Monday, 30 April 2012
The Kingstanding Road had become a 30MPH Zone (College Road to Kingstanding Circle) but unless you live locally it would be difficult to tell or know.
Apart from 2 enforcement signs I had put in some year ago there is little to identify this road as being 30MPH. The Highway code is specific on the issue but given the circumstances and the change which has taken place with the support of the Police who's records indicate this is a problem, I am calling for better signage.
I am also calling for better signage generally for the Oscott area.
Saturday, 28 April 2012
Amey the Councils Highways Contractor in my view got away with it for months because there has been little rain but the current bad weather has really shown how poor their work has been.
I have been complaining to them for many months about this situation and had officer out on a site visit but apart from attempting to clean out the drains they have taken no action.
Enough is enough if they are unable to do the work they should say so and get the Council to bring in a firm who can lay down a new carriage way without leaving a water trap on it. I am calling on their officers to sort out this issue once and for all.
Friday, 27 April 2012
Naturally I hope you will vote Labour but what ever your political views I hope you will use your democratic right to vote.
It does matter as many people have lost their lives over the centuries so we have the right to vote and so we should remember their sacrifice.
If you want change or to stay as we are then vote. If you want to show politions what you think then vote. If you care about the area you live in then vote. If you want to have your say then vote.
If the person / party? you vote for does not win then you can say "at least I tried" if they do win you can moan about them if they do not do what they say.
In Birmingham we have the Local Elections and the decision/ referendum whether to have a Elected Major for Birmingham to consider.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
I had the pleasure of going as a volunteer with the Oscott Elderly Residents Group to the Coventry Transport Museum.
Every one had a wonderful time (out of the rain) looking at an impressive collection of classic Vehicles and displays. An excellent day out and free entry. Birmingham could learn a lot from this museum.
The group also had a free carvery meal to finish off.
Well Done Maureen Byrne the groups chair for organising the event. She is already planning their next day out.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
business as usual, with access available from Sandy Lane entrance to Booths
I have been informed a suitable signposting of the diversion route will be
in place during the partial closure of Booths Lane (unadopted section).
This will be good news for the golf club/ range and their members.
Ever since Amey failed to address this issue a year or so ago when they relayed the carriage way it has been left undealt with.
I have called on the Council Chiefs and senior Amey officers again to get on and get the work needed carried out.
see also pot 15th December
Monday, 23 April 2012
The reserves lake may look peaceful but it may be dangerous do not enter it.
With the summer hopefully just around the corner the FOQNR would like to remind everyone do not swim in the reserves lake.
This lake's water has not been treated and there may be underwater obstacles. Swimming in the lake would also disturb its wild life.
Be safe do not swim or paddle in the lake.
Holford Drive Community Sports HUB. Holford Drive There is an investment of £1.2m being made for capital costs to develop the Holford Drive site into a community led sports club to facilitate Cricket, Football, Boxing, and many other sports. The investment towards the project will rise to £2m plus. Oscott have been asked to contribute just 25K towards this to help speed up the development.
Community groups, sports clubs and members of the community interested in sports will be at the heart of this project.
Furthermore, national sporting bodies such as ECB [English & Wales Cricket Board] and the FA [Football Association] are involved in order to provide the relevant support to sustain grassroots level sporting activity and encourage sport in this area including Oscott.
This is meant to be a flag ship sports centre for the North of Birmingham and in Oscott we are lucky it is just on our door step.
There will be a ideal opportunity for those living in Oscott (and sports clubs based in Oscott) to use this facility and also the extensive help given by CSPAN.
The Council in its wisdom have given the Oscott Ward 25k which must however be spent on projects on a capital only basis. (Bricks and mortar) and after consultations ( there have been presentations at the Perry Barr Constituency Committee where residents could attend) which are still taking place the Hub seems a good investment. Oscott Councillors will when the scheme is finalised be monitoring it to ensure Oscott residents get more then their monies worth from this excellent project.
Oscott youngsters deserve these modern and quality sports facilities and it would be a sad day if we deprived them of them for a perceived narrow political gain by some individuals.
