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Title: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on April 17, 2008, 09:33:24 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th April 2008
 
Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA plus 20 Forum members.
 
Apologies:. Sgt lsobel Knowles WMP, Ken Sill (Parklands RA) Councillor Nigel Dawkins, David Jones.
 
Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
 
Chairman’s remarks:  The meeting tonight was principally to discuss the local transport issues, mainly the 45/47 and 27 bus routes, unfortunately the representatives from Travel West Midlands failed to attend the meeting. A list of questions had been prepared and submitted to TWM prior to the meeting (it is attached to these minutes). The questions which were deemed within Centro’s remit (such as those relating to the provision of bus stops and the information contained thereon) were discussed and answered by Councillor Huxtable in his role as a member of Centro’s Transport User Forum.
 
Other questions were raised from the floor of the meeting;
Why does Centro use national 0871 phone numbers for its enquiry line whilst TWM uses normal 0121 numbers, who is reaping the profit from the enhanced call rates?.
 
The Proposed Cross City Line enhancements were discussed, trains on the Bournville line would be increased to 6 or possibly 9 coaches, and the new generation of electric trains would have selective door operation to use stations which could not accommodate a 9 coach train. It is planned to electrify the line to Bromsgrove by 2012. Plans for the Camp Hill Line envisage new stations at Hazelwell, Kings Heath and Moseley, the trains being routed into Moor Street and Snow Hill and possibly further, this requires new tracks to connect the Camp Hill Line to the existing Snow Hill Lines in the vicinity of Bordesley, this is planned to open circa 2021, please see the Centro web site for fuller details of the scheme and its relevant public consultations.
 
The practice of passengers with their feet on seats needs to be addressed this is happening on trains as well as buses, perhaps unidirectional seating should be considered.
 
Buses on route 27 are showing different service numbers and little or no destination information, such as 27 27E E27 and 027, blank destination blinds, the 35 route blind to Hawksley via Moseley and Kings Heath, Sorry not in service, and Kings Heath when the bus is heading towards Northfield. It is understood that this is in direct contravention of Centro’s code of practice for destination displays on buses.
 
Instances of smoking and other ASB on the upper decks of service 45 and 47 are still common, “Operation Safer Travel” was set up to combat this and perhaps the recent number of prosecutions might combat this practice. Comments were also passed at the leniency of the magistrates sentencing policy.
 
Planning Applications – The following planning applications were discussed:-
The proposed factory unit on Fordhouse Lane has gained planning permission, residents are asking for a noise and vibration survey of the site, Sandra Cooper advised that one of the planning conditions was for the presses to be in sound proofed compounds and be mounted on vibration dampers.
 
Site of Antiques shop corner of Pershore Road and Mary Vale Road, a planning application has been submitted for redevelopment of this site to shops with flats over them, concerns were raised over the density of the flats and the associated parking areas.
 
Andrew Cohen House RIver Brook Drive has submitted a planning application for an extension, to form a laundry and synagogue, as this is an existing Jewish Community building no concerns were envisaged.
 
A Large area of asphalt has been laid (by Severn Trent) on parkland adjacent to the Dad’s Lane Chip Shop, councillor Huxtable will contact the Parks Department as this appears to be in contravention of Parks Department policy.
 
Policing issues
Drivers using mobile phones are creating problems adjacent to Charlotte Road, particularly by the school.
 
HGV’s and Coaches are still trying get under the low bridges on Bournville Lane and Lifford Lane - Flashing warning signs are urgently require at both locations.
 
Ashbrook Road had a proposal for speed bumps in 2000 but this was not accepted by the ward.
 
The Next Police Tasking Meeting would take place at the Hazelwell Hub on Wednesday 30th April starting at 19.00hrs.
 
AOB –  A Fun Day will be held at the Hazelwell Park on Saturday 26th April see separate publicity for details.
 
The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 12th May 2008 at 19.30, there being no other business the meeting closed at 20.45 hrs.
Questions for transport meeting 17th April 2008
1. 27 service, why does stop in bond street say to druids heath when those in Bournville lane say Northfield?
2. What about a stop in Bournville lane outside the railway station to Stirchley and Pershore road.
3. Timekeeping poor, a bus missing then two or three together.
4. Signs/bus stops, read Bourneville, how about correcting the spelling?
5. 46/47 route. Busses running in convoy then having to wait 15-20 minuets both into and out of city.
6. Busses in convoy, 1st bus stops to let off passengers, but full bus.  The One behind, do not stop, so then have to stand on full bus, or wait 15-20 minuets for next convoy.
7. Why not run, short distance busses to say Cotteridge, thus leaving more space for those wishing to travel further?
8. Bus stops. Especially in city centre. Multi stops, create a free for all, with many passengers miss the bus they want.
9. Sitting of stops. Do not make it convenient for passengers, also spacing of stops, some are only yards apart whilst others are half mile plus.
10. Cricket season. How about cricket only busses as older shoppers cannot access these services when only upstairs is likely to be empty. Maybe some single Decker busses between 9.30 am and 2pm so older passengers can travel more easily or those for cricket to travel upstairs only.
11. We have had numerous complaints about erratic driving.
12. Buggies. Should be restricted to one per bus (as practised in Scotland) as these often block the aisle restricting access and egress for the elderly or disabled or partially sighted.
13. Style of busses is not very user friendly, seats facing backwards, steps along the aisle make it difficult for shoppers etc.
14. 27 route. 940 am to kings heath, had gone by 9.35 am 07/04/2008.
15. What is the plan for the use of double Decker's on this route?. passengers waiting for the 27 at the weekend missed the bus as a double Decker was rerouted.
16. Why is Stirchley not on the bus stop signs as it is a shopping centre.
17. 45/47, timekeeping, busses travel at speed, then wait 3 to 5 minuets at Priory road/Edgbaston road each way. Surely they should travel more slowly, giving passengers a more comfortable ride and easier passageway on the bus
18.    And finally from the Onlineforum I would like to ask the folks from Centro if there has been any movement on the possibility of the cross-city line that was mooted some while ago?
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: lynne on April 24, 2008, 11:53:26 PM
Hi all,re the double deckers on the 27 route
Centro only have a say in the routes they subsidise, and as they subsidise the 27 on a sunday between Kings Heath and West Heath, I have put a report in to "Bus Services about this problem. If anyone else wants to do this they can do, and it is best to include the bus registration number,fleet number and the time it is seen and where.
Unfortunately Centro don't have a say in Commercial services.(ie Monday to Saturday)
Yardley Wood Garage have sent quite a few of their single deckers to Pensnett garage I believe, and this has created a shortage.
The address for Bus Services is Centro House,16 Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3SD
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 12, 2008, 07:01:49 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 12th May 2008
Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, John Clayton Selly Park South NF, Karen Stevens WSO, PCSO’s Stor and Barlow WMP,plus 20 Forum members.

Apologies:. Ken Sill (Parklands RA) Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Bill Evans, David Jones.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
 
Chairman’s remarks:  Members of the Forum’s management committee visited the Nechells Community Centre on 17th April where a comprehensive tour of the facilities was undertaken, notes were taken and these will be used in the preparation of the scheme for the proposals on the Stirchley baths site, the forum hopes to visit the baths site in the near future so that an active plan can be formulated.  The Hazelwell Park fun day took place on Saturday 26th April and it was enjoyed by all who took part, the forum was pleased to fund a prize for one of the 3 duck races.  The forum wishes to extend its thanks to Mick and Judith Jones for looking after the forums publicity table at this event.  The chairman has been invited to attend the constituency environmental working group (meeting every 3 months) if any residents have environmental concerns they can be raised at this meeting.  The forum offers its congratulations to Nigel Dawkins on his re-election as a Bournville ward councillor.
Following on from the forum’s previous meeting an Emailed reply has been received from National Express regarding issues raised with the 27 bus and other routes, copies are available on request.

Matters Arising
Blocked drains, drains on Mary Vale Road and Lea House Road require urgent attention.

Empty Premises  The city has an “Empty Property Officer” he has the power to force domestic landlords to sell the property to the city or the city can take over the property if no landlord can be found.  Unfortunately this does not apply to commercial premises such as shops and includes the flats which may be above the said property.

169 Fordhouse Lane complaints of noise at 7am on a Sunday morning have been received, this is clearly unacceptable, and Councillor Huxtable is on contact with the managing agents for the site.

Low Bridge warning signs for Bournville Lane and Lifford Lane  Kevin Frogatt the constituency engineer has proposed sites for the signs to be installed at.

Stirchley on Line Forum Items
Lighting in Hazelwell Park , Discussions are ongoing between Parks and Highways for funding to be agreed.

Railings along Pershore Road , May possibly be included in the 2008/9 Highways budget.

Swings for Hazelwell Park  Ongoing consultation( at fun day) regarding the provision of children’s and youth facilities section 106 monies are available.

Street lights on all day on Fordhouse Lane reported.

Bielby Road Problems a big thank you to Councillor Nigel Dawkins and Sgt Isobel Knowles for their help in sorting out problems in this area.

AOB –  Dogpool Health Care Village following concerns of Ashbrook Road residents John Clayton of Selly Park South forum gave details of these proposals and the health care providers at the site, copies of Selly Park South’s forum newsletter were made available and extracts from this will be posted on our forum’s website.

Post Office Petition against closure of post offices in Bournville Ward  420 replies have been received by the Councillors to date, these will be forwarded to the Post Office shortly .

Bulk Refuse Collection, the next collection will be 9th/12th/13th June in the Dads Lane and Pineapple Road Areas.

CCTV for Bus Stops A request for CCTV surveillance of the bus stops at the Coop on Pershore Road and on Fordhouse Lane has been made to Centro.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 14th July 2008 at 19.30, there being no other business the meeting closed at 20.45 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on August 10, 2008, 12:56:11 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th July 2008

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Ken Sill (Parklands RA) Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Bill Evans, Karen Stevens WSO, Sgt I Knowles WMP, Anne Pemberton PALS Manager South Birmingham PCT, plus 20 Forum members.

Apologies:., David Reynolds.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
 
Presentation by Anne Pemberton  PALS:   A presentation was given outlining the roles of PALS within South Birmingham PCT. PALS was founded in 2001 and is based at Moseley Hall Hospital. PALS is directly concerned with problems with patient care within the PCT and also has a support role for members of the NHS staff, they can be contacted by ringing 0800 389 8391 or by Email on pals@sbpct.nhs.uk.
Following the presentation a short question and answer session took place voicing several residents concerns.  A vote of thanks was given by the chairman following the presentation, leaflets about PALS and other aspects of the PCT’s work were available for collection.

Planning Matters – No new planning applications have been received
1403/1407 Pershore Road, corner of  Mary Vale Road planning permission granted subject to conditions.

1412 Pershore Road - Caspian Pizza Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness resubmitted.

1513 Pershore Road  Application for change of use to offices has been submitted.

Current Issues.
Inconsiderate Parking on Clonmel Road – Access to the BPC factory, for HGV’s is being made difficult.

Goods on footpaths - Pershore Road , A joint initiative between the Police and Highways is still ongoing.

Dog Bins  Hazelwell Park  Bins are being vandalised, it is hoped they can be replaced with an improved type shortly.

ASB by people leaving the Elim Church – Residents reported that young people leaving the church were knocking on doors and being rowdy, this was causing distress to the elderly residents concerned..

Traffic on Elm Tree Road  - a large number of vehicles were still going the wrong way up the one way street.

Entry Gates on Bournville Lane – Residents reported that several entry gates have been stolen by metal thieves, residents were urged to ensure that their gates were securely locked at all times.

Ashbrook Road - Tree Branches and hedges require urgent lopping, road included in the 2008/09 programme.

Street Furniture and signs on Hazelwell Fordrough – following Gas main repairs a number of signs and bollards had been removed from the work site they have been found dumped in hedges and strewn across the Rea Valley Walk way.

Old Firework shop Fordhouse lane This property needs to be made secure, WMP agreed to monitor this property.

Bournville Lane Height Restriction signs – action still awaited, consultations with the stake holders are still ongoing.

Police Tasking Meeting – Wednesday 30th July at Kings Heath Cricket Club Alcester Road Kings Heath commencing at 19.00 hrs

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 11th August 2008 at 19.30, there being no other business the meeting closed at 20.45 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 14, 2008, 04:18:21 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th September 2008

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, Niel Foster Ten Acres RA, PCSO S Stor WMP, plus 25 Forum members.

Apologies:., David Reynolds.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
 
Chairmans Report:   The Open Day held at the Bournville Baths site was very successful, a total of 286 persons were able to view the baths, the Forum wishes to express its thanks to Karen Stevens and the other Council staff for their help in arranging the visit, a follow up visit will be held on Friday the 12th of September from 11am to 12pm.

The Forum’s AGM will be on Monday 10th November 2008, at the Stirchley Community Church Hazelwell Street.

Policing Matters – A number of itinerant workers have been offering to carry out “unnecessary work” in the Fordhouse Lane area, the Police are monitoring the situation and leafleting venerable residents.

The team 12 Officers and PCSO’s have moved to a temporary base at Kings Norton Police Station, the team may be contacted on 08451135000 ext 7826 6340.

The graffiti vandal known as “Erors” has been identified, it is hoped he might be caught in the act shortly.

The bus stop at the corner of Fordhouse Lane and Pineapple Road has been used as a den by young people for underage drinking and other antisocial behaviour large amounts of broken bottles and other litter have been observed.

Police Tasking Meeting – Wednesday 24th September at the Hazelwell Hub commencing at 19.00 hrs

Planning Issues– The following planning updates have been received.

Caspian Pizza 1412 Pershore Road, The application for a certificate of Lawfulness has been refused.

1513 Pershore Road  planning permission granted subject to conditions.

Regeneration of the Selly Oak Hospital Site Though not in the forum’s area it is felt that the size of the redevelopment (900 + properties) will impact on the Stirchley area. A consultation excersize is in progress and has been extended by 1 month, an exhibition will be held on the 17th of September at the Selly Oak Hospital Social Club Raddlebarn Road commencing at 7pm.

Current Issues.
Flooding (Saturday 6th Sept)
- Following the exceptionally heavy rain fall flooding occurred at several locations in Stirchley, the only homes affected were on Ripple Road.  Cadburys had to release a sluice gate on the Bournbrook as it is believed the factory was at risk, this had the result of causing problems on the Rea especially in the Selly Park area were the Rea and the Bournbrook come together. Councillor Huxtable has been in contact with Cadburys and has asked for a report into the action taken.

The Council Highways Dept (Flooding) out of hours number is 0121 303 4149.
Residents queried the availability of sand bags but as these are difficult to store a supply of bags and sand might be a better proposal, it was agreed to contact The Council’s Emergency team to find out if this was feasible.

Residents reported that lots of drains especially on Leahouse Road and Bournville Lane require unblocking. A compliment paid was that owing to successful flood works which were carried out in the late 80’s Bond Street and Regent Street had escaped any major problems.

Friends Meeting House Hazelwell Street Residents were urged to write to the Coop to see if the site could be cleaned up (litter, weeds and graffiti) and also ask if the building could be returned to public use.

Gate at 10 Harvest Close – A Gate has been erected has been provided by the Housing Dept but only 2 keys have been issued, Councillor Huxtable agreed to contact the relevant department and get additional keys issued.

Arvin Meritor site Fordhouse Lane , In view of the amount of work involved residents are asking for a plan or artists impression of the finished building, it is believed these may be available on the “Planning on line” web site.

Berry bushes on the River Rea pathway  The berry bushes are being sprayed by the city council, as it is nearly harvest time concerns were raised to the toxicity of the spray being used.

Inappropriate parking by the Health Care Village Site Dads lane – Residents reported that contractors vehicles are regularly causing problems with access to properties and the Post Office, the Police agreed to monitor the area.

Traffic on Elm Tree Road   - a large number of vehicles were still going the wrong way up the one way street.



The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 13th October 2008 at 19.30, there being no other business the meeting closed at 20.45 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on October 09, 2008, 08:22:50 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th September 2008

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, Niel Foster Ten Acres RA, PCSO S Stor WMP, plus 25 Forum members.

Apologies:., David Reynolds.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
 
Chairmans Report:  The Open Day held at the Bournville Baths site was very successful, a total of 286 persons were able to view the baths, the Forum wishes to express its thanks to Karen Stevens and the other Council staff for their help in arranging the visit, a follow up visit will be held on Friday the 12th of September from 11am to 12pm.

The Forum’s AGM will be on Monday 10th November 2008, at the Stirchley Community Church Hazelwell Street.

Policing Matters – A number of itinerant workers have been offering to carry out “unnecessary work” in the Fordhouse Lane area, the Police are monitoring the situation and leafleting venerable residents.

The team 12 Officers and PCSO’s have moved to a temporary base at Kings Norton Police Station, the team may be contacted on 08451135000 ext 7826 6340.

The graffiti vandal known as “Erors” has been identified, it is hoped he might be caught in the act shortly.

The bus stop at the corner of Fordhouse Lane and Pineapple Road has been used as a den by young people for underage drinking and other antisocial behaviour large amounts of broken bottles and other litter have been observed.

Police Tasking Meeting – Wednesday 24th September at the Hazelwell Hub commencing at 19.00 hrs

Planning Issues– The following planning updates have been received.

Caspian Pizza 1412 Pershore Road, The application for a certificate of Lawfulness has been refused.

1513 Pershore Road  planning permission granted subject to conditions.

Regeneration of the Selly Oak Hospital Site Though not in the forum’s area it is felt that the size of the redevelopment (900 + properties) will impact on the Stirchley area. A consultation excersize is in progress and has been extended by 1 month, an exhibition will be held on the 17th of September at the Selly Oak Hospital Social Club Raddlebarn Road commencing at 7pm.

Current Issues.
Flooding (Saturday 6th Sept) - Following the exceptionally heavy rain fall flooding occurred at several locations in Stirchley, the only homes affected were on Ripple Road.  Cadburys had to release a sluice gate on the Bournbrook as it is believed the factory was at risk, this had the result of causing problems on the Rea especially in the Selly Park area were the Rea and the Bournbrook come together. Councillor Huxtable has been in contact with Cadburys and has asked for a report into the action taken.

The Council Highways Dept (Flooding) out of hours number is 0121 303 4149.
Residents queried the availability of sand bags but as these are difficult to store a supply of bags and sand might be a better proposal, it was agreed to contact The Council’s Emergency team to find out if this was feasible.

Residents reported that lots of drains especially on Leahouse Road and Bournville Lane require unblocking. A compliment paid was that owing to successful flood works which were carried out in the late 80’s Bond Street and Regent Street had escaped any major problems.

Friends Meeting House Hazelwell Street Residents were urged to write to the Coop to see if the site could be cleaned up (litter, weeds and graffiti) and also ask if the building could be returned to public use.

Gate at 10 Harvest Close – A Gate has been erected has been provided by the Housing Dept but only 2 keys have been issued, Councillor Huxtable agreed to contact the relevant department and get additional keys issued.

Arvin Meritor site Fordhouse Lane , In view of the amount of work involved residents are asking for a plan or artists impression of the finished building, it is believed these may be available on the “Planning on line” web site.

Berry bushes on the River Rea pathway   The berry bushes are being sprayed by the city council, as it is nearly harvest time concerns were raised to the toxicity of the spray being used.

Inappropriate parking by the Health Care Village Site Dads lane – Residents reported that contractors vehicles are regularly causing problems with access to properties and the Post Office, the Police agreed to monitor the area.

Traffic on Elm Tree Road   - a large number of vehicles were still going the wrong way up the one way street.



The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 13th October 2008 at 19.30, there being no other business the meeting closed at 20.45 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on November 09, 2008, 09:58:12 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th October 2008

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Bill Ralph Garage Manager NXWM Yardley Wood , Hayley Meachin NXHQ Edgbaston, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, Ken Sill Parklands RA,  plus 45 Forum members.

Apologies:., David Reynolds, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, no Police representative was present.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 8th Sept 2008 were approved by the meeting.

The 27 Bus Route:  The Chairman introduced the representatives of National Express West Midlands these being Bill Ralph the Garage Manager at Yardley Wood depot which operates the 27 route and Hayley Meachin the Media Manager from National Express Headquarters on the Hagley Road Edgbaston.

Bill Ralph gave a presentation about the current 27 bus route and the problems being encountered with its operation in the Stirchley and Northfield areas.  There are major issues with parking on Bond Street and Bournville Lane making operation of the buses difficult and a number of occasions these roads have been impassable to the buses.

Further problems will be encountered in the future as it is believed that the next deliveries of buses (in 2009) to NXWM will be to high to fit under the railway/canal bridge at Bournville Lane and possibly to heavy to pass over the Mary Vale Road bridge as this will have a weight restriction and other traffic measures installed in the near future.

Various options have been looked at and NXWM’s proposals are to reroute the 27 bus as follows; Existing route to Coop - Umberslade Road -  Raddlebarn Road (for Selly Oak Hospital) – Willow Road – Sycamore Road (for Cadbury World and factory)  – Linden Road and then the existing route to Northfield ( where further rerouting will be necessary).  Centro has been advised of these proposals and a request for a small bus to operate along Bournville Lane will be submitted.

Questions raised on the Stirchley online forum were submitted to the NXWM representatives and they are to be posted along with the replies on the website in due course.

Following the presentation a question and answer session took place, the following major concerns were raised:-

1.   The break in Centro’s Integrated Transport Strategy as Bournville Station would no longer be served by a bus service.

2.   The ability of the Raddlebarn Road / Umberslade Road junction to cope with the anticipated number of large vehicles using it, as this is also a “Blue Route” to Selly Oak Hospital, would problems be created for the Emergency services vehicles using it.

3.   The effect of a large number of buses stopping on Sycamore Road, as this is a narrow road with parking bays adjacent to the Bournville shops and green.

4.   The over view into residential properties if double deck vehicles are used on the route.

Councillor Huxtable advised the meeting that he was in consultation with BCC’s Highways department regarding Traffic Regulation orders in the Bond Street and Bournville Lane areas and he asked NXWM not to go ahead with any rerouting until these avenues had been explored, residents were also advised to raise their concerns at the Public Transport Users Forums and to lobby their local councillors (in Selly Oak ward as well).

The Chairman expressed the Forum’s thanks to the representatives of NXWM for there presentation

The Forum AGM will take place on Monday 10th November 2008 commencing at 19.00 hrs venue the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street, nomination forms for the forum’s committee are available.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.45 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on November 16, 2008, 09:23:48 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting which took place on Monday 10th November 2008

Present:
Officers and Committee of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, Lynn Jones MP, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Bill Evans, Brendan O’Brien BANF, Inspector Paul Ditta, Sergeant Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor from WM Police, AlanPellowe (Area Commander South Birmingham) and Sean Moore ( Station Commander Kings Norton) from WM Fire Service, plus 40 members of the public.

Apologies: Karen Stevens WSO and Sandra Cooper.

Minutes of the Previous AGM 2007: The minutes of the previous meeting (2007) were circulated to the membership.

1.   Introductions: Our Chairman Peter Walker opened the meeting and welcomed all to it, the outgoing committee were introduced and a vote of thanks was given to them for their services over the last year, Sergeant Isobel Knowles then took the chair, following item 4, and re-election Peter Walker resumed his role as Chair of the forum.

2.   Annual Report: Copies of the Forum’s Annual Report were circulated to the membership they were agreed and adopted, Twelve open public meetings have been hosted by the Forum this year, Four being regarded as major and were themed on: 1. Community Policing, 2.Rubbish, recycling and domestic refuse, 3.The 27 Bus Route and transport, 4.The PALS (Patients Aid and Liaison Service) and health related topics.

3.   Treasures Report: A financial summary was presented to the meeting this were agreed and adopted (proposed by Peter Walker and seconded by George Whiehl), the statement has been audited.

4.   Election of Management Committee for 2008 / 2009: Thirteen persons were nominated and they were elected unopposed (Proposed by Sgt Knowles and Seconded by Councillor Nigel Dawkins). They are as follows; Brenda Thomas, Sandra Cooper, Colin Simpkins, Paula Aubrey, Anne Newbold, Bill Bird, Margaret Walker, Peter Walker, David Jee, Robert Thornton, David Jones, Judith Jones and Mick Jones. A meeting will be held and the Officers appointed prior to 10th December 2008 meeting.

5.   Any Other Business / Items from the Floor:

a.   Policing Matters: Residents of Ashbrook Road wished to record their thanks for the police action taken to relieve the parking problems caused by the Health Care Village on Dogpool Lane.  The meeting also wished to record the thanks of the Stirchley residents to Sergeant Knowles and the Officers and PCSO’s of the “Stirchley Team” for there prompt and efficient service. Sergeant Knowles acknowledged the meetings thanks and wished to place on record the help of Stirchley residents in carrying out their job, also the attendance and encouragement given at the monthly Police Tasking Meetings. A cordial invitation was given to attend the next monthly Police Tasking Meeting which is to be held at Stirchley Community Centre Wednesday 26th November 2008 commencing at 19.00 hrs.

b.   Traffic Management on the A441 Pershore Road Corridor : Councillor Huxtable reported that following a cabinet report into the problems a sum of £5.5 Million (spread over 3 years) has been allocated for works to improve the road junctions between Belgrave Middleway and Kings Norton Green, the first tangible evidence being the marking of a yellow box junction at the St Stephens Road / Dogpool Lane / Pershore Road junction in the near future, the junction by the Coop was not part of this scheme and once the outcome of the Tesco or Helical Retail applications was known this junction would be subject to its own traffic management scheme. 

c.   Late licence application by the Dogpool Public House :  A Late licence  (until 12.30 am) application for this pub has been lodged , residents in conjunction with the Ten Acres residents were urged to oppose this application and thus avoid any antisocial behaviour caused by it, specimen letters are available.

d.   27 Bus Route : Following on from the forum’s meeting with NXWM on 13th October and discussions with Councillor Huxtable,(regarding traffic regulation orders) the bus company has agreed not to reroute the 27 bus in the stirchley area until all avenues had been explored.

e.   BANF: The meeting was addressed by Brendan O’Brien on behalf of the BANF management committee, following a difficult and uncertain time BANF has survived and has obtained sufficient funding for a permanent member of staff to be appointed, the meeting wished to place on record its thanks to the Officers and volunteers manning the BANF office at Revesbey Walk in Nechells.




Following the formal business of the meeting a presentation on Flooding and associated issues was given by Sean Moore of West Midlands Fire Brigade and Inspector Paul Ditta of West Midlands Police, the presentation outlined responsibilities of the respective Emergency Services and their response as per the nationally agreed guidelines.  Copies of the Environmental Agencies Flood Watch guides are available on its website or on request from the Fire Service.

 It was explained that the priorities given by the Service’s Operations Command or the Birmingham Resilience Unit may not mirror local concerns and life or property threatening incidents would always be given top priority which might leave streets not being shut off to road traffic even though this might be desirable.  The WM Fire Brigade staff at Kings Norton Fire station have the training and equipment to carry out boat rescues if required, all the fire appliances here can pump 4,500 litres per minute and high capacity pumps of 20,000 litres per minute are available within the South Birmingham area

Lynn Jones MP gave details of the various web site links to organisations such as Severn Trent Water and The Environment Agencies Flood watch, nationally MP’s have met the Environment Agency and it is understood a Birmingham Flood watch group is to be set up, She is working with all the local agencies and emergency services and a scheme to remodel the river Rea and the Bourn brook is being studied, this will report will be presented in February 2009.

Councillor Dawkins visited the Selly Park flood site on the evening of the 9th of November and happily no flooding had taken place. He also reported that following a flood watch meeting the following areas of concern would need to be addressed, Early Warning Systems, provision of sandbags and other flood barriers and contamination of properties and streets by raw sewage, a further meeting with the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water is scheduled for 25th November and the next local public flood watch meeting on 25th January 2009.

This was very informative and prompted a lively response from the membership.

The Forum formally wishes to express its thanks to the authorities of The Stirchley Community Church for the venue and the facilities given to us during the meeting.

A vote of thanks to all the speakers and guests was proposed by the chairman, Councillor Dawkins, on behalf of the forum, thanked everyone for their attendance - there being no other business the meeting closed at 20.45.

The next Forum meeting will be held on Monday 8th December 2008 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.




Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on January 19, 2009, 10:10:16 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th December 2008

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Karen Stevens WSO Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, Sgt Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA, Wendy Pearson Ten Ares RA, Jean Glenn Selly Park South Forum,  plus 30 Forum members.

Apologies:., David Reynolds, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Bill Bird and Judith Jones.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 13th October 2008 were approved by the meeting.

Chairman’s report:  The Chairman gave a brief report on the forums activities during 2008, the principle highlights being the two occasions when Stirchley Baths were open for public viewing, and the meeting with NXWM regarding the 27 bus route.  The forum’s AGM was held on 10th November and a committee of 13 members was duly elected, the forum wishes to thank the authorities at the Stirchley Community Church for its help and assistance with the arrangements for the AGM

The Chairman paid tribute to the sterling work of our Councillors, the Ward Support Officer and the Officers and Staff based at the constituency office,  plus the work and support of Sergeant Knowles and the Officers and PCSO’s of Stirchley team 12.   Thank you all ladies and Gentlemen.

Policing Issues:   Sergeant Knowles reported that a large number of pick pocketing incidents had been reported locally, members of the public were asked to be vigilant in the run up to Christmas, additional foot patrols on the Pershore Road will be made between 15.00 and 19.00 and between 20.00 and 02.00 during December.

Parking problems were being encountered on the Pershore Road especially around 13.00 when the side for parking changes, enforcement wardens are likely to pay particular attention to this.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th December at the Hazelwell Hub commencing at 19.00 this will be an informal meeting with a presentation by The Air Support Unit and seasonal refreshments.

New Issues:
Flooding  Councillor Huxtable advised the meeting that renewal of the road bridge on Dogpool Lane has been put into the programme for the year 2009/2010, this will have flood mitigating devices and would allow the existing bridge piers to be removed from the river flow. Flood modelling of the River Rea was currently being undertaken and a flood modelling of the Bourn and the Bourn brook would take place in 2009.

Mary Vale Road Bridge  Work to strengthen this bridge is due to commence in the new year, following a canal Study carried out by British Waterways several of its recommendations will be incorporated within the bridge works.

Plaque  Garden area by the Station entrance Mary Vale Road a request for an acknowledgement plaque to record the contribution of The Stirchley Community School and Parklands RA in the upkeep of the garden area has been made, a request for funding has been made by the Ward Support Officer.

Tesco / Helical Retail Development  Following a European Court Ruling (in Italy) over the sale of council land the legal team at Birmingham City Council is having to consider the implications for this site.

Ashbrook Road  Tree lopping on this road should be carried out before the Christmas holiday, graffiti has again been placed on garages and walls in this area, the residents wished to place on record their thanks to Richard Green and the council’s cleaning team for their speedy response to reported graffiti. The question of Sunday opening of the Dads lane fish bar was raised if this was within the scope of the establishments licence nothing could be done, it is understood that this may be a temporary arrangement ( for Dec 2008 ).

Hazelwell Lane  Two large rubbish skips have appeared here and they appear to being used as a “Rubbish Transfer Station” by persons unknown the environmental team and the Police will monitor the situation. Following an accident on the Pershore Road (a car collided with an illegally placed skip) the Police are taking action against illegal skips.

Drains Councillor Huxtable took note of several locations were gullies need cleaning those on Lea House Road need particular attention. Water is also running across the pathways adjacent to the “Knoct Offs” shop.

Hunts Road  Water has been seen running from man holes on this road, Severn Trent have investigated and a burst  pipe has been found remedial action is in progress.

Falkland Croft There are several water leaks on this road Severn Trent are also investigating at this location

Councillor Evans has  received an Email from Canada from a family who have ancestors who lived in Bond Street and Mary Vale Road , details will be posted onto the Stirchley web site for anyone who might be able to help.

The Chairman wished everyone the compliments of the season and invited members to partake of seasonal refreshments available at the rear of the hall.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 12th January 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs .

There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.30 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on January 25, 2009, 07:16:14 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 12th January 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Karen Stevens WSO Councillor Tim Huxtable, Sgt Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA, Wendy Pearson Ten Ares RA, Jean Glenn Selly Park South Forum, with 30 Forum members. Councillor Nigel Dawkins and Councillor Bill Evans attended the meeting from 20.15 hrs.

