Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Saturday, 22 July 2017
“The Council is operating in difficult times. We are focused on providing reliable, effective refuse collection for citizens and we want to work with trades unions to do that. If that means taking difficult decisions the Council will do so, even where at times it means difficult industrial relations which we are actively trying to resolve
“We will be cleaning up rubbish over the weekend and next week.”
Thursday, 20 July 2017
On behalf Of Oscott and Kingstanding Residents I have raised the condition of the former Hare and Hounds public house on the Kingstanding Road at this weeks Planning Committee.
As you may recall a planning application calling for housing to be put on the site was turned down by the Planning Committee ( following a site meeting which I called for, where the issue could be discussed with residents.) Many residents were very unhappy with the proposal put forward, access being a major concern.
Sadly the building then court fire some time later leaving the building looking a real mess. This has gone on for far to long.
With the help of Oscott Councillor Barbara Dring I am pressing for the developers to be encouraged to come forward with new proposals or at least demolish or rectify the state of the building.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
All fly tipping is a disgrace THERE IS NO EXCUSE even when there is an industrial dispute going on. Mattresses arm chairs and so on should never just be dumped.
I have again had to get the hot spot sorted out near the corner of Dyas Road and the Aldridge Road access way cleaned despite warning signs.
Residents can help by reporting anyone dumping to the Council. Registration numbers and so on could be a help evidence should the Council decide to prosecute. We should all remember we are paying when other people dump rubbish
It should also be remembered that rear access ways are privately owned and are not the responsibility of the Council in most cases. Residents can help prevent fly tipping by ensuring their gates if they have them are locked.
I will continue to press the Council to try and do more and will be working with a local resident group to help make residents more aware of the problems.
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
I often pass these on, but to help Oscott residents receive quicker responses from him these are his details.
Khalid Mahmood M.P. for Perry Barr
Web & Social media
- Website: www.khalidmahmoodmp.co...
Please do not hesitate to contact me with issues relating to local matters and matters relating to the Council.I am also interested in you general thoughts and concerns about the Oscott area.
Although I cannot resolve all the issues I hear about I am always will to try and help if I can.
When contacting me please always leave your full contact details.
Monday, 17 July 2017
Youngsters living on the Bandywood Estate aged 10 to 19 there is now a Youth club based at the Emanuel Church Kettle House Road.
The YMCA Triple A project.
Quizzes and card games
A chance to hold onto old friends and find new ones
a chance to raise your aspirations.
Why not give it a go.
They operate every Saturday 11.30am .to 2.30am
For more Info Ring 354 5614
Clearly there are a number of other locations in the Oscott ward where Road safety improvement's of all sorts are needed and I will keep trying like I have at this location to get things done there to. Like at this location I will not be giving up.
There will be an Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve activity day on the 29th July at 11.30am
There will be litter picking, some light pruning and some improvement work is to be undertaken.
Please where study shoes and be prepared for the weather. ( we may have to cancel due to heavy rain?)
Children are welcome under the strict supervision of an adult.
We will be meeting at the Ashworth Road entrance. If you come by car please do not obstruct residents drives.
Please keep an eye on the FQNR Face Book page for more details.
My next Councillors surgery will be held at the 610 Community Centre on the 25th of July at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road, The time will be 9.35am.
If you would meet with me to discuss an issue or concern please pop in and see me. I am also interested in your views about the area.
The room I use is fully disabled friendly and the centre has a hearing loop system.
There is parking available at the rear.
Clearly I cannot resolve all the issues I hear about but I am always willing to try and help if I can.
Saturday, 15 July 2017
Please note I use Face Book and Twitter as an information outlet often rather than bombarding residents with leaflets.(I DO NOT DEAL WITH CASES ON THESE MEDIUMS)
However if you have an enquiry or concern that you feel I should know about please contact me by either Email Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk , leave me a Phone message on 303 2039 or right to me care of the Birmingham City Council House B1 1BB
If you have one of my post free return card you can also send that to me.
Please note remember to let me have you full contact details.
It may be warm during the summer holidays but never be tempted to cool down by entering the lake in the Queslett Nature Reserve.
The lake may be dangerous to swimmers.
