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Friday, 20 January 2017

Quiz with Fish and Chip Supper 4th February


Saturday 4th February
7.30 prompt

£12.50 per person
Bring own drink and glass

Tickets available from
Jill 024 7646 2070
Deirdre 024 7646 4188

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Minutes of Residents' Association Committee January 17th 2017

Minutes of Burton Green Residents’ Association Committee Meeting
January 17th 2017

Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Bron Putnam; Rona Taylor, Mary Webb, Dianne Adams, Trish Hancock, Faith Ward, Hilary Cox

In attendance: Cllr Archie Taylor

1. Apologies

Apologies had been received from Andy Gibbs and Cllr Caryll Green.

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Approach PC for full costs of Bugle printingRona
Bank statement to be passed to DianneMary
Enquire about state of play of water problem and making good the damage in Red LaneRona
Proposal of community compensation Mary
Add school to Village email loop  Dianne
Copy for Bugle to be sent to Mary by February 20thAll

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the previous meeting of November 17th 2016 were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes 

Approach PC for full costs of Bugle printing: Rona had not had chance to do this but would now prioritise it.
Action: Rona

Article on walking group for Bugle
Cllr. Taylor had been in touch with Cllr Richard Lloyd of Berkswell and Balsall and hoped to invite him to a parish council meeting to discuss footpaths. Cllr Green was also arranging to meet with Jackie and Mike Lynch who had responded to an enquiry about a footpath group.

Cromwell Lane car parked on pavement to be raised at police surgery: this matter had been resolved.

Arrange distribution of 30mph stickers with the Bugle: this was underway.

All other matters arising had been covered or were to be agenda items.

2. Treasurer's Report

A report had been circulated. Dianne went through it and explained that £88.20 had been spent on stickers and £40 worth had been sold already.
Gifts of thanks had been purchased for all those involved in the Christmas tree.
Mary would provide the bank statement for Dianne.
Thanks were given to Dianne.

3. Residents' views/concerns

There had been major problems with the water supply in parts of the village over the Christmas period. Workmen tackling the issue had made a mess of the Red Lane verge and broken a fence. This all needed to be made good. Rona would ring the person concerned and ask for an update. Nothing more had been heard since the previous Friday when he had explained that Western Power thought it had resolved the problem but found this was not the case and so the generator was back in use while the pump was out of action.
Action: Rona

The matter of personal compensation was queried. It was felt both personal and community compensation should be sought. Mary agreed to pursue the latter, suggesting £500 to include enhancement of the new Village Hall and the next Calibration of the speed gun.
Action: Mary

A meeting was to be convened at a later date about the water problems.

Post meeting note: the following day Mary received communication from the CEO of Severn Trent as follows:
"Thank you for your email and the feedback given. It’s always nice to receive positive feedback and I’ve fed this back to those involved in your case. 
I’m pleased to see that the issues you and the other residents have been experienced should be resolved soon. I was concerned to learn that Western Power were not able to fix the fault last week, but I’d like to assure you that we’re working with them to help identify the faults so that it can be repaired as soon as possible. 
My team also assures me that whilst the investigation is ongoing we do have a process in place to keep supply disruption to a minimum. 
In light of the inconvenience caused by the supply interruptions and sewer blockages I’d like to make a gesture of goodwill offer of £500.....

4. Update on and discussion of Residents' Association initiatives and issues

  • Review of Santa Sleigh Evening on December 16th 2016 and planning for Dec 2017. The committee considered this had worked very well overall and had raised a good contribution for Myton Hospices. Thanks had been received from various quarters and children had enjoyed it. A meeting for the presentation of cheques was scheduled for the following week.
  • It was agreed a feedback meeting with Balsall Common Lions would be useful and several points were made. It was suggested a simple supper could be provided for the volunteers to make it more of a social event. There had been sufficient volunteers so there was no need for additional Lions members except the "leader" of the groups had been very useful in monitoring progress and directing. Everyone had enjoyed the occasion.
  • Review of Burton Green Christmas card. There were 100 cards left. The cost had been £170 plus vat. It was good to involve the schoolchildren. Could Hickory's Smokehouse sponsor the card the following year?
  • Community Forum March 13th 2017. There was nothing to be raised on this occasion.
  • Rona said that 2018 would mark the commemoration of the ending of World War 1. It was agreed this would be an opportunity for a community event and suggestions were made for dancing, dressing in the style of the era and maybe the choir's participation. There was plenty of time to plan this but booking of the Hall and of a band would need to be considered.

