BVT Budget 2019 and restructuring stewardship

  • Covid-19 (Coronovirus) Update

    As a result of the current COVID19 crisis, we are proposing the following measures to manage our affairs electronically:

    Routine Meetings
    Currently, the association meets on the first Saturday of each month at Lawley Bank Court on Martingale Way. Given the vulnerable nature of the residents, the scheduled monthly meetings for at least the next 3 months will be held digitally. These meetings are scheduled for:

    May 2nd at 9:30am
    June 6th at 9:30am

    Currently we are using WhatsApp and Microsoft Teams for digital meetings. If you wish to participate in any of these digital meetings, please can you let us know by emailing us at the following address:

    In the email, please provide your full name, address including postcode and email address. If you also wish to participate in our WhatsApp discussions, please add your phone number to the email address and ensure you have WhatsApp downloaded on your phone.

    To participate, you must be a member of the LVCA. It is free to join the LVCA for any person over the age of 16 living in a BVT charge-paying household. To register to join the LVCA click the link below:

    Join LVCA Here

    Our priority over the coming months will be to work together with everyone in the community to help each other through the crisis. In the meantime, we will do what we can to continue our work in building the new Stewardship Scheme and work with BVT and other key stakeholders to help the community.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

    James Weir
    Chair, LVCA
  • The meetings of the LVCA usually take place on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30am to 11:30am. They typically take place at Lawley Bank Court, (Opposite Lawley Medical Practice), but please check before leaving, as the venue can sometimes change.

    The meetings for 2020 are as follows

    January 11th - 9am to 11am
    February 1st
    March 7th
    April 4th
    May 2nd
    June 6th
    July 4th
    August 1st
    September 5th
    October 3rd
    November 7th
    December 5th

    All are welcome to attend - please email to register your attendance
  • Many members have asked that we post a map showing who is responsible for what. We have been working hard to try and get definitive maps, but this is a complex issue. BVT are working on an interactive geo map, which we hope will bring more clarity, but it is likely to take some time before this is is ready. In the meantime, we are posting a map of Lawley which has been given to the LVCA by the developers. It is not an official map and not endorsed by any other agency, such as BVT, Parish Council or TWC, and so should be used with caution. However, it will give residents an indication of what the developers are using to determine who is responsible for what, or who is planned to be responsible. The maps will always be slightly out of date. This latest map needs updating with the recent courtyard transfers but the highways and TWC land is correct as far as we know. The next update will be at the end of Sept.

Jim Weir

Jim Weir
Staff member
Oct 1, 2017
3 Church Croft, Lawley Village
Update on LVCA – AGM held April 4th, 2019
The Annual General Meeting of the Lawley Village Community Association was held on the 4th April 2019. The structure of the association is that we have a committee of 15, with 8 officer positions. The following residents were elected as officers of the committee to serve a term of 2 years:
Jim Weir (Chair)
Helen Gordon (Vice Chair)
Ellen Rose (Treasurer)

Ben Croft (Secretary)
Paul Wootton (IT)
John Yorke (Infrastructure)*
Nicola Paget (Community liaison role)*
Grant Williams (Interagency Link)*
The remaining members of the committee are
Dan Appasamy
Colin Faulkner
Colin Hill
Steven Kelly
Keir O’Leary
Dawn Southey
Rob Sullivan
*we are pleased to welcome these new residents on the committee and their roles will be defined formally at the next meeting.
As many of you will know we conducted a poll in 2018 about the future of the Stewardship Scheme. The poll indicated that an overwhelming majority of residents (78%) wanted the stewardship scheme to be reformed to give residents more control over it. A total of 28% of residents voted to keep the scheme as it is.
The BVT response to this was very positive and in the summer of last year, we began a strategic review of the scheme and, with support from an independent facilitator (Yvonne Davies of Scrutiny and Empowerment Partners) began a review of the scheme with residents and BVT.
Our overall aims are
1. To reform Stewardship to give residents more control over the budget and decision-making
2. To secure community owned space or “village hall” with long term sustainable funding
3. To promote and develop community groups and social opportunities
4. To create more effective working partnerships with developers and other agencies (parish council and TWC) to address resident concerns
5. To reform and restructure the Design Guide to reflect resident wishes
6. To encourage the community to work together to solve problems and offer support to each other
7. To bring together all things Lawley under a single digital portal
Phase 1 of the working group is coming to close which looked at Stewardship, now and in the future, and Phase 2 will begin next month. This will look at ways in which we can work more closely with the Parish Council and TWC and the Developers and our vision for the future. We meet monthly, alternating between the first Saturday of each month and the first Thursday evening of each month and everyone is welcome. Only charge paying residents can vote, but all residents are welcome.
As you know, we are conducting a new survey of resident views and experiences and the new survey includes critical information about how we might take things forward. If you haven’t already done so, please complete it and send it in. If you have lost it or if you didn’t receive one, please email me at I will get another sent to you. You can complete it online, but you must use a reference number which was in your letter. If you don’t have the reference number, you can also email me and I will get another sent out to you.
We also reviewed the BVT budget for 2019. Our efforts are very much on reform of the system, but here is a summary of the budget they have proposed for 2019. Our view is that the costs remain too high, particularly staff and administration costs. Our summary of the budget is attached
There is also funding going into Holding Funds. The allocation in 2019 is Wear & Tear Fund £ 70,000 and the Resident Fund/Eileen Hewer Community Fund £ 20,000. This leaves a projected surplus of £ 19,680.
Please join us. You can join the LVCA for free at and click on Register at the top right hand corner. Our next meeting is on Saturday May 4th. We usually meet at the Lawley Academy but may change the venue as the numbers attending are increasing, so we will post any update on here and our website. If you intend to come along and would like an email notification let me know at the email given above. Everyone is welcome.