It may look cool and pretty but the water has not been treated, it is full of bacteria and there are hidden obstacles in it including broken glass, old trollies and logs
It is not even safe to paddle in or allow your dog to enter.
Please keep out of the lake for your own safety even if you are a good swimmer.
Friday, 14 July 2017
In the mean time I would urge anyone considering carrying a knife to think again it is not worth the risk.
Thursday, 13 July 2017
I would like to thank those resident who have contacted be regarding their wheelie bins or bags not being collected.
Like My fellow Councillors Babara Dring and Tristan Chatfield I have been notifying the department regarding bins not being collected due to the industrial action taking place. All this is clearly not good enough and very annoying
I have managed to help in a number of cases but sadly it is very hard going. I will keep passing on missed collections for residents who supply me with their full contact details.
I will also naturally keep urging those involved on both sides of this complicated dispute, to get together around a table and continue to try and thrash out an end to the dispute as quickly as possible..
The advice I have been given is if your bin has not been collected leave it out for collection and it should be got to as soon as possible
I have complained yet again to the Post Office Management Team regarding the lack of parking for their staff at the Kingstanding Road sorting office.
Staff for some time have not been able to park on site which has led to some of them having to park all day out side residents homes and on the near by central reservation.
This situation is annoying for residents near by and potential dangerous when it comes to parking on the Central reservation.
I am calling on Post Office Chiefs to look again at this issue.
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Following the Oscott Tree campaign which I am leading (many thanks to Councillor Barbara Dring and Councillor Tristan Chatfield for their unstinting support) it has been announced that Thornbridge Avenue is now to have its trees pruned.
The battle goes on however we want to see the campaigns aims better tree pruning and a sensible tree replacement take place across the Oscott Ward.
Amey Highways have as a result been carrying out a comprehensive survey of all the trees in the ward. An update of this will happen in the later this year.
Already a number of deceased trees have been spotted and they are being removed.
This is not a quick simplistic quick fit traditional approach and it is hoped that in time the whole ward will benefit.
There is also to be a scrutiny report on the issue of tree pruning.
The battle goes on.
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
I have been out and about again today trying to help promote the use of buses this week
Today I was at the Mel Square with the Transport for West Midland Team and officers from the Safer Travel Team.
Tomorrow they will be in the High Street in Birmingham and at the Perry Barr One Stop shopping Centre on Thursday Afternoon.
Let the team know of any Public Transport issues.
Monday, 3 July 2017
610 Youth & Community CentreRecord details
Manager Steve Joseph
- Youth centre
- 610 Youth & Community Centre
- Phone number
- 0121 464 2268
- 610 Kingstanding Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham B44 9SH
FOR THE RECORD I HOLD MY SURGERY HERE 9.30AM ON THE 4TH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. PLEASE RING FOR CONFORMATION
The next meeting of the Oscott Ward Committee will be on July 5th (Wednesday) at 7pm.
The venue will be the 610 Community Centre. Kingstanding Road.
Councillor Barbara Dring will be chairing the meeting with Councillor Tristan Chatfield and myself in attendance.
On the agenda will be Police reports for the area and an opportunity as part of the Oscott TREE campaign for residents to inform an officer of their concerns about tree pruning or replacement. ( These concerns will be fed back to the relevant tree officers who are working on a full survey of the trees in Oscott. (a report of which is expected later in the year.)
All Oscott residents are welcome to these meetings.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
OSCOTT RESIDENTS CAN HELP
I am still waiting for the Local Police and the Birmingham City Councils Transportation department to come up with what I consider the correct information relating to the Aldridge Road /Thornbridge Road/ Greenholm Road junction.
The Local Police team has explained that finding this information does take time. Clearly with the cuts to their numbers due to the Governments cut s in funding to the West Midlands this does not help.
However I will continue to press for this information and with the help of Councillor Barbara Dring the campaign for this junctions safety to be improved will go on.
Residents can still help in a practical way my letting me know dates and so on when accidents involving any injury has taken place.
I have also asked the Great Barr Observer for their assistance in the matter.
I have helped get some improvements at this junction and near by like speed indicators.
I have been unlike some been battling for some years now to try and get improvements and I wont give up. The continued accidents at this junction proves to me that I am correct to carry on and I hope residents can help.
