Thursday, 17 January 2019

THE LATEST COUNCIL STATEMENT ON CHANGES TO THE WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE








Sadly the industrial dispute effecting the waste service collection appears to be intensifying.
I am continuing to urge all sides in this dispute continue to negotiate with an aim to come o a settlement ASAP.
I certainly fully understand the frustration felt by everyone regarding this matter.

The most  up to date state from the Council is shown below.

Changes are being made to the contingency plan drawn up for bin collections in Birmingham as industrial action continues.
The impact of the action has been monitored, and to ensure reliability of service until the dispute is resolved, a fortnightly service will be temporarily offered, starting as soon as is practicable.

Once the date is finalised, it will be publicised widely.
Under the revised plan when operational, citizens should present both of their bins on the day their recycling bin is normally collected. Anyone unsure of their collection day can find out when this is by visiting the council website “check your collection day” page.

The bins should be presented in the usual way (recycling in the recycling bin, household rubbish in the general waste bin).

As part of the contingency, crews will dispose of the content of the bins in the most effective way possible to meet the number one priority of citizens – clean streets.
This may mean the general waste and the recycling are mixed and put into the back of the same collection vehicle, but only where a separate service is not possible.
The waste will be collected any time from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week, so residents are advised to leave their bins out if they not picked up by the usual collection time.

The city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) offer an alternative option for citizens to dispose of all types of waste including recycling. Before any visit, residents can check opening hours and view the queues at their nearest HRC by clicking here.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We are determined to resolve the dispute and have had extensive talks with Trades Union colleagues via ACAS.
“But until we reach a resolution we need to do everything we can to minimise the disruption to the people who live in Birmingham.

“Based on the effect of the dispute so far, we have reviewed our original contingency and are now putting forward a plan that fits with the staffing resource we have available.
“I know the fact that we may not be able to recycle as much as we did before will be of concern to residents who are keen to do their bit for the environment, but our top priority has to be that of citizens overall – clean streets for Birmingham.

“We thank those who are committed to throwing away as little waste as possible and look forward to ending this dispute so they can resume their recycling.
“I would like to apologise for any missed collections that anyone has experienced so far. We are determined to get back to delivering the first-class refuse service the citizens of Birmingham deserve.”

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

OUT IN OSCOTT WITH THE OSCOTT NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICIE INITIATIVE SENIOR CO ORDINATOR




I have been out and about today with Brian who is the senior Oscott Neighbourhood Police Initiative co Ordinator. discussing issues of concern regarding crime and ASB.

It is hoped that the new Street Watch Initiative where local residents help keep an eye open in our streets by carry out patrols. They would be observing and reporting issues of concern to the Police and this will help check the lack in Police numbers caused by the awful cuts made in the Police budget by the Government.
Every one can help reduce crime by reporting any thing they see that is suspicious to the Police.
For further information about Street Watch please email me.

THE OSCOTT ELDERLY RESIDENTS GROUP HAVE THEIR FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR





Really pleased to be able to attend the Oscott Elderly Residents Associations first meeting of the year.
They had a film showing life in the 30ies and fifties which was very good. The lack of cars in those days really made the streets look that much cleaner and it was noticeable how residents cleaned the area outside their homes in those days.
I was able to inform the meeting about localisation and also other important Council issues before holding a question and answer session.
I was also pleased to with their raffle.
If you would like more information about this group please ring Maureen 681 1826

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

UPDATE WASTE DISPUTE




Sadly the current industrial depute concerning waste collection goes on.
I would continue to urge all involved to continue to negotiate and work together to resolve this dispute.

As far as I am aware the current situation for residents is. ( I would advise keeping an eye on the internet for any changes

A contingency plan for waste collections has been finalised following the announcement from Unite regarding its intention to take industrial action within the council’s Waste Management service.
The industrial action is due to begin on Saturday, 29 December 2018 – and the plan prepared by the council aims to minimise disruption caused by the action as far as possible.


Residents should continue to present their bins in the usual way (recycling in the recycling bin and household waste in the regular rubbish bin) and collection crews will dispose of the contents in the most effective way as per the contingency plan.
The waste will be collected any time from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week, so residents are advised to put their bins out for the regular collection day but if not picked up for whatever reason, leave them out until a collection is made.

For residents wishing to continue to recycle, the city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) offer an alternative option for citizens to dispose of all types of waste including recycling. Before any visit, residents can check opening hours and view the queues at their HRC by clicking here.

The Council would like  thank those who are committed to throwing away as little waste as possible and look forward to swiftly resolving this dispute so they can resume their recycling – and if there is any disruption,
“Both the council and Unite want to end this dispute as quickly as possible and continue to deliver the first-class refuse service the citizens of Birmingham deserve.”
For more information on how to best manage your household waste, visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/waste

THE ELIL LIFE CHURCH FOOD BANK CAN HELP THOSE IN NEED






I still find it difficult to believe that in just 10 years due to a failed austerity policy Oscott now has residents in need of a food bank. When will this shame end.? How lucky we are that the Elim Life Church has volunteers able to help.

