Hockley Heath Needs Your Help – 9th November 2016

Solihull and Hockley Heath Parish Council are working together to hold a community clean up day.   All the specialist equipment will be available on the day, we just need your help.  Can you clean a road sign? Pick Up litter? Cut back hedges? etc etc.  If you have a bit of time to spare, please come along on the day.  More details are on the poster below.

Aylesbury House Fire – Spitfire press release

Aylesbury House: Press Release

On Wednesday night there was an outbreak of fire at the site owned by Spitfire Homes at Aylesbury House, Aylesbury Road, Hockley Heath.

There were no casualties as the site is secured and derelict. The building that was largely destroyed was an outbuilding and fortunately did not affect the listed building of Aylesbury House itself.

The site is the subject of a planning application to renovate and refurbish the Historic House into 5 properties which is currently in a state of dereliction and to erect 14 new build properties.

Whilst awaiting determination of the planning application the site has been secured to all perimeters and a security firm has been employed to provide visits on a regular basis.  Spitfire have in response to this incident increased on site security presence to 24 hour cover and have made a separate and urgent application to the planning authority to demolish what remains of the fire affected building as this now represents a health and safety risk to the public.

Spitfire confirm that they have complied with all advice provided by their Health and safety consultants and the local building inspector.


Spitfire Properties LLP

Power cut? Call 105

When the power goes out, it can leave people feeling unsure about what to do. Research by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) found that 72% of people don’t know who to contact during a power cut, with many wrongly thinking they should call the electricity supplier they pay their bill to. 

From September 2016, there will be a new telephone number for people to call to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

The free and easy-to-remember number, 105, will put callers through to their electricity network operators – the companies responsible for repairing their local power network and restoring power.

Residents can call this number regardless of who their electricity provider is and it can be called from mobiles and most landlines in England, Scotland and Wales.

The number can also be used for any welfare concerns related to a power cut, or for concerns about the safety of over or underground electricity cables or substations.

105 has been jointly funded by electricity network operators and is the first three-digit number to be approved for use by the private sector.

Councillor Robert Hulland, Cabinet Member for Resources and Delivering Value, said: “Families and businesses in Solihull need to know where to turn if they find themselves without power, particularly during severe weather or other incidents. The 105 number will cut through the confusion and put people in touch with the information they need, when they need it.”

For more information, visit www.powercut105.com