Monday, 29 December 2008
I am sure the residents of Oscott could think of better uses for the money.
(Please don't ring me with suggestions on this occasion as the chances of Oscott getting any reasonable amount of money from this Council are slim to none existent.)
Friday, 26 December 2008
A number of local residents and members of the Queslett Nature Reserve have now contact me with concerns about the threat of building a Skate Board Centre on the Queslett Nature Reserve.
As far as I can ascertain this threat is not likely to occur although you can never say never.
Certainly I can speak for both Councillor Dring and myself when I say we are totally apposed to such a silly idea. Here are just a few reasons why.
- Perry Barr Park is a better option.
- There is no regular ranger service on the Queslett Nature Reserve.
- The QNR is a reserve and it has now been up graded to a SSSI category for its importance to nature.
- There would be problems regarding the security (observation of the site proposed)
- It would disturb the wild life and the activities of those using the reserve.
- If there was an accident the Ambulance Service would have difficulty accessing the site.
- It would encourage Motor bikes and other acts on anti social behavior on the reserve.
- It would alienate many locally residents and users of the reserve.
- The idea has been put forward without any consultation.
- It is not on a handy bus route.
- It would undermine all the hard work carried out by the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve to improve the reserve.
In fact it is hard to see any merit in the idea and not a lot of thought seems to have gone into the proposal? For the view of the Friends of the Queslett nature Reserve please go to Google and then to the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve.This is an importatnt decision and politics should be kept out of it for the sake of the young people in Oscott.
If you would like to discuss this issue with me please ring 360 6486
This idea was put to them by myself and former Councillor John Cotton about 5 years ago and I am pleased that the School is finally looking seriously at the option. While we are waiting I will be carrying on working with local residents and monitoring the parking situation.
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
I have been in touch with the Head off the Bereavement Services who have informed me it is due to seasonal problems, more visitors and so on.
Given this is an even more sensitive time for those visiting the cemetery, this is not acceptable and I have called for an early spring clean of the cemetery. It looks More like Council cuts to me but I could be wrong.?
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
It is also my hope that you will continue to read my blog in the coming year. (Yes even those of a different opinion to my self and who may be tempted to use my blog for ideas on their leaflets?)
Many residents in Oscott have been kind enough to help me with many campaigns and issues during the course 2008 and to those I would like to pass on my thanks. Much of what I may have achieved has been down to us working together.
It goes without saying I will also be carrying on working closely with my Colleague Councillor BARBARA DRING, to do what we can for Oscott Residents and losing a colleague of the calibre of John Cotton has been a problem, we have had to over come.
BARBARA has worked tirelessly on Issues such as where to locate a proposed Skate Board facility, on finding new a home for the Link Play group and on issues like tidying up the island near the Bandywood Shopping area, just to name a few. I like to think as a team we compliment each other in what we do.
If I have not been successful on your behalf, I am more than will to have another go if you wish and who know we may have more success next time. However as you will be aware I will make you know promise other than I will try and help if I can. If you would like to contact me please ring 360 6486.
Once again may I wish you and your family and Friends all the very best for the festive season and for the New Year.
Councillor Keith Linnecor
The one in the middle of the photo !!!!
I was pleased to be able to pop in for example and see a number of elderly residents enjoying their Christmas party at the Emanuel Church. This was organised by Age Concern as part of their Be Friending Scheme. There was good for and entertainment on offer so I kept my hollows to a minimum, but as ever enjoyed myself there.
Age Concern really do a good job for the elderly in the oscott area and I would like to thank them for all their work. If you would like to know more about their activities please give me a ring on 360 6486
Friday, 19 December 2008
I am not aware of any such proposals at the moment but I will be monitoring the situation While Birmingham does need a swimming pool of international standard it certainly should not be at the expense of other local swimming baths.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
While I have welcomed this development and recognise that the new building design is good and the plans will mean less trouble for Oscott residents near the old Great Barr Site near Beeches Road. I still have concerns about the parking arrangements for the development and the surrounding areas.
However there will be monitoring of the parking situation for 5 years and money put to one side to help ease any problems. I have also asked that the near by river is protected during any building work on the site. All in all it is a development to be welcomed and it can not come soon enough.
