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)

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.

COUNCILLOR BARBARA DRING AND I HAVE BEEN OUT CHECKING THE EMTYING OF BINS IN OSCOTT



Have been out and about with Councillor Barbara Dring checking that wheelie bins are being emptied in the Oscott area as agreed.
WE did not spot any major issues. Bins will also be emptied tomorrow.
If you have any issues please leave us a message on 303 2039 ( with your full contact details.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

OSCOTT BINS DUE TO BE EMPTIED WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY


Its very disappointing news that the waste collection strike is back on I had hoped there could have been a resolution to the dispute.
However we are where we are and Oscott is now due to have a bin collection on Wednesday and on Thursday so residents please leave your bins out (near the edge of your property.
Given the circumstances there may be hic ups so please be patient.

Should your bins be missed please let Councillor Barbara Dring and myself by leaving a message on 0121 303 2039 (messages) leaving your full contact details.

or Email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk.
or Councillor Barbara Dring <barbara.dring@birmingham.gov.uk>


We will do what we can to try and help.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

OSCOTT TO RECIEVE FUNDING TO EASE GRASS VERGE DAMAGE AND PARKING PROBLEMS



As Local residents as well as Oscott Councillors living in Oscott , both Councillor Barbara Dring and I are only to aware many residents have issues with parking on grass verges.

Over the last few years for example we have helped a number of residents who have requested No Parking on the grass verge signs obtain one.
We have also managed in suitable spots like the Aldridge Road near the College, Bandywood Road near Kingsland Road school and near the Shady Lane junction with Kings Road, had double curbing introduced.

Parking on Grass verges is not an easy matter to deal with and can be expensive to sort out. However given the state of some of the grass verges in the area and the way some road junctions pavement areas for that matter are parked on we want to try and do something to ease the problem

However thanks partly to our constant requests the Transportation department have been given 1 Million pound to spend to help deal with the issue across Birmingham over the last few years and Oscott like all the other wards in the city will be given a small (considering the problem) pot of money to try and ease the problem. We are not pretending like some there is an easy way of dealing with the problem and we would like to hear from Oscott residents their views. We would like to know which roads possible other than you own are of concern.

You can let us know by leaving a message on 0121 303 2039 ( please leave your contact details)
or you can email me. Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk.

We cannot make any promises but every suggestion will be considered.



Also See April 10th post

Friday, 18 August 2017

OSCOTT WASTE TO BE COLLECTED MONDAY



Please note the letter I received today
 
Dear Councillor
 
As part of our contingency plan to respond to the industrial action, we established a three week cycle of collections and this remains in place.  We are visiting all Wards on a three week collection rotation to ensure we can provide the best possible service and clear the backlogs we have as a result of Unite’s industrial action.  

I am writing to let you know that your Ward is one of those that will be visited on Monday 21 August.  We endeavour to clear all waste presented in the Ward during the day. 

If that is not possible, please accept my apologies in advance. So we are able to tackle any areas where collections are missed, could you please encourage citizens to report missed collections the following day (Tuesday 22 August) via www.birmingham.gov.uk/missedcollections 

I hope our efforts in these extremely challenging times are making a difference. We are making every effort to keep the streets as clean as possible.

Kind regards.

Jacqui

Jacqui Kennedy
Corporate Director - Place

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

BIN STRIKE SUSPENDED





It is good news that the bin Strike has been called off, suspended as negotiations take place between Council Chiefs and UNITE. As many will know I have been calling for this from day one.

I now hope long term agreements can take place which all parties can accept and will improve out bin collection service at a reasonable.

 Councillor Barbara Dring and myself' who both live in Oscott and fully understand the frustration residents have had. We  are only too aware of the situation  and will be busy pressing to get Oscott cleaned up as quickly as possible, as we have already been doing.There is a lot to clean up.