Apologies:., David Reynolds, David Jee, Gill Smith, E Cooper, B Phillips, J Clayton.

Peter Walker took the Chair wished everyone A Happy New Year and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 8th December 2008 were circulated and approved by the meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes 
1, Flood mitigation works at the Dog Pool Lane Bridge have been studied and the report has been passed to Highways for their approval.  2, The proposed strengthening and other works for the Mary Vale Road canal / railway bridge are due to start in January 2009.  3, Following investigation BCC’s legal team have decided that the European Court’s ruling on land acquisition does not apply to the Tesco / Helical Retail development on the old BT site.  4, Tree lopping has been carried out in Ashbrook Road and Fordhouse lane.  5, Graffiti has been removed from the garages at the rear of Ashbrook Road. Unfortunately this has subsequently reappeared.

Planning applications  No new planning applications have been submitted since 1st December 2008, the application for a community hall at 1 Cherrington Road has been refused.

Policing Issues:   

The additional Police patrols in the run up to Christmas were very effective with incidents of anti social behaviour being reduced, further as part of “Operation Retail” only one incident of “Shop Theft” was recorded during the period.

The newly painted yellow lines on Hazelwell Fordrough (by The Public house) are effective with obstructions being much reduced.

Vehicles are still going the wrong way up Elm Tree Road , inconsiderate parking at the Mary Vale Road / Alexandra Road / Charlotte Road junction is also causing problems.

Parking problems are still being encountered on Dog Pool Lane adjacent to the St Andrew’s Health Village site, these were mainly contractors vehicles employed on the site. This may require yellow lines at some time in the future as when the Centre opens the contractor’s vehicles may well be replaced by vehicles of the staff and visitors to the site.

A joint Police and City Council inspection into “Goods obstructing Footways” will take place shortly.

A Door to Door Policing Survey is  being carried out by MEL Fieldworks in Stirchley during the period 12th January to 6th February 2009 all surveyors will carry identity cards and have police authorisation, it is hoped that the public will help carry it out.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th January 2008 at The Church of the Ascension Hall on Pineapple Grove commencing at 19.00 hrs.

New Issues:

Flooding   A special meeting will be held on Monday 26th January 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street, speakers from The Environment Agency, West Midlands Fire Brigade and the city’s Resilience Team will be making presentations; each home in the affected areas will receive a leaflet about the meeting.

Variable Speed Limits on Pershore Road The City are doing a study on the whole length of the Pershore Road from Belgrave Middleway as far as Kings Norton Green; the acting Chief Highways Engineer will give evidence to the panel speed limits are one of the topics for investigation.

Notice Boards in Stirchley Queries have been raised regarding the design and location of the community notice boards particularly whether the removal of the glass would give greater access or whether this would encourage fly posting or other forms of damage.

Paving slabs in Ashbrook Road and Derwent Road A number of broken and misaligned paving slabs require urgent attention, the access way from Edwin Road to Hazelwell Park requires removal of undergrowth and the removal of graffiti and dumped rubbish.

27 Bus Route, a number of traffic regulation orders have been made and yellow lines installed at Sparrey Drive corner with Bond Street, on Bourneville lane and at the junction of Victoria Road hopefully this will alleviate the problems with roads being made impassable to the buses no local objections to the additional restrictions have been received by the Constituency Engineers. As an aside to this NXWM and The Constituency Engineer have taken one of the latest style (Scania Omnilink) single deck bus under the bridge and it came through with ease even though this bus was regarded as being to high to pass under the bridge ! It is understood that the bridge clearance is closer to 12 feet rather than the signed 10 feet.


The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 9th February 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs. A speaker from The New Queen Elizabeth Hospital will attend; PLEASE NOTE this meeting will be held at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.40 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on February 13, 2009, 07:55:40 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 26th January 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Jan Quigley Emergency Planning Officer Birmingham Resilience Team, Sue McCarthy Environmental Agency, Sean Moore WMFS
Karen Stevens WSO, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans , Councillor Nigel Dawkins, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Tony Fox Cannon Hill RA, Jean Glenn Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, and 45 Forum members .

Apologies: David Reynolds, and Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP.

Peter Walker took the Chair introduced the speakers and welcomed all to the meeting.


Flooding   This consisted of 3 presentations as Follows;

Sue McCarthy from the Environmental Agency Midlands HQ Lichfield.

The Midlands Area of the Environment Agency has 2 Million homes which are at flood risk , it is active 365 days a year and is responsible for issuing warnings with a 2 hour warning time, there are 4 states of warning viz,
1.   Flood Watch - low lying land and roads at risk.
2.   Flood Warning - Risk to property.
3.   Severe Flood Warning - Major risk to property and roads.
4.   All Clear Waters are receding.

Warnings are issued by the media or directly to registered “Flood Line” users, Flood wardens and in severe cases by loud speaker announcements.

The Flood line number is 0845 988 1188 (314 properties in Stirchley are registered with the Flood watch). All concerned residents were urged to register with the Flood Line, prepare a kit for flood defence and set up system of local flood wardens

Members of the public were asked to register if they wish to receive additional flood watch information; various leaflets were also available for information.

Jan Quigley Emergency Planning Officer for the Birmingham Resilience Team.

Birmingham City will support the Emergency services coordinating the City Emergency Plan and the Business Continuity Plan. It has An Emergency Planning sub group and Sandra Cooper is our Stirchley area representative.

It is felt that Local People are far more aware of local needs and risks and particularly were potentially venerable residents are located and local people will have access to local buildings which could be used a centres in time of need, the local coordinator is Karen Stephens who is located at the Selly Oak Constituency Office on the Pershore Road in Stirchley.

Residents were urged to form a Local Flood Action Group with a view to appointing Flood Wardens to identify local risk areas and venerable people and also develop a dedicated communications network such as telephone trees.  Plus people to monitor water levels and arrange the erection of flood protection measures when required, work with the emergency services , alert local people and arrange for elderly residents, vehicles and foodstuffs to be moved to safety.

Sean Moore Station Commander Kings Norton West Midlands Fire Service.

The Fire Service does not have a statutory duty for flood protection, but will always prioritise its response to life threatening situations, Risks caused by hazardous substances and environmental will need to be assessed and the preservation of property will only be dealt with on a priority basis.
 
WMFS has a total of 62 appliances in the West Midland’s area backed up by stationary pumps, Water Rescue and Boat Rescue capabilities, plus a Search and Rescue Team 

Questions and comments from the floor

It appears a number of infrastructure projects on the River Rea will be required a detailed modelling of the Rea the Bourne and the Bournbrook are being undertaking following this projects such as the Dogpool Lane Bridge will be carried out.

Surface Water  In the event of flash flooding taking place Severn Trent would need to implement their plans the Environment Agency does not take the lead in this case.
Drains a number of local drains are blocked with debris and require urgent cleaning; there is also the question of the state of some of the sewers which date back to Victorian times.

Following this the Chairman gave a vote of thanks to the speakers.

Future Dates.

Sunday 22nd February 2009 Flooding Meeting 14.00 hrs at Christchurch Pershore Road Councillor Dawkins to Chair.

3rd May 2009 Spring over the Rea Festival.

7th June 2009 Climate Change Festival at Cannon Hill parks The water of Life.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.15 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on February 13, 2009, 07:57:06 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 9th February 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Morag Jackson Project Director and Fiona Alexander Communications Manager from the New Hospital Project, Karen Stevens WSO Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA, Wendy Pearson Ten Ares RA, and 35 Forum members.

Apologies: David Reynolds, George Weil, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Councillor Nigel Dawkins and Neil Foster.

Peter Walker took the Chair introduced the speakers and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 12th January 2009 were unavailable for circulation.

The New Hospital Project a Presentation by Morag Jackson (Project Director).

Morag Jackson introduced herself and gave a short rundown of her career within the NHS starting from her time as a cardiac nurse in Glasgow to her appointment as a Project Director at St Bart’s Hospital in London and two years ago as the Project Director of the New Hospital in Birmingham.

She gave a very comprehensive presentation showing the need for the new hospital to replace the existing QE and Selly Oak hospitals detailing the inadequacies of the existing sites such as working across the two sites , Victorian buildings and highlighting the present centres of excellence in transplant surgery, training of NHS staff and hosting the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.

The New Hospital will be the first “Acute Hospital” to be built in Birmingham for 70 years, Costing £545 Million, having 1213 Beds (100 of which will be in a dedicated Intensive Care Suite), and 30 Operating Theatres. The hospital should be available to be occupied from summer 2010 and transfer should be fully completed by winter 2011, all wards and facilities should be occupied, subject to government policies and restrictions. The 3 new facilities that form the QE Psychiatric Hospital are already in use and will compliment the New Hospital when it comes on line.

The existing Selly Oak site will be sold for residential development and will form part of the Selly Oak Regeneration Area in conjunction with the developments at the Battery site and the existing Sainsbury’s supermarket site, it is hoped to retain some of the existing buildings but as none are “listed” this would be subject to the cities planning policies at the time of redevelopment.

Questions and comments from the floor:
Concerns have been raised about access to the site as this is tied in to the Proposed Selly Oak bypass scheme which is not due for completion until after the hospital is due for occupation. Parking on site will be limited (and will be chargeable) there also appears to be a need for segregation of staff, patient and visitor parking, proposals have been made for improved public transport and negotiations continue with the bus operators, shuttle buses are proposed from the University Station, internal transport will be by electrically powered golf buggies with segregation for public and patients wherever possible.

Onsite Catering for visitors and Day Patients two on site catering facilities will be available.

Retention of the Selly Oak site buildings in the short term with usage by charities or Non Medical NHS Staff

Internal and external Security will be by uniformed staff with extensive CCTV coverage, however there will be no on site police presence, but a Fire Officer will be appointed.

Following the presentation the Chairman gave a vote of thanks to the speakers.

A.O.B.
Closure of the Blood Centre Although it is not part of the New Hospital it seems perverse that the laboratory and blood depot will close and be moved to Bristol in March 2009 it remains to be seen if a major user of blood and blood products will function better without an on site facility, a leafleting campaign and protest will be held at various sites in Birmingham on 14th February 2009. It is believed that a petition has been sent to the City Council but no reply has been received, Councillor Huxtable agreed to investigate and report back on the progress of the petition.

Proposed “Stirchley Funday”, this has been set for the 16th of May 2009 on the Hazelwell Park; further details will be circulated in due course.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 9th March 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs. Kevin Frogatt from the cities Highways department will attend; PLEASE NOTE this meeting will be held at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 07, 2009, 07:40:35 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 9th March 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Glenn Curry Emergency Planning Officer Birmingham Resilience Team, Kevin Frogatt Selly Oak Constituency Engineer, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, Sgt Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Jean Glenn Selly Park South Forum, Ken Sill Parklands RA, Wendy Pearson Ten Ares RA, and 45 Forum members.

Apologies: David Reynolds, Bill Bird, Councillor Nigel Dawkins and Karen Stevens WSO.

Peter Walker took the Chair introduced the speakers and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 9th February 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record of the meeting.

Flooding - Glenn Curry Emergency Planning Officer Birmingham Resilience Team

Glenn Curry gave a short presentation regarding flooding issues in the Stirchley area and gave a brief resume of the meetings held to date; volunteers are required to set up a Stirchley Flood Action Group, a volunteer sheet was available for residents to sign up.  The Birmingham Resilience Team is to produce a DVD titled “What You Can Do in an Emergency”, filming of this will take place on 2nd April and Elm Tree Road or Ripple Road has been proposed as a location and extras are required. The Chairman gave a vote of thanks to the speaker.

Questions and comments from the floor:
Concerns about ground water a resident of Falkland Croft raised this, Severn Trent has visited the site but no outcome has been decided yet.

Kevin Frogatt Senior Constituency Engineer for Selly Oak Constituency.

Kevin Frogatt introduced himself and gave a short presentation of his role within the constituency area, principally dealing with highways issues within the capital budgeted programme such as “The Safe Routes to School” and “Dropped Kerbs” for the less able.

Questions and comments from the floor:
Dogpool Lane Bridge Works a resident from Ashbrook Road requested details of this programme as concerns have been raised as to where traffic will be diverted if and when the bridge is closed.

Pedestrian Crosssings on Fordhouse Lane a resident of Oakley Road raised this particularly the lack of any crossing at the Fordhouse Lane / Pershore Road junction, the provision of an electronic speed sign is also being considered.

Verge Protection Work Trip Rail work is scheduled to begin on Cartland Road on 1st April 2009.

Public Consultation – Pershore Road Junctions Stratedgy Local residents will be consulted about the proposals at The Dogpool , Warwards Lane, Cartland Road and Fordhouse Lane Junctions

Pot Holes and bad reinstatement of road repairs Pedestrians are being splashed, this is being worked on but has been exasperated by the severe winter weather, and sunken iron works are also causing problems

Pedestrian Crossing by Stirchley Community School The planned enhancements are due to be installed by 1st May 2009, the crossing road markings will also be repainted at this time.

Pershore Road Parking Problems are being encountered in the “Balti Belt” especially at 2 and 3am parking enforcement may require amendments, there are also problems with alcohol being taken into the “Unlicensed premises” and subsequent drink driving.

A.O.B.
Ground Water Problems Windsor Road A resident has major ground water problems it is believed that this is being caused by the property at the old factory site adjacent to the Breedon canal bridge unfortunately the proposed development of this site has been cancelled and difficulties are being encountered with the owners (understood to be at least 4 parties) with regard to remedial action.

Furniture and goods on footpaths Martin Beck and Sgt Knowles have had a meeting and further letters will be sent to the businesses concerned follow up inspections will take place to monitor obstruction and Health and Safety issues.

Public Houses Concerns are being raised about the future of the Highbury Public House it is understood that a new manager will be installed shortly and the pub is to reopen.  Problems are also being encountered at the New Dog Pool Hotel which has a late night (1. 30 Am.) license, the police agreed to monitor these locations.

Police Tasking Meeting The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th March 2009 at The Stirchley Community Church Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 11th May 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs.
PLEASE NOTE there will be no meeting on 12th April as this is Easter Monday

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: NewZer on June 04, 2009, 01:56:51 PM
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Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 05, 2009, 10:12:06 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 11th May 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Nathan Campbell Environmental Warden, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable,  Karen Stevens WSO , Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Jean Glenn Selly Park South Forum, Wendy Pearson Ten Ares RA, Lisa Powell and John Keegan St Andrews Health Care, Bill Ralph NXWM and 37 Forum members.

Apologies: David Reynolds, PCSO Sally Stor, Councillor Nigel Dawkins and Ken Sill Parklands RA.

Peter Walker took the Chair introduced the speaker and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 9th March 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record of the meeting.

Nathan Campbell Environmental Warden (Selly Oak Constituency).

Nathan gave a short presentation regarding his role in the constituency, particularly with the Environmental Health Officers Highways Department Local Councillors and Dog Wardens he can be contacted directly on 0121 303 9764 or via the contact centre on 0121 303 1112. The Chairman thanked him for his presentation, a number of points were raised, Tree problems on the Rea Walkway this would be forwarded to the Tree Warden for action, Fly Posting and fly tipping actioned in conjunction with the Environmental crime unit – Russell Davey and Dog fouling in conjunction with the Dog wardens. A clean up operation will be carried out in Hazelwell Park on 13th May (meet at the constituency office at 14.00) any assistance would be appreciated.

Planning.
The only planning application of late was for a reapplication (previously in 2007) at 1254 to 1260 Pershore Road for the revamp of the shop fronts and conversion of the rear area into flats and car parking , it is still felt that this would exacerbate the already difficult parking on the Twyning Road / Pershore Road corner. Three other items raised were Hunts Road ex BT Site (Tesco / Helical Retail), a report has been made to the City Cabinet and a decision is expected in July 2009. Riverbrook Nursery (Conversion to a Children’s Centre) an addition entrance will be required in Pitlesowe Close and parking will be an issue, however it may be possible to set up a “Park and Stride” scheme under the Safe Routes to school scheme. St Andrews Health Care there are no plans for a phase 2 at this site, the only concerns are regarding security at the frontage onto Dogpool Lane.

Stirchley Fun day Saturday 16th May 2009.
Preparations a re still ongoing thanks to those who have delivered the posters and leaflets and Volunteer Stewards are required from 09.30 hrs on the day, the Chairman expressed the forum’s thanks to all the local traders and businesses for their generous donations and vouchers to be used as prizes on the day, the Police will be organising a 5 a side football competition, and a belly dancing display will take place, if you take photographs on the day please submit these to the forum’s website, a small prize will be offered to the best entry. A Plant sale is also being run at St Andrews Church on Cartland Road commencing at 10.00 hrs on the day.

Grass Routes Funding The Forum has been successful in its application for a grant which will be used to produce and print a regular news letter for the Stirchley area.

Friends of Hazelwell Park. Item deferred until next meeting.

Policing issues. Sgt Knowles reported that following local tip offs and police action a burglar was arrested and charged in connection with several burglaries ion the Pineapple Estate. An offender involved in a distraction burglary in Charlotte Road has also been arrested. Youths involved in graffiti and under age drinking have been dealt with by the Coop and in Lea House Road. ASB with mini moto’s in Edwin Road and Hazelwell Park will be investigated. Further Goods on footpaths inspection will take place and letters sent to the businesses. The traffic problems in Charlotte Road by the school still require additional action to be taken. The Next Police tasking meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th May at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road commencing at 19.00 Hrs.

A.O.B.
Trees on Cartland Road Several trees are obscuring the street lights and need urgent pruning, take the particular lamp post number and report to the constituency office or on line so that this can be dealt with.

Bollards on Hazelwell Street 2 of these need to be replaced and several others appear to be suspect the engineers will be asked to inspect all the bollards in this area.

Garden Area by Bournville Station Entrance The Care Team from the School has been disbanded but it is hoped to replace them in the near future so this feature can be tended, any donations of plants will be welcomed.

Benches and Planters on Cartland Road These have been installed but the work appears to have been carried out to a very poor standard.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 14th June 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 12, 2009, 08:37:33 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th June 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Hasan Wasir Anti-Graffiti Strategy Coordinator Environmental Crime Unit, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Tim Huxtable,  Karen Stevens WSO , PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA,  John Keegan St Andrews Health Care and 37 Forum members.

Apologies: David Reynolds, David Jee, Sandra Cooper, Councillor Bill Evans, Jean Glenn Selly Park South Forum, and Sgt  Isobel Knowles WMP.

Peter Walker took the Chair introduced the speaker and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 11th May 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record of the meeting.
A correction to the item regarding the “Garden Area” next to the Bournville station exit was requested as the school children will once again be working on it, but unfortunately this cannot take place until contaminants left by the building works on the bridge have been assessed and dealt with by the Parks Department.

Hasan Wasir Anti-graffiti Strategy Coordinator Environmental Crime Unit of Regulatory Services.
Hasan gave a short presentation regarding his role in the city, particularly with regard to the elimination of the scourge of graffiti. The city has adopted a fourfold strategy, 1. Removal, 2. Intelligence, 3. Prevention, 4. Enforcement and prosecution of offenders. He works closely with The Youth Offending Teams ( up to 17yrs) and the Probation Service (over 18yrs) to deal with offenders, in close liaison with West Midlands and British Transport Police.

As part of the educational strategy a DVD called “Tag Your Nicked” has been produced and is widely circulated within schools of all ages, schools are also being encouraged to replace tagged walls with artwork as it encourages a sense of community belonging. Anti-graffiti coatings are being applied at hotspots and defensive planting on walls will also take place, “legalised graffiti walls” do not appear to act as a deterrent as graffiti only appears to breed more graffiti , there is also some concern over the policy “that crime appears to be rewarded”. The only effective policy seems to be the repeated removal of the graffiti as it appears, so that once the artwork has been repeatedly removed the offenders lose interest.

Locally there are several hotspots and the Hit Squad based at the Constituency Office are frequently called out (report to Richard Green on 464 9072 or to Nathan Campbell Environmental Warden on 303 9764). The Cable boxes are being repainted and anti-graffiti coatings applied to them. Following a graffiti attack on the St Andrews Health Care site CCTV footage has been handed to the Police in an effort to track down and prosecute the offenders.
The question of where the spray paint is being supplied from (as it is illegal to supply it to under 18 year olds) was raised but the Police are of the opinion that a large percentage of the cans are stolen rather than bought.

Following this the Chairman thanked Hasan for his presentation and he then left the meeting.

Planning.
The only planning application received was for the derelict site adjacent to 28 Hazelwell Road for the erection of 6 x 3 bedded houses each with 2 parking spaces,  the meeting raised no objections to this proposed development.

Stirchley Fun day Saturday 16th May 2009.
The Fun day raised a total of £438.71 a very creditable effort considering the inclement weather, thanks are due to all the people  who contributed to the day, especially the staff from the Constituency Office. The photo competition was won by Marcia Greenwood and a prize of a £10.00 gift voucher has been awarded, photographs of the fun day have been placed on the forum's website.

Friends of Hazelwell Park. Councillor Nigel Dawkins gave a brief report on the activities  of the “Friends of Hazelwell Park”. It is hoped that bulbs and specimen trees can be planted further bins and more furniture provided in the park. The next meeting of the Friends will take place on Sunday 14th June commencing at 15.00 hrs venue will be Dads Lane Community Centre at the junction of Pineapple Road and Cartland Road.

Policing issues. The problem of excessive speed on Lifford Lane was raised and this will be passed to the Police Team responsible for this area. The next Police tasking meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th June at the Brandwood Centre on Brandwood Road commencing at 19.00 Hrs.

A.O.B.
Stirchley Flood Action Group Volunteer Wardens are still required locally and residents were urged to take part in this scheme, the next meeting of the group will be on Wednesday 17th June at the Constituency Office on Pershore Road ( Access via the Back Door on the School Play ground).

Benches on Cartland Road This has been reported to the Constituency Office and advice is being sought on the best course of action.

Bin by Bournville Station Entrance The missing bin at this location is due to be replaced.

Dogpool Lane Bridge Works These are scheduled to commence in January 2010 and last 20 weeks, traffic arrangements and bus route diversions are currently being discussed by the authorities and a mini bus to serve local residents is being considered.

Cold Calling A number of elderly residents have been visited by cold callers and residents were urged to be vigilant and report anyone offering to do unsolicited works.

Bulk Refuse Collection The next collection is due in early July watch local publicity for exact dates and locations.

Transport users Forum This will take place on Wednesday10th June at The Stirchley Community School commencing at 19.00 Hrs it is primarily to discuss the proposals for the the revamping of the South Birmingham Bus Network and lots of local interest will be discussed.
A related meeting regarding the reopening of Kings Heath Railway Station will take place on Thursday the 11th of June at Queensbridge School Kings Heath commencing at 19.00hrs.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 13th July 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs, please note the venue will be Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on July 28, 2009, 07:59:55 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th July 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Gary Peal  Head of Event  Procurement and Facilities, Councillor Tim Huxtable,   Sgt  Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA,  John Keegan St Andrews Health Care and 42 Forum members.

Apologies:  Sandra Cooper, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO ,Jean Glenn Selly Park South Forum, and Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA.

Peter Walker took the Chair introduced the speaker and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 8th June 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record of the meeting.

Birmingham IAAF Half Marathon Sunday 11th October 2009. - Gary Peal .

Gary Peal in his role of The Head of Event Procurement and Facilities gave a presentation regarding the Half marathon which will pass down the Pershore Road and Mary Vale Roads in Stirchley on Sunday the 11th October 2009, he began by giving a brief run down of the half marathon which took place in 2008 largely centered on the Walsall Road and Hagley Roads via the City Centre. There were 6,900 runners who took part ( 40 from the local Bournville Club) supported by an estimated 50,000 spectators lining the course round the city The fastest time recorded was 1hr 05 mins and 42secs by an elite male competitor, the slowest being 4 hrs 17 mins and 23 secs by a veteran lady runner. A Wheelchair race and a  Junior Marathon were featured as part of the event.

The Event on Sunday the 11th of October is being recognized by the IAAF as a World Half marathon and it is hoped to attract a international world class field of 200 competitors for the elite race accompanied by some 15,000 club and fun runners for the mass event, plus the wheelchair athletes and Juniors for their particular sections of the event

The Elite Race will commence at 9.00 am and the other sections around 10.00 am , the Route in Stirchley being down the Pershore Road and along Mary Vale Road passing into Bournville and returning to the city centre via Selly Park.

All cars must be removed from the route on Saturday evening and an exclusion zone will be created between 7.00 am and 3.00 pm on the day but it is hoped to have Stirchley's roads  reopened around 1.30 pm, all homes on the route will receive a number of letters from the City Council regarding the arrangements for alternative car parking and local routes which can be accessed, a system for residents passes was used in 2008 but was deemed unsuccessful as passes were being traded as people thought they would have free access on the day which was never the intended purpose of the permits.

The closing date for entries is 11th September 2009 and entry may be made or questions asked by calling 0844 888 3883 or on the internet at www.birminghamhalfmarathon.com. Volunteers for stewarding or manning of water stations and other facilities can apply at the same places.  Media coverage will be by the Birmingham Evening Mail and Heart FM radio, TV coverage by Sky Sports 1.

Following the presentation a question and answer session commenced with the following concerns raised by local residents.
A local resident who is competing in the event spoke and expressed the view that lots of local residents were much in favour of the event and the raising of the profile of the often overlooked parts of Birmingham, the forum supports this view and wishes all the local entrants success in their endeavors to raise money for various worthy causes.

Concerns were raised over the provision of the temporary car parks, both the location and security aspects would need to be looked at, indeed Sgt Knowles of WMP requested details of these as it may be necessary to increase the Police presence, there being more than one Police OCU  involved in these arrangements, there is also the problems of getting the competitors to the city centre ( Main car park at the NIA) and the large number of spectators around the course.  It is understood that local public transport on the 11, 27, 45, 47 and 69 bus routes will be severely disrupted on the day and the local rail service which does not commence until 9.45 ex Bournville station is not a viable alternative

Disabled persons may require special arrangements as having left the car at a remote location how will they return home and go back to retrieve their vehicle after the event. Meals on Wheels arrangements will have have to be addressed and also healthcare visitors requirements looked into.

A number of local Businesses Hospices and Healthcare sites have expressed their concerns as it appears that staff shift changes will take place after the race exclusion zone has been set up, there is also the needs of “On Call” Health care specialists who may need to get to Selly Oak The QE or  other hospitals in an emergency situation to be addressed.

Litter is thought to present a major problem both the water bottles discarded by the competitors in and around the water stations and also by the large number of spectators who may wish to partake of local fare which will be offered on the day, mechanical sweeping of the streets will take place before and after the event but it is not known how effective this will be !.

The meeting gave Gary a vote of thanks for his presentation.

A.O.B.
Planning Enforcement.
David Jee expressed his thanks to Councillor Huxtable and the city's staff for the prompt action taken over enforcement of planning regulations in Kennedy Grove.

Rea Valley Walkway Problems
The City's Tree Officer has made an assessment of the trees between Fordhouse Lane and Cartland Road and remedial work is to start shortly.  There is a pressing need for some form of segregation or “traffic calming” of the cyclists using the walkway as several residents report that it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident between a cyclist and a play area user / pedestrian at this location.

Play Equipment in Hazewell Park.
Following the Play equipment survey made of young people, as part of the Stirchley Fun Day, a budget of £44,000.00 has been allocated for this site.

Policing issues. Following a joint excersize by WMP, BTP, NXWM and The City Council an individual has been identified' arrested and charged with various graffiti related offences. The next Police tasking meeting will take place on Wednesday 29th July at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road. commencing at 7.00 pm.

Health Voice network.
The next meeting of the Health Voice Network takes place on Tuesday 21st July 6.30pm at Christ Church Pershore Road in Selly Park.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 10th August 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs, please note the venue will be Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on October 02, 2009, 07:09:38 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th September 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Morag Jackson Project Director and Fiona Alexandra Communications Director from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA, Karen Stevens WSO, John Keegan St Andrews Health Care, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, John Clayton Selly Park South Forum and 35 Forum members.

Apologies:  Paula Aubrey, Sandra Cooper, Brenda Thomas, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 10th August 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record of the meeting.

The New Queen Elizabeth Hospital a Presentation by Morag Jackson Project Director.
Morag began her presentation by recalling her previous visit to the forum and gave a sort run down of her career. As an introduction for those members who were not present at the previous meeting she gave an analysis of the project being set up at the “New QE” site, which will replace the existing facilities at the QE and on the Selly Oak sites.

It will serve the whole of South Birmingham and will treat 525,000 patients per year, of which 65,500 will be Inpatients and some 81,750 Accident and Emergency admissions.  As well as serving the local population it will host the largest Renal Transplant Centre in Europe, have nationally recognised centres of excellence for Burns and Neuroscience and host the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine being responsible for the training of military personal and dealing with casualties from the various theatres of war.

The main drivers for the project were to improve patient care, especially in light of patient expectations, to improve efficiency, integrate all the staff onto one site and improve the training and education of the staff at all levels.
It will be the first hospital to be opened in Birmingham for 70 years, The Private Finance Initiative was signed in 2006 and is scheduled to open its doors on the 16th of June 2010 being fully operational by 6th October 2011 having cost some £545 Million to construct and equip, it will have 1213 patient beds, of which 100 will be in intensive care (being the largest ITU in Europe), 30 Operating Theatres will be provided and at least 50% of the bed spaces will be en suite the whole hospital site will occupy a ground area some 50% larger than the Bull Ring Centre.

The existing site at Selly Oak will be redeveloped as residential housing with monies raised being reinvested in medical and health care, it is hoped that some of the more historic buildings being retained and the existing QE site will become a Campus for Translational Research education and training with on site laboratories and medical and technological research facilities able to respond to technological and staffing needs.

Transport to the new site has been extensively researched and improved public transport network will be introduced in October 2009, Pedestrian and cycling access will be improved and staff will be encouraged not to drive where shift patterns and accessibility will allow, car parking will be chargeable but it is hoped to introduce some form of concessionary scheme for regular or long stay patients, traffic segregation will be important and flows to Inpatient Outpatient and  A&E will be separated where possible.

Photographs and Computer Generated Images of the buildings were shown, Staff and Patient inputs have been considered and all facilities will be DDA compliant, signage will be as plain and simple as possible given the needs of sight impaired patients.  It is hoped that the hospital will have world class facilities with 44% of bed spaces being in single rooms, patient feedback will be important and care groups and a community hub will be set up, staff training will be addressed and communication skills will be important.

The presentation concluded with a Computer Generated tour of the facilities charting the routes to be taken by In patients and Out Patients during their treatment at the hospital.

Following the presentation a Question and answer session began.

Green Credentials Have solar panels, recycling of water and similar items been considered?

Car Parking Charges Car Parking will be chargeable but it is hoped to establish a concessionary scheme for regular or long stay patients.

Patient Food concerns were expressed at the quality and range of food to be offered as it will be only available as reheated airline style catering, catering for Staff Out patients and visitors will be dealt with by a 300 seat cafeteria which will offer hot and cold meals appropriate to the time of day.

Feedback and Media Is somewhat sporadic at the moment, patient feedback will be important and care groups and a community hub will be set up.
Access to University Station Lighting and walk ways to the station will be improved and it is hoped that a dedicated link to the station will be set up by mid 2010. Golf buggies will be provided at the hospital main entrance for the less able to reach the appropriate clinic or service.

Military Patients and Personal The new hospital and RCDM will have its own dedicated ward but clinical care will take place in the best place for the patient, military staff will continue to be trained and serve the general public as per the existing arrangements on the Selly Oak site.

Security in Accident & Emergency Security at A&E will be enhanced with the provision of more safer and open areas security staff will also be on hand.

Staff Management Some aspects of the Hospitals PFI were questioned, cleaning staff will be under the direct control of the NHS management team and all Clinical decisions will be in the hands of the NHS medical specialists, maintenance of the building under the terms of the PFI will be monitored by the Hospitals Management Board.

Security of Patients Property The Policy is “leave valuable items at home” any items taken from patients will be placed in a locked safe at a central location within the hospital; this applies especially to A&E admissions.