Given the anti social behavior occurs near the offending wall and the graffiti on it, which has to be cleaned off regularly, I was only to pleased to offer my support for this project.
Hopefully the planting of these bushes, will complement proposals to install new CCTV cameras near the Great Barr Leisure Centre and will help combat the anti social behavior which is happening there.
As you may have read on my 11th November Post I did visit the Centre back in November and was concerned about how the buildings had been allowed to deteriorate and the poor moral of the staff there. However the users of the Centre were all happy and well looked after by the staff. All of which I reported to the Social Services department.
It would appear to me now that it may be the case that the Council have been letting the condition of the building deteriorate, as a way of convincing people it is time the centre closed? I hope this was not the case. The announcement just before Christmas is a real body blow for all concerned.
Those who use the centre (some of the most vulnerable members of our community) in many cases have been going there for many years and it would be a big up evil to them and their families, if they had to have to go else where. In fact to many of the users, the Centre is a second home to them, where they feel safe and have activities to do. It would be a great shame no a disgrace!!! if this centre has to close.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Although I have not been a committee member for some time I do pop in from time to time to see if there is any help I can give and I always receive a warm welcome.
At today's "bash" every one had a good time the food was excellent, crackers were pulled and the day centre careers cheerfully ran themselves ragged.
I have put in a number of requests for litter bins recently but I am always ready to listen to suggestions as to where even more would be useful. If you know a location calling out for a litter bin let me know 360 6486 and i will add on your suggestion to my list of requests and will try and get the Council to take action. These litter bins do after all play their part in keeping Oscott tidy, with less litter on our streets, not to mention helping to reduce dog fouling.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
This planning application only has enough parking space for 46 cars and there are 6o rooms for example.
There are parking problems in the vicinity of this planning application already and with the expected building the new Sutton College Centre just across the Aldridge Road in a year or two, I can see a lot of problems.
I am not against the plans for a Travel Lodge and acknowledge a number of jobs will be created by the new hotel. However the parking issues now and in the future, in my view have simply not been addressed.
I have been in touch with the Birmingham City Council director of Social Services asking him to do what he can to ensure the elderly residents in this area get a replacement ASAP.
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
To find out more take a look at my October 27th post or ring 464 0208.
Alternatively pop into your nearest Lesure Centre for more details.
Because of problems with anti social behavior over the years on the Aldridge Recreation ground the first camera was installed a couple of years ago. This was when a childrens Play area was installed.
In the last twelve months or so 5 individuals have been arrested thanks to this camera. Now I have been asked to help secure funding for a second camera. As you may guess I will do what I can to help the Leisure Centre find the funding. We need to ensure there is no build up of anti social behavior on this site.
Monday, 8 December 2008
I know one residents at least who has had three wing mirrors smashed from his cars by speeding motorists using Moor Lane. Residents are getting fed up, all over the Osott area, with a Transportation department who refuse to take preventative action to stop speeding traffic and only take action if there is a serious acccident.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
As far as I am aware there is no prospect of this happening, as the Skate Board Centre Option put forward by Councillor Barbara Dring (for it to go in Parry Barr Park on the Aldridge Road side) is still by far the best option and has the agreement of 2 of the Oscott Councillors and the 3 Perry Barr Councillors. I have Spoken to Councillor Ray Hassell, who is the Councillor with responsibility for Leisure Services, an he would also be unhappy if a skate board Centre was put on the reserve.
I will continue to monitor this rumour.
Well here are a few suggestions.
Why pop into the Perry Baptist Church and join one of their clubs.
For the 4 to 10 year old's there is the 3CS Club which meet on Tuesdays 5.30pm to 7.30 pm.
For those over 10 years old there is the FNL club which meets on a Friday evening 6.30 to 9.15.
For more details pop along at the times given above.
Alternatively why not go along to the Perry Beeches Swimming baths or Perry Beeches School Leisure Centre and find out all about the activities they have on offer. Oh and don't forget the Tree Hurst Community Centre.
For further details ring 464 1869
Thursday, 4 December 2008
There will be a meeting arranged by the TRansportaion department, on December 10th at the great barr school, 5.30am. At this meeting there will be an oppotunity to discuss the above scheme.
