Wednesday, 7 December 2016

PERRY BEECHES ACADEMY CHIDREN WORKING FOR BETTER ROAD SAFETY



I am pleased to be working with children from the Perry Beeches Academy on trying to improve road safety and parking near their school.
The children are working on a petition and survey about the issues of Road safety and fly tipping/ litter. I will be doing what I can to help.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

CEDAR CHURCH XMAS FETE WAS WELL ATTENDED



It was great to be able to attend the Cedar Christmas fete. They could not tempt me to try out skating on the rink they hired for the day but I did meet father Christmas and local children really appreciated their early gifts

Well done to the organisers and volunteers for putting on a great event which was enjoyed by so many.
Ps I was reliably informed it was the genuine Father Christmas  making a special early appearance.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

OSCOTT GROT SPOT LITTER PICK TEAM IN ACTION



Along with some other members of the Oscott Litter picking Team (Organised by the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve and myself) I helped with some litter picking on the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground and near the Aldridge Road entrance to the grounds, today

NEW TREES FOR THE ALDRIDGE RECREATION GROUND



I had a pleasant tree planning session with members of the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve ( including Brenda and John, who also help look after the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground and other local open spaces in Oscott).

Also at the event where 10 trees were donated for planting by Trees for life were children from the Great Barr Junior school (Who did most of the work) member of the Birmingham City Council, Councillor Tristan Chatfield and Trees for Life.
                                                                                          

Thursday, 24 November 2016

THORNBRIDGE AVENUE AND THORNCLIFE ROAD ARE TO HAVE THEIR CARRIAGE WAYS RESURFACED


At long last Thornbridge Avenue and ThornClife Road, are to have their carriage ways resurfaced.
The Oscott Councillors Barbara Dring  Tristan Chatfield a myself have battled for this for a long time on behalf of residents and motorists alike.

I recieved a letter from Amey Highways about 18 months ago assurring me the Thornbridge Road carriage way road surface was to be done now I have been informed at the Oscott District Committee recorded and live streamed that the work will be carried out in January.

I will be reminding them of this on a regualr basis until the work is done.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

LIGHTS REPAIRED IN FORGERS WALK TUNNEL





I was pleased with the help of the Oscott Residents association I have been able to get the Forgers wark tunnel lighting repaired and with the the Oscott councillors we are trying to fund improved lighting on Oscott approach to it.

I was pleased with the help of the Oscott Residents association I have been able to get the Forgers walk tunnel lighting repaired and with the Oscott councillors we are trying to fund improved lighting on Oscott approach to it.

This area has a poor reputation due to it being poorly lit now hopefully residents will have more confidence when using It at night




Tuesday, 22 November 2016

THE KINGSTANDING SHOPPING PRECINCT

The Kingstanding Circle looks very sorry for itself these days. Many of the units are now empty including the chemist.
The owners of the precinct need to give it a revamp. The Council needs to see if there is anything they can do a residents need to use it more.
It is a great shame it is trapped between a large ASDA Store at the Queslett Road and large retailers near the Beggars bush.
 The problem of to many take always in the area has been partly addressed with the Planning Committee allowing a smaller percentage of these per shopping area but there does need to be more variety of shops. It is not easy for a trader to start up in these days of intense austerity however.

The last time it was given a real upgrade was when European funding was available for shopping area's some years ago. This was many used for near by pavement and safety work with the help of the then Traders Association.

I am trying to get the Council to look into the situation but with all the cuts in their funding from Central Government there are no easy solutions.

Friday, 18 November 2016

FORGERS WALKER WALK TUNNEL NEEDS BETTER LIGHTING



There have been a number of complaints regarding the approach to the Forgers Walk tunnel at the bowman Road end does not have enough lighting. With this in mind the Oscott Councillors are looking for funding to try and improve the situation. We hope to encourage the Housing department to look into this.

With regards to the tunnel itself I am attempting to get Amey Highways to replace broken lights in it. Residents need to feel more secure at this time of year when the nights are getting longer when they use this tunnel.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR FLY TIPPING



There is no excuse for fly tipping. Holfod Drive Waste Disposal site is still free of charge to take rubbish to. Anyone caught fly tipping should receive the absolute maximum fine available.
Why should decent residents  or for that matter the Council have to deal with fly tipped rubbish

Desford Avenue is one example. I am calling on the Birmingham City Council to take more action to prevent fly tipping and to prosecute the offenders . A CCTV camera needed  in the area as are more signs. They should also consider a name and shame policy