Wednesday, 28 September 2016

MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR WILD LIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Its a slow hard going process but as a member of the BCC Planning Committee I am still trying to have a sub committee set up which looks at the Environmental/ Wildlife issues as related to the Planning process. Some councilors are coming around to the idea.
For years there have been committees looking at heritage and conservation issues its time for the environment to be considered more. Its time we look at the now and the future.

Many wild creatures are being effected by Planning applications hedgehogs for example. We need to do much more to safe guard wild creatures and this in turn will have a knock on effect which will mean people will have a better environment to live in too.

We urgently need new house but we must also protected those who are to live in them and near by
But we must  protect the environment and wild life as much as possible at the same time.

OSCOTTS RESURFACED PAVEMENTS NEED TO BE BETTER



Sadly far too many of the roads in Oscott which have been resurfaced or repaired have been left in a condition where standing water puddles occur following often even light rain.

Resurfaced road need to be checked off better on completion to ensure hollows/ dips are not left in the pavement which will result in free standing water.

I am concerned that not only can this lead to minor frustrations like muddy shoes but come a hard winter these puddles will become icy which could result in slips, falls and injury.

I have contacted Amey Highways and the BCC Cabinet member for Transportation asking them to consider the matter.

I AM HOWEVER STILL PUSHING FOR MORE OF THE PAVEMENTS AND CARRIAGEWAYS IN OSCOTT TO BE RESURFACED OR PROPERLY REPAIRED.

Monday, 26 September 2016

CHECKING ON FAULTY STREET LIGHTS IN OSCOTT

I carry out regular street patrols looking for faulty street lights in the Oscott area however clearly I cannot check ever lamppost in such a large area. If you are aware of a faulty street light in the Oscott area please email me. Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk.

Please do not forget to leave your contact details (address) and the exact location of the faulty street light.

OSCOTT LABOUR PARTY WORKING FOR YOU



As a member of the Oscott Labour Party Team as well as a Local Councillor for Oscott I am always trying to help Oscott residents where I can.

The Team is active all year around and welcome your views and concerns.

The Oscott Labour party is always on the look out for new members- if you would like to join or know more about what the Oscott Labour Councillors and Team members do please contact me on.

team@oscott-labour.org.uk

Sunday, 25 September 2016

THE NEXT PERRY BARR M.P SURGERY

I have been asked to remind Oscott residents that Khalid Mahmood the MP for the area holds his next surgery on October First (Sat) at 10.30am. The venue will be the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road.

If you have any concerns regarding the NHS, Job Centre's and others please pop in and have a chat with him or his team.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

ELLISTON AVENUE TO MEADHORPE ROAD RIGHT OF WAY HEDGES CUT BACK



I am pleased to be able to say I have managed to get Amey Highways to cut back the vegetation in the Elliston Avenue to Meadthorpe Road Right of way.

GLENMEAD GRASS CUTTING UPDATE



The latest information regarding the grass cutting of the Glenmead Playing field is that they have confirmed to me today that they are having to get some equipment in on Wednesday which will cut the long grass and work will start weather permitting on Wednesday.

I am please at last some more concrete news has been supplied and this amazing frustrating situation is nearly resolved. The markings will be added when the grass has been cut.


Councillor Dring is with the support of Councillor Chatfield and myself are  continuing to look into the village green proposals for the long term

Monday, 12 September 2016

ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS ARE STILL A PROBLEM FOR SOME IN OSCOTT

The rise of zero hours contracts in the workplace is the latest attack on workers’ rights and dignity. Put simply, zero hours contracts cover a range of arrangements that mean workers have no guaranteed weekly hours or income, and are only being paid for the hours that they do work. Unite wants to challenge employers to end the exploitation.   

Employers use zero hours contracts to cut wages, avoid holiday pay, pensions, and other benefits enjoyed by employees and agency staff. Workers are also unable to take on other work, as they are obliged to be available for work at the whim of the employer. And with the high level of insecurity comes the risk of bullying, harassment and stress. It’s time to end the exploitation. - See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/saynotozerohourscontracts/#sthash.Jp0H1MXF.dpuf
The rise of zero hours contracts in the workplace is the latest attack on workers’ rights and dignity. Put simply, zero hours contracts cover a range of arrangements that mean workers have no guaranteed weekly hours or income, and are only being paid for the hours that they do work. Unite wants to challenge employers to end the exploitation.   

Employers use zero hours contracts to cut wages, avoid holiday pay, pensions, and other benefits enjoyed by employees and agency staff. Workers are also unable to take on other work, as they are obliged to be available for work at the whim of the employer. And with the high level of insecurity comes the risk of bullying, harassment and stress. It’s time to end the exploitation. - See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/saynotozerohourscontracts/#sthash.Jp0H1MXF.dpuf


Sadly I am still having residents complain to me about Zero Hour Contracts. These contracts can in many cases destroy the dignity of those often forced to accept them.

The offer little job security and very poor if any holiday entitlements.
I have had residents more or less forced to take them and they have often had to travel no little distance to take up the work which are often poorly paid.

To find out more about this issue get in touch with the GMB or other unions who can give you advice.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

ITS ALWAYS NICE TO MEET THE RESIDENTS IN SERVITE HOUSE



It was pleasing to meet up with reside ts at Servite House during my roving sugery. The views if residents living in complexes for the elderly should never be forgotten.

I have cut back some of the encroaching  brambles in the near by right of way as it was quicker to do that than call in those responsible. Hopefully it can now be used with being scratched.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

A CHINK OF LIGHT IN THE BATTLE TO GET THE GLENMEAD PLAYING FIELD BACK IN USE.






The Landscape Practice officer who is dealing with the approval required for  funding to be allocated for the Glenmead scheme has advised me this has now been obtained and a code has been allocated. (a job number?)

The Local Parks Manager will now instruct the contractor to undertake the required works and will advise us when they are due to commence and the when the track will be available for use.

I have asked the Officer responsible for the field to liaise with a well known local team as there is a possibility the playing field will be  hired out for football.
 I have asked  that it be arranged for the proposed running track to be laid out  in such  a way that if an adult football pitch and 1 mini soccer pitch are required there is sufficient space to do so without affecting the track.

I would like to assure all concerned residents that all 3 Oscott Councillors Councillor Barbara Dring, Tristan Chatfield as well as myself are doing what we can to get this frustration situation dealt with as soon as possible,