Your local Liberal Democrat team works hard for residents across the borough all year round. This is a selection of what we've been up to this month.
Your Local Lib Dem team has been helping residents affected by the Coronavirus outbreak since lockdown began in March. This has included delivering food to local residents, making phone calls to vulnerable people, helping local businesses apply for grants and chasing up where necessary, arranging for food bank deliveries, donating to food banks, and putting people in contact with those who can help them.
We have also been working hard for residents in our wards.
Brad and Laura submitted a petition objecting to over-development of a site on the corner of Hobs Moat Road and Old Lode Lane to planning officers. We had hundreds of signatures on our petition at the time of submission. Thank you to everyone who signed.
The Elmdon team have also been hard at work reporting fly tipping, alley ways which needed clearing, overflowing bins, working with Police on problem parking around Walsgrave Road/Damson Lane and other areas of the ward, anti social behaviour, and speeding around the ward. We also requested repainting of the disabled bays at Elmdon Park and were pleased to see that a dropped kerb had been installed near the tennis courts to help residents cross Elmdon Park Road safely after residents raised concerns to us.
Brad and Laura signed up as Covid Community Champions, along with a number of other Elmdon residents, and have been working hard to ensure that reliable information about the local lockdown and testing is communicated to residents.
Laura also spoke at Liberal Democrat conference in favour of Universal Basic Income (the motion later passed and has become party policy) and worked with Generation Rent to brief Labour Shadow Housing Minister Thangam Debonnaire MP on renting during a pandemic. She also discussed her experiences with Lib Dem Baroness Olly Grender before Baroness Grender's incredible performance in the House of Lords asking for a rare Prayer to Annul asking for protection for the 55,000 renters not protected from eviction. Unfortunately this was voted down by Conservative Peers.
Michael Carthew got stuck in and cleared a huge amount of overgrowth in the alley between Bradbury Road and Castle Lane, vegetation at the access to Richmond Park from Wentworth Close, and on Old Warwick Road (uncovering the previously buried street sign!), and nettles engulfing a litter bin and preventing residents from using it. He has also been working hard litter picking across the ward, had a damaged bin on Warwick Road replaced after it was hit by a car, and reported a dangerous hole in a drain lid on Warwick Road. Michael also signed up as a Covid Community Champion with Solihull Council.
Cllrs Ade Adeyemo and Kathryn Thomas have been supporting the local Speedwatch initiative on various roads across Lyndon ward. They have also been clearing up flytipping, cutting nettles and vegetation back, and organised the cutting back of overgrown lime trees on Lyndon Road, Coverdale Road, Ulleries Road, and Thurlston Avenue.
They were also pleased to see the footpath on Coverdale Road repaired after Cllr Adeyemo reported the damage to council officer and the addition of a new dropped kerb on Wells Green Road.
They were also pleased to see the zip line at Richmond Park finally repaired after Kathryn had raised this with the council many times. Cllr Kathryn was also pleased to sign up as a Covid Community Champion with Solihull Council.
Solihull and Meriden Liberal Democrats have been advocating for residents on a number of issues.
You can sign our petition to save blue badge parking in Solihull here - Blue badge parking petition
You can sign our objection to Conservative planning changes which will hurt affordable housing and deny residents a voice on key developments here - Planning changes petition
We are also calling for a re-think on scrapping free TV licenses and you can sign our petition here - Save free TV licenses
We continue to work hard on issues for residents across the borough. Below are some local media articles we have been featured in during the month of September.
Birmingham Mail 2nd September 2020 - The street where 30 homes flooded and where each bad storm causes dread - Cllr Kathryn Thomas
Birmingham Mail 9th September 2020 - Residents having to rescue vehicles in this mud-bath in Solihull and they're sick of it - Cllr Kathryn Thomas
Birmingham Mail 14th September 2020 - Britain's Youngest Chocolatier on why lockdown in Solihull has been sweet - but also a rocky road - Cllr Ade Adeyemo
Birmingham Mail 21st September 2020 - Race to save this "stunning" artwork from a condemned building in Solihull - Cllr Laura McCarthy
Birmingham Mail 22nd September 2020 - Wargame scenario as Solihull might not return to normal until next October in gloomy Covid scenario - Cllr Glenis Slater
Birmingham Mail 24th September 2020 - These Solihull areas could be hardest hit amid fear of nearly 5,000 job losses - Cllr Ade Adeyemo