This is an all party iniative as indicated below
The Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Councillor Martin Mullaney on behalf of the Concervative/ Lib Council said “In this Olympic year the spotlight will be on sport more than ever before and we are grateful to the ECB for giving their support in the development of our ‘Sporting Hub’ Project. This initiative focuses on the importance of sporting activities and organisations at grass roots level and by working with community groups we hope to reshape community sports provision in Birmingham.”
The Labour Group are also in support.
If you would like to know more about this project or have an interest in a sports organisations in Oscott which could befit please pop along to one of my councillor Surgeries for a chat or contact Councillor Barbara Dring who has done a lot to ensure this project goes ahead.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve have spent an active late morning early afternoon of the reserve.
I attended a meeting of the Oscott Central Neighbourhood Forum today which as ever was ably Chaired by Aubrey Longe. I enjoy these meeting as it gives residents a chance to have their say on how things are going in the area and to let me know any issues they have.
I was also pleased to see the Police and Local Campaigner Tristan Chatfield were able to get to the meeting.
The main concerns were as is often the case Environmental, dog fouling, and litter and fly tipping. But there were also issues relating to road safety, education, local buses and the shops on Hawthorn Road.
I was also able to inform residents present about the latest situation re the Community Chest funding and the Booths Lane closure.
There will be another meeting in the early summer.
Friday, 20 April 2012
The preparation work for realigning Booths Lane is underway.
Cameron Homes have informed me that they are starting work on their new development which will mean a temporary closure of Booths Lane (unadopted section). The end nearer Queslett Road.
This work will involve extensive re aligning of the old carriage way and the closure of the old road. They are also working to prepare the land its self.
The closure will take place in a few weeks time (mid May) and Cameron Homes have assured me they will send a letter of explanation to near by residents.
Given this development has to take place I will be pushing for the work to be done as soon as possible but the road will be closed for some time.
Those who use this road with vehicles will need to find alternative routes.
The realignment and upgrade of the private part of Booths Lane begins soon they will take steps to enhance to a 'safe' standard the footpath that currently runs alongside Booths Farm and links Booths Lane to Caddick Road. This will mean pedestrians will still able use this whilst the remainder of the private part of Booths Lane (from Queslett Road in the west to Booths Farm remains in the east) is closed off for safety reasons as it effectively becomes a building site. In other word the path will be diverted via Caddick Road for the time being so you may need to be prepared for a longer walk.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
The applications are being processed by Council officers and will come before the Oscott Wards Committee for their recommendations. The committee will include all 3 Oscott Councillors (as it has always done)
For example last year ALL 3 Oscott Councillors excepted the recommendations 's of the Osoctt WAB which is why some election material currently doing the rounds is not sadly very accurate to say the least and is more about misleading the voter than anything else .
The next WAB meeting will take place on the 9th of May (as not to influence the Local Elections) and the first round of decisions will be made in public by the 3 Oscott Councillors on May 23rd
at the next Oscott Ward Committee.
If you would like to know more about the Oscott Community Chest and the funding process please let me know.
* There is an extra 25K this year but it is only for capital projects (bricks and mortar unfortunately) and is is being looked at by the Oscott Ward Committee (all the Oscott Councillors) separately at the moment with the advice of Council officers.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
The filtering systems needs attention as does the pedestrian crossing on Hawthorn Road (near Warren Farm Road.)
I will continue the battle to get them to take action.
Saturday, 14 April 2012
A new lampost going in and an old one coming out near Cotleigh Grove.
It is nice to see so may streets in Oscott having new lampposts. Streets like Ashworth Road Beasley Grove, Blakeland Road,Blenhiem Way, Cotleigh Grove, Darleydale Avenue and many more.
Amey having been funded by the Council and indirectly the previous government are starting to make real inroads with regards to upgrading the street lighting in Oscott.
The Oscott Councillors and Local residents have all been campaigning for better street lights in Oscott for many years and it is good to see action is well underway.
I will continue to press however for the work to be done correctly and with the minimum disruption to local residents.
For example I am constantly requesting that the barriers being used to protect the lamps when they are being erected, should be taken away as soon as the work is finished.
