Monday, 20 November 2017

YMCA BANDYWOOD YOUTH CLUB




Triple A Project

Triple A stands for Aspiration, Ambition and Achievement, 3 values which underpin our youth work. The aim of the project is to raise the aspirations of young people, increase their ambition and help them to achieve their goals. Through this work, we hope to support and develop young people in fulfilling their dreams and becoming active members of the community. Our work includes:
  • Centre-based youth clubs and youth work
  • Detached youth work
  • Life coaching
  • Family Work
  • Issue-based workshops
  • Educational workshops
Our services are available to all young people aged 10-19 years old and we deliver in the following areas of North and East Birmingham:
North
How much: £0.50 entrance fee

Bandywood Youth Club
Where: Emmanuel Community Church Hall, Kingstanding Road
When: Saturdays
Time: 1-3pm

Why not pop in and find out more

Friday, 17 November 2017

CHECKING OUT THE KINGSTANDING POST OFFICE CHANGES PROPOSALS






The Oscott Labour Team and Local Residents Councillor Barbara Dring and I have been out checking that the Post Office  proposals ref the Kingstanding Circle consultations are being advertised and that the new location ( the old HSB bank building) in Kettlehouse Lane are disabled friendly. Both of which are positive.

If you have any views one way or another take a note of the cconsultation details as seen on the Post Office Door and let the Post Office know.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

LOOKING AFTER THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE



 

As the Chair and Founder of the Friends Of the Queslett nature Reserve Environmental Group I try and pop into the reserve at least a couple of times a week time permitting.
It is pleasing to see how tidy, star members of the FQNR like Brenda try and keep it.

I spent some solid time checking out the wooden fencing on the western boundary today for possible damage. I as pleased to say it looks ok.

If you use the reserve please keep your eyes pen for and ASB and if you see any contact the Police by using their 101 number.

GREEN HOLM ROAD SCHOOL NEAR BY JUNCTION TO GET YELLOW LINES AT LAST



Following representations from the Oscott Labour Team and the Oscott Schools Road Safety and parking Working Party (which I chair). The Local Transportation department have finally announce yellow lines are to be introduced near the Greenholm School.

A number of resident, parents  and even the School crossing Patrol attendant have been in touch wit me and Barbara for some time now about this issue.

Yellow lines (TRO) do not come cheap and there has to be consultation which can take time.

However I have now been informed a contractor has be given the Ok and weather permitting they should be laid down at the junctions of roads near to the Greenhome Road School by the New Year

THE LONG TERM FUTURE OF THE KINGSTANDING SHOPPING PRECINT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED




 

Following the Oscott Labour Teams concerns about the Kingstanding Shopping area and precinct ,both
last year and this the City Council have now done  a survey of Kingstanding Circle, as well as all the other Local Centres in the City. The results showed that the overall vacancy levels in Kingstanding Circle were 13%, which is higher than the average for Centres in the City.

I have asked the Councils Development Planning Manager for the North West of Birmingham, to investigate this matter and to make contact with the Precincts owners so we can understand the issues and their intentions for the site.

 As Local residents  as well as being  Oscott Councillors  who use this site  Barbara and I will await their response with interest as we have more than a simple passing interest. We have the long term future to think of too.

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

FUTHER KINGSTANDING CIRCLE UPDATE





Following my further requests for more information the Post Office have confirmed thatservices  such as  car tax and passport check and send would still be available at Kingstanding Post Office.    The only service not available would be the Biometric Enrolment Service for the Home Office with the nearest alternative branches being Birmingham Post Office and Walsall Post Office.    DVLA Photocard Driving Licence renewal and Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence application services would still be available at Kingstanding Post Office. 

Your Oscott Labour Team will continue to keep you posted (no pun intended) as we live in the area and use this Post Office.
We are also asking for the wonderful staff who work at this Post office to be considered.

KING STANDING POST OFFICE IS LIKEY TO MOVE TO KETTLEHOUSE ROAD





Over the last few weeks I have been asked by a number of residents what is going to happen to the Post Office currently located in the Kingstanding Shopping prescient.
I have been making enquiries and along with the rest of the Oscott labour have been asking for the Post Office to be kept "Local"

This is the current update

From the Post Office
Dear  Cllrs,  further to our correspondence with the council in July 2016 regarding our search for a retail partner to take on the operation of Kingstanding Post Office.  This morning we briefed colleagues at Kingstanding Post Office that we are proposing to move the branch from its current location to the vacant retail premises, which was previously HSBC, at 7 Kettlehouse Road, Birmingham, B44 9JJ, where it would be run by our new retail partner.  Through this partnership we will maintain and modernise Post Office services in a location which is approximately 180 metres from the current Post Office branch.  

