Community engagement works at its best when council and community have the ambition to improve and evolve. Sometimes the council leads a process, asking for input from the community and at other times the impetus for change comes from residents with the support of the council.
We do rely on the observations, suggestions and enthusiasms of people and we regularly ask you what we can do to best improve this area. In one instance, the restoration of the flower tubs in our area began with an email from a resident. The Council was pleased to support the campaign and has reinstated the refurbished tubs.
There is a lot of hidden community activity in the area and this Council would like to acknowledge the people who are good neighbours. These are residents who do the unseen things such as picking up a discarded piece of litter, to those who organise weekly community activities. By being active in the community these people are improving the lives of all who live here.
Meriden Parish Council own two red telephone boxes in Meriden Village Centre and Millisons Wood. The community of Millisons Wood is semi rural, on a bus route, but without shops or other public amenity. The parish council decided to utilise the telephone box as a first response station and installed a defibrillator with the support of WALC’s grant scheme for community projects. Because the telephone box is owned by the parish council and the electrical supply was live, it was an easy fix for our local contractor to run electrical checks and install the defibrillator. It is a welcome addition to the local community with many positive comments received including a local resident who is an NHS Coronary Nurse offering to be a “First Responder” and deliver free training to residents who wish to be included as “Responders”. As we come out of Covid lockdown and our community buildings re-open, we look forward to setting up training sessions for the local community. Additionally X2 Connect the only BT approved reseller of K6 Payphone Kiosks, has registered our telephone box location for the Millisons Wood defibrillator on a map from around the world.
Thank you for everyone that turned up for the litter pick. The rain stopped for us! We had Councillor Diane Howell join us along with 3 children from Meriden Primary School, Volunteers from Woodlands View, Barbara Bland Clerk to Meriden Parish Council, local residents and 1 dog. We collected 11 bags of rubbish from Maxstoke Lane, Meriden Gate, Hampton Road and around Meriden Pool in just over an hour. Thank to Budgens Meriden for the children’s refreshments
The allotment site at Mulberry Gardens, Leys Lane, managed by the Parish Council comprises 14 plots. Many allotment holders are longstanding and therefore plots rarely change hands. However there is currently full occupation of allotment gardens with 3 people on the waiting list for plots.
Please contact the clerk to register your interest in being placed on the waiting list.