Saturday, 30 May 2009
Members of the FQNR show that you can make a difference to your environment but it takes more than just words some times.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
With that in mind I have been asking the Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood to ask the Government, to look again at their proposals to increase the tax on the companies and game involved. I am sure he will do what he can.
One of those halls which may suffer from these proposals, is the Mecca Bingo Hall, Kingstanding. The staff there are very good I am told and the company helps the community by letting its car park remain free of charge for local shoppers. It would be a great shame if this Bingo hall was forced to close.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
What is also urgently needed for the disabled and older residents in ,is for the Council to get on and improve our pavements in Oscott they have been ignored to long.
Saturday, 23 May 2009
However a few years ago I aranged for some shaven logs to be placed on the main path in the reserve near the Ashworth Road end. These have proved very durable. Now I have finally got, with the Backing of the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve, the Parks department, to introduce 2 new large logs suitable to be used as benches, in the reserve. One other good thing about these new log / benches is their lack of expense.
The logs should be put in place latter in the year.
Friday, 22 May 2009
Every one knows there are accidents there regularly and what is needed is road safety measures or better still a Traffic light at this junction.
I makes you wonder what signs they may be forced to put up in 3 years time slow down there have been 26 casualties in 6 years?
These signs are not cheap and the money could have been better spent but I suppose they better than nothing and I just hope they have some effect.?
Thursday, 21 May 2009
not only have they vandalised new steel fencing at the Keston Road entrance but they are churning up the grass with their motor bikes. The Police have been advised of this and repair for the fencing are now on order.
If you see motor bikes on the King George Playing Fields please ring the Police on 0845 113 5000. Let see if we can put a stop to this.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
The Oscott Ward has been give 100K by the Council (they recieve this money from the Goverment) to use for projects in the Oscott Ward.
It is at this time of year we ask those in need of a small amount of funding to let the Oscott Ward Committee know by applying for this funding.
Last year this funding went on a number of good projects in the Oscott Ward for example
Base K S to help young people, Age Concern received Funding as did the Bandy Wood Project which helps young families. Small grants were also given to a number of voluntary community groups to help their development. These groups try to help elderly residents and disabled residents amongst others.
The 100 K Oscott receives is no where near enough AND THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TO GO ROUND but I do recognise it is the same for all wards across the City and as such I personally think it is a fair system the Council has come up with.
If you would like to may a bid for your group or you would like more information please ring 464 1869. (or ring me on 360 6486 for further details.)
Monday, 18 May 2009
Ever since the removal of the island at the Beggars bush there have been all sorts of problems with the traffic flows at that junction. The ASDA island now backs up for miles at times and needs an urgent review. Aldridge Road urgently needs road safety measures introduced between Greenholm Road and the Boars Head.
Also despite promise after promise there is still no sign of the traffic light system at the Nova Court Junction on Queslett Road.
The whole of this part of Birmingham seems to be a miss mash of Transportation schemes hastily put together with little thoughts for the future and the proposed developments near the Boars head junction, such as the South Birmingham College will not help either.
Friday, 15 May 2009
I have been in touch with Centro explaining the need for the 375 to be on time (it is an hourly service) and how much these elderly residents rely on this bus.
I have also warned residents it may be a case of use this bus or loose it as the bus companies have never appeared happy about the running of this route. We dont want to loose it after the battle that was put up, to have it put back on.
If you have any issues relating to Licensing please contact Barbara on 360 6486.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
If you would like me to pass on your concerns about the concrete roads in Oscott please ring 360 6486
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
I have now insisted that Centro and their designers Atkinson's fully consult with the residents effected. They have now agreed to organise a meeting in June.
I am Quite amazed that so many have took the trouble to view my blog especially considering I did not tell many people about it for the first 6 months. (it has been about 18 months).
This blog is still very much my blog giving my take on things in the Oscott area and I am still interested in what anyone visiting this blog has to say via the comments section. (or just give me a ring 360 6486)
I freely admit my blog is very rough and ready and that is the way it is going to stay.