Our new retail partner, who already operates a Post Office branch elsewhere in the West Midlands, regards the Post Office network as a vital part of community services and has satisfied us that they would be able to deliver excellent standards of customer service in a modern environment, over extended opening hours and successfully operate Kingstanding Branch.  The new branch will be a bright, modern open-plan layout which will include a complete internal refurbishment and incorporate a retail offering of greeting cards, gifts and confectionery. 

We will be inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the proposed move in a public consultation, starting tomorrow, Wednesday 15 November 2017, closing on Monday 08 January 2018.  In this instance we have extended public consultation by 10 calendar days to allow for the Christmas and New Year period. 
 
I hope residents will have their say if they are concerned if you would like me to know of any concerns please leave me a message on 303 2039.
There are naturally concerns about the effect of this move on the prescient but the service will take place just across the Road?

Monday, 13 November 2017

HOW GOVRNMENT CUTS WILL EFFECT KINGSLAND SCHOOL

 

 

 

Kingsland Primary School (NC)


  • -£84.7k

  • -£291

  • -2

HOW GOVERNMENT CUTS WILL EFFECT THE GREAT BARR JUNIOR SCHOOL




How Government cuts will effect Great Barr Junior and infant School

Great Barr Primary School

  • -£43.4k

  • -£104

  • -1

Sunday, 12 November 2017

OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN CHECKING ON GRIT BINS IN OSCOTT







Now the weather is getting colder I have been out and about in Oscott again this week checking that grit bins have enough grit in them.

If you are aware of a bin with no grit in and you would like me to try and get it refilled either Email Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk or ring me and leave a message on 3032039.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

THE BIRKENSHAW TO BIRDBROOK ROAD RIGHT OF WAY GETS A CLEAN UP.








Councillor Barbara Dring and I have managed to come to an agreement with a Voluntary group who give the Birdbrook to Birkenshaw Road public Right of way. a clean up and cut back.
Those who use this right of way will have noticed we have managed to get a late autumn clean up.

This is complemented by the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve who do occasional litter picks in the right of way. I always enjoy working with these volunteers to try and keep some of our local grot spots clear of litter.

THE KINGSTANDING SHOPPING PRECINCT NEEDS HELP





The governments Austerity measures and policies are really effecting Oscott residents. Sadly some of their politicians appear to be in self denial and think every thing is rosy?

Just look at the run down state of the Kingstanding shopping area for example.
 Resident are having to use larger shops further afield as in many cases due to the completion and the fact residents have less money in their pockets. They could afford in may cases to use the smaller shops in the precinct and this has not helped.

Luckily the Post Office is still there and shops like Farm Food and Greiggs are holding on.

Given many residents are really feeling the Governments cuts it is no surprise that Charity shops are slowly taking over the units in the area.

Councillor Barbara Dring and I are doing what we can to help ( I have been asking the Economic development section if they can help) but until the Government realise the damage they are causing with their cuts to Local Councils and suppressing residents pay and so on it will be a big job to see any major improvements.

We will carrying on try to help and would urge residents to use those shops that are still in the precinct.


POLICE CARRY OUR SPEED WATCH OPERATION IN OSCOTT



I would like to thank the Oscott Police Team for their Speed Watch operation in the Oscott Ward today.
Councillor Barbara  Dring and I have passed on a number of complaints about speeding in the area to the Police on behalf of local residents.

I hope the measures the Police have been making will be noted and driver will slow down when driving along our busy and often narrow Roads.

I understand where possible warnings will be given to residents seen speeding.

Burnham Road
Old Oscott Lane
Birdbrook Road
are just some of the roads that were looked at.

I will certainly be requesting for more of these operations.

YOUR OSCOTT TEAM ARE INTERESTED IN THE VIEWS OF OUR OLDER RESIDENTS






Both Councillor Barbara Dring and I visit elderly residents in the Oscott area when we can to find out what concerns they have.
If you miss us, or have difficulty getting to one of our surgeries, please leave us a message on 303 2039 ( remember 
 


to leave your full contact details.)