It is very important to look after the road safety needs of the Children attending the Great barr School and Junior School and it is also important for locay residents to have their say.
Some of the points I have already made are to the Transportation department are.
- I would strongly object to the re locating further up Dyas Road the bus shelter currently located near the junction of Dyas Road and Delhurst Road.
- There needs to be consideration given to finding more off street parking.
- There is urgent need for a crossing facility at the end of Dyas Road near the Aldridge Road junction. either a School Crossing patrol or a pedestrian crossing?
- A Traffic light system at the end of Dyas Road should be considered it could include the above. Or even a School Crossing Warden?
- The amounts of bollards being placed the pavements near shop frontages needs to be carefully considered.
- Residents and local schools should continue to be consulted regarding all stages of these proposals.
- Care needs to be taken not just to move problems from one spot to another.
The Aldridge Road junction has needed action taken with regards to helping School children cross the Dyas Road for some years. Children from the Great Barr schools, Glenmead and Perry Beeches Schools also often cross at this point.
As there were a number of issues raised when the former Safety Scheme was presented to residents earlier in the year, I am pleased they have heeded Councillor Dring and myself and come forward to meet with residents to discuss the issues again.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
VAS signs are triggered by oncoming vehicles which are travelling above the designated speed limit for that road. Once triggered, the VAS sign displays the speed limit along with the words “Slow Down” in an attempt to make the driver more conscious of their current speed and for them to reduce it.
The Council is proposing to install 31 signs across the city, of which 26 are fixed and 5 are movable. In the Oscott Ward it is intended to install one of these signs. This would be on the Queslett Road East. It is the Councils intention to complete the works within the calendar year.
I am in favour of the proposed site for the VAS but there need to be consideration for another such signs further down the Queslett Road towards the Old Horns Island and other safety issues on this road still need addressing.
The work is supposed to be carried out as a matter of urgency. I will do what I can to ensure it does not get the Councils Nova Court Junction treatment i.e. being held up for moths on end by a dithering Transportation department. I will also be asking for more of these signs in other locations in Oscott.
I would also like to thank all those residents who have worked so hard to get the Council to make safety improvements to this road we are slowly getting there.
If you want me to pass on your views please give me a ring on 360 6486
The proposals also advocate each constituency only having 3 Wards each (there are 4 wards per constituency) with 10 wardens used as a kind of flying squad across the City.
At yesterdays Council meeting I argued strongly that each ward in the city have its own Regulatory Warden.
These wardens like Debi Parsons Oscott's well known former warden, should be multi skilled, have local knowledge, be hands on and have enforcement powers.
Although I may have lost the day I was pleased that at least some of the Conservative and Liberal Councillors agreed with me.
Councillor Barbara Dring and I will continue the battle to keep a warden in Oscott.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Not only will the Children in Sierra Leone benifit but those Great Barr School children learning about the problems of the world will also gain much from this expeirence.
If you would like more dtails about the Donate to Educate please contact the Great Barr School.
We still support Councillor Barbara Dring and her campaign to have a Skate Bord Centre in the Perry Barr Park.
The options put forward recently are flawed in our view.
The Aldridge Road Recreation Ground option has a lot of opposition from concerned residents. Local Council Officers are wary that the problems on the recreation ground already regarding anti social behavior, would only get worse if there was a Skate Bord on the site.
The option regarding having a skate Board park opposite the Great Barr School would have the major snag in that the land there id not for public use for the next 20 years because of gas given off as a result of it being an old waste tip.
I am sure we all have the interests of youngsters at hart and hopefully a resolution to this matter can be reached soon.
For some years now I have been requesting that the old public toilet block on the Kingstanding Road near Dyas Road which was sold off, be replaced.
Year after year this Council Authority have tuned down my requests. They do not seem to care that many of those shopping in the area, are elderly and need this convenience. It could also be that having public toilets in the vicinity of the Hawthorn Shopping area could help local shops by encouraging more shoppers, especially the elderly, to do their shopping in the area.
Now the Authorities tell me they do not even have the money to transfer a public toilet from an area it is unwanted, to the Hawthorn Road area. They also do not have the money to maintain a public toilet.
I will not however give up and for the sake of the elderly and all residents in the Oscott area I will keep asking for this facility to be put in the Hawthorn Road shopping area.
