2020-2021 Hockley Heath Precept

The Parish Council of Hockley Heath, after careful consideration, has decided to increase the 2020-2021 precept by 5%. During the previous financial year of 2019-2020, the precept received was £56,480 and Solihull MBC has been informed to collect a precept of £59,303.48 (5% increase) for the forthcoming financial year. The precept rise will result in an annual increase of £3.64 for a band D property, or 7p per week. The Parish Council agreed the increase based upon the forecast of anticipated expenditure during the next financial year. The next financial year results in the removal of the support grant received from Solihull MBC along with anticipated increased grounds maintenance costs, Pavilion improvements and a fund to improve the village environment. Please contact the Clerk to Hockley Heath Parish Council at hhpc2009@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

Solihull Council’s Winter Digital Magazine

Solihull Council has published its winter digital magazine which is full of interesting information. One feature details that Solihull residents are being given the chance to have a gas central heating boiler and radiators installed for free, as part of a scheme provided by the National Grid Warm Homes Fund. People can find out if they are eligible for the scheme by emailing advice@ actonenergy.org.uk or calling the Freephone number 0800 988 2881. Read the digital magazine in full by clicking on the link below:



“Police have urged everyone to download a smartphone app they say has already saved several lives. What is it and how does it work?” (BBC News August 2019)

What3words essentially points to a very specific location. Its developers divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring 3m by 3m (10ft by 10ft) and each having a unique, randomly assigned three-word address. It cuts out all ambiguity about where a person’s exact location is and enables help to reach them.

A smartphone is needed to download the free app. Once downloaded, the app does not need a phone signal to tell someone their three-word location.

The emergency services have successfully assisted members of the public by being provided with the three words that enables them to be located.


Solihull Council is required under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, to carry out a review of all its polling districts, polling places and polling stations that fall within the Borough of Solihull and within the Parliamentary Constituency for Solihull and Meriden.

The review requires SMBC to seek to ensure that all the electors in a constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances and to seek to ensure that,so far as is reasonable and practicable, every polling place is accessible to all electors. If you wish to comment on the review you can use the link below.


Hockley Heath Street Clean – Sunday 15th September 2019

If you have any time between 10am and 12noon it would be wonderful if you could help litter pick around the village. Please bring your own gloves. Litter pickers and bags will be provided by SMBC.

We have, for a number of years held Spring and Autumn events, but we would like to make this one a little different by making it a family event, so please come along and join like minded families who care about their environment.

With our environment in mind, there will be a variety of activities for children to do; why we should look after our community/environment/planet and making it a fun morning which will be in the Pavilion in the recreation ground.

The topic of our environment is on the Parish Council agenda for discussion on Thursday 19th September 2019. The meeting begins at 7pm so if you have a view, then do come along, all are welcome.

If you plan to join the street clean, please let me know by Tuesday 10th September so I have an idea of numbers. Please text ‘count me in’ for the street clean and/or “children and how many’ if you plan to join our fun packed morning to 07591 954002.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this and I look forward to hearing from you.


Solihull Council has published a Summary of Representations to the Draft Local Plan Review (Supplementary Consultation). This was reported to Cabinet Members on 18th July 2019. The summary of representations document provides an overview of all of the comments submitted and is arranged by question or site reference. This document can be found here www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr

A paper copy of the ‘Summary of Representations’ will also be available to view in Solihull Council’s libraries and walk-in centres during normal opening hours.

Solihull Council will use the outcome from the consultation to shape the next version of the plan. This is generally referred to as the ‘submission draft’. It is the version of the plan that Solihull Council intends to submit to Independent Examination. Before being submitted for examination it will be subject to further consultation. It is the representations made at this later stage that will be the focus of the Examination.

Solihull MBC will consider whether and to what extent the timetable for the local plan review needs updating in light of the representations made. Any change to the timetable will be published on the main Local Plan Review pages at www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr.


Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) will be attending the Parish Council Environment Meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 10th July 2019) at 1.30 pm in the Pavilion. TfWM will be able to discuss the proposed route and timetable changes. Members of the public are always welcome to attend and discuss issues. You have until 17th July 2019 to comment on the proposed route and timetable changes.


Message from West Midlands Police on measures to take to tackle knife crime.

If you have young family members or friends please share this message this message with their parents/guardians to help us to tackle knife crime.
Thank you.

Let us help you talk to your child about knife crime now. Did you know?

Just 30 seconds can change a life.
Knife crime in the West Midlands isn’t a gang issue.
If you carry a knife, you’re 51 per cent more likely to have it used against
Last summer the West Midlands Police Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner pledged that officers would have conversation with
every child about knife crime. A year on and we are still dedicated to that
pledge and talking to your children, but we would like you to back us in
having that conversation at home too.

We want to help you do that… Watch our short video http://youtu.be/RVJZC83gxYk of local parent’s Mark and Beverly Brindley whose son James
was stabbed by a teenager, giving simple tips on having that conversation.

Explore our new #LifeorKnife site http://lifeorknife.west-midlands.police.uk/, which is full of helpful tips and information for both you and your child.

Look at our simple 10 step image http://lifeorknife.west-midlands.police.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/10-steps-guide-rectangle-graphic.jpg on
how to have a conversation with your child.

Remember you can talk to us on our webchat http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/ us or report anonymously through CrimeStoppers http://crimestoppers-uk.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzrL68r-d4wIVirvtCh04EQ5tEAAYASAAEgJmxPD_BwE
Together we can all tackle knife crime and keep our children safe over the

Proposed Bus Service Changes from 1st September 2019 – A7/A8 and A3

TfWM are proposing to change the Landflight bus service to Hockley Heath from 1st September 2019 following customer and Parish Council feedback. You can view the changes here:


The changes proposed are for the A7/A8 to connect Hockley Heath to Knowle (also maintaining the connection to Solihull town centre). The A3 would no longer serve Hockley Heath.

There are also timetable changes which can be viewed by clicking on the above link.



Speed Monitoring Data for School Road (November 2018)

Solihull Council recently forwarded the results of the speed monitoring and vehicle flow for School Road, carried out over a 7 day period commencing on 6 November 2018.

The data shows that the average speed recorded in the proximity of the school was 26 mph. The percentage of vehicles travelling 35 mph and over was 6.9% , with 0.3% of vehicles travelling in excess of 45 mph.

To view all the data click on the link below:

The Parish Council will continue to work with SMBC to reduce speeding in the Village.