Death of Councillor Brian Upton
The Parish Council is saddened to announce the death of Councillor Brian Upton, on Friday 15th January 2016, after a recurring illness, aged 62.
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CASTLE BROMWICH REMEMBERS
The annual Remembrance Parade Service this year was again led by Reverend Gavin Douglas, Rector of St Mary and St Margaret's Parish Church. Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Mark Hayes, read the verses "In Flanders Fields" and led the laying of wreaths. Other wreaths were laid by the Royal British Legion, representatives of the Services, and Youth Cllr Chairman Jessica Browne laid a cross on behalf of all Youth Councillors. Also attending were Caroline Spelman MP, Borough Cllr Ted Richards OBE on behalf of elected Ward Councillors and Sgt Heathcote of West Midlands Police. As in previous years the congregation was then invited to lay wreaths or crosses as their own acts of remembrance.
Cllr John MacDonald, Chairman of the Firs Royal British Legion, spoke the words:
"They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old
age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning.
We will remember them"
The bugler then sounded the Last Post before a two minutes silence was observed.
The family and regiment of Rifleman Joe Murphy lay their wreaths of remembrance.
The service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem and a March past with Salute by the Parade which included a strong representation by members of the Army Cadets, Air Training Corps, uniformed youth organisations and other local groups.
On behalf of the Royal British Legion (Firs Branch) and Castle Bromwich Parish Council, thanks are formally given to the established group of dedicated, reliable helpers and volunteers who gave their time so generously on Sunday. Cathy Tibbles, Clerk to the Parish Council, added "The Parish Council particularly appreciates the help of the Safety Marshals, whose commitment was vital to allow the event to take place. The community of Castle Bromwich continues to work together with neighbouring residents to pay tribute to our armed service personnel, past and present."
CHAIRMAN WELCOMES NEW PARISH COUNCILLOR IN CASTLE BROMWICH
Following the recent election, the remaining vacancy on the Parish Council has now been filled. Local resident John MacDonald was co-opted to serve as Parish Councillor at the Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday, 24th June 2015. Cllr Hayes was delighted to welcome Councillor John MacDonald to the Parish Council.
Cllr John MacDonald will represent the Park Hall Ward. He lives locally and has been a member of the 'Firs' Branch Royal British Legion since 1978. He told members he would be proud to represent the people of Castle Bromwich and to work with the Parish Council and would be available to attend events as he was now retired.
CHAIRMAN WELCOMES NEW PARISH COUNCILLORS IN CASTLE BROMWICH
Following the recent election, there were 3 vacancies on Castle Bromwich Parish Council. Two local residents have now been co-opted to serve as Parish Councillors at the Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, 20th May 2015, when Councillor Mark Hayes was also re-elected as the Chairman for the new civic year. Cllr Hayes was delighted to welcome Councillor Graham High and Councillor Kevin Shaw to the Parish Council.
Cllr Graham High will represent the Bradford Ward. He has lived in Castle Bromwich since 2007 and has a grown up son. He has worked in the public sector for 36 years and his interests are history, arts and crafts and new technology. He has been a volunteer at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens for the past five years. Cllr High cares about the community and has always taken a keen interest in local issues. He is looking forward to putting his experience to use on behalf of the community and to assist with raising the profile of both the parish council and local issues amongst the wider public.
Cllr Kevin Shaw will represent the Whateley Ward. He has lived in Castle Bromwich since 1987 and has three grown up children. He works for Solihull Council and in his spare time his interests are music, the gym and socializing. After attending a few Council meetings in the past, he is looking forward to the challenge of serving on the Parish Council.
One vacancy remains to be filled - for further information about this please contact the Council Office.
CASTLE BROMWICH WILDLIFE PROJECT
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News from Solihull MBC: Hurst Lane Place Project
Works will start on Monday 20 October 2014 and are expected to be complete by the end of March 2015. Local businesses & residents directly affected will be kept up to date through regular progress updates during the works, the Project webpage will also be updated regularly to help keep people informed of progress. A scheme notice board will also be provided & maintained in the area.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CASTLE BROMWICH AND CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE?
DO YOU LIKE MEETING PEOPLE? - You could become a Parish Councillor.
WHY ME? As a new Councillor you will bring to the Council fresh enthusiasm and new ideas, a care for your community and a willingness to learn. You should want to take the Council and the Parish forward into the future.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR ONE NEW COUNCILLOR AT THE MOMENT - this would bring us up to full strength of our normal fifteen.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BELONG TO A POLITICAL PARTY AS THIS COUNCIL IS NON POLITICAL. THE PARISH COUNCIL IS NOT RUN BY OR CONNECTED TO THE CHURCH.
If you are still reading this you are probably interested, so ...
.... to find out more about what is involved then please phone the Council Office between 9 am and 1 pm on 0121 747 6503 and speak to our Parish Clerk, Mrs. Cathy Tibbles. She will be happy to answer your questions and give you more information - without any obligation.
In Warwickshire and Solihull there are 174 Parish and Town Councils and Castle Bromwich is one of them - your Parish Council was formed in 1894. The range of powers Councils have are many and varied and include the purchase of land and buildings, providing and maintaining village greens, the provision of recreational facilities, crime prevention measures, and traffic calming. They have the right to be consulted by the Local Planning Authority on all planning applications in their area and can work in partnership with the principal Councils i.e. the District, Borough and County Councils.
Parking Problems in Castle Bromwich
Following growing concern of the Parish Council, a joint initiative is being taken by all relevant authorities to raise awareness of the problems caused in the local community by careless, inconsiderate or illegal parking. This is to let residents and motorists know the relevant facts and we hope that by telling you it can help stop offences being committed. The Borough Council, the Parish Council and the police receive regular complaints from members of the public who are concerned about the damage caused by parked vehicles on the grass verges, or by dangerous or inconsiderate parking next to schools and other local places. Pedestrians are daily being put at risk and it is dangerous for anyone, but especially our children and disabled people, to have to walk in the road when vehicles block pavements ....
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Investigation Report For Castle Bromwich Parish Council and Castle Bromwich Cricket and Sports Club
The Parish Council commissioned and paid for an independent investigation report to establish the findings of fact into the issues that existed between members of Castle Bromwich Cricket and Sports Club and the Council. The report is available to view here. Please note the preface that gives some additional information.