Friday, 26 May 2017

ALL THE SCHOOLS IN OSCOTT HAVE ISSUES WITH NEAR BY ROAD SAFETY






If your child goes to a school in Oscott, ask that School to get involved with the meetings I have helped set up to look at, problem parking and road safety issues around all Oscott Schools.

 I have asked them all to get involved and I am pleased that some have taken up the offer already but not all of them.
 Most if not all schools in this area have major issues with parking and road safety near them and by working together and with other agencies there is a better chance of dealing with some of these problems
It is a tough set of problems but by discussing these issues collectively and with Council agencies, the Fire brigade and the Police some improvements may be found.

There are no magic solutions especially in these tough financial times when the Police and the Council have had massive cuts in their funding ( many local schools may also be facing cuts soon) from the Government, but we have to try.

 Each of the schools in Oscott have been asked to send a representative to these meetings  so please remind your school to get involved, after all it can do now harm


Feed back from these meeting is given as part of  Ward Residents meetings chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN WITH THE OSCOTT GROT SPOT LITTER PICKERS









It was good to be out and about again with some of the FQNR Grot Spot litter pickers,all of which live in the Oscott Ward we do this work as and when we can. Oscott residents wishing to volunteer and join us are welcome.






We had a go at a number of small "spots" and the Birkneshaw to Birdbrook Right of way.
Well done to our team members.

YET ANOTHER ACCIDENT ON THE ALDRIDGE ROAD NEAR THORNBRIDGE AVENUE



There has been yet another accident at the Aldridge Road/ Thornbrige Avenue and Greenholm Road Junction
This time an 11 year old child has been injured. I have yet again been in touch with the Police and the Transportation department asking them to look urgently at introducing further road safety measures.

Signs, Road marking step over island and speed indicator have all been tried over the years but more is needed urgently.

I have also asked that the Government be asked to give back some of the money they have taken away for the Council and the Police in the way of funding.
With the support of the Oscott Labour Team and local residents, I will keeping asking for road safety measures at this spot.

Monday, 22 May 2017

MAKING SURE OUR NEW TREES IN OSCOTT ARE LOOKED AFTER


Checking out a recently planted tree near Forgers Walk of Bowman Road.

As many will be aware the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental group do more than just looking after the reserve. We look after other open spaces I the ward and carry out litter picks.

There is a small but dedicated team of John, Brenda, Bob, Brian, Linda, Andrew as well as others who do what they can to improve the area.

For example recently I have been ensuring new trees planted on open spaces  in the area have been planted correctly with adequate ties to ensure they are secure. 

You can also help trees which have newly been planted in roads in Oscott by reporting any that have become insure. (let me know)
Also should we ever get a dry summer a bucket of water helps from time to time.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

FLY TIPPED RUBBISH REMOVED AT LAST


before the rubbish was moved
                                                                             
After the rubbish was removed















I am pleased to say that I have ( with the support of some local Resident and the Oscot Labour Team managed to get the rubbish including the dangerous gas container moved for the access way near the junction of Dyas Road and Aldridge Road.

I hope the owners of this rear access way will now take action to prevent future dumping by for example moving their gates near to the road.

I will continue to try and get the authorities to take more action against fly tipper in the Oscott area and to be tougher still on those who dump gas bottles.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

THE OSCOTT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AND THE OSCOTT ELDERLY RESIDENTS GROUP HELD THE AGM'S TODAY


















NIGEL QUIN AND SUE FOWLER ANNOUNCED THEIR ENGAGEMENT AT TODAY'S MEETING
CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM BOTH
They both met as a result of attending the groups meetings over the years




A well attended AGM of the Oscott Residents Association and the Oscott Elderly Residents Association today witnessed the well deserved re election as Chair of Nigel Quinn and Maureen Byrne respectively.

Both work hard for their respective organisations and together on behalf of the local community.

Other committee members include Bob Wild, Joyce Lee, Brian Brookes, Sue Fowler, Alan Wolverson, and  Lorna Wild amongst others.

I was delighted to be there and hold a question and answer session with members.

Well done to all.

Well done and congratulations also go to Nigel Quinn Chair ORA and newly elected Committee member Sue Fowler on announcing their engagement at today's meeting.
The met as a result of attending meeting over the years.

FLY TIPPING TIPPING IN OSCOTT MUST BE STOPPED




Sadly there continues to be fly tipping hot spots in the Oscott Ward despite the fact rubbish can be taken to the Local Holford Drive Salvage department just minutes down the Road off the Aldridge Road.

All fly tipping is a disgrace but when gas canisters and fridges which have the potential to be very dangerous for children especially,  something really needs to be done.

(I am calling on the powers that be to get much tougher on those who dump gas bottles and canisters the Government needs to look at this and tighten up the rules. They could for example have indemnification be marked on bottles and cylinder and a register of who buys them.)

I am currently trying to get one such hot spot sorted out near the corner of Dyas Road and the Aldridge Road despite warning signs.

 Residents can help by reporting anyone dumping to the Council. Registration numbers and so on could be a help evidence should the Council decide to prosecute.

It should also be remembered that rear access ways are privately owned and are not the responsibility of the Council in most cases. Residents can help prevent fly tipping by ensuring their gates if they have them are locked.

 I will continue to press the Council to try and do more and will be working with a local resident group to help make residents more aware of the problems.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

GLENMEAN FIELD GET GRASS SECOND CUT.




Went out to check on the second grass cut of the year of the grass on the Glenmead Playing Field site.
Ended up discussing with residents how to change the world. Or even just to get those at the top to listen?
sadly As mot are aware we have not got the budget to have all the field cut but resident tell me its not to bad.
Who knows the next government may give the Birmingham Council some funding back and we can get things like this done more.
Always good to meet Oscott residents

Saturday, 13 May 2017

AT THE NETWORK WEST MIDLAND EXHIBITION BUS TODAY




I was good to be able to pop in and see the work being done by the officers on the Network West Midland Exhibition bus on display in the Birmingham High street.

These exhibitions are a great way to let Public Transportation users information and to hear the public's concerns. There needs to be more of these face to face interchanges in the long run it may mean a better service. Councillor need to play their  part and give encouragement to the process.