The Chairman thanked Morag and Fiona for their presentation and the answers to the questions posed.


A.O.B.

Policing issues.

The next Police tasking meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th September at the Hazelwell Hub on Vicarage Road Kings Heath commencing at 7.00 pm.

The Forum's AGM will take place on Monday 12th October 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs, the speaker will be Caroline Stewart (District Services Manager) and members of the Environmental Wardens Team, please note the venue will be Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street. Nominations are welcomed for residents who wish to join the Forum's Management Committee.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on October 19, 2009, 01:44:03 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting which took place on Monday 12th October 2009

Present:
Officers and Committee of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, Councillor Tim Huxtable,  Councillor Bill Evans, Karen Stevens WSO, Sergeant Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor from WM Police, Caroline Stewart District Services Manager for Environmental wardens , Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, Tony Fox Canon Hill RA, plus 52 members of the public.

Apologies: Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Alex Keen, Anne Keen, John Clayton, John Williams and Jean Glenn all of Selly Park Forum, Gary Cadge, Ken Sill Parklands RA and Bill Bird.

Minutes of the Previous AGM 2008: The minutes of the previous meeting (2008) were circulated to the membership.

1.   Introductions: Our Chairman Peter Walker opened the meeting and welcomed all to it, the outgoing committee were introduced and a vote of thanks was given to them for their services over the last year, Sergeant Isobel Knowles then took the chair, following item 4, and re-election Peter Walker resumed his role as Chair of the forum.

2.   Annual Report: Copies of the Forum’s Annual Report were circulated to the membership they were agreed and adopted; twelve open public meetings have been hosted by the Forum this year.

3.   Planning:  The Forum’s policy of monitoring planning applications was reiterated with applications being supported or objected to as appropriate, the negative effective of non-enforcement of refused planning applications was also noted

4.   Treasures Report: A financial summary was presented to the meeting this was agreed and adopted (proposed by Peter Walker and seconded by George Weil), the statement has been audited. Following successful grant applications to the Grass Roots Fund and others the forum has purchased IT equipment and published a newsletter whilst still maintaining a healthy bank balance. Following the successful Stirchley Fun day a separate fund has been set up to administer the monies raised at this event.

5.   Election of Management Committee for 2009 / 2010: Thirteen persons were nominated and they were elected unopposed (Proposed by Sgt Knowles and Seconded by Councillor Tim Huxtable). They are as follows; Brenda Thomas, Sandra Cooper, Colin Simpkins, Paula Aubrey, Anne Newbold, Bill Bird, Margaret Walker, Peter Walker, David Gee, Robert Thornton, David Jones, Judith Jones and Mick Jones. A meeting will be held and the Officers appointed prior to 9th November 2009 meeting.

6.   Any Other Business / Items from the Floor:

a.   The next Police Tasking Meeting will be held on Wednesday 28th October at the Scout HQ on Colmore Road Kings Heath Commencng at 19.00 hrs.

b.   The Friends of Canon Hill Park will be holding bulb planting days on November the 15th and 16th.

c.   Revised South Birmingham Bus Network, this comes into force on Sunday the 25th of October making major changes to some of the local bus routes, residents were urged to attend the local exhibitions of the changes these being held in Cotteridge, Northfield and Kings Heath a summary leaflet of the changes and timetables of the revised services were available for residents to take away.

d.   The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 9th November 2009 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.

Following the formal business of the meeting a presentation was given by Caroline Stewart (District Services Manager for Environmental Wardens).  The presentation outlined responsibilities of the Environmental Wardens and their work with other agencies such as West Midlands Police, Environmental Health and various Community Groups in their dual role of enforcement and education of the public. The Wardens have a specific educational role working with schools and other community groups on such projects as community environmental projects and litter picking to improve the local area, promote good citizenship and “make a difference”.

There are a total of 41 Environmental Wardens across the city and Selly Oak Constituency has 5 Warden based at the Constituency Office on the Pershore Road contact details and phone numbers were available to the meeting. The principal roles are Liaison with traders over Trade Waste and associated licensing issues, Bag Advancement of domestic waste, Fly Posting, Fly Tipping and Referrals for clearance of waste land, Rodent problems, Pigeon feeding, Dog Waste, Litter and Graffiti.

A PowerPoint presentation was then made detailing the roles including the duty of care and enforcement powers under the various sections of the Environmental Protection Act

This was very informative and prompted a lively response from the membership and a number of issues were raised;

Enforcement Wardens have powers of enforcement but to avoid problems they usually operate with the Police when carrying out such duties. Time scales may be up to 6 months before an offender can be brought before the courts.

Problems with Green Waste When green waste is collected some is lost when the bags are emptied into the collection vehicles and stored used bags are being lost as the vehicle progresses on its route.

Rubbish in wrong bags There appears to be a problem with domestic waste being placed in green bags not being collected with the net result that it remains on the street until it becomes a problem it is sometimes dealt with by residents or the local beat sweeper rebagging it.

Policy on Plastic Waste boxes Nets have been trialled in some parts of the city to prevent loose paper being lost from the boxes but are not regarded as successful, there is also the problem of the nets being discarded or lost when the waste is collected.

Visibility of the Wardens They are perceived as not standing out from the crowd but new Red and Grey uniforms boldly marked “Environmental Warden” are in the course of issue and should help to raise the public profile.

Several of the problems listed will have to be passed to the Fleet and Waste Management Section and a response will be forwarded to the forum in due course.

The Forum formally wishes to express its thanks to the authorities of The Stirchley Community Church for the venue and the facilities given to us during the meeting.

A vote of thanks to the speakers and guests was proposed by the chairman who thanked everyone for their attendance - there being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.

The next Forum meeting will be held on Monday 9th November 2009 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs. The topic being the closure of Dog Pool Lane Bridge, representatives from the City Engineers Dept and National Express West Midlands have been invited to attend.




Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on November 24, 2009, 09:00:50 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 9th November 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Kamyar Tavassoli and P.T.Ho City Engineers (Bridge Section), Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Sgt Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, John Keegan St Andrews Health Care, John Clayton Selly Park South Forum and 34 Forum members.

Apologies:  Bill Ralph NXWM Yardley Wood, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed our guests and everyone to the meeting.

The minutes of the meeting dated 10th August 2009 were circulated as part of the Forum’s AGM on 12th October and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

Dogpool Lane Bridge Works.
Our two guest speakers Kamyar Tavassoli and P.T .Ho of the City Engineers (Bridge Section introduced themselves and gave a run down of the project to replace the bridge across the River Rea on Dogpool Lane.
The design remit for the bridge is to increase its capacity from the current 7.5 Tonne capacity to 18 tonnes to enable the passage of large HGV’s, as part of the redesign the two pillars in the river bed will be removed and hopefully this will increase the water flow and impede the build up of debris at this point. The project is scheduled to take 9 months including all the auxiliary work of diverting utilities and erecting a temporary footbridge, and should cost around £2.2 million to implement.
As a result of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) agreement that has been signed with Amey the start date has been set back to July 2010 and hopefully the lighter nights and better weather should expedite the works.  During the bridge works the buses on route 76 will be diverted via Warwards Lane, Cartland Road and Pineapple Road to regain normal line of route at Avenue Road, enhancements will take place at the Warwards Lane / Pershore Road / Cartland Road junctions and temporary traffic lights will be installed at the Pineapple Road / Dads Lane junction to assist the passage of the buses.  Diagrams of the bridge design and a street plan detailing the bus diversions were available to members of the public.
Following the presentation a Question and answer session began.

Funding under the PFI. There are some questions as to whether the funding for this work has been written into the PFI agreement signed with Amey and this is believed to be still subject to governmental sanction and legal discussion.

Design of the arch It appears that the arch of the new bridge appears to be lower than the existing bridge, this was agreed by the engineers but they stated that the new arch would have a greater cross sectional area than the existing.

Preservation of the existing bridge parapets, Is it possible to retain or preserve the parapets, the design engineer had looked at keeping them but they could not be worked into to the design as they did not meet modern standards, but they will be kept to see if they could be incorporated into another local project.

Temporary road arrangements Residents of Ashbrook Road asked if any consideration had been given to making Ashbrook Road and some other roads one way during the course of the works, it was agreed to forward this suggestion to the Highways section.

Problems on the temporary Footbridge Residents fore saw a conflict between pedestrians and cyclists (as part of the River Rea Path NCW5) it was agreed to erect “Cyclists Dismount” signs at the approaches to the temporary footbridge.

Toucan Crossing A desirable feature as part of the bridge works would be the installation of a toucan crossing where the Cycle way crosses Dogpool Lane, this request will be forwarded to the Highways Section.

Anti Graffiti Coatings As the parapets of the bridge are “Slab” sided have arrangements been made for the brick claddings to be coated with anti graffiti materials? it was stated that this was the case..

The Chairman thanked Kamyar Tavassoli and P.T .Ho for their presentation and the answers to the questions posed.

Friends of Hazelwell Park
John Price (Chair of the Friends group since April 2009) stated that the aim of the group is to enhance the quality of the park for all its users, he gave a resume of the groups past and future activities,  A Bulb Planting Day will be held on Saturday 14th November with some 10,000 bulbs available, the Play area enhancements will take place shortly as funding has been approved, trees are to be planted, do residents have any preferences as to type, fruit trees have been suggested, a request was also made for plants and shrubs which are surplus to home requirements, these could be used to enhance the park, litter picks will also take place in April and September of 2010.  Suggestions have been made that it may be possible to involve the Police “Community Payback” scheme to aid with park enhancements.

The River Rea Ranger will hold a Wildlife Walk in May 2010.
A request has been made for a direction sign from the Pershore Road as Hazelwell Park is accessed from this direction as is the car parking next to the park on Ripple Road and Hunts Road

Policing issues.
The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th November at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street Stirchley commencing at 7.00 pm.

The Next PCSO’s Surgery will take place on Thursday 12th November at the Stirchley Community Church from 11.00 to 13.00 hrs.

Following a number of thefts of vehicle number plates the Police in conjunction with Halfords will be fitting “Tamper Proof Screws” to number plates this service (free to motorists) will be available at Halfords premises in Selly Oak , The Maypole and Shirley on 28th and 29th of November from 11.00 hrs.

Costcutters on the Pershore Road has submitted an application for a licence to sell alcohol 24 Hrs a day/ 7 days a week, any objections to this application must be made to the Licensing Section before 17th November 2009.

Planning.
A planning application has been submitted for 1505 Pershore Road to convert existing offices into a 24hr Taxi Office, though they state that no parking is required on site past observation of similar premises suggests that this will not be the case and the forum will raise an objection to this application on this premise.

The Coop ( Helical Retail) has submitted a Revised Planning application for the “Old BT site” on Hunts Road and this application is believed to include a restaurant, Tesco ha s already made a reapplication on the same site, both being for outline planning permission.

A.O.B.
1)   Residents of the Bond Street area will be holding a Litter Pick on 21st November from 11.00 to 15.00 hrs.

2)   Stirchley Community School will be holding its Open Day on Wednesday 25th November from 15.30 to 20.00.

3)   The Stirchley Christmas lights will be switched on Friday 4th December at 17.00 hrs outside the School.

4)   The barriers on the bend by the Fordhouse Lane / Pineapple Road road junction need to be extended and the road surface treated with an anti skid coating.

5)   Matt Powell has been appointed (from 9th November 2009) as Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Bourneville he will be based at the Selly Oak Constituency Office on Pershore Road, we look forward to meeting him at a forum meeting in the near future.

6)   The Next meeting of The Health Voices Network will take place at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road Kings Heath on Tuesday 17th November commencing at 18.00 hrs.

The Forum now has its own contact number for texts or messages this being 07514 814559.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 14th December 2009 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs, this will be a more informal meeting and seasonal fare will be on offer.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on April 02, 2010, 12:28:13 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th December 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park and 31 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Bill Evans, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, David Jee, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

The minutes of the meeting dated 9th November 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.
The following amendments were agreed;
1.Stirchley Christmas lights will be switched on on FRIDAY 4th December..
2. Matt Powell has been appointed as Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Cotteridge.

Matters arising from the minutes.
Costcutters on the Pershore Road has been successful in its application for a licence to sell alcohol 24 Hrs a day however a number of conditions have been made, these are as follows;
•   West Midlands Police will have a veto over the sale of alcohol between 01.00 and 06.00 hrs, subject to 7 days notice to the retailers.
•   At least 2 members of staff will have to be on duty when alcohol is on sale, plus a SAI accredited security officer must be present between 22.00 and 04.00 on Friday and Saturday.
•   The premises shall have locked doors and controlled entry will employed between 22.00 and 04.00 daily, staff should also monitor the street and discourage people from loitering near the shop entrance.
•   CCTV must be used and the recorded images kept for a minimum of 28 days.  The challenge 25 scheme will apply to purchases of alcohol.
•   All alcohol must be on open display and must be easily viewed or seen by the CCTV system. No deliveries can be made between 22.00 and 06.00 daily.

Policing issues.
Pelican Crossing outside The Horseshoes PH problems have been reported with motorists not stopping at the Pelican Crossing when on red.
Graffiti on the wall outside the Selco premises Graffiti has been scrawled at this location.

Sgt Knowles reported that Operation Retailer 2 would provide additional Police patrols on the shopping areas of the Pershore Road, commencing on the 12th of December.

Operation Paragon will see the reorganisation of West Midlands Police boundaries to be coterminous with constituency boundaries with operational command being based at Bournville Lane Police Station, this is due to happen in April 2010 and at this moment the exact details of Stirchley's policing have not been decided an update will be given when details are known.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th January 2010 at the Brandwood Centre Kings Heath  commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
Taxi Office at 1505 Pershore Road no decision has been made for this application.

A planning application has been submitted for a unit at the Avery Dell Trading Estate (Accessed from Lifford Lane) to convert an industrial unit into a centre for the manufacture, repair and racing of Go Karts. Objections have been raised on the basis of the loss of an industrial unit to a leisure use and Councillor Dawkins supports this view, the developer states that they have carried out a noise survey at the site, but residents of York Close and Clonmel Road were not aware of this and were never consulted by the developer or its agents in view of the stated opening hours until 23.00 daily this would have been desirable !! , there is also the problem of access to and from Lifford Lane to be considered plus on site parking for up to 30 vehicles. A petition against this application has been given to Councillor Huxtable and the meeting took a unanimous vote to object to this planning application

Section 106 Grants Bewdley Road Booker Site. It is proposed that some of this money be used to develop a nature habitat adjacent to the River Rea in view of the Environmental Agency’s plans for this area as part of the River Rea remodelling this will have to be borne in mind.





A.O.B.
Residents of Ashbrook Road are concerned that the access path is very badly potholed with vehicles having to drive on the grass to avoid the worst potholes, repairs are urgently required, Councillor Huxtable agreed to investigate the ownership of this path and then ascertain what repairs could be carried out.

The Next meeting of The Transport Users Forum will take place at the Stirchley Community School Pershore Road on Tuesday 19th January 20010 commencing at 18.00 hrs.

The Next meeting of The Health Voices Network will take place at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road Kings Heath on Tuesday 19th January 20010 commencing at 18.00 hrs.

A review of the Forum’s activities during 2009 was read out and agreed as creditable, as part of this review the Forum would like to extend its thanks to the regular attendees at the meeting, particularly Karen Stevens Ward Support Officer, Councillors Timothy Huxtable and Nigel Dawkins , Sgt Isobel Knowles and PCSO Salma Stor of West Midlands Police, thank you, may we wish you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year

The Forum now has its own contact number for texts or messages this being 07514 814559.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 11th January 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs, our guest will be Matt Powell the Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Cotteridge.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs, residents were encouraged to partake of seasonal fare after the meeting.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on April 02, 2010, 12:29:32 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 11th January 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Matt Powell the Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Cotteridge, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park and 29 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, Bill Bird, David Jee, David Jones, George Weil and Sandra Cooper.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked everyone for their attendance in view of the inclement weather.

The minutes of the meeting dated 12th December 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.
Planning application for a Go Kart Centre on the Avery Dell Trading Estate.  The petition raised by local residents against this application has been submitted to the Planning Committee by Councillor Huxtable.

Presentation by Matthew Powell – Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Cotteridge.

Matthew commenced his presentation by giving a brief run down of his career in Retail Management and Local Government Management within Cornwall and the Bristol Areas.  The Role of the Town Centre Manager is to represent the Local Business community, drive forward various initiatives and act as a champion for the area. The post has been funded from the Working Neighbourhood Fund for a period of 18 months and is designed to target the local area rather than the city centre.  Local Priorities will be established, to improve the retail environment and support local businesses, particular issues in Stirchley being;
Empty retail units, lack of local investment, the on going “store wars” regarding the old BT site on Hunts Road.
Marketing advice can be given and it may be advantageous if some units were to have a change of use as this might bring some units back into use, Council grants might be available to assist this.
The plan so far is to meet the local traders to establish a form of “local traders association” to enable targets to be set and put an infrastructure in place for the future and enable a long term view to be taken.

Following the presentation various points were raised:
A strategy for disused / vacant sites needs to be established unfortunately this can be very complicated to establish exactly who owns what and as a result it cannot be viewed as a short term objective, confidence and capacity need to be established to work towards improvements for the area.

Stirchley Improvements dating back to the 1970’s in the not to distant past there was a long term strategy to redevelop parts of the main Pershore Road, it is understood that these projects were replaced by the New Unitary Plan in 2001.

To Let Boards A plan exists to remove as many of these as possible to give the Pershore Road a better look to potential traders or residents.

Enforcement and Establishment of Liability The question was raised as to what the position was on uncollected or uncollectible business rates on vacant properties, who is the enforcement body for this? An opinion was offered that as this revenue goes directly to central government that there was a reluctance by the city (acting as the collector) to follow this up.

Parking Issues on Pershore Road There is an urgent need to review the local parking provisions and off road facilities, possibly using some of the void sites for parking, Councillor Huxtable stated that the local Traffic Regulation Orders may need to be looked at.
Following the debate the Chairman proffered a vote of thanks to Matthew Powell for his presentation.

Policing issues.
PCSO Stor reported that Operation Retailer 2 was deemed a success by WMP and a low level of crime occurred locally in the run up to Christmas.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th January 2010 at the Brandwood Centre Kings Heath commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
Erection of 1 Dwelling House at the rear of 3/11 Ivy Road no objection to this application was raised by the meeting as it would bring a derelict site back into use.



A.O.B.
A resident of Clonmel Road, Mr Mike Hill, voiced concerns over the boiler vent pipe which has recently installed by the Dental Laboratory, the fumes from this pipe going across the footpath regardless of any apparent health or welfare concerns for local residents, and questioned whether the legal guidelines are being
Followed."It is understood the Environmental Warden has inspected the installation and he does not consider the gases as noxious or unhealthy! There appears to be a potential for a nuisance complaint and this may require the installation of a flue diverter. In view of the concerns raised the Environmental Warden and the Town Centre Manager will be asked to visit the site and discuss the concerns with the relevant parties involved.

Mr Hill also showed a short video of the disputed vent and passed a written statement to the Forum’s Secretary.
   
Future meeting dates.

The Next meeting of The Transport Users Forum will take place at the Stirchley Community School Pershore Road on Tuesday 19th January 2010 commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Next meeting of The Health Voices Network will take place at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road Kings Heath on Tuesday 19th January 2010 commencing at 18.00 hrs.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 8th February 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.


The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.


There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.



Pete let me know how much of this you want left in, you might want to discuss with Tim Huxtable.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and
Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on April 02, 2010, 12:30:10 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th February 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres Residents, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park and 25 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, David Jee, George Weil and Sandra Cooper.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 11th January 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

The Chairman was pleased to announce that David Jee had had his operation and was well on the road to recovery.

Matters arising from the minutes.
Parking Councillor Huxtable reported that a review of the Traffic Regulation Orders for Bournville Lane and its adjacent side roads was to be made.

Policing issues.
PCSO Stor reported that Operation Paragon was still in the course of implementation, this would see various police boundaries moved and was due for full implementation on 1st April 2010.

The newly repainted benches in Hazelwell Park have had graffiti and tags reapplied by persons unknown.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th February 2010 at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road Kings Heath commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
The Planning application for the Carpet Shop on Pershore Road has gone to appeal.

A.O.B.
Bulk Refuse Collections will take place as follows;
Regent Street, Bond Street and  Oxford Street 10/03/2010.
Hunts Road, Plymouth Road, Twyning Road and Cartland Road 11/03/2010.
Charlotte Road, Elm Tree Road, Mary Vale Road and Leahouse Road 12/03/2010
Leaflets will be delivered to residents and they are asked to leave any items out for collection by 08.30 hrs.

Parking at Lifford House This building is now occupied and parking is already at a premium, the adjacent site known as Lifford Park is available for redevelopment, probably for light industrial use, as a result parking is taking place on Fordhouse Lane , the Police and Councillors will monitor the situation. The pedestrian link way to the Pershore should open by mid March.

The 2 vacant shops on Dads Lane have had an attack of graffiti this was noted and will be passed to the environmental team for action.

Umberslade Road / Ribblesdale Road Junction Proposals mainly involving additional signage have been made to improve this junction.

Damaged Bollards at the Ribblesdale Road / Pershore Road Junction details will be passed to the Selly Oak Ward Councillors so that action can be taken.

Closure of Messrs Whitmarley Ivy Road The company will be relocating to its Black Country site and its Ivy Road site will be vacated as of 9th Feb 2010.

Dog Pool Lane Bridgeworks may be delayed again the date for starting, July 2010 seems to be in jeopardy.

Hazelwell Park Play Area John Price of the Friends of Hazelwell Park gave details of the planned works including the new swings, a plan of the facilities was available for inspection and it is hoped to install them by 1st April, additional trees are to be planted and there is the possibility of a community orchard being created, some clearance and improvement work is to be carried out on the pathways by the Edwin Road entrance, some work has also taken place at the allotment gate on the River Rea side of the park.

Pershore Road / Fordhouse Lane Junction Improvements The owners of the 2 properties which are required to be demolished at this site have been identified, unfortunately they are uncooperative and hence it will require a compulsory purchase using funds from the Local Transport Plan.
Events in Cannon Hill Park Tony Fox from the friends of Cannon Hill Park gave details of the events which will take place in the Park, one of the highlights being the reopening of the MAC Centre on the 1st of May , an illustrated leaflet is available.
   
Future meeting dates.

The Next meeting of The Bournville Ward Committee will take place at the Saint Andrews Church Cartland Road on  Monday 1st March 2010 commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September  2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The Stirchley Library will be hosting a Chinese New Year event on Saturday 13th February from 13.00 hrs.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 8th March 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs or Guest Speaker will be Andrea Holmes Operations manger for the Street Champions.


The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.


There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.


Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and
Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on April 02, 2010, 12:30:43 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th March 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Andrea Holmes Operations Manager and Joshua Brewer Project Assistant of the Street Champions Scheme, Jeremy Shields Fleet and Waste Management Section, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Rev Peter Kay, Gary Cage, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres Residents, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park and 42 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Bill Evans, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum and Sandra Cooper.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 8th February 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.
None.

A Presentation by Andrea Holmes Operations Manager for the Street Champions Scheme.
The Street Champions scheme has been in existence for a number of years and unfortunately it has fallen into disrepute in recent times and at least one local resident has been involved with the scheme for a number of years.

The appointment of Andrea Holmes in July 2009 as the Operations Manager was intended to revitalise the scheme and encourage new people to join as Street Champions.

As part of this process six recommendations were made:
1, Hold a recruitment campaign, to encourage groups and individuals to sign up to the scheme
2, Develop a Street Champions Neighbourhood “Tool Kit”.
3, Develop a communications network for Street Champions.
4, Re launch the Scheme.
5, Develop the Structure of the Street Champions and explore future funding possibilities.
6, Introduce a Junior Street Champions Scheme for the under 16’s, this being piloted at 3 locations in Perry Barr.

As part of the scheme Street Champions would be encouraged to “Adopt your neighbourhood”, residents would be asked to fill in a “Street Audit Form” to record local concerns and would have access to a “free phone number” to report such issues as fly tipping, graffiti, litter problems etc, access to the interactive website www.birminghamstreetchampions.couk, funding equipment and support for local initiatives could be made available and free training would be given as appropriate.

As part of the recruitment drive a Street Champions Magazine has been produced and copies were available to take away as well as application forms for the scheme. The plan is to recruit 7750 people to the scheme by December 2010.
Jeremy Shields of Fleet and Waste Management addressed the meeting regarding the difficulties encountered with the City’s Call Centre, owing to the adverse winter weather encountered there had been an unprecedented demand on the call centre which had resulted in extended call waiting times and system breakdowns, he tendered the City’s apologies to anyone who had problems.

Following the presentation a number of points were raised;
There have been issues regarding contact phone numbers especially “out of hours” and difficulties with the call centre passing callers on to the correct department.

There appears to be a need for local contacts no larger than constituency size.

A partnership needs to be set up locally with liaison between Local Councillors, Tasking Meetings, Street Champions and other local groups.

Funding for local initiatives such as hanging baskets and litter picks can be made available.

The Chairman proposed a vote of thanks to Andrea Holmes for her presentation.

Policing issues.
PCSO Stor reported that on Tuesday 23rd February Operation Radiator against “scrap metal dealers” had resulted in several vehicles being seized by the DVLA and several charges being made for unlicensed trading, this exercise will be repeated in the future.

A Police “We are Listening” meeting will be held on Monday 22nd March at the Woodbroke Quaker Centre Bristol Road Selly Oak Commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The next PCSO Surgery would be held on the Thursday 18th March at Stirchley Community Church commencing at 11.00 hrs.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 31st March 2010 at the Scout Hut on Colmore Road Kings Heath commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
No Planning applications have been made or resolved in the last month.

A.O.B.
Bulk Refuse Collections will take place as follows;
Hazelwell Crescent, Millhaven Avenue and Ivy Road Monday 12/04/2010.
Hazelwell Fordrough and Fordhouse Lane Wednesday 14/04/2010.
Leaflets will be delivered to residents and they are asked to leave any items out for collection by 08.30 hrs.

South Birmingham Food Cooperative Two ladies, Nancy and Jess gave details of their plans to establish a bulk food buying cooperative in the local area, a bi weekly market may be set up to retail the goods, Councillor Huxtable urged them to Contact Matthew Powell the Town Centre Manager, contact may be made at bhamfoodcoop@gmail.com.

The vacant “old Kwiksave” site on Pershore Road requires a clean up, Councillor Huxtable agreed to contact the landlords of the property to address this problem.

Moorgreen Lane / Dogpool Lane Junction Several near misses have been reported at this junction.

Feed back from Town Centre Manager's Meetings Councillor Huxtable agreed to compile a briefing note for presentation to the next forum meeting.

Rea Valley Walkway The solar powered lighting along the pathway is due for installation on wednesday10th March.

Low Bridge Warning Signs for Bournville Lane Signs similar those at Lifford Lane have been requested for this location, this request will be forwarded to the Constituency Engineer for action.

Hazelwell Park Play Area John Price of the Friends of Hazelwell Park gave details of planned activities in the park;
Saturday 27th March Park Clean Up from 14.00 hrs.
Monday 5th April Easter Egg Hunt from 14.00 hrs.
Sunday 9th May Wildlife Walk with the Park Rangers from 15.00 hrs.
The new swings for the park have been fitted and enthusiastically received by the local youngsters.

Future meeting dates.

A Sponsored walk by the pupils of King's Norton Boys School will take place along the Rea Valley Walkway on Tuesday 29th June 2010.

The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September 2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 12th April 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.

Advance Notice The Forum meeting  on Monday 10th May 2010 with a guest from West Midlands Police Fire Arms Unit featuring “Taser Guns” will be held at the Stirchley Community Church entrance from Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.


There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.



Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and
Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 01, 2010, 07:43:03 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 12th April 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres Residents, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park , Mark Binnersley St Mary’s Hospice and 34 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Nancy and Jess from the South Birmingham Food Cooperative, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 8th March 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.
Two minor corrections were noted.

Policing issues.
Following on from “Operation Paragon” and the establishment of “The South Birmingham Local Policing Unit”, Sgt Knowles reported that the team of officers responsible for policing in Bournville Ward including Stirchley was now based at Bournville Police Station on Bournville Lane, contact details for the Police are as follows;
Phone number is 0345 113 5000 ext 7822 6365 or email on bournville@west-midlands.police.uk .

Jumping of red lights on Bournville Lane and Maryvale Road bridges  The Police agreed to monitor the situation.

Parking on Charlotte Road adjacent to Stirchley Community School and Travis Perkins Ltd  Incidents of very inconsiderate parking have occurred mainly by contractor’s vehicles accessing the Travis Perkins site.

Suicide on the Camp Hill railway line over Easter details are sketchy and will be followed up with the British Transport Police, reports of incidents of trespass have also been made.

A report has been made that a male in a car has been accosting ladies on Hazelwell Street the Police will follow up these unwelcome approaches by the alleged offender.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 28th 2010 at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
1650 Pershore Road old garage site by Lifford Lane, the previous developer has pulled out but at least 2 statements of interest, both for residential use, have been made for this site.

The Go Kart track on the Avery Dell Trading Estate has been approved subject to several conditions mainly regarding hours of opening and noise monitoring on the site.

1403 to 1407 Pershore Road an application  has been made for a Hot Food Takeaway, this application will be opposed by the forum and local councillors on the basis that Stirchley has to may takeaways already.

Rear of 1152- 1154 Pershore Road an application has been made for this building to be used as an Islamic Education Centre, and it appears that the applicant has made several errors regarding local facilities of this type, there are also problems with parking and access at this very busy part of the Pershore Road.

A.O.B.
Councillor Bill Evans will be standing down after the elections on the 6th of May in recognition of his service to Bournville ward the chairman proposed a vote of thanks which was heartily endorsed by the meeting.

Councillor Huxtable advised that a clean up of the square in Harvest Close was an ongoing project.

Lifford Park site on Fordhouse Lane this site will be landscaped in the near future and a pedestrian link way to the Pershore Road will be created, Councillor Huxtable agreed to provide details of the proposals

Umberslade Road urgently requires resurfacing.

Fireworks shop corner of Fordhouse Lane Residents are concerned as to the structural state of the wall next to the No 11 bus stop Councillor Huxtable agreed to contact the structures team and report to the next forum meeting.

Rea Valley Walkway The solar powered lighting along the pathway ha been installed and are very effective trail markers for the path but local residents feel that proper street lighting needs to be installed from Hunts Road across the bridge, past the allotments and park play equipment linking up to the pathway on Newlands Road.
Fordhouse Lane Mini Park would it be possible to enhance this area in a similar way to the micro park created on the Pershore Road.

Gates on Pershore Road Access gates to the rear of properties on Pershore Road are being left open by business users a number of derelict cars have been dumped on the site raising environmental, security and public health issues.

Allotment Access via Rea Valley Walkway Questions have been raised why vehicles accessing the allotments are coming from Cartland Road along the Rea Valley walkway rather than from Edwin Road, it also appears that the cattle grids have been wrongly installed.

Garden by Station entrance Mary Vale Road this garden has been adopted by BT and new planting of shrubs has taken place.

Park behind the Coop A request has been made for litter bins and seating to be installed on this park , further graffiti on the boundary walls needs to be cleaned off .

Dogpool Lane bridge works No further information regarding the start date is available it was hoped to provide an update for the next forum meeting on the10th of May.

Bus Service No 27 as of Sunday 25th April 2010 following the award of the Centro Tender Central Connect Buses will operate this route on Sundays only, the timetable will remain the same but National Express West Midlands Day Saver Tickets and Travel Cards will not be valid on Central Connect’s buses, there will be no change to the validity of Centro Network Cards and Disabled or OAP’s Passes.

Hazelwell Park Play Area John Price of the Friends of Hazelwell Park stated that activities in the park had been very successful and thanked residents and the Police for their assistance with the litter pick, The Easter egg hunt on Easter Monday was attended by 100+ persons and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Reports of underage drinking have been made and the Police agreed to look at the problem.

Future meeting dates.