Friday, 10 November 2017

NEW TREES TO BE PLANTED IN THE ALDRIDGE ROAD RECREATION GROUND




Birmingham Trees For Life will be Planting a number of new trees (10) in the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground on Thursday 30th November.

This is a continuation of work carried out last year and should go some way to help replace a number of trees which have been lost for a number of reasons.

Pupils from the Great Barr Primary School have been invited to come along and help plant some of the trees.

The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve which incorporate the Aldridge Recreation Ground within their remit have also been asked to attend.

The work will be carried out between 10.30am and 11.30am

We Oscott Councillors all support the planting of new trees in the area where appropriate




As the Chair of the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve , a member of a scrutiny Committee looking into tree in the city, a Local Councillor for Oscott and as a Local resident I am pleased to see that the recreation ground is to have these new trees.

 


 

 

 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

HAWTHORN SHOP KEEPERS ARE BATTLING AGAINS SHOP LIFTERS




As a member of the Hawthorn Road Traders association committee I have been pleased to see how well their Shop Watch initiative seem to be operating in some sections of the Hawthorn Road. It is just as well given the operations of a number of shop lifters in the area seem to be on the increase. Shop keepers are doing what they can by means of cctv and informing each other when seeing known shop lifter in the area but they have a tough battle on their hands.

These shop lifters have been targeting not just large shops in the Oscott area but also many who are only just keeping their heads above water and are by no means rich.

I have been asking the Local Police to do what they can but the reductions in the Oscott Police man/ women numbers cannot be helping but  they are doing what they can in the face of the cuts they have faced due to Central Government.
 
Shoppers can help by informing shop owners or ringing the Police 101 number if they see anyone shop lifting.

Friday, 3 November 2017

WEAR YOUR POPPY WITH PRIDE AND SADNESS



Wear your Poppy with pride and sadness

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.



For those who did so much we should have so much to thank. NEVER forget.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

THE OSCOTT ELDERLY RESIDENTS HAD A NICE SOCIAL




It was nice to be asked to be quiz master at the Oscott Elderly residents group today as part of their pre -Christmas season fun afternoon

Along with quizzes there were raffles and chance to have a chat and a lovely buffet. All organised by Chair Maureen Byrne.

These events are a great opportunity for older Oscott resident to get out and socialise and make friends. Its a good way to get out of the house for a bit.
I was just please to be able to help out

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

DONT THROW LIFE RINGS IN THE QUESLETT RESERVE LAKE




It was good to be able to spend an hour or 2 in the Queslett Nature Reserve doing a little light pruning, checking for ASB and meeting some of the reserves users.

The reserve looked fine today nice and clean thanks to the efforts of members of the FQR like John and Brenda.

Sadly for some unknown reason some youths are continuing to put lives at risk by throwing life rings into the lake.

Should the worst happen these youths would have to live with their actions, the Council will not be to blame, the education system will not be to blame it will  down to the person who threw the ring into the lake.
I hope parents will remind their children of the folly of doing that. The Queslett Lake like all standing bodies of water can be very dangerous.

Monday, 30 October 2017

REMEMBER REMEMBER ON THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER




Please remember remember ON the 5th of November.

Please check bonfires for Hedghogs before lighting them.




Let your neighbours know you are going to let of fire works before you  do to give them a chance to call in their pets.

Keep cats and dogs indoors and cover up hutches and so on.

Keep a bucket of water handy if you are having a bonfire in your garden.

Be careful when handling fire works and read the instructions.

Enjoy your self.

EXTRA BAGS PUT OUR WITH BINS WILL NO LONGER BE COLLECTED FROM NOVE 6TH

FOR INFORMATION

Now the crews have caught up with waste missed during the recent dispute
:any  side waste (bags to side of bin) will now only be collected until 6th November. and  that only normal waste be put out. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

OVER A THOUSAND TREES IN OSCOTT TO BE PRUNED OVER THE NEXT YEAR





At todays Oscott Ward Committee Chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring, Amey Highways reported that following my campaign they had carried out an extensive tree survey in Oscott an that over one thousand trees were to be pruned over the next year. (1700)
They also reported that over 200 hundred trees in poor health would be removed.

The meeting felt this was a real improvement and we needed to try and ensure the trees were given a good prune.

My campaign has been a long one and with the support of Councillor Barabara Dring I now feel real progress has been made. However I will not be satisfied until even more work is carried out.

