Thursday, 24 April 2014

COUNCILLOR BARBARA DRING UPDATE





 Your Oscott Councillors who work for you in the Council House and in the Oscott ward all year around





 Oscott Councillor Barbara Dring sadly had a nasty fall yesterday resulting in her  having to go to A&E at Goodhope Hospital.
Barbara tripped while out meeting Oscott residents with Councillor Tristan Chatfield and myself, listening to their concerns and problems.
The good news for Oscott resident is that Barbara is determined this set back will not effect her campaign to be re elected next month.
Oscott residents need Barbara who unlike some is on hand all year around meeting residents through out the ward.
She also holds advice surgeries where resident can meet her face to face to discuss issues if they so want.
 Like the rest of the Oscott Councillors she is only to aware that because of government cuts forcing the Council to make awful cuts in various services many resident are more than ever in need of some one reliable to help them with their concerns. It is no good just being around during the election period, residents often need help through out the year and problems need solving all year around in Oscott.
Barbara is on the mend and has asked me to thank all those who have contacted her with sympathy following her fall and for their offers of support.
Barbara will be out and about again next week meeting Oscott residents with the Oscott Labour Team which is the only team that is out and about keeping in touch with residents all year around.

AMEY NEED TO GET ON AND FINISH A NUMBER ROAD S LIKE THE ALDRIDGE ROAD (CARRIAGE WAY RESURFACING)

There have been a number of residents who have complained although they appreciate the work Amey are doing when it comes to re surfacing roads in the area, Amey are taking to long to get the work done.
The Aldridge Road is an example of this. Leaving the road in various stages of completion is causing a lot of problems for residents. I have had complaints about damaged car tyres as a result.

I am pressing Amey senior officers to ensure the work being carried out in Oscott is done ASAP.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WARREN HILL ROAD PAVEMENTS NEEDS URGENT REPAIRS

Following a number of complaints regarding the state of the pavement in Warren Hill Road Amey the contractor with the contract to upgrade our streets carried out a full walk about and agreed repairs were needed. This work has not been carried out and  i am calling upon Amey to stop making excuses and get the pavements repaired ASAP.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

WIMPEY TAYLOR BOOTHS LANE UPDATE

At Thursdays Planning Committee (made up of Councillors from all parties) it was decided to allow the Planning application put forward by Wimpey Taylor.
Sadly in the circumstances I had to stand down form the Committee but Bob Wild (Oscott Residents Association) representing Oscott Residents gave a good account for himself objecting to the plans. Councillor Dring was in the audience.

Many Councillors felt there were issues that needed addressing and requested some further tweaks to the application but on a split decision the Planning application went through.It was also felt should the application be turned down at this stage an appeal would likely take place to government inspectors and in the current climate due to the Governments new policies the appeal would almost certainly be agreed.

After the meeting representatives again assured me they were will to take part in discussions with a residents working party I am setting up with residents and the developers to try and address any issues that crop up during the development such as trying to keep the road open when possible.
I was also assured the golf course at the side of the development would be left fellow for the fore see able future.

If you have any concerns you would like me to discuss with the developers please leave me a message on 303 2039 0r email me on Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

MY APRIL COUNCILLOR ADVICE SURGERIES

 This month my councillors surgeries will be held at at the Oscott Community Centre Birdbrook Road at 9.30am on Tuesday 22nd April and at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road on Saturday 26th at 10.30am

FRIENDS OF QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY DAY 26TH APRIL



The next Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve will be on the 26th April. We will be meeting at the Ashworth Road entrance at 11.30am.
There will be light pruning work and litter picking.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE NEEDS TO BE STOPPED






Domestic violence needs to be stopped.
 Domestic violence happens in Oscott like everywhere else and it needs to be stopped. All sorts of excuses are made, pressure of work, drinking and more often these days lack of work and poor pay leading to financial problems. However there is no excuse for domestic violence.