The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September 2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 10th May 2010 with PC Matt Albrighton from West Midlands Police Fire Arms Unit featuring “Taser Guns” and will be held at the Stirchley Community Church entrance from Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.55hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 12, 2010, 09:48:05 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 10th May 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, PC Matt Albrighton and PC Andy Flannigan Taser and Firearms instructors, PCSO’s Stor, Bowen and Brooks from The Bournville Police Team, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres, Nancy and Jess from the South Birmingham Food Cooperative, Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, Darren Foxhall Birmingham Voluntary Housing and 37 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Rob Sealey, John Price Friends of Hazellwell Park, John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 8th March 2010 were circulated but not tabled as a record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.
No matters tabled from the previous meeting.

“Taser Presentation” by PC Matt Albrighton and PC Andy Flannigan Taser and Firearms instructors WMP.

The two officers gave presentations follows;

Tasers are used by West Midlands Police as a non lethal method of subduing violent offenders, they were first introduced in the United States in 1974 and approved for UK use by the Home Office in 2004, the first use by specially trained officers in the West Midlands was in 2005, at any one time no more than three Tasers will be available for use within the South Birmingham LPU, locally Sergeant Knowles has attended the “Taser Supervisors Course”.  The Taser can only be deployed by specially trained officers who in the course of their duties may have to deal with violent offenders or threats of violence by offenders the threat being of such severity that the officer may require to use force to subdue the offender.

They will not be routinely used on aggressive animals and on deployment a Taser will only be fired on some 20% of cases, very often the threat of being Tasered is enough to subdue the offender concerned. The Taser has an inbuilt audit system which records its use and any deployment and subsequent firing of the Taser may have to be justified to senior officers by the user.

A “Conflict Management Model has been developed based on the following;
Intelligence, Treat Assessments, Policy Tactical Options - leading to the appropriate actions being taken.

The Taser works by firing a cartridge which contains two probes which will deliver an electrical pulse of 50Kv reducing to some 1200 volts within a few seconds this is what disables the offender, the current involved is 0.021 amps which is considerably lower than the domestic 13 amp supply. The system is safe to use with heart pacemakers or similar items but may cause problems to persons with underlying health conditions, falling as a result of being Tasered has to be considered but there have been no injuries caused by the Taser since they were deployed locally. 

An unloaded Taser was passed around the meeting for people to handle, and a video was shown of the Taser being fired, following this a low light demonstration on a dummy was made showing how the Taser works and it was possible to see the electricity passing between the two probes fired by the Taser.

Following the presentation the Chairman proffered a vote of thanks to PC Matt Albrighton and PC Andy Flannigan and this was heartily endorsed by the meeting, thank you gentlemen.

A.O.B.
Stirchley Thoughts Exchange an arts project are dealing with plants and shrubs located at the void properties on Hazelwell Lane, full details of this project will be posted on the forum’s website..

Charlotte Road Residents are concerned that persons unknown are going through people’s domestic rubbish prior to collection by the refuse department, the Police team agreed to investigate.

Arson at 33 Hazelwell Lane Richard Green and the councils Empty Property Officer will take action to secure this site and hopefully prevent any further occurrence.

Future meeting dates.

The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September 2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th May 2010 at the Rowheath Pavilion Bournville commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Health Voices Network Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th May at the Hazelwell Hub Kings Heath commencing at 18.00 hrs.

Plant and Produce sale at St Andrews Church will take place on Saturday 15th May commencing at 10.00 hrs.

Selly Park South Forum will meet at Christchurch Pershore Road on Tuesday 11th May commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 14th June 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on July 09, 2010, 10:14:18 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th June 2010

Present:  Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Sgt. Isobel Knowles and PCSO  Sally Stor from The Bournville Police Team, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA,  Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park  and 27 Forum members.

Apologies:  Peter Walker, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park, John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Brenda Thomas took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 10th May 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Welcome Councillor Rob Sealey  The forum wished to officially welcome Councillor Sealey to his first forum meeting and we hope to have a productive working relationship with him. The meeting also offered its congratulations to Councillor Huxtable on his promotion to Cabinet Member for Transport and Regeneration.

Policing Issues

Illegal Entry to the old A&D Billiards building on Pershore Road, a shutter has been damaged to facilitate entry , the Police team will investigate the incident.

Tally Ho Police Fun Day 5th June The proceeds of the Bournville Treasure Hunt organised by the Bournville Police Team was £113.00 which was donated to The Help for Heroes Fund – Thank you for your support, there were parking problems in the Canon Hill / Nature Centre / Pebble Mill area on the day.

Scrap Metal Dealers On 2nd June Sgt. Knowles reported that 24 vehicles were stopped as part of this operation and various traders were booked for no insurance, incorrect or no waste removal licences and 1 arrest was made.

Charlotte Road by Stirchley Community School In considerate parking is again taking place, Councillor Huxtable has agreed to promote the “Belinda and Billy Bollard” scheme as a measure to warn drivers that they are in a school zone, it is also hoped that a Walking Bus for the children will commence in September of this year.

Inconsiderate Parking outside Enterprise Car Rentals Customers of this business are parking on the foot ways including on the areas marked “No Parking”

Anti Social Behaviour in Windsor Road, Bileby Road and Harvest Close Incidents of ASB are again taking place by the gang known as BRT, the Police are aware of the problems as well as the identities of some of the offenders, the Police are acting with the Birmingham Antisocial Behaviour Unit and Councillor Huxtable has been in contact with the Housing Dept., evidence is being gathered, residents were requested to report incidents and keep ASB diaries to assist the Police with the ongoing enquiries.

CCTV for Stirchley This is still on the wish list but although the capital cost might be available it is doubtful if the ongoing revenue costs can be overcome at this stage.

Planning Issues
Rear of 1531A Pershore Road an application has been made for a change of use to a Storage Unit (B8) with access from Ashtree Road , the meeting noted that a previous application for Residential development at this site was refused, there is also the question of what will be stored on the site.

Disabled Access as Part of the Planning Process  Is disabled access considered as part of the planning process and would non provision of ramps, wider doorways and accessible toilets as part of an application be grounds for a planning refusal, Councillor Huxtable agreed to investigate the position and report directly to the enquirer.

A.O.B.
Parking of Network Rail Vehicles on Mary Vale Road a vehicle belonging to Network Rail or its contractor's has been parked on the footpath on a number of occasions, this inconsiderate parking has led to pedestrians having to walk in the road and the community garden and its plantings has been damaged by the staff when unloading materials and equipment from this vehicle, Councillor Huxtable agreed to contact Network Rail over this matter .

Dogpool Lane Bridge works the PFI agreement with with Amey (worth £608 Million over 25 years) has been signed and it is believed that this work has been rescheduled to commence in spring 2011

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding their next meeting on 18th July, a wish list of items has been prepared and will be discussed on the night, Facilities for older youths are prominent , access across the existing bridge ( from Hunts Road) can be difficult and a flatter wider bridge directly across from Twyning Road is proposed.

Canon Hill Park Ranger Services Residents were advised by Tony Fox that the Rangers currently based in Canon Hill park were being re tasked to cover the whole of the River Rea Walkway as of 1st July 2010, so we  look forward to seeing them in our area, he also reported that a new “Play Builder” has been approved for the Canon Hill Park area.

Canal Tow-path Improvements an ongoing project to improve the canal tow-path between Lifford Lane and Raddlebarn Road has been announced , funding has been made available by British Waterways and young unemployed people are to be engaged as part of the workforce.

Stirchley's Christmas Tree A replacement for the tree should be planted in September or October of this year.

New QE Hospital Road Names The meeting noted that one of the new roads to the QE Hospital site has been named the New Fosse Way in view of local connections the Roman Rinknield Street might have been a better choice or possibly the Salt Way harking back to even earlier times.

Transfer of A&E facilities to the New QE Site Residents were reminded that as of 16th June all A&E facilities will be transferred from Selly Oak hospital to the new QE Site.

Future meeting dates.
The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September 2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th June 2010 at the Cotteridge Church Centre on Pershore Road South commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Selly Oak Constituency meeting The next meeting will take place at Stirchley Community School on Tuesday 29th June commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Selly Park Gardener's Club will be holding an illustrated talk  on Tuesday 15th June at St Stephens Church commencing at 19.30 hrs admission £3.00.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 12th July 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs our special guest speaker will be Gary Peal talking about the arrangements for the 2010 Half Marathon to be run in September 2010.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.10 hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 04, 2010, 12:11:40 PM
STIRCHLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Notes of the meeting which took place on: Monday 9th August 10
 
PRESENT: Chair, Vice Chair,  and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP,PCSO Colin Brooks, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres Residents, Imogin Mortiboys, St Andrews healthcare, S. Lloyd, St Andrews Healthcare and 25 Forum members..
 
APOLOGIES: Colin Simpkins, secretary, Judith Jones, Mick Jones, David Gee, David Jones, Sandra Cooper, Ann Newbold, committee Members,Cllr .R Sealy, Cllr N.Dawkins, SGT I Knowles WMP, K. Stevens WSO, J.Glenn SPSNF.
 
Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.
CHAIRMANS REPORT:  The Chairman thanked Brenda Thomas for taking the last two meetings as he was unable to do so due to ill health, he also, thanked those who visited him in hospital and sent get well cards and good wishes.
 
The meeting was also told of the health voice network meetings and how they can influence the way that the NHS is run in the future, and urged residents to join this group.
 
The meeting was also told of the Bournville ward advisory meetings which both he and Brenda attend to represent Stirchley, Gary Peal was at that meeting and told of possible disruption of Bus Services along the Pershore Road on Sunday 12th September due to the sky ride taking place and the re routing of busses on the day.
 
There is a project in place to improve the canal environment, to include, fixing the tow path (potholes etc) repair fences, remove graffiti and repaint where necessary and clear Litter, this will employ new workforce and will teach people new skill’s, this can only benefit them in looking for more permanent employment in the future, I believe this will take around six months to complete.
 
Amey, the contractors for Birmingham City Council, have a scheme where they supply labour & machinery at no cost to the public come along and fix local problems, it has been suggested that the land at the top of Fordhouse lane, could be cleaned up and Path’s laid across it, does anyone, have any other suggestions to submit?
MATTERS ARISING: Hazelwell lane development.
The new tender process has been curtailed, as there is an expression of interest from a third party, unfortunately, details of the third party can not be disclosed at this time.
Councillor Huxtable & community police officers went on a walkabout and identified areas, where some security and cleaning up was needed.
The former quick save site & empty houses in Hazelwell lane & fencing around the old BT site & Hampton works were identified.
Police reported on a cannabis factory in the former antique shop on the corner of Mary vale road.
There was a follow up meeting on the Bielby Road area and are now delivering an action plan on the area.
 A.O.B: 
A member of the public asked about the alcohol restricted area, as Perfection snooker hall have placed tables outside for their customers , this is believed to be a public space, the police and councillor Huxtable will look in to this.
 
 
A concern was also raised regarding the use of tasar guns, regarding a recent news paper article about a member of the public being shot whilst being close by, the police assured us, that all possible care is being used when these weapons are in use.
 
We have received many complaints regarding the 27 bus route, concern about very poor timing and the Sunday ser
vice, I.E Buses terminating by the co-op on Raddlebarn road, instead of going on to Northfield, and Bus passes not being accepted by the driver, making passengers pay again for travel
 
New single Decker buses that should have been deployed on the 27 route have been used elsewhere.
 
Also the bus stop for the Q.E hospital is to far from the main entrance, meaning a ten minute uphill walk to the hospital, we were told at previous meetings, that the bus service to the hospital would be to the door.
 
45/47 bus has been reported for poor service, a suggestion was made regarding a limited stop service to Cotteridge.
Council Huxtable, may have some answers for the next meeting.
 
Stirchley Community Market was reported to be a huge success, there was question asked about more funding for the market traders, there are another two scheduled markets this year..
 
Wendy Pearson ten acres residents association, spoke of the planning development around the Bewdley road area of Stirchley.
 
There was mention made regarding the future of the indoor bowls, there was no answer at this moment as this is tied into the Hazelwell lane development.
 
Planning:
The former antique shop on the corner of Mary Vale Road is to be redeveloped into a Cafe, where it is expected to trade between 10am to 10pm
 
An application was received for planning permission for 49 Hazelwell street  to extend the premises and provide some flats, no one at the meeting had any objections to this
 
Fun day:
The fun day this year is to be held on Saturday 11th September, starting at 11am and ending at 3pm, the chairman asked for volunteers on the day, and should anyone have any unused/unwanted gifts to donate them to the forums tombola/raffle. A list of activities was read out and a call for members of the meeting to form a five a side football team. Mention was given of the fun day newsletter, that had been sent to the printers that day and should start to distribute from next week.
 
John Charlton who is a professional photographer, has offered a prize of a professional photo session  and is going to photograph the fun day for us, free of charge
 
Notice of the next two tasking meetings were given out .
 
The next meeting is on Monday 13th September at 7.30pm in Stirchley community centre, and our guest for the evening is:
NICKY ESQUILANT, from considerate contractors.
 
The chairman thanked your councillor & the community police officers for attending the meeting and all our guest & wished them all a safe journey home
 
 
 

 
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on October 07, 2010, 09:16:57 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th September 2010

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Nicky Esquilant of The Considerate Contractor's Scheme, Shelia Brown MBE Lay Assessor, PCSO  Mike Bowen from The Bournville Police Team, Councillor Tim Huxtable,, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA,  Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, Simon Lloyd St Andrews Healthcare,  and 31 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Mick Jones, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park, John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 9th August 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Chairman's Opening Remarks  The Forum's Chairman and committee wished to formally thank all those who helped to organise and run the Stirchley Fun day on Saturday 11th September, also the local traders and businesses who donated prizes for the raffle and tombola stall. Special mention must be made of Karen Stevens and the team from the Selly Oak Constituency Office for all their hard work. A total of £311.00 was raised on the day.

Residents also wished to thank Peter and Margaret Walker for all their hard work , thank you all ladies and gentlemen.

Presentation by Nicky Esquilant and Shelia Brown MBE – The Considerate Contractor,s Scheme.

This scheme is run by the City Council's Highways Directorate and is based at Lancaster Circus Queensway and has been running from the late seventies when a large number of complaints were made against Birmingham Cable TV and its subcontractors, Nicky gave a brief rundown of the Lay Assessor's role as part of the scheme. Lay Assessors act as the eyes and ears of the Highways Directorate acting in conjunction with the professional Highways Inspectors to ensure that street works are carried out safely and with minimum disruption to the local general public, all works and assessments are carried out to agreed codes of practice and most of the City's major contractors have signed up for it , indeed some of the awards given by the scheme are highly prized by the Contractors.

Earlier this year the Highways PFI agreement was signed with Amey and as a result of this a number of large and often complex road resurfacing schemes will be carried out (including sections of the Pershore Road), with disruption to both traffic and pedestrian aspects of the road. Therefore the Considerate Contractors scheme is looking for more volunteer Lay Assessors to assist with the auditing of the various works sites, a short period of training can be arranged and attendance at an Audit Day was recommended.

Shelia Brown MBE then gave a run down of the Lay Assessor's role from the volunteer,s viewpoint citing examples of the schemes high and low points.
A question and answer session then took place and leaflets describing the scheme were handed out to local residents, should local residents wish to know any more about the scheme, the Forum's Secretary acts as a Lay Assessor and Councillor Huxtable is Chairman of the Council Committee which oversees the Considerate Contractor's scheme. 
The Chairman proffered a vote of thanks to the two ladies for their presentation and this was endorsed by the meeting.

Policing Issues
Anti Social Behaviour in Windsor Road, Bileby Road and Harvest Close PCSO Mike Bowen attended the meeting as Sergeant Knowles and other officers were attending an operational incident. He reported that the ASB occurring at the above locations was on the decrease and residents reported an improved situation, a dome hawk camera is being perused for installation in this area.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Wednesday 22nd September at Rowheath Pavilion Rowheath Road Bournville commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 2th September at The Church of the Ascension on Pineapple Road commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Planning Issues

No new planning notices have been received.  The Go Kart track in the units off the Pershore Road has opened in view of local concerns residents were urged to monitor the noise and nuisance situation and report any serious breeches of the planning permission granted for this site.



A.O.B.
The Forum's AGM will take place on Monday 8th November residents were invited to contact the chairman to make nominations for the Management Committee of the forum.

Stirchley Community Group AGM This group largely responsible for the provision of the Community Centre in Stirchley gave notice that it's AGM will be held as part of the Forum's meeting on Monday 11th October 2010.

Water leaks in Falkland Croft a numbers of water leaks in this road are being investigated by Severn Trent, this seems to be somewhat protracted and residents are dismayed by the apparent lack of progress .

Path at rear of Ashbrook Road this path is in urgent need of remedial work as residents are using the parkland rather than the path Councillor Huxtable agreed to speak to Simon Cooper to see what action could be taken.

De cluttering of Street Furniture in Stirchley an excersize to remove redundant and inappropriate street furniture is currently being undertaken by Matt Powell (TCM), as an unused item of street furniture represents an asset to be maintained under the PFI agreement a cost saving can be made by it's removal.

Stirchley Happening's Will be hosting a showing of the film “ET” on Sunday 31st October to be held at The TASCOS Club commencing at 15.30 hrs please see local publicity for full details of this event.

Muntz Park Funday Saturday 25th September. This will take place in the park between 12.00 and 16.00 hrs

Future meeting dates.

Selly Oak Constituency meeting The next meeting will take place at St Andrews Church Cartland Road on Thursday 23rd September commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Transport Users Forum will be held on Tuesday 21st September commencing at 19.00 hrs, unfortunately the venue is in Erdington but the secretary noted several aspects of local transport concern and these will be sent to the clerk of the TUF for inclusion in the business.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 11th October 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.10 hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on November 11, 2010, 05:05:01 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 11th October 2010

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Imogen Mortiboys St Andrews Healthcare and 28 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP,  David Jee, Sandra Cooper, Jerry Walls, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA , Jean Glenn  and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 13th September 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Planning issues  The only planning application received was for an extension for the outline planning permission already granted to Tesco in respect of the development of the Hazelwell Lane / Hunts Road site.  Councillor Huxtable reported that a public report would be made on Wednesday 13th October regarding the sale of the existing community centre site for development, this was to include provision for various grants and section 106 monies to the community.
At this moment in time it was still to early to predict when this redevelopment would commence and hence the time scale for the new buildings for the community could not be ascertained.

Stirchley Community Group AGM.

This item was introduced by Paula Aubrey as the de facto Chair of the group and it was the first formal meeting of the group for some years, a number of former members of the group were present and Paula gave a run down of the group's history, constitution and standing orders. Had the group not existed it is felt that the existing Stirchley Community Centre would not exist in its present form. An amount of money is still held by the group and it will be utilised for the benefit of the community as and when the “New” Stirchley Community Centre is opened.

Following a general discussion the meeting resolved that.

1)   The Stirchley Community Group should continue to exist and a new role was foreseen for it as and when the detailed planning of the new buildings and facilities was taking place.
2)   The Constitution and articles of association will be updated and made fit for the groups new role.
3)   A new committee would be elected and it was hoped that some of the younger members of the community would be willing too serve on it.

Policing Issues
No member of the Bournville Police Team attended the meeting but the following matters were raised.

Crash barriers on Fordhouse Lane, Councilor Huxtable and City Officers have visited this site and various suggestions to improve the location are being considered

Charlotte Road by School  vehicles are being parked on and are being unloaded within the zig zag makings adjacent to the school premises.

Car Parking opposite the Three Horseshoes PH, cars are regularly being parked on the pavement adjacent to the Off License and Tattoo Parlour , this has been regularly brought to the attention of the police

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Tuesday 19th October at Masefield Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 27th October at Cotteridge Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.


A.O.B.
The Forum's AGM will take place on Monday 8th November Our special guest will be Jeremy Shields from the city council's  Waste Collection and Recycling division based at Lifford Lane.

The road markings on the roundabout at the junction of Moor Green Lane and Dads Lane need repainting, Councillor Huxtable agreed to look into this matter.

Site Security Land adjacent to 274 Fordhouse Lane around 15% of £100,000.00 has been secured for this site.

27 Buses Running Early on Sundays Instances of buses run by Central Connect are being reported, as a further to this it should be noted that National Express West Midlands are not valid on the Sunday buses operated by Central Connect but all N Bus Tickets and Passes issued by Network West Midlands (Centro) are valid.

Smarter Choices Travel Plan This initiative is currently being looked at by National Express West Midland's on the Pershore Road Corridor, various options including a “Limited Stop” bus service are being considered.

The Stirchley Christmas Tree will be replaced shortly and it is hoped to switch the Christmas lights on Friday 3rd December.

Cartland Road overhanging hedges require trimming back to improve vehicle sighting and pedestrian access.

Future meeting dates.

Stirchley Community Market from 16.00 hrs. on 26th October at The Stirchley UWMC on the car park and inside the club.

Health Voices Network The next meeting will take place at The Hazelwell Hub on Tuesday 16th November commencing at 18.00 hrs.

Transport Users Forum will be held on Tuesday 16th November commencing at 19.00 hrs., venue to be advised

Table Top Sale Stirchley Community Church Saturday 4th December.


The Forum AGM will take place on Monday 8th November 2010 at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on November 11, 2010, 05:05:56 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting which took place on Monday 9th November 2010

Present:
Officers and Committee of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, Jeremy Shields from Waste and Fleet Management Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, Sergeant Isobel Knowles from WM Police,  Tony Fox Canon Hill RA, Reverend Peter Kaye, plus 50 members of the public.

Apologies: Councillor Rob Sealey, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, John Clayton, John Williams and Jean Glenn all of Selly Park Forum, Roxie Collins, Gill Smith and Maureen Ashford.

Minutes of the Previous AGM 2009: The minutes of the previous meeting (2009) were circulated to the membership.

1.   Introductions: Our Chairman Peter Walker opened the meeting and welcomed all to it, the outgoing committee were introduced and a vote of thanks was given to them for their services over the last year, Robert Thornton has resigned from the committee and we thank him for his services. Sergeant Isobel Knowles then took the chair and in her introductory remarks thanked the Forum for its work and in particularly including Policing issues as a regular agenda item, it is felt that had a police initiative such as Operation Champion (installation of CCTV in Sparkhill, Saltley and Washwood Heath) been carried out in Stirchley it would gone a lot smoother as the Police enjoy a much wider trust and have a greater respect from the local residents. Following item 4 and his re-election Peter Walker resumed his role as Chair of the forum.

2.   Annual Report: Copies of the Forum’s Annual Report were circulated to the membership they were agreed and adopted (adoption proposed by Karen Stevens); twelve open public meetings have been hosted by the Forum this year.

3.   Planning:  The Forum’s policy of monitoring planning applications was reiterated with applications being supported or objected to as appropriate, the negative effective of non-enforcement of refused planning applications was also noted

4.   Treasures Report: A financial summary was presented to the meeting this was agreed and adopted (proposed for adoption by Reg Bennett ), the statement has been audited. Following the second successful Stirchley Fun day additional monies have been added to the Stirchley Fun Day fund, which is held separately.

5.   Election of Management Committee for 2010 / 2011: Thirteen persons were nominated and they were elected unopposed (Proposed by George Weil and Seconded by David Reynolds). They are as follows; Peter Walker, Margaret Walker, Brenda Thomas, Sandra Cooper, Colin Simpkins, Paula Aubrey, Anne Newbold, Bill Bird,  David Jee, Ron Coley, David Jones, Judith Jones and Mick Jones. A meeting will be held and the Officers appointed prior to the 13th December 2010 Forum meeting.

6.   Any Other Business / Items from the Floor:

The next Police Tasking Meetings will be held on Wednesday 17th November at Rowheath Pavilion and Wednesday 24th November at Stirchley Community Church Hazelwell Street both Commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a tree planting day on November the 13th meet10.30 hrs at Stirchley Community School Playground..

The Health Voices Network Meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th November at the Hazelwell Hub commencing at 18.00 hrs.

Station Garden Maintenance on Mary Vale Road Thursday 18th November commencing at 14.00 hrs.

The Stirchley Community School Fete will be held on Friday 3rd December commencing at 14.30 hrs.

The Stirchley Christmas Lights will be switched on at 17.00 hrs. On Friday 3rd December.

Stirchley Community Church Christmas Market will be held on Saturday 4th December commencing at 10.00 hrs.

Treasure Island Pantomime will be presented at the Elim Church Centre on Exeter Road Selly Oak on Sunday 12th December commencing at 18.00 hrs, see local publicity for full details.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 13th December 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.

Stirchley Happenings will be hosting the screening of the film It's a Wonderful Life on Sunday 19th December please see local publicity for full details.
Following the formal business of the meeting a presentation was given by Jeremy Shields (from Fleet and Waste Management ).  The presentation outlined the strategies of the City Council with regard to waste collection and particularly the Recycling policies currently used. Birmingham as city has the lowest percentage of waste sent to landfill in the country, this is around 12% at the moment, South Birmingham has two Public Waste Disposal Sites at Lifford Lane and Tyseley. Following extraction of the recyclable materials such as paper, plastic bottles, metals and fabrics most combustible waste is burnt at the incinerator based at Tyseley which currently produces some 30 Mega watts of electricity which is pumped into the National Grid. A large percentage of the Green Waste is composted and sold to be used as commercial fertilizer or ground cover material.

As well as the regular Refuse collections Waste Manage net is also responsible for street cleaning either by the Beat Sweepers or by mechanical means, whilst the standard of street cleaning is regarded as good problems occur in places such as where takeaways are located and it appears that a lot of people would rather drop litter than place it in a convenient bin, where local initiatives have been employed improvements have been seen but it still remains a major problem especially amongst school age people. Street cleansing has been reorganised on a “Ward Basis” and it is proposed that Household Refuse be collected on a similar basis, this may result in your bins being emptied on a different day or at a different time, this is still ongoing and any changes will be notified to local residents in plenty of time.

Residents were also asked to note that the “Green Waste “ collections would be suspended from 1st December until 1st March 2011, a problem occurring with green waste is that the waste is bagged up and put out when it is created not when the bags are due for collection, this results in piles of uncollected sacks hanging around and going rotten for up to 14 days!.

Following the presentation a question and answer session ensued and a summary is given below;

The Beat Sweeper on Fordhouse Lane appears to have left, with the result that the bins by the Chip and other shops are frequently full and overflowing with the result that a lot of paper is blowing around and becoming unsightly, Jeremy Shields agreed to speak to the local supervisor regarding the Beat Sweeper and also enquire if the pattern of bin emptying could be improved.

A large number of Green Waste bags have been placed on Dads Lane, if they are very advanced it may be necessary for the Environmental Wardens to act and legal enforcement made to prevent such advanced placing.

In general the Green Waste Crews are being complimented but it appears that since the Green Bags have become white it seems that there is a quality control issue with the bags if they are not up to standard contact Lifford Lane for an alternative supply.

What is the Nett Cost Effect of Birmingham's Recycling Programme, unfortunately Waste Collection and Recycling is a very Labour and vehicle intensive and although the sale of electricity and composted green waste offsets some of the costs it is still a major part of the city's capital expenditure.

Is it Possible to Recycle Tetra Packs, It is a Tetra Pack recycling bin is available at the Public Waste site in Lifford Lane, residents were urged to crush the tetra packs and take them in bulk for recycling.

Birmingham Bike Foundry requested residents to donate cycles for reuse rather than as scrap metal – agreed.

Spillage of Green Waste during collection - residents have complained that they are having to clean up after the collection crews if the crew cause the spillage they should clear it up but unfortunately some of the hired collection vehicles do not always have a brush and shovel available.

Inconsiderate parking of Collection vehicles and inconsiderate use of Sweeping Machines on path and roadways vehicles should not be parked on foot ways and if mechanical sweepers are not picking up swept rubbish they should be taken out of service.

Black bag distribution especially to flats and sheltered properties, black bags should be delivered every 6 months if you feel that you have been missed contact Lifford Lane for a supply.

Asbestos disposal, if you have any items with any asbestos content they must be packed and contact made with Lifford Lane and collection of the item(s) arranged.

Opening Hours at Lifford Lane and site security, residents felt that the site closed to early especially on Saturday, current security practise was to ask users for their postcode and reject them if not relatively local.

The Chairman thanked Jeremy Shields for his presentation and this was endorsed by the meeting.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on December 11, 2010, 05:43:08 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 11th October 2010

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Imogen Mortiboys St Andrews Healthcare and 28 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP,  David Jee, Sandra Cooper, Jerry Walls, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA , Jean Glenn  and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 13th September 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Planning issues  The only planning application received was for an extension for the outline planning permission already granted to Tesco in respect of the development of the Hazelwell Lane / Hunts Road site.  Councillor Huxtable reported that a public report would be made on Wednesday 13th October regarding the sale of the existing community centre site for development, this was to include provision for various grants and section 106 monies to the community.
At this moment in time it was still to early to predict when this redevelopment would commence and hence the time scale for the new buildings for the community could not be ascertained.

Stirchley Community Group AGM.

This item was introduced by Paula Aubrey as the de facto Chair of the group and it was the first formal meeting of the group for some years, a number of former members of the group were present and Paula gave a run down of the group's history, constitution and standing orders. Had the group not existed it is felt that the existing Stirchley Community Centre would not exist in its present form. An amount of money is still held by the group and it will be utilised for the benefit of the community as and when the “New” Stirchley Community Centre is opened.

Following a general discussion the meeting resolved that.

1)   The Stirchley Community Group should continue to exist and a new role was foreseen for it as and when the detailed planning of the new buildings and facilities was taking place.
2)   The Constitution and articles of association will be updated and made fit for the groups new role.
3)   A new committee would be elected and it was hoped that some of the younger members of the community would be willing too serve on it.

Policing Issues
No member of the Bournville Police Team attended the meeting but the following matters were raised.

Crash barriers on Fordhouse Lane, Councilor Huxtable and City Officers have visited this site and various suggestions to improve the location are being considered

Charlotte Road by School  vehicles are being parked on and are being unloaded within the zig zag makings adjacent to the school premises.

Car Parking opposite the Three Horseshoes PH, cars are regularly being parked on the pavement adjacent to the Off License and Tattoo Parlour , this has been regularly brought to the attention of the police

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Tuesday 19th October at Masefield Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 27th October at Cotteridge Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.


A.O.B.
The Forum's AGM will take place on Monday 8th November Our special guest will be Jeremy Shields from the city council's  Waste Collection and Recycling division based at Lifford Lane.

The road markings on the roundabout at the junction of Moor Green Lane and Dads Lane need repainting, Councillor Huxtable agreed to look into this matter.

Site Security Land adjacent to 274 Fordhouse Lane around 15% of £100,000.00 has been secured for this site.

27 Buses Running Early on Sundays Instances of buses run by Central Connect are being reported, as a further to this it should be noted that National Express West Midlands are not valid on the Sunday buses operated by Central Connect but all N Bus Tickets and Passes issued by Network West Midlands (Centro) are valid.

Smarter Choices Travel Plan This initiative is currently being looked at by National Express West Midland's on the Pershore Road Corridor, various options including a “Limited Stop” bus service are being considered.

The Stirchley Christmas Tree will be replaced shortly and it is hoped to switch the Christmas lights on Friday 3rd December.

Cartland Road overhanging hedges require trimming back to improve vehicle sighting and pedestrian access.

Future meeting dates.

Stirchley Community Market from 16.00 hrs. on 26th October at The Stirchley UWMC on the car park and inside the club.

Health Voices Network The next meeting will take place at The Hazelwell Hub on Tuesday 16th November commencing at 18.00 hrs.

Transport Users Forum will be held on Tuesday 16th November commencing at 19.00 hrs., venue to be advised

Table Top Sale Stirchley Community Church Saturday 4th December.


The Forum AGM will take place on Monday 8th November 2010 at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on January 06, 2011, 06:26:20 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th December 2010
Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Karen Stevens WSO, PCSO's Salma Stor and  Mike Bowen WMP, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park and 29 Forum members.