It may take time to get back to normal but I hope we are  on the right road. We also need to lobby the Government to cut their cuts to the Councils funding which has done do much damage to or services across the board.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

PERRY BARR POLICE BASE TO GO



I was sad to learn that the Perry Barr Police office is to be sold off. The official line is it is about Police officers rather that office s pace but we all know its own to the disgraceful cuts in Central Governments funding to the WestMidland Police

Thursday, 10 August 2017

ANOTHER LITTER PICK FOR THE BIRDBROOK BIRKENSHAW ROAD RIGHT OF WAY



Along with Councillor Dring I recently arranged for a community organization to cut back public right of ways in the Oscott area. Today along with some of the Oscott Grot spot squad I helped litter pick the Birdbrook to Birkenshaw Road public right of way . Also many thanks to M.A)
I just wish some residents would take their litter home with them

A SUNNY DAY OF THE ALDRIDGE ROAD RECREATION GROUND



It is a shame that because of Government cuts to the Councils funding grass cutting has had to be reduced on many of our open spaces ( perhaps the Government can come up with another money tree like they have for others?)

It was nice to see on the Aldridge Recreation Ground today the play area was being well used and some youngsters were playing football. There is still a large area of the field cut suitable for football and so on..

It was interesting to see on the smaller section of the field which sadly has been left uncut for the moment at least they have cut some fire breaks which are not simply just around the edges. I noticed and spoke to a number of dog walker who seem fairly happy with this.
 Mind you I will continue to ask for more of the site to be cut when possible.

THERE WILL BE A FRIENDS OF THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY SESSION AUG 12TH





There will be an Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve activity day on the 12th of August at 11.30am. We will be meeting at the Old Horns entrance.
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.


 Please keep an eye on the FQNR Face Book page for more details.

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We are are volunteers trying to improve the reserve and would welcome any help you can give. Any equipment needed will be given out.

For further information please email before 10.00 on the day. <brendafoqnr@yahoo.ca>

THE OSCOTT POLICE TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP


With Ken Smith Oscott N.W South and Brian Brookes NPI

Sadly due to government cuts in funding to the Police, the effects are beginning to show in Oscott.
For example the number of officers on the local Oscott Neighbourhood team has been cut by nearly half.
Although the remaining officers work hard and do a good job clearly they cannot do the work carried out when they had a larger compliment of officers.

The cuts can clearly be seen by an increase ( for the first time in years) in crime in the area and by a big reduction of visible policing in the area and it is not just the local police that have been effected the Traffic Police have been dramatically cut to. This does not help with issues like speeding in the area.

The Local Police Team needs local resident help more than ever. As a member of the Oscott Neighbourhood Police Tasking meeting which is where the Police and Oscott Community group leaders ( and other agencies)  meet bi monthly to discuss local Policing issues they are often calling for new members.

Residents can also help by calling either the 101 number for non emergencies or 999 if they see any acts of crime. Residents can also join the Neighbourhood Watch or the Oscott Neighbourhood Police Initiative. These groups do what they can to help residents work together to avoid crime or to link with the Police.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

FURTHER DELAYS TO BIN COLLECTIONS IN OSCOTT


I have been informed a minor road accident ( no injuries) involving a salvage vehicle in Oscott on Saturday has caused further delays to waste collection for Darleydale Avenue and surrounding areas in Oscott.
 Councillor Barbara Dring and I are asking that the situation is sorted out ASAP
Please leave your bins out

I would continue to urge all parties involved in this dispute to get around the negotiating table and resolve it.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

HAWTHORN ROAD PRAYER AND PEACE WALK SEPT 2ND



There will be a Prayer Peace walk on the Hawthorn Road on September 2nd.
Starting Elim Church Warren Hill Road 3pm .
All faiths welcome

THE BOOTHS LANE WORKING PARTY HELD A MEETING LAST WEEK



CHAIR OF THE BOOTHS LANE WORKING PARTY BOB WILD


The Booths Lane Working Party met last week to discuss issues of concern regarding the Taylor Wimpy development area.
The working party includes member of the Oscott Resident Association (Booths Lane section) senior officers from Taylor Wimpy, the Birmingham City Council Planning Transport engineer and myself.

