Sunday, 31 August 2008
This was followed by my computer going down, which meant waiting for the engineer who looks at that, to do his stuff. The hatrick came when the Broad band line to my computer went down (I am still waiting for this to be done) this means I have not only no Internet, but more important no e.mail. It now makes me realise how dependant I an becoming on IT and those engineers who do the work to keep it going.
It is hoped to purchase more of these boxes latter this year.
Also during this session Stefan Bodner, the Birmingham City biodiversity officer, brought along his Moth Trap contraption (see top picture) and spent a considerable time informing us to all the many varieties of moths you can find in domestic gardens. There were over 25 species of moth in the trap despite only being up for one night. Please be assured that the moths were freed into the reserve and hopefully they will mingle with the local moths to the benefit of the moth population of Oscott.
Don't forget if you want to get involved in the Freinds of Queslett Nature Reserve then please drop me a line on 0121 360 6486.
Friday, 29 August 2008
It is also sad that all the Local Councillors in the area, could not have worked together as one to oppose the closure of this post Office.
Big business, Local Councils and local residents must learn from the current round of Post Office closures and start using Post office services more, otherwise more Post Offices could be at risk one day.
I have also asked the Post office Services limited to ensure the increase in trade, other Post Offices will have as a result of neighbouring Post Offices closing, is monitored and allowed for. We do not want to see even longer queues forming out side the remaining Post Offices.
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
I was saddened to read recently that a small baby Rashid Rullah had been shot in the head by her sister, due to an air gun being left lying around in their House.
How many more incidents must we have to put up with regarding air rifles and pistols.?
Following an incident in Oscott a number of years ago, I called up Khalid Mahmood MP To bring the problems caused by air weapons up in Parliament, which he did. Nothing was done, however and since then there have been a number of incidents with air weapons as well as the deliberate missuse of them.
For example barely a week goes by when a vicious attack on a defenseless animal/bird, by a thug using an air rifle is reported to the RSPCA. I still believe a ban on air weapons is needed. Those who want to use air rifles etc, should use a registered weapon in a registered club, where the activity can be supervised. I just do not know why anyone, especially when living in a build up area should need to keep an air weapon in their home.
Thursday, 21 August 2008
In this day and age where Children seem to get such bad press, this is a real ray of light.
Perry Beeches School where I visited today, are now officially the most improved school in the Country and their GCSE A to C rates have risen dramatically. For example. The amount of Children with GCSE level A to C Maths has gone up from last years 30% to this year 58%, English Lit has gone up from 25% to 70% and French has gone up from 29% to 83%.
I would like to congratulate all the Children and staff at the Perry Beeches School for their hard work.
I would also like to thank all the School children and staff in all the schools throughout the Oscott Ward, for their efforts also.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
A one minute silence was held in memory of Gib Mckay who had given such Stirling work to the KPC.
Khalid Mahmood MP was their guest speaking and he answered a number of Questions from the Floor.
Concerns were expressed about the escalation in the cost of fuel, food and other things. This is clearly a major concern especially for those on fixed incomes. Many of these will need help while this world down turn in economies lasts. A least the Government is in a stronger position then some others across the globe.
Many of those at the meeting welcomed the England wide pensioners bus pass but hoped Scotland and Wales would follow the English example and allow free travel for pensioners. Those at the meeting also welcome the news that there was to be a review of the 376 bus route later this month and hoped it would be a positive one.
All in all it was an interesting meeting and if you are interested in joining the KPC please contact 464 1869 for details.
Monday, 18 August 2008
If the Transportation department had sent an officer, they would have heard a number of complaints regarding Transportation issues in the Oscott area. The state of the concrete roads in the area, the lack of any real road safety works being carried out and the problems with parking on the pavements, in the area were just some of these complaints.
Apart from the non attendance by the Transportation department, it was not a bad meeting. A number of issues like, whether Wheelie Bins are a good idea and problems with the Police were discussed.
It us good to see the various Community Groups in Oscott working together and organising joint meeting and I was pleased to be asked along and to Chair the meeting for them.
I have been in touch with Cento and various Private on numerous occasions over the last year along with Councillor Barbara Dring, trying to get them to re look at the detrimental changes they have made to the 376/ 375 bus routes.
