Wednesday, 27 July 2016
As part of my continuing campaign to get more litter bin for the Oscott area, with the help of my 2 Oscott ward Councillor Colleagues I am trying to find funding to have extra bins located in the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground and the Queslett Nature Reserve.
Hopefully this will help reduce the litter and dog mess problems these 2 open spaces have
I have already managed to have a number of missing litter bins replaced and some new ones installed at various street locations in Oscott this year and I will continue to press for more.
I paid a enjoyable visit to the Mary Vale Elderly residents project, yesterday.
Elderly residents from the Oscott area enjoy a meal, entertainment and socialising in a group environment at these meetings.
Yestday they watched a skillful flower arrangement session care of Rose's Florist Birdbrook Road.
Thursday, 21 July 2016
I am still continuing to report noisy speeding Quad bike and off road motor bike riders to the Police on behalf of Oscott residents.
The dry warm weather when residents have to keep window open has not helped the situation. The weather also seems to have encouraged the problem
Sadly Quad bikes are not illegal provided they have insurance, mot license etc – this does come a s a shock to most people especially as there is no requirement to wear a helmet! I have asked our MP to look into the issue.
If a Quad bike is seen being ridden in an antisocial way and the Police have a registration number they can warn the offender – but generally they are noisy and unfortunately this will not be enough!
Scramblers are not road worthy but the Police need addresses to warn these – and evidence of being driven in an Anti Social way will be looked into.
The Police going to do some plain clothes in the coming weeks as its too dangerous to approach these offenders ( often youngsters) in a marked vehicle – the risk is too high that they ride off and cause more harm to themselves or others!
If anyone can give the Police addresses and registration numbers that would be a great help
I will also be writing to the West Midland Police Commissioner about the issue.
Also see July 7th post
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
It may be hot for a change but never be temtped to cool down by entering the lake in the Queslett Nature Reserve.
The lake may be dangerous to swimmers as there are hidden obstacles in it and, it has not been treated.
It is not even safe to paddle in or allow your dog to enter.
Friday, 15 July 2016
Some good news for those of use who use the 997 bus to get to town ( Birmingham) and back. After a numberr of attempts Amey Highways are to fill in some pot holes on the Aldridge Road between Well head Lane and the Boars Head. Lets hope when they have done it we can have a more comfortable ride. Those who use the route will know what I mean.
From Amey Highways
15th July 2016
Dear Councillor Linnecor
Carriageway Concerns– Aldridge Road Oscott
Thank you for your report regarding the condition of the carriageway on Aldridge Road.
Following an investigation of your enquiry by our Highway Inspectors on 13th July 2016, I can confirm that a job has been raised to repair the potholes at the above location that meet our safety criteria for repair.We endeavour to complete this work within a 28 day time period. Please note that we currently have a number of non-dangerous defects in our routine works programme and we are repairing these based on a safety matrix which prioritises repair timescales accordingly. Therefore, depending on the severity of the defect it could take us between 28 days and 56 days
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Along with my fellow Oscott Councillors Barbara Dring and Tristan Chatfield I have helped find a way forward regarding the grass cutting on the Glenmead playing field site.
A new football pitch will be established on the site which will mean at least some further grass cutting will take place. We have been informed this should be taking place as soon as possible.
We are continuing to look for possible sponsorship and both Tristan and I are supporting Councillor Barbara Drings work looking into Village green status for the site.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
I was pleased to be out and about again with the Oscott " Grot Squad cleaning up in the Oscott area.
The squad are all volunteers" and go out from time to time litter picking or cutting back a little vegetation in small pockets of land which are not cleaned by the Council.
The squad is supported by Oscotts premier Environmental and wild life support group The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve.
If you live in Oscott and may be interested in helping out please email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Noisy motor bikes and Quad bikes being driven at speed along Oscott Road is becoming more noticeable.
Many of these vehicles are being driven by youths who are not wearing a helmet and that could lead to a serious accident as for that matter so could the speed at which some of them are travelling.
I would ask those who are driving in such a mannor to slow down, insure your machine, deaden the vehicles noise, if not taxed find a suitable off road location to ride it and to wear a crash helmet.
I have report incidents of undue noise and speeding to the Police and asked them to do what they can to help prevent these problems which I know really annoy local residents.
Most users of motor bikes clearly ride them with care but are let down by the minority
This issue is a national one and it is time central government looked again at it.