We are all working to bring forward the re- opening of the Booths Lane and have been trying to get the numerous legal and health and safety issues dealt with as well as the housing building issues. There has been some slow but steady progress.
Other issues being addressed are mud on local road, parking and the amount of dust from the development.
These meetings only discuss general issues of concern to the community.and if you have anything you would like me to raise at the next one please email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk

Thursday, 3 August 2017

GREAT BARR LEISURE CENTRE NEWS



Along with Councillor Barbara Dring I have been looking into the Great Barr Leisure Centre issue.

It appears to be closing for what hopefully will only be a short time on the 8th of August.
I have spoken to Council officials who are in confidential  discussions with the Great Barr Academy regarding possible different running arrangements when the school finally takes over the running of the site.

I cannot say too much at this stage but the Council officers responsible  are very hopeful that when the school returns from its break a reasonable conclusion to negotiations will take place.

I have also contacted the school urging them to consider the interest of the local community when negotiating the terms of the take over.

The Governments cuts in their funding to the Birmingham City Council are really starting to be noticeable now

I would like to thank Jane for the information below.

I use the Streetly Association centre on Foley Road ( Sutton Coldfield) Facilities for table tennis, squash, badminton, dance studio etc.. Not too expensive either. A good alternative to Great Barr.

MY VIEWS




Just to remind anyone who reads my blog the views on here and on my Face Book Page  are my own. If my words are altered in anyway at another locations I am not responsible.

MISSED WASTE IN OSCOTT SHOULD BE COLLECTED FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST

After intense representation from Councillor Barabara Dring and I,  we have been assured those roads in Oscott where waste was missed earlier this week will be collected tomorrow Aug 4th or on Saturday.
The message we have had is to remind residents to leave out their bins.

Thank you to all of you who are writing o me on the missed waste issue I can issue you YOUR comments are being passed on and I am urging all those dealing with this regrettable industrial action to get around the table and to come up with a solution.

Like many Oscott residents living in the Oscott Ward I to would like my bins emptied.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

DYAS ROAD ZEBRA CROSSING IS BEING INSTALLED.





It is good to see work has started to install the Zebra Crossing on Dyas Road (near the Old Oscott Lane Junction). I know long time campaigner Briian Brookes will be particularly pleased.

We have been working on this for some time collecting names for a petition and so on.
 A number of residents including children who have to cross this road to get to bus stops and the local shops have asked us to get some form of crossing put in as the road can at times be so difficult to cross.
 The Transportation department have put in a lot of time (which is partially why it has taken so long to get this crossing) consulting with residents, bus companies and local traders before deciding on the best position of the crossing site. They have done their best not to interfere with resident wishing to park their cars near their homes.

Now and with the continued support of Councillor Barbara Dring we are seeing a result.

BUSHES OVER HANGING AND OBSTRUCTING PAVEMENT CAN BE A REAL PROBLEM




Hedges and bushes overhanging pavements and right of ways can be a real problem.

When it rains pedestrians have to put up with water dripping of the bushes and at the best of times it can be easy to be scratched by an overhanging branch when trying to get past. Children can find this a particular problem.

I have cut back part of the right of way near the Servite House Old Oscott Hill and with the support of Councillor Barbara Dring I am asking the Highways department to look at a section of overhanging bushes on Southgate Road which need to be cut back.

Home owners  need to cut back their hedges at this time of year away from pavements as they can be a real problem.
 In some cases the Highways department can send a warning note to residents but it is better if residents simply cut their trees and hedges back out of the way of pedestrians.

Stop Press
Have managed ( thanks to Manor House gardener for helping me) to make Southgate Road/ to Fairbourn Avenue  passable again.
I am still asking the Highways
department to contact owner of the bushes to sort them out.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

ROADS IN OSCOTT STILL NOT HAVING THEIR WASTE COLLECTED UPDATE



Sadly only so many streets in the Oscott Ward have so far had their waste collected.
I am passing on to those responsible any individual complaints I receive and I am still calling all those responsible for negotiating the current industrial action to get round the table and resolve it.