Now in response to our petitions and letters, Centro have now told me "there are changes to both services from October 27. On bus service number 375 it will now operate on Sutton Road passed Queen Marys School.
Furthermore there will be additional afternoon journeys on Service 375, so that
the last journey from Kingstanding will be 1702, instead of the current 1502.
(This is the service that replaced the 376 in Old Oscott).
Centro are currently investigating the possibility of operating the 375 around
Old Oscott along the same line of route that the 376 used to".
Centro will have more information on this at the end of the month.
I would ask anyone concerned about this issue to write to the Centro Customer Relations Section at Centro House 16 Summer Lane to keep the pressure on.
Friday, 15 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Every Saturday morning 10.30 am at the 610 Community Centre.
The First Wednesday in the month at 7pm at the 610 Community Centre.
The first Thursday in the month at 3pm at the Kingstanding Libary.
*For those with genuine mobility problems home visits are available on request.
If you would like to contact us by phone please ring
Councillor Keith Linnecor 360 6486
Councillor Barbara Dring 360 7565
Alternatively you can email Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk
To write to us it is C/o The Birmingham City Council Council House Birmingham B1 1BR
Don't forget you can leave a post on this blog for me.
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Gib (88) was known throughout the North of Birmingham but particularly in Oscott, for his activities on behalf of the Kingstanding Pensioner Convention. He was the KPC Secretary for many years and helped organise a number of visits to both Westminster and the Pensioner's annual conferences in Blackpool.
Gib was a Labour man through and through and his work for the Trade unions was recognised by a number of merit awards which he received.
Gib will be sadly missed by all who knew him and I am sure many, like myself would like to pass on their condolences to his wife Kath and his family.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
It has just been announced that Mr Booth has been made the new official mascot of the FOQNR.
Mr Booth who was discovered abandoned just off Booths Lane whilst the Nature Reserve was being cleaned up by FOQNR volunteers, is said to be "glad to be just part of the team and is keen to get on with the work needed to improve the Nature reserve"
We hope his presence may encourage even more youngsters to become interested in the Queslett Nature Reserve.
Monday, 11 August 2008
The standard answer is either to see the Doctor and take pills, or to put up with it and hope it gets better.
Given the above I am pleased to see that Imagine' a self help group, for those suffering with depression, are still operating a Drop in Centre at the Dove Club, Birdbrook Road B44 8RB.
Sometimes being part of a group of people who have similar problems can help.
For further details tel 464 1869
(If you do think you are suffering from depression it is advisable to see your Doctor)
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Residents living near the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground are being asked to join our watch group and report anything suspicious they see to the Police.
The F.O.N.R and the N.P.I, would like to work with you and to keep you informed with regards to any problems related to the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground. Also to give you the opportunity in confidence, if necessary, to let them and the Police know of any criminal or anti social behaviour, you may be aware of taking place on the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground.
If you would like to become a member of the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground Watch. please contact 360 6486 OR 464 1869 for details.
They are also looking for children age 7 to form a team.
Amongst other things Beacon Stars have
Fully FA Qualified Coaches.
and are CBR Checked.
For further information ring Carl on 075 9213 7798.
Friday, 8 August 2008
The aim of the project, was to continue engagement activities with the local community, working in partnership with Perry Beeches Extended Schools Cluster and Perry Barr Housing Department. The Tenant Empowerment Budget will fund this venture, however funds are being actively sort for this venture in the future.
As it was agreed previously this would be an ongoing venture, and am pleased to inform you the next date for the roadshow will be 18th August - 21st August 2008 between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
I hope as many youngsters as possible take the opportunity to enjoy this venture and I would like to thank all those involved in this project for all their efforts.
For further details please ring 464 1869
SARANDIP SINGH YOUTH PARLIAMENT MP AND PERRY BARR YOUTH GROUP REP
At a meeting of the Perry Barr Constituency Strategic Partnership today, which I chair, we had a number of youngsters come along, to represent the Perry Barr Youth peoples Forum.
The Perry Barr youth Forum, is for those youngsters from 11 to 18 living in the Perry Barr Constituency. They all gave up part of their holidays to attend this meeting.