5. Village Hall 

  • No one was available. Rona said after many months of no contact from HS2, members of the Village Hall committee had been invited to meet in Birmingham the previous week. HS2 had yet to approve new plans but was now putting pressure on the committee to submit for planning permission. 

6. HS2 Opposition Group

  • No one was available. There was to be a demonstration to invited participants of sound impact on February 4th at the village hall.
  • General correspondence had been received about correspondence with the community. 
  • A coach visit of new HS2 employees had been made to Burton Green as part of a tour of affected areas.

7. Parish Councillor's Report

  • Cllr Taylor said the Parish Council (PC) had been setting the precept which was to be at the same level as the previous year. 
  • The PC had needed to commission the building of a fence to deter dog fouling at the play area. 
  • It was likely a Neighbourhood Plan would be started.
  • It was important to follow up on monitoring of local footpaths as, for example, one local farmer was known to have ploughed up footpaths.
  • The progress of HS2 would generate planning applications, for example, bunds. WDC would consult with PC but the latter then had to report back within 10 days which allowed little time for community consultation. 
  • PC was concerned about the impact of house building on local traffic.Cllr Taylor had attended a meeting about building and different phases of road building. He felt consideration was being given to a road parallel to the HS2 line. 
  • A Village Design Statement (VDS) was to be launched and had to be sanctioned by PC. Developers could meet with the Village Design group to discuss designs. There would be a public meeting. Rona added that the VDS followed on from the previous Parish Plan. The designers of the VDS were supposed to be a freestanding group comprising representatives of the Village Hall, the Residents' Association, and the Parish Council etc. A flyer was to be issued inviting residents to a meeting on Monday February 6th at 7:30. to create a steering group with representation from all aspects of the village and a geographical representation. 
  • With reference to housing Cllr Taylor felt that building in Westwood Heath Road was likely. For the foreseeable future he believed the planned house building programmes would mean there would be no infill in the village. PC had opposed Coventry's Local Plan mainly because of its impact on traffic. Consideration had not been given to traffic from Balsall Common.

8.  Any Other Business

  • There had been a burglary at Broadwells Wood on New Year's Eve. A crime prevention officer was to be invited to talk to residents of the development.
  • The local postman had reported a burglary in Cromwell Lane. Keys had been taken and a car stolen.
  • It was suggested a food bank should be organised at Easter as the Christmas one had been very successful. 
  • Rona was aware of money being made available for the filling of potholes and Bron reported having already seen this in action in Red Lane.
  • The School needed to be added to the Village email loop. Action: Dianne
  • The next Retired of Burton Green lunch was to be held on March 31st. 
  • The next edition of the Bugle was due for distribution during the first week in March. Copy was needed by February 20th. Action: All
  • Mary reported that 100 bags were to be delivered for a clean up in the village.
  • Rona said that the Welcome leaflets were very useful and were well received. Printing off as required was an efficient way to produce them.A question was asked about when to collect the £3 subscription from new residents and it was agreed to leave this for the normal collection period.
  • Some door knockers had been moved on by the police.

9. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next meeting would take place on March 7th 2017.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Water Supply Problems

Rona Taylor, on behalf of the Residents' Association, has been in contact with Severn Trent.

Severn Trent will be at the village hall on Wednesday 22nd February - 3.30 - 6.30 to enable residents to ask questions, seek assurances etc - and understand what happened to disrupt the water supply.

The following letter was sent by Severn Trent to the Residents' Association on January 18th (and was included within the Residents' Association Minutes):
"Thank you for your email and the feedback given. It’s always nice to receive positive feedback and I’ve fed this back to those involved in your case. 
I’m pleased to see that the issues you and the other residents have been experienced should be resolved soon. I was concerned to learn that Western Power were not able to fix the fault last week, but I’d like to assure you that we’re working with them to help identify the faults so that it can be repaired as soon as possible. 
My team also assures me that whilst the investigation is ongoing we do have a process in place to keep supply disruption to a minimum. 
In light of the inconvenience caused by the supply interruptions and sewer blockages I’d like to make a gesture of goodwill offer of £500.....
The Residents' Association has also been concerned about the verge and fencing in Red lane which was destroyed getting the generator onto site - ST has assured us that this will be put back "as good as new".