Below is the latest responses to my emails of complaint.
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Re Oscott Ward

Dear Councillor Linnecor

We aim to catch up on all outstanding waste on Friday following the targeted ward collections. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience caused to your constituents during the industrial action. 

Kind regards

Place Directorate
Service Manager
Perry Bar Depot
Holford Drive


Over the last two weekends we had over 70 crews working across the city – with a focus on rubbish bags/side waste, and I hope you will have noticed the difference in Oscott. 

So far a third of the City (119,424 properties) has been cleared. We are removing all waste. This approach will stay in place for the next few weeks while we work through the backlog in every City Ward.  Due to the increased industrial action our progress may slow down a little. 

Of course the quickest way to end this disruption is to end the dispute with the trades unions.  We had another useful meeting with the unions on 31 July and we are continuing with talks. 

Over the last two weeks we have also invited the 106 impacted staff to Jobs Fairs, which took place last Friday and yesterday.  On offer are over 200 roles, some of which offer the opportunity of promotion, which is all part of our commitment to ensure that anyone who wants to stay working with the council can do so.

Yours sincerely
Jacqui Kennedy
Corporate Director - Place

Place Directorate



 

THE KINGSTANDING LBRARY LAUNCH WENT WELL



The re launch of the Kingstanding Library with joint working with the Witton Lodge Community Association went well earlier today.
Along with fellow Oscott Ward Councillors Barbara Dring and Tris
tan Chatfield ( also Kingstanding Councillor Des Hughes)  I was there to see for myself some of the activities and events being put on for the day. Toddler activities, stall with information and even a balloon shapers were amongst actives on offer.
I would like to say well done to all involved including the Library staff who made sure the Library ran smoothly.

It was nice to see the Library repainted and looking much more presentable.

Although I do not have a lot of time to read as a regular user of our public library's it is so pleasing that we Oscott Councillors managed to find the initial funding to help keep open the library.

I just hope residents will make the best use of it and lend books and so on as much as possible.

KINGSTANDING LIBRARY RE LAUNCH




Councillor Barbara Dring and I have been pleased to be asked to attend the Kingstanding Library re launch which will take place today between 2 and 5 O Clock at the Kingstanding Library, Kingstanding Circle B44 9ST.

AS Oscott Councillors we have been busy ensuring our libraries are being kept open and have fought hard to ensure that those who were just happy to say the libraries would shut are wrong.

We have met with the Witton Lodge Community Association who as an organisation really value their local services, and that’s why they have worked with Birmingham City Council Libraries Team and ourselves, to help keep our local libraries open for longer hours and provide extra services within them.

They have done some great work and have  been busy at Kingstanding Library; painting the outside of the building, so that the outside matches the recently refurbished interior – and  will be delivering lots of activities and services over the coming weeks.

Today there will be their second Family Arts & Crafts session (a free session for children of all ages), free housing advice (drop in sessions) and lots more.

It’s also a great opportunity to have a look around the library and see what’s coming up over the summer holidays for kids and adults alike,

We hope as many Oscott residents as possible attend today event and use our libraries.

SPEEDING PROBLEMS ARE NOT HELPED BY GOVERNMENT CUTS.


One of the regular issues I get in my correspondence from Oscott residents is the problem of speeding. Sadly this is not helped by the fact new figures have revealed that the number of dedicated police traffic officers in the West Midlands has fallen by more than half in the past decade from 384 in 2007 to 186 this year. The Government must look again at their funding reductions to the Police.

This is compounded by the fact that the number of Oscott Local Police officers has also reduced by half which it makes it difficult for them to lead on initiatives like Community Speed Watch.

Residents can still help however as the volunteers required to help the Police in their Local speed watch operations are needed.
 This is where a Police officer with the help of some local residents can operate small speed indicator guns out and about in the local area where speeding has been reported as a problem

If you have a concern about speeding let me know and if you can spare an hour now and again to become a Community Speed Watch volunteer please let me know and I will inform the Local Police team

Monday, 31 July 2017

WE ALL NEED TO USE THE KINGSTANDING CIRCLE SHOPPING PRECINCT SHOPS MORE



While doing one of my Councillors roving surgeries near the King standing Circle shopping precinct  the other day I was sadden to see its continued decline.