They have been given 90K to spend on projects to help youth activities in the area and have had to wade through, a large number of applications from youth groups, to try and decide which projects were the most worth while.
Many youngsters on this forum are now taking the time to get involved with their local community.
They have representation not only on the Perry Barr Constituency Strategic partnership, but as in the Case of Sarandip Singh, who is the young Peoples Member of Parliament Representative for Perry Barr, Represent Young people on the National Parliament for young people.
It is really pleasing to see so many youngsters trying to do something for their community.
For further information about the Perry Barr Youth Forum please contact 464 0226
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
This shelving was urgently needed for health and safety reasons, if the Link Play Group were to be set up and ready to open their doors, to local youngsters in September. Barbara was also instrumental in finding the Play Groups new premises.
Well done Barbara.
There are various leisure activities for youngsters in the Oscott area, including, Youth clubs, Football training, Karate training, Judo training, Gym work, Swimming, Poole tables and much more, that can be found in or around the Oscott area.
The Oscott Ward Committee, through its Community Chest funding, has also granted over 15k for various youth activities in the ward this year. If the Council had given us more funding there would have been a lot more.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE GROUPS OR CENTRE'S NAMED BELOW AND SEE WHAT IS ON OFFER.
The Great Barr Leisure Centre Tel. 464 0104
The 610 Community Centre Tel. 464 2268
The Perry Beeches Leisure Centre Tel. 360 3262
Beeches Swimming Baths and Leisure Centre Tel. 464 6296
Mary Vale Youth Club Tel. 077 1144 831
Base KS (Youth information) Tel. 464 5559
Football Futures (Based at Cardinal Wiseman) Tel. 079 4085702
Building Futures (Based at Burford Road Playing Fields) Tel. 464 169
Old Oscott Community Centre Tel. 464 1869
Tree Hurst Youth Club Tel. 464 1869
Dulwich Road Swimming pool and Leisure Tel. 464 7890
College High Leisure Centre Tel. 373 8833
Alexander Stadium Tel. 464 8008
There should be something there for everyone and do not forget your local libary may have more information.
Also do not forget there is the passport to Leisure Card which caters for all ages. For details ring 464 5000
Monday, 4 August 2008
THE GOOD NEWS SPEED CAMERA'S WILL BE INSTALLED ON THE QUESLETT ROAD SOON.
BAD NEWS STILL NO SIGN OF THE NOVA COURT JUNCTION BEING IMPROVED.
At long last speed cameras are to be installed (week starting 9th August) on the Queslett Road according to the Transportation department. These will be placed near Tyler Road and by the ASDA.
I would like to thank all those who genuinely worked so hard for this, for example Maureen Byrne. Betty Whitehouse, Nigel Quinn, Brian Brookes and many more.
That is the good news the bad news is that there is still not action regarding the Nova Court traffic lights and junction improvement which are badly needed. There is also much more road safety improvements needed along other stretches of the Queslett Road. You may be assured I will continue to press these issues with the Transportation department.
Friday, 1 August 2008
It is to be hoped that some of the youngsters who came along, will retain there interest in wild life and some of them when they are older, may be able to influence the way wild life is treated.
Who knows they may even reverse the current trend, which is to slowly but steadily destroy so much of our wild life habitat, in the name of progress.
The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve hope, to announce more wild life events in the reserve later in the year, so please keep logging onto this blog.
In many cases there is no problem with a shop converting to a Take Away, but with the amount there now are in some places, it does sometimes mean, some shopping parades are swamped with Take Aways to the detriment of the shopper.
The Birmingham Councils Planning Committee have asked its officers, to look into this issue, to see what exactly the situation is and to see if new policies are needed to address the ever increasing tide of new Take Away planning applications.
All the Oscott Councillors have been invited, along with Khalid Mahmood MP, Transportation Officers from the Council and the Police.
I think where residents groups have clubbed together like this, to hold meetings, it is only right we politician's and Council officers do our best to attend when we can. We should offer support and be prepared to answer Questions (even if at times they can be difficult) I am going to do my best to attend and Chair the meeting
For further details please ring the contact no 464 1869