Friday, 18 August 2017

OSCOTT WASTE TO BE COLLECTED MONDAY



Please note the letter I received today
 
Dear Councillor
 
As part of our contingency plan to respond to the industrial action, we established a three week cycle of collections and this remains in place.  We are visiting all Wards on a three week collection rotation to ensure we can provide the best possible service and clear the backlogs we have as a result of Unite’s industrial action.  

I am writing to let you know that your Ward is one of those that will be visited on Monday 21 August.  We endeavour to clear all waste presented in the Ward during the day. 

If that is not possible, please accept my apologies in advance. So we are able to tackle any areas where collections are missed, could you please encourage citizens to report missed collections the following day (Tuesday 22 August) via www.birmingham.gov.uk/missedcollections 

I hope our efforts in these extremely challenging times are making a difference. We are making every effort to keep the streets as clean as possible.

Kind regards.

Jacqui

Jacqui Kennedy
Corporate Director - Place

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

BIN STRIKE SUSPENDED





It is good news that the bin Strike has been called off, suspended as negotiations take place between Council Chiefs and UNITE. As many will know I have been calling for this from day one.

I now hope long term agreements can take place which all parties can accept and will improve out bin collection service at a reasonable.

 Councillor Barbara Dring and myself' who both live in Oscott and fully understand the frustration residents have had. We  are only too aware of the situation  and will be busy pressing to get Oscott cleaned up as quickly as possible, as we have already been doing.There is a lot to clean up.

It may take time to get back to normal but I hope we are  on the right road. We also need to lobby the Government to cut their cuts to the Councils funding which has done do much damage to or services across the board.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

PERRY BARR POLICE BASE TO GO



I was sad to learn that the Perry Barr Police office is to be sold off. The official line is it is about Police officers rather that office s pace but we all know its own to the disgraceful cuts in Central Governments funding to the WestMidland Police

Thursday, 10 August 2017

ANOTHER LITTER PICK FOR THE BIRDBROOK BIRKENSHAW ROAD RIGHT OF WAY



Along with Councillor Dring I recently arranged for a community organization to cut back public right of ways in the Oscott area. Today along with some of the Oscott Grot spot squad I helped litter pick the Birdbrook to Birkenshaw Road public right of way . Also many thanks to M.A)
I just wish some residents would take their litter home with them

A SUNNY DAY OF THE ALDRIDGE ROAD RECREATION GROUND



It is a shame that because of Government cuts to the Councils funding grass cutting has had to be reduced on many of our open spaces ( perhaps the Government can come up with another money tree like they have for others?)

It was nice to see on the Aldridge Recreation Ground today the play area was being well used and some youngsters were playing football. There is still a large area of the field cut suitable for football and so on..

It was interesting to see on the smaller section of the field which sadly has been left uncut for the moment at least they have cut some fire breaks which are not simply just around the edges. I noticed and spoke to a number of dog walker who seem fairly happy with this.
 Mind you I will continue to ask for more of the site to be cut when possible.

THERE WILL BE A FRIENDS OF THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY SESSION AUG 12TH





There will be an Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve activity day on the 12th of August at 11.30am. We will be meeting at the Old Horns entrance.
There will be litter picking, some light pruning and some improvement work is to be undertaken.


Please where study shoes and be prepared for the weather. ( we may have to cancel due to heavy rain?)
Children are welcome under the strict supervision of an adult.


 Please keep an eye on the FQNR Face Book page for more details.

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We are are volunteers trying to improve the reserve and would welcome any help you can give. Any equipment needed will be given out.

For further information please email before 10.00 on the day. <brendafoqnr@yahoo.ca>

THE OSCOTT POLICE TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP


With Ken Smith Oscott N.W South and Brian Brookes NPI

Sadly due to government cuts in funding to the Police, the effects are beginning to show in Oscott.
For example the number of officers on the local Oscott Neighbourhood team has been cut by nearly half.
Although the remaining officers work hard and do a good job clearly they cannot do the work carried out when they had a larger compliment of officers.

The cuts can clearly be seen by an increase ( for the first time in years) in crime in the area and by a big reduction of visible policing in the area and it is not just the local police that have been effected the Traffic Police have been dramatically cut to. This does not help with issues like speeding in the area.

The Local Police Team needs local resident help more than ever. As a member of the Oscott Neighbourhood Police Tasking meeting which is where the Police and Oscott Community group leaders ( and other agencies)  meet bi monthly to discuss local Policing issues they are often calling for new members.

Residents can also help by calling either the 101 number for non emergencies or 999 if they see any acts of crime. Residents can also join the Neighbourhood Watch or the Oscott Neighbourhood Police Initiative. These groups do what they can to help residents work together to avoid crime or to link with the Police.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

FURTHER DELAYS TO BIN COLLECTIONS IN OSCOTT


I have been informed a minor road accident ( no injuries) involving a salvage vehicle in Oscott on Saturday has caused further delays to waste collection for Darleydale Avenue and surrounding areas in Oscott.
 Councillor Barbara Dring and I are asking that the situation is sorted out ASAP
Please leave your bins out

I would continue to urge all parties involved in this dispute to get around the negotiating table and resolve it.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

HAWTHORN ROAD PRAYER AND PEACE WALK SEPT 2ND



There will be a Prayer Peace walk on the Hawthorn Road on September 2nd.
Starting Elim Church Warren Hill Road 3pm .
All faiths welcome

THE BOOTHS LANE WORKING PARTY HELD A MEETING LAST WEEK



CHAIR OF THE BOOTHS LANE WORKING PARTY BOB WILD


The Booths Lane Working Party met last week to discuss issues of concern regarding the Taylor Wimpy development area.
The working party includes member of the Oscott Resident Association (Booths Lane section) senior officers from Taylor Wimpy, the Birmingham City Council Planning Transport engineer and myself.

We are all working to bring forward the re- opening of the Booths Lane and have been trying to get the numerous legal and health and safety issues dealt with as well as the housing building issues. There has been some slow but steady progress.
Other issues being addressed are mud on local road, parking and the amount of dust from the development.
These meetings only discuss general issues of concern to the community.and if you have anything you would like me to raise at the next one please email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk

Thursday, 3 August 2017

GREAT BARR LEISURE CENTRE NEWS



Along with Councillor Barbara Dring I have been looking into the Great Barr Leisure Centre issue.

It appears to be closing for what hopefully will only be a short time on the 8th of August.
I have spoken to Council officials who are in confidential  discussions with the Great Barr Academy regarding possible different running arrangements when the school finally takes over the running of the site.

I cannot say too much at this stage but the Council officers responsible  are very hopeful that when the school returns from its break a reasonable conclusion to negotiations will take place.

I have also contacted the school urging them to consider the interest of the local community when negotiating the terms of the take over.

The Governments cuts in their funding to the Birmingham City Council are really starting to be noticeable now

I would like to thank Jane for the information below.

I use the Streetly Association centre on Foley Road ( Sutton Coldfield) Facilities for table tennis, squash, badminton, dance studio etc.. Not too expensive either. A good alternative to Great Barr.

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MISSED WASTE IN OSCOTT SHOULD BE COLLECTED FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST

After intense representation from Councillor Barabara Dring and I,  we have been assured those roads in Oscott where waste was missed earlier this week will be collected tomorrow Aug 4th or on Saturday.
The message we have had is to remind residents to leave out their bins.

Thank you to all of you who are writing o me on the missed waste issue I can issue you YOUR comments are being passed on and I am urging all those dealing with this regrettable industrial action to get around the table and to come up with a solution.

Like many Oscott residents living in the Oscott Ward I to would like my bins emptied.