Apologies: , Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP,  David Jee, David Jones, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA , Jean Glenn  and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 11th October 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Policing Issues

Bag and Purse Theft, Residents were made aware that several bag thefts have been reported locally, the police urge everyone to be more vigilant especially in the run up to Christmas, additional patrols will be made ( “Operation Copshop” ) especially in the shopping areas

Charlotte Road by School  vehicles are being parked on and are being unloaded within the zig zag makings adjacent to the school premises, parents were also causing an obstruction by parking on the corner of Clonmel Road.
During 2011 the city's Civil Enforcement Officers will begin a dedicated school patrol, they will also be able ticket vehicles remotely on photographic evidence, no ticket will be attached to the vehicle, it will be sent through the post.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Thursday 20th January at Rowheath CommunityCentre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 26th January at Cotteridge Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Friends of Hazelwell Park
Paula Aubrey reported that the friends had held a bulb planting excersize on the 13th of September, further a number of seedling trees had been planted along the fence line to Newlands Road.

The next meeting of the Parks Friend's will be held on Sunday 9th January 2011 in the Gallery Cafe of Stirchley Community Church commencing at 16.00 hrs.

On Saturday 29th January 2011 Bird Nesting Boxes will be put into the Park a number of kits will be made for  assembly by local children, thoughts have also been made regarding the provision of nesting boxes for Bats and Owls.

Councilor Huxtable reported that Sue Griffiths of “ Birmingham Trees for Life” has looked at the provision of trees for the park especially by the old BMX site the report and its recommendations will be made early in the new year.

A.O.B.
Vehicles for sale on land adjacent to the Micro Park Vehicles are being advertised for sale at this location, have the relevant permits been applied for ?, Councillor Huxtable agreed to look at this as there appears to be issues over the ownership of the land in question, he will report to the next Forum meeting.

Pavement Crossing by Motor Vehicles in Lewis Road Some residents of this area are driving across the grass verges without drop kerbs churning up the grass into a sea of mud, Police action may be possible as this is an offence.

Goods on pavements Pershore Road  The pavements are again being obstructed by goods of an inappropriate type this has been minuted on a number of previous occasions and it will be passed for Police action, there are also reports of Goods and private vehicles being parked inconsiderately at the same location  .

Brandwood End Cemetery – Testing of Gravestones and other Memorials Residents report that a number of their family memorials at this site have been damaged by the contractor who has been testing them for security and safety,who is responsible for rectifying this damage ? , Councilor Huxtable agreed to provide the Forum with a copy of the Guidelines for Testing Grave Memorials which is issued by Central Government.

Planning Enforcement Hazelwell Street  A former shop has had its frontage bricked up  have planning guidelines been followed it needs investigation !

Future meeting dates.

Stirchley Community Market from 16.00 hrs. on 14th December at The Stirchley UWMC on the car park and inside the club.

Stirchley Happenings Its a Wonderful Life A screening of this film will take place on Sunday 19th December from 15.00 hrs. please see local publicity for exact details.

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 10th January 2011 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.

On behalf of The Forum the Chairman wished all Stirchley Residents a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, those present at the meeting were invited to partake of Festive Fare

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on February 04, 2011, 06:22:21 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 10th January 2011

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, Linda and Tony Chew, PCSO Salma Stor WMP, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA and 42 Forum members.

Apologies: Sandra Cooper, Sally Kirkham Environmental Warden, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park , Jean Glenn and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 13th December 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Policing Issues

Residents reported the following for Police attention.

Cyclists without lights riding on footpaths at 08.00 hrs, a sharp rise in the number of motor vehicles with only one head light working, Children s motorized “scooters and cars” being driven aggressively without any parental control, vehicles being parked on the zigzags adjacent to the school entrance on Charlotte Road, the items were noted and will be raised with the appropriate Police or School authorities.

Dog Fouling. This is becoming a nuisance in the Pitcairn Close and Falkland Croft areas, it will be reported to the Environmental Warden for action.

PCSO Surgery Tuesday 25th January.  PCSO Salma Stor will be hosting this at the Stirchley Community Centre from 11.00 hrs , please come along and raise any policing matters you may have.

Vehicles accessing the ReaValley Walkway  vehicles belonging to the Environmental Agency and others are being driven along the walkway in an inappropriate manner and also churning up the grass verges whilst accessing the area adjacent to the River Level / Flood Gauge.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Thursday 20th January at Rowheath CommunityCentre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 26th January at Cotteridge Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Planning
The application for the Taxi Office has been refused, no new planning applications have been notified.

Stirchley Memories a Slide presentation by Linda and Tony Chew
Linda and Tony presented a series of slides taken mainly in the late 40's and 50's given a journey from the Breedon Bridge up one side of the Pershore Road to the Dogpool and then back down the other side with a few shots of Cartland Road and Fordhouse Lane on the way. We spent a happy time recalling long forgotten and sadly missed shops and companies which were part of Stirchley at the time, the cars, trams and buses of the period were also featured, a large number of anecdotes were raised by the membership and several lesser known facts enlarged upon, a number of artifacts and various photo albums and booklets were available for inspection. Following the presentation the Chairman proposed a vote of thanks to Linda and Tony Chew and this was heartily endorsed by the membership'

The Pop Up Café – Karen Meng
This is a new venture located at 1474 Pershore Road which will open on the 11th of January 2011 – come in and meet other residents, partake in arts activities, share local anecdotes, all a s part of “Culture on your Doorstep commissioned by the City Council as part of its Arts and Crafts for all ages initiative.

A.O.B.
Rubbish Collections Residents questioned who was collecting the refuse, Councillor Huxtable replied that it was currently being done by both casual staff and regular staff most of whom were union members. Residents also wished to thank Councillor Huxtable for expediting the collection of rubbish which had been missed. Recycled materials were being collected but priority was been given to the collection of black bags.

River Rea Walkway Trail Marker Studs Some of the LED studs have failed and others are in need of maintenance, foliage also needs to be cut back at several locations, this will be passed to the Parks Department for action.

Thank You to the Selly Oak Constituency Office residents wished to thank the staff for the assistance with winter and cold weather problems and a particular accolade was given for the Christmas tree and the festive lights.

Pedestrian Crossing by the School on Pershore Road  The lighting in the Beacon columns has stopped working and needs urgent attention.

Stirchley Happenings and Stirchley Community Market Following the showing of the 3 films and hosting of the markets it has been decided to have a short break and reflect on how the activities were received by the Stirchley residents and to consider the best way forward for them, thanks were expressed to the City Council for the financial and physical support given.

Mary Vale Road (Station Garden) A number of bulbs have been planted and other plants re sited within the garden.

Road surface Mary Vale Road Bridge A number of residents have reported that this relatively new (3years old) road surface is starting to breakup and will soon require urgent attention

Future meeting dates.

Local Transport Plan Consultation Birmingham Council House Tuesday 11th January commencing at 15.00 hrs.

Stirchley Library Coffee Morning Friday 14th January from 11.00hrs Steve McCabe MP will be attending

Bournville Ward Committee meeting  Thursday 20th January at the Hay Green Methodist Church (on Cob Lane) commencing at 19.00 hrs.

TASCOS Employees Reunion  To be held on 26th of March 2011 at the TASCOS Club from 14.00 hrs please see local publicity for further information

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be hosting a Bird nesting box event on Saturday 29th January 2011, please see local publicity for full details, other activities especially over Easter are planned

South Birmingham Health Voices Network This meeting has been rearranged for Tuesday 1st February at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road commencing at 18.00 hrs.

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 14th February 2011 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 08, 2011, 08:12:56 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th February 2011

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, Matt Powell Town Centre Manager, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park and 31 Forum members.

Apologies: Margaret Walker, Roxy Collins, Councillor Rob Sealey, Sally Kirkham Environmental Warden, PCSO Salma Stor WMP, Jean Glenn and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 10th January 2011 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes. The following updates were noted.
Vehicles accessing the ReaValley Walkway  Councillor Huxtable has emailed The Environmental Agency and the Parks Dept.
Mary Vale Road (Station Garden) A number of bulbs and shrubs have been stolen from the garden.
Road surface Mary Vale Road Bridge The Bridge deck has been resurfaced but the work is reported to be of very poor quality and already showing signs of deteriation !!.
Stirchley Community Group The group has been formally reactivated.
Lifford Curve Public House site This site needs securing as fly tipping is taking place, it is understood that the site is to be demolished shortly, prior to redevelopment taking place.

Policing Issues
Cash Point Skimmers have been found on cash machines located at the Coop and banks in Cotteridge, users were urged to use extreme caution and if anything appeared untoward or happened to report the matter to the internal security of the bank or the Police.
Vehicle Crime Has increased Residents were reminded to keep vehicles locked at all times and to remove or secure any items of value.
Anti Social Behavior on Buses Residents are concerned about this and they were urged to attend the next Police Tasking Meetings as an officer from the WMP “Safer Travel Team” would be in attendance and items of concern may be raised.
Shed Break-ins Residents have reported shed burglaries in Ivy Road and Newlands Road.
Failure to stop at Pedestrian Crossings and Parking on the Zig Zags This is happening at the Pedestrian Crossing on the Pershore Road especially during “School Hours”.
Excessive Speed Residents have reported drivers speeding on Pershore Road, Hazelwell Street and Fordhouse Lane.
Private Hire Taxis.  Residents are concerned about the standards of driving and the road worthiness of some of the Private Hire Taxis operating locally.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas Tuesday 15th February at Masefield Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas  Wednesday 23rd February at the Hazelwell Hub commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Planning
No new planning applications have been notified.

A presentation by Matt Powell Town Centre Manager for Cotteridge, Stirchley and Selly Oak.
Matt commenced his presentation by giving an update of his achievements from January 2010 and on a personal note he has attained a Diploma in Town Centre Management and is hence considered qualified. The funding provided by the Working Neighborhood Fund expires on 10th April 2011 but provision of further funding is actively being sought, a framework has been established so that if for any reason the post disappears a form of management may continue.

He has represented the business community and the targets laid out by the funding requirements of the “Working Neighborhood Fund” have been achieved.  A consultation event for businesses will be held on February 18th and all local traders have been invited to attend. To assist potential traders or relocators a database of locally available properties has been established detailing the owners or  lessors of the various properties, unfortunately some local traders and other enquirers have been put off by the lack of development at the Hunts Road site but a limited amount of small scale investment is taking place.

The Stirchley Community Market has become established and local businesses and traders have been very supportive of it. The business community in Stirchley feels that the centre has reasonable potential and that would be enhanced once the large scale investments and associated infrastructure alterations have taken place locally.
Points raised by Residents;
Student accommodation is causing concerns as it is slowly coming down Umberslade Road from Raddlebarn Road bringing with it rubbish and anti social behavior concerns which may affect business potential.
 Disability Awareness amongst the business community seems slow to implemented, too many local businesses offer little or no  access to the less able members of the community, perhaps an integrated approach needs to be made.

Potential Chain Store Interest Residents asked if there was any local interest from companies such as Boots, Pound stretcher  etc rather than letting them all go to Kings Heath or Northfield, unfortunately most of Stirchley’s  infrastructure and property is either unattractive or not fit for purpose and hence if little interest to chain stores.

Local Takeaway Food Premises Residents feel that the local take away's need to be more socially responsible especially regarding litter and other detritus left by their customers – “ Keep Stirchley Tidy” , there is also the problems caused by inconsiderate parking.

Following Matt’s presentation Councillor Huxtable wished to record the thanks of the Stirchley business community for all his hard work, the Chairman of the Forum proffered a vote of thanks and this was endorsed by the meeting.

A.O.B.
Unfortunately owing time constraints it was not possible to take “any other business” matters.

Future meeting dates.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a Work Day on Sunday the 27th February 2011 starting at 10.30 hrs.

Stirchley Community Market will be held on Tuesday 1st March 2011 at SUWMC from 16.00 hrs.

TASCOS Employees Reunion  To be held on 26th of March 2011 at the TASCOS Club from 14.00 hrs please see local publicity for further information

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 14th March 2011 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs. A Representative from National Express West Midlands has been invited to answer questions regarding the 27 and other bus routes.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on April 07, 2011, 06:21:03 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th March 2011

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Lawrence Wilson NXWM Yardley Wood, Mike Lambden NXWM HQ Bordesley Green PCSO’s Salma Stor and Mike Bowen WMP, PCSO Andy Pope from the WM Police Safer Travel Team, Roger Clarke 2011 Census Office, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park and 38 Forum members.

Apologies: Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Rob Sealey, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Sally Kirkham Environmental Warden, Sandra Cooper, Jean Glenn and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 14th February 2011 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.   There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

The 27 Bus A discussion with National Express West Midlands
Lawrence Wilson Garage Manager at Yardley Wood and Mike Lambden from National Express HQ at Bordesley Green introduced themselves and gave an overview of the 27 Bus route from the company’s perspective, including the statutory obligations and operational requirements, they are aware of the current poor time keeping of the service and stated that a team of on street inspectors were being deployed and that on street monitoring of the service was being carried out.
The following points were then raised by residents;
Following the extension of the 27 route to the Maypole time keeping has become a problem with frequent late buses and occasional non appearance of buses, or two together- this was occurring both to and from the Maypole. We were told some 15 months ago that cutting the 27 service from every 15 mins to every 20 mins would result in a more reliable service; unfortunately this has proved not to be the case.
There a problems with school children in peak hours with cases of passengers being left behind owing to full buses, a request was made for additional or strengthened services between 08.15 and 09.30 and again between 15.00 and 16.00 hrs.
Real Time Information for route 27 residents felt it would be better to know what was happening.
Problems with Smart Card Readers these occasionally are not working or they fail to recognize valid passes; there is also a problem that wheel chair passengers who cannot reach the Smart Card reader.
Disrupted Services when service disruption occurs drivers have instructions to contact the garage to enable the “On Road Team” of Inspectors to take action to ensure a reasonable level of service to be provided, Revenue Protection Staff are also being deployed to combat fraudulent travel.
Vehicle Problems The kneeling feature was non operational on some vehicles, some vehicles were displaying incorrect or no destination blinds, vehicle cleanliness left something to be desired, recently applied transfers advising the “Buggy Capacity” on vehicles were confusing as some read up to 2 buggies at the discretion of the driver, others read only 2 buggies on the vehicle, there is also confusion over standing passengers..
Customer Feed Back  is always requested and may be made by post, phone or via the company website full details should be displayed on each vehicle.

Council Initiatives being worked on Councillor Huxtable advised that in an effort to assist better running of local bus services including the 27, 45 and 47 Birmingham City in conjunction with Centro were carrying out the following;
Traffic Lights at key junctions would be rephrased, Traffic restrictions such as No Stopping Orders would be installed outside school premises (such as Woodbrooke Road) , A Community Transport Initiative giving smarter choices along the Pershore Road A441 and Bristol Road A38 corridors has been proposed and a greener “Low Carbon Corridor” will be introduced.
Following the discussion Lawrence Wilson and Mike Lambden thanked the residents for their input and noted the City’s initiatives and compliments made about some of the drivers on the 27 route, the Chairman of the Forum proffered a vote of thanks and this was endorsed by the meeting.

West Midlands Police “Safer Travel Team”
PCSO Andy Pope based at Centro House gave an overview of the Safer Travel Team, there are 3 teams of Officers who have to cover the whole Road Network of the West Midland (Rail is handled by the British Transport Police) most of the teams work is “intelligence lead” under the “See Something – Say Something” scheme, cards for which were given out, contact maybe made by phone, text or email or if serious by dialing 999.  The teams work in conjunction with bus company security officers or revenue protection staff to prevent fraudulent travel and Anti social behavior the teams are equipped with a vehicle which can monitor the on board CCTV fitted to most buses and this has led to a number of arrests by targeting officers to a certain location or vehicle. The teams may be present in uniform or plain clothes and covert operations in conjunction with sniffer dogs are carried out regularly
Residents raised the following points; Smoking on the 45 / 47 services especially between 09.30 and 10.30 hrs, Feet on seats, and misuse of out of date tickets.
Following the presentation by PCSO Pope the Chairman of the Forum proffered a vote of thanks and this was endorsed by the meeting.

2011 Census Roger Clarke from the Census office addressed the meeting and stated that all local homes should have received a Census Pack with details of information to be collected and contact numbers in many languages for guidance and help in completing the Census form.

Planning
No new planning applications have been notified.

A.O.B.
Reduced opening hours at Bournville Station Councillor Huxtable raised this important issue please support the campaign to stop this happening.

Matthew Powell Town Centre Manager has received funding to stay in place until 31st October 2011.
 
Mr David Cifford has been appointed as head Teacher at Stirchley Community School.

Clever Litter Bins with LED lighting fitted outside local Takeaway’s are being provided by “Keep Britain Tidy”.

Future meeting dates.

Transport Users Forum Tuesday 15th March at South Yardley Library commencing at 19.00 hrs
Health Voices Network  Tuesday 15th March at The Hazel well Hub commencing at 18.00 hrs

Bournville Ward Committee Tuesday 22nd March March at Stirchley Community School commencing at 18.00 hrs

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;
Bournville and Masefield Areas Wednesday 23rd March  at Rowheath Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.
Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas  Wednesday 30th March at Cotteridge Community Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a Litter Pick on Saturday the 9th April 2011 starting at 10.30 hrs.

Stirchley Community Market will be held on Tuesday 12th April 2011 at SUWMC from 16.00 hrs.

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 11th April 2011 at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs. Our guest will be Judith Parry- Evans to discuss the Stirchley Local Development Plan..

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.10 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 15, 2011, 06:36:22 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 11th April 2011

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Jane Murray Prospectors Stirchley, Judith Parry- Evans Regeneration Manager Planning and Development for Birmingham City Council, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Jean Glenn and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum and 76 Forum members.

Apologies: Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Rob Sealey, Sally Kirkham Environmental Warden.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 14th March 2011 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.   There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Prospector’s Stirchley
Jane Murray from Prospector’s Stirchley spoke and gave an overview of the project, Prospectors Stirchley is a not for profit company with a background in Arts and Crafts, they are avid supporters of Stirchley and all the projects personnel are local residents.  Stirchley is a very closely knit community which has a lot of unique features and there is a strong sense of community.  The project has secured Arts Council funding and in a bid to “get to know the community” a number of short term arts projects across all age groups will take place, these will become long term community art. The project is scheduled to last 6 months commencing on 23rd May 2011, a number of themes will be followed for example; The Routes how people get to and travel through Stirchley all travel modes will be incorporated,  Shops empty green spaces and development opportunities. 

Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document – Judith Parry-Evans
Judith Parry Evans Regeneration Manager introduced herself and gave an overview of the Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), a Planning strategy has been prepared all of which has to be in line with planning law and the city’s strategic planning documents.
Purposes of the SPD:  to regenerate Stirchley and confirm the city’s overall aspirations, guide the planning applications made, ensure that sites for redevelopment will contribute to the regeneration objectives.
Processes within the SPD are as follows;
Gather evidence by surveys and issues,  Production and Consultations, assessing the gathered evidence,  Adoption of the SPD after consultations with Council Officers.
To aid local consultations a leaflet inviting comments and suggestions  was distributed to the membership, please return them via the Constituency Office by the 1st of May

As part of the SPD 5 broad themes have been developed:
Retail Change, Environment and Heritage, Transport and Parking, Community (Civic and Leisure), Commercial and Industrial.  To aid this Stirchley has been divided into zones; Ten Acres, Northern Gateway (Dog pool Area), The High Street, Industrial Areas, Ecological Assets,  Southern Gateway (Breedon and Lifford Areas)

Following this explanation a number of points were raised.
Fordhouse Lane / Pershore Road Junction this junction needs urgent changes but regrettably no funding is currently available, if the old Arvin Meretor site is redeveloped section 106 monies may be available. Two potential developers have expressed interest in the site.
Picnic tables and amenities on the Rea Valley Walkway ( adjacent to Dog pool Lane have been provided could they be further developed to provide some kind of sports facility.
Constraints on redevelopments When sites are redeveloped can any form of constraint be placed on usage, Food takeaways were specifically cited, or can they be grouped together.
Tesco Section 106 Monies(agreed 09/10) these are not subject to the SPD unless the existing Planning Consents are substantially altered
Highways Issues Proper signage particularly HGV routes need to be designated along the Pershore Road Bournville Lane and Fordhouse Lane corridors
Hazelwell Lane Site  requires to be urgently tidied up can any pressure be put on the Owners and Developer of this site, Richard Green and the Police have taken part in a “Walkabout of the sites and this matter is being pursued with the relevant parties.
Feed back from Stirchley Happenings Feedback will be supplied to Judith Parry-Evans to give local feeling regarding small and Independent Retailers within Stirchley, it is believed that Matt Powell has compiled a local Town Centre Guide for Independent retailers.
Ethical Considerations A member of the audience spoke regarding the ethical aspects of relying on Section 106 monies to enable regeneration of some parts of Stirchley, he also queried whether the disabled and less able members of the community were considered within the planning and regeneration strategies, this gentleman’s remarks were supported by a number of residents within the audience.
Changes to the Eastside ( Cartland Road Area ) A number of residents queried what changes to amenity and the environment  will take place once the Hunts Road site has been developed, will walking and cycling routes to and from the School and Station areas be improved, as part of this the canal towpaths were in urgent need of improvement or resurfacing.

Following the Presentation and Feedback Judith Parry-Evans expressed her thanks to the meeting and the Chairman of the Forum gave a vote of thanks to her, which was endorsed by those present.

Planning
No new planning applications have been notified.

A.O.B.
No A.O.B. was tabled.

Future meeting dates.

Stirchley Community Market will be held on Tuesday 12th April 2011 at SUWMC from 16.00 hrs.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;
Bournville and Masefield Areas Wednesday 20th April at Masefield Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.
Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas  Wednesday 27th April at Stirchley Community Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Monday 25h April 2011 starting at 13.00 hrs.

Royal Wedding Screening at Stirchley Community Church on Friday 29th April starting at 10.00 hrs.

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 9th May 2011 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs. Our guest will be  Richard Timothy from Amey Contractors.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (but the Management Committee
Will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)

2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence
Will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the
Meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning
Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to
Community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area

3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation
To use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.

4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to
Attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on July 05, 2011, 06:26:05 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th June 2011
There were 128 residents, local traders and committee members present.
There are 2 apologises from G. Weil & M Weil
Three Councillors Timothy Huxtable, Nigel Dawkins & Rob Sealey
Karen Stevens, ward support Officer. Jeanne Glen from selly park south Neighbourhood forum & Tony Fox from the friends of cannon Hill Park
Also present were Lucie Ann Brailsford, Richard Huteson & Jo France Representatives from Asda.
Peter Wright. Senior regenerative officer, for south Birmingham, Birmingham city council.
 Warren Bellamy, Highways officer Birmingham city council.                       

Peter Walker took the Chair, and welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for attending.

Peter Walker then invited the team from Asda to give their presentation,
Lucie Ann Brailsford gave the presentation which came in the way of a slide show and she gave an outline of what the store would look like and also the types of goods that they will be selling.
There will be up to 300 jobs created.
 We were also told what the changes to Stirchley were going to be concerning the road network infrastructure.
Like new traffic lights on the Pershore road and Lifford Lane, she then told us what buildings would be lost so that an entrance could be placed on the high Street.
The Chairman then invited the audience to ask their Questions and make any comments they would like to make. 
QUESTIONS FROM RESIDENTS &TRADERS

•   What is the time scale for the opening of the store?
we were told that the application had only gone in at the end of may we were told by Peter Wright said that any concerns about the application they needed to be put in writing before it went to the planning committee to do with the effect on the local area, answers such as, I don’t like Asda are not acceptable.
        We were told that when permission was finally granted it would be between, 9 to 12 to construct
        The store

•   The loss of parking on the main road and the loss of disabled parking on the main road  outside the bank and the problems with the extra traffic we were told that members of the public would be allowed to use the car park
•   What would the impact be the residents of Fordhouse lane for example the extra HGV we were told that no more than 4 HGVs a day, with smaller Lorries and vans how many they could not say what that number was.
•   Some of the residents of Ivy road were concerned with the security of the site and the fact that the recycling bins were to placed to the rear of their properties’ Asda said that they would talk to them and resolve it as soon as possible. Also that there would be a 6 foot wooden fence erected at the border with their gardens and they were told that there will be CCTV 24 hours a day.
•   There   were concerns to what impact the store would have on the environment like where the extra rainfall will go and what they will do to improve the river rea walkway.
Asda said that there will be a buffer zone, that at this time it might be an open plan or enclosed,
 this will down to the planning committee and that it would be planted in a sympathetic way and that they would look into the water issue.
•    Some of the residents of Windsor road are unhappy with the proposal to make it a one way system with the access from Pershore road end they were told that it would be looked into by the council team.
•   Another issue is to do with the old chapel in Mayfield close as many of the local people said that it held many fond memories and they would sad if it was lost as it is part of Stirchley’s history Asda said that they are looking to see if it is viable to keep the chapel.
Other issues that are to do with stirchley
 
The other subject to come up is to do with the other store that is proposed is Tesco on Hazelwell lane  we were told by the team from the council that there  has been another challenge by the Coop and that it might go to A judicial revue . And that compulsory purchase might need to go before an enquiry and that could take up to 18 months. This means that it might take up to 2 years before we know when Tesco will be built

The next police tasking meeting
 Will take place on the 20th July 2011 at Masefield community centre commencing at 19.00 hours.
The next forum will take place on Monday 8th august 2011 at the stirchley community centre on Pershore road commencing at 19.30 hrs.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.

The forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee
1)   The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the any other(but the management committee will help facilitate such items Where it does have prior knowledge and Which are in the interests of Stirchley)
2)   The forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meeting; the forum may take a stance(positive/negative) on planning Applications discussed at the meeting or on the changes to Community/Neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area
3)   The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4)   All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.(Business owners, not resident within the forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meetings, But business owners, not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up quorum)
5)   The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for Leaflets or other media which is handed out by a third parties either at or Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other Communication are those of the distributer/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on August 12, 2011, 09:33:59 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday11th July 2011
There were 36 Resident local traders and committee members present
There are 8 apologises Sandra Cooper, R Cooper, G Glen, J Clayton, Tony Fox, Judith Jones, Roxie Collins, and Chris Swann,
Also present where Councillor Timothy Huxtable PCSO Sally Store Wm Police Jayne Murray and Emma Larkinson from Stirchley Prospects and Alex Keen from the friends of Hazelwell park.     
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for attending.
Peter Walker then invited Jayne and Emma to give their presentation.

They started by telling us about themselves they stated they had been interested in Stirchley for many years and had wanted to do something like this for a long time and what they are hoping to do within the stirchley area, firstly they said that they are going to open stirchley prospects to which they have funding until 2012  and that it will be opened on the 4th of August by the deputy Mayoress Gill Gregory  this is to be a centre for the public to come and see what Stirchley was like in the past and also what it could like in the future.
They said that there are lots of Photographs of the area to be looked at and that they would like the people from stirchley to help them, with their research by telling them about the lost parts of the high street and the local area, such as what shops were on the high Street They said that are planning to put together a news letter called Stirchley Knows, and would like as much input from as many sources as possible, they thanked us for giving them the time to give  this presentation. then they answered any questions that were asked of them.
Peter Walker thanked them and then asked Alex Keen from the friends of Hazelwell Park to give his presentation about Hazelwell park.
Alex started by giving us a detailed list of what they would like to see happen to the park and their vision for the future of it for example improving the footpaths and signage and that they would like to have a area for the older children to play this could be next to the existing play area or connected to the cycle cross at the top of the park he then thanked the forum for funding the bird boxes and told us about the success of the Easter egg hunt that was held in the park and that they had both been well supported by the local population he then answered any questions that was asked of him.
Peter walker thanked him for his time in giving this presentation. it went onto updates about what was brought up at the last meeting the first one was about the proposed planning for the corner of ivy road we were told that it will be looked into next was what is happening about the Asda store on the Arvin Meritor site there are concerns about the impact that it might have the local area we were told that the recycling bin are to be relocated to a different part of the site, and also the large amount of HGVs will have on ford house lane, and that the drivers might try and use Lifford Lane as a short cut It was suggested that as the Lifford curve is now vacant that Asda use that as a marshalling yard for their delivery vehicles to park up until needed or they park up and have a timed slot to deliver we was also told that if permission is granted  work on the store could be started in early 2012. Next was what is happening with the community centre and indoor bowling club we was told that the bowling was going to Billesley common.
Next  peter asked PCSO Sally Store for any police update Sally said that there had been some break in of sheds in the area it had mainly of tools and cycles, then members of the public told her that vehicles are parking across the zigzag lines on pelican lights early in the morning leaving their engines running and also when they are getting money out cash machines
Next we went to new issues the first question was about the Bridge on dog pool lane when was the reconstruction taking place, Councillor Huxtable that it was due to start in 2012 at about the time that Asda might start and as they will have to do work on ford house lane the council do not want the local area to be in total grid lock so it will have to be looked into again, we was then told about a local company that bucking the trend and exporting goods this is Cameron Price which works within a residential area of stirchley, also it was noted that the area that Asda said could be used by them market is not large enough and that when the club next door goes will there be room at the new community centre they were told that it will be looked into   at a later date,
The date of the next forum meeting is on Monday the 10th October at Stirchley community centre on Pershore Road at 19.30 hrs
There being no other business the meeting was closed at 21.00 hrs.
The forum’s contact number for texts and messages is 07514 814559
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee
1)    The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the any other (but management committee will help facilitate such items Where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley)
2)   The forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meeting; The forum may take at stance (positive/neutral)on planning Applications discussed at the meeting or on the changes to Community/Neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood forum area.
3)   The Forums Management committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4)   All residents and businesses within the forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.(business owners, not resident within the forum area, do not have the right to attend and speak at Stirchley neighbourhood Forum Meetings, but business owners, not resident within the froum area, cannot make up a quorum)
5)   The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by a third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributer/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 05, 2011, 05:02:27 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday11th July 2011

There were 36 Resident local traders and committee members present
There are 8 apologises Sandra Cooper, R Cooper, G Glen, J Clayton, Tony Fox, Judith Jones, Roxie Collins, and Chris Swann,
Also present where Councillor Timothy Huxtable PCSO Sally Store Wm Police Jayne Murray and Emma Larkinson from Stirchley Prospects and Alex Keen from the friends of Hazelwell park.     
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for attending.
Peter Walker then invited Jayne and Emma to give their presentation.

