Thursday, 31 July 2014

PROSED WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE BURFORD PLAYING FIELDS




 I have been asked by a couple of residents who were not able to get to any of the site visits arranged by the 3 Oscott ward Councillors what work is being carried out on the Burford Road Playing Fields site.
I hope the information below helps. Also see my July 18th Post.

5.1          The works proposed for Burford Road Unattached School Playing Field are as follows:-
·       New 2.45m Zaun anti climb fencing and gate on the Kingstanding Road entrance with an inner second set of anti climb gates and fencing.
·       The concrete base will be broken out; topsoiled with site materials and seeded this will stop the anti social behaviour currently experienced by the residents.
·       Grounds to be re graded to 1 in 3 gradient along the boundary of Burford Road and Stowell Road to allow easier maintenance and negate the need to spray off bank.
·       Installation of new 2.45m high Zaun Duo fencing along the boundary of Burford Road.
·       Relocation of 2.1m high galvanised palisade fencing from the Burford Road boundary to   the
     side boundary of Stowell Road.
·     Details are shown on the attached plan. Appendix 3

Benefits of this scheme will be the improvement to the infrastructure of the playing field within the Oscott ward, it will also enhance the area through improved atheistically pleasing boundary treatment which will provide the site with an improved presence.

5.2           The Council is the landowner for the works proposed in this report and therefore Education and Skills Infrastructure have the ability to exercise control over the delivery of the proposed works and meet their objectives within the resources available. The Planning Application was submitted on the 24th March 2014 and a positive outcome is expected. 
              
5.5       The works will be procured through the Landscape Construction Framework 2013-15. The      works are planned to commence at the beginning of August and complete by the end of September.        


I am please this work is going to be carried out shortly it is a long time coming but when you remember the un costed  promises made by others I think the length of time it has taken is more understandable.
  


PERRY BEECHES SWIMMING POOL UPDATE



The Perry Beeches Pool It is included within what is called the Framework contract for the north of the city. A number of organisations are currently bidding for the right to manage the city’s leisure facilities that fall within the Framework. The successful organisation is likely to be known by January with a handover in April of next year.

I do know that in initial discussions the potential contractors have been looking at investing in and improving the site.Councillors from Oscott and Perry Barr will do what we can to ensure any change over at the Perry Beeches Pool site goes smoothly.

COOKSEY LANE PAVEMENT UPDATE

The pavement in Cooksey Lane is still scheduled to have resurfacing work carried out on it in November this year. Residents will be notified prior to the commencement of the work

Saturday, 26 July 2014

MANY OF THE STREET TREES IN OSCOTT NEED TO BE PRUNED MORE

It is clear that Amey ( the private contractor given a 25 year contact to improve our streets including trees by the last Council administration) have not been pruning the trees in Oscott to the satisfaction of many residents.
 This is the reason I am calling on their senior officer to look again at this years tree pruning program with an aim to improve it.
There also needs to be more of the larger trees replaced by more suitable species.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

THE OSCOTT LOCAL POLICE TEAM TO ENFORCE ALCOHOL RESTRICTED ZONES IN OSCOTT MORE DURING SUMMER

At the Oscott Police Neighbourhood Tasking Group meeting today it was agreed to enforce the Alcohol restrict zone concept again in the Oscott area during the summer period.
It is hoped by doing his acts of anti social street drinking near local pubs can be reduced.
As the Councillor who introduced this concept (many have forgotten this) to the Birmingham area originally after seeing it in action in Wolverhampton, I am in full support of the Police enforcing this scheme again more in the Oscott area. I think it is about time.
There are still many of the original Alcohol Restricted Zone signs in place so there is no excuse to drink on our streets in an anti social way.
Clearly resident having a  quiet drink in their gardens and so on will not be effected but those causing trouble when drinking on our streets will at the very least have their drinks confiscated.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

PLEASE DO NOT USE MOTORISED VEHICLES IN THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE

The Queslett Nature Reserve is what it says on the tin "a nature Reserve."
It is not a park it is a wild area meant to be enjoyed by users on foot or push bike and to encourage wild life.
Motor Bikes Quad bikes and horses are not suitable given the nature of the paths which are often obscured by bends and dips in the ground.
Those out walking in the reserve could be at risk from those using motorised vehicles and the FQNR would ask anyone thinking of using motorised vehicles or horses to find other places to do so.
Note the Councils Parks department will be putting up notices regarding the danger of using motorised vehicles in the reserve later this year and the Ranger service are aware of the problem.

MISSED BLACK BAGS COLLECTIONS

Sadly due to industrial action by some member of the Councils Salvage department members black bags put out in some roads in Oscott will not be collected until the next time they are due to be.


I would suggest to residents that in future they do not put out (and ask their neighbours not to as well) their black bags together in a communal pile in the road.
I would also suggest that residents simply leave their black bags only at the edge of their property from now on.
This would help in the future by meaning residents could take in their own bags if need be in the future, should holidays, low levels of salvage department staff, or industrial actions happen again  in the future leading to missed collections and we would not see mounds of black bags on our street.

Piles of black bags left on our streets does not look good and leads to confusion when it comes to identification. Also those residents who have properties where often these bags are joined together have to put up with the inconvenience they cause at the best of times.
I have also asked that the Council look at considering  giving out this advise in the future.?
I am aware many Salvage crew operatives pile bags together ready to be picked up but that is acceptable as the bags would be collected shortly after.

Friday, 18 July 2014

BURFORD ROAD PLAYING FIELD UPDATE

At the Oscott Ward Advisory Board a senior officer from the Education department confirmed new fencing will be erected on the Burford Road Playing Field.
There is no intention of closing the field and work will continue to look for new groups to use the field.
The grass cutting regime will remain under review.

Councillor Tristan Chatfield, Councillor Barbara Dring and I will continue our battle with the Education department to improve the grass cutting regime not only at the Burford site but other sites in Oscott also effected.

EXTRA FUNDING FOR KINGSTANDING LIBRARY

The Wolfertone Foundation have donated funding to help Children use our libraries in Birmingham.
Some of this funding will now be used to help the Children's section of Kingstanding Library.
The funding will be used to help improve children's literacy with better equipment and other measures.
Any money that is given to help any library in Oscott is very much appreciated.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

THE OSCOTT WARD ADVISORY BOARD GETS NEW CHAIR PERSON

At a well attended meeting of the Oscott Ward Committee last night Councillor Barbara Dring was again appointed as its Chair.
Councillor Tristan Chatfield was appointed as the Ward Advisory Chairman and I will be the Neighbourhood Tasking Group Representative.

AS the previous Chair of the Ward Advisory Board for so long I thought it was time to stand down and give someone else a chance to have a go.

I would like to thank all those members and observers who for so many years have helped make such tough decisions and given up so much time to do so. There work has helped the Oscott Ward Committee with its deliberations on things like the Oscott Community Chest.

I have every faith that Tristan who has understudied me as Chair of the Oscott WAB will do a fine job and bring something new to it.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

UPDATE

A big thank you to all those who have passed on their good wishes regarding my accident.
I am on the road to recovery.