Monday, 20 November 2017

YMCA BANDYWOOD YOUTH CLUB




Triple A Project

Triple A stands for Aspiration, Ambition and Achievement, 3 values which underpin our youth work. The aim of the project is to raise the aspirations of young people, increase their ambition and help them to achieve their goals. Through this work, we hope to support and develop young people in fulfilling their dreams and becoming active members of the community. Our work includes:
  • Centre-based youth clubs and youth work
  • Detached youth work
  • Life coaching
  • Family Work
  • Issue-based workshops
  • Educational workshops
Our services are available to all young people aged 10-19 years old and we deliver in the following areas of North and East Birmingham:
North
How much: £0.50 entrance fee

Bandywood Youth Club
Where: Emmanuel Community Church Hall, Kingstanding Road
When: Saturdays
Time: 1-3pm

Why not pop in and find out more

Friday, 17 November 2017

CHECKING OUT THE KINGSTANDING POST OFFICE CHANGES PROPOSALS






The Oscott Labour Team and Local Residents Councillor Barbara Dring and I have been out checking that the Post Office  proposals ref the Kingstanding Circle consultations are being advertised and that the new location ( the old HSB bank building) in Kettlehouse Lane are disabled friendly. Both of which are positive.

If you have any views one way or another take a note of the cconsultation details as seen on the Post Office Door and let the Post Office know.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

LOOKING AFTER THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE



 

As the Chair and Founder of the Friends Of the Queslett nature Reserve Environmental Group I try and pop into the reserve at least a couple of times a week time permitting.
It is pleasing to see how tidy, star members of the FQNR like Brenda try and keep it.

I spent some solid time checking out the wooden fencing on the western boundary today for possible damage. I as pleased to say it looks ok.

If you use the reserve please keep your eyes pen for and ASB and if you see any contact the Police by using their 101 number.

GREEN HOLM ROAD SCHOOL NEAR BY JUNCTION TO GET YELLOW LINES AT LAST



Following representations from the Oscott Labour Team and the Oscott Schools Road Safety and parking Working Party (which I chair). The Local Transportation department have finally announce yellow lines are to be introduced near the Greenholm School.

A number of resident, parents  and even the School crossing Patrol attendant have been in touch wit me and Barbara for some time now about this issue.

Yellow lines (TRO) do not come cheap and there has to be consultation which can take time.

However I have now been informed a contractor has be given the Ok and weather permitting they should be laid down at the junctions of roads near to the Greenhome Road School by the New Year

THE LONG TERM FUTURE OF THE KINGSTANDING SHOPPING PRECINT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED




 

Following the Oscott Labour Teams concerns about the Kingstanding Shopping area and precinct ,both
last year and this the City Council have now done  a survey of Kingstanding Circle, as well as all the other Local Centres in the City. The results showed that the overall vacancy levels in Kingstanding Circle were 13%, which is higher than the average for Centres in the City.

I have asked the Councils Development Planning Manager for the North West of Birmingham, to investigate this matter and to make contact with the Precincts owners so we can understand the issues and their intentions for the site.

 As Local residents  as well as being  Oscott Councillors  who use this site  Barbara and I will await their response with interest as we have more than a simple passing interest. We have the long term future to think of too.

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

FUTHER KINGSTANDING CIRCLE UPDATE





Following my further requests for more information the Post Office have confirmed thatservices  such as  car tax and passport check and send would still be available at Kingstanding Post Office.    The only service not available would be the Biometric Enrolment Service for the Home Office with the nearest alternative branches being Birmingham Post Office and Walsall Post Office.    DVLA Photocard Driving Licence renewal and Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence application services would still be available at Kingstanding Post Office. 

Your Oscott Labour Team will continue to keep you posted (no pun intended) as we live in the area and use this Post Office.
We are also asking for the wonderful staff who work at this Post office to be considered.

KING STANDING POST OFFICE IS LIKEY TO MOVE TO KETTLEHOUSE ROAD





Over the last few weeks I have been asked by a number of residents what is going to happen to the Post Office currently located in the Kingstanding Shopping prescient.
I have been making enquiries and along with the rest of the Oscott labour have been asking for the Post Office to be kept "Local"

This is the current update

From the Post Office
Dear  Cllrs,  further to our correspondence with the council in July 2016 regarding our search for a retail partner to take on the operation of Kingstanding Post Office.  This morning we briefed colleagues at Kingstanding Post Office that we are proposing to move the branch from its current location to the vacant retail premises, which was previously HSBC, at 7 Kettlehouse Road, Birmingham, B44 9JJ, where it would be run by our new retail partner.  Through this partnership we will maintain and modernise Post Office services in a location which is approximately 180 metres from the current Post Office branch.  