I spoke to a number of Oscott residents who all felt the same.

 I have asked the Perry Barr District office if they could get officers to look into this decline and offer any help assistance they can to traders and to encourage the owners to do what they can to improve the centre.
 I have also asked our Perry Barr MP to try and get the government to see if they can help with additional funding to centres like this.

Clearly one thing all those who are concerned about the running down of the centre and the amount of shops that are leaving can do is use the centre more for their shopping.

however Many of the residents I spoke to admitted, while they would like to see more shops in the Centre they still use the large super markets in the area much more and would probably continue to do so. This is a shame.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY DAY



Many thanks to the Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve volunteers who were out today as part of an activity session on the reserve.

There was a fair bit of pruning over hanging bushes which were beginning to encroach some of the paths.
I would also like to thank a number of youngsters who joined in.

Friday, 28 July 2017

MYSTERY ANNOYING HISSING NOISE IN THE SHADY LANE AREA.



I am currently working closely with the hard working local Community champion Brenda Wilson to find out, from where an annoying all day long hissing noise is coming from. This mystery noise has been annoying residents living in part of the Shady Lane area, for some time.

We have now called in the Environmental health Team who are investigating the matter.
If you have any information that could help please let me know.

GRASS ON SOME OF OSCOTTS OPEN SPACES NEEDS TO BE CUT MORE



It is sad to see due to the huge cuts it faces  the Leisure Services are having to face up to many issues.

The Birmingham City Council (Government cuts to  the Birmingham City Council is over 650 millions over the last few years) are reducing the budget for grass cutting on many of our open spaces There are some stark options being faced.

Currently a small pot of funding which was found last year has eased the grass cutting issue on the Glenmead site and there is a possibility of some sponsor ship in the future.

However the Aldridge Recreation Ground is now only having its top section cut on a regular basis. This is enough to keep pitches in use for foot ball clubs. As far as I am aware there has not been enough enquires for pitches by clubs which would lead to the need for more grass cutting of the bottom section of the site? Hopefully this may change.?

Sadly however the bottom section is not been cut and had been left to grow. This has an advantage in the long run by easing the pressure on the soil from cutting and use and wild life is benefiting  from the situation.

I have had complaints from some dog walkers who have issues with picking up their dogs mess when the dogs are in the longer grass.?
Firebreaks are in place which may help those wishing to use the bottom section for exercise.

 However Councillor Barbara Dring and I have been asking for this section of the field to be cut and have been told it will be later in the year and we will be urging this take place.

I have also been recently been assured that in a number of cases to help joggers and walkers, the way fire breakes are cut will be a more imaginative in order that more enjoyment of the sites can be obtained.

BURFORD ROAD PLAYING FIELD RESIDENTS TO BE CONSULTED AGAIN


Following my request residents in Burford Road living near the playing field will once again be contacted by the Education to see whether they would be willing to see an opening placed opposite their homes to allow access to the field.

There is currently one in place the second being closed due to complaints from a number of residents about ASB resulting from it being in place.

Both Councillor Barbara Dring and I are doing what we can to get a solution to this issue.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

COUNCILLORS SURGERY



I have a Councillors Surgery today (Tue) at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road, Time 9.30am.

If you cannot get there you can Email me Keith.Linnecor@Birmingham.gov.uk or leave a message on 303 2039.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

MISSED WASTE COLLECTION UPDATE





I am still being asked what the situation is regarding the strike action which is effecting the waste collection / emptying of wheelie bins. Below is the latest information I have
Further talks on refuse dispute week ending 21st July
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Talks took place this week between Council senior staff including the Interim Chief Executive Stella Manzie and Trades Unions including Unite who are currently taking disruptive industrial action.

Ms Manzie said: “In the talks both sides set out their issues. The Council restated the very fair and reasonable options it had given for refuse workers affected by reorganisation proposals.
There will be no job losses for those who wish to remain with the council and there are options ranging from alternatives at the same grade, to promotional opportunities to staying within the refuse service, or taking redundancy.

