Thursday, 17 April 2014

MY APRIL COUNCILLOR ADVICE SURGERIES

 This month my councillors surgeries will be held at at the Oscott Community Centre Birdbrook Road at 9.30am on Tuesday 22nd April and at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road on Saturday 26th at 10.30am

FRIENDS OF QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY DAY 26TH APRIL



The next Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve will be on the 26th April. We will be meeting at the Ashworth Road entrance at 11.30am.
There will be light pruning work and litter picking.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE NEEDS TO BE STOPPED






Domestic violence needs to be stopped.
 Domestic violence happens in Oscott like everywhere else and it needs to be stopped. All sorts of excuses are made, pressure of work, drinking and more often these days lack of work and poor pay leading to financial problems. However there is no excuse for domestic violence.

Victims of domestic violence suffer on many different levels and often live their lives constantly in fear.

Domestic violence is believed to be extremely under-reported. Statistics show that it accounts for a quarter of all violent crime and has more repeat victims than any other crime.

There is a wide range of services designed to help victims of domestic violence. A directory of domestic violence services is available on the Birmingham Violence Against Women Board website.

Victims of domestic violence should be encouraged to report the incident to their local police on 0845 113 5000. However it is recognised that many will suffer in silence on many occasions before they are prepared to make a formal complaint to the police. Some will never make a complaint to the police.

The National Helpline 0808 2000 247 (which was launched in December 2003) operates on a 24 hour free phone basis. It joins the existing help lines of Women's Aid and Refuge and now offers both women and children help in finding emergency accommodation, information, planning on safety issues as well a translation service.

If you are a victim or are a concerned relative or friend of a victim you can contact the national helpline for advice. This operates on a call back service.

MEN CAN ALSO SUFFER FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
For male victims of domestic violence support can be provided by Men's Aid. They can be contacted on 01334 474348 or by e-mail support@mensaid.org. Men's Aid is run by volunteers and is open Monday to Friday 10am-3pm.

For lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people experiencing domestic violence support is available from Broken Rainbow on 0300 999 5428 or by e-mail help@brokenrainbow.org.uk.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

BIRMINGHAM SAINT GEORGES DAY CELEBRATIONS SAT 19TH APRIL



Expect to see St George and his Dragon along with Morris Dancers, knights, musicians and a mini farm as Birmingham celebrates St George’s Day on Saturday 19 April from 11am – 5pm in Victoria and Chamberlain Squares.
 
In Victoria Square there will be live music from ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, one of the UK’s premier tributes to one of the world’s biggest bands, along with Birmingham pianist and singer Jake Henry and Britain’s Got Talent singer Rosie O’Sulllivan.

There will also be Morris dancing displays by the Glorishears Morris Dancers, free face painting and craft making workshops, balloon modelling, a mini farm experience and a display of MG cars. An English food and drink area with a bar serving traditional English ales and ciders will ensure visitors are kept refreshed throughout the day.

Meanwhile Chamberlain Square will be taken over by a Norman Living History Encampment who will demonstrate crafts such as coin striking and give some combat displays with English knights.
Saint Georges day is on the 23rd of April this year.

For more information tel: 0121 303 3008

Monday, 14 April 2014

DO NOT BE MISS LED 99% OF WHEELIE BINS COMING TO BIRMINGHAM ARE BRITISH MADE



I have been asked again by a few Oscott residents recently where the Wheelie bins they are going to receive will be made as they have heard the bins will all be foreign made.
 I have been informed by the Cabinet member responsible that 99.7% are to be made in this country in Doncaster or Hull.
I am afraid it would appear that miss information is still  deliberately being given to some Oscott residents.
I can only imagine why this should be?. Perhaps those miss leading Oscott resident need to apologise for their mistake?


Please also note my post 25th March.

OSCOTT RESIDENTS HELP PREVENT ROGUE TRADERS AND COLD CALLERS

For some time now I have been working with the Police and the Oscott Neighbourhood Police Initiative (N.P.I)  reminding Oscott residents not to encourage "Cold calling" by company Representatives.

This form of cold calling can be a real nuisance to local residents either by phone of at the door..
The NPI hand out free  on request stickers asking cold callers not to call and this can be displayed in residents front windows.
Resident receiving a lot of telephone calls from companies and traders can contact B.T for advice.

SOME ROGUE TRADERS MAY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF COLD CALLING SO BEWARE

If a cold caller does call and then does not leave following a polite request to do so close the door and call the Police. (It is aways best to use a door chain when answering the door.

Should you allow any company representative  even by appointment  into your house for any reason ensure you see their id. (ring the phone no on it if necessary). genuine callers will have no problems with you doing this.


Friday, 11 April 2014

AMEY NEED TO DO BETTER IN OSCOTT

I have had a number of complaints this week about targets not being met by Amey (the company who repair our streets).
While they are doing a lot of work in the Oscott area ( a lot of it very well)  they are on occasions not finishing on the arranged day and are marking pavement repairs and not doing the work.

If you have an issue of this nature please Em Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk or leave a message on 303 2039 (Don't forget your name and address and the location of concern)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

SOME GOOD NEWS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS


 Councillor Barbara Dring and my self with members of the Oscott Elderly residents group who will receive a small grant form the Oscott Community Chest.








At yesterdays Oscott Ward Advisory Board (made up of Local Resident group leaders, Local organisations Representatives and the 3 Oscott Councillors it was decided to recommend part of most of the Oscott community Chest Bids for funding that were received.

As we know following  drastic cuts in funding to the Council by Central Government, it was decided to reduce the amount of Community Chest Wards get to 40K.
As a result many organisation did not get all they requested but have or will receive something.

Those smaller Community groups which submitted bids have received funding to help pay for things like their paper work and room hire in order that they can carry on with their good work.

More details will be given later and the finale decisions will be made at the Oscott Ward Committee which is likely to take place in early July. TBC

Once again I would like to thank all those Ward Advisory Board members who took part in this gruelling meeting for their contributions.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A GREAT DAY OUT AT THE COSFORD MUSEUM HAD BY ALL

I was pleased to be able to help out the Oscott Elderly Residents Group when asked to go along with them to the Cosford Air force Museum.
A number of members had clubbed together to save for the trip and everyone was fascinated by the air planes and other vehicles on display.
Many of the old vehicles in particular were remembered with fondness but as a number of the group said did those planes really fly!!
It was really good to see how members of the group helped each other to get around the museum given some have poor mobility and so many had stories to tell about some of the things they saw there.

Following the interesting trip to the museum member had a lunch together on the way back along with a sing song and a few jokes to round off the trip.

Maureen Byrne the Chair and principle organiser of the OERG as ever did a great job organising the trip and many thanks to Panther Travel.


If you would like to become a member of the Oscott Elderly Resident Group ring 675 2349 for further information.