Thursday, 14 December 2017

TREE PUNING FOR THE OSCOTT WARD




At the last Oscott Ward Committee meeting Chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring Amey Highways confirmed a number of roads in the Oscott ward will have their trees as a result of the Labour Teams campaign foe more tree pruning and replacement in Oscott.

Sadly the recent bad weather has meant a delay to this work being done in some cases. I have asked that the work is carried out as soon as possible following the bad weather.

However this work is to be carried out. If you would like to know if your roads trees are to be pruned please email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk.

1700 HUNDRED TREES IN OSCCOTT ARE DUE TO BE PRUNED AND 200 DAMAGED OR DECEASED TREES WILL BE REPLACED as a result of the campaign by the Oscott Labour Team which is made up of your local Councillors ( we are both LOCAL RESIDENTS)

WE NEED OUR GRIT BINS TOPPED UP



As local Oscott residents our selves both Councillor Dring and I are only to aware of the icy state of some of our roads following the recent bad weather.
Knowing the area so well I was on grit bin patrol just before the bad weather set in to try ensure they had been topped up.
Now following the bad they are nearly empty and I would ask residents to not be tempted to use the grit in them for garden paths and so on.
I have been calling Amey Highways to top up our grit bins ASAP.

KINGSTAND POST OFFICE CONSULTATION TO TAKE PLACE JAN 3RD




further to earlier communications from the Post Office Management regarding the proposal to move the Kingstanding Post Office from its current location to 7 Kettlehouse Road, Birmingham, B44 9JJ,  to create a modern branch for customers, they have informed me Customer Communication Forum will be held on Wednesday 03 January 2018 at 610 Youth & Community Centre, 610 Kingstanding Road, Birmingham,  B44 9SH.  The session will run from 3.30pm to 7..00pm.

There is no formal presentation and interested parties are welcome to drop in at a time convenient to them to discuss the proposal with representatives of the Post Office.  

If you would like to let either my self or Councillor Barbara Dring  have your views please us leave a message on 303 2039.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

OSCOTT SCHOOLS OPENING LATEST


Due to clearing weather it is best to listen to the local radio look on social media or contact your children's school to find out whether they will be open tomorrow.

The following local schools are now likely to be  reopening tomorrow: Streetly Academy, Arena Academy, North Birmingham Academy, Great Barr Primary, Glenmead Primary, Kings Rise Academy, Kingsland Primary... Have yet to find a local school which is closed tomorrow.

REMINDER TO OSCOTT RESIDENTS WHO DID NOT HAVE THEIR WHEELIE BINS COLLECTED THIS WEEK

PLEASE SEE THE REMINDER BELOW




The recovery plan to deal with missed bin collections during the recent adverse weather on December 11-12 has been announced.
Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place, at Birmingham City Council, said:
“Following the recent adverse weather, we have assessed the impact on recent bin collections and are now in a position to confirm our recovery plan for those who have had missed collections.
“Refuse missed on Monday or Tuesday (December 11-12) will be collected on the next scheduled collection together with any reasonable amounts of suitably bagged waste at the side of the bin.  If it is safe to do so, I would encourage affected residents to take uncollected waste back onto their property until this collection.
“In terms of recycled waste, we are fully aware that those missed on Monday and Tuesday will also be missed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Therefore, we are prioritising those missed this week and now plan to collect by next Monday (December 18).  Residents are encouraged to leave this waste out and we will collect it as soon as possible, which may include it being collected this Saturday or Sunday (December 16-17).
“I again apologise for the inconvenience and thank everyone affected for their patience.”

Sunday, 10 December 2017

OSCOTT SCHOOLS CLOSED TOMORROW DUE TO BAD WEATHER.


Council run Oscott Schools will be closed tomorrow due to weather conditions.
If your child attends an academy contact them for details to confirm whether they are to open or not.
More information can be found by using social media or contacting your school

KEEP PETS WARM IN COLD WEATHER



In cold weather like this please make sure your pets have somewhere warm to be and have a dry warm bed.
Put extra hay/ strew/ saw dust as applicable  in cages and hutches.
 Make sure dogs and cats have a warm dry bed out of drafts.

OSCOTT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR BIN COLLECTION ARANGEMENTS

PLEASE NOT THE INFORMATION BELOW

As has been the case for many years going back decades, the council’s crews, who work on all other Bank Holidays (including New Year’s Day), will not operate on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 

This year that means there will be no collections of refuse or recycling on Monday 25 December and Tuesday 26 December.  Attached, you’ll find a simple graphic illustrating the non-collection dates. Please feel free to share and use this from today.  

Anyone due collections on these days will have their household bins picked up one week later and their recycling bins will be collected two weeks later.

All other collections remain unchanged, including those on Bank Holiday Monday (1 January 2018). 

During the festive period, it’s recognised that many households produce more waste. So, for those with wheelie bins, reasonable amounts of household waste will be collected if presented in bags at the side of the bins. 

