Tuesday, 23 August 2016

EYESAW FRONT GARDENS TIDED UP




Following complaints from local residents that the form NHS buildings on the corners of Oscott School Lane and Old Oscott lane were being broken into and the state of the front gardens ( on the corner of 2 busy roads was awful an awful mess, I have managed to get the Housing department to tidy up the front gardens and the side secured.
( see my post Aug 10th)

It is the long term Housing department goal to bring these building 2 to 10 Oscott School Lane back into use for tenants. Sadly this will be an expensive job and funds are very tight partly thanks to the cuts made to the Birmingham Councils funding by Central  Government. ( lets hope this new government give some of the funding back?)
I will continue to press the Cabinet member responsible and his team to get on with refurbishing these council properties.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

FREINDS OF QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY DAY 27TH AUG



                                                  



There will be another Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve environmental  group ACTIVITY DAY on Saturday 27th August( weather permitting)

the time will be 11.15am and the meeting place THE OLD HORNS CRESCENT.

There will be litter picking, light pruning an update on the reserve and a ranger will be on hand to answer any questions.

Please come prepared for the weather and  wear stout foot ware.
Children are welcome under the supervision of an adult.

Ant tools will be provided.



The FQNR would like to thank Brenda who although not being very well has still helped to advertise this event to members


For further information

Em    brendafoqnr@yahoo.ca

Thursday, 18 August 2016

BATTLING TO KEEP OUR STREETS WELL MAINTAINED IN OSCOTT



As I hope many Oscott residents are aware I do regular street walk about's all year around and as part of this I pick up a number of pavement and general street problems which I report.

Sadly Oscott is such a large area I cannot spot every thing which means I do also rely on residents to let me know if they have had trouble reporting a problem and would like me to try and get the issue dealt with.
I always TRY and do what I can to help.
If you have an issue with pavement, carriage ways, street lighting and dare I say it trees please email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk or leave ME a message on 303 2039 ( with your full contact details) and I will try and do what I can.

ITS GOOD TO SEE THE LOCAL POLICE DEALING WITH ANTI SOCIAL BIKERS IN THE AREA





It was good to see the PerryBarr/ Oscott local Police Team taking pro active action to deal with the problem of some anti social bikers on and around the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground area in Oscott recently. I understand a number have been dealt with and I hope we will have more action in the future.
Well done to the officers involved I am aware from my own case work  a number of residents have been very concerned about the problem.

 
See also my Sat 6th post

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

ALDI PLANNING PROPOSALS FOR OLD HORNS CRESCENT WITHDRAWN FOR THE MOMENT






The proposed Aldi Planning proposals for the Queslett / Old Horns site have been withdrawn from tomorrows Birmingham City Council Planning Committee.

Council officers had proposed not to recommend the current proposals and Aldi have decided to re look at them.

A LIVELY TIME AT THE OSCOTT ELDERLY RESIDENTS GROUP MEETING




I popped into see the member of the Oscott Elderly residents group today and received a lively grilling about what is going on council wise.
 Its clear that the cuts the council has been forced to make is becoming more noticeable. Thankfully most members realise that if the Central Government withdraw the amount if has from its Council funding it is bound to make a big difference.

Having survived the grilling and once more failed to win on the raffle it settled down and became as usual a place where friendly chat and entertainment takes place with light refreshments.

They are also planning a number of trips.

If you would like more details about this group please ring 675 2349

IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY FOR THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE



I am pleased to be able to say that part of funding made available due to a 106 agreement following the Booths Lane development will be spent improving the Queslett Nature Reserve.

Improvements will include the creation of a new chipped path across the reserve linking ASDA Way with Booths Farm Way. (ant thoughts on a new name for the path would be welcome.)
There will also be a upgrade (chipping) on some of the existing paths, new signs, new notice boards,  litter bins and wooden log benches.
Land at the end of the lake will be cleared in order for a small pick nick area to be established.

The reserve will not be disturbed to much and the priority will definitely stay focused on the wild life. and I would very much like to thank my fellow Fiends of the Queslett nature Reserve environmental group for their behind the scenes work fund raising and coming up with imaginative wild life improvement proposals.



Further 106 funding will be used to upgrade Turnbury Park, additional litter bins and signs for the Aldridge Recreation Ground, to improve the skate board centre in Perry Bark and to help cut the grass on the Glenmead playing field.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

KINGSTANDING LIBRARY LAUNCH



I Kingstanding Library are set  for the launch of their newly refurbished children’s library on Friday 19th August at 2pm.

Five Birmingham City Council children’s libraries have been updated with new equipment and furniture, after receiving grant funding of £250,000 to make improvements at the five sites. 

The funding boost – which enabled libraries in Balsall Heath, Druids Heath, Kings Norton, Small Heath and Kingstanding are to help make improvements and finance educational projects – and has been  awarded by the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in a wide range of fields, including education and the arts.  

Now that the most of the refurbishment work at Kingstanding Library is complete, they have organised a launch day for the library on Friday 19th August. There will be a craft activity and face painting from 10.30am- 12.30pm. Zoolabs will be visiting with some little critters at 2pm and there is a Wii fun session at 3.45pm.

Khalid Mahmood M.P. has kindly agreed to attend  and hopes to be there between 2pm-3pm.
 

All this sounds like fun so I hope Oscott residents will take the opportunity to go along if they get the chance.
This boost in funding for the Kingstanding Library is to be welcomed and along with my fellow Oscott Councillors,  I welcome anything that helps ease the pressure on our libraries.

 The opening hours for library are, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm on Fridays.

Friday, 12 August 2016

BURFORD ROAD PLAYING FIELDS GETS NEW SIGNS



With the help of Brian from the NPI I have put up some No dog fouling signs on the Burford Road  playing field fences.

I have also spoken to some of the residents concerning a possible new gap in the fencing. I hope a decision will be made soon by the Education department.

I would also like to make it clear there have been no discussions regarding closing off the field let alone selling it to developers.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

THE HOUSES ON THE CORNER OF OLD OSCOTT LANE AND OSCOTT SCHOOL LANE NEED PROTECTING





I am keeping up the pressure on the City Housing department to get  6,  8 and 10 Old Oscott Lane secured against vandals and ultimately being re vamped and offered to tenants.

If the site is not protected ( I have asked the Local Police Team to keep any eye on the properties) soon it will cost the Housing department even more to put them right.
These properties also need to have their gardens tided up as soon as possible as where they are located on the corner of 2 busy roads they look disgraceful

NEW SIGNS FOR THE ALDRIDGE RECREATION GROUND






It was good to be out and about with others member of the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Group today. ( they also help look after other open spaces like the Aldridge Road recreation ground)
We have been busy putting up ( with the agreement of the Parks department) No Fly tipping litter and No dog fouling signs.
The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve work closely with the Oscott Neighbourhood Police initiative and have donated funding for these signs.
We hope they will act as a reminder to any one with litter or a dog who use the site.
It is also hoped that new litter bins will be installed on the site in the coming weeks.