Thursday, 20 October 2016
I was pleased to note the speed which the new paths (or upgrades) are being put down out at in the Queslett Nature Reserve.
It will seem strange at first but as they weather in it will begin to look more natural. They will certainly aid those walking (or running) in the reserve and should help ease the drainage issues that were causing issues for some.
They will also help create fire breaks. As we know grass fire can cause such damage to sites like this reserve and can be dangerous for visitors and wild like alike.
Other works are to be undertaken, the installation of new logs to sit on, litter bins and the creation of a small open space near the end of the lake. A new emergency entrance will also be installed at the Old Horns entrance and new information boards are to be put up.
The FQNR environmental Group volunteers are also working hard behind the scenes with their habitat and wild life improvements as well as their regular clean ups.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
It is always nice to be asked to speak at the Oscott Elderly residents group but I enjoyed playing second fiddle today while listening to an interesting talk about how to avoid scams by a trading Standards Officer.
I was certainly a well attended meeting today and light refreshments and a chance to win on a
raffle were well received.
The Oscott Elderly Residents group Chair Maureen Byrne has told me she and her group are always ready to welcome new member and you can ask for details at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road
Despite rumour mongering to the contrary in the past the 2 Oscott Libraries are to be kept open partly due to the battle put up by Oscott Councillors. ( We also fought foe the Tower hill library in the Perry Barr ward.)
Sadly they will have reduced hours but unlike some Community Libraries the proposals are they will remain open.
It is a great shame that huge cuts in government funding to Local Councils like Birmingham have put so many libraries under threat.
The 2 libraries in Oscott the Kingstanding Library ( which recently had its children's section upgraded) and the Perry Common library cater not only for Oscott residents but due to their location also a large number of Kingstanding residents as well. These libraries have a very important role to do in the Oscott area.
I would also like to thank all those residents who have helped us to fight to keep our libraries open in Oscott and remind resident we have saved the libraries but if we are to regain more opening hour in the future we all need to try and use our libraries more. Any Community Groups who think they may be able to support our Libraries should have a chat with the appropriate senior Librarian.
It was good to be out and about again with the Oscott volunteer Grot spot team ( and no it was not even election time!) for those who do not know we do go out as a team through the year when we can.
Yesterday we were in Darledale Avenue and I would like to thank those who came along.
Monday, 17 October 2016
Following pressure from the 3 Oscott Councillors, (Barbara Dring , Tristan Chatfield and my self) the Transportation department have had a re think about the possibility of introducing a Zebra Crossing on Dyas Road near the Island junction with Old Oscott Lane.
Previous thoughts to introduce a pedestrian refuge have been withdrawn following my insistence that consultation with NX and Centro take place, when it was realized it would be difficult to maneuver buses around the refuges.
The case notes for the new proposal are being examined and put to the various bodies for consultation.
This scheme has my full support as I have been working on this issue without making any promises for some considerable time.
I would also like to thank Brian Brookes and other residents who helped me collect signatures' on a petition last year.
The original prosal was for a pedestrian refuge to be places as indicated by the out line below.
Saturday, 15 October 2016
It was a pleasure to be with a small but dedicated group of people who care so much about the Queslett Nature Reserve today.
These volunteers are hard working volunteers who give up their time to try and improve the reserve.
Today we took owner ship of the first batch of bird boxes which will be put up over the coming months as part of a habitat improvement initiative.
Much needed litter picking and light pruning was also carried out.
It was also good to see the progress be made by contractor working to put in the new mid side lake path.
If you want to help improve the Queslett Nature reserve and its wild life and want to put in some work to do so please email me
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Some light relief at to days long BCC Planning meeting. Thanks to Chair Mike Shape and his gift to me of a little hedge hog ( now named "Sharpie".)
Another pleasing event later in the meeting was Councillor Peter Douglas Osborne's ( Con) full support for my attempts to get a small Planning sub committee set up to look at Environmental and wild life* issues in relation to the Planning committee. We have looked at heritage and conservation for years why not the Environment and wild life?
I do not pretend to be an expert on these subjects* but I will do what I can to get these issues on the map in Planning terms in Birmingham.