The issues of speeding road lay out and in some cases the ways cars the way cars are parked near this junction need to be addressed.
I am also lobbying our MP to get the Government to give more funding ( there is clearly money in their coffers as we have seen following the election) to help councils like Birmingham to improve Road safety.
|Brian Brookes NPI and Cold Calling Champion Brian Brookes|
to try and prevent unwanted sales respresentatives form conning peole and to warn against scans which are on the increase.
The CAB also give advise and help make people aware of this matter.
If you you live in Oscott or any where else don't get conned. Never let any one into your house without checking on their Id.
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Along with Councillor Barbara Dring and despite the rain I had an enjoyable day out with members of the Oscott Elderly Residents Group at the Liverpool Docks yesterday.
It is always nice to meet with these members and help out where I can. It is really good to see elderly residents getting out and about meeting other residents and enjoying themselves.
Luckily the rain stopped and started and there were indoor things to enjoy like the Liverpool Nautical museum.
Maureen Byne the principle organizer and Chair of the OERG as usual did a great job.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Popped in the Queslett Nature reserve to do some litter picking today and to have a look at some of the work that needs doing by the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve.
It is always amazing to me how quickly trees and grass grows at this time of year despite there being hardly any rain recently.
A number of trees on the reserve need pruning and I have asked the Parks department to look at their very tight budget to see what they can do.
I also met with Andrew Bailey who is an organizer for the Harlequins orienteering group. They will be using the reserve next week for one of their organized events and Andrew has asked to become a member of the FQNR. We need more, if you can help please email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk
Monday, 26 June 2017
With the support of Councillor Barbara Dring and other members of the Oscott Labour Team, I am still leading a campaign for better road safety at the Greenholm Road/ Thornbridge Avenue and Greenholm Road Junction.
While residents know there have been a number of accidents involving injuries at this junction the Authorities do not seem to be aware of this.
I have been informed by the Cabinet member for Road Safety that there have been not enough reports of minor injuries happening at this junction and that the Council relies on the Police for reports on the subject.
This is not correct and simply not good enough. it seem to me something has gone wrong and I am calling for this to be looked into.
This junction has had a number of injury accidents and in the past I have managed to get some road safety measures put in place but there needs to be more.
If you have information dates and time when an accident at this junction has resulted in the emergencies being called out and an injury being reported can you please Email with the information.
I will make sure this information is passed on urgently
My Email address is Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk
I am also hoping the Great Barr Observer will help pass on this request for information to a wider audience.
THIS CAMPAIGN WILL GO ON.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
As we all know it is election day on Thursday.
This country has a long history of fighting for the right for all our residents to vote please to not disregard that history and those brave people who battled for these rights.
Who ever you decide to vote for please use you vote.
YOU VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHETHER YOU ARE YOU OR OLD
Clearly I would urge you to Vote Labour for change
To make a change from wasted years of Austerity
To put our NHS first and to get waiting lists down
To put more Police on our Streets
To stop the attacks on pensioner incomes
To stop the cuts in funding to our school funding
To stop the unprecedented cuts in Central Government funding to Councils like Birmingham
To stop the cuts to the Fire brigade.
To end Zero our contracts and all the street that puts on so many workers
To stop the house shortage
To improve our environment.
Monday, 5 June 2017
On behalf of the Oscott team I have been out today ensuring the clean up following the departure of the Travellers who have been on the site has begun.
I am pleased to say having spoken to Glendale the work to clean up the site is underway.
Along with local residents on inspecting the site we found it was not as bad as some sites which have been used by Travellers. None of the rubbish left behind should have been it could all have been taken to the local salvage department.
Your 3 Oscott Councillors will try and ensure the Parks department secure this site better in the future but it will not be easy.
Once again I would like to thank all those who have been dealing with this issue and for the residents cooperation.
Sunday, 4 June 2017
Along with Councillor's Barbara Dring and Tristan Chatfield I will be pressing for the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground to be cleaned up ASAP following the Travellers leaving.
I have also asked for improved locks to be fitted to the gates of various open spaces in the Oscott area
I would like to thank the Authorities' for there action but unless the Government come up with a raft of new legal measures, it is hard to see how these encroachments with all the problems they bring to local residents, can be stopped.