Thursday, 27 November 2008
CITY COUNCIL – 2 DECEMBER 2008
WRITTEN QUESTION TO THE CABINET MEMBER FOR TRANSPORTATION FROM COUNCILLOR KEITH LINNECOR
“ Metal menace ”
Given that the price of scrap metal is dropping significantly and car breakers and scrap metal dealers will not be so keen to take away scrap cars, are any measures being put in place to counteract any increase in abandoned vehicles on our road, which may well be the result?
Having read this some what inner city orientated vague document I asked four questions.
- Why can this Council Administration not reintroduce the subsidy on drop curbs to help reduce them from their ridiculously current prices?
- Why is there not more enforcement on our double yellow lines.?
- Why when there are many empty small spaces on many of our Council car parks can there space not be used for Motor bikes or bicycle parking.
- Why are our grass verges being left in such a state.
There was not a lot of time for more questions and they have gone away to add my questions and other Members. to there consultations. I wonder if anything will be done about these issues?
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
As you may be aware Khalid was rushed into hospital last week, with a serious Kidney Complaint. Now after urgently needed medical treatment, he hopes to be out of hospital by the end of this week and after some time convalescing he hopes to take up the challenge of being the MP for Perry Barr again.
In the meantime, he has an experienced staff working for him and his constituents, from his Perry Barr constituency office , based at Paper Mill End in Oscott.
I have also agreed to help out where I can, with any issues relating to the Oscott and Perry Barr Wards.
If you would like to contact his office the number is 356 8264.
In the meantime I am sure we all wish Khalid a speedy recovery.
- Working lights
- Refective clothing
- A helmet.
I have been in touch with the Police as usual at this time of year and asked them to remind bike riders, to make sure they use their lights on their bikes, as they often do not seem to realise how hard they can be to see at night by motorists. Lets hope the message gets accross.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Councillor Barbara Dring and I have been working hard to find a location for a proposed scate board facility for some time. We have looked at a number of options in Oscott and found where ever we would have liked to put it, would cause a number of problems either logistically or with Local residents. With this in mind we have been working with the Liberal Councillors in the Neighbouring Perry Barr Ward to seek a solution. We have come up with Perry Barr park where there are proposals to revamp the BMX track as well. This site is on the edge of Oscott near all the main bus routes and the Park has been used by Oscott residents for generations.
The one problem we have however is the Oscott conservative Councillor is now objecting to the proposal. On behalf of the youngster in Oscott I hope we can resolve his issues with the proposals as soon as possible and we can all move forward with this initiative on behalf of the youngsters in the area. We all have the interests of Oscott Kids at hart.
SuttonColdField College want the rooms where the Busy Bee nursery use, for students who will be coming from the Joshua Mason College as part of a land deal with Birmingham City Council.
Residents are rightly concerned about the effect all this will have on the already awful parking ,there is around the college.
The college have indicated they need the space for these new students at the college and will try and create more parking spaces.
I am not convinced. I think more should be dome for the Busy Bee Nursery and they should have been allowed to stay until the College moves in 2010.
As Busy bees have no alternative locations to go to I have asked the Council to help them find somewhere to re locate if possible. We need this facility in Oscott for Oscott Children and we need to keep Oscott resident employed
If you know of a suitable location where the Busy Bees Nursery may find a new home please give me a ring 360 6486.give employed.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
The format of these meeting is due to go local next year in as much as there will be 5 meetings a year. One meeting will be held in the Centre of Birmingham and one each in four different areas of Birmingham. The Chairs of these meeting will, rotate with a locally based WMPTA Councillor Chairing a meeting near his/ her own patch. It is also hoped more local resident will get involved.
If you would like more details about how the TUF meeting operate or how you could get involved with them please ring me on 360 6486
This fence although low in height will put off youths from hanging around at this entrance causing problems to local residents. Also the new " kissing gate" should help stop motor bikes getting onto the field from this entrance.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Dozens of wild birds were caught identified and ringed. We were also given a talk on the wild life in the reserve.
Later in the afternoon a number of FOQNR volunteers helped Council officers who were working on their day of to carry out tree pruning on the site.
To all those who came along can I thank you very much and hope you enjoyed the events.
