Its Strange,

When I look at Business trying to make a living, I really don’t blame them for exploring all avenues.

What disappoints me is the total lack of respect for their residential neighbours and how their actions and ideas will affect our life style,

I really do think there is a need to promote Rural local Business and not just say no every time they have a bright idea.  

I do think rural Business  as do residents have a responsibility to work together and come up with the right solutions  for the majority.

We shouldn’t just railroad each other, call it a strange thought but isn’t it just common sense. Business wants to make money (Simple) people want to live quietly get home from their place of work and forget (Simple) mean while we have Business making money whilst we try to live quietly.

Just throwing a few thoughts about randomly ;-)


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As I watch Mike Downes go Global I can’t help but admire him and wish him the best of luck.

Unlike so many of us Mike appeared to reach a point and then left Local alone. However on the other hand he has guided some of us to become Hyper Local with his skills knowledge alongside the determination to persuaded others to go Global.

As my local community leaders start to wake up and realise there is a need for their presence on the web, for content to be updated on a regular basis in order to keep people up to date. I find myself reflecting on why I started blogging and now what I want to do next.       

So I sort of understand why Mike went Global but I still don’t think it is the right place for me.

I think I am going to go Micro Local and move on down instead of move on up.

I always was different. 

However I would Like to say to Mike Downes Thank you so much for your tips and advice and well done for your achievements.

Well here is a bit of news and I am really pleased to see Tanworth In Arden Parish Council now has a Twitter Account,

I must admit they haven’t used it a lot but its good to see and hopefully in the future they will use it for quick updates and messages. Their Tweet account is

Also its good to see we have the Arden Community Forum on Twitter

Why not give them a follow and keep in touch and informed with your local community.

I must admit it took me a while to find a use for Twitter however once I had sat down and worked out what interested me and found those organisations and people Tweeting away. I have really found it very useful.

I have to say I am still a Twitter fan rather than a Facebook Fan but am very slowly getting to grips with Facebook.

Like most of us I don’t like crime however my attention has been drawn to a telegraph article, naming and shaming criminals even showing mug shots.

OK I think it is fine if you are looking for someone connected with a crime to publish a mug shot,

However I think publishing photos of those who have already been convicted of a crime which I assume means they may be in prison or serving a sentence is slightly counter productive.

My reason for thinking this is there are so many organisations trying to rehabilitate those that have committed crimes and settle them back in to society as law abiding citizens is all very commendable however all the work is undone by naming and shaming all over the web.

It means they won’t get a job which means they won’t have money which means they will fall back into crime in order to survive.

As I say I can understand it if Police are trying to track a suspect but not if they are already convicted and serving a sentence. It is counter productive.

In short

If we name and shame we are not in a position to rehabilitate.
If we rehabilitate we are not in a position to name and shame.

Just a few thoughts
Well with all this talk about the PCC elections obviously it go me to thinking about crime. I have always with permission posted our Police Messages however realised they were scattered all over the place and easily lost within the blog, as on the whole I post them as and when I receive them.

I decided to collate all of the 2012 ones I had received and put them all in one place for ease of reference. So I have added a new page to the blog dedicated to our Police Messages. 

You will find the link on the first tab at the top of the page or on the link below

I will still post them on the home page of the blog as and when I receive them however I thought an archive would be interesting. 

Whilst I was looking at the ever growing list I noticed it is not a comprehensive list as I know of at least three incident that is not listed.
Police Message
Burglary Dwelling
Poolhead Lane Tanworth
Posted With Permission
Thursday  11th October

Inc 164 11/10/12
Between 1115-1415 offenders have forced the locks on a set of patio doors to gain entry to a property on Poolhead Lane Tanworth. Once inside they have conducted an untidy search of the property and removed numerous electrical items from within. Also taken were spare keys to both the property and vehicles which were not at the property at the time.
A TV set was left in hallway having been removed from bracket in living area, indicating possibly being disturbed by occupant returning at 1415.
If anybody has seen or heard anything in relation to this crime please call 101 and quote the above inc number.
Crime can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers 0800 555111
Home security risk assessments are available on request, please contact myself by any of the contact methods listed below.
David Martin                    
Alcester North
Safer Neighbourhood Team
Warwickshire Police     
01789 444816            
Work Mobile 0792 3288641

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Whilst catching up with what is happening around Earlswood & Forshaw Heath something has really niggled me. 

I am beginning to think we have one or two new Residents Associations. Probably just a couple of typos but all the same it niggles me.

Firstly I see Earlswood and Forshaw Heath Residents Association referred to As Earlswood Residents Association in the Community Forum Leaflets.

Then in the Portfolio meeting for speed I see the Association referred to as Earlswood Common Residents Association.

Folks it is Earlswood & Forshaw Heath Residents Association.

Anyone would think there weren't any Residents living in 

Forshaw Heath

If no one can get the basics right ie names titles of organisations or even the Right Spelling of somewhere they represent what hope have we all got 

It brings in to question the accuracy  of everything else!!!!

It is shameful that the basics are not correct.
Oh well we tried to get it down to 40 MPH like the Top end and the soon to be bottom(Rumbush Lane Solihull)

Full portfolio meeting can be found on the following link.

Reference 7 – Forshaw Heath Road / Forshaw Heath Lane / Mill Lane / Poolhead Lane.

