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