Monday, 20 April 2015

GREENHOLM ROAD NEEDS TO BE 20MPH



The section of Greenholm Road near the Greenholm school needs to be 20MPH.

That is the view of residents Khalid Mahmood MP, Councillor Chatfield and I met outside the school recently thought, and I agree.

I am already asking this to be considered as part of the 20MPH scheme the City Council  is currently rolling out in some areas.
In my view this would complement the Transport Regulation Orders (double yellow lines for the near by junctions ) which are currently high on the list of potential road safety measures being looked at for the Oscott area.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

YOUR VOTE MATTERS



Despite what some may say I have found most people who stand for election even if I disagree with the things they say do it for the right reason.
To try and help their City / Country and fellow residents have a better way of life.
You still have until the 20th of April to vote. It only takes a few minutes.



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TREE CAMPAIGN UPDATE IN OSCOTT









How many residents would like to see trees pruned.
(This tree is not in Birminham but was pruned by professional contractors in another authority and shows how trees can be pruned to make a difference).




On Tuesday I presented the latest petition requesting the Trees in Meadthorpe Road  and the surrounding area be pruned more vigorously by Amey the Contractor responsible. The petition also called  for large trees in the o be replaced in a phased way.
This petition is just one of a number of similar ones I have presented for the last few months.
There are delays in receiving responses however due to the time of year but I will continue this campaign along side my 2 Councillor Colleagues for Oscott Councillor Tristan Chatfield and Councillor Barbara Dring.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

THORNBRIDGE AVENUE CARRIAGE WAY UPGRADE OSCOTT

I still have conformation that the Thornbridge Avenue Carriage way Oscott section) is due for an upgrade before the end of June.
I am continuing to do what I can to ensure this time scale does not slip as this carriage way is definitely  in poor condition and needs action. I will certainly be reminding Amey Highways.

FLY POSTING NEEDS TO BE STOPPED

All across the North part of Birmingham including parts of Oscott the scourge of illegal fly posting can be seen.
I understand some companies need to advertise but they need to go through the correct channels and not just put up posters on fencing and lamppost (Worst still on pedestrian crossing.

Councillor Barbara Dring Chair Licensing has brought to my attention that there can be a fine of up to £2000 for illegal fly posting and that Amey Highways have the contract to remove illegal Fly posters.


I will certainly be doing what I can to get the number of these illegal fly posters taken down.

I would urge anyone thinking of putting up posters to check with the Birmingham City Council for permission before they do so.

If you have a concern regarding fly posters please contact me on 303 2039.

Friday, 10 April 2015

INDOOR BOWLES AT SAINT MATHEWS CHURCH




While out and about yesterday along with Parliamentary candidate Khalid Mahmood and Councillor Chatfield, we were  offered a chance to have a go on the indoor bowling mat at Saint Mathews Church by the club that uses the Centre their every Thursday afternoon.
Although out of practise, I was pleased to be nearer the mark than my 2 colleagues.!

The club operates every Thursday afternoon if you want to pop in to find out more at 2pm.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

POT HOLED ROADS ON THE BADYWOOD ESTATE NEED CARRIAGE WAYS RESUFACING



Appalling carriage ways on Bandywood Road, Kettlehouse Road and Wandsworth Road need resurfacing. Over the last few months I have been in touch with the Contractor who now resurface our roads (Amey Highways requesting) asked that they deal with these roads.
 I have even helped a resident whose car was damaged allegedly as a result of the state of one of the roads, get an offer of compensation.
Amey have repaired some of the pot holes but I am urgently requesting they get on and resurface these road as soon as possible. Amey must do better and i will press them to do so.

If you have a pot hole concern please email me Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk.

DOG FOULING NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH



Following my requests there have been Dog Warden Patrols recently in the vicinity of Burford Road Playing fields recently as well as the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground   Wardens have been out monitoring roads in the area, reassuring residents and speaking to dog walkers. They will also be on the Bandywood Estate soon.

There are litter bins and now new no dog fouling signs in in the area and in some cased I have had to ask for extra street cleaning to take place. Owners should pick up their dogs mess and bag it and bin it.

  Most dog walkers have no issue with picking up and disposing their dogs mess. The stubborn few that do not may expect a fine if caught.These fines are in some cases quite hefty.

The Birmingham City Council now has  limited resources due to the unprecedented cuts in funding from Central Government and  dealing with the issue of dog fouling can be difficult but if you are a Oscott resident who has a particular concern please let me know and I will do what I can to help.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

NEW PARKING FOR THE METROPOLITAN COLLEGE ALDRIDGE ROAD

REF PLANNING APPLICATION 2015/02642LPA


The Metropolitan College Aldridge Road have Finally submitted a planning application for consultation regarding their extending their car parking and demolishing an old work shop.

Those of use who have been lobbying the College for so long with the aim of getting them to improve their car parking will be delighted.

From my discussions with the college in the past I am aware this application has been one they were keen to apply for as they understand the parking situation locally.

Residents and shop keepers from the Aldridge Road, Burnham Road and Birdbrook Road in particular have been in touch with me for some time regarding the way students currently park in the area, blocking drop curbs and obstructions junctions for example.

The proposal will increase parking on the college site from 175 places to 249 places a net increase of 74. It is also proposed that the new parking area will have lighting.

Friday, 3 April 2015

THE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER TREE PRUNING GOES ON




Despite an apparent lack of interest by Amey and the powers that be I am on behalf of local residents continuing the battle for a long term change in the tree pruning policy in this city and for much better tree maintenance including pruning and more replacement tree planting.

The battle to get the powers that be to understand the frustration residents have had for many years regarding the way many large trees are not being pruned heavily enough or being replaced in a phased way when they reach their sell by date is frustrating but the battle will go on.
There is also the on going ever present threat of large branches on trees which have not been pruned enough falling on passing pedestrians or cars.

I have presented a number of petitions to the Council which do take time to process and in the meantime I am continuing to pass on to Amey residents observations on the trees in their roads.

PLANT NATIVE BRITSH PLANTS WHERE POSSIBLE

At the meeting of the Birmingham City Council's Planning committee I strongly urged that the planting Native British plants should be encouraged when it comes to developers / large stores and so on carrying out land scape work
Member of the Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve work closely with the Parks department to ensure any planting we do in the reserve is of Native plants.
Residents should also consider the doing the same where possible in their gardens  as native plants encourage our wildlife far more than none native species.