The expected introduction of a Traffic Regulation Order ( yellow lines) to protected the corners of Marshall Grove. Blakeland Road and Anstey Road ( where they meet Greenholm Road near the school) from parked vehicles, have been delayed due to an objection from a resident.
Yellow lines are a legally binding arrangement and there proposed introduction has to go out to public consultation. This can often following an objection lead to a further review of the matter which clearly can cost time and extra expense. However clearly objections must be fully considered.
Sadly while a decision is made regarding the objection, parking on these corners will have to continue to be in the hand of the over stretched Local Police force who have faced cuts in their funding due to central government for some time. They are the enforcement agency.
If yellow lines are introduced the parking issues in question will not be solved automatically but most agree including the Birmingham City Council Transport department that the situation should be better.
I hope parents who drop off and collect their children from Greenholm school will park carefully and away from these junctions for the safety of the children going to school.
We now await the review of the TRO application.
There are no easy solutions to the issue of parking near schools.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
I would like to say a big thank you to the schools, Fire Brigade, Police Church representatives and Council Council officer officers who attended today meeting regarding problems with parking and road safety around schools in Oscott which took place today.
Clearly there are no easy solutions but at the meeting which everyone assured me they found useful there was clearly food for thought.
There are a number of initiatives and funding streams being considered and Oscott needs to be there fighting for anything we can get.
For example banners like the one above and other information and material are available for local schools in Oscott, they simply have to ask for it.
It may be worth asking your local school to get involved if they are not already.
Some of the possible physical solutions are being taken away for appraisal by the Transportation department and Road safety officers are looking at other issues.
However as I indicated there are no simple solutions to a problems faced by school residents and parents across the country but at least the issue is well on the agenda here in Oscott. Every solution found can often have a detrimental effect somewhere else and has to be considered..
Residents will be part of the feed back and able to discuss the issues at a meeting which should take place in the New Year.
As many residents know through out the winter months I carry out a grit bin patrol to try and get Amey Highways to top up grit bins in the Oscott ward where needed.
I have already started this process and have been advised by Amey Highways all grit bins in the Oscott area should be topped up ready for any bad weather by the end of the month.
From November I shall continue checking as many grit bins in Oscott as possible but would ask residents to contact me if a grit bin becomes empty.
Email Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham,gov.uk or leave me a message on 303 2039)
Sunday, 9 October 2016
The Friend of the Queslett Nature Reserve are trying to make the reserves habitat more hedge hog friendly and would ask residents to do their bit by giving up a section of their garden to them.
Please leave a small gap in your fence to allow them to roam from garden to garden and make sure you check any garden bonfires before you light them ( especially at this time of year as Bonfire night approaches.)
What to do if you find a hedgehog that needs help
If you see a hedgehog out in the daylight, or an injured or sick hedgehog at any time, it is in trouble. A hedgehog 'sun-bathing' or 'staggering' is probably very cold, and hypothermia is setting in. You need to act at once to help the animal.
NEVER LEAVE A HEDGEHOG OUT IN THE OPEN IN DAYLIGHT
• Pick up the hedgehog using gloves or an old towel
• Put the hedgehog in a high sided box filled with torn up newspaper, or cover with an old towel
• If the hedgehog feels cold to the touch, put in a bottle filled with hot water and wrap it up in a towel (A plastic pop bottle is ideal)
• Cover or close the box to protect the hedgehog from flies and maggots
• If there is an obvious wound or injury, take the hedgehog to a vet, straight away if possible. Tell the vet you want the hedgehog back if it recovers as it is always best to release recovered hedgehogs back into their territory
If you need further advice contact the West Midland Hedgehog Rescue
For advice on what to do next:
If you find an injured hedgehog or a hedge on distress you can contact the West Midland Hedgehog rescue organization. for advice.
You can help them to help hedgehogs by donating
• Clean paper pet bedding &puppy training pads
• Old Towels/Bedding
• Old Beanie Hats
(aka hoglet sleeping bags - fleecetype - no loose knit)
• Dried mealworms
• Feeding Syringes
• Single Use Sterile Needles
• Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel
For more information ring the West Midland Hedge hog Rescue
Tel no 01922 419 532 0r 07837 409 533.
You could also contact you Councillor or MP and ask them to take this issue seriously?