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FULL COUNCIL MINUTES - 26th November 2018

Those present


Chairman:  Cllr M Rashid (Vice-Chairman).


Councillors:  Cllr F Churchill, Cllr D Cornock, Cllr G Craig, Cllr Mrs G Harrison, Cllr Mrs J Lloyd, Cllr J Wilson.


Officer:  Mrs K Woods.


1.  Apologies.

There were no apologies received.


2. Councillor Co-option.

Mr Adrian Duffen attended the meeting after requesting to be co-opted onto the Parish Council.  Members read through his application and were satisfied and voted to co-opt Mr Duffen.  Mr Duffen was duly co-opted onto the Parish Council.


3.  Minutes of the Previous Full Council Meeting.

It was RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Full Council Meeting held on Monday 22nd October 2018 be approved as a true and correct record.


4.  Matters Arising.

a.)  Minute number 6.a.) Sport England.

Cllr Craig apologised for not attending the meeting.


5.  Public Participation.

There were no members of the public present.


6.  Correspondence.

a.)  Solihull MBC - Re: Planning Application for 45 Starling Grove - erect ground floor rear kitchen, convert garage to playroom, add storage area to side and bay window to replace garage door.

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


b.)  Cllr Mrs Glynis Harrison - Re: Sport England Workshop Presentation.

Cllr Mrs Harrison informed members that you attended the Sport England workshop and which she found interesting and very well run.  She added that the aim of the meeting was to network with local groups and charities to promote well being.  She also informed members that the Cars Group impressed her with how well they are managed, she added that they had four members of staff who handle the day to day running of the group.  Cllr Harrison informed members that there are a few newsletters, but they are local to the area they service and that there is not one newsletter for Smith’s Wood as a whole, and they idea of a joint newsletter was raised.  Cllr Harrison stated that she had put forward an idea for lights to be installed on the playing field.

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


c.)  Sue Watson (Unity Trust Solihull) - Re: Solihull College Community Programme and Free Computing for Beginners at Elmwood Place.

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


d.)  Nick Cuming (Balfour Beatty) - Re: M6 J2 to J4 Closure Programme commencing Monday 26th November 2018.

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


e.)  Lee Stevenson (Solihull MBC) - Re: Emergency road closure - Chester Road.

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


f.)  The Velo Birmingham & Midlands Route Team - Re: Event Information.

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


g.)  Gemma Farrington (Solihull MBC) - Re: 2019/2020 Parish precept setting key dates.

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


h.)  Jasmine Hanlon - Re: Request to hire hall.

It was RESOLVED: That the Clerk contact Jasmine and ask what activities will be taking place, is it a charitable event, what are they ages of the participants and will there be a charge for participants


i.)  West Midlands Police - Re: Neighbourhood Alerts: Solihull Car Key Burglars Convicted; Appeal Vauxhall Corsa Parts Theft; Taking The Time to Change; Burglary on Dengate Drive; Solihull Op Intercept Update; Black Friday - How to shop online safely.

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


7.  Reports From Outside Bodies.

a.)  Birmingham Airport.

Cllr Wilson informed members that he attended the latest meeting of Birmingham Airport.  He stated that Wizzair have a new route to Cluj-Napoca in Romania starting on 16th December twice weekly (Wednesday and Sunday).  From summer 2019, Turkish Airlines will double their daily services to Istanbul, departure times 10.40 and 17.00.  Emirates had their one millionth passenger on the A380 in September after two years of flying from Birmingham Airport.  Birmingham Airport was voted Star Airport of 2018 by UK Travel Agents.  The Hilton Garden Inn was opened at the beginning of October with 178 guest rooms.  Planning consent for the TE18 Terminal extension has been granted by Solihull MBC to commence end of this year or early next year 2019.  Elmdon Building was given Grade II Listed Status in August 2018.  The building was flooded in February/March of this year which has made the building unsafe, residents were relocated to another building.  A proposed access from the A45 Coventry Road to the Elmdon site has been submitted to Solihull MBC.  The access is required as part of the relocation of the car rental facility, due to the existing facility being required as a compound for the HS2 for 4 to 5 years from 2020.


b.)  Remembrance Sunday Services.

Cllr Mrs Harrison and Cllr Rashid informed members that they had attended the Castle Bromwich and Solihull services.  Both were well attended with refreshments serviced after the service.


8.  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 12th November 2018 be received and the recommendations contained therein be adopted.

a.)  Minute number 6.b.)  Project Dance Academy.

It was RESOLVED: That this item be deferred to the Private Section of this meeting.


9.  Members Requests at the Chairman’s Discretion.

a.)  Safeguarding Courses.

Members were informed that the Parish Council’s insurance company, Zurich, required that staff members and a representative of the Parish Council be qualified in safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.  Members agreed that the Clerk draft a Safeguarding Policy and investigate online training courses.


b.)  Fencing and Fence Panels.

Cllr Paul and Cllr Wilson informed members that a fence panel was down in the walkway between the school and the flats, and that fence panels were missing from the fencing in the car park behind the shops in Burton’s Way.  Members agreed that the Clerk contact Solihull MBC regarding these.


10.  Dates of the Next Meeting

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

Finance and General Purposes Committee Meeting: Monday 3rd December 2018 at 4.30pm.

Full Council Meeting: Monday 17th December 2018 at 4.30pm.


11.  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.