Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
In these times of cutting front line services we need to be on guard to protect our libraries. Some changes are almost inevitable given the drastic cuts being imposed on our Council by the government, but here in Oscott Both Councillor Barbara Dring and I are known for our support for our libraries and we will fight for them.
Last year for example we helped through Community Chest funding, for the Perry Common Library to have a refit.
It should also be remembered that both our libraries are well used by residents from neigbouring wards. Everyone should in my view rally round and use our libraries as much as possible.
Libraries are not just about books for example
The Kingstanding Library, situated on the Kingstanding Road at the Circle will be hosting an arthritis information day this coming Monday March the 28th. The event will take place between 14:30 to 16:30 and is being hosted by the Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre.
Please so pop by to learn more about arthritis.
Surely there needs to be a clause but in place that says when a job is finished barriers, loose soil, sand bags and signs should be taken away and yes even the pavement of carriage way should be swept.
If there is such a clause it is being ignored but i get the feeling with the current Council Administration ( and other authorities the the power companies and so on to be fare) the concept may be a bit to complected. I would be happy to be proved wrong.
If you have seen streets cluttered with left over barriers, sand bags and the like please give me a ring on 360 6486
Thursday, 24 March 2011
It is good to see that a number of users of the site and local residents turned up to the meeting.
The association who run the activities on the field and in the pavilion are keen to look to the future and are trying to find funding for a number of youth based activities for the area. A boxing club for Oscott and Kingstanding youngsters is high up on their wish list. ( the Oscott ward gave the association £1000 last year from the oscott Community Chest)
If you would like to know more about this association please ring 464 1869
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
I hope this service will compliment the many excellent other pharmacies that there are in the Oscott area.
The new pharmacy will offer free consultations for everyone, including
blood pressure monitoring, full lipid cholesterol testing, BMI checking
and diabetes testing. As well as general health check-ups, the pharmacy is
also there to lend a helping hand to anyone looking to start a family, and
will offer ?not for profit? pricing on IVF prescriptions.
For further details pop into ASDA QUESLETT.
This new service will be launched on Monday 28th March at 4.30pm following a press announcement..
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
I was pleased the other day when, I found out that Councillor Barbara Dring and I are, if not the most economical, then one of very best, when it comes to the cost of hiring rooms for out advice Bureau’s
We both firmly believe unlike some councillors it is very important to give residents the opportunity to meet on a one to one basis with their councillors.
Councillors should not hide away from hearing what their resident have to say and there are times when a one to one service is badly needed.
At a time when Neighbourhood Offices and even the CAB are under financial threat of closure because of the current Councils funding policies,(although we can not possibly replace their expertise,) a Councillor’s services may be needed more than ever.
Councillor Barbara Dring and my advice Bureau times are as follows.
(We may rotate and make every effort to get to our surgeries)
Most Saturday Mornings at the 610 Community Centre at 10.30am (Keith)
The first Wednesday in the month at the 610 Community Centre 7pm (Barbara)
The first Thursday in the month at the Perry Common Library 3pm (Barbara)
We also carry out home visits for those with genuine mobility problems.
Ring 360 6486 or 360 7565 for details
Having requested a number of these boxes for various residents, I now find there is considerable waiting time to receive them.
I have received a number of reasons for this but it seems strange that a city who do not have a great repetition for recycling, but never the less wish to promote recycling, can not put in place a system where boxes can be replaced quite quickly.
If you have been waiting for some time for a recycling box and would like me to chase it up, please ring 360 6486 and I will see what I can do.
I hope this is indeed the case however residents will get the chance to see the latest plans when the Planning department have received and reviewed them. This should also include the plans on altering the Booths Lane carriage way.
I am led to believe the process will take between 8 and 12 weeks.?
In the mean time needless to say I am continuing to put on the current owners of Booths Lane (un-adopted private section) through the Council to make their road safe for motorists. The current state of the carriage way is as we all know completely unacceptable and the owner of the golf course really do need to take urgent action to sort it out.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
However this time the Council can make no excuses as they own and maintain this busy cut through road.
It has become more and more noticeable how the Council have let out carriage ways deteriorate over the last couple of years and the excuse that it is the bad weather we have had, does not wash with me. If our roads were maintained better the effects of the weather would be no ware near as bad.
Dog mess on our open spaces is becoming a real nuisance. Having walked on the Burford Road playing Field, the Glenmead playing Field, the King George Playing Field, the Aldridge Recreation Ground and the Queslett Nature Reserve recently, one thing I found in common was the problems of dog mess. The entrances and grass areas are all have a problem with this dog mess.
I am far from being anti dog but I would appeal to dog owners to bag and bin your dogs mess. Also please keep your dogs off football pitches.
Oscott is suffering from thefts of the metal containers out of litter bins at the moment (14 at the last Count) and this is not helping the situation. If you suspect a bin is being stolen make a note of what is happening and inform the Police.
