I attended a "Your views count" walk about organised by the Perry Barr Housing Team yesterday.
This was in the Bowman and Caddick area of Oscott. A few local residents turned up and I managed to get a few other to have a say as we walked up and down the roads concerned.
From what I could tell it was a case of thank you for your views but we have no money to do anything you want us to do. For example there were requests for tree pruning and fence repairs which there is no money for. When it came to problems regarding anti social behavior residents were told they be reported to the Police.
With the best will in the world, to wonder round local streets with fixed agenda's does seem a little pointless.
I have no doubts those organising this sort of event mean well, but without funding which they are prepared to use on what residents want these meetings are not very useful. Residents views need to be taken into account.