If you do have any issues with the way the new street lighting work is being done please contact me and I will ensure Amey get to hear of it.
Invited to attend are Oscott Councillors, Local Campaigner Tristan Chatfield, The Police and any residents living in the Oscott area.
It will be an opportunity to learn more about the forum and ask Local Councillors and the Police questions about what is happening in the Oscott Ward.
For any further information please contact OCNF Chair Aubrey Longe 360 0766
If you live in the central Oscott area and would like to join this forum to help your local community please ring Aubrey
Friday, 13 April 2012
Urgent action is needed to sort out this stretch of the road (near the shops). It is to narrow for a start and the way cars park there does not help.
I am calling on the Council Transportation department again to re look at the lay out of the slip road at this pinch point area.
There is also an issue with speeding on this 20mph stretch of slip Road.
Sadly I am receiving more and more complaints about the litter in our streets across Oscott.
There seems to be a combinations of reasons for this.
There needs to be more road sweeping.
The current Council Administration should not have got rid of our Ward Environmental officer who amongst other things reported litter and help stop rubbish being put out to early.
There is also a need to re look at the design of the blue paper recycling boxes.
Also there needs to be more litter bins like the new ones I have manged to get put in Birdbrook Road, for example.
If you are aware of a litter hot spots in Oscott let me know and I will the street Cleaning Team.
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Apparently engineers have realised the lamppost the sign was going to be moved to is not "strong enough" to hold it. They are now as I understanding re looking at the situation. The expected changes are now scheduled for May.
The new speed indicator sign due to be erected in Kingstanding Road (between Hawthorn Road and the College Road) is also now "expected" to be erected in May.
Deadline for applications to be included on the register in order to vote in this years Local Election election is:
Not later than – Wednesday 18 April 2012
Vote hower you wish but dont risk losing your demacratic right to vote.
In order to be eligible to take part in the polls, all citizens must be registered under their current address on the city’s electoral roll before it closes – on 18th April.
The Birmingham City Council is urging local people to act now to protect their democratic right to vote, as they may run out of time otherwise.
Polling for votes will take place on Thursday 3rd May 7am-10pm, with voters being urged to stagger their visits throughout the day and avoid a last minute rush.
To inform the council of a change to your details on the electoral register go to http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/election or call the elections office on 303 2731 before 18th April.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
It almost goes without saying that is nonsense as there was a clear cut commitment in November by all sides to keep the weekly bin collection service.
What I am pushing for is for a better collection of our bins on a weekly basis.
Following a confusing letter sent to local residents on the subject we have had to step in to try and sort out the mess.
Over 30 residents spoke to us on site and let us know their views and Tristan and I have ensured these opinion's were heard by the aurthority.
Although there have been no finale decisions at least now residents are in the picture and progress, funding, permitting can be made.
I would like to thank those who attended the meeting and many others who have contacted me regarding the matter.
This is an act of anti social behavior which needs to stop which cost we tax payers money as reports of sitings have to be investigated by Park Rangers and the Environmental Agency for example.
While there is as yet no firm evidence that these Terrapins are damaging the levels of fish number in lakes across Birmingham the situation is being monitored just in case.
The very cold winters which can kill off Terrapins are now quite rare and it also cruel to abandon Terrapins in the Cities lakes and pools where there is also other smaller wild life to consider.
If you do want to get rid of a Terrapin ask the RSPCA for advice.
If you have any comments on this issue please let me no and i will ensure the authorities are made aware of them.
Friday, 6 April 2012
There has been yet another accident at the junction of Greenholm Road, Thornbridge Road and the Aldridge Road this week.
It is time the Transportation department got their act together and sorted out this junction
If you type in Greenholm Road in the search space / page top left, you will see how hard I have campaigned to get something done at this junction ( with the help of residents and others) But despite my making a number of requests, handing in petitions and having site visits nothing apart from a couple of signs and pedestrian step overs I have managed to get put in over the years, has been done about this junction
It needs a traffic light system. There are elderly residents and a number of school children who have to cross over the Aldridge Road to consider.
