Welcome to Meriden Parish Council
We hope that you find the information useful and readily available.
Your Parish Council
Meriden Parish Council was created in Statute in 1894. The Rural District Council came into existence on 1st January 1895 in accordance with the Local Government Act of 1894 and comprised 17 parishes including Meriden. Parish Councils are the first level of democracy with a range of powers. They help with decisions on local services and Council policies.
Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct. They must declare any financial interests in the parish – such as employment, businesses and land ownership. Councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter being discussed at a parish council meeting.
The parish council has reviewed its status with regard to this week’s Downing Street press conference for step 4 of the lockdown road map, 19th July 2021, and the number of positive covid rising rates in Solihull Borough. Solihull’s Director of Public Health states “While COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly, the fact that so many people have been vaccinated means that so far hospital admissions and deaths are thankfully not matching that trend as they have previously. But I have to be clear, although the vaccine has weakened the link between cases and hospitalisations, it has not broken it and hospital cases will rise as rates rise although at a slower rate.”
It is right to be cautious and Meriden has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases. The parish council has therefore taken the decision not to meet face to face or hold publicly attended meetings during July. Traditionally August is a holiday month without scheduled meetings. It is anticipated the parish council will meet formally on Monday 21st September. We will advise arrangements for public or vitual attendance working within Government and Public Health guidance for the safety of councillors, staff and members of the public. The scheme of delegation will remain in place until the Annual Meeting May 2022 or until such time as a legal full council resolution to amend or discontinue this practice has been approved.
The clerk continues to work from home. You may contact the clerk on 07767 162423 or email email@example.com Please remember the clerk is part time and working hours are 09.00-16.00 Monday to Thursday. If your telephone call or email is received outside of these hours, then the clerk will respond the next day. If contact is made Friday or over the weekend, the clerk will respond by close of business Monday. Thank you for your support.
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Book of condolence
Residents of Meriden parish who wish to express their sympathies can do so by signing the National Book of Condolence: https://www.royal.uk/condolence
All parish council meetings are now going ahead as normal via Zoom Video Conferencing.
For information please contact the clerk on 07767 162423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any Questions or Concerns to be aired at the next council meeting please e-mail them to our Clerk and we will hear and discuss anything we get from the public.
A set of keys have been handed into us from the Sportspark if you have lost any please contact email@example.com
Holiday activities and food programme (HAF)
This summer holiday there are a range of activities available from 24 providers across 32 locations – each including a free healthy and tasty meal. Activities that are funded through the HAF are free for families in receipt of benefit-related free school meals. Chargeable places are also available.
Information on activities and providers, plus a full range of Summer Activities 2021 provided by the Family Information Service, including free and low cost activities/events, are below:
For more information, please contact
Family information service firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Solihull Maps directory of “places to go, things to do, people to talk to and listen” now publically available ahead of a more formal launch in September/October – https://www.solihull.gov.uk/communities-and-safety/my-solihull-map
This is still under development with more content to add, as well as potential tweaks and improvements to where it sits on the Council website, accessibility etc.
Green Homes Local Authority Delivery Scheme – help is now available for home owners to improve the energy efficiency of their home, as well as grants being available for landlords to make improvements to properties they own. For further information people can visit https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Housing/Solihull-green-homes-grant and people will also soon be able to complete expressions of interest in the scheme
Councillors, casework and community leadership – a joint Member and Officer task and finish group has now been set up to review and update how the Council responds to public space and community orientated issues across highways, public realm, regulation and enforcement, community safety and community development. This is specifically focusing on how issues can be routinely reported and resolved by the Council, SCH and the Police, as well as what the triggers might be to escalate and organise a multi-agency input and response to more extraordinary issues. If Parish Councillors are interested in this they can contact me directly via Austin.email@example.com. The first sessions are in August, focusing on “Repairs and Maintenance” and “Clean and Green”.