Jo Edwards advised that all objectors would prefer the proposed 50mph speed limit to be reduced to a 40mph speed limit. However, the Department for Transport issued strict criteria in respect of the setting of speed limits and any further reduction than the proposed 50mph would also be contrary to County Council policy.

Councillor Perry reported that he had been on a site visit to the area and had also undertaken consultation with local residents. Within the current 60mph speed limit, drivers’ mean speed along the road was recorded at 45mph; therefore it was anticipated that a reduction to 50mph would also reduce the level of mean speed. In light of this, Councillor Perry was in support of the proposed Speed Limit Order.

Councillor Butlin outlined the importance in ensuring that the County Council’s speed limit policy was applied consistently across the county. Based on the road characteristics and environment, he considered that the 50mph speed limit was appropriate and therefore, the advertised Speed Limit Order, Reference 7, was approved.

Proposed Speed Limits
Proposed Speed Limit Objection
Ref: 7
Location: Forshaw Heath Road/Forshaw Heath Lane/Mill Lane/Poolhead Lane
Dwg No. SE/LJW/12/D5003
Existing Speed Limit: 60mph Proposed Speed Limit: 50mph

Objections and Reasons –

Objections 1, 2, and 3.

All objectors would prefer the proposed 50mph speed limits to be reduced to 40mph speed limits.

Comments received from local residents (not formal objections) -

Objection 4

In March 2011, 34 residents of the village requested a 40mph limit. Due to several unrecorded incidents of vehicles going off the road, and the general environment of the roads. In addition, Solihull MBC are currently consulting on changes to speed limits in the area, and are proposing 40mph limits on roads that lead into Warwickshire. The new consultation issued by DfT, suggests that local authorities should work together to have the same speed limits across boundary routes.

I am not sure why this is not formal- 34 residents filled in an official Building Safer Neighbourhoods together issued by Warwickshire Police at the Henley and Studley Community Forum now called the Arden Community Forum. 

Objection 5

It is the general consensus of local residents that 50mph is too fast for these local roads.Concerns raised over the proposals by Solihull to make some adjoining roads 40mph, and the boundary interfaces being different.

Objection 6

It is the general consensus that 50mph is too fast for these local roads.
Solihull are proactively responding to the recent consultation issued by DfT for rural and semi rural roads, by proposing 30mph and 40mph limits in their Borough. The volume of traffic on Forshaw Heath Road is sufficient to merit a mush lower limit, ideally of 30mph. it make no sense that Solihull and Warwickshire Councils are not working together when they have a
boundary Borough line, a point which is recommended in the new guidance consultation.

Police Comments –

Warwickshire Police will not support the proposal, however they have not formally objected. 

This is contradictory how can you say the Police will not support the proposal but they have not formally objected. 

Portfolio Holder 0912/ww1b(iv) 10.9.12 B (iv) 2 of 2

Officer Comments –

When setting speed limits there are strict criteria which has to be
applied, (as issued by the Department for Transport), and this includes the
mean speed of existing vehicles, the environment and any relevant accident
data. The proposed limit of 50mph meets this criteria and any lower speed
limit would be contrary to County Council policy. Extensive research issued by the Department for Transport), has found that inappropriate speed limits i.e. where the posted limit is too low for the environment, results in drivers simply ignoring the speed limit, which results in even higher speeds. Although the proposed limit will be posted with 50mph signs, this does not mean that
drivers will attempt to travel at 50mph, as the majority of drivers choose their speed according to the environment. The signs will indicate that 50mph is the maximum speed and are not intended to be a target. 

Recommendation – It is recommended that this proposal is implemented as advertised.

My Thoughts:

Full of inconsistencies and totally contradictory in places

These are not minutes

Work This One Out

I went into a shop to buy a coat. I didn't try it on because I had already tried one on exactly the same size make and design colour, from the same shop earlier in the day.

I went back and purchased the coat. I didn't just rely on the size on the coat hanger I checked the label attached to the coat. and trotted off quite happily with my purchase confident it would be OK.

When I got to the office I tried the coat on. The confusion starts it fitted but there was not enough room to wear an additional layer under it if needed.

I checked the label again it was the size I wanted and the size I had tried on earlier. I laughed when I checked the sewn in tag Said XL as opposed the  sale label of Large.

Well yes I could be classed as a bit dumpy but I am not XL. The only reason I wanted a Large coat was so as I could comfortably fit a woolly pully under it if it got cold.

I took it back to the shop where I explained the problem of the sewn in tag and the sales label they happily took it off me and I went hunting around for a coat hanger, Sales tag and sewn in label that all said the same.

This time I tried my large purchase on in the shop and to be honest thought this feels like I can swim in it and there was space for several woolly pullies. I was too embarrassed to say anything as a que was forming behind me and I was rushed

Once again I went back to the office and tried on my purchase again where my dear team persuaded me to take it back again in short they were trying to say I looked like a sack of potatoes and net alone large they thought I had purchased and XXL coat. I showed them the labels both said Large.

Off I went again and tried explaining to the member of staff in the shop the sizing of the coat was not right. She looked at me unbelieving  Piped up and said try a medium, I don’t want a medium I want a large to put my extra jumper under

In short

I started off with a large which was a medium and had a tag in it saying XL.

I went back exchanged it for a coat that felt way to big and was probably an XL marked up as large

I ended up with a coat marked as Medium but was the same size as the large coat I had tried on in the first place.

Confused or what