Residents demand action over scruffy village

By Laura Payne Thursday 27 September 2012 Updated: 27/09 10:36

Buy photos » Dickens Heath Parish Council chairman Richard Holt and Coun Philip Brandum want the village to be tidied up. 39.012.035sol.nc2

A PARISH Council has been inundated with complaints from residents who are calling for action to be taken to tidy up their village.

People in Dickens Heath are angry parts of the village are not being maintained after developers Parkridge went into administration last year.

This caused uncertainty over who is responsible for carrying out work in the village and while Solihull Council has adopted part of the village which they care for, other parts, including the centre, remain in private hands.

There has been a rise in complaints from villagers who are concerned about the lack of maintenance of roads and traffic islands.

And at a recent parish council meeting there was standing room only as people voiced their opinions and asked for action to be taken.

Councillors in Dickens Heath want Solihull Council to take control of the village.

Richard Holt, chairman of the parish council, said: "The parish council has offered to tidy up the overgrown islands as an interim measure but have been told that we are not allowed to touch private land.

"The parish council feels that the situation cannot go on, residents are questioning why they should pay all of their council tax.

"The parish council believes that Solihull Council has the power to take control and finish off the village, that there are insurance measures in place to be used in a situation like this where a developer goes into administration."

Coun Holt said there is no time frame for finishing off the village, which includes completing Garden Squares, (the abandoned building site in the centre) and factors such as hazardous parking all contribute to the problem

Councillors from the parish and the borough are due to meet to discuss the issues with the parish council set to urge the borough council to take action.

A spokeswoman for Solihull Council said: "We are sympathetic to residents' concerns and are due to meet with the Dickens Heath Consortium to try to resolve them.

"We are requesting that they carry out the final stage of the process that allows us to adopt certain areas.

"We are developing an action plan which will be shared with the parish council at its next meeting and hope this will enable the issues to be resolved as swiftly as possible."

Buy photos»Roundabouts throughout the village look untidy and overgrown. 39.012.035.sol.nc3

Buy photos»Residents have complained about poorly maintained roads. 39.012.035.sol.nc7

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