Lesser black backed gull
Black headed gull
Long tailed tit
Gadwall, 10 +
They will get my full support and I am sure that of Councillor Barbara Drings to.
The plans to open a take way close to a junction that has been plagued by parking problems the way this junction has for the last 4 or 5 years if frankly ridiculous. The existing takeaways near this junction cause enough problems and the parking problems caused by students from the near by Great Barr college is to say the least at times dangerous. The Police have not got the man power to deal with current parking problems at this junction and the Councils Transportation department, have been dithering for some time trying to come up with a solution.
There have also been a history of anti social behavior associated with the shopping area where the take away is proposed for and a number of residents have stopped complaining because of fear of reprisals.
Residents are now collecting a petition which they have asked me to present to the Planning Committee on Thursday and I am only to willing to do so on their behalf.
Friday, 14 November 2008
A number of residents stopped to sign petitions calling for more help and awareness for out local shops.
Many of the shoppers I spoke to were concerned about the lack of resources being put into the area by the Council and wanted to see local shops remain. Many also wished to see more variety of shops in the area especially on the Hawthorn Road.
Lets hope shoppers become more aware of the need to support local shops.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
However I was surprised how the building has deteriorated since my last visit earlier this year.
Sadly window frames are becoming rotten, the ceiling in one of the rooms has been damaged by squirrels and not repaired. The whole place needs redecorating.
The staff although working tirelessly for their charges appear to be becoming demoralised by what is happening to the centre. No one seems sure what is to happen to them in the future.
I will be passing on my comments to the Social Service team responsible and hope the Council start taking more notice of the Centre and make their policies more user and staff friendly.
If you would like to help support the Aldridge Road Day Centre, you may wish to visit their Christmas fayre on 28th November(10am till 7pm). There will be a Father Christmas grotto, all sorts of refreshments and you can by pictures frames made by the Centres users. There are also hand made garden seats and Tables for sale, along with handmade Christmas cards and other gifts.
For more details ring 356 5161
The Aldridge Road Day Centre is located at 127 Aldridge Road Perry Barr.
Monday, 10 November 2008
So far I agree, but what is really needed is every one to get behind our local shops and use them.
Shopping areas like the Hawthorn Road and the Kingstanding Circle are suffering mainly as a result of residents going to the near by Tesco and ASDA super stores.
Residents who are concerned about being able to use stores on their door steps, need to think a little more, about how they can support local shops.
Those with mobility problems for example often struggle to get to the big supermarkets and need their local shops. We all need our local shops from time to time, so lets try and use them a bit more often.
USE THEM OR LOOSE THEM. Like the Post Offices they need support all year around and not just before they give up and have to close. Think carefully about what you can buy from your local shops, instead of from the big supermarkets. Already many of our local shopping areas are being taken over by Charity shops and Take aways. There is nothing wrong with these sorts of shops in moderation, but we need to keep other types of retailers as well.
I am now leading a campaign to try and get shoppers to think local and to try and get the Council (and the Government) to be more sympathetic to small shopping areas, especially in Oscott.
Please think about buying from local shops if you can. I hope our local news papers will take up the challenge as well.
Saturday, 8 November 2008
It is good to see so many residents taking a genuine interest in their community. I would like to wish all those elected onto the various group's committees well in their endeavours.
If you want to know more about any of these groups ring 356 6894. Or pop into one of their joint sessions which take place every Saturday morning 10.30am at the 610 Community Centre. A free cup of tea, a biscuit and a chance to have a chat are on offer.
Thursday, 6 November 2008
I was sad to learn however that vital funding, which the Council has promised the day centre has been delayed. I will be perusing the Council authorities, as this money is badly needed. There is also a doubt as to how of payments may be made in years to come. I hope the Council sort out this situation as soon as possible.
It is a good opportunity for those who attend, to get to know the crime issues in the area and for those like me, who have crime issues given to them by concerned residents, to air these concerns.
Amongst the the topics on this weeks agenda were. The parking near the St Mathews Church, issues concerning Quad bikes in the area, the Burford Road Playing Field, Antisocial behavior occurring in locations such as Anstey Road and Cooksey Lane.
On the crime front it was good to see that figures continue to show a downward trend for most types of crimes in the Oscott area.