Many customers will have received a letter from Severn Trent, on January 14th.

The state of the problem, as of January 13th, was:

"Severn Trent were hoping that the work being done by Western Power would be completed today (Fridday 13th). When the generator was switched off the water went off! So the problem has not been solved. The water supply is back on generator to maintain water supply at peak times. Severn Trent is booking the village hall and someone will come and speak with residents. The Residents' Association will let you know when this will happen."

The state of the problem, as of the morning of Friday 6th, appeared to be:

The information from Severn Trent, as of January 4th, was:

"Western Power have identified that the problem is caused by the power supply to the Hob Lane booster. Severn Trent and Western Power will be there until 8.0pm Wednesday 4th and again Thursday 5th 5.0am-8.0pm. Severn Trent have an emergency generator and if they do switch to it there will be a very brief interruption of supply."

The original problem recurred on January 3rd:

An earlier response from Severn Trent was:

"We believe the issue is being caused by the power supply to our kit as there seems to be no problem with the boosters themselves, and so we’re currently on site with Western Power trying to get to the bottom of the issue.

We’d like to apologise again for the issues that local residents faced over the Christmas period as we absolutely understand just how difficult it must have been for everyone.

We’re happy to keep you up to date with the situation as we work with Western Power to get everything back to normal."

Rona's additional comments are:

"The recent problem is independent of the on going problem we have been dealing with and is caused by one of the two boosters in Red Lane. Severn Trent thought they had rectified this on Christmas Day, but it crashed again , leading them to believe it is a power cable problem. So Western Power are currently working on the problem too. Western Power want to put loggers on the site for 7 days and it could be that there will be a brief (less than 5 minute) interruption while they take the boosters down. They are putting a generator on the site."


It's Christmas Day and we have no water.

The problem was fixed by midday...

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Father Christmas' Sleigh

Friday, December 16th 2016

The Balsall Common Lions together with the Burton Green Residents' Association bring Santa and his Sleigh to Burton Green.

Stopping places have been arranged along the route.  Please bring children to these points if they wish to sit with Father Christmas on his sleigh.

  • Times are approximate but we hope to keep as near as possible to the schedule.
  • The village hall will be open from 4.30 until 9.00pm.  Mince pies and drinks will be available if you wish to drop in.
  • Collectors will be knocking on doors; all money collected will go to the Myton Hospices.  A food bank is at the Village Hall from the 12th to 16th of December for any Christmas donations.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Major New A46 Link Road Through Westwood Heath

You may have seen a report on the Coventry Telegraph concerning plans for a link road from the A46 to the A452.

Full report in the Coventry Telegraph:

Precise details of the proposed route have not been made public. How could the A46 and Westwood Heath Road be linked to the A452? One solution would be to connect Westwood Heath Road to Hallmeadow Road, Balsall Common, as shown here.

 It should be emphasised that the routes shown are purely speculative.

Westwood Heath Road and Hallmeadow Road have both already been designed and built to high capacity standards.

Hallmeadow Road was originally intended to form part of a Balsall Common bypass, though that work was not completed, and the road currently takes virtually no traffic off the A452.

If a link to Westwood Heath Road was constructed then some of the traffic that currently uses the A452 could be diverted via Westwood Heath Road and on to the A46. Traffic taken off the A452 would also relieve congestion in Kenilworth.

A new road between Balsall Common and Westwood Heath would also remove much of the traffic that currently passes through Burton Green.

The original statement from Warwick District Council can be seen in the link just below. This is a link to a downloadable PDF file:

The justification for building the new road may be related to the future of HS2. The current political climate is highly volatile and nothing is certain.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Bugle December 2016

The December 2016 edition of the Bugle has been published.

Just below are thumbnails of the page images. To enlarge any page image, click on the thumbnail below. Once you have the individual page, you may also need to click on the magnifying glass in your browser, where you can view the page at its original size...

The text of the Chair's Report has also been added to the Residents' Association page,

The archive of back issues of the Bugle is here: Bugle Archive.