Wednesday, 1 October 2014

TAYLOR WIMPEY BOOTHS LANE WORKING PARTY'S FIRST MEETING UPDATE

Along with Oscott Residents Association members and local residents I met with a senior representative from Taylor Wimpey as part of a working party today.
Clearly there are many issues which are going to be difficult to resolve and there are no easy options when it comes to developing such a large site and keeping local resident happy.

Keeping pedestrian access is one of the things that all agreed needs to be done and this should be in place shortly. Children especially should benefit by the reopening of part of the road to allow them not to have to detour around towards the nature reserve. when coming and going to school.

Re opening the road was discussed but due to the need for much of the road to be taken up to allow contaminated soil to be taken away there will be problems re opening this road for some time.
It should be noted Persimmons are ready to reopen their section as promised but Taylor Wimpey cannot at the moment so we are back to square one.
Many options were put forward by all parties as to how the reopening of the road could be speed ed up but there are simply no easy options, however all those idea's put forward are to be considered by Taylor Wimpey who are as keen as anyone to reopen the road. It it should always be remembered Taylor Wimpey own the road and are not obliged to open it until they see fit or it is safe to do so, but they do fully understand the frustration felt by a number of local residents over the matter of the closed road.

In the long term the Council will take over the new road adopt it and bring it up to an acceptable level, however the old road will become a cycle track and pedestrian way as we all know.

The working party has made a good start and I hope this continues we will all do what we can to have the road re opened as soon as possible.
If you have any concerns you would like me to put forward on your behalf please
email me
Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk.
Or leave a message for me on 303 2039

You can contact the Oscott Residents association by emailing
Robert Wild (oscottresassoc@gmail.com)

DON'T FORGET I DO ALSO USE TWITTER TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS AND OTHER LOCAL ISSUES FROM TIME TO TIME. I DO WHAT I CAN TO KEEP IN TOUCH

THE LATEST FRIENDS OF THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE UPDATE

Many thanks to all those who came out Saturday and helped at the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve activity session.
Several bags of litter were removed from site along with old TVs and so on.
Teams also pruned hedges back of paths and did general maintenance work.
The FQNR is for those who care about the environment and would like to just talk about it and roll up their sleeves and do something.

With regards to the planned upgrade work to the reserve namely path improvements, better signage,a security barrier and some addition fencing to secure garages near the Queslett Road boundary

I have been informed of the following 



"Unfortunately the original quote for the project was very high so we have undertaken a mini competition seeking quotes from other contractors on our Landscape Construction Framework. This has inevitably delayed the original estimated start on site."
  The Parks department are now pleased to advise that the tenders were returned on Friday 26 September within budget so they will be able to place an order for the works next week once the formal Delegated Decision Authority report is approved.

The estimated revised start on site date is therefore the week beginning 13 October.

However in my experience with Council dead lines they may be a little optimistic.
 The work does need to be done, very little is spent in the reserve and the FOQNR who are all volunteers very much welcome this funding for the improvements to the reserve. It has been a long time coming and all within budget.

EPWELL ROAD CLOSURE FROM WEEK ENDING 3RD OCTOBER



What’s Happening, Where and When?

What:              Carriageway Maintenance EPWELL ROAD
Where:            Junction of Boswell Road
When:             Expected start during week ending 3/10/2014
How long:      Approx. 5 days between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm
(for updated start / finish dates see yellow signs at either end of the road)

Parking and Property Access Epwell road

A road closure will be in place and access to your property will be restricted. Amey must ask that vehicles are not parked on the road during the works. Vehicles obstructing their  works will be removed by the City Council and a charge levied for release.  Amey understand that vehicle access may be essential for some medical / personal reasons.  If you need to get a vehicle to your property during these works please ask Amey personnel on site or call 0121 303 6644 (Option 2).  Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Traffic Information

Details of any bus diversions that are in place can be found at http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/information/temporary-diversions/.  Alternatively you can visit your local Travel Shop or call 0121 254 7272.