If you have any concerns about crime in the Oscott area please give me a ring 360 6486
Chairman Geoff Heaps and myself with just some of the members of the Hawthorn Traders Association. Now operating from our new venue the Elim Church.
The Hawthorn Road Traders Association will have been in existence 10 years in December.
During that time they have campaigned on behalf of local traders and residents alike. There were instrumental in the Hawthorn Road improvement program a few years ago and have managed for some years now to get Christmas light put up over the festive period.
I have been delighted, to have been closely associated with the Hawthorn Traders Association since they were set up 10 years ago and I wish them the very best of luck for the future.
Jeanette who is a member of the Hawthorn Road Traders Association and is a committee member of the Warren Road Conservative Club, has worked tirelessly once again to find the funds to have these light go on.
Although both the Oscott Ward and the Kingstanding Ward Committees have chipped in with donations from their Community Chest budgets, Jeanette has still had to find a fair bit extra to pay for these lights. Jeanette has held raffles, selling tickets on Hawthorn Road and has tried to persuade local shop keepers, to stump up small donations towards these lights. I know Jeanette has been disappointed at the poor repose of some of the shop keepers, but I hope that wont put her off in the future.
Once again well done Jeanette and those who have helped her.
Lets hope one day the Council will pay for these lights and she wont have to work so hard to cheer up shoppers and local residents over the Christmas period.
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
I therefore agreed, when asked by the Perry Barr Constituency Chairman, to act as a champion for such visits, on behalf of the Constituency. I will now do my best to ensure all such establishments in the Perry Barr Constituency get a least one visit from myself over the next 6 months and to let the relevant authorities know of my findings.
I also hope, other Councillors who have not yet done so, also make these visits, as many of those in our care establishments, are the most vulnerable in our society.
I think this may show, he understands that because no money has been put to one side by the council for their proper maintenance, residents who have to put up with the well known problems which concrete roads cause, will have to wait until the expected Government funds arrive to bail them out.
Councillor Dring and I will continue to press the Street Services department to at least come up with a plan of action ready for their bail out.
Monday, 3 November 2008
For those who do not know, the aims of this group is to discuss all aspects of cycling in Birmingham with the Council and other agencies.
Many Oscott residents will know of my campaigns on behalf of local cyclists, to get more cycle racks in the area (like those in Kettlehouse road and near the Kingstanding Circle) and now hopefully with this new post, I can help ensure the views of local residents when it comes to cycling, are promoted.
When it comes to cycling there are 2 views which seem to be dominate. Those who think cycling is the way forward to ease Traffic congestion and for a healthier life style and those who just think cyclist are a nuisance who should not be on the road. Well you can guess which group I belong to!
If you have any views concerning Cycling please give me a ring 360 6486
When asked yet again for the introduction of road safety measures on the Aldridge road and particularly for the introduction of a set of traffic lights at the Greenholm Road /Thornbridge Road, they have said NO.
I have now made several such requests for traffic lights at this junction given the number of accidents there and that children cross at this point, to come and go to the near by Greenholm Road school. Local community groups have been fully behind me on this issue and are also bitterly disappointed at the lack of interest shown by the Transportation department.
I really do hope I am wrong and there will not be a serious accident at this junction, but if there is the blame will have to be placed with the Transportation department. It is becoming more and more apparent, when it comes to road safety, Oscott is being forgotten by this Councils Transportation department.
Saturday, 1 November 2008
After speaking to this resident I would strongly recommend anyone over 65 or who has a chronic illness to speak to their G.P's Surgery about getting the Jab.
I think the Flu Jab should be open to all on demand and it is about time our PCT's considered offering this.
Monday, 27 October 2008
(formally known as ‘’ Gym for Free’’)
I am pleased to be able to inform you that the plans for the roll out of ‘Get Yourself Motivated’ to Perry Barr Constituency including OSCOTT are now in place.
This is a good opportunity for some of our older teenagers in particular, to keep them selves occupied during the winter months.
The scheme will now operate across the whole of the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust area.
For the purposes of this scheme this includes ALL four wards in Perry Barr Constituency: Handsworth Wood, Lozells and East Handsworth, Oscott and Perry Barr Wards.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE DETAILS
1) Open to all residents in the HOB ( and Oscott) area over 16.