Also please do not forget to take a look at the Queslett Nature Reserve Blog.
While I except that there has been a lot of neglect to the Centre over many years the answer should have been to upgrade it and make it a more multi purpose centre. I know many of those vulnerable users of this centre will suffer as a result of the closure of the centre and I find the decision to close the centre shameful.
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Just some of the team out today
The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve took part in a litter picking exercise on the Aldridge Recreation Ground today. About a dozen black bags were filled with rubbish.THis may seem a lot but the Recreation ground is a large space and when you consider that the grounds maintance staff do not do to badly. The FQNR do hower help make that extra difference.
Friday, 8 May 2009
The Council needs to decide what to do about these verges. There are 4 main options in my view. Tar Mac them, replace the turf, use Grasscreete (a concrete which allows for grass to grow through) or consider giving better discounts where it is possible to allow home owner to have drop curbs to take their cars off the verges.
The Council should start a long term phased program into looking at the state of our verges and then do something about them.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
I have asked the Council to look at the situation and to see if any sort of barriers could be erected to put of these cyclist? but there would be a need to find funds if this was possible. In the mean time the Police have been informed and I hope cyclist will be put of from using this complex as a result.
It would appear the current Council policy states that if a resident has a career they may not get a walk in shower. As Councillor Dring has stated on a number of occasions this is not good enough and she is pursueing the Council to try and get them to re look at this issue.
If you need help trying to get a walk in shower give Barbara a ring on 360 7565.
We all have to be more vigilant how ever and basic things like locking your doors and window when you go out, not leaving things on show in your car, locking you car ,sheds and garages for example.
Keep an eye on your neighbours home when they are out and ask them to do the same for you.
Why not join the NPI or Neighbourhood Watch.
Other issues raised was the increase in fly tipping, the need for a Environmental Warden in Oscott, Quad bikes being a problem, parking issues around schools and the Sutton College and ball games in the street.
If there is any thing you would like me to bring up on your behalf with the Police please contact me on 360 6486.
The current Council Administration with its on wisdom however decided to reduce the amount of Wardens in each Constituency from 4 to 3 and have a team of wardens wondering across the city as a response team.
From the complaints I am receiving from Oscott residents it is clear that the much reduced warden service in Oscott is not at all popular.
There has been a build up in graffiti and fly tipping in Oscott and many of the things Environmental Wardens had been doing so well are not now being done.
Both Councillor Dring and I will do what we can to reverse this sad state of affairs but the blame needs to be put fairly and squarely on the shoulders of this Council Administration.
If you have any issues that need to help of an Environmeantal Warden please ring me on 360 6486.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
This Library is also a grade 2 listed building which means the English Heritage team will have to be involved in regards to its repair. They are due to visit the building later this year.
All in all the new date for reopening looks likely to be put back to November.
As a regular user of this library I know only to well how frustrating these delays are. Both Councillor Barbara Dring and I will do what we can speed up the process and we will be monitoring the situation.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
For example Disabled residents have had 2 petitions requesting a simple Disabled bay marking be placed on the carriage way out side the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road, rejected by the Transportation department.
This request is not mind bogglingly expensive to put into place and there are no other disabled bays in the vicinity you would think the Council could be a little sympathetic in this case.
I Know George Hough who is the hard working Chair of the Oscott Disability Group, will not give up on this issue and I will continue to support him and his members.
Friday, 1 May 2009
The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve have been doing a good job over the last few months and slow but sure you can tell the difference they are making.
Many of the wild plants which were put in last year have survived despite the poor winter and early spring. Also a number of the saplings are taking off.
I would like to thank all those involved with the FQNR for their efforts.
If you would like to become a member of the FQNR please give me a ring on 360 6486.
With the way things are with the current Council Administration it will not be easy to get anything done but both Councillor Dring and I will have a go. (I have a suspicion when others read this they may just have a go to?)