For your information

Elim Life Church Food Bank has moved from Warren Road and is now located at 31 Kettlehouse Road, Kingstanding Circle, B44 9JH

Open from 11.30-1.30 pm every Tuesday.

Hunger is not just a developing countries problem thousands of miles away.  People pass you every day – families, children, the vulnerable, the unemployed…

In Kingstanding many people are living on the edge of poverty. 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.  We receive donations of dried and tinned food (also toiletries) mainly from churches, our own church members, schools and local residents.
Food parcels are made available to local families and individuals sent on referral. Referrals come from registered professionals including schools, doctors, health visitors, church pastoral workers, advice centres and social workers.
Food bank can also provide toiletries such as toilet rolls, soap, shower gel and toothpaste as well as nappies and baby food.
Kingstanding Life Café – Every Tuesday, while food bank is running, enthusiastic and committed volunteers run our Life Café for food bank clients.  This is an opportunity for clients to have a hot cup of tea or coffee and some signposting help if needed.  The Café is not restricted to food bank clients and welcomes anyone who is in need of some company to drop in and have a cuppa and chat.  It is important to us to help meet the need of the whole person and to show God’s kindness in many different ways.
Christmas Meal – we are planning to put on a 3-course meal for our food bank clients on 21st December with a small gift for the family.  Christmas can be a hard time for those in need and so we want to bless them in this way.  Tickets are available from food bank life café.
What can you do?
If you would like to donate food or toiletries to food bank it can be brought to Kettlehouse Road between 11.30 and 1.30 on Tuesdays or deposited in collection points at:-
Tesco Express, Hawthorn Road
Co-Operative, Hawthorne Road
Asda, Perry Barr & Queslett Road

Our food bank is supported by Heart of England Community Foundation.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

DONT FORGET THE COUNCLLS RECYLING CENTRES ARE FREE TO RECIEVE MOST THINGS



Popped a few bags down the recycling centre today in and out in under 10 minutes helpful staff as usuaL

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

HELP KEEP THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE CLEAN DURING 2019




I managed to find some time to have another walk around the Queslett nature reserve taking in the peace and quiet and looking at various issues.
Have been pleased that yet again Brenda and her team have been out litter picking and tidying the reserve they do a wonderful job, but we need more volunteers.
We also ask those using the reserve to report any ASB they may see.
If you cab help email me on Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk.
The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve would also like to remind all those who use this reserve please use the litter bins their or better still take your litter home.

THE MARY VALE ELDERLY GROUP MEETS ON A TUESDAY





I was pleased to able to wish a Happy New Year to members of the Mary Vale Elderly Group yesterday. They were all enjoying a splendid buffy and were looking forward to more meetings.

If you want to know more they meet on a Tuesday Lunch Time at the Mary vale Centre.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

INFORMATION REGARDING CURRENT BIN COLLECTIONS



Sadly the New Year has brought industrial action regarding our bin collections.
I am urging all parties evolved to carry on negotiating and do their best to resolve the issues.
I will also continue to urge our MP to continue to press the government to end their cuts to the Birmingham City Councils funding.

The Council has issued the following information.

A contingency plan for waste collections has been finalised following the announcement from Unite regarding its intention to take industrial action within the council’s Waste Management service.
The industrial action is due to begin on Saturday, 29 December 2018 – and the plan prepared by the council aims to minimise disruption caused by the action as far as possible.
The contingency replaces previously announced plans for the Christmas and New Year period.
In simple terms, the new plan will see citizens receive one collection of all waste types per week, rather than separate pick-ups for household rubbish and recycling on your current collection day.
Residents should continue to present their bins in the usual way (recycling in the recycling bin and household waste in the regular rubbish bin) and collection crews will dispose of the contents in the most effective way as per the contingency plan.
The waste will be collected any time from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week, so residents are advised to put their bins out for the regular collection day but if not picked up for whatever reason, leave them out until a collection is made.
Services previously scheduled for New Year’s Day have been cancelled, meaning anyone with collections scheduled for that date will next have their bins picked up on January 8.
For residents wishing to continue to recycle, the city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) offer an alternative option for citizens to dispose of all types of waste including recycling. Before any visit, residents can check opening hours and view the queues at their HRC by clicking here.
Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling, said: “Our immediate priority is to minimise the disruption to the people who live in Birmingham.
“We have a contingency, but there will be alterations to the way we process waste that is collected.
“I know this will be of concern to residents who are keen to recycle as much of their waste as possible, but our top priority has to be that of citizens – clean streets for Birmingham.
“We thank those who are committed to throwing away as little waste as possible and look forward to swiftly resolving this dispute so they can resume their recycling – and if there is any disruption, I would like to apologise in advance and assure you that we will get to your bins as soon as we can.
“Both the council and Unite want to end this dispute as quickly as possible and continue to deliver the first-class refuse service the citizens of Birmingham deserve.”
For more information on how to best manage your household waste, visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/waste

Monday, 31 December 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM YOUR OSCOTT COUNCILLORS





On behalf of your Oscott Councillors Barbara Dring and myself I would like to wish everyone a Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New year.