24th Feb, 2020

Road could be closed after £30k clean up for oil spill

John Carlon 17th Jan, 2020 Updated: 17th Jan, 2020

A ROAD in Catherine-de-Barnes could be closed after flytippers polluted the River Blythe, costing the borough £30,000 in clean-up costs.

Louts left a container of engine oil in Ravenshaw Lane, which seeped into the river.

Solihull Council are now looking to close the road due to worries over more fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour.

Motorists would be prevented from accessing Ravenshaw Lane from Ravenshaw Way, with only gated access for residents of Ravenshaw Hall.

Dating from the 15th Century, the hall is Grade II listed, with an historic moat.

The lane passes through Ravenshaw Woods which is a popular beauty spot for cyclists and horse-riders.

Officers have asked Councillor Ken Hawkins to agree to install the gate, to prevent more pollution of the river.

They estimate the cost of a gate and signs to be £7000.

Coun Hawkins is also asked to have a prohibition put on the junction of Ravenshaw Lane and the A41, to stop drivers parking cars near the junction.

The road also provides access to the Whale Tanker yard.

Prohibition of parking would be enforced by West Midlands Police, which told the council it supported the move.

If Coun Hawkins recommends closure of the road, it will be decided at a cabinet meeting in March.

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