They started by telling us about themselves they stated they had been interested in Stirchley for many years and had wanted to do something like this for a long time and what they are hoping to do within the stirchley area, firstly they said that they are going to open stirchley prospects to which they have funding until 2012  and that it will be opened on the 4th of August by the deputy Mayoress Gill Gregory  this is to be a centre for the public to come and see what Stirchley was like in the past and also what it could like in the future.
They said that there are lots of Photographs of the area to be looked at and that they would like the people from stirchley to help them, with their research by telling them about the lost parts of the high street and the local area, such as what shops were on the high Street They said that are planning to put together a news letter called Stirchley Knows, and would like as much input from as many sources as possible, they thanked us for giving them the time to give  this presentation. then they answered any questions that were asked of them.
Peter Walker thanked them and then asked Alex Keen from the friends of Hazelwell Park to give his presentation about Hazelwell park.
Alex started by giving us a detailed list of what they would like to see happen to the park and their vision for the future of it for example improving the footpaths and signage and that they would like to have a area for the older children to play this could be next to the existing play area or connected to the cycle cross at the top of the park he then thanked the forum for funding the bird boxes and told us about the success of the Easter egg hunt that was held in the park and that they had both been well supported by the local population he then answered any questions that was asked of him.
Peter walker thanked him for his time in giving this presentation. it went onto updates about what was brought up at the last meeting the first one was about the proposed planning for the corner of ivy road we were told that it will be looked into next was what is happening about the Asda store on the Arvin Meritor site there are concerns about the impact that it might have the local area we were told that the recycling bin are to be relocated to a different part of the site, and also the large amount of HGVs will have on ford house lane, and that the drivers might try and use Lifford Lane as a short cut It was suggested that as the Lifford curve is now vacant that Asda use that as a marshalling yard for their delivery vehicles to park up until needed or they park up and have a timed slot to deliver we was also told that if permission is granted  work on the store could be started in early 2012. Next was what is happening with the community centre and indoor bowling club we was told that the bowling was going to Billesley common.
Next  peter asked PCSO Sally Store for any police update Sally said that there had been some break in of sheds in the area it had mainly of tools and cycles, then members of the public told her that vehicles are parking across the zigzag lines on pelican lights early in the morning leaving their engines running and also when they are getting money out cash machines
Next we went to new issues the first question was about the Bridge on dog pool lane when was the reconstruction taking place, Councillor Huxtable that it was due to start in 2012 at about the time that Asda might start and as they will have to do work on ford house lane the council do not want the local area to be in total grid lock so it will have to be looked into again, we was then told about a local company that bucking the trend and exporting goods this is Cameron Price which works within a residential area of stirchley, also it was noted that the area that Asda said could be used by them market is not large enough and that when the club next door goes will there be room at the new community centre they were told that it will be looked into   at a later date,
The date of the next forum meeting is on Monday the 10th October at Stirchley community centre on Pershore Road at 19.30 hrs
There being no other business the meeting was closed at 21.00 hrs.
The forum’s contact number for texts and messages is 07514 814559
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee
1)    The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the any other (but management committee will help facilitate such items Where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley)
2)   The forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meeting; The forum may take at stance (positive/neutral)on planning Applications discussed at the meeting or on the changes to Community/Neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood forum area.
3)   The Forums Management committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4)   All residents and businesses within the forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.(business owners, not resident within the forum area, do not have the right to attend and speak at Stirchley neighbourhood Forum Meetings, but business owners, not resident within the froum area, cannot make up a quorum)
5)   The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by a third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributer/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum   



Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on October 03, 2011, 07:34:26 PM
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 12th September 2011
Present Chairman and members of the forums management committee, Councillor Nigel Dawkins Councillor Timothy Huxtable Karen Stevens and PCSO Sally Stor
Guests Gary Peel from Bupa fun run, And Alice Watts from StMarys Hospice
Apologises   Councillor Rob Sealy John Clayton Selly Park Neighbourhood Forum G Weill M Weil, B Bird,
 P Collins and C Swann.
Peter walker took the chair, and welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.
The minutes of the meeting dated 11th July 2011 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes There were no matters arising
Peter Walker then introduced Gary Peel
Bupa fun Run   Gary Peel told the forum about the Fun run, he stated that roads will be closed from 3.00 am until3.00pm on Sunday the 23rd October 2011, and that the start would be at the sandpits part of Birmingham and finish on Broad Street
The race would start at 9.30 am for wheelchair users and 10.00 am for the main runners, and that there are about 12,000 participants this year, but there is room for 15000, when he was asked about at what times the roads will reopen he said that they would be opened as and when the last runners had finished going past certain points on route and any stragglers will be ask to run on the pavement.
Peter Walker thanked Gary for his presentation and then introduced Alice Watts from St Marys Hospice
Presentation from Alice Watts Alice said that she was the senior fund raiser for St Marys hospice then told us about what the hospice, and that it was not too late to be joining in with the run, also, she asked if anyone would like stand outside fitness first and cheer on those who are running on behalf of the hospice.
Alice then asked for volunteers, for a fund raising event, the event runs from the 30th September until the 1st October 2011 and asked for volunteers, she said to rattle tins to collect money for the hospice.
Peter Walker then thanked Alice for her presentation.     
Planning issues   Sandra Cooper the Planning officer said, that she is no longer receives information from the planning office, and Councillors was asked to intervene.  A question was asked about the recycling yard on Pershore road, and would it be relocated when the area is redeveloped and what is planned for the sight
Police issues Concerns about the speed of traffic on Pershore road and Hazelwell Street mainly after the child that was knocked down on Hazelwell St, it was suggested that zigzag lines or having parts of the road narrowed might help, councillors said that it would be looked into.
Traffic control on River brook drive is causing hold ups and that vehicles are doing dangerous manoeuvres on Cartland Road. Councillor Huxtable is to investigate.
Stirchley Fun day Peter Walker told us about the Fun day on 17th September what time it would start and that there had been a good response from local traders in donating prizes for the raffle, he also told us what stalls would be there like bouncy castle and Viking re-enactment .
 Any Other business We were told by a group that are squatting in the old Whitmarley factory of various events that they will be holding but when they was asked if they had any public liability insurance for those events, if they did not, should someone had an accident they would be liable, there was no further discussion on this subject,
Dog fouling, it was raised that some areas are worse that others, and what can be done about it? And how many people have been stopped by the dog warden and fined. Also that in the play area in Hazelwell Park there had been seen broken glass in the bark chippings, and that families are not going to it because of the speed that cyclists are travelling along the Rea valley route. It was felt, that it would not be long before an accident will happen to a young child, a question was asked by residents of Ford house lane concerning parking outside their houses by staff at Lifford house, when they have parking spaces on site.  One resident said that one car was parked all day and it stopped a disabled friend that visit’s from parking outside. Also are the office workers to be charged for the parking. The residents were asked by the councillor, that if the registration number was given to him, they would ask the owner to park in the car park.
 Another question raised, was about the contract of the centre manager for Stirchley, we were told that he has only 3 months left on his contract and the council are looking into getting further funding for him.
There was disappointment expressed by some residents, as they felt that he had done a good job bringing businesses into Stirchley.
Friends of Hazelwell park   they gave the dates of work days in the park 8th and 19th October 10.30am to 2.00pm
Stirchley outdoor market the market in November will be held on the car park of Stirchley working mens club on the first Tuesday of the month at 4.00pm
The next forum meeting will be on Monday 10th October @7.30pm, in Stirchley community centre
There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.00pm
Disclaimer on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood forum Management Committee
1)   The management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the any other ( but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of stirchley)
2)   The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative)on planning Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to Community/Neighbourhoods services which effect the Neighbourhood forum area
3)   The Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end
4)   All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to Attend and speak at the meeting.(business owners, not resident within the Forum area , do not have the right to attend and speak at stirchley Neighbourhood forum Meetings, but business owners not resident within the forum area, cannot make up quorum)
5)   The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for Leaflets or other media which is handed out by a third parties either at or following the forums meeting. Views of any such leaflets or other  Communications are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum   
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on November 01, 2011, 05:35:15 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
  Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 10th October 2011
Present Chair and member of Forum’s management Committee Councillors Timothy Huxtable, and Rob Seeley, Karen Stevens ward support officer Arun Rajan from Stirchley traders Association Helen Osborn       from Centro also,  Pcso Sally Stor the total  present were 33 Apologises. Sandra Cooper Councillor Dawkins M Weil G Weil David Gee
  Matters arising from the last meeting It was brought to the forum’s attention that the accident on Hazelwell street involving a young child was because the child slipped from their parents hand and ran into the path of the vehicle the gentleman stated that the person driving the car was not speeding and could not avoid hitting the child, as she did not have the time so stop. After the meeting the issue which bought up the accident was explained to the gentleman.
  Stirchley loyalty card launch Peter Walker introduced Arun Rajan from stirchley news. Arun was introducing the Stirchley loyalty card, he said that various traders had brought so that resident could get a discount of products bought at their shops the card can obtained from shops involved in the scheme.
Posters are displayed in participating shop windows.
Stirchley Fun day Peter Walker gave a report on the Fun day, he said that everyone had a great time He said that some prizes had not been claimed and that the Forum raised £535.50 on the fun day raffle & tombola, there was then a short video shown of highlights of the day. 
  Committee nominations  Peter then told us that  the forum’s need to have more people to be involved with the Forum and asked for nominations for Committee members ready for the AGM in November,
  Stirchley Prospectors   Emma Larkinson then gave a short update on what they had been doing and told us of two meetings to be held on 11th and 25th October, Regarding travel &transport to be held at stirchley Prospects and that people should book their places to attend, as space is limited.
  Asda Plans update  Peter said that Asda have asked for a public meeting which will be held on Monday 7th November at Stirchley Community Church at 7.30pm.
  Tesco update we were told that Tesco had amended their plans for the store and had submitted a new planning Application and that we would find out what is happening in the future.
  Police Issues we were told that the police had attended two premises in stirchley and had found illegal substances in them one is believed to be the old motorcycle shop opposite stirchley bowl.
Any other Business A question was asked by a resident of Ford house Lane if it would be possible for the council to put a crossing on Ford house Lane, by Pershore road as it is difficult for them to get across the road, this then involved at times a heated exchange with members of the public to which Councillor Huxtable explained the councils stance and what the costs would be to put one in, also, in the light of the Asda planning application, any work done, may have to be undone in the near future.
Another issue was that the wall next to Mary vale house was falling down.  The next issue was that in Hazelwell lane Contractor had placed concrete blocks at the gates on the old BT and Phillip Harris site but they had left three gates unblocked. And the next item was, that the squatters in Whitmarley site are putting flyers up calling themselves the Whitmarley project, Councillor Huxtable was asked is this illegal, the person who said this stated that they would take these poster down when they see them.

Wendy Pearson from ten acres resident told us about the new plans for selly Oak and Sainsbury’s Store and that the plans are available from Sainsbury’s store.
The next Forum meeting will be the held on Monday the 14th of December at stirchley Community Centre on Pershore road at 7.30pm.
This is our AGM and we need at least 40 residents to attend as we rely on this for the forum to obtain funding for the coming year.
Stirchley market will be held on the first Tuesday in December at Stirchley working man’s club at 4.00pm in the main hall
Christmas lights switch on will be held on the 2nd December at 5.00pm outside Stirchley Community School if there are any changes they will be put on the Forum’s web site. 
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00hrs

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
1.    The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items Which will be raised as part of the any other ( but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley)
2.   The Forum is not Aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a Neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meeting; the forum may take a stance(positive/negative)on planning Applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to Community/Neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area
3.   The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4.   All residents and Businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.(Business owners, not resident within the Forum area, do not have the right to attend and speak at Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meetings but business owners not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up a quorum)
5.   The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.

Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on December 03, 2011, 06:24:15 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes Of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th November 2011-11-27Present the chair and members of the Forum’s Management Committee Councillors Timothy Huxtable Rob Sealey and Nigel Dawkins Karen Stevens ward support officer Sergeant Isobel Knowles and Pcso Sally Stor and members from Amey contractors and national express in total there were 80 members of the public present at the meeting
Apologises   Rose Jones, Bill Bird, Roxie Collins, and Chris Swann, Even that he was not in the actual meeting  Councillor Timothy Huxtable gave to a Committee member his apologises due the fact that he was held in various meetings with members of the public that came to see him without prior Knowledge,

Appointment of new Committee members  Peter Walker as chairman welcomed all to this Agm and began by saying that all Forum Committee Members are willing to stand for a further year until the next Agm,  He then gave a special thanks to Colin Simpkins who was our secretary although has not officially retired illness keeps him from continuing as secretary. Rowena Evans was seconded to the group although not living in the area she is keen to assist and will become the new secretary. there was then a verbal account of finances given,  Peter walker then stepped down as chairman as did the Committee, And asked Sergeant Knowles to take the chair to which she did She then thanked him and spoke about the role that the Police play in society, And how savings had to be made in the budget, saying that the Police will endeavour to work to the upmost with the restricted finances Sergeant Knowles then praised the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum for it’s work in the community, she then named the persons that had put their names forward Peter walker, Margaret Walker, Brenda Thomas, Sandra Cooper, Mike Jones, Judi Jones Ann Newbold, Paula Aubrey, Ron Coley, Bill bird, And Dave Jee,  Peter walker then took the chair again and asked if there was any more nominations to the Committee  there were Non George Weil then Seconded the election nominations.
The replacement of dog pool lane bridge  Peter then welcomed the representives from Amey and West midlands travel to give their presentation they then spoke about the work to replace the bridge on dog pool lane they said that the bridge must be changed and what it meant to the local area  such as the route change of the number 76 the bus will go down pineapple road then Cartland road then Pershore road and onto Warwards Lane to which there will be a passing place with double yellow lines to enable buses to pass safely there then was a discussion about what was mentioned the first was about the buses mainly from pensioners saying that they would not have access to them and that it will limit the way that they go about their day if they lived on the bottom part of the pineapple estate and that they would have far to walk to Catch a bus and why wasn’t the bus coming down to the stop by the Highbury pub and then go up to pineapple road and follow the above planned route as they were first told at previous meetings there were many and varied solutions put forward about the bus route changes such as making Warwards lane one-way and turn right onto Pershore road at the end of st Stephens road but we were told that it wasn’t possible due to the road layout another was for the bus to go down selly park road and then onto Pershore road that would help those who live near dog pool lane,  but we were told that they would lose to many stops  but they were told that it was only two stops on Warwards lane and  then by many residents of Warwards lane  saying that some of them would not have parking  access near their homes, Wmt said that they had planned the route as not to lose to many bus stops and revenue it then came very clear that both Amey and Wmt did not know the area at all and that they are just roads on a map then one of the reps from Wmt said that he was new to the area  then Sergeant Knowles said that both contractors should go on a walk about with members of the public and find out what it would be like for the residents if these changes went ahead. It was said that if anyone interested in doing this that they leave their contact details to both parties after the meeting. And, that there were maps at the back of the hall so that we could see the routes and give our opinions to them.

The next meeting will take place on Monday the 12th January at Stirchley Community centre on Pershore road at 7.30pm.
There being no other issues the meeting closed at 9.10pm

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 815 559
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

1.   The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the any other ( but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items Where it does have prior knowledge and are in the interests of Stirchley)
2.   The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance to all political items  which are raised at the meeting; the Forum may take a stance ( positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to Community/ Neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area.
3.   The Forum’s management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4.   All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting. ( but business owners, not resident within the Forum’s area, do not have the right to attend and speak at Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meetings but business owners not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up a quorum)
5.   The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the forum’s meeting. the views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those if the Neighbourhood Form.

Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on January 27, 2012, 06:57:47 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of Meeting held on 9th January 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Helen Osborn and Emma Beech from Centro, PCSO Sally Stor, and 18 others.
Apologies:   S.J. Aubrey, John Clayton (SPSNF), Roxie Collins (Stirchley Happenings), Councillor Nigel Dawkins, George Weil.
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on December 12th 2011 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.   
Matters arising from the minutes
It was reported that ASDA has still not contacted residents about the revised plans for the Fordhouse Lane/Pershore Rd junction although these would significantly alter traffic flows in the neighbourhood; Councillor Huxtable will follow this up.
Pershore Road Travel Choices
Helen Osborn (Sustainable Traffic Officer) and Emma Beech (Travel Advisor) from Centro gave an update on the Pershore Road Travel Choices project, which has been running since February 2011.  The project aims to reduce traffic congestion on the Pershore Road by promoting alternative forms of transport; 5000 people living along the route have been contacted by the Centro team, and so far the results have been very positive, with 28% reporting that they have made changes to the way they travel.  The project has also worked with local schools, businesses and community groups, and has been involved with a number of events including the Stirchley Prospects Transport Workshop and the Community Market Christmas Carol Walk.  The project will run until June 2012, but support for sustainable travel will continue to be provided by Centro after this date. 
Tony Fox (Cannon Hill Park Friends) congratulated Helen and Emma on the project; he then added that CHPF would be launching a Carbon Free Football League in half term, and that the park would be staging a Community Games to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
A representative of St Andrews Healthcare reported that, as a result of the project, staff had increased their use of car sharing and public transport, and that their lunchtime walks had benefitted both staff and patients.
Felipe Molina, speaking on behalf of the Friends of Hazelwell Park, expressed an interest in linking up with the Pershore Road Travel Choices team to develop future projects.
Helen Osborn thanked everyone who had taken part in the project, and said how much she had enjoyed building networks within the local community. 
Councillor Huxtable reported that 10 routes in the Midlands were the subject of bids to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; one of these was the South Birmingham Technology Corridor (A38 and A441), and this project, if successful, would include infrastructure works in addition to building upon the work of the Pershore Road Travel Choices project.
Number 76 Bus Route
Councillor Huxtable reported that Centro are looking at providing a limited shoppers’ service to connect the Pineapple Estate to Kings Heath while Dogpool Lane is closed for bridge reconstruction, and the number 76 bus is rerouted along Cartland Rd.
Concern was raised that local residents were still unaware of the planned road closure; Councillor Huxtable stated that residents would be notified when a start date was known, but that this was dependent on the outcome of ASDA’s planning application, as approval might mean postponement of the project whilst the Fordhouse Lane/Pershore Rd junction was remodelled.
Planning applications
2011/03485/PA: Sandra Cooper reported that the Forum has made a submission on ASDA’s revised planning application, based on comments from previous meetings.
2011/08070/PA: The period for comments to be submitted on the conversion of Franklin House to residential use has been extended to January 26th. 
Councillor Huxtable stated that the proposed development would not include any student accommodation, and that there had been a mixed response from local residents: Cadbury/Kraft are objecting to the scheme and Councillor Dawkins will be presenting a petition from local residents who oppose the development.
2011/07968/PA: The Forum objected to this application for a fast food takeaway, but the Planning Committee has recommended it be approved; Peter Walker expressed his disappointment that the once again the opinions of the Forum and local residents had been disregarded.   
2011/08173/PA: Loaf Social Enterprise Ltd. has applied to convert the former billiards shop at 1421 Pershore Rd into a cookery school, bakery and retail unit for the South Birmingham Food Co-operative.  There was considerable support for the project within the room, but Sandra Cooper expressed her concern about the lack of detail in the application, particularly with regards to the number of people that might use the cookery school given the absence of any designated car parking. 
2011/08190/PA: Magnet has applied for a certificate confirming change of use to retail.
2011/08529/PA: Councillor Huxtable mentioned the proposal to replace the florists and car showroom on Vicarage Rd with a building for A1 (retail) and A5 (takeaway) use, together with the development of 7 self-contained apartments.
Policing update
PCSO Sally Stor reported that vehicle crime continued to be a problem: plain clothes officers were operating in the village, but residents should not leave valuables in their cars. 
The theft of blue bricks by bogus workmen has happened again; if people have any suspicions as to the legitimacy of workmen they should phone 101. 
Local residents were requested to report any suspected cannabis factories to the police. 
PCSO Stor informed the meeting that a woman has been charged following the death of a 76 year old pedestrian on the crossing on Umberslade Rd.
PCSO Stor will pass on details of the following reports: visitors to the Lloyds cash point are leaving their vehicles unattended with the engines running – this presents a dangerous temptation to car thieves; some customers of The Highbury are parking away from the pub car park in order to evade police attention when drink driving; a resident of Newlands Rd was approached by a man driving a van with foreign number plates who asked if his car was available for scrap; the illuminated section of the zebra crossing pole adjacent to Stirchley Community School is not working.
Matters arising   
Brenda Thomas expressed her disappointment that the lights on the Stirchley Christmas tree stopped working on December 15th.  Peter Walker mentioned the comment about Stirchley’s “cheap” Christmas lights that had been posted on the website, but added that this had been followed by extremely positive feedback from someone who had attended the switch-on.
Councillor Huxtable stated that the Pershore Rd would not become a red route, contrary to the opinions of a number of 45/47 bus drivers.
Councillor Huxtable also reported that those streets in Stirchley that had not had new lampposts in the last ten years would be getting the new energy efficient LED street lamps.
A resident of Ashbrook Rd suggested that residents should jointly fund a solution to the quagmire that has developed at the back of their homes; Councillor Huxtable did not think that this was feasible, as not all residents would be willing or able to contribute. 
There was an enquiry about the outcome of the judicial review of the decision by BCC to sell land to Tesco rather than the Co-op.  This began on December 16th but the judgement was deferred as the judge did not feel he had sufficient experience to make a ruling; the review is now scheduled to take place in February at the High Court in Manchester, but Tesco are requesting that it be transferred to London, in which case the review would be delayed until March.  If BCC lose, the full sum paid plus any interest will be returned to Tesco.
A local resident asked whether the money earmarked by the council for the alterations to the Fordhouse Lane/Pershore Rd junction would be available for Stirchley, if this project was paid for by ASDA.  Councillor Huxtable thought this was unlikely, as it had been part of a much larger project to improve junctions along the A4040 number 11 bus route.
Upcoming events   
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on January 11th at the Community Church, 7.00pm.
The next Bournville Ward Committee Meeting is on January 12th at Rowheath Pavilion.
Stirchley Prospects are holding an Urban Design Workshop in their shop on January 12th, 7.30pm, to discuss the public square that ASDA are proposing.  There are also three workshops to discuss the future of Stirchley Park to be held in the park on January 15th, 29th and February 12th.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a meeting on January 22nd, 4.00pm at Stirchley Community Church.  They will be meeting with the park ranger to arrange more work days, as well as collating information from their recent consultation.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting of the SNF will be Monday February 13th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre, and Councillor Dawkins will be giving a talk about the future of Stirchley.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the Any Other Business (but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley)
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but business owners, not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up quorum)
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.

   
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 01, 2012, 09:04:31 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th February 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Emma Larkinson from Stirchley Prospects, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Sgt Isobel Knowles and 42 others.
Apologies:   Bill Bird, Roxie Collins (Stirchley Happenings), Jean Glen (SPSNF), Dave Jee and George Weil.
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on January 9th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Matters arising from the minutes
There were no matters arising from the minutes.
Update from Stirchley Prospects
Emma Larkinson from the Community Interest Company Place Prospectors outlined the progress of the Stirchley Prospects project that she and Jayne Murray have been running from the former Crafts ‘n’ Sew On shop on the Pershore Rd.  The project began in June 2011 by researching the history of Stirchley with a view to making a series of interventions aimed at improving the village. 
Subsequently a series of public service workshops brought together local people with experts in transportation, planning policy and urban design to discuss the current traffic situation and the opportunities offered by the proposed ASDA development.  As a result of the transport workshop a series of drawings illustrating suggested improvements to the Pershore Rd were produced; these will be available to view in the Stirchley Prospects shop on March 9th between 6 and 8 pm.  The planning workshop was followed up with a questionnaire that was distributed through the SNF and local traders to determine local opinion as to how any 106 monies could be used; the most popular ideas were shop front improvements, increasing footfall through the provision of activities and better car parking.  The urban design workshop, facilitated by architects Bryant Priest Newman, resulted in a submission to the planning department regarding the design of the proposed public square.
Stirchley Prospects have also worked in partnership with the owners of the International Supermarket on the corner of Church Drive to install an artwork entitled “Prosperity” that references the sources of Stirchley’s past affluence.
The future of Stirchley Village
Councillor Nigel Dawkins thanked the Chairman for inviting him to the Forum and began his talk with an assessment of the current state of Stirchley village.  A number of reasons were suggested for the poor state of the high street: the age and size of the retail units, the narrow pavements and lack of clear car parking, and the relocation or loss of the factories and businesses upon which Stirchley traditionally depended.  The closure of the Bournville Lane Baths in 1987 was described as an “act of vandalism” at a time when Stirchley was already in decline and in need of investment. 
Since Councillor Dawkins was elected in 2002, he has been working towards bringing a large supermarket development to Stirchley as this offered the most realistic option for bringing in the investment required to kick start the wider regeneration of the village.  He reported that Tesco are definitely coming to Stirchley, although there are still a number of hurdles to be overcome.  Tesco will bring regeneration to the North end of the high street with a new store, new retail units, associated landscaping and traffic improvements, a restored Stirchley Baths and the redevelopment of former Kwiksave.  Councillor Dawkins believes that this significant regeneration will attract further investment to the high street.
Stirchley Baths are to be restored as a replacement community centre; this will form part of the new civic centre for Stirchley incorporating the library and Friends Meeting House.  Councillor Huxtable stated that the £3.5 million cost of this project is being funded through section 106 monies, but BCC will be guaranteeing this sum until the judicial review of the sale of land to Tesco by the council is resolved.  The Co-op instigated this action that has set the development back by 5 years, but with BCC support the restoration of the Baths will commence this year.   
Councillor Dawkins conceded that supermarket led regeneration was “not everyone’s cup of tea”; in 2002 he had personally opposed the original planning application submitted by ASDA for the Arvin Meritor site as Tesco were expected to open soon, and the development would result in the loss of industrial land.  However, the changed economic landscape meant that he was now looking very closely at what the current ASDA proposal could offer.  He has stipulated that any supermarket development should not have an adverse effect on existing businesses; consequently the vehicular entrance from the Pershore Rd has been eliminated from the application.  In order to support the existing small scale retail business model, ASDA would fund a Stirchley Village Regeneration Board which would administer the allocation of hundreds of thousands of pounds to projects that would bring Stirchley up to standard and attract new businesses over the next 10 years.  The planning application is yet to be decided, but ASDA have been told that the chapel must be retained.
A local resident expressed their concern that the Co-operative supermarket would fail as result of these new developments, creating a large derelict site in the village.  Councillor Dawkins stated his belief that the Co-op would respond by reconfiguring its business model; additionally he hoped that the Co-op would gift the Friends Meeting House to BCC so that it could form part of the new civic quarter.  Emma Larkinson reported that the Co-op are to let the Friends Meeting House to a tenant from the community sector.
Another resident questioned why the council couldn’t buy the former Levines building adjacent to the Friends Meeting House; Councillor Dawkins stated that this would never happen and that the owners of Levines were trying to rent it out, with no success to date.
Concerns were raised about the car parking provision associated with the Tesco development.  One resident felt that the car park was too distant from the high street to function as a shoppers’ car park; a number of other people expressed their preference for the car park to be at the front of the store.  Councillor Dawkins responded that there were 450 spaces that would be available 24 hours a day and that the car park was located at the rear of the store as any development was required to have a functioning street frontage.  A resident asked whether either Tesco or ASDA would be open 24 hours; Councillor Dawkins stated that this would not happen.   
The current problems associated with illegal parking on the Pershore Rd were raised, as it was thought that these should be addressed before the supermarket developments went ahead as they would exacerbate traffic congestion.  The “tidal” parking system was criticised but Councillor Dawkins explained that this was the fairest system for local businesses and that it should work, but traffic wardens were legally required to give drivers 20 minutes’ notice before issuing a ticket.  Councillor Dawkins was however willing to reassess the tidal system; Emma Larkinson added that the Stirchley Prospects transport workshop had produced a proposal to enhance the Pershore Rd for both road users and pedestrians.  Councillor Dawkins reported that Tesco had been required to prove that their proposed strategy for traffic management would work; likewise ASDA were required to submit a traffic analysis and BCC would make a decision based on the greater good.  A resident of Fordhouse Lane expressed the opinion that their interests were being sacrificed to the demands of high street businesses; they added that the vehicular entrance to ASDA and consequent relocation of bus stops would result in the loss of on street car parking spaces which they depend upon. 
A representative of Stirchley Happenings questioned the limited focus of the Stirchley Village Regeneration Board (SVRB) on improvements to the retail offer; they felt that this approach overlooked the grassroots community groups that could really benefit from extra investment.  Councillor Dawkins stated that the SVRB would share the same aims as these voluntary groups, and that they could be represented on the board.  Emma Larkinson highlighted the opportunity to support new business start-ups, and pointed out that both LOAF Community Bakery and the Birmingham Bike Foundry had been incubated through the Stirchley Community Market.  Emma Larkinson wanted clarification on the structure and remit of the SVRB, and questioned how it would relate to the neighbouring bid by Cotteridge to become a Business Improvement District (BID).  Councillor Dawkins responded that the SVRB would be a legal entity whose funds would be held by BCC as the accountable body, and that members would include local residents, traders and councillors who would be able to call in expertise.  A member of the SNF’s committee felt that there were already a large number of voluntary organisations working to benefit Stirchley, and questioned why a new organisation was required when the SNF could perform a similar role; Councillor Dawkins responded that the sums of money involved were too great.  Emma Larkinson pointed out that the SVRB would only go ahead if the ASDA application was approved, and questioned why alternative vehicles for regeneration such as BIDS and Community Development Trusts had not been considered.  Councillor Dawkins reassured the forum that the SVRB was a standard model that offered the best return, but the comparison he drew with the Aston Pride prompted a concerned resident to raise the potential for corruption in the granting of contracts. 
Councillor Huxtable announced that the SNF had been granted a £700 by the Bournville Ward Committee, and that this was the seventh consecutive year that such an award had been made.  As with the SVRB model, the SNF is free to spend the money as they see fit, but BCC is the accountable body.
A representative of Stirchley Happenings and a member of the committee raised their concerns about the public consultation process for the new Community Centre; Councillor Dawkins responded that there would be a meeting of the Friends of Stirchley Baths in the next two to three weeks and that there would be an opportunity to influence the design.  In response to the ground floor plan that had been produced for public consultation, Councillor Dawkins suggested that this was not a final plan, although his preference was for the entrance to be at the rear of the building. 
A commitment was given that the Indoor Bowls Centre would not be moving into the Indoor Tennis Centre at Billesley, but as these facilities shared a number of services, a “world class” Indoor Bowls facility would be provided adjacent to the Indoor Tennis.  Although there has been no reduction in the Community Facilities Replacement Fund agreed with Tesco, BCC has experienced a substantial cut to its budget, and financial savings are to be made by streamlining the running costs of any new facility.  Councillor Huxtable confirmed that £1.5 million is to be allocated to the Indoor Bowls and that this will be spent in the 2012/13 and 13/14 financial years and that it will not result in the loss of amenities from the Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre.
A local resident praised the council for their work on resurfacing Hazelwell Street’s pavements. 
The Chairman thanked Emma Larkinson and Councillor Dawkins for coming to the meeting.
Policing update
Sgt Isobel Knowles reported that the police were working on a Business Watch with local traders, and that the theft of vehicles had been reduced by 50% between December and January but that the theft of licence plates was still a problem.  Two boys had been arrested for stealing number plates in Ashbrooke Rd and given curfews, but any concerned car owners can have anti-theft screws fitted to their number plates free of charge at the Cotteridge branch of Halfords if they present a letter from WM Police. 
Matters arising   
There was no time to take any questions from the floor.
Upcoming events   
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a meeting on Sunday February 19th, 4.00pm at Stirchley Community Church, any interested local residents would be very welcome.
Stirchley Prospects are holding two drop-in sessions at their shop for the Hazelwell Lane memorial project: these are between 7.00 – 9.00pm on Wednesday February 22nd and Wednesday February 29th, and the project will conclude with a celebratory walk on Sunday March 3rd beginning at the Hazelwell Pub at 2.00pm and finishing in Hazelwell Lane.
The first Stirchley Community Market of 2012 will be on March 6th at the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club, 4.00 – 8.00 pm.
Stirchley Community Group are holding an Open Day on Wednesday March 7th at Stirchley Community Centre, 10.30 – 11.30am and 7.00 – 9.00pm.
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on March 14th at Masefield Community Centre.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting of the SNF will be Monday March 12th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the Any Other Business (but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley)
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but business owners, not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up quorum)
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.

