Thursday, 12 January 2017
Although (as yet) there has been no snow this winter the chances are it will be on its way at some time soon. With that and the fact that many of our side roads are icy I have been out and again checking grit bins in the Oscott area are topped up.
Most seem not to bad but I have asked Amey Highways who are responsible to ensure our grit bins are on the list for a top up.
I would also remind residents that the grit is many foe the high ways only.
I cannot check every bin in the ward and if you notice one that is empty please let me know and I will chase it up with Amey Highways
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
AS requested I have now handed in 2 petitions on behalf of local residents who are very angry at the proposals to build an Aldi store next to the ASDA Queslett Old Horns Crescent.
To summarize the concerns.
The road in the area are already very congested.( this has a wide reaching effect)
Parking near the store will get worse
The road layout near by is not designed for the extra traffic.
The store is not laid out well and this will have an adverse on the near by Queslett nature Reserve.
The site its self will lose to many trees and the wild life will be effected.
A lot of genuine concern is felt by those
Whether you agree with these comments or are in favour of the application you can still contact the Birmingham City Councils Planning department and express your views.
The "Young at Heart" elderly residents group are back in action.
This group of friends meet at the Old Oscott Community Centre ( Age UK) Birdbrook Road every Tuesday 2-4pm.
Their activities include-
Toss bean bags
and trips out.
New members are more than welcome
Pop in for more info
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Following weeks of pressure from Oscott Councillors the Birmingham City Councils Housing department have got their contractor to start the conversion work for 2 to 8 Oscott School Lane.
These properties had been on a long term let to the NHS as a medical centre.
Work has now started to convert them back to 4 much needed flats.
This work will take some months as new internal walls, roofing, electrics and plumbing are all needed for the conversion.
I am pleased to see this work started there have been issues of security with the abandoned building and 4 new flats are needed to reduce the waiting lists for housing in the Oscott area.
Saturday, 31 December 2016
Saturday, 24 December 2016
Thursday, 22 December 2016
Christmas Meal – Elim Life Church aim to put on a high quality meal for our Food Bank clients with a small gift for the family. Christmas can be a hard time for those in need . I can vouch from my own visit and discussing matters with those who attended the meal it is a real relief for many families.
It is sad that in this day and age that these food banks are needed but unless the Austerity tactic to solve the countries ailments is re thought about and changed, I fear they are hear to stay.
I would like to thank those volunteers who work all year around and at Christmas to help many who are in real need.
ABOUT THE NEED FOR A FOOD BANK
In Kingstanding many people are living on the edge of poverty ( there are also a number in the Oscott area). National statistics show that 34% of households in Kingstanding with dependent children have no adult in employment – this is more than double the national average. 31% of adults are claimants of main benefits and 50% have no qualifications.
All it takes is a sudden, unexpected event – a bereavement, illness, redundancy – to throw people into a genuine crisis. This is where the Food Bank can literally be a lifeline to families and individuals who find themselves in this situation.
The Food Bank provides people with the essentials at a time when they need them most, filling the gap of days – or sometimes weeks – before other parts of our social infrastructure can come into play. Elim Church collect dried and tinned food through Fareshare, supermarkets, churches, schools and individuals.
Food parcels are made available to local families and individuals sent on referral. Referrals come from registered professionals including doctors, health visitors, church pastoral workers and social workers.
The Food Bank is also able to provide emergency “homeless” packs which include soap, blanket, toothpaste, toilet roll etc. as well as nappies and baby food.
What can you do?
Become a Food Bank depositor – add an item from The Food Bank shopping list – eg. a tin of tuna, a packet of pasta, cup-a-soups, jam etc – when you go shopping. Then deposit it in the local Food Bank collection point at:
Elim Life Church Kingstanding, Warren Road, B44 8QD
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12noon – 2.00pm
OR use the Collection Point at Tesco Express, Hawthorn Road
OR look out for one of their special collection days at the Co-Operative, Hawthorn Road or Asda, Queslett Road.
During one of my regular street Walk about's today I spotted and reported a number of pavement and bollard defects on the Hawthorn Road. These pavements are near shops and need to be kept in better order.
If you are aware of any possible trip hazards in the Oscott area please email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
It is always a pleasure to be asked to attend the Oscott Elderly residents Christmas " do". They arrange a lovely turkey dinner with all the extras.
Sadly it is this time of year when the Austerity cuts we all hear about kick in for many people. However for some the cuts they have faced in their benefits and so on last all year around.
Even in Oscott there is a need for a soup kitchen which runs all year around and not just at Christmas.
The Seventh Day Adventists volunteers operate a soup kitchen for the vulnerable and those struggling to make ends meet, every Wednesday lunch time at the 610 Community Centre.
They do a great job for the community.
Lets all hope for a better New Year for all.
I always enjoy attending the Oscott Elderly Residents social club meetings. Tea and light refreshments are available £1.50.
There are raffle's, guest speakers, and a chance to have a good chat with new friends .
It helps elderly residents to get out of their homes to meet friends.
They also arrange the odd trip a Christmas do and exercise session.
The volunteers who organise the club do a great job.
RESIDENTS FROM OSCOTT OVER 55 ARE WELCOME TO JOIN.
For more information ring 675 8019
It was pleasing to see Brian Brookes (NPI coordinator) has won the Hamper raffle prize at the Oscott Elderly Residents social club meeting.
A nice hard working volunteer. Well done to club Chair Maureen Byrne for making such a success of the raffle.