Tuesday, 25 July 2017

COUNCILLORS SURGERY



I have a Councillors Surgery today (Tue) at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road, Time 9.30am.

If you cannot get there you can Email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk or leave a message on 303 2039.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

MISSED WASTE COLLECTION UPDATE





I am still being asked what the situation is regarding the strike action which is effecting the waste collection / emptying of wheelie bins. Below is the latest information I have
Further talks on refuse dispute week ending 21st July
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Talks took place this week between Council senior staff including the Interim Chief Executive Stella Manzie and Trades Unions including Unite who are currently taking disruptive industrial action.

Ms Manzie said: “In the talks both sides set out their issues. The Council restated the very fair and reasonable options it had given for refuse workers affected by reorganisation proposals.
There will be no job losses for those who wish to remain with the council and there are options ranging from alternatives at the same grade, to promotional opportunities to staying within the refuse service, or taking redundancy.

 “The Council is operating in difficult times. We are focused on providing reliable, effective refuse collection for citizens and we want to work with trades unions to do that. If that means taking difficult decisions the Council will do so, even where at times it means difficult industrial relations which we are actively trying to resolve
 

“We will be cleaning up rubbish over the weekend and next week.”

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Clearly the situation is clearly annoying to all concerned. If your bin has not been collected leave it out for collection at a later date. I am happy to pass on your concerns if it continues not to be collected.
 
I will also continue to urge all involved to keep talking and to try and resolve this dispute urgently

Thursday, 20 July 2017

THE HARE AND HOUND PUB NEEDS TO BE PUT RIGHT OR RE DEVELOPED



On behalf Of Oscott and Kingstanding Residents I have raised the condition of the former Hare and Hounds  public house on the Kingstanding Road at this weeks Planning Committee.

As you may recall a planning application calling for housing to be put on the site was turned down by the Planning Committee ( following a site meeting which I called for, where the issue could be discussed with residents.) Many residents were very unhappy with the proposal put forward, access being a major concern.

Sadly the building then court fire some time later leaving the building looking a real mess. This has gone on for far to long.

With the help of Oscott Councillor Barbara Dring I am pressing for the developers to be encouraged to come forward with new proposals or at least demolish or rectify the state of the building.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

YET MORE FLY TIPPING HAS HAD TO BE DEALT WITH


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After
Sadly YET AGAIN there continues to be fly tipping hot spots in the Oscott Ward despite the fact rubbish can be taken to the Local Holford Drive Salvage department just minutes down the Road off the Aldridge Road.

All fly tipping is a disgrace THERE IS NO EXCUSE even when there is an industrial dispute going on. Mattresses arm chairs and so on should never just be dumped.

 I have again had to get the  hot spot sorted out near the corner of Dyas Road and the Aldridge Road access way cleaned despite warning signs.

  Residents can help by reporting anyone dumping to the Council. Registration numbers and so on could be a help evidence should the Council decide to prosecute. We should all remember we are paying when other people dump rubbish

It should also be remembered that rear access ways are privately owned and are not the responsibility of the Council in most cases. Residents can help prevent fly tipping by ensuring their gates if they have them are locked.

 I will continue to press the Council to try and do more and will be working with a local resident group to help make residents more aware of the problems.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

THE M.P. FOR PERRY BARR CONTACT DETAILS

I occasionaly receive requests for assistance or advice which would be better addressed by the MP for Perry Barr.( National issues, issues concerning the DWP and NHS and so on)
 I often pass these on, but to help Oscott residents receive quicker responses from him these are his details.
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Khalid Mahmood M.P. for Perry Barr

Parliamentary

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 8141
Fax: 020 7219 1745

Constituency

18 Heathfield Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B19 1HB
Tel: 0121 356 8264; 0121 356 8268
Fax: 0121 356 8278

Web & Social media

He also holds a surgery in the Oscott Ward on the first Saturday in the month 10.30am at the 610 Community Centre.
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Please do not hesitate to contact me with issues relating to local matters and matters relating to the Council.

I am also interested in you general thoughts and concerns about the Oscott area.

 Although I cannot resolve all the issues I hear about I am always will to try and help if I can.


When contacting me please always leave your full contact details.
         

Monday, 17 July 2017

YOUTH CLUB FOR THE KIDS ON THE BANDYWOOD ESTATE



 Youngsters living on the Bandywood Estate aged 10 to 19 there is now a Youth club based at the Emanuel Church Kettle House Road.
The YMCA Triple A project.