I have also joined a Council scrutiny panel looking into trees and this should help compliment my campaign which CARRIES ON

FLY TIPPED RUBBISH REMOVED FROM RODLINGTON AVENUE



I was pleased to be able to ( with the support of Councillor Barbara Dring get some fly tipped rubbish removed from near the entrance to a rear access way in Rodlington Avenue ( see picture and post last Friday)

This was on a one off basis and resident have been advised to club together and purchase some access way gates. (There is a free pad lock (chained to the gates) offer available if they do)

These access gates as long as they are kept locked help prevent anti social behavior , improve security at the rear of properties and help reduce fly tipping.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN IN OSCOTT WITH BARBARA




It was good to be out and about again with Councillor Barbara Dring meeting our fellow Oscott Residents today.

As local residents our selves we can easily identify with our Oscott neighbours concerns and are always ready to take them up with the powers that be.
Being a truly local team has a number of advantages which we try and use on behalf of local residents.
...
Clearly with all the Governments cuts to the Councils and Police funding things are much harder to deal with, but we try and help where we can without making any false promises like some do, sadly.


If you have any issues you feel we can help you with please leave us a message on 303 2039

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

HARE AND HOUNDS NEW DEVELOPEMENT PROPOSALS DISPLAYED



I was pleased today to be able to pop into the 610 Community Centre today to see the new plans for the development of the Old Hare and Hounds Public House which was burnt down last year.

As some may remember following my request for a Planning Committee visit to the site to look at previous proposals re using Rushden Croft as and entrance the previous plans were tuned down.
New plans show an entrance via Kingstanding Road. It is intended that there will be 34 properties including some with 4 bedrooms. There will be flats and houses.

Having spoken to a number of residents asking for their views it is clear parking spaces is still an issue.

Waterloo Housing and Keep Moat were on hand to discus issues raised by local residents who came along to see the display.

Councillor Barbara and myself will keep a watching brief on the situation on behalf of Oscott residents who over look the site.

You have until 8pm tonight to see the display. You can make your comments to the developers or at a later stage on line.

Monday, 23 October 2017

OSCOTT RESIDENTS PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOU VIEWS ON THE NEW BOUNDARY CHANGES



As Oscott residents may be aware following the Governments decision to reduce the Amount of democratically elected representatives (MP's) from 650 to 600 their Boundary Committee has come up with recommendations to put the Oscott Ward into what would become a South Walsal Constituency

I have made no comment on this situation as I would like to hear the views of Oscott residents before I do

For information
After considering in detail all the evidence put forward by responses in both the initial and secondary consultation, and determining what revisions accordingly need to be made to our initial proposals, we are conducting a final public consultation on these revised proposals between 17 October and 11 December 2017. Responses to this will inform our decisions on whether any last adjustments need to be made before we submit our final recommendations in September 2018.

I would suggest that you make your views known, further information can be found on line.
 however from recent experience I would not hold your breath when making views known as more than likely the request from the Governments Boundary commission for your views is more for ticking off consultation check list only ,  However I could be wrong.

Please let me have your views on this subject by Emailing me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk
Or by writing to me care of the Council house.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

CYCLISTS NEED TO BE SEEN AT NIGHT



While out and about last night I noticed a number of bike riders of all ages riding their bikes with no helmets or reflective clothing and despite the early dark nights with no lighting on their bikes.

This is dangerous to all road users but particularly the bike riders them selves as they need to be a visible as possible.

I have asked the Local Oscott Police Team  to remind any cyclists they see without lights that for their own safety the need lights on their bikes.

If you have a child or friend who uses a bike after dark please give them a gentle reminder they to be seen at night.

TOP TIPS FOR CYCLING IN THE DARK

1. Visible upper body

To help drivers see you, go for a reflective/high vis garment that can be seen clearly from front and back. Why not try something that can go over your regular coat like a sash, high vis vest or a backpack cover?

2. Get creative with your bike lights

It’s a legal requirement to have white front and red rear lights and reflectors on your bike, and orange reflectors on your pedals. Lights should go on at dusk, and can be useful during the day too, especially when it’s a dull day.

3. Make your bike and helmet glow too

Get your bike and helmet involved in the reflective action. Try additional reflectors and lights on your spokes, to really make your wheels light up as they whizz round. Or go for some reflective stickers for your mudguards, panniers or the back of a child seat. And last but by no means least customise your helmet with a reflector too.

4. Stick to well-lit roads

Although lanes and canals are great for summer cycling, when darkness falls it’s hard to see and be seen without street lights. Stick to well-lit roads and paths when the sun goes down.

