Monday, 18 February 2019

AS SIMPLE AS THAT





CHANGES TO BIN COLLECTION CONTINGUENCY ANNOUNCED


This is the latest information I have.
I would continue to urge all involved in this dispute to continue to negotiate and resolve the issue ASAP.


Changes to bin collection contingency announced

Published: Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Changes are being made to the contingency plan drawn up for bin collections in Birmingham as industrial action continues.

The impact of the action has been monitored, and to ensure reliability of service until the dispute is resolved, a fortnightly service will be temporarily offered, starting on Monday 18 February.

Under the revised plan, citizens should present both of their bins on the day their recycling bin is normally collected. Anyone unsure of their collection day can find out when this is by visiting the council website “check your collection day” page.

The bins should be presented in the usual way (recycling in the recycling bin, household rubbish in the general waste bin).

As part of the contingency, crews will dispose of the content of the bins in the most effective way possible to meet the number one priority of citizens – clean streets.

This may mean the general waste and the recycling are mixed and put into the back of the same collection vehicle, but only where a separate service is not possible.

The waste will be collected any time from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week, so residents are advised to leave their bins out if they not picked up by the usual collection time.

During the dispute, a reasonable amount of “side waste” (2-3 sacks) can be presented alongside bins when put out for their temporary fortnightly collection.

The city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) offer an alternative option for citizens to dispose of all types of waste including recycling. Before any visit, residents can check opening hours and view the queues at their nearest HRC by clicking here.

Cllr Brett O’Reilly, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are determined to resolve the dispute and have had extensive talks with Trades Union colleagues via ACAS. But until we reach a resolution we must do everything we can to minimise the disruption to the people who live in Birmingham.

“Based on the effect of the dispute so far, we have reviewed our original contingency and are now putting forward a plan that fits with the staffing resource we have available.

“I know the fact that we may not be able to recycle as much as we did before will be of concern to residents who are keen to do their bit for the environment, but our top priority has to be that of citizens overall – clean streets for Birmingham.

“We thank those who are committed to throwing away as little waste as possible and look forward to ending this dispute so they can resume their recycling.

“I would like to apologise for any missed collections that anyone has experienced so far. We are striving to deliver the first-class refuse service the citizens of Birmingham deserve.”

For more information on how to best manage your household waste, visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/waste

Sunday, 17 February 2019

STILL CHECKING GRIT BINS IN OSCOTT



It may be a lot warmer at the moment but at this time of year you have to be prepared for a cold spell just in case. With this in mind I am still checking grit bins in Oscott are full.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

THE NEXT FQNR ACTIVITY SESSION WILL BE 16TH MARCH



There will be an activity session taking place on Saturday 16th March at 11.30am for those who want to do more than talk about trying to help wild life and the environment in Oscott please join us at the Old Horns entrance *
Children welcome if supervised by a suitable adult.
Please ensure you where the appropriate clothing and shoes. *
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The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve environmental group carry out small scale litter picks in the Oscott area as well as group activities, litter picking and light pruning in the Reserve.
We are looking for volunteers prepared to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in with us in a down to earth way.
We provide basic tools and when possible have ranger on hand to help us with these basic but much needed jobs in the reserve.
*If you care about the environment and wild life in Oscott please email me for more details. Keith.Linnecor@birmingham

HELP THE FRIENDS OF THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE HELP THE ENVIRNMENT IN OSCOTT




It is really pleasing to see so many children expressing their concerns about climate warming and ecological issues.
The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve environmental group carry out small scale litter picks in the Oscott area as well as group activities, litter picking and light pruning in the Reserve.
We do what we can in a practical to encourage people to care about wild life and the environment in the Oscott Ward.
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We are looking for volunteers prepared to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in with us in a down to earth way.
We provide basic tools and when possible have ranger on hand to help us with these basic but much needed jobs in the reserve.
If you care about the environment and wild life in Oscott please email me for more details. Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.Gov.uk.
Chair FQNR



I would like to thank the following for their efforts.
Brenda, John. Bob, Brian, James, Lee, Tony, Linda, Ian, Chris and various others over the last year or 2.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

WE NEED TO GET ANY KNIVES BEING CARRIED ON THE STREET OF oSCOTT OFF THEM






I will be asking the Local Police again to consider introducing a knife amnesty day for the Oscott area. Anything that may help reduce the amount of knife's being carried has to be worth a try.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

OSCOTT COUNCILLORS SURGERY 6TH MARCH





The next Oscott Ward Councillors Surgery will be on Wednesday 6th March. The venue will be the 610 Community centre Kingstanding Road and the time 7pm.