Following this latest accident I have been in Touch with Transportation chiefs yet again asking for a traffic light system and other road safety measures on the Aldridge road like speed indicator signs and signage.
Will they listen this time. I will keep trying for the safety of those who use the road
Improving the Randwick Grove entrance could help stop anti social motor bike users getting onto the recreation ground
The proposed upgrade of the Aldridge Recreation Ground needed for improved safety and access has been put on hold.
Many residents using or living near this recreation ground will be disappointed that for no genuine reason by the Current Council Administration apparently at the whim of one person???
This will mean not improving the only path across the recreation ground and sorting out the mud, puddles and the uneven surface. This will be detrimental to all those who use it for example as a short cut from Shady Lane to the Great Barr Schools/ Leisure Centre or to the young children's play area.
Residents and users of the Recreation Ground will also have to put up with the noise and the anti social antics of those using the recreation ground to ride their motor bikes in, as simple barriers at some of the entrances will not be put in place. It will only be a matter of time until someone is injured by one of the motor bike users.
Residents and users of the recreation ground will be frustrated that their long time requests have been delayed for trivial reasons even though the parks department, the Police and 2 Local Councillors have agreed action is needed and the fact funding is available.
Please be assured I will be continuing whether during or after the Local elections to make sure this issue not dropped.
If you want to contact me see my Profile column on the left hand side of the page for my email address.
Thursday, 5 April 2012
One of the many roads I am constantly receiving complaints about is Shady Lane. I have requested the Street Cleaning department look into this and take action.
For example there needs to be more litter bins (despite the fact they are being stolen) and the way our blue recycling boxes are being collected does not help.
I have requested the netting which can be used to stop paper blowing out of the boxes be supplied to more residents.
Finally the timing of the way the streets are being cleaned needs to be looked at across the Oscott Ward.
The Councils decision to get rid of the Oscott Environmental wardens who did a great job helping cut down the amount of litter on our streets by warning residents about putting out black bags and recycling boxes to early and speaking to local shop keepers about their litter problems, has not helped either.
All the Oscott Councillors as far as I am aware are trying to get Council officials to give us a decisions one way or another as to whether we can have this equipment and where it can be put.
Clearly understanding how the Council works I understand they have to make careful evaluations which are not self evident to the lay man but I have urged them to get on with it.
It is also important that residents are consulted about the issue and I have made requests to this effect.
If you have any views on the subject please contact me. 3032039 and leave a message.
See also March 16th post
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
For those with a interest in wildlife and the environment there will be a litter pick and light pruning session at the Queslett Nature Reserve on Saturday 21st.
Members of the friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve and residents are welcome to attend.
The start time will be 11.30am meeting at the Ashworth Road entrance to the reserve.
Children are welcome under the supervision of a adult.
Come prepared for the weather and with stout foot wear.
Please do not park close to the entrance or in Lindsey Road.
For further details ring 360 6486
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Light refreshments are available
I have been delighted to have been asked to be quiz master at the Oscott Elderly Residents Group Quiz afternoon on Wednesday 11th April. (The venue will be the 610 Community Centre and the start time 1.30pm)
There will be prizes, raffles and light refreshments as well as a light hearted quiz.
These meetings are always well attended and Oscott residents are welcome to attend.
For more details please ring 681 1826
Monday, 2 April 2012
It is with sadness that I advise you I have learned that Honorary Alderman Sir Stanley Yapp passed away suddenly yesterday. He leaves a wife, Christine, and family.
He was a Labour Councillor, 12 May 1960 to May 1969 for the Kingstanding Ward, May 1971 to May 1974 for the Washwood Heath Ward, May 1974 to May 1978 for the Erdington Ward, May 1980 to May 1982, May 1986 to May 1990 for the Oscott Ward and February 1993 to May 1994 for the Fox Hollies Ward. He became an Honorary Alderman on 11 July 1978.
Stan was a real character when he represented the Oscott Ward and I am sure a number of residents will have fond memories of him
Greenholm School believe they may have set a new world record 1,032 people are thought to have taken part in the challenge, which took place at the school in Greenholm Road, Great Barr. It was an attempt to break a world record for staging the largest ever martial arts class. They needed to have more than 1oo1 taking part.
