Details of the affordable housing plan for Magpie Lane in latest BCVRA COMMUNICATOR

David Felthouse
David Felthouse

The sterling work of David Felthouse and the Balsall Common Village Residents Association continues with the latest edition of the Communicator newsletter available for online viewing and downloading here.


In this edition, an affordable housing proposal for Magpie Lane (at the back of the Saracen’s head) by social housing association group Waterloo is detailed. Expect a leaflet though your door soon regarding the consultation.

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Balsall Common store owners working with community to save lives

Pictured [left to right]: Alice Hawkins (Fast Aid); Andy Jeynes (West MIds Ambulance); Kishore Sharma (BC Pharmacy); Dave Felthouse (Residents Assoc & Bugle Magazine); Helen Magee (BC Pharmacy); Jeff Way (Fast Aid)
Balsall Common Pharmacy delivered yet again on its’ promise to involve itself in local community, health and education by agreeing to house a life-saving defibrillator unit for use by local emergency first-responders.   And now that it’s in place the Balsall Common Residents Association is working with volunteer services to provide and promote training in the community on how to use the equipment.


There is approximately 150,000 deaths in the UK from cardiac arrest in the UK and survival can be heavily dictated by the speed at which initial treatment is delivered to victims, all of which makes Balsall Common a higher-risk area, sitting as it does, on the cusp of the areas covered by local emergency services. Jeffrey Way, an Area Co-ordinator for emergency first responder scheme Fast Aid picks up the explanation:


“Balsall Common is right on the edge of the areas covered by Solihull and Coventry Ambulance Stations and because of this it can take a long time for an Ambulance to arrive at an emergency. The problem is that figures suggest irreversible brain damage usually occurs within 4 minutes of an untreated attack, followed by death within 6-8 minutes.”


All of which makes the presence of volunteer first responders and life-saving equipment vital to the cause of reducing emergency response times.


The cabinet installed at Balsall Common Pharmacy contains a Cardiac Science G4 Automated External Defribilator (AED), a machine that is easy to use when applied in conjunction with life-saving CPR on a patient caught in the grip of cardiac arrest. The cabinet is registered with the local ambulance service and to deploy the equipment the volunteer responder need to request a lock code from Ambulance Control when registering their 999 emergency call, whom will then also guide them through the CPR process.


One of the greatest features of the Public Access Defibrilator is that it can be operated by untrained members of the public. The kit has been specifically designed to walk the user through what to do with someone suffering cardiac arrest, in conjunction with the Ambulance Dispatcher talking them through the process on the phone. However training is always invaluable and as part of the introduction of this life-saving apparatus to the village Fast Aid is providing free training in Basic Life Support (BLS) including CPR and the use of a defibrillator (AED). Training sessions are taking place at Balsall Common Village Hall on Wednesday 3rd July and Friday 12th July, at 7:30pm and all residents are invited to indicate an interest in attending by emailing or by calling Keith Tindall on 01676 534488. Advanced notice is not essential, it is possible to turn up unannounced, although organisers would prefer an idea of numbers beforehand.




Parking restriction proposals around Heart of England School spark controversy

Balsall Common village centre island
Balsall Common village centre

The Balsall Common Village Residents Association comes together for its’ regular monthly meeting this evening at 7:30pm in the room to the rear of the village hall on Station Road.


Items on the agenda for this evening’s meeting include local planning applications, reports on HS2, the Birmingham Airport runways extension, Parish Councils and discussion relating to proposed parking restrictions around Gipsy Lane and Gipsy Close. In recognition of the controversial nature of the proposals and objections from parts of the community there will be representation from the Solihull MBC Highways agency and Counillor Dicicco.

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Rescheduled residents meeting to cover HS2, Policing and Planning

Balsall Common Village Residents Association have confirmed their October committee meeting will now be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th October 2012, a change to the original published date. The meeting – which is open to any Balsall Common resident who wishes to attend – will be held in the Committee Room at the rear of Balsall Common Village Hall on Station Road.

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Consultation deadline looms on development plans for Balsall Common

The deadline for response to the public consultation on proposals for new housing developments across three site in Balsall Common is tomorrow (Monday 5th March). The plans for new homes on two sites on Kenilworth Road and another at Riddings Hill, are being consulted by Solihull Council under the Local Development Framework scheme. Resdients on Riddings Hill have joined forces with local action group RAID to contest the plans.


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