Friday, 30 January 2015

CYCLISTS NEED TO HAVE LIGHTS ON THEIR BIKES AFTER DARK

When travelling around the Oscott area recently at night I have been surprised at the number of cyclist not using a light on their bikes after dark.
This time of year it can be very difficult for motorists and yes pedestrians to see cyclists coming when they have no lights on their bikes. It is not just children either.
I have seen cyclists using Dyas Road  and even the very busy Kingstanding Road without lights, for example.
 Thankfully most cyclists are sensible it has to be said.
I have asked the Police as I do every year to keep an eye on this issue

TOP TIPS FOR CYCLING IN THE DARK

1. Visible upper body

To help drivers see you, go for a reflective/high vis garment that can be seen clearly from front and back. Why not try something that can go over your regular coat like a sash, high vis vest or a backpack cover?

2. Get creative with your bike lights

It’s a legal requirement to have white front and red rear lights and reflectors on your bike, and orange reflectors on your pedals. Lights should go on at dusk, and can be useful during the day too, especially when it’s a dull day.

3. Make your bike and helmet glow too

Get your bike and helmet involved in the reflective action. Try additional reflectors and lights on your spokes, to really make your wheels light up as they whizz round. Or go for some reflective stickers for your mudguards, panniers or the back of a child seat. And last but by no means least customise your helmet with a reflector too.

4. Stick to well-lit roads

Although lanes and canals are great for summer cycling, when darkness falls it’s hard to see and be seen without street lights. Stick to well-lit roads and paths when the sun goes down.

5. Keep an extra eye out for pedestrians

It can be hard to spot people on foot.

6. Make the bar or bike decision early on

If you know you will be having a few drinks on a night out, leave the bike at home and use public transport instead.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

PERRY BARR MP OSCOTT SURGERY DETAILS

I have been asked to remind Oscott residents that Khalid Mahmood MP for Perry Barr will be holding his next surgery in Oscott on Saturday February the 7th. The venue will be the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road  and the time 10.30am.
Khalid holds regular surgeries in Oscott on the first Saturday of each month at the 610 Community Centre

His other details include


OTHER SURGERIES HELD

 1.30am at Trehurst Centre, Trehurst Avenue, Great Barr, B42 2JD
2nd Saturday of the month:
10.30am at Laurel Road Community Sports Centre, Laurel Road, Handsworth, B21 9PB
Constituency Office Telephone: (0121) 356 8268/8278

Khalid Mahmood MP
Postal Address House of Commons
Westminster
London
UK
SW1A 0AA

NEW BUS SHELTER WANTED IN SHADY LANE

I have been contacted by a number of resident calling for a bus shelter to be located in Shady Lane near Winster Grove.
Residents using the newly built  - Oaks Medical Centre and the Chemist there have asked for some protection from the weather when using the 997 bus after leaving the medical Centre.

Users of the Centre will be asking me to present  petition with this in mind later this year however if successful the shelter would need to be a small one give the proposed location?



This would help keep dry the elderly users of the Centre and would also mean they did not have to cross the busy Shady Lane to have to get to the bus stop (towards town)

 

WHEELIE BIN ROLL OUT UPDATE FOR OSCOTT

The Wheelie bin roll out process will be staring in Oscott soon.

Properties have been assessed to see whether they are suitable for the introduction of wheelie bins for household waste and recycling.
 There is no additional charge for these wheelie bins.

Issues that where addressed were.
Storage space, was there a steep slope or a lot of steps in the garden,, Can the salvage truck get near the property and  how wide was the pavement.

Information is being processed and resident will be informed of how there property was rated shortly

Households deemed suitable for receiving recycling bins will receive a green card and those which are not a red card.

ELDERLY OR DISABLED RESIDENTS WHO CANNOT MANAGE WHEELIE BINS WILL RECEIVE ASSISTANCE TO MOVE THEM AS PART OF AN ASSISTANCE SCHEME

Bins will be delivered from the end of March with any information needed and the collection service will start later in the year.

In those areas of the city where wheelie bins have already been supplied the large majority of residents like them (or have got used to them) and find their area's much cleaner.

I have to admit like many others when I heard that the Governments 30 million pound offer to help with the introduction of wheelie bins had been accepted. (It would have been a lot better if the same government had not reduced their funding for so dramatically) but at least now the weekly collection service will be maintained.

