Saturday, 6 February 2016

OSCOTT STREET LIGHTS

I am continuing to carry out my Street light patrols (on occasions with Oscott Neighbourhood Police Initiative representatives) and have reported a number of fualty street lamps.

I am always on the look out for street lights in Oscott that are faulty but can not spot them all. If you are aware of a fault street light please contact me. phone  303 2039 or Em Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk.

Sadly some street light faults take longer to deal with than others but the sooner they are reported the better.

Friday, 5 February 2016

AMEY AGREE TO REMOVE AND REPLACE EXTRA STREET TREES

At yesterdays Oscott Ward Committee Chaired by Cllr Barbara Dring) Amey Highways announced they would be removing and at least 20 large street trees from streets in Oscott. The trees in  Oscott will be removed from streets where with the help of residents I collected names for petitions which  I then presented to the Birmingham City Council
Along with my Ward Councillor Colleagues I have made numerous requests to have trees removed and replaced.
I have called for many years for large trees which are overgrown and past their sell by dates to be removed and replaced in a phased and controlled way and now at last this is being done. There will be more trees removed and replaced over the coming years in order to thin out the trees in some roads in Oscott.
Some of the roads in Oscott which will have 2 or 3 extra trees removed will be. Birdbrook Road, Anstey Road, Harleston Road, Goodway Road.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

A GOOD TURN OUT AT THE FIRST OSCOTT SCHOOL PARKING AND ROAD SAFETY MEETING

It was pleasing to see such a large turn out at the Oscott Schools Parking and Road Safety meeting yesterday. Most of the schools in Oscott sent a representative to discuss problems connected with parking nears schools and the associated road safety problems.

At this meeting which was very much an introductory meeting to air across the board concerns of those attending we  heard the concerns of not just the schools involved but also the Police and Fire brigade.
The Council sent officers to discuss new ideas concerning safer travel, youth activity and support for getting children and parents to use means other than cars to get to school.

A small working party of interested schools and other agencies is to be set up to look at possible ideas for a way to help solve the long term problem of parking around schools, which were put forward and it is hoped this will be input at the next full meeting (which is likely to happen after the Summer holidays.)

Also in the meantime the Police will be taking on board some of the comments made and the Transportation department will be pushing for the introduction of double curbing and yellow lines for Greenholm Road as well as looking further into what can be done to help in other areas.
 Clearly given the huge cuts in Council and Police funding by the Central Government there will be no easy quick fit solutions but at least a start has been made to try and ease the problems in the medium and long term. What little money that is still available to the various agencies will also be spent in a more coordinated way to try and reduce any duplication.

Those schools who could not get to the meeting will be given further opportunities to get involved and residents will be given an opportunity to give their views on the subject at a  Oscott Ward Committee (to be Chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring). The date of this meeting will be announced near the time (early spring?)

Once again I would like to thank all those who took the trouble to attend and for their contribution to an interesting meeting

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

THE LITTER IN OSCOTT MUST BE REDUCED

It was disappointing to read in a recent survey that the litter in Oscott ward was above the target set for the city. Although it was much better than the neighbouring Kingstanding and Perry Barr Wards, this is not good enough. Our standards must not be allowed to slip.


With this in mind I have been reminding the street cleaning management for the area they must do better and for example ensure some of the missing litter bins I have reported are replaced.

Amey Highways should also automatically replace any bins they remove to do work.

There are higher fixed penalties for litter droppers and I would like to see these enforced more often to.

With litter in mind I would like to thank again those who join me on Grot spot patrols where we pick up litter and also the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve for the work they do,

I will be asking the street cleaning department to look again at their efforts and hope residents will take more pride in the area and bin their litter more.





DYAS ROAD CROSSING REQUEST UPDATE


Last year a number of residents asked me to present a petition to the Birmingham City Council request some form of crossing be placed on the Dyas Road near the Old Oscott Lane Junction.

I have been pushing for this ever since I presented the petition and have been pleased to receive information from the Transportation department saying they are now proposing a step over refuge. (I had a number of residents suggest this as there is one at the other end of the road.)

The Transportation department has found a limited amount of money which may cover the cost of installation and has drawn up a scheme and will send the proposal to Highways section for their initial approval before submitting the scheme to TDG on the 8th February 2016 and TSSG on the 22nd February 2016. Sadly this is a bit of a modern way of doing things which we have to go through.

This type of step over refuge has a further benefit in helping to slow down traffic as well as helping residents get from one side of the road to the other more safely. This section of Dyas Road is regally used by those going to the local shops and to bus stops at both sides of the road at this point.

I will post again when I have a further update



Saturday, 30 January 2016

FRIENDS OF QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY SESSION 30TH JAN CANCELLED

Following an inspection of the ground  and weather conditions, the Friends Of Queslett Nature Reserve due to take place has been cancelled.
The FQNR are sorry for any inconvenience but we have to put safety first.


News of a new date will be put out ASAP. Please follow my blog, twitter and local news papers for details or contact


Brenda Wilson brendafoqnr@yahoo.ca

Friday, 29 January 2016

FORGERS WALK PATH TO BE REPAIRED

The foot path between Caddick Road and the motorway tunnel which connects up with Turnbury park will be receiving repairs.FORGERS WALK.
This repair is needed but may inconvenience some while the work is being carried out and Amey have apologised for that.
The work is expected to commence during the week ending February 26th
While this path does need repair I will continue to press Amey Highways to get on and improve or replace many other pavements in the Oscott ward

PERRY BARR MP OSCOTT ADVICE BUREAU

Kharlid Mahmood MP for Perry Barr will be holding his next Oscott MP's surgery on Saturday 6th February. The venue will be the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road and the time 10.30am.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

GREENHOLM ROAD PARKING PROBLEMS UPDATE GOOD NEWS AT LAST

Over the last week a funding mechanism has been confirmed to the Constituency Engineer . He will now progress a “Full Business Case” for the initial mitigation works - in the first instance this work is likely to include a review/introduction of traffic regulation orders ( double yellow lines) and double height kerbs near the junction on Greenholm Road ie Anstey and Blakeland Road there may be others. It is anticipated that consideration of the “FBC” will be undertaken during February.

Subject to satisfactory progression of the FBC, the engineer will endeavour to commence the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process during the latter part of March or Early April.

This is good news as along with my Ward Colleagues Councillor Tristan Chatfield and Councillor Barbara Over the last week a funding mechanism has been confirmed to the Constituency Engineer . He will now progress a “Full Business Case” for the initial mitigation works - in the first instance this work is likely to include a review/introduction of traffic regulation orders ( double yellow lines) and double height kerbs near the junction on Greenholm Road ie Anstey and Blakeland Road there may be others. It is anticipated that consideration of the “FBC” will be undertaken during February.

Subject to satisfactory progression of the FBC, the engineer will endeavour to commence the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process during the latter part of March or Early April.

This is good news as along with my Ward Colleagues I have been pressing for this action to take place for some time. Greenholmschool has recently been extended and this may help mitigate some of the extra parking problems which have resulted and may also help safe guard the children who use the school.

I will be pressing the Transportation department to try and get the work done as soon as possible

OSCOTT WARD COMMITTEE TO TAKE PLACE 4TH FEBRUARY

The next Oscott Ward Committee which will be chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring (Councillor Tristan Chatfield and I along with the Local Police will be in attendance) will be held on the 4th February at the 610 Community Centre at 7pm.

This is an opportunity for Oscott residents to come along to find out what is happening in the Oscott area and to ask questions.

On the agenda will be tree and transport issues as well as a Police report.