5. Keep an extra eye out for pedestrians

It can be hard to spot people on foot.

6. Make the bar or bike decision early on

If you know you will be having a few drinks on a night out, leave the bike at home and use public transport instead.

THE LATEST ON THE OSCOTT CAMPAIGN FOR MORE TREE PRUNING AND A SENSIBLE TREE REPLAEMENT PRORAM





As part of my campaign to try and get Amey Highways to look again at their tree pruning program and to start replacing some of the huge numbers of old over grown trees in the Oscott Ward Councillor Barbara Dring and I have visited a number of roads.

Amey Highways agreed to survey all the street trees in Oscott and as a result dozens of trees which were found to be deceased have or will be removed and replaced, which is a start.

Both Barbara and I are intending to continue with this campaign and the next step will be Amey Highways attending the Oscott Residents Committee meeting of the 26th of October at the 610 Community Centre, starting at 7pm. (To be Chaired by Barbara.) Amey Highways will be giving us their current update and will listen to residents concerns about trees.

This meeting is open to all Oscott residents.

Friday, 20 October 2017

DOG OWNERS PLEASE NOTE



FOR YOUR INFORMATION

NEW DOG CONTROL MEASURES INTRODUCE TOUGHER FINES

New dog control Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) come into effect across Birmingham today (20 October 2017), with increased fines for dog owners who fail to control or pick up after their pets.

The five orders currently in place make it an offence for a dog owner or anyone in charge of a dog to:

  • Not remove their dog’s waste
  • Not keep their dogs on a lead on roads, footways and adjoining verges
  • Allow their dog into clearly demarcated children’s play areas or school land
  • Not place their dogs on a lead when asked to by an authorised officer
  • Take more than four dogs at a time onto any public land.
  • Failure to respond to a fixed penalty notice can result in prosecution. There will be exceptions for assistance dogs.

For more information, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/dogcontrol
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A recent press release
llr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “The introduction of dog control orders has enabled us to successfully prosecute irresponsible dog owners for not controlling their pets or picking up their mess.
“However we still  receive high numbers of complaints about dogs, particularly around dog fouling, which is why the fine has been increased from £80 to £100 – the message is simple, pick up or pay up.”
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I am sure the vast majority of dog owners will welcome this information. You can deposit dog waste in litter bins if it is wrapped up. There are more litter bins in Oscott then ever.

FLOODING ISSUES NEED TO BE DEALT WITH




During one of our regular Councillor Barbara Dring and I noticed how many ponding ( flooding) issues there are in the area at the moment.

I have been reporting these ever since and will continue to do so as not only can residents be splashed but this flooding could lead to accidents
If you are concerned about this issue please let me have the details and I will do what I can to help.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

MORE GRAFFITTI PAINTED ON LOCAL PUB WALL



Sadly there has been more offensive graffiti painted on the Kingtanding Public House Walls.

With the support of Councillor Barbara Dring I have now put in a request for its removal ASAP.

Some asked me the other day why I bother my reply is because I live in Oscott and want to see it look as nice as possible as do many other residents.

OUT WITH THE FQNR LITTER PICKER SQUAD IN OLD OSCOTT LANE




I was pleased to be out and about again despite the rain to do a mini litter pick with the dedicated Friends Of the Queslett Reserve Environmental Group. This time in Old Oscott Lane.

It may have been wet but another green area was picked clean of litter and rubbish.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who are prepared to roll up their sleeves to help keep the area clean.
If you are interested Email Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham,gov.uk

OSCOTT FLY TIPPING BACK ON THE INCREASE



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There seems to be another Speight of Fly Tipping going on in Oscott.

A number of rear access ways ( which are usually owned by and are the responsibility of residents them selves) seem to be targeted.

Residents with rear access ways need to make sure they lock gates if there are any and remind neighbours, rubbish should not be dumped in these rear access ways

Where their are no gates neighbours need to club together to buy some.
Along with the Osoctt Neighbourhood Police Initiative ( N.P.I.) volunteers I can help arrange for a free lock to be  fitted ( attached by a welded chain to the gates.)

These gates offer security from non resident fly tippers who often come from other areas and from anti social behaviour

There is no excuse for fly tipping as the Holford Drive waste recycling Centre is only minutes away for the Oscott area and the Council offer a competitively priced bulk collection service.
Fly tipper need to be caught, fined and named and shamed.

