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 in the last 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.
This month Elmdon Liberal Democrats have had two major campaign successes -
Earlier in November we were delighted to hear that proposals for an apartment block on the corner of Old Lode Lane and Hobs Moat Road had been rejected. The development was completely unsuitable for this site; causing privacy issues for neighbours, it had insufficient parking, and there wasn’t a strong enough commitment to affordable housing. Your Liberal Democrat team organised a petition signed by hundreds of residents and Councillor Laura McCarthy submitted a ward councillor objection. We are pleased that this application was rejected and will keep residents informed if another is submitted.
We were also pleased to hear that our petition for CCTV cameras in Elmdon and Damson Lane Parks has been successful. This was also a win for the whole borough as a bank of four CCTV cameras will now be created which will move around borough parks after being trialled in Elmdon Park and Damson Lane Park. The cameras should be in place in our Elmdon parks in early 2021.
The Elmdon team have also been hard at work reporting fly tipping, overflowing bins, litter picking, and had a dangerous uneven pavement resurfaced.
We have also continued to protest against the proposals to move the tip and Moat Lane depot to Damson Parkway and to support local residents to object via the local plan consultation. Our petition has now been signed by over 1200 local residents.
Campaigner Michael Carthew has been busy reporting casework this month, including a broken fence which wasn’t included in the nearby houses’ deeds that the council initially said that they were not responsible for, but Michael chased them up and they found out that they were responsible for it. He is hoping that it will be fixed soon.
Michael was also busy reporting flytipping on Dorsington Road, broken white bollards and lights on Brook Lane and Richmond Road and overgrown trees blocking street lights and making certain areas of St Bernards road very dark. Michael was proactive and litterpicked with the Acocks Green Lions on Gospel Lane and cleaned graffiti off a bin on Ulverley Green Road using graffiti wipes to make Olton a cleaner & safer place.
Kathryn and Ade recently put forward a number of areas around Lyndon for additional maintenance, through either the grime buster team or by addition to the winter maintenance programme. Rodney Road, Oakham Way, Gosford Walk and Birchley Rise are all streets that have benefited from this action.
We acted to get Trinity Close added to the leafing programme with a weekly sweep and put Kents Close forward for inclusion. These will join Lyndon Road, Melton Avenue and Barrington Road, which are already part of the annual leaf sweeping programme.
Potholes continue to be a problem and we have requested repairs in a number of locations, including Lyndon Road, near the junction with Melton Avenue, Castle Lane, near the junction with Lode Lane and Lode Mill Court Service Road. Solihull Council have been trialling a new solution called mastic asphalt for repairing joint failures/cracks in roads. Marcot Road has been inspected and is considered a suitable location for this product.
We have been working with the council to get the damage repaired to the wall, as well as issues with the paving in a number of the alleyways. We have also been following up with the council about fly tipping issues in this area, despite the installation of CCTV to address the issue.
Liberal Democrat Councillors in Elmdon have successfully petitioned the
council to purchase a mobile bank of CCTV to help tackle ASB in parks. Damson Wood and Elmdon Parks are first on the list to benefit from the cameras, but we have already made a request for them to be subsequently deployed to the Richmond Road Playing Fields to tackle the ASB and drug dealing, which happens in the car park. The council has confirmed that it is one of the areas they were considering, when bringing forward the project.
Despite the re-opening of the Bickenhill Waste Recycling Centre, fly tipping continues to be an issue and we have helped tackle fly tipping on Wagon Lane x3, Barn Lane, Colesbourne Road, Ulleries Road and Hobs Moat Shops Service Road.
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 10th November 2020 - Thousands of Solihull residents received "absolutely nothing" during during Covid crisis - Cllr Ade Adeyemo
Birmingham Mail 12th November 2020 - Four-bed house plan approved in Solihull amid fears of "horrendous" flooding history - Cllr Glenis Slater
Birmingham Mail 16th November 2020 - "Monstrosity" 20- home apartments plan on busy highway gets final decision - Cllr Laura McCarthy
Solihull Observer 16th November 2020 - Plans to build apartment block near Elmdon roundabout refused by Solihull Council - Cllr Laura McCarthy
Birmingham Mail 25th November 2020 - Covid has robbed bereaved families in Solihull of their chance to say goodbye - Cllr Ade Adeyemo
Birmingham Mail 27th November 2020 - Park where teenager was stabbed in Solihull set to trial new mobile CCTV - Cllr Laura McCarthy
Birmingham Mail 27th November 2020 - "Bitter Disappointment" as Solihull set to enter Tier 3 restrictions despite falling cases - Cllr Laura McCarthy