I would like to thank local residents for notifying the Police as quickly as they did about this problem.
They should not have to but it may be best for a day or so until the Traveller's leave.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
I would like to thank residents for their patience and the Police for keeping me informed.
I just wish the Law was stricter and things could happen quicker.
Councillor Barbara Dring and I will do what we can to ensure other sites in the area are as secure as possible.
Why I am voting for Khalid Mahmood MP and the Labour Party next Thursday
I am worried about what will happen to the elderly
I am worried about how the NHS has been left under funded even though their staff do so much
I am worried about the reduction in the number of Police officers locally
I am worried about the need for more affordable housing
I am worried about the environment and the governments lack of interest.
I am worried about the proposed cuts in school funding
I am worried about the lack of investment in our infrastructure, roads and so on
I am worried about the cuts Central Government have made to Birmingham's funding.
I am worried about the government making things worse for those who are struggling.
Friday, 2 June 2017
I have called on the Councillor with responsibility for Waste to ensure that any rubbish left by the Travellers currently encamped on the Aldridge Recreation Ground, be removed as soon as they leave.
It is vital the rubbish that may be left is not left to fester. Many residents including hundreds of children use this site and schools will be open on Monday.
Councillor Dring and I will do what we can to see this is done.
Sadly Traveller's have broken into the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground.
I have already been in touch with the Police and Parks department asking them to deal with the matter urgently.
I have been assured notices to leave will be given out today by bailiffs and the Police will be monitoring the situation.
I HAVE ALSO ASKED THEY KEEP AN EYE ON OTHER OPEN SPACES IN THE AREA.
Councillor Barbara Dring and myself will do what we can to get a speedy resolution to this problem
If you saw and damage being done on their entering please contact the Police on their 101 number.
Thursday, 1 June 2017
|Putting up signs to remind people do not fly tip|
Despite the fact there is an election taking place there is still lots of local isues to be dealt with.
Fly tipping is still a real problem in the Oscott area which needs dealing with for example.
Some people often, from outside the area, seem to think they can just come along a dump their rubbish anywhere. These people need to be and heavily fined.
Sadly some Oscott residents feel it is ok to dump rubbish in their own rear access ways and this is wrong to.
There is a salve department where rubbish will be taken in free of charge at Halford Drive ( off the Aldridge Road) just minutes from anywhere in Oscott which means there is no excuse for fly tipping.
I work closely with members of the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve to organise and carry out litter picks and removing small items of dumped rubbish in some of our grot spot areas like the Public Right of way between Birkenshaw Road and Birdbrook Road. I would like to pay tribute to these volunteers for what they do. If you would like a volunteer please let me know.
I would also like to thank the Council crew who take on the task of removing some of the fly tipped rubbish that ends up on our streets
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Its a long hard slog but I am trying to encourage the Birmingham Council and some Oscott Community Groups to promote car sharing. I have also asked Khalid Mahmood MP when he gets elected to put pressure on the Government to do more.
When you see the amount of traffic on the Aldridge Road Kingstanding road and the Queslett road for example you realize something needs to be done.
Sharing cars helps keep running costs down, eases conjestion and lowers health effecting pollution.
Sharing cars can also lead to new feiedships and improve what can be boring lonely journies.
Friday, 26 May 2017
I have asked them all to get involved and I am pleased that some have taken up the offer already but not all of them.
There are no magic solutions especially in these tough financial times when the Police and the Council have had massive cuts in their funding ( many local schools may also be facing cuts soon) from the Government, but we have to try.
Each of the schools in Oscott have been asked to send a representative to these meetings so please remind your school to get involved, after all it can do now harm
Feed back from these meeting is given as part of Ward Residents meetings chaired by Councillor Barbara Dring
(See also post re Aldridge Road earlier today)
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
It was good to be out and about again with some of the FQNR Grot Spot litter pickers,all of which live in the Oscott Ward we do this work as and when we can. Oscott residents wishing to volunteer and join us are welcome.
We had a go at a number of small "spots" and the Birkneshaw to Birdbrook Right of way.
Well done to our team members.