This is the online version of the May Focus from Jo Fairburn and the Olton team.
Lib Dems fight back in Olton with 8.9% swing from the Conservatives
In May’s local elections, Olton saw a strong swing to Liberal Democrats, with Jo Fairburn succeeding at her first attempt.
Jo said "I'm very grateful that the people of Olton have put their trust in me. I'll work hard representing them and helping with the issues they face."
“The Lib Dem Fightback has real momentum, after last year.”
Uproar over No.37 Bus Changes
Bus users in Solihull are angry at a recent, poorly publicised change which is part of a 6-month trial by National Express West Midlands (NX).
The No. 37 bus no longer stops at Olton Station, instead staying on the Warwick Road and by-passing the station.
The trial, which began in May, surprised local people; many complained to us about the lack of consultation.
NX is concerned at the time taken to negotiate Richmond Road, Station Drive and Ulverley Green Road, and the delays at peak times. The trial is to see if by-passing Olton Station will result in a significant reduction in Birmingham-Solihull travel times.
Jo Fairburn said "Initial signage at Olton Station was extremely poor. Olton Station is one of our transport hubs, designed to encourage public transport use. What effect will removal of the 37 bus, our most frequent, have on the Olton Interchange?"
Council officers have assured us it’s a genuine trial. We'll work hard to ensure both NX and Solihull Council make a decision that balances everyone's needs.
Racism and Hate Crimes
We've been very concerned at recent reports of racist incidents and hate crimes, since the referendum. Please report any such incidents to the Police, even minor ones.
We’re proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place here.
Several residents have contacted us and we tabled a motion for the Council meeting on July 12th, asking the whole Council to condemn such attacks and reassure everyone living in our borough that they are valued.
Clean Up in Olton!
Chris and her team supported by your Olton Lib Dem Councillors
Congratulations to Chris Dunster, a real star in our Olton community. This Spring she set up the ‘Literary Litter Pickers' after seeing the amount of litter in her area, and on the route to her children's school.
Olton Library provided Chris with a base from which to start her clean-ups, as well as offering refreshments afterwards.
The Council provided the equipment and arranged for the litter to be collected, Chris gathered volunteers together for the first litter-pick. It went well, so they're now scheduled once a month.
If you'd like to join us there, put Saturday 23rd July in your diary. Meet at Olton Library at 10.30 with tea and coffee afterwards at 11.30.
Langley Hall Park Designated Local Nature Reserve
Langley Hall Park is now officially a Local Nature Reserve. Forthcoming improvements will include:
- Planting additional trees
- Planting long grass meadows to encourage wild life
- Encouraging hedgehog friendly fences in neighbouring gardens
- Improving the area immediately around the lake, the centre piece of the Reserve
- New Friends of the Park groups
Want to help? Contact Adam Noon, on 0121 7046636.
Jo Fairburn’s Community Diary
I’m particularly interested in community neighbourliness and the care of older people.
I recently visited the Royal Star and Garter home in Solihull and was very impressed by their philosophy; individualised care and no institutionalisation. Staff act as though they're visitors in a resident’s own home.
I called in at the Community Advice Hub at The Core, where many agencies give free advice and signpost further help. I met Age UK who help isolated old people with many services and events. e.g. on Mondays (12-4pm) the Club H Lunch Club at the Highwood Pub.
If you care for a family member, Christine Logan asked me to invite you to join her for a carers’ coffee morning. Call 07720 880 109 if you're interested.
I visited Solihull’s excellent Better Living Centre (Unit 4, Elmdon Trading Estate, B37 7HE. 0121 329 0909). It provides help and support to elderly adults, young disabled adults and carers. To help with everyday living they offer advice and demonstrations of useful gadgets, adaptations and equipment.
In 2014 three United Reformed Churches came together as one. They can't now afford to keep the premises in Kineton Green Rd for their sole use. There are moves to create a Community Development Trust for the halls and church, to preserve this community facility for Olton. Contact us if you’d like to know more or want to help.
Join our winning team
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We work hard all year round, not just close to elections. We’ll keep sending regular Focus Newsletters and helping individual residents throughout the year.
We rely on a team of local volunteers, who support our hard-working Councillors John Windmill and Jo Fairburn. Can you join our winning team, and help to bring further improvements to our area? Simply contact us using the form at the bottom of the Olton Ward page.
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