5 STAR AWARD FOR BENNY'S DINNER






When out and about with Councillor Barbara Dring we were pleased to see Benny's dinner Kingstanding Road have received a 5 star notification for food hygiene and safety.

As Barbara  who is Chair of the Licensing committee explained to me "our officers do no award these without a full inspection they are not that easy to receive"

Well done Bennies Dinner

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

REPLACEMENT TREES FOR THE ALDRIDGE ROAD RECREATION GROUND



I was pleased to hear that Birmingham Trees for Life are donating and arranging to have planted 10 new standard trees.

These trees will be planted by the children from the Great Barr Primary in conjunction with the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Group in the Aldridge Recreation Ground.

This will go some way to make up for trees vandalised or stolen from the site last year.

We need trees on sights like this where they have room to grow and can make the recreation ground  look better.

THE FQNR ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP IN ACTION AGAIN

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It was nice to be out and about with some of our most active friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve members doing a path leaf clean up and litter pick followed by a patrol of the reserve.

We try and keep it as tidy as possible and try and keep an eye open for any ASB.
All FQNR member and users of the reserve are asked to report anything ssuspicious

Monday, 16 October 2017

GEORGE KNOWN AS DEREK READE R.I.P



It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death today of Derek Reade.

Shortly after Inspector Peter Schuck and I founded the Oscott Neigbourhood Police Initiative more years ago than I care to remember Derek  cam along to volunteer and become a senior co ordinator.

Derek  worked behind the scenes until a few years ago when illness preventing him from taking a more active roll.

Derek was not a moaner but a hands on and help person who cared about his community.
 He will be missed and I would like to pass on my deepest Sypathy to his wife Valerie and his family.

Friday, 13 October 2017

GETTING JAPANESE KNOT WEED INTHE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE DEALT WITH



I was pleased to see when out and about in the Queslett Nature Reserve this week some of the Japanese Knot weed I have reported in the reserve has been dealt with

This introduced plant is a notable plant which can do harm to the environment.

Along with other members of the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Group we are always on the look out for out breaks of this weed.

If you find you have it in your garden seek advice before trying to get rid of it.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

THANKS TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE OSCOTT PARKING AND ROAD SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS MEETING




I would like to thank all those Oscott Schools who took the time to send a representative to the all "Oscott Schools Parking and Road safety meeting."

I would also like to thank representatives from the Fire Brigade, the Police , Road safety officers of various sorts and Councillor Barbara Dring for attending. Sorry If I missed anyone.

I would also Like to thank the Great Barr Academy for the use of one of their rooms.

Most Of all I would like to thank the Perry Barr Acting District Director Neal Da Costa for all the behind the scenes work he puts in organising these meeting.

Sadly a few schools did not send a representative. I was pleased however to hear form all those who attended that they fully understood parking and road safety near schools is a very important subject. It is problem their school recognises and want to do something about. They also indicated they found the meeting useful.

We have not come up with any magic solutions or money trees, but there was a lot of useful back ground information and we have agreed to meet again in the new year, to see if some of the ideas that were discussed can be progressed.

If your school was unable to attend and you feel that parking issues and road safety near the school where your child goes to or (if you are a near by resident), you may wish to remind that school to attend the next meeting.

It is a great shame that it takes a tragedy and the often knee jerk reaction to it, to make some people get involved rather than working to try and prevent one.

By working collectively we may help deal with some of these major problems.
We do however need those working at a higher level to take an interest and show their support as this would go a long way to help what we are trying to do.

 Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about this meeting and to have an impute on the subject at the next Ward Residents meeting on the 26th of October. The venue will be the 610 Community Centre and the time 7pm. The meeting will be chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring.  I will also be attending.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

NEW LIGHTING FOR FORGERS WALK TUNNEL


REF NEW STREET LIGHT FOR FORGERS WALK TUNNEL

Checking the last new street lamp that was put in place



Councillor Barbara Dring and I  have now arranged with the Housing Department to have a second street light installed near the run up to the Forgers Walk tunnel at the end of your road. The work is expected to be completed by the spring.
This should help make residents feel safer when using the tunnel after dark and it will complement the one we have erected last year.
We would like to thank the Oscott Residents Association for their assistance with this matter.
New lighting to go here in the New Year thanks to the Oscott Labour Team working with local residents


See also blog post 16th November 2016

Friday, 6 October 2017

OSCOTT WARD RESIDENTS COMMITTEE MEETING 26TH OCTOBER


There will be a meeting of the Oscott Ward Residents committee (Chaired by Councillor Barbara  Dring and attended by all Oscott Councillors) on 26th October@7pm the venue will be the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road.

