Apologies were received from Councillor
Declarations of Interest
To receive notification of any
declaration of pecuniary and/or conflict of interest from
made a declaration of interest, on the basis he worked for a
company on the panel of insurers in regards to the construction of
Questions and Deputations
To answer questions, if any,
asked by any resident of the Borough pursuant to Standing
requested to make a deputation on behalf of the Berkswell Society.
raised the following points:
- That a Council
Officer stated that during the HS2 Bill stages they would look at
banning HGV’s on Old Waste Lane apart from for access. There
had been HS2 vehicles parked on Old Waste Lane. Mr Burrow requested
HGC’s stayed on haul routes and Solihull MBC to see if they
had any powers to implement a ban on HGV’s on Old Waste Lane
apart for access.
- In Berkswell Village, a HGV with staff who wore HS2
high visibility jackets unloaded containers on 3rd
December 2019. Assurances had been made by HS2 that HGV’s
would follow haul routes. A complaint was lodged with HS2 on
12th December 2019 about this as they were concerned it
would recur. A response had not been received. Mr Burrow asked why
this was the case
The Head of Highway
Management stated he would investigate the society’s request
for a ban on Old Waste Lane for HGV’s and respond.
explained that he was aware of the issue on Old Waste Lane, and
this had been responded to. He explained that he would look into
the second issue and ensure Mr Burrow received a response.
requested to make a personal deputation to the board.
raised the following points:
- That the details
about HS2, which included the HS2 Implementation Advisory Group,
were difficult for him to access on Solihull Council website.
- There was only one
application which Mr Lloyd could find about a diversion on path
M216, even though the footpath remained closed.
- The Kenilworth
Greenway Bridge had been blocked off since November 2019. Mr Lloyd
explained that it was a well used amenity, and scaffolding was a
better alternative to avoid total closure. Mr Lloyd stated that
they would only close the bridge if a diversion was in place, which
had not been undertaken.
- Mr Lloyd asked for
an update about the Truggist Farm
building which had planning permission to replace and improve the
buildings and hardstanding when the new development was made.
- There had been no
engagement about the proposed design for the Temporary Greenway,
and requested assurances that it would be ten metres wide and an
equivalent standard to the existing route. Also, Mr Lloyd asked
about the potential adverse affect on wildlife. Mr Lloyd requested
that before the temporary greenway was put into use, HS2 would
submit a planning application.
- The simultaneous
closure of Lavender Hall Lane and Truggist Lane was against assurances made in
parliament. It was requested that the road works were staggered to
reduce congestion issues in and around Berkswell, with effective traffic management and
signage between Balsall Common and
officers made the following points:
- The Democratic
Services Officer demonstrated at the meeting that details about HS2
were accessible through the search function on the Solihull Council
- The Head of
Highway Management explained that he would check that
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Minutes PDF 162 KB
To receive the minutes of the
The Advisory Group
received the minutes of the meeting held on 3rd October
updated the Board that the Enabling Works contractors’
lorries were Euro 6 compliant for diesel and Euro 4 for petrol
The air quality
information paper was circulated to the Advisory Group on
9th October 2019.
HS2 Key Issues Tracker PDF 240 KB
Current version of the Key
Issues Tracker attached – Advisory Group to receive
provided on the following items on the Key Issues Tracker:
- Ref 1 – Haul
routes – Outlined in the main presentation
- Ref 2 –
Chelmsley Wood public space – HS2
was working with Solihull Council to identify opportunities to
improve the space in Heath Park and the surrounding area. There was
potential to bid for the HS2 Community Environmental Fund.
- Ref 3 –
Public Rights of Way – Work to protect affected public rights
of way is ongoing.
- Ref 4 – Loss
of Green spaces, Ref 5 - Habitat and Wildlife Loss, Ref 6 –
Severance of Wildlife Migration Routes – Work to mitigate
damage to the wildlife is ongoing and
would be covered in the main presentation.
- Ref 10 – Air
Quality – A briefing note to was circulated in October which
- Ref 12 –
Archaeology – It was stated that there would be an event on
5th February in Coleshill
which would outline some important findings into the history of
Warwickshire and Solihull.
- Ref 17 – HS2
Ltd Community Fund – There had been limited uptake of this
fund, and the Board were encouraged to identify opportunities to
promote it with impacted communities.
Highway Services Update PDF 514 KB
To receive a update on the High
Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project from the Council’s Highway
Services Division. The HS2 Schedule 4 Application Tracker attached
The Head of Highway
Management explained that the status for all Schedule 4 works was
at the correct stage. An international type road safety assessment
had been commissioned to look at mitigation measures, and a
response would be provided by March. This was to ensure that there
was a positive legacy once HS2 had been built.
Sheila Cooper asked
if Schedule N4216 had been approved. The Head of Highway Management
advised that he would check.
Programme Update from HS2 Ltd PDF 4 MB
HS2 Ltd to provide the Advisory Group updates
HS2 Ecological & Environmental works
Interchange area Update
Main Works Update
HS2 Interchange Station Design
HS2 local business promotion
HS2 Common Design Elements
Interchange Area update
Richard Fairhurst provided an update
on the Interchange Area. The following points were
the Birmingham Interchange Station, early works on four bridges and
utility diversions outside of Birmingham Business Park and the NEC
had been undertaken. Piling had taken place for the new M42 Bridge,
and work had been undertaken to create access junctions and piling
by the A446. A new roundabout and other new roads would replace the
current roundabout at Birmingham Business Park.
new Roundabout over the Trace would involve a series of phasing and
closing of roads to create the structures. The M42 will be closed
on 8th-9th August 2020 to install the deck,
this date has been organised in partnership with different agencies
to minimise disruption and ensure that works take place
new T-junction would be created at Birmingham Business Park to
manage the future traffic flow. This work will be completed during
off peak hours, which included night work.
key task for the next three months included the work around the NEC
and Birmingham Business Park, to prevent overburden on the traffic
Richard Lloyd made the following points in response:
- There was a flooding risk in the A45/A452, Stonebridge area,
what could be done to prevent this. Mr Fairhurst explained that Stonebridge would be
rebuilt. The Head of Highway Management also highlighted no work
would be undertaken by HS2 south of the island.
- Could an update be provided on the A45? Mr de Bell explained
that it would still be raised but later in the programme. Steps had
been undertaken to minimise how much it would be
De Bell provided an update on the main works. The following points
Oakervee review had caused uncertainty
about the start of the programme. The focus of works at the moment
related to preparing the company towards construction, which
included getting compounds ready, first on Park Lane then on the M6
just outside of the borough. This will be followed by removing
vegetation and land in preparation for the construction of hubs,
test piling and preparation of haulage routes.
- There has been engagement with the Burton Green Tunnel Key
Design Element in October 2019, which received a good uptake from
the local community. The key feedback from this was that road
safety and creation a greenway were key priorities for the local
mass haul work will focus on the creation of haul routes which
would be away from public areas as much as possible. This would
enable work to start quicker and would avoid delays. This would be
accomplished through the early creation of crossing and bridges for
Members of the Board and the general public made the following
comments and questions:
Member asked whether the Hall Meadow Road planning application
would be submitted before notice to proceed.
Blanch of Henley-in-Adren Parish
Council asked about where the River Blythe compound would
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The next meeting
was due to take place on 26th March 2020. Jonathan Lord
asked whether we would be in purdah at the next meeting. The
Democratic Service Officer explained that the meeting was due to go
ahead, but if it was affected by purdah, the Board would be