Thursday, 16 February 2017



Sadly I could not speak at the Planning Committee due to my views already expressed re the Aldi Old Horns application. Also as the Founder and Chair of the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve it could be considered I had an interest.

  Those local residents Bob and Brenda who were allowed to speak did very well expressing the views of a number of other local residents.
It was good to see fellow Oscott CLLR and local resident, Barbara Dring also took the time to come along to show support. Oscott residents views were well considered.

 It was also pleasing to hear of Walsall's objections to this application.

Hamish Latchem, regional property director for Aldi UK, said that a new supermarket on Old Horns Crescent would bring  less "necessary overtrading in Great Barr, Kingstanding and New Oscott".
"Thirty full-time jobs would be created," he added  .

The application was turned down due to concerns about traffic congestion, and wildlife and tree loss. It was recognized new jobs may have been created but also jobs in other small local shops may have been lost. The decision was made by Councillors representing all the Political parties on the Council. It appeared to me to be a very fair hearing but a decision had to be made.

Out of 273 names on the petitions against the proposal 260 were raised by the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve and the Oscott Elderly Resident Group, both of which are local groups, so well done to them.

 I do however hope ALDI will now look for and find another more suitable site for their store, they are a large company who should note the feelings of the local community.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017


It was good to see the Perry Barr /Oscott Community Speed Watch out and about in Oscott recently (on the Queslett Road)  which is just one of a number of Oscott roads with speeding issues which I have been raising with the Police at their Neighbourhood Tasking meetings.

I have been assured others are in the pipe line to be looked at. ( I wont say where!!)

 I would also like to thank the scores of residents  who raise the issue of speeding with me and can assure you they are all raised with the Local Police team one way or another.

If you have concerns about speeding in the Oscott area or if you would like to join the Oscott Community Speed Watch Please email me

Monday, 13 February 2017


As you may be aware, the recent Governments Local Government Boundary Review has resulted in the creation of 69 wards in Birmingham and the move to all out elections from 2018. (in place of the previous 40. )This is due to their requirement for the reduction in numbers of local Councillors despite an increase in the population of Birmingham?  

In order to move towards these new arrangements, they  are now undertaking a full review of Polling Districts and Places in order to ensure that polling stations are located in the most suitable place within the new wards 

All of the  documents needed to understand the new changes will be available online, but in addition to the above, there are 69 ward maps showing the proposed polling district boundaries and a list of streets per polling district, 

Where you vote may change.
They are asking for residents opinions however given their past record although you should inform them of your opinion don't be disappointed at their final response or if your views are ignored.  

Here is a link to the documents held online – 


Friday, 10 February 2017


With snow expected I have been out and about again checking grit bins have been topped up.
If the one by you is low on grit and snow let me know and I will chase up getting it topped up.

Please remember grit is only meant foe the public high way.

Thursday, 9 February 2017


If you are on the Birmingham City Councils application for new social Housing list (including requests for Transfer) you will need to be re registered, if you have not done so recently. There is a April dead line so you need to do it soon otherwise you will be off the list.

This is due to changes to how lists are dealt with to ensure requests are dealt with in an open and transparent way. It is the law.

To find out more Email

Make sure you are registered. DO NOT LEAVE IT TO CHANCE

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


The Planning officers for Birmingham City Council are recommending the latest Planning application from ALDI  regarding the land at the corner of Old Horns be refused.

They have decided the current application does not meet their requirement's and there are to many issues that still need addressing.

They have listened to arguments from all sides and read letters from residents.
 They have also taken into account the petitions organized by the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve and the Oscott Elderly Group which I presented on their behalf, as both of these group have been very active seeking residents opinions.

. Councillor Barbara Dring, Councillor Chatfield and Khalid Mahmood MP for Perry Barr, have also made strong representations on this issue and like myself have been carefully listening to residents views rather than jumping on the issue late in the day.

I would also like to thank ALL those residents who have taken the time to contact me on this issue.

Aldi still have a right of appeal if the Planning committee accept Planning officers recommendations to refuse their plans and being a large powerful company they may well succeed.

Given the amount of time and effort I have put in listening to a number of views from many residents on the subject,  I feel I  should not take part in the Planning committees deliberations as it may be felt to be unfair.

Thursday, 2 February 2017


It was a great shame to see the Pheasey Library (Walsall) is to close.

Thankfully although there may be a small reduction in the opening hours in Oscott it looks very likely both of our Libraries in Oscott will despite the awful cuts being made to the Birmingham City Councils funding from the Government will stay open

Along with my 2 Ward Colleagues Councillors Barbara Dring and Councillor Tristan Chatfield I have been fighting for our libraries Kingstanding and Perry Common ( and Tower Hill).

We care about our libraries for example a new roof  and refurbishment of the Perry Common Library and an upgrade to the children's section of the Kingstanding library have took place

 over recent years.

We are also in talks behind the scenes about the libraries in Oscott to try and make their future even safer. We hope in the long term to have our libraries extend their hours again?

One of the best ways to safe guard libraries rather than just sign a petition is to use them and increase the figures of those who use libraries. Residents who like me live in Oscott like our libraries so despite the sometimes odd opening hours please try and use them