2) This is not means tested, and applies to everyone.
3) Free use of all swimming, gym facilities and fitness classes across the city (i.e. not necessarily in the HOB area.)
4) Residents can register at any local Sports and Leisure facility within HOB area. They will need photo ID (i.e. Drivers Licence or passport) plus and 2 separate forms of ID showing full postal address.
5) All the local sites have the details of the scheme available and can answer questions from residents but telephone enquiries are being directed to Alexander Stadium (on 464 0208) as they have the greatest capacity to take calls.
6) To use the gym facilities residents will have to undertake an induction session (as is standard now.)
7) They do not need to have a gym induction session to make use of the free swimming or free fitness classes.
8) ‘’Get Yourself Motivated’’ scheme members will still have to pay for use of some facilities e.g.: Hire of courts for badminton and five-a-side football etc, club use of facilities, sauna and steam room, private hire.
9) The existing Direct Debit scheme will still be operational and if residents wish to stay on this to get the additional benefits they can do so (e.g. sauna / steam room)
10) The Leisure Flex System can now enrol people on to this scheme, which means that if someone does register they can join immediately. Word of mouth is spreading fast and we do not want to discourage anyone from joining the scheme.
11) To remain on the scheme, customers must use their card at least four times a month.
12) The scheme is funded by HOBt PCT and an amount equivalent to the Passport to Leisure rate (currently £22.50 per month) will be credited to the Constituency for each resident on the scheme every month.
13) Promotional material is being funded by HOBtPCT in addition to this regular revenue income.
14) It is likely that this scheme will be taken up citywide in the very near future but at this stage it is just available to HOBtPCT residents.
SO THERE YOU ARE MAKE THE MOST OF THIS INITIATIVE
For further details ring the Oscott Ward Support Officer on 464 1869 or at any of our Oscott Leisure Centres.
Saturday, 25 October 2008
We have already received agreement from the Transportation department, about having a disabled parking bay, placed in Kettlehouse Road near the HSB bank and have made a number of other suggestions. There clearly needs to be a balance between the needs of disabled motorists and the need for parking generally. I am now hold ongoing discus ions with the Transportation department and disabled residents regarding this matter.
There are also a number of disabled friendly drop curbs being put in place around the ward over the next 12 months.
If you have any thoughts on issue of Disabled Parking bays please give me a ring on 360 6486
It was also agreed to allow the holding of a press and practise day on a Wednesday in March 2009 between 12.00 and 15.00.
Finally it was agreed that practis laps and races can operate between 10.00 and 22.00.
These changes will it is hoped help promote the running of the speed way in Perry Barr.
At the meeting the speed ways represEntatives agreed to meet with concerned residents and I asked that Councillor Ray Hassall's previous request for conifers to be planted around the site to help reduce noise levels and pollution, be considered by the speedway club.
While I am, like I would image, hundreds of local residents disappointed to see Debora go, I can understand that some times you need a new challenge, to test your self and I wish Debora all the very best in her endeavor.
She is in my mind the best Environmental warden in the City and I have been amazed the Tories have not tried to have her moved to where they control wards in the city. Mind you this may be because they are not great believers in using environmental wardens effectively? Hence their plans to get rid of them from individual wards.
All is not lost however, as Oscott does have a replacement Environmental Warden, Liam Tarry as a result of Councillor Barabara Dring and my own representaions, and I am sure as he becomes familiar with the Oscott Residents , Councillors and the area, he will do a good job for us.
Friday, 24 October 2008
It is pleasing to that our older residents in Oscott are finding things to do and the money from the Oscott Community Chest is being well used to help them.
Councillor Barbara Dring and I are very keen to promote activities for our older residents and will do our best to find funding for them.
If you or some one you know would like to know more about activities for older residents in Oscott please ring any of the following.
Age Concern 358 o309
The Oscott Elderly Residents Group 356 6894 (messages)
The Oscott Ward Support Officer 464 1869
Councillor Keith Linnecor 360 6486
* The Oscott Elderly Residents Group meet every Saturday at the 610 Community Centre (10.30am) for a free cup of tea and a chat. There is also a game of Poole available for any one interested.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
I need to make it clear however that Councillor Dring and I are not opposed to all Take Away applications, but we do feel all such applications need to be carefully considered and the viability of the shopping area , a Take Away is proposed for is considered.