It would be helpful to responsible dog owner if bins were in place on our streets.
I am calling on the Council to replace these missing bins as soon as possible. They need to re think the design to.
Monday, 14 March 2011
Amongst other things members of a theatre group will be writing down OERG member memories and expediences so they can be used in a play later this year.
I sure many of the group will be discussing their excellent trip to Birmingham's Sea Life Centre recently.
I hope to pope in to answers any questions group members have and to offer advice.
Tea and biscuits will be available.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
If you have any concerns about Amey the contractor working for the City Council upgrading roads or the City Councils Transportation department please ring me on 360 6486 and I will try and help.
These youngsters are very supportive of what we are trying to do on the reserve and work very hard to help us clean and maintain it.
I would like to thank all those who helped on the reserve today and for the organiser of the Cadet Force for allowing his Cadets to get so involved once again.
The last of the spring pruning took place and dozens of bags we filled with rubbish and removed from the site.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
This meeting will start at 7pm (Chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring) and will be held at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road
This will be looked at again in 6 months and the whole service in 12 months.
The idea to cut services has been turned down in favour of a 60p per trip fee in line with puplic consultation.
West Midlands Special Needs Transport, which operates Ring and Ride with a Centro grant, also backed the introduction of fares.
Members of the ruling Conservative group said the £12 million annual cost to the taxpayer was no longer value for money which is something I disagree with. There is room to look at how the system is working however and to improve it for those who genuinely need it.
Monday, 7 March 2011
Mr Edie Fellows the senior Engineer for Amey the contractor carrying out the work has just confirmed this following me sending him a reminder about the subject.
I would like to thank Councillor Timothy Huxtable (Con) the Cabinet member for Street Services for looking into this situation.
There will have to be some inconvenience the road will have to be closed for example so lets hope they get it right this time.
I am conscious that only having lived in the Oscott Ward for 30 years or so I am still learning a lot about it and its people but what I have learnt has made me realise what a privileged it has been to represent Oscott.
Fighting for Oscott and its residents is what it is all about. It is a constant battle to remind the authorities we are here and we want what is best for this area. Whether you are young or old I will if re-elected in May carry on doing the best I can for you and Oscott without making any false claims or promises.
It Is also a great honour to represent all the people of the City I was born in.
I am at the moment a member of the Planning Committee where the challenge of making tough decisions which are not always popular is also a worth while expedience.
AS a member of the integrated Transport Authority my work trying to ensure Public Transport is the best it can be despite constant cut backs by the Privatised Transport companies, it is also a great challenge and although it is recognised by many as being one of the most difficult committees to deal with. I do enjoy the challange despite it being under the control like the Government and the Birmingham City Council, of the Conservative , Liberal Coalition AND IS BEING HIT BY FAR TO MANY CUTS TO FAST
I hope that you will go out and vote at the local elections and will remember if you need one to get your postal vote and send it in.
Needless to say I hope you will consider voting for me and asking your friends and family to do the same and if you would like to know more about what i have been trying to do in Oscott you will read some of my previous posts.
Friday, 4 March 2011
There have been a number of vehicle accidents in these roads of the last few years and despite having a speed indicator sign introduced recently there seems to be no end to the problem.
The Police are also going to be asked at a high level to look into the issues and to bring more Police speeding enforcement to the area.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
This should help safeguard children when they come out of school by stopping some of the inconsiderate parking near the entrance.
The new curbing will also help prevent the grass area on this half island from becoming a mud bath becuase of cars driving on it.
One such articulated lorry snapped off a large branch from a tree in Dunedin Road. The branch particularly bocked the road and residents had to contact the Council (then myself) to get it moved. Luckily on one was injured.
These sorts of lorries should not use roads like Dunedin (and others near by like Templeton, Southgate and Weybourne Roads for example, as cut through rat runs. They should be made to use the larger roads in the area by the Council.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Dozens of residents have been in touch with me since the fence was stolen a few weeks ago, concerned about the increase in motor bikes on the reserve (endangering those using the reserve)and the possibility Travelers may try to use the site.
After constant pressure the from the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve and myself a small amount of funding for fencing was found and now the fence is to be replaced.
I would ask residents to keep an eye on the wooden fencing on the reserve boundary and if you see anyone trying to take it down please ring the Police.
If you do get a permit it will only be for the hours 8am to 2pm on week days.
You will have to fill in a permit which will last for 1 year.
You need to read the permit application very carefully as there are very Draconian measures of enforcement.
You will also only be able to use the permit 6 times in any one year and if you have a car as well as a van registered to your household you will not be able to have a permit although you may be able to apply for one off visits to the tip.
There are many more rules this whole thing may prove to be counter productive and to be a fly tippers charter.