However at my own volition  I have been to see how other local authorities have managed when introducing wheelie bins.
Authorities such as Coventry, Sandwell, Tory Solihull, Wolverhampton (many years ago) and Walsall have all coped well with wheelie bins and the residents of these authorities like them In some cases it took a little time to get used to the change however.
Streets in these area do appear to be cleaner than before the introduction of wheelie bins and recycling is much improved.

In Oscott a lot of residents have genuine concerns about the introduction of these wheelie bins and these was not helped by some trying to magnify those concerns for their own aims.

However because of these concerns and to try and forestall some of the teething problems which are bound to result from the change to wheelie bin service my colleagues, Councillors Barbra Dring, Tristan Chatfield along with myself are carrying out site visits in the ward with those responsible for the change over.
We will be looking at hilly area and gardens with steps.

For further details regarding the Wheelie bin roll out program please go to the Birmingham City Council Webb site.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

HAWTHORN ROAD TRADERS ASSOCIATION RE ELECT GEOFF HEAPES AS CHAIR

Geoff Heapes was re elected as the Hawthorn Traders Association's, Chairman again at their AGM tonight.

The Hawthorn Traders Association which also has local resident on their committee is well organised by Geoff and his fellow executive officers and all concerned are interested in improving things for the Hawthorn Road Traders and the wider community.

Some of the issue they look at are Shop Watch to try and help reduce crime.
Supporting the Elim Church with their Food Bank and Christmas events.
Parking issues for customers and traders and much more.

WEIGH DOWN RECYCLING BOXES IN WINDY WEATHER.

I have received a number of complaints recently about blue and green boxes being scattered all over the pavements and carriage ways and gardens in the Oscott area. This is the trouble when they are emptied and left on the pavement. The wind gets up and they blow all over the place.



I have even (yesterday) now had one of these boxes blow into my car as I was driving along the Aldridge Road. I have received similar complaints from other residents over the last few months.

I will be asking the Salvage department if they can ask the crews that collect the recycling boxes if (especially in windy weather ) they can after emptying the boxes consider putting the boxes in residents gardens.(if there is ID on the box). However the problem with this is the time it could take?

It has to be said the other problem in windy weather is the amount of litter on our streets due to the paper and so on blowing out of the boxes when they are put out for collection.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

997 BUSES NEED TO GO PLATINUM

Residents using the 997 Route may recall when I won my campaign to get this service to replace the old 46 service some years ago it was a great improvement.
I am now as the Councillor Champion for this route putting on the pressure to improve this service again and have it become a Platinum standard service.
This would mean a better standard of bus. New buses with better seats and appearance, with Hi Fi facility and  higher quality bus drivers. The limited stop and route would remain the same.
If I am successful and NX go with this route we should see new more comfortable buses later this year.

Roads in Oscott covered by this route are.
Aldridge Road
Shady Lane
Oscott School Lane
Dyas Road (part)
Old Oscott Lane (Part) 

The 934 is also being considered for Platinum status.
This covers the Kingstanding Road and part of College Road

Monday, 26 January 2015

ANOTHER SUCESSFUL ACTIVITY SESSION AT THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE

Another successful activity session took place Saturday. A number of hardy Queslett nature Reserve Volunteers turned up despite the cold weather. Light pruning and litter picking took place and a number of ASDA trolleys were removed from the reserve back to their car park.
Thanks to all those who took part.
We also joined up new members. 


Keep an eye open on this blog for the date of the next event expected next month.

The Fiends of the Queslett nature Reserve also look after the interests of the Aldridge Recreation ground and have a Grot squad team who litter pick around the Oscott area from time to time.

If you would like more details about the Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve email me on Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk

Friday, 23 January 2015

BEECHES ROAD GARAGE DEMOLITION PUT ON HOLD

Due to complaints from some residents the decision to demolish council garages in Beeches Road have been put on hold while further investigations take place. (GARAGES LOCATED JUST OF THE GREEN Beeches Road)
I will ensure all point of view are heard and all options are considered before a finale decision is made.

If you would like to let me know what you think please email me.
Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk



Thursday, 22 January 2015

LEAKING UNDERGROUND RECYCLING BANKS IN NEED OF REPAIR


It has come to my attention that the reason the underground recycling banks located at the junction of Old Oscott Hill and Oscott School Lane are constantly looking like they are full is because an under ground stream near by has managed to leak into them.
I have called for their repair and sealing as soon as possible and for more monitoring and collection of the  rubbish left next to them until repairs are carried out,