There is no need for an appointment and my Ward Colleague Councillor Barbara Dring and I will do what we can to help residents with their concerns

THE FREE TV LICENCE FOR THE OVER 75'S SHOULD BE KEPT





When out and about in Oscott meeting older residents one of the concerns I regularly pick up on now is the governments proposals to cut the free TV license for the over 75's.. I know my Ward Colleague Barbara Dring is also picking up the same concerns.
This is a particularly hard hearted idea which only this uncaring government could  come up with.
Many younger residents already think the current TV license which has gone up again is not value for money any longer .?
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The prospect of having to pay for it is worrying to many elderly who are on a tight budget
I will be lobbying our MP asking him to challenge any dropping of the free TV License for the over 75's

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

SADLY THE NEED FOR A FOOD BANK IN OSCOTT GOES ON AND ON.DESPITE AUSTERITY BEING AT AN END !!!






I was please to be able to find time again to pop into the Emanual  Church and speak to a number of residents who are using the food bank there.
Some of these residents are coming from quite a distance and sadly have no idea who their Councillors are and I have been happy to supply this information. I have also tried to help out some in need who live locally.
The volunteers who help out at this food bank are simply wonderful. Also well done Elim Church.

Please spare a thought for those residents who through not fault of their own are in financial distress mainly due to an incompetent, shameful, uncaring, governments Austerity polices.

SADLY THERE HAS BEEN MORE FLY TIPPING IN OSCOTT





Sadly there has been another case of fly tipping in Oscott by some dirty people who instead of simply taking their rubbish to the tip at Holford Drive which is a free service they have off loaded it  out of a vehicle into a rear access way and a near by road.

If you see anyone fly tipping if you can take a photograph ( do not draw attention to your self and the registration number please report it.

If you would like to be more pro active in deterring this sort of selfish anti social behaviour who may wish to consider joining the Police initiative called Street Watch. If you would like more details please contact me.

No sympathy should be shown to people like this and if they are fined I would hope it is a heavy one.

This fly tipping has been report but it may take some time to deal with ?

OSCOTT RESIDENTS THERE IS STILL TIME TO DO THE BIRMINGHAM BUS SURVEY







https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/bus-survey/
There is still time to have your say about the buses in Birmingham. Why not have your say.!
I will be out and about during the next couple of days in Oscott helping some of our residents who may have problems doing the survey.

PROPOSED TEMPORARY 2 DAY WASTE BIN COLLECTION LATEST INFORMATION



Please note the latest information I have regarding the Waste Collection dipute
See below from the Council Webb site

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Check your collection day

Waste collection updates

We apologise for any disruption to your waste collections as a result of the current industrial action.
To provide you with greater certainty about when your waste will be collected we will temporarily be moving to a fortnightly service.  We will update this page when a start date for the revised plan is finalised.
This will mean that we will collect both your household and recycling bins on the day you usually have your recycling collected.  As part of this we are asking residents to:
  • Put both household waste and recycling bins out for collection fortnightly on the day your recycling is usually collected - Check your collection day
  • Leave your bins out until a collection is made - we will be collecting seven days a week, between 6am and 10pm
  • Continue to separate your household waste and recycling.
In the meantime, until a start date is confirmed for the revised plan, please continue to leave your bins out on your current scheduled collection day.
During the industrial action we will collect a reasonable amount of side waste (2-3 sacks), if presented alongside bins.
As part of the contingency plan, our crews will dispose of rubbish and recycling in the most effective way possible to keep streets clean.  This may mean that on occasion household waste and recycling are disposed of together, but only where a separate service is not possible.
The city’s five household recycling centres will be open on all days.


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Oscott's nearest Household Recycling Centre is Holford Drive. It is best to avoid peak times.

Monday, 11 February 2019

LITTER JUST NOT STAY ON THE PATHS IN THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE





Managed to find a bit of time to do a little litter picking of the Queslett Nature Reserve.
The main paths were clean enough so I went off the beaten track to do a bit.
Sadly litter louts often throw litter into bushes and paper can blow all over the reserve


 I still met up with a number of residents using the reserve which was nice.