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Proposed constituency boundary changes

It is being proposed that we join up with Shirley and Solihull South.  We would then share our MP with them.  We would vote for our MP in “Shirley and Solihull South” constituency – not Stratford on Avon as we have done for the past 10 years or so.

Depending on your viewpoint, this may be seen as an opportunity – or a disaster.

Would anybody be listening to us, a small rural parish, when making decisions, consulting?

The majority opinion is coming out in favour of fighting to remain within the Stratford on Avon Constituency.

We need everybody who can to make their opinions known.

We give the details below on how you can make your voice count in this one.

The closing date is 5th December 2016, so you need to do it now.

There are a few pointers below which you can use, or make your own points.

  • Tanworth-in-Arden is a rural parish with an electorate of 2,582;
  • We are wholly within the Green Belt;
  • The new constituency will have an electorate of 77,284;
  • The new constituency is completely urban – apart from our parish;
  • Our outlooks are consequently different;
  • We have no A class roads in the parish, only B and C class;
  • Solihull MBC, within which the rest of the constituency is located, is aggressively building and removing parcels of land from the Green Belt while we are defending the Green Belt against their intrusions;
  • Our voice will represent 3.3% of the total electorate, which won’t amount to a voice at all;
  • Solihull has plans for further developments in the proposed constituency of at least 5,000 new houses, most of which are 3,4,5 and 6 beds, so it’s reasonable to assume that the electorate will be increased by around 12,500;
  • That reduces further our say in constituency matters to 2.8%;
  • That also increases the new constituency electorate to more than 11,000 over the recommended max of 78,507 in a fairly short period of time;
  • Stratford on Avon District is a rural area with no large cities;
  • Our aims and objectives from a planning perspective are more closely aligned with Stratford’s than Solihull and Shirley’s;
  • Our parish will only see organic population increases, so we will not have a voice in the new constituency;

However, it might be interesting seeing Stratford DC (the local government district that we’ll remain in) fighting with Solihull MBC and getting our new MP who will have nothing to do with Stratford District fighting our planning corner for us against the rest of Shirley and Solihull South (in reality, Solihull MBC), the area that he represents.  This does seem like a crazy position to be in though.

Being reallocated to Warwick and Stratford constituency makes geographical and political sense:

  • It would increase the electorate to just over the maximum limit – but not as hugely over the limit as Shirley and Solihull South is going to be with their current housing drive;
  • Tanworth in Arden parish has a natural and historical relationship with Stratford upon Avon whereas Solihull has never had any civic, or other, formal association;
  • The identity of Tanworth in Arden parish is with Stratford upon Avon which is an important tie for residents and a commitment that has to be preserved. (You may agree or disagree with this).

Please encourage as many neighbours and friends as possible to write.

The website for the Boundary Commission for England will be found at:

To make a representation online go to

or by post to Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ.








South Warwickshire Citizens' Academy

South Warwickshire Citizens’ Academy 

Warwickshire Police is offering people in South Warwickshire an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day workings of their local police force as part of the Citizens’ Academy. This programme provides local people over the age of 18 with a unique insight into Warwickshire Police’s work to protect people from harm and improve residents’ quality of life.  Members of the public can support the work of the police and their partner agencies by enrolling in the ten-week Citizens’ Academy programme, to be held at Warwickshire Justice Centre (Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4EL) / Leek Wootton and delivered weekly from 6:30-8:30pm, beginning on Wednesday 11 January 2017 where police officers, police staff and supporting agencies/organisations will deliver presentations on key. Further information is attached to this email.  Fo more information see south-warwickshire-citizens-2016, for an application form south-warwickshire-citizens-app-form-2017. There is a Youtube clip at  .

Help wanted with Lakes clean ups

We are looking for some new volunteers to help with our next Lakes Clean Up.
The next one is planned for Sunday 11th. December 2016. We meet up in Malthouse Lane Carpark at 10.00am.
Clean ups usually last between two and three hours, depending on the weather. Gloves and equipment are provided although an extra wheelbarrow is always useful
You just might enjoy it and if the weather is too bad we’ll go home.  All users of the Lakes have an interest in keeping it looking good and the varied wildlife really appreciate fishing line and other hazards being removed.
If you have time to spare for this worthwhile task then please get in touch with Jenny on 01564703695 or

Temporary closure of Beoley Lane

Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing Beoley Lane, Tanworth in Arden, from its junction with Broad Lane, to vehicular traffic. The closure is required to safely facilitate works on a sluice valve.

The Order will commence on 13 December 2016 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 15 December 2016.

Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be signed and is available via: Broad Lane (and vice versa).

Earlswood Lakes update

Two pieces of good news about the Lakes:

First the Canal and River Trust has decided not to allow fishing around Terry’s pool and it will continue to be used as a place for nature with no increase in fishing. They want to raise its profile and introduce more educational visits to it, including pond dipping etc. They also want to try and regain the old SSSI status it once had as well as using it for spawning of fish (if possible) and other water based creatures.  However, we understand that this decision can be appealed.

Second, there is the possibility of funding being found  in this financial year to replace the fencing along the causeway. So fingers crossed.

Broadband project update November 2016

Latest newsletter from the Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire Superfast Broadband Project newsletter-16-11

Planning application alerts

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has launched an online tool which has been designed to help residents access information on any new planning applications within their neighbourhoods.

This new tool will send email alerts to anyone who has registered via the Council’’s website notifying them of any planning applications which have been registered with the Council and which fall within the selected geographical area.

This new tool will not replace the press and site notices: it is being introduced to supplement the existing arrangements. It will be an additional method of communicating which, it is hoped, will be more reliable and immediate for all those who register.

To register please go to

Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service

The old Neighbourhood Watch messaging service is being phased out and has been replaced by the new Community Messaging Service.  Any previously registered details cannot be transferred so you need to register for the new service at

Residents will be asked to confirm annually that they wish to continue receiving crime information.

The new system enables residents to select which area or areas they are interested in receiving crime information about and also how often they wish to receive this information by way of e-mail messages. You can choose  to receive messages as they are sent or daily or weekly. You can also select the message type and which localities interest you.  You may consider crimes committed  across the county boundary in Solihull just as relevant to you than those in North Warwickshire.


Why Public Health Matters

Warwickshire Public Health has released a new animation explaining why Public Health matters to Warwickshire residents.
The video features two Warwickshire bears discussing what Public Health does, and why it is so important. It provides Warwickshire residents with information on health and wellbeing of the local population. See

You can read the full report online at

What do you think of the report? There is a short anonymous survey you can complete.

Volunteering Forum

WCAVA’s Volunteering Forum

Inclusive volunteering – Involving volunteers with additional needs

Wednesday 23rd November 9.30 to 12.30 

Graham Adams Centre, Southam

Following a successful event in April on inclusive volunteering, we are delighted to invite you to explore the successes and challenges of including those with disabilities, in volunteering roles, in your organisations. We have three very different guest speakers who will give an insight into the steps they have taken both to find volunteering opportunities as well as to enable those with disabilities to access their organisation.

Continue reading Volunteering Forum…