They offer


Fun workshops
Quizzes and card games
Pool
Life Coaching
A chance to hold onto old friends and find new ones
a chance to raise your aspirations.

Why not give it a go.

They operate every Saturday 11.30am .to 2.30am

For more Info Ring 354 5614

THE BATTLE FOR A CROSSING ON DYAS ROAD HAS BEEN WON




I would like to thank the Neighbourhood Police Initiative organiser Brian Brookes for all his help in organising petitions asking for this crossing which I presented to the Council last year along with other letters from residents. I am also pleased despite the delay, the Coop supermarket near to where the Zebra crossing is to be located agreed to its installation. This has been a real battle but I have now been told this crossing will be installed over the next moth or so.

This is a busy stretch of the Road and my fellow Ward Councillors Barbara Dring. Tristan Chatfield and I have worked hard over the last year or so to help ensure this crossing would be installed.

It should help those using nearby bus stops on both sides of the road and to the local shops as well as hopefully reduce speeding in the road.

Clearly there are a number of other locations in the Oscott ward where Road safety improvement's of all sorts are needed and I will keep trying like I have at this location to get things done there to. Like at this location I will not be giving up.

THE NEXT FQNR ACTIVITY SESSION 29TH JULY



There will be an Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve activity day on the 29th July at 11.30am
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.

We will be meeting at the Ashworth Road entrance. If you come by car please do not obstruct residents drives.
 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


 

CUTS NEED TO BE CUT


Birmingham is not the only large Council being hit by the Governments cuts to their funding from the Central Government but being the biggest council it has seen the biggest cuts –over £650 million from its annual budget since 2010. With far more to come.

We rate payers may feel we pay a lot of tax but Birmingham only raises about eight per cent of its money locally through council tax, which compares with an average of 25% per cent. Sadly lower value properties generally in Birmingham and high deprivation leads to less council tax income. Inflation which is now rising steadily rising also does not help the situation.
You have to live within your budget but they must be fair.
Despite what some people who are sadly in denial in my view may think, this means the Government grant has a far more damaging effect in Birmingham than elsewhere. The cuts are affecting everything the council does or wants to do and it is the resident like those in Oscott who are feeling it and often do not understand why.

It is because being a densely populated cosmopolitan city with high levels of unemployment in some areas with a lot of child poverty there are complex problems which require much more action to deal with.

 Another major issue for example is there are more frail elderly people who, unable to afford private care, rely on council services.

While in a desperate attempt to ease the effects of cuts, what are considered lesser important ( to some) services like grass cutting in parks and so on are being reduced.

Birmingham has just about coped with these horrendous Government cuts in their funding and the awful Austerity policies the Government are so wrongly fond of. There must be a re think. The policy has long past its sell by date

We have seen in the case of Northern Island for example, money can be found. That being the case it should be shared with larger cities like Birmingham and devolved fairly down to all parts of them including Oscott.

 

MY NEXT COUNCILLORS SURGERY IS ON THE 25TH JULY



My next Councillors surgery will be held at the 610 Community Centre on the 25th of July at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road, The time will be 9.35am.
If you would meet with me to discuss an issue or concern please pop in and see me. I am also interested in your views about the area.
The room I use is fully disabled friendly and the centre has a hearing loop system.
There is parking available at the rear.

Clearly I cannot resolve all the issues I hear about but I am always willing to try and help if I can.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

HOW TO CONTACT ME




Please note I use Face Book and Twitter as an information outlet often rather than bombarding residents with leaflets.(I DO NOT DEAL WITH CASES ON THESE MEDIUMS)

However if you have an enquiry or concern that you feel I should know about please contact me by either Email Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk , leave me a Phone message on 303 2039 or right to me care of the Birmingham City Council House B1 1BB
If you have one of my post free return card you can also send that to me.
Please note remember to let me have you full contact details.

KEEP OUT OF THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE LAKE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY



It may be warm during the summer holidays  but never be tempted to cool down by entering the lake in the Queslett Nature Reserve.

The lake may be dangerous to swimmers.
It may look cool and pretty but the water has not been treated, it is full of bacteria and there are hidden obstacles in it including broken glass, old trollies and logs

It is not even safe to paddle in or allow your dog to enter.

Please keep out of the lake for your own safety even if you are a good swimmer.