 “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.”

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Clearly the situation is clearly annoying to all concerned. If your bin has not been collected leave it out for collection at a later date. I am happy to pass on your concerns if it continues not to be collected.
 
I will also continue to urge all involved to keep talking and to try and resolve this dispute urgently

Thursday, 20 July 2017

THE HARE AND HOUND PUB NEEDS TO BE PUT RIGHT OR RE DEVELOPED



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

YET MORE FLY TIPPING HAS HAD TO BE DEALT WITH


Before
                                                                        
After
Sadly YET AGAIN there continues to be fly tipping hot spots in the Oscott Ward despite the fact rubbish can be taken to the Local Holford Drive Salvage department just minutes down the Road off the Aldridge Road.

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

THE M.P. FOR PERRY BARR CONTACT DETAILS

I occasionaly receive requests for assistance or advice which would be better addressed by the MP for Perry Barr.( National issues, issues concerning the DWP and NHS and so on)
 I often pass these on, but to help Oscott residents receive quicker responses from him these are his details.
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Khalid Mahmood M.P. for Perry Barr

Parliamentary

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 8141
Fax: 020 7219 1745

Constituency

18 Heathfield Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B19 1HB
Tel: 0121 356 8264; 0121 356 8268
Fax: 0121 356 8278

Web & Social media

He also holds a surgery in the Oscott Ward on the first Saturday in the month 10.30am at the 610 Community Centre.
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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

YOUTH CLUB FOR THE KIDS ON THE BANDYWOOD ESTATE



 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.

They offer


Fun workshops
Quizzes and card games
Pool
Life Coaching
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

THE BATTLE FOR A CROSSING ON DYAS ROAD HAS BEEN WON




I would like to thank the Neighbourhood Police Initiative organiser Brian Brookes for all his help in organising petitions asking for this crossing which I presented to the Council last year along with other letters from residents. I am also pleased despite the delay, the Coop supermarket near to where the Zebra crossing is to be located agreed to its installation. This has been a real battle but I have now been told this crossing will be installed over the next moth or so.

This is a busy stretch of the Road and my fellow Ward Councillors Barbara Dring. Tristan Chatfield and I have worked hard over the last year or so to help ensure this crossing would be installed.

It should help those using nearby bus stops on both sides of the road and to the local shops as well as hopefully reduce speeding in the road.

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.

THE NEXT FQNR ACTIVITY SESSION 29TH JULY



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.

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We are are volunteers trying to improve the reserve


 

CUTS NEED TO BE CUT


Birmingham is not the only large Council being hit by the Governments cuts to their funding from the Central Government but being the biggest council it has seen the biggest cuts –over £650 million from its annual budget since 2010. With far more to come.

We rate payers may feel we pay a lot of tax but Birmingham only raises about eight per cent of its money locally through council tax, which compares with an average of 25% per cent. Sadly lower value properties generally in Birmingham and high deprivation leads to less council tax income. Inflation which is now rising steadily rising also does not help the situation.
You have to live within your budget but they must be fair.
Despite what some people who are sadly in denial in my view may think, this means the Government grant has a far more damaging effect in Birmingham than elsewhere. The cuts are affecting everything the council does or wants to do and it is the resident like those in Oscott who are feeling it and often do not understand why.

It is because being a densely populated cosmopolitan city with high levels of unemployment in some areas with a lot of child poverty there are complex problems which require much more action to deal with.

 Another major issue for example is there are more frail elderly people who, unable to afford private care, rely on council services.

While in a desperate attempt to ease the effects of cuts, what are considered lesser important ( to some) services like grass cutting in parks and so on are being reduced.

Birmingham has just about coped with these horrendous Government cuts in their funding and the awful Austerity policies the Government are so wrongly fond of. There must be a re think. The policy has long past its sell by date

We have seen in the case of Northern Island for example, money can be found. That being the case it should be shared with larger cities like Birmingham and devolved fairly down to all parts of them including Oscott.

 

MY NEXT COUNCILLORS SURGERY IS ON THE 25TH JULY



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.