Our new retail partner, who already operates a Post Office branch elsewhere in the West Midlands, regards the Post Office network as a vital part of community services and has satisfied us that they would be able to deliver excellent standards of customer service in a modern environment, over extended opening hours and successfully operate Kingstanding Branch.  The new branch will be a bright, modern open-plan layout which will include a complete internal refurbishment and incorporate a retail offering of greeting cards, gifts and confectionery. 

We will be inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the proposed move in a public consultation, starting tomorrow, Wednesday 15 November 2017, closing on Monday 08 January 2018.  In this instance we have extended public consultation by 10 calendar days to allow for the Christmas and New Year period. 
 
I hope residents will have their say if they are concerned if you would like me to know of any concerns please leave me a message on 303 2039.
There are naturally concerns about the effect of this move on the prescient but the service will take place just across the Road?

Monday, 13 November 2017

HOW GOVRNMENT CUTS WILL EFFECT KINGSLAND SCHOOL

 

 

 

Kingsland Primary School (NC)


  • -£84.7k

  • -£291

  • -2

HOW GOVERNMENT CUTS WILL EFFECT THE GREAT BARR JUNIOR SCHOOL




How Government cuts will effect Great Barr Junior and infant School

Great Barr Primary School

  • -£43.4k

  • -£104

  • -1

Sunday, 12 November 2017

OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN CHECKING ON GRIT BINS IN OSCOTT







Now the weather is getting colder I have been out and about in Oscott again this week checking that grit bins have enough grit in them.

If you are aware of a bin with no grit in and you would like me to try and get it refilled either Email Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk or ring me and leave a message on 3032039.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

THE BIRKENSHAW TO BIRDBROOK ROAD RIGHT OF WAY GETS A CLEAN UP.








Councillor Barbara Dring and I have managed to come to an agreement with a Voluntary group who give the Birdbrook to Birkenshaw Road public Right of way. a clean up and cut back.
Those who use this right of way will have noticed we have managed to get a late autumn clean up.

This is complemented by the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve who do occasional litter picks in the right of way. I always enjoy working with these volunteers to try and keep some of our local grot spots clear of litter.

THE KINGSTANDING SHOPPING PRECINCT NEEDS HELP





The governments Austerity measures and policies are really effecting Oscott residents. Sadly some of their politicians appear to be in self denial and think every thing is rosy?

Just look at the run down state of the Kingstanding shopping area for example.
 Resident are having to use larger shops further afield as in many cases due to the completion and the fact residents have less money in their pockets. They could afford in may cases to use the smaller shops in the precinct and this has not helped.

Luckily the Post Office is still there and shops like Farm Food and Greiggs are holding on.

Given many residents are really feeling the Governments cuts it is no surprise that Charity shops are slowly taking over the units in the area.

Councillor Barbara Dring and I are doing what we can to help ( I have been asking the Economic development section if they can help) but until the Government realise the damage they are causing with their cuts to Local Councils and suppressing residents pay and so on it will be a big job to see any major improvements.

We will carrying on try to help and would urge residents to use those shops that are still in the precinct.


POLICE CARRY OUR SPEED WATCH OPERATION IN OSCOTT



I would like to thank the Oscott Police Team for their Speed Watch operation in the Oscott Ward today.
Councillor Barbara  Dring and I have passed on a number of complaints about speeding in the area to the Police on behalf of local residents.

I hope the measures the Police have been making will be noted and driver will slow down when driving along our busy and often narrow Roads.

I understand where possible warnings will be given to residents seen speeding.

Burnham Road
Old Oscott Lane
Birdbrook Road
are just some of the roads that were looked at.

I will certainly be requesting for more of these operations.

YOUR OSCOTT TEAM ARE INTERESTED IN THE VIEWS OF OUR OLDER RESIDENTS






Both Councillor Barbara Dring and I visit elderly residents in the Oscott area when we can to find out what concerns they have.
If you miss us, or have difficulty getting to one of our surgeries, please leave us a message on 303 2039 ( remember 
 


to leave your full contact details.)