The Head Teacher Gill Turner is now waiting to see if they have broken the record. Although Councillor Barbara Dring and Local campaigner Tristan Chatfield were able to attend I had a prior commitment elsewhere so missed what seems like fun.
Well to all those concerned.
Unlike many I like to keep residents who may be interest involved in what I and others are doing in Oscott.
Given the complete mess and misinformation some residents living near the Burford Road playing field have received RECENTLY I have called for a meeting with council officers who are responsible for the Burford Playing Field and the fencing which surrounds it.
If you are available please join us on the 11th of April at 10.30am on site. We will try and identify what is proposed for the site.
Given the Decision I am trying to get the council and Cameron Homes to work together to come up with an alternative solution which could be less expensive but still safe.
If you wish to object to this planning application or otherwise please see below.
DCLG Ref: APP/P4605/A/12/2171894/NWF
Date: Monday 2nd April 2012
Cllr Keith Linnecor
Town and Country planning Act
Appeal under Section 78
Appeal by: Cameron Homes Limited
Site: Land adjacent to Booths Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham, B42 2RG
Proposal: Removal of condition 17 (which requires a gas cut off trench or wall) attached to
previous planning approval 2011/01795/PA (which allowed a residential development of
An appeal has been made to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) against
Birmingham City Council's decision to refuse the above application.
An Inspector appointed by the DCLG will determine this appeal on the basis of an inquiry and the procedure to
be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Inquiries
Procedure) (England) Rules 2000.
If you would like to make any comments, or modify / withdraw your previous representation, you can do so
on the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs. If you do not have access to the internet you can
write to Roxanne Oddy (Case Officer), The Planning Inspectorate, 3/10A, Temple Quay House, 2 The
Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
In order to keep to the timetable for appeals, all comments must be received by the Planning Inspectorate
by 3rd May 2012. Representations received after this time will not normally be considered by the inspector
and will be returned. Please send three copies of any written representations, quoting the DCLG reference above Please note the decision is now not in the hands of the Birmingham City Council planning Committee who rejected it.
They did however agree the original application.
Note it is expected as part of the planning requirements a section of the unadopted Booths Lane will be altered and relaid. This is a separate issue regarding safety requirements.
George Hough who Chair the Oscott Disability Group.
This group have in the past used funding from the Oscott Community Chest to buy equipment to help their disabled members.
Dont forget now is the time to get your application form and return it.
Do not delay
The countdown to the dead line to make a application for funding from the Oscott Community Chest is now on. Dead line day is April the Tue 1Oth this has been changed due to the 9th being easter Monday and there being no post.
The Community Chest fund is a small fund given to wards across the city to give them the opportunity to have some flexibility in order to help the local community.
The Oscott Ward Advisory Board/ Strategic partnership which is made up of (Chaired by myself) Councillors Graham Green and Barbara Dring, Representatives Community Groups , the Police, Education, Health, youth and Voluntary Groups, look at requests for funding.
These requests are then with the help of Council officers evaluated and discussed.
The WAB then make their recommendation to the Oscott Ward Committee who after ensuring the requests are in order with the Council make the finale decision.
Some examples of what groups or individual can apply for :
Help for groups of pensioners to go on a day out
Help for groups of pensioners to get together and socialise and keep healthy.
Help for Pensioners who have problem gardens.
Help for groups supporting those with disabilities.
Help for groups supporting people with illness or promoting health awareness
Support for a youth club.
Groups helping and supporting young people.
Help for clubs support children's activities. music . sports and so on
Help for groups supporting children of nursery age.
Help for groups supporting young families.
Support for groups who help find people employment.
Support for the Environment, keeping the area clean and so on.
Support for Community safety
Help funding a gating schemes
Help to support community Groups of all sorts
and many other things.
RING KEN BROWN THE OSCOTT WARD SUPPORT OFFICER BEFORE THE DEAD LINE ON 675 2349 FOR A FORM AND ADVICE.