   
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 30, 2012, 11:45:53 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 12th March 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Roxie Collins (Stirchley Happenings), Sandra Green (Green Revolutions), Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sal Stor and 22 others.
Apologies:   Bill Bird, John Clayton (SPSNF), Sandra Cooper, Imogen Mortiboys and Simon Lloyd (St. Andrews Healthcare) and 5 others.
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on February 13th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Matters arising from the minutes
There were no matters arising from the minutes.
Art Soak
Roxie Collins from Stirchley Happenings presented an update on the work of their group and outlined the timetable of events for the upcoming Art Soak.  Stirchley Happenings is a voluntary group formed from five local residents that put on creative activities in Stirchley: these include the monthly Stirchley Community Market and the Travelling Bug House series of occasional film nights.  Stirchley Happenings is also the lead organisation in the Selly Oak Arts Forum, a city wide initiative funded by BCC with the aim of promoting arts activities in each of Birmingham’s 10 constituencies.  The local Arts Champion for Selly Oak is the CBSO, and the orchestra have been involved in the formation of a Community Choir that meets every Thursday at The Hub, Hazelwell.  Art Soak is a day of arts activities to be held in venues across the constituency on Saturday March 24th: for further information see the website at http://artsforumsellyoak.wordpress.com/
Green Revolutions Car Club
Sandra Green presented her proposal to create a Car and Electric Bike Club in Stirchley.  The business, which will take the form of either a co-operative or a social enterprise, is in an early stage of development and Sandra is consulting with local residents before deciding on the types of car that will be available and where they will be located.  The cars will not be electric, and the first pick up point is likely to be in the Co-op car park as BCC are unwilling to provide designated on-street bays until the business becomes more established.  Local residents will need to register with the scheme and receive a smart card; booking will take place via the website and cars and bikes will be available by the hour, day or weekend.  Green Revolutions can be contacted on sandra@green-revolutions.org; the website is Green Revolutions | Pay-as-you-go cars & bikes     
Councillor Huxtable reported that BCC are launching a Car Club in conjunction with a major international private provider on March 15th, although he was unable to state the extent of this scheme.  Sandra Green was unaware of this initiative despite having consulted with the relevant department at BCC. 
A local resident supported the scheme but expressed their concern about informal car sharing groups that meet up in Stirchley and fill up on street parking bays for the whole day.  Councillor Huxtable acknowledged the need for more Park and Ride schemes and reported that Centro were looking into this.  He suggested that any future development proposals for 29b and 29c Mary Vale Road could incorporate some Park and Ride provision.  Another resident suggested that Green Revolutions should consider using diesel cars as these had a greener life cycle than hybrid cars which would eventually require the disposal of a battery; second hand cars were also proposed as a more environmentally sustainable option. 
Sandra Green thanked the Forum, and Peter Walker invited her to return when the project was ready to launch.
Planning update   
Judicial Review of the sale of land by BCC to Tesco, instigated by the Midlands Co-op: Councillor Huxtable reported that a ruling would be made before the end of March.
Policing update   
In response to the recent spate of thefts of wing mirrors from BMW Minis, marker pens are being made available to owners so that they can postcode their mirrors.
Councillor Huxtable confirmed that BCC now has an enforcement Smart Car that will be used to monitor parking outside schools, particularly on the zigzag lines. 
PCSO Sal Stor thanked everyone who had helped to deliver leaflets, but announced that these were no longer being distributed.
Matters arising   
Tom Baker of LOAF announced that planning permission had been granted for the conversion of the former A&D Billiards shop to create a cookery school, bakery and shop (with the South Birmingham Food Co-operative), and that work would begin very soon.  Once the project is complete, an open day is planned, with pizzas and live music.
A local resident contrasted the poor state of the footpaths in Hazelwell Park with those in Calthorpe Park, which were currently being re-laid.  Councillor Huxtable explained that this work was the result of the sale of land in another part of that constituency, and that funds for similar projects in Bournville Ward might become available soon.  In response to a query about the condition of the canal towpath in Stirchley, Councillor Huxtable will forward an evaluation of the work undertaken by British Waterways to the SNF.
Bournville Lane Baths/Tesco: the allocation of £3.9 million by BCC for the refurbishment of the Baths was questioned, as this money was thought to be guaranteed by Tesco.  Councillor Huxtable responded that Tesco may still not go ahead and that the current cost of the refurbishment and the relocation of the Indoor Bowls exceeded the sum raised through the sale of the Community Centre to Tesco.  Emma Larkinson (Stirchley Prospects) expressed her disappointment that the proposed Tesco development would result in a net reduction in resources available to the local community.  Councillor Huxtable disputed this assertion and highlighted recent instances of investment in Stirchley including the provision of new play equipment, wayfinding lights along the River Rea and “pocket” parks.
A resident of Newlands Road questioned the positioning of the new street lamps. Councillor Huxtable explained that AMEY were responsible for the layout and that the lights were being located to the rear of the pavement where they would be less likely to be damaged by road traffic, whilst giving better illumination for pedestrians; in addition one for one replacement was not always necessary.
Roxie Collins requested that the Selly Oak Arts Forum be made aware of any urban arts projects that were unable to secure Community Chest funds as they might be able to assist.
Councillor Huxtable was unable to give a date for the next meeting of the Friends of Stirchley Baths, as this was an initiative being led by Councillor Dawkins.
A resident of Falkland Croft stated their continued problems with ball games and dog fouling; PCSO Stor proposed further patrols of the area.
Upcoming events   
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on March 14th at Masefield Community Centre; the following meeting will be on April 26th at Stirchley Community Centre.
As part of Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival, Stirchley Happenings will be curating an evening at the Old Royal Pub on March 15th; the main feature will be the Lavender Hill Mob.
The Friends of Stirchley Park will be meeting on March 20th, 7.00pm at the British Oak.
Stirchley Prospects are hosting an event to celebrate the culmination of the first stage of their project on March 22nd, 6.00 – 8.00 pm in their Pershore Road shop.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a meeting on March 18th, 4.00pm in the café of Stirchley Community Church.  On March 31st there will be an unofficial litter pick in the park, 10.30 – 11.30am, please bring your own gloves; the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on April 9th, 2.00 – 4.00pm.
The next Stirchley Community Market will be on April 3rd, outside the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club.   
The next Travelling Bug House night will be a screening of the Titanic film “A Night to Remember” at the British Oak on Sunday April 15th.
The Cannon Hill Park Spring Fair will take place from 2nd – 4th June, 12 – 6pm, this will be followed by the Diamond Decades Jubilee Party on June 5th. 
Date of the next meeting
There will be no meeting of the SNF in April; the next meeting will be Monday May 14th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the Any Other Business (but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley)
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but business owners, not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up quorum)
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 02, 2012, 12:45:48 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 14th May 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Tom Baker (LOAF), Arun Paresh (Stirchley Newsagents) Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Phil Walkling, PS Isobel Knowles, PCSO Sal Stor and 48 others.
Apologies:   Bill Bird, George Weil   
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
The Future of Stirchley
Tom Baker and Arun Paresh gave an update on the Portas bid, prepared by Cotteridge Traders’ Association (CTA) and Stirchley Prospects, which presented a number of ideas to reinvigorate local shopping areas.  The bid is for a share of a £1,000,000 fund created by central government to revive failing high streets; 10 areas will share the fund and a decision is expected in the next few weeks.  Rob Grosvenor, chair of the CTA, reported that BCC Planning had expressed an interest in attending a CTA meeting and exploring the proposals outlined in the bid, and alternative options for funding should it be unsuccessful. 
TB presented the major problems facing Stirchley’s high street: high vacancy rates, high volume of traffic, limited car parking, low footfall, a lack of local services, low investment by disengaged (out of area) business owners and an uninterested local council.  He also identified a number of “green shoots” of recovery such as the Stirchley Community Market, niche retailers, grassroots activism, community groups and a burgeoning arts scene.  Suggestions made for reversing the fortunes of the high street included shop front and environmental improvements, community events and a business directory.  TB reported that Kings Heath BID had presented a 10 year plan for their shopping centre to B’ham South Regeneration.  TB raised the possibility of creating a Traders’ Association for Stirchley.
A member of the Forum suggested that the stirchley.co.uk website could be further developed as a business directory, as local advertising already funded the community site.  They also cited Picnic in the Park as an existing community event. 
Peter Walker mentioned the online survey that had received 48 responses and revealed a desire for quality local shops such as a baker’s and a butcher’s.  Arun Paresh reported that he was working towards bringing a butcher’s to the High St., and that he had also made contact with the Royal Mail about opening a Sub Post Office.  PW stated that the SNF would support any bid to bring back Post Office services.   
Emma Larkinson (Stirchley Prospects) stated that the proposals that came out of their Transport Workshop had been sent to Councillor Huxtable.  The results of the questionnaire soliciting suggestions for any ASDA 106 monies have been sent to BCC Regeneration; EL will forward these to TB.  EL also reported that Stirchley Prospects were trying to get Stirchley’s name returned to the signage for Bournville train station.
A local resident suggested that such proposals would be best delivered by a Town Centre Manager (TCM), and expressed the opinion that changes had happened faster during Matt Powell’s two year tenure as TCM.  TB stated that the Portas bid had proposed the creation of a Pershore Road Business Improvement District and budgeted for a TCM.  Sandra Cooper asserted the Forum’s desire to collaborate on any joint ventures to improve Stirchley.
Dave Jee suggested the opening up of Stirchley School’s playground at weekends to provide shoppers’ car parking.  Sandra Cooper (Chair of Governors) stated that the governing body had refused a previous request, but that they would reconsider the suggestion.     
Councillor Huxtable thanked EL for the transport workshops and explained that BCC were awaiting the outcome of a £54 million bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; if successful a portion would fund improvements to the Pershore Rd.  Councillor Huxtable added that he felt the accusation that BCC were uninterested was unfair and stated that both Judith Parry-Evans and Peter Wright had given their support to initiatives, and cited a number of examples of BCC’s assistance in local regeneration strategies including the Inhabit Tearoom, Community Market, TCM and environmental improvements. 
TB requested that any if anyone had any further suggestions for improvements to Stirchley they could email him or pop into either Stirchley Newsagents or Headmasters in Cotteridge.   AP gave a recap of the Stirchley Privilege Card introduced last year; these can be obtained free from Stirchley Newsagents and give discounts in over 20 local shops and services.
PW thanked Tom and Arun for their update.
Policing update
Anti-social behaviour in Harvest Close: Sgt Knowles reported that increased patrols and home visits have resulted in no further incidents; the police continue to monitor the situation.
Shed burglaries: 7 burglaries have been reported in Plymouth Rd and Lewis Rd; these have mainly taken place at night.  Shed alarms are available from the police.  Residents were reminded to lock both sheds and bikes securely, and to mark equipment stored in sheds.
A report of suspicious behaviour by a local resident resulted in arrests and the recovery of stolen goods; a burglar was also arrested following their identification on CCTV.  A cannabis factory was discovered by police on Bournville Lane. 
A local resident asked whether the details of a mugger active in the Mary Vale Rd area could be circulated by email.  Sgt Knowles responded that although the internet had proved very useful in circulating the details of missing persons, the police were wary of spreading unnecessary alarm and that they would have to be certain that it was the same individual who had been responsible for the three incidents.
St Andrew’s Healthcare   
The public relations manager of St. Andrew’s Healthcare outlined their proposal to extend the hospital onto an adjacent site; the outline planning permission that is currently being prepared will also address the problem of flooding that affects the wider area. 
A local resident expressed their concerns about the expansion of a facility that houses people with mental health issues who would otherwise be in prison; they did concede however that there had been no problems since the unit opened 3.5 years ago.  The PR manager explained that the new facility would be supporting the same types of patient, and that the extension would include more therapeutic space and car parking. 
Sandra Cooper requested that a paper copy of the application be made available to the Forum as these were no longer available in Stirchley library.
Planning update
The application to build a house at 49 Ivy Rd was refused; no appeal has been lodged.
Matters arising
Fordhouse Lane Micro-park: a member of the committee raised their concerns about the condition of the micro-park at the top of Fordhouse Lane; Councillor Huxtable responded that the Friends of Hazelwell Park had applied for the original funds that had been used to improve this area and that their bid had included taking responsibility for maintenance.  Councillor Huxtable also stated that the park bench would shortly be relocated to a more appropriate position closer to the bus stop; however an entrance at the top of the park is unlikely to be possible because of safety barriers erected by Network Rail. 
ASDA: Councillor Huxtable announced that the ASDA planning application would not go to the planning committee on May 24th, as it had been deferred until June for further legal comment.
Dogpool Lane closure: Councillor Huxtable announced that work to rebuild the bridge was due to start at the end of June.
Stirchley Community Centre/Stirchley Baths: Councillor Huxtable stated that the incoming Labour administration had halted the project to restore Stirchley Baths as a Community Hub; this was despite the Full Business Case being approved by the Cabinet Committee for Property on March 8th. 
Councillor Phil Walkling replied that a number of capital developments had been suspended for review, which in the case of Stirchley Baths would address the balance of proposed uses within the building.  Councillor Walkling stated that this was a pause rather than a stop and that he would keep local residents informed of the situation; a decision was expected in a few weeks.  In response to a further question about the delay he added that the project remained high on his agenda and the agenda of local MP Steve McCabe, and that there would be further consultation with residents, organisations and local businesses as it was felt that the previous scheme had been developed in too much haste.  Councillor Walkling also suggested that Tesco’s move to slow down new supermarket developments may also impact on the Baths.       
A member of the committee expressed their concern that the changed political situation in Bournville Ward would be to the detriment of Stirchley; all three councillors assured the forum that this would not be the case, as they had gone into politics for the betterment of their local area.
A member of the Committee questioned why the Full Business Case for Stirchley Baths had given a figure of £18,500 for the projected revenue from community uses when the current facility takes at least £24,000 pa.  Councillors Huxtable and Sealey replied that the report had been based on figures that were achievable, and these erred on the side of caution.
There was some debate about the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund: Emma Larkinson (Stirchley Prospects) suggested that the bid would still be able to proceed despite the uncertainty; Councillor Huxtable replied that he had been informed otherwise by BCC officers.  EL also suggested that the ‘pause’ in the project represented an opportunity to have a more detailed discussion about the proposed uses for the building and also to achieve a higher quality design.  EL felt that there had been insufficient local consultation and that this would have enhanced the design; Councillor Huxtable replied that there needed to be a balance between the raising of local expectations through an open consultation process and the requirement to work within a tight financial envelope.  A member of the committee suggested that this financial envelope should have been explained to local people, and that the Stirchley Baths project was intended to be a community facility rather than a council facility.  A number of local residents welcomed the opportunity for further discussion about the Baths as they too felt that this would result in a better facility; one suggestion was that Planning for Real could be utilised as a  tool for consultation.  EL suggested that this should be extended to enable a discussion on the regeneration of the whole of Stirchley, and that this could involve the BCC Regeneration Team. 
A local resident questioned how the project was being funded.  Councillor Huxtable replied that the funds were initially coming from corporate prudential borrowing and that this would be paid off with the receipts from the sale of the existing community centre to Tesco; he added that not every proposal based on corporate prudential borrowing had been halted by the new administration.
Moor Green Lane/Dad’s Lane/Dogpool Lane junction: a local resident raised their concerns about the safety of this junction for both road users and pedestrians.  Councillor Huxtable replied that altering the junction would involve the relocation of statutory services which was prohibitively expensive; he would however request BCC engineers to reconsider the layout. 
Upcoming events   
The Friends of Stirchley Park will be meeting on May 17th, 7.00pm at the British Oak.
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on Thursday May 24th, 7.00pm at Rowheath Pavilion.
There is a table top sale in St Andrews Church on May 27th, 10.00am to 12.00pm.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a meeting on June 10th, 4.00pm in the café of Stirchley Community Church. 
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday June 11th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as part of the Any Other Business (but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley)
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting. (Business owners, not resident within the forum area, do not have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but business owners, not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up quorum)
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 22, 2012, 10:11:32 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 11th June 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Phil Walkling, Sgt Isobel Knowles and 28 others.
Apologies:   C. Shellard and L. Richardson   
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on May 14th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Matters Arising from the Minutes
Councillor Huxtable announced that none of Birmingham’s Portas bids had been successful; there will however be a second opportunity to bid for funding.  BCC has also been awarded £100,000 for a High Street Innovation Fund; Councillor Huxtable has recommended that BCC allocate these monies to improvements in Stirchley, Cotteridge and Kings Norton.
Councillor Huxtable informed the meeting that the commencement of works to the Dogpool Lane Bridge had been postponed; a local resident was able to confirm that works on the temporary bridge would start in July/August and that the road closure would take place in November.  Councillor Huxtable responded that he was advocating a closure that coincided with school holidays, and hoped that this was the final postponement; he added that it would be beneficial if flood defences were incorporated in the design.
Neighbourhood Watch
Dave Jee, a member of the SNF committee and a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for 26 years, gave a talk on the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, which encourages people to work together to reduce crime in their communities through mutual surveillance and effective communication with the police.  Dave Jee thanked Sgt Isobel Knowles and Councillor Huxtable for their sustained support, and encouraged local residents to sign up for the scheme.  Councillor Huxtable added his support for Sgt Knowles; Sgt Knowles thanked Dave Jee and the community as a whole.
Policing update
Sgt Knowles informed the meeting that the River Rea corridor had been used as a getaway route in a number of recent incidents: property stolen in a burglary in Pineapple Rd was found in Hazelwell Park; a group of youngsters using the Whit Marley factory broke into a neighbouring property and made their escape along the Rea – WMP are working with BCC to close this route; the property of a woman mugged close to the Community Centre was recovered in Falkland Croft.  Sgt Knowles thanked Dave Jee for reporting this find and also the local resident who reported an insecure property on Charlotte Rd, enabling police to make the property safe.  A member of the committee requested that local residents be kept informed about reports made to the police; Sgt Knowles responded that WMP were working to better co-ordinate Neighbourhood Watch members.
Following a serious RTC on the high street, traffic was diverted around Stirchley; this suggestion had come from the community, and Sgt Knowles cited this as a positive outcome of the good working relationship between local residents and the police.
Sgt Knowles announced that WMP are operating a Pub Watch scheme during Euro 2012.  The problem of youngsters congregating outside the Church of the Ascension on the Pineapple Estate is also being addressed. 
Planning  update
2012/03369/PA: Sandra Cooper reported that Farmfoods have applied to redevelop the former Levines store on Hazelwell Street; this will involve the demolition of a large section of the building adjacent to the Co-op to allow HGVs to enter and leave in forward gears.  The new store will provide 15 new jobs.  The SNF will make a response to this application: it would be preferable for the other side of the building to be demolished, further from the Friends’ Meeting House and Stirchley Baths; there are concerns about the practicality of bringing HGVs onto the site safely, and if deliveries are restricted to early mornings, this may cause a noise nuisance for residents of Bond Street.  Furthermore the SNF will suggest trial excavations prior to any works in order to establish the exact location of the Roman Road said to pass beneath the site.
A member of the Friends of Stirchley Park asked whether Farmfoods would be making improvements to the entrance to this park.  SC responded that the application proposed upgrading the external appearance of the building and new fencing, but that the change in levels prevented pedestrian access to the new store from the rear.  Councillor Huxtable added that as the building already had A1 consent, there was no requirement for a 106 agreement, but that he had spoken to Peter Wright, BCC South Regeneration Manager, as the scheme would impact on the road layout proposed by Tesco, which envisaged the downgrading of Hazelwell St.  Councillor Huxtable announced that Stirchley Park will soon be receiving a bench, but that a standalone dog waste bin could not be installed as this required specialist waste disposal; dog walkers should continue to use the regular bins.  Councillor Huxtable stated that the Co-op had no grounds for objecting to the Farmfoods proposal.  In response to a question about the Co-op’s intentions for the Arvin Meritor site, Councillor Huxtable stated that this is owned by a property developer with an exclusive agreement with ASDA.  Sgt Knowles added that this site needed to be secured properly.
Any Other Business
Community Centre/Stirchley Baths: Councillor Walkling informed the meeting that the Constituency Office had submitted a report to the Leader, Deputy Leader and Chief Executive of BCC proposing a way forward for this project; the necessary CPOs are being submitted to Cabinet for approval, and are unlikely to be refused.  Councillor Walkling stated that he fully supported the project, and a new public consultation process if it goes ahead.
Following consultation with Tesco, Councillor Huxtable was able to announce that, contrary to recent speculation, the company remains committed to the developing the Stirchley site.  Councillor Huxtable was also able to confirm that the Heritage Lottery Bid could not proceed until the initial BCC funding was in place.
In response to an enquiry about the future of the existing Constituency Office building, Councillor Huxtable stated that there were no plans currently, but raised the possibility of a Community Asset Transfer.  A member of the governing body stated that Stirchley School was unlikely to want the building in its current condition. 
A representative of Stirchley Happenings questioned the status of the draft Supplementary Planning Document which had been the subject of public consultation last year; Councillor Huxtable responded that the new administration was best placed to answer this, but that Stirchley required action rather than further feasibility studies.
Uncertainty was expressed as to the status of the Friends of Stirchley Baths; Councillor Sealey was able to confirm that this group still existed, and that a new chair would be nominated at the next meeting.
St Andrew’s Healthcare: Imogen Mortiboys announced that St Andrews Healthcare would be presenting their outline plans for expanding the Dogpool Lane facility, together with a proposal for flood mitigation, at Christ Church on June 21st from 1.30 – 7.00pm. 
¬Hole in road by the Red Lion Pub, water leak in Falkland Croft, leaking pipe on Tesco site: Councillor Huxtable undertook to report these problems to the relevant authorities.  Additionally, Councillor Huxtable reported that he had referred the concerns about the junction between Moor Green and Dads Lanes to the Hall Green District Engineers.
Use of Stirchley School car park for weekend shoppers: Sandra Cooper stated that this suggestion will be considered at the next full governing meeting in July.
Pershore Road parking: A local resident raised his concerns about the increasing tendency of motorists to park on the pavement, particularly in the vicinity of Mayfield Road and Akram’s restaurant.  Councillor Huxtable stated that the police were able to issue penalty notices if cars were obstructing the highway, on the pavement adjacent to restricted zones or on zig zag lines; Sgt Knowles will ask her team to look at this area in particular.     
Upcoming events   
The Friends of Stirchley Park are holding a meeting on June 13th, 7.00pm at The British Oak; the group needs to recruit a treasurer.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park are holding a Balsam Bash on June 16th, 10.30am - 1.00pm.
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on June 19th at Masefield Community Centre; the following meeting is at Stirchley Community Centre on July 26th.
Stirchley School are holding a Summer Fayre on Saturday June 23rd, 11.00am – 3.00pm.
The Bournville Village Fete is on June 30th.
The next Stirchley Community Market is July 3rd, 4.00 – 8.00pm outside the United Working Men’s Club.
CoCoMad is on July 7th in Cotteridge Park.
Stirchley Fun Day is in Hazelwell Park on Saturday September 15th; the SNF is looking for stall holders and events suitable for the arena.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday July 9th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre; Lisa Hartley will be talking about Sustrans.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on July 31, 2012, 01:36:23 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 9th July 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Phil Walkling, Sgt Isobel Knowles, PCSO Sal Stor and 15 others.
Apologies:   B. Bird, J. Clayton, S. Cooper, J. Jones, M. Jones, L. Richardson, M. Walker.
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on June 11th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Chairman’s Report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF.
13th June: attended Pershore Rd Town Team meeting. The recent Portas bid came 150th/371; there was not time to make a new film for the 2nd round submission. 
25th June: attended Cotteridge Traders’ Association AGM. Following a change to its constitution this now also covers Kings Norton, Stirchley and Bournville and has been renamed as the Lifford Business Association. The LBA will promote shorter term leases to encourage new ventures, and also continue to oppose new takeaways and restaurants. Residents may now attend meetings, but do not have the right to vote.
26th June: attended meeting of the Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, this addressed the proposed long term leasing of Pebble Mill and Holders Lane playing fields by UCB.
2nd July: attended exhibition of St Andrews Healthcare’s proposals for expanding their facility on Dogpool Lane.
Stirchley Fun Day: organising this annual event is proving harder than in previous years. Volunteers are needed to set up the event, and the SNF is also looking for stall holders and arena acts.
Matters Arising from the Minutes
2012/03369/PA: there has been no decision as yet on Farm Foods’ planning application.
River Rea “getaway route”: PCSO Stor informed the meeting that work had been carried out on the Whit Marley building over the weekend; a meeting with the current owners of the Arvin Meritor site is planned to discuss site security there. Councillor Huxtable added that the ASDA planning application would be decided in August and that any immediate fix would be temporary.
Use of Stirchley School as a Saturday shoppers’ car park: Ann Newbold, committee member and school governor, was able to inform the meeting that this suggestion had been rejected. Concerns included the safety of the car park entrance, and the cost of upkeep and staffing.
Sustrans
Lisa Hartley presented the Active Travel Champions scheme; more information available at:
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/support-sustrans/get-involved/volunteering-with-sustrans/active-travel-champions
Several local residents expressed their frustration with cyclists on pavements, and also inconsiderate use of the River Rea pathway; Lisa Hartley responded that Sustrans promoted “share with care” for cycle routes, and that cycle training would encourage more people to use the roads. In response to Peter Walker’s request, Sustrans will try to get a volunteer to attend the Stirchley Fun Day.
Community Centre Update
Councillor Walkling stated that the Selly Oak District Committee had been updated on the current progress of the Stirchley Baths Refurbishment at their first meeting; this was a public meeting and the minutes are available. The HLF bid is to proceed and there will be regular updates for local groups. Several residents expressed their concern that more consultation was unnecessary and would further delay the project; Councillor Walkling responded that he had received many complaints about the initial consultation and stated his belief that it was important to get the project right. Councillor Sealey asked where the funding would now come from, as this had been allocated by the previous administration and was not immediately dependent on the sale of land to Tesco; he also questioned how many members of the public had attended the district meeting. Councillor Walkling responded that BCC was committed to the devolution of power to the district level and that public meetings would be better advertised in the future.
Policing update
PCSO Stor was pleased to inform that group that there had been no major burglaries or car crime in the previous month. In response to a complaint about the use of quadbikes in Hazelwell Park, PCSO Stor responded that the police were unable to act unless such incidents were reported directly to them. A local resident questioned why the gate to the pedestrian link from Lifford House to the Pershore Rd had been locked for a number of weeks: Councillor Sealey will look into this and report back at the next meeting.
Planning  update
St Andrews Healthcare: an outline planning application is yet to be submitted, but this will comprise new secure wards, a shop/workshop/café and the relocation of the reception to the front of the site, and also a strategy for flood mitigation. Peter Walker welcomed the plans as a serious financial commitment to the area. One local resident whose property overlooks the site questioned why they had not been consulted on the original plans for the facility; Peter Walker added that he had only found out about the initial proposal through the SPSNF. Imogen Mortiboys (St Andrews Healthcare) stated that the plans were available online, but conceded that not everyone had access to the internet. It was suggested that leaflets should be distributed or displayed on local noticeboards. Councillor Huxtable confirmed that BCC conformed to the legal requirements for public consultation but added that there had been a fault with their computer system that resulted in a failure to make automatic contact with local residents from adjoining wards, when developments were close to ward boundaries. A representative of St Andrews attends every SNF meeting, and Peter Walker invited residents to sign up to the SNF email list so they could be kept informed of local issues.
Caribbean takeaway on Pershore Rd: a member of the committee noted that there had been no planning application prior to the opening up of this new business. Councillor Sealey informed the meeting that this was unnecessary as these premises had been given A5 use previously; a local resident suggested that there should be a time limit on such permissions. Another resident suggested that Stirchley be promoted as a Balti Half Mile; Councillor Huxtable responded that this suggestion had been considered previously but as this issue divided local opinion, it had not been pursued further.
1649 Pershore Rd: a local resident raised the application for a liquor licence until 4 am.
Any Other Business
Cartland Rd: a local resident suggested the installation of a speed display unit following a number of recent accidents. Councillor Huxtable stated that traffic calming measures were being considered as part of the wider works associated with the replacement of Dogpool Lane Bridge but added that as Cartland Rd was used by the emergency services speed bumps would be inappropriate.
AMEY site compound: concerns were raised that AMEY would not restore the area of parkland currently being used as a site compound, as the company had previously failed to restore green space on Ashbrook Grove. Councillor Huxtable stated that responsibility for restoration was written into AMEY’s contract and undertook to investigate the failure of this to happen in Ashbrook Grove.
Dogpool Lane Bridge works - replacement bus service: Centro have considered the provision of a temporary shuttle bus service connecting the Pineapple Estate with Kings Heath, and although a small number of properties will fall below access standards while the number 27 is diverted, financial constraints mean that it is unlikely that such a service will go ahead. Councillor Huxtable agreed that the diversion would leave older residents of the estate isolated and will continue to push for a shuttle service; Centro have suggested the Ring and Ride service as an alternative.
Rubbish bags in Bilberry Rd: a local resident suggested that a recent change of bin days has resulted in rubbish being put out throughout the week, attracting rats. Councillor Huxtable reported that Streetscene Officers were working with the Housing and Fleet Management departments to deal with this problem.
AGM in November: nomination forms are available for anyone interested in joining the committee.
Upcoming events   
The Church of the Ascension will be holding a summer fair on July 14th, 11.00am – 3.00pm.
The Stirchley Urban Resource Centre is being launched at the Stirchley Summit, on August 11th, 1.00 – 4.00pm at the Hazelwell Pub.
Stirchley Fun Day is in Hazelwell Park on Saturday September 15th.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday August 13th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on August 24, 2012, 03:18:49 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th August 2012, Stirchley Community Centre

Present:?Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Phil Walkling, Karen Cheney and 17 others.
Apologies:?B. Bird, S. Cooper, T. Fox, D. Jee, I. Mortiboys, L. Richardson, K. Stevens, G. Weil.

Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on July 9th 2012 were circulated; Karen Stevens (BCC) was added to the list of those present and the minutes were passed.  

Chairman’s Report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF:
3rd July: attended Stirchley Community Market AGM; financial report showed some modest improvements, the Co-op has funded more robust market stalls, and there was a suggestion that the market should take place outside the constituency office once a year.  The market has been invited to the Christmas lights switch-on on Wednesday December 5th, time TBC.
17th July: Bournville Ward Advisory Board Meeting.  Councillor Rob Sealey was re-elected as chairman; the following Community Chest bids were successful: CCTV for Rowheath car park, new planters for Elm Tree/Charlotte Rd, Northfield Stroke Club, inaugural meeting of the Stirchley Urban Resource Network, Wards Mean Business, security gating for Fordhouse Ln and Lewis Rd, painting cable boxes, extending micro parks, replanting wall adjacent to Stirchley trading estate and removal of graffiti.  The next District Committee will be on 12th September; this is a public meeting and replaces the Ward Committee meeting.
2nd August: together with B. Thomas, S. Cooper, R. Evans and P. Aubrey attended a meeting about the new Community Centre/Stirchley Baths (more later).
11th August: together with M. Walker, B. Thomas, S. Cooper and R. Evans attended the Stirchley Summit.  This was a meeting to establish the Stirchley Urban Resource Network, an association of groups and individuals that can pool resources and work collaboratively to deliver local projects for the benefit of Stirchley.

Matters Arising from the Minutes
Bournville Ward Advisory Board Meeting: Councillor Huxtable noted that this was the last such meeting, as they have now been abolished; neither Councillor Walkling nor Karen Cheney were able to inform the meeting of what would replace them.  Councillor Huxtable thanked Peter Walker and Brenda Thomas for their long service in attending these meetings.
Community Centre Update: Karen Cheney stated that the minutes of this meeting were currently unavailable online due to a technical problem but this will be resolved soon.