What do you think? why not Post your thoughts on this blog or give me a ring 360 6486.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Between the 3rd November 2008 and the 31st March 2009, the Pest Control Section are planning to trial a new and innovative approach to rodent control in the Perry Barr and Hall Green constituencies. Both of the constituencies have been chosen due to there geographical location within Birmingham and level of reported pest control problems.
The trial, in brief will involve the following:
RAT IN HOUSE (RATH)
When rodent problems are reported to the section they are currently categorised as being a problem located in a residents house or garden and each are currently dealt with in a different timescale. Due to the priority nature of problems identified inside a property there will be no change to the current provision for dealing with these cases and they will be responded to within 24 working hours, with the majority of all calls received before 13:00 being dealt with the same day.
RAT IN GARDEN (RATG)
The most noticeable change will involve the less urgent but more important RATG problems which if dealt with more proactively and more efficiently will prevent the more serious RATH occurring, providing residents take advice regarding proofing, bird feeding and rubbish removal. The change in this service will be based around a two week service delivery cycle:
• Week 1: This will involve officers approaching every property in a predetermined area to offer free advice, surveys and treatments for rats, as required. The areas will be chosen using historical pest control information and local knowledge of the constituencies, which will enable those areas which have a high incidence of infestations to be targeted. In addition, we will be working with the Environmental Wardens, other City Council Officers / Departments and external organisations to resolve some of the causes and sources of rodent infestations so that a more long term solution to the problem can be achieved. During this week all requests to deal with RATG from residents will be recorded and actioned during Week 2.
• Week 2: During the second week all of the requests from residents to deal with RATG received during the first and second week will be actioned, and on contacting the section in either week the resident will be offered a suitable morning or afternoon appointment during the second week. This is a major improvement to the current service which is not able to provide an appointment and instead on contacting the department residents are told that an officer will contact them in the next 5 working days.
It is hoped that by combining a proactive and reactive approach to pest control the constituency and its residents will start to experience a noticeable decline in rodent populations, which in turn will have a positive affect on residents health and their environment.
I welcome this Pilot scheme and the residents in Oscott can be assured both Councillor Barbara Dring and I will be doing our best to ensure the Oscott Ward gets its fair share of this initiative, as we both have had a large number of reporting of rats over the last six months or so.
The problem of Rat infestation is something which needs to be dealt with and dealt with urgently. Other rat issues which need to be addressed are central reservations where there are bushes and where they are near to take aways. Also the amount of houses left empty with rubbish in their gardens.
Monday, 20 October 2008
At today's meeting amongst other things, I made sure that dangerous and inconsiderate parking was high on the agenda.
The Police have now agreed to look again into a number of my requests to look at parking near local schools, the parking near the end of Birdbrook Road (Aldridge Road end) and the general problem with vehicles which park right on the junction of roads.
I have asked the Police to be more pro active on these issues and they have agreed and also to look again at these issues. It has now been put on future agendas for on going updates.
There are also on occasions, problems for the near by Saint Mathews church when they wish to hold a funerel service.
In the past there have been a number of public meetings and various issues have been raised by residents and shop keepers alike. The Oscott Central Neighbourhood Forum have also been very active, in trying to get action taken to deal with this problem.
While I can accept delays have occurred in dealing with the problem, given the SuttonColdfield College (whose students cause most of the problems) have had problems reallocating to their new site further down the Aldridge Road. (the new building is now scheduled for 2010) I do feel more needs to be done while this move is being awaited.
I am constantly calling upon the Transportation department to taken action and for the Police to get tough with those who park right on these junctions. The Police have now informed me that is what they intend to do and more fines can be expected by those who park inconsiderately to close to these junctions.
It is a great shame that the Current Councils Leisure Services department have let this small island become weed infested and unkempt. I remember working closing some years ago with the Hawthorn Trader Association to get this island re vamped and how good it looked when it was.
Letting it get into its current state is just a sign of the lack of respect the Current Council has for the appearance of this area. I will keep om trying to get them to take action and clean up not only this island but other sadly neglected areas in Oscott.