Saturday, 21 October 2017

CYCLISTS NEED TO BE SEEN AT NIGHT



While out and about last night I noticed a number of bike riders of all ages riding their bikes with no helmets or reflective clothing and despite the early dark nights with no lighting on their bikes.

This is dangerous to all road users but particularly the bike riders them selves as they need to be a visible as possible.

I have asked the Local Oscott Police Team  to remind any cyclists they see without lights that for their own safety the need lights on their bikes.

If you have a child or friend who uses a bike after dark please give them a gentle reminder they to be seen at night.

THE LATEST ON THE OSCOTT CAMPAIGN FOR MORE TREE PRUNING AND A SENSIBLE TREE REPLAEMENT PRORAM





As part of my campaign to try and get Amey Highways to look again at their tree pruning program and to start replacing some of the huge numbers of old over grown trees in the Oscott Ward Councillor Barbara Dring and I have visited a number of roads.

Amey Highways agreed to survey all the street trees in Oscott and as a result dozens of trees which were found to be deceased have or will be removed and replaced, which is a start.

Both Barbara and I are intending to continue with this campaign and the next step will be Amey Highways attending the Oscott Residents Committee meeting of the 26th of October at the 610 Community Centre, starting at 7pm. (To be Chaired by Barbara.) Amey Highways will be giving us their current update and will listen to residents concerns about trees.

This meeting is open to all Oscott residents.

Friday, 20 October 2017

DOG OWNERS PLEASE NOTE



FOR YOUR INFORMATION

NEW DOG CONTROL MEASURES INTRODUCE TOUGHER FINES

New dog control Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) come into effect across Birmingham today (20 October 2017), with increased fines for dog owners who fail to control or pick up after their pets.

The five orders currently in place make it an offence for a dog owner or anyone in charge of a dog to:

  • Not remove their dog’s waste
  • Not keep their dogs on a lead on roads, footways and adjoining verges
  • Allow their dog into clearly demarcated children’s play areas or school land
  • Not place their dogs on a lead when asked to by an authorised officer
  • Take more than four dogs at a time onto any public land.
  • Failure to respond to a fixed penalty notice can result in prosecution. There will be exceptions for assistance dogs.

For more information, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/dogcontrol
 
I am sure the vast majority of dog owners will welcome this information. You can deposit dog waste in litter bins if it is wrapped up. There are more litter bins in Oscott then ever.

FLOODING ISSUES NEED TO BE DEALT WITH




During one of our regular Councillor Barbara Dring and I noticed how many ponding ( flooding) issues there are in the area at the moment.

I have been reporting these ever since and will continue to do so as not only can residents be splashed but this flooding could lead to accidents
If you are concerned about this issue please let me have the details and I will do what I can to help.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

MORE GRAFFITTI PAINTED ON LOCAL PUB WALL



Sadly there has been more offensive graffiti painted on the Kingtanding Public House Walls.

With the support of Councillor Barbara Dring I have now put in a request for its removal ASAP.

Some asked me the other day why I bother my reply is because I live in Oscott and want to see it look as nice as possible as do many other residents.

OUT WITH THE FQNR LITTER PICKER SQUAD IN OLD OSCOTT LANE




I was pleased to be out and about again despite the rain to do a mini litter pick with the dedicated Friends Of the Queslett Reserve Environmental Group. This time in Old Oscott Lane.

It may have been wet but another green area was picked clean of litter and rubbish.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who are prepared to roll up their sleeves to help keep the area clean.
If you are interested Email Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham,gov.uk

OSCOTT FLY TIPPING BACK ON THE INCREASE



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There seems to be another Speight of Fly Tipping going on in Oscott.

A number of rear access ways ( which are usually owned by and are the responsibility of residents them selves) seem to be targeted.

Residents with rear access ways need to make sure they lock gates if there are any and remind neighbours, rubbish should not be dumped in these rear access ways

Where their are no gates neighbours need to club together to buy some.
Along with the Osoctt Neighbourhood Police Initiative ( N.P.I.) volunteers I can help arrange for a free lock to be  fitted ( attached by a welded chain to the gates.)

