Thursday, 27 August 2015

AMEY HIGHWAYS DELAY RESURFACING PART OF THORNBRIDGE AVENUE.

Like a number of residents living in Thornbridge Avenue or commuting along it, I am very disappointed that Amey Highways no longer intend to carry out resurfacing work along the whole carriage way in that Road.
Having informed me in writing m in November ( and I am glad I kept a copy) the Road was to to be done this summer they have now, following requests from the 3 Oscott Councillors to get this work done, told us they intend to do the work during the next financial year. This is clearly not good enough and I have informed them that is the case and will taking the matter up with the relevant Cabinet member.

The 3 Oscott Councillors, are now urgently pressing Amey Highways to think again and to for fill their commitments.

All Amey intend to do at the moment a a single stretch of the carriage way.


Councillor Tristan Chatfield
With this in mind My Colleague Councillor Tristan Chatfield is currently  petitioning residents about the issue and will make Amey Highways fully aware of the feeling of residents and commuters in regards to this matter.

This situation is simply not good enough.

DOG FOULING IN OSCOTT IS STILL A PROBLEM



Dog fouling has been a problem though out the summer holidays.
 A small minority of dog owners will just not bag their dogs mess and bin it.
The vast majority of to days dog owner do their duty and take care of their dogs and the mess they make but sadly a few give dog owners a bad name.

There is no excuse really bags can be obtained cheaply in pound stores and so on and I have managed to get a number of new litter bins for the Oscott area. (I am still trying to get more). There are plenty of warning stickers on lampposts and so on.

Clearly the worst offenders are those who let their dogs foul where children play near schools and playing fields  for example. Many parents complain quite rightly about how unpleasant it is to have to clean dog mess off their children's shoes and they should not have to do so.

 I again ask dog owners to bag and bin their dogs mess and I will continue to try and get the city's Dog Wardens to patrol the Oscott area as much as possible.

There is a substantial fine for those caught letting their dogs foul and not pick it up but I would rather see common sense prevail and all dog owners bag and bin or just take home  their dogs mess.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

YOUNG PEOPLES INFORMATION ABOUT BUS SERVICES NOW AT THE 610 COMMUNITY CENTRE



I have created a young persons bus information corner at the 610 Community Centre.
With the help of Centro I have created a section on the 610's notice board where I have placed various information for young people , such as leaflets about student and school children's school  term passes. There are also leaflets with information about Smart card and Swift cards.
I hope to be adding more information as time goes by.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

DAY CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY AT SAINT MARKS CHURCH



 The Saint Marks May Centre Bandywood Crescent B44 9JX is open Monday to Wednesday in the week.





Transport can be provided and there is a hot meal available.
There is a small fee to attend and different activities are available for elderly residents.

For further details and to find out about availability to attend  please ring 360 4298

Thursday, 20 August 2015

GAILEY CROFT STREET LIGHTING UPGRADE



Following my various correspondence with Amey Highways who deal with street light upgrading, they have agreed that the Street lighting in Gailey Croft will be upgraded. The time scale will be 2015 / 2016.
Your 3 Local Oscott Councillors will do what we can to keep them to that time scale.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

THE OSCOTT ELDERLY RESIDENTS GROUP IS STILL GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH.



I enjoyed attending another of the Oscott Elderly Residents groups 3rd Wednesday in the month social get  together and for once won a prize on their raffle.

These meeting help get elderly residents out of their homes and to socialise. Events at these meetings can include out reach exercises classes, quizzes, trips, guests giving talks  and a general opportunity to get together over tea, coffee and biscuits for a good chin wag.
 There is also an opportunity to ask an Oscott Councillor questions.

Maureen Byrne the Chair of the group and her trusted aides do a great job organising these meetings.
To take part in the raffle costs £1.50 and refreshments are 40p.
The group meets at the 610 Community Centre at 11.15am. The room they use is wheel chair friendly.
For more details please ring 675 2349

MEETINGS WITH OSCOTT'S COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS



It was clear from a meeting I had today with some of the Oscott  local Community leaders that there is great reluctance to see any major changes in the Oscott Wards boundaries.
However the Boundary commission for England are requiring ideas for change and many of the groups are giving consideration to possible changes and will informing the Boundary commission of them.
 If any Oscott residents would like to make suggestions to the various Oscott Groups in the area,  for them to consider regarding the Boundary review, please ring 6752349 for details.

It was also clear that the Group leaders want the Oscott Ward Advisory Board to continue and would like to continue to support it.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

THORNBRIDGE AVENUE CARRIAGE WAY UPDATE

Despite clearly stating in a Email/ letter dated 4th November that they (Amey Highways) would be " resurfacing  the THORNBRIDGE AVENUE'" carriage way by the 4th of June, they have only just begun on the Perry Barr end of the road. Clearly this is not good enough and along with my Ward Colleagues I will be complaining to them about this in the strongest terms, regarding getting on with the road surfacing work they promised.

Amey Highways who were given a 25 year contract by the previous Council administration to upgrade our roads, need to get used to doing what they commit to.

Monday, 17 August 2015

BURFORD ROAD PLAYING FIELDS UPDATE




Following a number of discussions with various parties I can announce that the Kingstanding Road gates to the Burford Road Playing Field site is now expected to be  opened and closed for officially organised and paid for matches shortly.

I hope this will mean an end to the long running saga of these gates not been opened for the vehicles of those using the site. This has caused problems for local residents in Burford Road due to extra parking taking place there.

The Education department have agreed that the ground is now capable of supporting parked cars as was the previous case.
There are some further issues regarding the use of the site, to be resolved which are in hand and hopefully may be resolved during a meeting  I an trying to arrange next month between various parties.

Any organisers who would like to use the site are advised to contact the Education department for further information.