Victims of domestic violence suffer on many different levels and often live their lives constantly in fear.

Domestic violence is believed to be extremely under-reported. Statistics show that it accounts for a quarter of all violent crime and has more repeat victims than any other crime.

There is a wide range of services designed to help victims of domestic violence. A directory of domestic violence services is available on the Birmingham Violence Against Women Board website.

Victims of domestic violence should be encouraged to report the incident to their local police on 0845 113 5000. However it is recognised that many will suffer in silence on many occasions before they are prepared to make a formal complaint to the police. Some will never make a complaint to the police.

The National Helpline 0808 2000 247 (which was launched in December 2003) operates on a 24 hour free phone basis. It joins the existing help lines of Women's Aid and Refuge and now offers both women and children help in finding emergency accommodation, information, planning on safety issues as well a translation service.

If you are a victim or are a concerned relative or friend of a victim you can contact the national helpline for advice. This operates on a call back service.

MEN CAN ALSO SUFFER FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
For male victims of domestic violence support can be provided by Men's Aid. They can be contacted on 01334 474348 or by e-mail support@mensaid.org. Men's Aid is run by volunteers and is open Monday to Friday 10am-3pm.

For lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people experiencing domestic violence support is available from Broken Rainbow on 0300 999 5428 or by e-mail help@brokenrainbow.org.uk.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

BIRMINGHAM SAINT GEORGES DAY CELEBRATIONS SAT 19TH APRIL



Expect to see St George and his Dragon along with Morris Dancers, knights, musicians and a mini farm as Birmingham celebrates St George’s Day on Saturday 19 April from 11am – 5pm in Victoria and Chamberlain Squares.
 
In Victoria Square there will be live music from ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, one of the UK’s premier tributes to one of the world’s biggest bands, along with Birmingham pianist and singer Jake Henry and Britain’s Got Talent singer Rosie O’Sulllivan.

There will also be Morris dancing displays by the Glorishears Morris Dancers, free face painting and craft making workshops, balloon modelling, a mini farm experience and a display of MG cars. An English food and drink area with a bar serving traditional English ales and ciders will ensure visitors are kept refreshed throughout the day.

Meanwhile Chamberlain Square will be taken over by a Norman Living History Encampment who will demonstrate crafts such as coin striking and give some combat displays with English knights.
Saint Georges day is on the 23rd of April this year.

For more information tel: 0121 303 3008

Monday, 14 April 2014

DO NOT BE MISS LED 99% OF WHEELIE BINS COMING TO BIRMINGHAM ARE BRITISH MADE



I have been asked again by a few Oscott residents recently where the Wheelie bins they are going to receive will be made as they have heard the bins will all be foreign made.
 I have been informed by the Cabinet member responsible that 99.7% are to be made in this country in Doncaster or Hull.
I am afraid it would appear that miss information is still  deliberately being given to some Oscott residents.
I can only imagine why this should be?. Perhaps those miss leading Oscott resident need to apologise for their mistake?


Please also note my post 25th March.

OSCOTT RESIDENTS HELP PREVENT ROGUE TRADERS AND COLD CALLERS

For some time now I have been working with the Police and the Oscott Neighbourhood Police Initiative (N.P.I)  reminding Oscott residents not to encourage "Cold calling" by company Representatives.

This form of cold calling can be a real nuisance to local residents either by phone of at the door..
The NPI hand out free  on request stickers asking cold callers not to call and this can be displayed in residents front windows.
Resident receiving a lot of telephone calls from companies and traders can contact B.T for advice.

SOME ROGUE TRADERS MAY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF COLD CALLING SO BEWARE

If a cold caller does call and then does not leave following a polite request to do so close the door and call the Police. (It is aways best to use a door chain when answering the door.

Should you allow any company representative  even by appointment  into your house for any reason ensure you see their id. (ring the phone no on it if necessary). genuine callers will have no problems with you doing this.