These gates offer security from non resident fly tippers who often come from other areas and from anti social behaviour

There is no excuse for fly tipping as the Holford Drive waste recycling Centre is only minutes away for the Oscott area and the Council offer a competitively priced bulk collection service.
Fly tipper need to be caught, fined and named and shamed.

5 STAR AWARD FOR BENNY'S DINNER






When out and about with Councillor Barbara Dring we were pleased to see Benny's dinner Kingstanding Road have received a 5 star notification for food hygiene and safety.

As Barbara  who is Chair of the Licensing committee explained to me "our officers do no award these without a full inspection they are not that easy to receive"

Well done Bennies Dinner

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

REPLACEMENT TREES FOR THE ALDRIDGE ROAD RECREATION GROUND



I was pleased to hear that Birmingham Trees for Life are donating and arranging to have planted 10 new standard trees.

These trees will be planted by the children from the Great Barr Primary in conjunction with the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Group in the Aldridge Recreation Ground.

This will go some way to make up for trees vandalised or stolen from the site last year.

We need trees on sights like this where they have room to grow and can make the recreation ground  look better.

THE FQNR ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP IN ACTION AGAIN

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It was nice to be out and about with some of our most active friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve members doing a path leaf clean up and litter pick followed by a patrol of the reserve.

We try and keep it as tidy as possible and try and keep an eye open for any ASB.
All FQNR member and users of the reserve are asked to report anything ssuspicious

Monday, 16 October 2017

GEORGE KNOWN AS DEREK READE R.I.P



It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death today of Derek Reade.

Shortly after Inspector Peter Schuck and I founded the Oscott Neigbourhood Police Initiative more years ago than I care to remember Derek  cam along to volunteer and become a senior co ordinator.

Derek  worked behind the scenes until a few years ago when illness preventing him from taking a more active roll.

Derek was not a moaner but a hands on and help person who cared about his community.
 He will be missed and I would like to pass on my deepest Sypathy to his wife Valerie and his family.

Friday, 13 October 2017

GETTING JAPANESE KNOT WEED INTHE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE DEALT WITH



I was pleased to see when out and about in the Queslett Nature Reserve this week some of the Japanese Knot weed I have reported in the reserve has been dealt with

This introduced plant is a notable plant which can do harm to the environment.

Along with other members of the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Group we are always on the look out for out breaks of this weed.

If you find you have it in your garden seek advice before trying to get rid of it.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

THANKS TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE OSCOTT PARKING AND ROAD SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS MEETING




I would like to thank all those Oscott Schools who took the time to send a representative to the all "Oscott Schools Parking and Road safety meeting."

I would also like to thank representatives from the Fire Brigade, the Police , Road safety officers of various sorts and Councillor Barbara Dring for attending. Sorry If I missed anyone.

I would also Like to thank the Great Barr Academy for the use of one of their rooms.

Most Of all I would like to thank the Perry Barr Acting District Director Neal Da Costa for all the behind the scenes work he puts in organising these meeting.

Sadly a few schools did not send a representative. I was pleased however to hear form all those who attended that they fully understood parking and road safety near schools is a very important subject. It is problem their school recognises and want to do something about. They also indicated they found the meeting useful.

We have not come up with any magic solutions or money trees, but there was a lot of useful back ground information and we have agreed to meet again in the new year, to see if some of the ideas that were discussed can be progressed.

If your school was unable to attend and you feel that parking issues and road safety near the school where your child goes to or (if you are a near by resident), you may wish to remind that school to attend the next meeting.

It is a great shame that it takes a tragedy and the often knee jerk reaction to it, to make some people get involved rather than working to try and prevent one.

By working collectively we may help deal with some of these major problems.
We do however need those working at a higher level to take an interest and show their support as this would go a long way to help what we are trying to do.

 Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about this meeting and to have an impute on the subject at the next Ward Residents meeting on the 26th of October. The venue will be the 610 Community Centre and the time 7pm. The meeting will be chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring.  I will also be attending.