Works Information

The condition of the existing road has been assessed and localised repairs will be taking place.

The opening description in this letter says where the works will be taking place as Amey do not always include the whole road length.  

Amey apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this necessary road maintenance and they will endeavour to complete the work with as little disruption as possible. Thank you for your patience whilst Amey work to improve your city’s streets.

Epwell Road did take a large volume of traffic during the time Seven Trent closed College Road and I hope this work will restore the condition of the carriage way. I will be asking Amey to get the work done as quickly as possible.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

QUAD BIKES THE RULES

Quad bikes must be approved, registered, taxed and have an MOT (if needed) to be used on the road.
Most quad bikes can’t be used on the road because they don’t meet road safety standards.
Check with the manufacturer if your quad bike has been approved for road use. If your quad bike hasn’t been approved but meets road safety standards you can apply for type approval.

Rules for riding quad bikes

Registering and taxing

You must register your quad bike with DVLA and the bike must have front and rear number plates.
You must also display a valid tax disc.

MOT certificates

Quad bikes used on the road need a valid MOT certificate if they are more than 3 years old.

Driving licence

To drive a quad bike on the road you need to have a full car licence or a category B1 licence if it was issued before January 1997.

Insurance

You must have third party insurance to drive a quad bike on the road.

Passengers

A quad bike can only carry passengers if it is designed to do so and has the right number of seats. Check with the manufacturer if you’re not sure.

Crash helmets

Quad bike drivers and passengers don’t have to wear crash helmets, but it’s recommended.

BURFORD ROAD PLAYING FIELD FENCING UPDATE

Work to start erecting fencing on sections of the Burford Road Boundary are now according to my latest correspondence with the Education Asserts team due to start next week and is expected to finish in mid November.
I will be continuing to press for this work to be finished by the expected completion time.

DISABLED BAY MARKING GOES IN CENTRAL RESERVATION KINGSTANDING ROAD AT LAST.

After months of trying to get a new disabled bay marking on the Kingstanding Road Central reservation car park (opposite the Kingstanding Police Station) I have been pleased to see one has been laid down.
A number of disabled residents have requested an extra bay in the area and this should be of help to them.
I would request able bodied drivers honour this bay marking to allow disabled driver to use it

BANDYWOOD ROAD CLOSURE STARTS WEEK ENDING 3RD OCTOBER



What’s Happening, Where and When?

What:              Carriageway Maintenance
Where:            KETTLEHOUSE ROAD TO LAMBETH ROAD - 2 No
When:             Expected start during week ending 3/10/2014
How long:      Approx. 5 days between the hours of 9.30am and 4.00pm
(for updated start / finish dates see yellow signs at either end of the road)

Parking and Property Access

A road closure will be in place and access to your property will be restricted. Amey must ask that vehicles are not parked on the road during the works. Vehicles obstructing their works will be removed by the City Council and a charge levied for release.  Amey do understand that vehicle access may be essential for some medical / personal reasons.  If you need to get a vehicle to your property during these works please ask Amey personnel on site or call 0121 303 6644 (Option 2).  Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Traffic Information

Details of any bus diversions that are in place can be found at http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/information/temporary-diversions/.  Alternatively you can visit your local Travel Shop or call 0121 254 7272.

Works Information

The condition of the existing road has been assessed and localised repairs pot holes and so on will be taking place.

The opening description in this letter says where the works will be taking place as Amey do not always include the whole road length. 

Amey apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this necessary road maintenance and they will endeavour to complete the work with as little disruption as possible. Amey would like to Thank you for your patience whilst they work to improve your city’s streets.


This work is needed and I will be doing what I can to ensure Amey do this work as quickly as possible.
                                                 

BOOTHS LANE DEVELOPEMENT WORKING PARTY TO HOLD FIRST MEETING

The first meeting of the Booths Lane Taylor Wimpey development working party will meet tomorrow.
It is hoped that this meeting between Community representatives Taylor Wimpey and my self will be able to arrange a serious of as needed meetings to discuss issues of concerns, residents and Taylor Wimpey may have in regards to this development. It is further hoped that issues may be resolved before they become major ones and consultation between residents and the developers will be improved.