On the Aenda will be

Amey will present their Oscott Tree survey.
 ( A number of roads due to have been pruned in the late summer have been delayed but work is expected to carried out through out the rest of the year) 

An update on the recent All Oscott schools problem parking and road safety meeting

A report from the Local Police Team

A.O.B

All Oscott Residents are welcome to attend

Thursday, 5 October 2017

OUT AND ABOUT IN THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE



I was pleased to be able to find some time today to be out on patrol in the Queslett Nature Reserve meeting users and helping to keep an eye on the reserve to detect anti social behavior. The FQNR asks resident to help keep an eye on the reserve and report acts of anti social behavior.
Today for example yet again life rings are to be seen floating in the lake.

I also managed to do a little light pruning and was pleased to see how clean FQNR members are keeping the reserve.

Please note report act of ASB but do not put your self in and sort of confutation just walk away if you see any acts of ASB being carried out.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

OSCOTT WASTE COLLECTION BACK TO A WEEKLY CYCLE FROM NEXT WEEK



The latest information I have received from the Cabinet member responsible for Household waste collection is that Oscott residents can expect their bins to be emptied on a weekly basis again from next week until further notice.

Should you bin be missed please contact either Councillor Barbara Dring or myself and we will try and help if we can

OSCOTT SPONSORED SKATE BOARD IS AS BUSY AS EVER



I was very pleased to see how busy the Skate Board Centre in Perry Barr park was the other day.

This skate Board Sponsored by the Oscott Ward and championed so well by Councillor Barbara Dring ( with my support) is really popular with young people from Oscott and else where.
It is in a really good location easily accessible by foot or public transport. 997  33 934 and so on

This is just another of the ways we are trying to help local youngsters in the area.

OSCOTT BINS COLLECTION NEXT WEEK 7th ON




I  Have been informed Oscott residents should have their bins emptied as usual next week (7th on) so keep you bins out on the edge of your property as usual

If your bin is missed email me (or leave a message on )121 303 2039

Thursday, 28 September 2017

IF YOUR CHILD ATTENDS AN OSCOTT SCHOOL ASK THAT SCHOOL TO ATTEND OUR ROAD SAFETY MEETING



The next meeting of the Oscott Schools Parking near schools and Road safety meeting takes place on the 11th of October.At the Great Barr Academy Aldridge Road Great Barr (by invitation)

All the School in the Oscott area have again been invited to send a representative to this meeting where issues of concern regarding parking near schools and road safety are discussed.

Also invited are senior Local Police Officers, Fire brigade representatives and also officers from the Birmingham City Council who deal with road safety issues.

As chair and with the help of our Council organiser PB Act District Director Mr De Costa of these meetings (and who works so hard to do so despite a lack of resources) I do not pretend there are any easy solutions to the problems being discussed, but every school can meet with other Oscott schools to discuss how they deal with road safety issues near their school and learn from others what they do.

The Police, Council Officers and Fire brigade, offer their advice and listen to the concerns of the various Oscott schools and by all working together in this way we try and resolve some of the issues.

There is no magic wand and we still face the continued cuts in funding but just sometimes good practice and an opportunity to learn from others can help.

The Police who like the Council have faced awful cuts in their numbers can also meet with a  number of schools at one time which helps save their stretched man power and ensures they hear the issues faced by local schools, together in one place.

I would urge all parents to remind the school that their children go to in Oscott, to send someone to the meeting. (Local residents living near one of the schools could also remind the school?)  Details have been supplied to all the various schools.

Member of the public are given an update on these meeting at Oscott Ward Residents Committees Chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring. Residents are also encouraged at these ward meetings to discuss their concerns which are passed back to the Schools Parking and Road safety Committee.

(Next Oscott Ward Residents Committee 26 October 7Ppm at the 610 Community Centre. (All Oscott residents are welcome)

HOW TO CONTACT ME



Reminder. I do not deal with case work via Social media.