Excess paper and card recycling will be collected if bundled securely with string and presented alongside the recycling bin. 

As well as general PR and press, we will specifically target wards affected by non-collections with printed adverts in local papers, online, and with electronic advertising which can be pin-pointed to postcodes.   

The city’s five Household Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Monday 25 December and Tuesday 26 December) – but will be open on all other days. And for residents thinking of making a trip to the tip, they can also ‘view the queue’  through webcams set up to monitor the entrances to each site. 

Other Christmas activity

And from 1 December we started issuing our Christmas waste tips Advent Calendar across BCCs social media channels.  Each day reveals a different tip to help people reduce, reuse and recycle over the festive period.  As in previous years we will also be telling people where they can recycle their Christmas trees. 

OSCOTT WHEELIE BINS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED TOMORROW

Please note
 
The following is a statement about the safety-related suspension of bin collections in Birmingham tomorrow (Monday 11 December 2017).
Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place at Birmingham City Council, said:
“Due to the poor weather conditions and the forecast suggesting there will be no improvement by the morning, we are regretfully having to suspend all refuse collection operations for tomorrow (Monday 11 December).
“The current conditions mean it is extremely difficult for citizens to handle their bins and put them out for collection. It would also mean asking our crews to operate large collection vehicles in treacherous conditions. Due to these factors, our decision is clearly one taken in the interests of public and staff safety.
“Plans to catch up this missed work are currently being developed and will be communicated via the council’s usual channels as soon as possible. We appreciate the inconvenience this will cause and would ask for your patience during this challenging time.”

ELDERLY RESIDENTS SHOULD STAY IN AND STAY WARM



With all this snow around I have been ringing some elderly Oscott residents to see if they are ok and to remind them to keep warm and stay in.
No buses are running at the moment.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

OUT ON OSCOTT GRIT BIN PATROL AGAIN




I have been out and about again checking that the grit bins in Oscott have grit in them and that they have not been overturned.

I cannot be everywhere and so if the grit bin by you has been over turned or has no grit in it let me know. Please leave a message on 303 2039.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

HELP JOIN THE BATTLE FOR A SAFER ALDRIDGE ROAD THORNBRIDGE AVENUE JUNCTION





I am requesting anyone who may have been injured at the above site to contact me or Councillor Barbara Dring with details as I am trying to collate evidence of such injuries. The Police usually have report such injuries but their current information does not seem to match up with reports from residents over the last few years. The Birmingham City Council needs this information.
 
With the Governments Austerity  funding cuts to both the Police and Councils it is more important then ever to battle to get things done with the assistance of evidence. 

I have been campaigning for road improvements to be made at this junction for some time  and some measures like speed indicators have been put in place but hard evidence is needed to have more done.
Can anyone with evidence please email me or Barbara and join the battle.

 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

TREES PLANTED IN THE ALDRIDGE ROAD RECREATION GROUND.




Along with sponsors Birmingham Trees for Life, the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve and some very hard working children from the Great Barr Junior school I had the pleasure to help plant some replacement trees in the Aldridge Recreation ground.

Sadly I could not stay to long but I was impressed with how much the children enjoyed planting trees especially on such a cold day.

THE OSCOTT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION, ELDERLY GROUP AND NPI ARE HOLDING A DROP IN SESSION ON SATURDAY




The Oscott Neigbourhood Police Initiative (N.P.I) are joining with the Oscott Residents Association and the Oscott Elderly Residents Group, to hold one of their Saturday morning informal drop in sessions. ( They meet informally most first Saturdays in the month same time and place)
Why not pop and  have a cup of tea with them. They can inform you of their groups activities and they can try and help you with your concerns,

Members from these voluntary groups will be on hand at the 610 Community Centre at 10.30am

PERRY BARR M.P IS HOLDING HIS OSCOTT SURGERY ON SATURDAY



Just a reminder that the Perry Barr M.P Khalid Mahmood holds his Oscott surgery this Saturday ( and every first Saturday in the month) at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road. The time is 10.30am.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

GREEN WASTE REDUCTIONS FOR THOSE WHO MISSED OUT THIS YEAR ON COLLECTIONS



I have been asking what is to happen about a number of Oscott residents who have missed out on green waste collections which they have paid for. Due to the bin dispute



Dear all, 

We are about to start the process for renewing garden waste subscriptions for 2018 and I wanted to brief you on the approach we are taking.   

As I have said on previous occasions, we want to recognise the disruption our paying customers have experienced this year as a result of the industrial action.  As a gesture of goodwill they will be offered a 30% reduction on their subscription for next year if they renew in January. This means they will pay only £28, a £12 reduction on the full price service, for 20 fortnightly collections running from early March to early December 2018.   

We are also offering to deliver a free service in 2018 to those customers who have logged three or more consecutive missed collections this year. 

Communications with our customers is starting now in preparation for sales opening on 1st January.  If you want to discuss the approach for garden waste please do get in touch.

 Regards
 


Lisa
Councillor Lisa Trickett