I will continue to try and keep residents updated on this blog.

 If you have any concerns you would like me to raise please
email me on Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov .uk
or leave a message on 303 2039

Monday, 29 September 2014

CONTRACTORS SHOULD TAKE THEIR STREET BARRIERS HOME WITH THEM.

I sometimes feel Amey (the private contractor the previous Council administration gave a 25 year contract to to upgrade our streets) just do not understand they need to clear up after they do work in our streets in Oscott. They have a habit on a number of occasions of leaving barriers, sand bags and other items on our streets when they Finlay finish their work and leave.
Other utilities do leave equipment behind to.


If you are aware of any barriers, sand bags or any other equipment that Amey may have left behind please email me Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov .uk
or ring me on 303 2039 and leave me your details and the details of what has been left behind and I will try and get Amey to remove ANY equipment left behind.

NEW PATH TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO WALK FROM QUESLETT ROAD OR CADDICK ROAD TO SANDY LANE

Following a recent site visit I have got Persimmons to agree to open up a foot path from their section to the other section of Booths Lane re Taylor Wimpy in order for pedestrians not to have to walk around the site via the Queslett Nature Reserve. This should take place shortly. You will again be able to walk from Caddick Road to Sandy Lane.
(see previous post re road opening situation)
They will also be putting up signs reminding drivers at the moment their is only access to frontages on the development.

BOOTHS LANE RESIDENTS WANT THEIR POLLING STATION BACK

I am supporting the demands of residents living in the Booths Lane, Bowman and Caddick area, for the return of their "hut" polling station.
This hut was in place for many years in order for local residents to be able to vote without having to travel for long distances.
Contrary to a widely held belief by the powers that be there are some (especially elderly residents ) who still want to make the effort to go out and vote.
Postal votes are a good alternative but there should be an alternative.
The situation has not been made easier by the fact that although the developers Persimmons would now be happy, as agreed to open up Booths Lane to traffic the new developers Taylor Wimpey feel they are not able to open up their section of Booths Lane due to health and safety reasons.

I shall be meeting along with Local residents representatives with Taylor Wimpey as part of a working party to discuss various issues of concern, this week.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

FRIENDS QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY SESSION 27TH SEPT




There will be a Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve Activity Session on Saturday27th September.
The session will begin at 11am, meeting at the Ashworth Road entrance.
There will be light pruning and litter picking.
be prepared to roll up your sleeves and where appropriate clothing and shoes.
Children are welcome under the supervision of an appropriate adult.
If coming by car please to not obstruct local residents drive ways when parking.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

FOREST TYPE TREE OSCOTT SURVEY



I am currently trying to get the powers that be to understand that many residents in Oscott like me feel the way the old forest type street trees in Oscott are not being pruned vigorously enough.

 I am not calling for them to be all pollarded but just pruned more than they are in many cases.
I am continually being told that they are and being quoted Council and government statics on the subject and that minimum standards are being met.

If this minimum standard about how trees are pruned is correct then the minimum standard of pruning needs changing in my view.
With that in mind I am lobbying hard Amey, the Birmingham City Council and with the help of the Perry Barr MP the government on the subject.

To use the popular in word I would like to “engage” with Oscott residents on the subject.

  • If you live in Oscott in a road with large forest type trees in it what do you think?
  • Do you think the trees in your road are not being pruned enough?
  • Do you think the trees in your road have been pruned well?
If you would like to let me know your view on the subject I will pass on your comments.
 Leave me a message (with your name and address) on 303 2039
Or if you have one of my “Tell me your concerns" cards send it in.

I am sure you will hear a lot more on this subject from others as the local elections draw closer! But I would like to know your views now.
I may not win the battle to get the large forest type trees in Oscott pruned more vigorously where needed but I will give it a go.

See also my post s on this subject dated 10.09.2014 ,20.08.2014 and 26.06.2014 or use the search facility top left and type in trees.