If you have a concern you would like me to look into please email me. Keith.Linnecor@birmingham.gov.uk, leave me a Telephone message on 0121 303 2039 or write to me care of the Birmingham Council House B1 1BB

PLEASE ALWAYS LEAVE YOUR FULL CONTACT DETAILS

I cannot resolve all the concerns I hear about but I am willing to try and help if I can

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A LOVERLY DAY OUT AT BOURTON ON THE WATER WITH THE OSCOTT ELDERLY RESIDENTS GROUP




Councillor Barbara Dring and I had another great day out helping the Oscott Elderly Residents group during their wonderful trip to Bourton on the Water.









Maureen Byrn the Chair and organiser of the group as usual created a lovely atmosphere during the trip. The trip and the meal which followed was appreciated by all.

It was also nice to see by coincidence another group from Oscott ( the Mary Vale club) there to.

Monday, 25 September 2017

MY NEXT COUNCILLORS ADVICE SURGERY


My next Councillors surgery is tomorrow (26th) ay 9.35am at the 610 Community Centre.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

NEXT SALVAGE COLLECTION DATES FOR OSCOTT



Wheelie bins due to be emptied on either 27th or the 28th this week.
However due to the catching up of our rubbish collection due to the industrial action I would recommend bins be put out before hand.
The latest information is to allow for collections missed as part of the industrial action to be caught up with collections for the time being will be every other week.

If your bin is missed please ring 303 2039 and leave me a message (leave your full contact details)

I am continuing to urge all parties involved to negotiate a resolution
I also  ccontinuing to urge our  MP who represents Oscott, to carry on urging the Government to reduce their awful cuts to the Birmingham City Councils funding. They have the funds to give out to other parts of the UK, it is time they did the same for Birmingham

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE STATE OF THE BUS SHELTERS IN OSCOTT


Councillor Barbara Dring and I will be out and about again this week checking on the cleanliness of some of the bus shelter in the Oscott area.
These shelter are checked for damage and are cleaned fairly regularly by contractors but we like to monitor them from time to time.
If you have an issue with a bus shelter in the Oscott area please let me know by ringing 303 2039 and leaving me a message (include your contact details please)

Please note although some not well bus stops are being removed from locations across the city (I have objected to this) non are being removed in the Oscott Ward.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

THE OSCOTT GROT SPOT LITTER PICK VOLUNTEERS NEED NEW MEMBERS


The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve Grot spot team ( who carry out litter picks in various spots in the Oscott Ward) are looking for volunteers.

Grot Spot clean up organisorS can supply litter picker picks, bags and so on.
If you would like more information or would like to volunteers to help clear up small grot spots in the Oscott ward from time to time either E.Mail Brenda  <brendafoqnr@yahoo.ca> or my self for more details.
WE welcome Oscott residents who would like to help out in the Oscott area.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

THE OSCOTT TEAM OUT AND ABOUT


                                                                                 
As many Oscott residents are aware Both Councillor Dring and I live in the hart of the Oscott ward and know the area very well.
WE have got hundreds of all sorts of jobs carried out on behalf of the Oscott residents and we are so pleased we unlike some do not have to drive into the to try and get to know it.

Barbara and I often do walk about checking things out. Pot holes litter,and many other issues.
To us it is because we line in the area and is not just a stepping stone up the greasy path to the top in politics. We
care about Oscott and its residents.

Times are hard Tory cuts in our Councils funding ( which trickle down to Oscott) but we keep on going on your behalf
We cannot resolve all the issues we hear about and tell our friends neighbours and residents as much, but we do what we can to help.

If you or a neighbour have an issue you think we can help you with let us know and we will try and help if we can. We like you are Oscott residents.

THE DISPAERAING TREES MYSTERY HAS BEEN SOLVED



About 5 years ago a number of cherry trees were donates by trees for life to the Aldridge Recreation Ground.
The friends of Queslett Nature Reserve arranged to have them planted on the Shady Lane boundary of the recreation ground, where there was a gap. A number of residents and our MP helped us to plant these trees in suitable locations.

Recent however these trees mysteriously disappeared leaving just the holes.
Along With Councillor Barbara Dring I have been investigating their disappearance.

I have now found out they were removed by the Council due to lower bark damaged caused either by squirrels or more likely some varieties of dogs which are prone to noring tree bark.

The Council are now looking into having replacement trees donated by Tree loving charities put back with a little more protection, perhaps next year.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

ANOTHER GROT SPOT LITTER PICKED



I was pleased to join up with the FQNR Grot spot litter picking volunteers today.
There was a session carried out in the Darleydale Avenue / Oscott School Lane area today and several bags of litter was collected.
Well done to Brenda for orgainsing the event.