 

5.  Correspondence.

a.)  Andrews Air Conditioning - Re: Quotation for Chemical Clean of air conditioning unit in gym room.

It was RESOLVED: That the Parish Council agree to the above quotation.

 

b.)  Cllr Jean Hamilton (Green Party) - Re: Agenda for next Smith’s Wood Partnership Forum Meeting on Monday 24th June 2019 in Elmwood Place at 2pm.

It was RESOLVED: That Cllr Mrs Harrison attend on behalf of the Parish Council.

 

c.)  Natalie O’Dwyer (Balfour Beatty) M6 combined Traffic Management log 17th June to 23rd June.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

d.)  Sue Watson (Unity Trust) - Re: 16-19 year old Study Programme, Elmwood Place; 16 to 18 year Employment, Training and Skills, Elmwood Place.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

e.)  Karen Shaw (Solihull MBC) - Re: Street Numbering - Medical Centre, Burton’s Way.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

f.)  Andy Holding (Birmingham Airport) - Re: Airport Consultative Committee - Day time noise sub-group; Final Master Plan and Surface Access Strategy Published.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

g.)  Peter Sharples (Solihull MBC) - Re: Stay Connected - Wildlife Ways, June.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

h.)  Solihull MBC - Re: Planning Application for - 9 Buckingham Road, two storey/first floor side extension and single storey rear extension.

It was RESOLVED: That the Parish Council have no objections to this application subject to the views of local residents.

 

i.)  Solihull MBC - Re: Planning Appeal Decision - land beside 2 Nene Way.        

It was RESOLVED: That this item be received and noted.

 

j.)  West Midlands Police - Re: Neighbourhood Alerts: Courier Fraud; BBC Radio 4 appeal supports Crimestoppers; HMRC Alert; West Midlands Little Book of Big Scams.

It was RESOLVED: That these items be received and noted.

 

6.  Reports From Outside Bodies.

a.)  Cars Area - Big Local.

Cllr Craig informed members that he had attended the last Big Local meeting and he had discussed with them the possibility of a Gardening Competition that the Parish Council would support financially.  He added that Big Local staff had stated that they would look at ways to make it happen.

 

b.)  Castle Bromwich Civic Service.

Cllr Rashid informed members that he had attended the Civic Service at Castle Bromwich Parish Council.  He added that it was well attended by Parish Councillors, Mayor of Solihull, Caroline Spelman MP and local residents.

 

7.  Minutes of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting held on Monday 3rd June 2019 be received and the recommendations contained therein be adopted.

 

8.  Minutes of the Community & Environment Sub-Committee.

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Community & Environment Sub-Committee meeting held on Monday 10th June 2019 be received and the recommendations contained therein be adopted.

 

a.)  Minute number 5.a.) Post Boxes in Smith’s Wood.

The Clerk informed members that she had found a map online that only outlined 5 post boxes in Smith’s Wood and that she would carry out a more extensive search before the next meeting.  Cllr Craig stated that he would ask his postman if there is a need for the post boxes.

 

b.)  Minute number 5.c.) Community Events.

Cllr Craig informed members that a possible joint venture with Big Local could be set up next year with two delegates from the Parish Council.

 

9.  Minutes of the Gym & Leisure Sub-Committee.

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Gym Sub-Committee meeting held on Wednesday 12th June 2019 be received and the recommendations contained therein be adopted.  Cllr Cornock stated that the meeting was to set the agenda items, to revisit the yearly gym figures presented at the last Finance and General Purposes Committee and to agree to the signage wording.

 

10.  Members Requests at the Chairman’s Discretion.

There were no requests submitted to the Chairman.

 

11.  Dates of the Next Meeting

Parish Council meetings will take place at Elmwood Place, Room 101 unless otherwise stated.

It was RESOLVED: That the dates for the next meetings are as follows:

Community & Environment Sub-Committee Meeting: Monday 1st July 2019 at 4.30pm.

Gym Sub-Committee Meeting: Monday 8th July 2019 at 4.30pm (Gym Office)

Finance and General Purposes Committee Meeting: Monday 15th July 2019 at 4.30pm.

Full Council Meeting: Monday 22nd July 2019 at 4.30pm.

 

12.  Exclusion of Public and Press.

It was RESOLVED: That in accordance with Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the following Agenda item: Private Section of Minutes.