Community Centre/Stirchley Baths Update
Karen Cheney, District Service Integration Head for Selly Oak, updated the meeting on the progress that this project has made since her appointment in January 2012: the original proposal was for the refurbishment of the Baths as a community hub with a small customer service centre and constituency office; the £3.9 million cost would include a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid.  Following the May elections, the new executive requested further information on this and other capital projects; a briefing note was provided and the decision was made to proceed with the project but without the customer service and constituency facilities, in accordance with the cross-district accommodation strategy and remodelling of neighbourhood services.  This revised brief requires the development of alternative uses for the centre; consequently the current process of public engagement will take the form of a continual dialogue with stakeholders to ensure the creation of a viable community facility that meets local needs.  
Karen Cheney explained that the HLF had changed its application procedure: this is now a two stage process with the Phase One bid to be submitted on August 22nd and decided by late November.  If successful a Phase Two bid will be submitted in March 2013 with the result in June 2013.  Work could begin on site in the late summer of 2013 with a 12 month construction period.  The results of the March public consultation will form part of this submission, and the following suggestions have been addressed in the current proposal: the reduction in non-community space, the improvement in flow of the building for the Parent and Toddler groups, relocation of the kitchen, more multi-purpose spaces, and more storage.  The main remaining area of controversy is the car park; however there is an opportunity to negotiate with Farm Foods in order to acquire land and make the car park entrance two way.  There is still time for people to make comments on the current proposal, and although a planning application will be submitted towards the end of September there will still be some flexibility to change the design.  
There will be another public meeting on Thursday September 6th at 6.30pm in the Community Centre in order to go through the comments made at the last meeting and present the latest plans.  Karen Cheney invited all interested parties to make comments on the scheme: she can be contacted on Karen.Cheney@birmingham.gov.uk or by post at 1459 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2JL.
A local resident wanted clarification on the ownership of the Friends Meeting House and bowling green to the rear of the Baths.  Councillor Huxtable confirmed that the Friends Meeting House had been purchased by the Co-op and that the bowling green was owned in trust by BCC; a land swap is required to permit its development as a car park, an area of Cannon Hill Park has been identified but a decision on this issue has also been deferred.  The Co-op has so far proved unwilling to discuss the future of the Friends Meeting House with BCC, despite attempts by Councillors Huxtable and Sealey.  
A member of the committee questioned whether the local community could develop an alternative venue as a community centre and apply for funding independently of BCC; Karen Cheney stated that this was possible, and added that BCC do support local communities with HLF and other bids, some of which form part of community asset transfers.
A local resident asked whether the Jewish baths were to be retained, as these were of historical interest; Karen Cheney stated that the Jewish star on the pool hall wall, the front entrance, external walls and balcony were to be retained.  In addition to capital costs, the HLF bid will also be used for revenue through the appointment of engagement officers to develop history societies etc.  
In response to a question about the planned handover of the existing Community Centre to Tesco, Karen Cheney confirmed that this was due to take place in April 2013, although it may be delayed as the CPOs of surrounding properties were yet to be served.  BCC were investigating the possibility of using either the Stirchley Community Church or School to provide temporary accommodation.
A local resident commented that the process of public engagement was very passive, and should have included more direct strategies; Karen Cheney responded that 83 people had attended the latest public meeting, comments could also be submitted via the internet, and added that additional meetings would be held with residents of Bond St who had specific concerns about the car park.  Councillor Walkling supported the need for more direct engagement and added that the results of the survey conducted by Steve McCabe would be published soon.  A suggestion was made that a laminated copy of the plans could be posted on the door of the Baths; Karen Cheney felt that the pavement was too narrow for this to be safe but stated that the District web pages could soon include the current proposal.  
Another resident questioned why the Baths could not be restored as a swimming pool; Councillor Sealey stated that a pool would cost far more at around £13 million.  The construction of a new swimming pool within Stirchley was also suggested. Councillor Huxtable responded that he had petitioned for a new pool on the Selly Oak Hospital site, but that this had been rejected in favour of residential development; Birmingham University however is proposing to build a 50m pool on the Gun Barrels site.
In response to a suggestion that the Baths could be linked to the library, Karen Cheney responded that this would be too expensive, but that activities could link the two facilities.  There were also opportunities for Olympic legacy funding for sports activities and the new centre will have one badminton court.
Councillor Sealey stated that the removal of neighbourhood and district services from the current proposal for Stirchley Baths would require a new business plan to be submitted, as these represented a significant loss in revenue.  Karen Cheney responded that the original Full Business Case was based on estimated costs, but acknowledged that this would have to be resubmitted and that the centre would have to work financially.  
A member of the committee commented that the delay to the project would have cost implications as the Baths were deteriorating at a rapid rate; Councillor Huxtable stated that the previous scheme would have seen enabling works starting in July 2012.  Karen Cheney will investigate whether such work can go ahead prior to a decision on the HLF bid.  
Policing update
Attempted thefts from cars: a resident reported an individual attempting to open car doors on two occasions on Charlotte Rd; Peter Walker will pass this information to WMP.

Planning update
Bond St: a resident reported that a house on Bond St had been converted into flats without the correct permissions being sought; BCC confirmed that neither a planning application nor building regs submission had been received, and undertook to investigate; however the resident felt that this was an inadequate response as the work would be completed before any action could be taken.  Local residents expressed their concern that the destabilising effect that such conversions have had on the Bournbrook area could spread to Stirchley.

Any Other Business
Dogpool Lane Bridge Works: a local resident reported that stationary traffic at the lights was blocking the entrance to the garage access lane and that the one day closure of the bridge had caused traffic to use Ashbrook Rd as a rat run.  Councillor Huxtable stated that during the full closure no entry signs (except for access) will be erected at the entrances to Ashbrook and Derwent Rds; AMEY will contact the resident to discuss the garage access.
Grass cutting: a resident reported that the grass adjacent to Riverbrook Drive/Pit Leasow Close was not being cut; Councillor Huxtable will investigate.  
Stirchley Fun Day: Peter Walker thanked Roxie and Kerrie for their fantastic design for the Fun Day leaflets; volunteers to deliver them were called for, also volunteers to help on the day from 8.00 am onwards, raffle prizes, waders for the duck race, entertainment for the arena, stall holders, but no more caterers. Mick Jones added that the event was also being publicised via the Stirchley.co.uk website and twitter; photographs of previous Fun Days can also be found on the website, together with images of the interior of Stirchley Baths and Nechells Baths, which has been converted into a community facility.
Dine and Donate: on Saturday 2nd September Yasser Tandoori Restaurant is holding a charity evening, £10 per meal with 15% donated to St Mary’s Hospice.
AGM in November: nomination forms are available for anyone interested in joining the committee.

Upcoming events?
Stirchley Happenings are celebrating their third birthday with a free Travelling Bug House screening of Harvey on September 25th at the TASCOS, doors open at 4.30pm.
The next Stirchley Community Market is on September 4th, 4.00 – 8.00pm at the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club.
Stirchley Fun Day is in Hazelwell Park on Saturday September 15th, 12 noon to 4.00 pm.

Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday September 10th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre; Gary Peel will be coming to talk about the BUPA Great Birmingham Run.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 26, 2012, 12:04:33 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 10th September 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling, Gary Peal (Bupa), Karen Stevens, Sgt Isobel Knowles and 21 others.
Apologies:   11
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on August 13th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Chairman’s Report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF:
6th September: attended a meeting to update the community on the plans to restore Stirchley Baths as a replacement community centre.  Changes to the plans based on feedback received following the 02/08 meeting were presented: these included the addition of a ramp to the main entrance and an increase in the number of flexible rooms.  A second option for the car park was proposed; negotiations to acquire the necessary land from FarmFoods are underway.  As the car park is to be built on land held in trust by BCC, it was proposed that 5 acres of woodland next to Cannon Hill Park should be placed in trust.  A separate meeting was held with residents of Bond St (29/08) as they had specific concerns about the car park relating to security and privacy.  The plans must now be finalised as the planning application is due to go to committee in October, although minor variations will be possible later.  The bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted on 22/08; the outcome will be known in November.  BCC has approved the Compulsory Purchase Orders with the aim of offering vacant possession to Tesco by 31/03/2013; the centre manager is researching temporary venues for current user groups.  A steering group formed of local stakeholders is being set up to oversee the plans; in addition Peter Walker will represent the community on the Officer Project Group.  All information relating to this project can be found on the Bournville Ward page of the BCC website.
Stirchley Fun Day: Peter Walker reported that he and Brenda Thomas had been busy preparing for Saturday’s event in Hazelwell Park and called for volunteers to help setting up; he thanked Signarama for donating the banners, Webbs for the hi-vis vests, Printigo for the free logos, Roxie and Kerry for the flyers and everyone who had helped to deliver them. 
Policing Update
Sgt Isobel Knowles reported issues in the wider area (Cotteridge street drinkers, drug dealing in Cotteridge Park, Masefield Estate anti-social behaviour) and announced that a Burglary Initiative was starting this month with a focus on the prevention of repeat offending. 
Selly Oak District has a new Inspector, Simon Inglis; Sgt Knowles suggested that he might like to attend the AGM as he has an interest in building better community relations.
A male and female of Eastern European appearance requesting help with directions have committed a number of distraction thefts in the Vicarage Rd. area.
There have been several reports of a man walking with a 12 yr. old boy on a toddler strap; the police are aware of the family and there are no safeguarding issues.
A local resident reported that following a quiet summer, anti-social football games had recommenced in the Beilby and Windsor Rds area; Sgt Knowles will investigate.
In response to a report that WMP had declined to investigate a van left outside a resident’s property for 3 weeks, Sgt Knowles explained that beyond checking tax and insurance they were unable to take further action as no offence was being committed.
Bupa Great Birmingham Run: 12 October
Gary Peal updated the meeting on the preparations for this year’s half marathon: the route is identical to last year but the road closures will take place later and roads will be reopened earlier than previous years to reduce inconvenience; buses will continue to cross the Pershore Rd until 8.30 am.  In response to a complaint about the strict enforcement of road closures at 5 am, Gary apologised and stated that stewards were briefed not to be over zealous before the race started.  A local resident queried access arrangements for local businesses along the route; Gary responded that security passes were available.  There were also concerns about the effectiveness of the barrier at the bottom of Fordhouse Ln as a number of drivers had attempted to cross the course on Mary Vale Rd; Sgt Knowles suggested additional stewards to enforce this barrier and turn away non-residents.  Finally the problems of accessing the city centre by public transport in order to participate in the race were raised; Gary stated that both train and bus companies had been consulted, and that National Express were putting on extra buses.
Gary thanked the SNF and looked forward to next year, when there may be changes as the route is being reviewed with a view to eventually staging a full marathon.
Planning  update
ASDA/Arvin Meritor Site: a decision is due to be made by the Planning Committee on 27/09; BCC Planning Officers are recommending refusal.  Councillor Huxtable was able to explain the reasons for this recommendation which are based on BCC’s interpretation of PPS4 which requires that the sequential test be applied to new developments: as the Tesco site remains unoccupied this site must be developed before an out of centre site can go ahead.  ASDA are likely to appeal this decision.
58-60 Hazelwell St: change of use from retail to residential with the creation of 6 one bedroom flats.  It was noted that a very similar application was recently refused.
St. Andrews Healthcare, Dogpool Lane: outline application for extension to health care facility, the proposal includes associated flood defence works.  A local resident reported that their suggestion that any new flood mitigation might include the creation of a wetland area had been received positively; Councillor Huxtable added that the Environment Agency had provided £100,000 to fund a flood strategy for the Rea.
Co-op, Vicarage Rd: a new application has been submitted that includes an ATM.
In response to a query about the status of the residential planning application for 1650 Pershore Rd, Councillor Huxtable informed the meeting that this had now lapsed, in part because the costs of decontamination meant development was economically unviable.
Any Other Business
Stirchley Park: Councillor Huxtable to report the stray concrete bollard and suggest regular clear out of the area around the wheelie bins.
Pershore Rd ironwork: a number of residents reported rattling manhole covers and gratings along the High St; some have already been reported to BCC.
Proposed Land Swap for Stirchley: the Friends of Hazelwell Park were unhappy with the proposal to exchange the land in trust at the rear of Stirchley Baths with an area of woodland in Cannon Hill Park.  A number of alternative suggestions were made, including the land at 1650 Pershore Rd and 29b Mary Vale Rd.  There was general support from the Forum that any land swap should result in an area of derelict land being brought back into use as a green space.   Councillor Huxtable stated that he would support the community on this issue.
River Rea walkway: a local resident reported that the footpath linking Bewdley Rd to the River Rea walkway has become very overgrown; Councillor Huxtable will investigate.  In response to a concern about the sharp bend in the cycle route diversion around the AMEY compound on Dogpool Lane, Councillor Huxtable was able to confirm that this was a temporary diversion and that the walkway would be restored to its original route.
Cotteridge Brook: it was reported that this is becoming increasingly obstructed.
Wheelie Bins: following reports that BCC is bidding for £27 million to fund a switch to wheelie bins, Councillor Walkling stated that this would only take place after a full public consultation, and that they would not be imposed on households that were unable to accommodate them; he added that 70% of people favoured wheelie bins.  Councillor Huxtable expressed his personal opposition to the plans, and added his disappointment that they did not include food waste collection.  Some residents were concerned that the current proposal for three wheelie bins per household was unworkable in terraced streets with small front gardens and questioned who would decide which households would be exempt.
Upcoming events
TASCOS have a free jazz night every Monday starting at 9pm.
The Stirchley Fun Day is in Hazelwell Park, on Saturday 15th September from 12 – 4 pm.
Stirchley Community Church is hosting “The Big Welcome” for non-regular church goers on Sunday 16th September at 10.30 am.
Stirchley Happenings are putting on an afternoon of films for children in the TASCOS, Sunday September 16th at 3 pm.
The next police tasking meeting is on September 26th at Masefield Community Centre.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday October 8th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre; the guest speaker will be Jen Boilestad, Community Fundraiser for St Mary’s Hospice.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on December 01, 2012, 08:46:42 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th October 2012, Stirchley Community Centre

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Jen Boilestad (St. Mary’s Hospice), Karen Stevens and 14 others.
Apologies:   9
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on September 10th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Matters arising from the minutes
Proposed Land Swap for Stirchley: Councillor Huxtable reported that he had put forward the suggestion that the local community should be consulted on any potential sites. 
Restoration of Stirchley Baths: the associated 106 agreement will result in significant funds (a six figure sum) being made available for improvements to Stirchley Park.
Pershore Rd ironwork: some of the rattling manhole covers and gratings have been fixed.
Co-op Vicarage Rd: consent has been granted for the installation of an external ATM; the local Post Office has now submitted an application for an external ATM.
River Rea walkway: the condition of the footpath leading to Bewdley Rd has been reported to the Parks department but this stretch of the Rea walkway is not currently within their maintenance schedule. 
Cotteridge Brook: the maintenance of this waterway comes within the facilities management service of Lifford House.
Stirchley Park: since being reported to the Area Parks Manager there have been no further sightings of the stray bollard.
Chairman’s report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of the death of Jerry Walls, the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for Stirchley, and offered his condolences to the family.
Monday 1st October: held a committee meeting to discuss the upcoming AGM.
Tuesday 2nd October: attended a meeting of the steering group for the new Community Centre.
Peter updated the meeting on the recent Stirchley Fun Day: the SNF raffle raised £529 and receipts from stall bookings totalled £178, the stall bookings money, will go towards next year’s event.  Feedback from both visitors and stallholders was overwhelmingly positive, with many planning to return for the Christmas Lights switch-on on December 5th.  Peter thanked Karen Stevens, the local councillors and volunteers who helped organise and set up the event, and also those who donated prizes for the raffle; a full list can be seen on www.stirchley.co.uk.  Karen Stevens added her thanks to all the volunteers who helped out on the day.
Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice
Jen Boilestad outlined the work of the Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice; further information is available at: www.bsmh.org.uk.
Planning update
ASDA/Arvin Meritor Site: this has been refused, but ASDA are likely to lodge an appeal.
68 Hazelwell St: the application to convert the ground floor retail unit into residential accommodation was recently refused but an appeal has now been lodged.
Stirchley Community Centre/Tesco: BCC will be offering vacant possession of the Community Centre on 31st March 2013; it is likely that SNF meetings will transfer to the Stirchley Community Church.
Any other business
Diversion of the No.76 bus during reconstruction of Dogpool Lane Bridge: a local resident expressed their concern that this will leave elderly residents of the Pineapple Estate isolated and unable to access local shopping facilities in Kings Heath as well as medical facilities at the QEH.  Councillor Huxtable reported that two possible solutions (an extension to the diverted route and the provision of a shuttle bus) had been rejected by National Express and Centro as uneconomically viable as only a small number of houses fall outside the access standards; he was however willing to continue pursuing this issue with the relevant bodies.
In response to a query about rat-running through the Estate, Councillor Huxtable was able to inform the meeting that “Access Only” signage would be installed at the entrances to Ashbrook, Derwent and Lyndworth Rds, although these would not be enforced; in addition double yellow lines will be painted on the junction of Cartland Rd and Riverbrook Drive and signage warning people of the closure is being put up as far away as Cotteridge. 
Availability of bus passes in Stirchley Village: it was reported that Stirchley Newsagents’ request to issue and renew bus passes had been rejected by National Express, despite there being no local agent; Councillor Huxtable will investigate.
Newlands Rd: Councillor Huxtable agreed that the new road surface is poor and will follow this up with AMEY.
River Rea walkway: it was reported that one of the timber bollards was missing from the Fordhouse Ln entrance to the River Rea walkway; Councillor Huxtable will investigate.
Hazelwell Park: the Park Rangers are planning to lop the trees overhanging the path leading to Newlands Rd.
Ashbrook Rd: a local resident reported that the newly laid paving slabs were already being cracked by vehicles parking on the pavement. 
Dad’s Lane Chip Shop: it was reported that the bin had recently been overflowing; Councillor Sealy will monitor the situation and suggested that it may require more frequent emptying.
Upcoming events
The Stirchley Christmas Lights Switch-on is on Wednesday December 5th at 3.30 pm.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be the AGM on Monday November 12th, 7.30pm at Stirchley Community Church; the guest speakers will be Peter Wright (Development, Planning and Regeneration Manager for Birmingham South) and Karen Cheney (District Service Integration Head for Selly Oak). 
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on February 07, 2013, 09:53:40 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the meeting held on 14th January 2013, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Ken Burt (Severn Trent), Archie Montgomery (Delcour McLaren), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling, Karen Stevens, PCSO Sal Stor and 23 others.
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 10th December 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record. 
Ripple Road / Cartland Rd Flood Alleviation Scheme
PW introduced Ken Burt, Senior Solution Engineer for Severn Trent Water, and Archie Montgomery of Delcour McLaren, a land and planning consultant working with Severn Trent.  KB outlined and illustrated the main issues affecting this area, where flooding has been a problem for decades, and stated that the distress and losses that this caused to householders and local businesses was unacceptable.  The cause of flooding is the overloading of sewers with surface water during heavy rainfall, causing them to back up.  Work on the current Flood Alleviation Scheme started in 2010; working with BCC and the Environment Agency the situation has been modelled and solutions proposed; these will cost approximately £2 million and comprise:
•   East side of Rea: upsize the sewers (both foul and surface) in Newlands Rd and create a new outfall into the river for surface water
•   West side of the Rea: install two new pumping stations to pump surface water into the river  - one to be located on open space outside the Perfection snooker club, the other on Twyning Rd.; in addition to the underground pumping station there will be a small control kiosk above ground.
KB acknowledged that implementation of this scheme is dependent on securing the relevant planning permissions and funding agreements from Severn Trent.  Collaborative working with outside agencies will consider traffic management on the Pershore Rd, disruption to the use of Hazelwell Park, any environmental impacts on the river as a wildlife habitat and also the reinstatement of the Pershore Rd micro-park. 
Timetable: Feb 2013 – Feasibility, Feb to Oct 2013 – Detailed Design, Dec 2013 – start construction with completion in July 2014. 
A local resident raised their concern that the low height of the bridge on Cartland Rd would continue to hinder the flow of flood waters; KB stated computer modelling had demonstrated that water would not flood back up the sewer system.
A resident of Lewis Rd reported that problems extended further up the hill, as the drains here coped poorly with heavy rainfall; KB will investigate this and another report of poor drainage in Beilby Rd which he hoped the works downstream would alleviate.  KB also noted the report of flooding in the back garden of no.206 Fordhouse Lane.   
The visual impact of the control kiosk was questioned; these will measure 2 by 3m prompting a suggestion that artists could be commissioned to decorate them.  KB acknowledged that the kiosks were a focus for graffiti.  AM reported that they were generally painted grey or green, and suggested that a photomontage could be produced showing the kiosk in-situ.
The success of the flood gates in Ripple Rd was reported. 
PW thanked Severn Trent for attending the meeting; KB and AM will continue to update the forum as the project progresses. 
Planning Update   
Stirchley Baths: the official period for public consultation has now closed, but it is not too late to comment.  There are two applications, one for listed building consent (2012/08200/PA) and the other for planning (2012/08199/PA).  Cllr Huxtable reported that a planning gain contribution of around £47,000 has been requested for Stirchley Park.  The possibility of creating a new community open space in Hazelwell St should also be explored.   
Policing Update   
The next tasking meeting will be on 23rd January at Stirchley Community Centre.
Any other business
River Rea walkway between Cartland Rd and Dogpool Lane: a local resident questioned who was responsible for the maintenance of this land, as they had filled 10 refuse sacks clearing it themselves; they also reported large quantities of debris in the river itself.
Cllr Huxtable reported that Quadron hold the grounds maintenance contract with BCC; he has received similar complaints and will report the situation to the Area Parks Manager.  Maintenance of the River Rea is the responsibility of the Environment Agency; they have a contract with BCC Highways who will take immediate action if the river is blocked.  Another resident reported that a number of the bankside reinforcement cages have fallen into the river beyond Dogpool Lane.  Cllr Huxtable will pass on these concerns. 
Overflowing bin on Dogpool Lane outside chip shop: Cllr Huxtable will contact Fleet and Waste Management as they are responsible for emptying bins on highways. 
Local wardens: in response to the proposal that a network of volunteers could be formed to report litter, look after the elderly etc. it was reported that the Street Champions Scheme was still running, but suffered from a lack of support.
Hazelwell Park: the footpath adjacent to the bottom entrance to the allotments has become very muddy.  Cllr Huxtable will contact the Area Parks Manager although he warned funds are extremely limited; FOHP are aware of drainage issues and have long term aspirations to address the situation.  Further tree planting was suggested to alleviate the problem.
Kwik Save car park: the absence of a bin at the bus stop was reported to be causing littering.
Stirchley Community Centre: the Indoor Bowling Club has submitted a request to extend their use of the facility; this is being considered by Tesco’s Board and would require a deed of variation to the legal agreement with BCC.   
Vehicular access to rear of Ashbrook Road: a resident questioned who was responsible for the maintenance of this driveway, as it has deteriorated significantly.  Cllr Huxtable stated that BCC Housing was responsible but that they prioritised housing over paths; the fee paid by AMEY for use of the adjacent green space for a site compound has gone to BCC Parks.
Canal towpath: Cllr Huxtable will report the section of collapsed towpath near Mary Vale Rd and the poor condition of the emergency locks by Bournville train station to the Canal Trust.
Projector screen for meetings: as people indicated a preference for visual information to be displayed on a screen rather than a monitor Mick Jones will purchase one for future use.
Upcoming events
Love Stirchley More: Stirchley Prospects and the Lifford Business Association are looking for people to take part in their alternative Valentine Day’s celebration – more information at http://stirchleyprospects.wordpress.com – rehearsals are on January 23rd, 30th, February 6th and 13th, 7.00 – 8.00 pm in the Ingot Building, 95 Charlotte Road. 
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 22nd January in the café at Rowheath Pavilion.
Friends of Hazelwell Park: 23rd January, 7.30 pm in the Community Church.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday 11th February 2013, 7.30 pm at Stirchley Community Church; Stirchley Prospects and Rob Grosvenor of the LBA will be presenting their agenda for Love Stirchley More.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 23, 2013, 06:05:50 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the meeting held on 11th March 2013, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Suzanne Carter (Birmingham Conservation Trust), Tom Cahill-Jones (Stirchley Happenings), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling, PCSO Sal Stor and 28 others.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 11th February 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Lifford Business Association: in response to a query, Rob Grosvenor was able to confirm that progress was being made with developing a heritage trail for Kings Norton.
Chairman’s Report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF:
14th – 16th February: together with Margaret Walker, PW attended a number of events in the Love Stirchley More Festival, and reported a particularly good turnout for the Love Boat.
20th February: attended a meeting hosted by the Chamberlain Forum, focussing on Neighbourhood Forums and how they can become better connected and more influential.
20th February: attended an invitation only meeting organised by Steve McCabe MP, which gave local residents an opportunity to question Tesco executives about the proposed Stirchley store.
25th February: Margaret Walker and Brenda Thomas attended a Stirchley Baths programming sub-group meeting.
25th February: attended a meeting of the Lifford Business Association. 
26th February: attended a meeting of the Dogpool Lane bridge opening committee
Stirchley Baths
Suzanne Carter of the Birmingham Conservation Trust talked about the 3 year programme of activities that is being developed for Stirchley Baths as part of the Stage II Heritage Lottery Bid.  SC explained that the activity plan was a significant element of the bid, and that it would be developed in conjunction with local residents, schools and community groups.  The meeting split up into groups to explore the possibility of setting up a local history society; this was met with considerable enthusiasm, and the groups reported back their ideas about which aspects of Stirchley’s history merited further research, and what skills and resources would be required.
SC introduced Jamie Dunn from Podnosh, who are running the project’s social media presence; Jamie thanked Mick Jones for his regular retweets.  In addition to the twitter feed and website, there are also displays in the library, community centre and district office, and there will be a stall at the Community Market.  A number of events have been organised; these will culminate in “Hands around the Baths” on April 6th at Stirchley Library. 
SC set out the timescale for the restoration: the planning application will go to committee on March 21st; the Stage II bid will be submitted in June, with a decision by September and work on the Baths to begin in October 2013; the Baths will reopen as a community centre in October 2014. 
SC thanked Brenda Thomas and Linda Chew for the information they had provided, and asked if anyone had any knowledge of the mikvah, sauna or dancing at the Baths. 
Art SOAK: 23rd and 24th March
Tom Cahill-Jones of Stirchley Happenings introduced the second annual Selly Oak arts festival.  Events include: Hinterland, a site-specific installation by Tom on Hunts Road which will be open from 1.00 until 6.00 pm on the 23rd and a Travelling Bug House screening of Take Me High at TASCOS on March 24th at 8.00 pm.   
Further information is available at: http://artsforumsellyoak.wordpress.com/art-soak/
Planning Update
ASDA: a public enquiry into the ASDA planning application is to be held at the Quakers Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, starting at 10.00 am on 8th May; it is expected to last 10 days.
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor announced that following the retirement of Izzy Knowles, Sgt Jay Kaur would fill the post until May when a permanent appointment would be made.   
Any other business
Dogpool Lane Bridge balustrade: it was brought to the Forum’s attention that the ornate balustrade, which was intended to be the centrepiece of a new picnic area, had gone missing and was thought to be in a private garden.  Cllr Huxtable will contact AMEY and request its return.   
Hazelwell Park tree planting: an edible park work day will take place on March 17th as part of the Big Dig; hedgerow plants were also available to take away, free of charge.
Wheelie Bins: a local resident expressed their outrage at the introduction of wheelie bins and suggested that the green waste charge would further reduce recycling rates. Others were concerned that wheelie bins would result in “every day looking like bin day”; another resident objected to the decision to stop providing households with free bin bags.
Both Cllrs Sealey and Huxtable voiced their opposition to wheelie bins.  Cllr Huxtable stated that his invitation to Fleet and Waste Management to send a representative to the next Ward Committee Meeting had not been accepted; they may however be able to attend the next District Meeting, at which members of the public are unable to speak.  PW added that he had also invited Fleet and Waste Management to the Neighbourhood Forum, but had received no response. 
A local resident was concerned that weekly bin collections would stop once wheelie bins were introduced; Cllr Huxtable was able to reassure them that weekly collections were a condition of accepting central government funding for wheelie bins.
Cllr Walkling was questioned about his stance on wheelie bins: Cllr Walking explained that he had voted with the BCC budget proposal, and that wheelie bins were not a separate issue.  Cllr Walking added that it was not the intention of BCC to make the city look a mess, and that anyone who was unable to cope with wheelie bins would not be forced to have them.
A local resident questioned whether failure of the pilot projects in Harborne and Brandwood wards would stop the scheme; Cllr Walkling replied that the scheme would go ahead, but would be informed by the pilot projects.
A show of hands revealed that only two people in the room supported the introduction of wheelie bins.
Stirchley Community Centre: this will now remain open until March 2014.  Neighbourhood Forum meetings will continue to be held in the Community Church.
Sergeant Knowles’ retirement: PW presented Izzy Knowles with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for all her work in Stirchley, especially in bringing police back onto the streets; Izzy thanked everyone and said that it had been an honour and a privilege to work in Stirchley.
Upcoming events
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 19th March, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Police Tasking Meeting: 27th March at Masefield Community Centre.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th April, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 03, 2013, 02:50:21 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th April 2013,

Stirchley Community Church
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Rob Grosvenor (LBA), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, PCSO Sal Stor and 29 others.
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 11th March 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust
Sarah Millard, spokesperson for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust (SWBHT), addressed the meeting, setting out the principles of Foundation Trust status, which SWBHT is aiming to achieve in the next 2 years, and inviting local people to become members.  Ms Millard explained that members are central to a Foundation Trust, as their input will ensure health services are more responsive to the needs of local people.  SWBHT has signed up 8000 members to date, but is seeking to recruit more: members receive regular newsletters, invitations to health events and opportunities to take part in focus groups; they may also put themselves forward to become a public governor.  Other future plans for SWBHT are the demolition of Sandwell and City Hospitals and their replacement with a single new hospital in Smethwick by 2019; this will be smaller than the existing hospitals therefore there will be a greater focus on community-based health facilities.  Ms Millard handed out membership application forms and opened the floor to questions.
A local resident expressed their concern that the new hospital is to be smaller than the existing hospitals, particularly since overcapacity at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has required parts of the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be reopened.  Another commented that the plans would reduce the overall number of hospitals in Birmingham.  Ms Millard explained that the new hospital will be bigger than the new QEH, and that its design will reduce ward closures caused by problems such as the Norovirus.  In addition the Birmingham Treatment Centre and Eye Hospital are being retained, and hospital-based services will be supported by community hubs such as GP surgeries.  Ms Millard was unable to comment on rumours that the closure of Walk-In Clinics is being considered by the incoming Clinical Commissioning Groups.   
Membership rates in communities closer to SWBHT’s hospitals were questioned.  Ms Millard explained that this varied considerably between areas, and that rates were particularly low in Ladywood, where language barriers were proving difficult to overcome; SWBHT will be working with hard to reach communities over the summer months.
Kulwinder Johal then talked about the work of the nail surgery team at the Foot Health Service in Tipton.  PW thanked both Ms Millard and Ms Johal for their presentations.
Planning Update
Stirchley Baths: Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, explained that planning permission had been granted, and that the listed building consent was to be decided in London, as this could not be granted by BCC.
Tesco: a new planning application will be submitted by the end of May; SC was unable to confirm whether this would be a full or outline application but the Forum will comment on it.  Although Tesco displayed their latest plans at a public consultation event in Stirchley Community Church on Friday and Saturday, these plans have not been made available for wider public consultation.  PW added that at the consultation a Tesco representative had agreed to come to a meeting of the Forum.  Rob Grosvenor asked that the LBA be involved in any meeting about Tesco; the LBA are currently talking with Peter Wright, South Birmingham Development Planning and Regeneration Manager for BCC, about potential 106 monies.  Cllr Huxtable stated that the 106 agreement associated with the original 2003 planning application proposed £200,000 towards improvements in Stirchley: this comprised £150,000 for general environmental improvements, £30,000 towards public transport initiatives and £20,000 for a feasibility study which has since been completed by BCC.  Tesco’s submission by of an entirely new planning application necessitates the negotiation of a new 106 agreement which will come into effect either at the opening of the store or the start of construction; BCC favour the early settlement of a 106 agreement focussing on the local high street.     
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor requested that any residents who have affected by the recent spate of anti-social behaviour at the top end of the Pineapple Estate should contact the police.     
Matters arising from the minutes
Stirchley Baths: Mick Jones announced that the www.stirchley.co.uk website now features a dedicated section on Stirchley Baths, including the plans. 
Dogpool Lane Bridge balustrade: Cllr Huxtable reported that there was no news about the missing balustrade. 
Any other business
Hazelwell Park: a local resident reported that water from the park’s natural spring is flowing down the footpath next to the allotments and across the River Rea cycle path.  Paula Aubrey of the Friends of Hazelwell Park informed the meeting that a drainage channel would be created running parallel to the path to carry excess water into the Rea.  Cllr Huxtable suggested that Severn Trent Water could undertake this project in conjunction with the flood alleviation works already planned for the park.
Zebra crossing: PW reported that the lines on the zebra crossing outside the Constituency Office needed repainting. 
Pershore Road ironworks: BT reported that a number of these are still rattling; Cllr Huxtable explained that the problem of establishing responsibility hindered repairs.   
Canal towpath: no one could confirm whether any repairs had been made to the towpath. 
Signage at junction of Warwards Lane and Pershore Road: a local resident observed that the temporary sign on the traffic island has been moved, reducing visibility for drivers: Cllr Huxtable will report to AMEY.
Lifford Lane: the continued problem of articulated lorries attempting to use Lifford Lane was raised; Cllr Huxtable will speak to the constituency engineer, but explained that over reliance on satnavs caused drivers to ignore the additional signage that had been installed.
Upcoming events
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 19th March, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Police Tasking Meeting: 24th April at Cotteridge Church.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th April, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 01, 2013, 04:53:49 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th May 2013, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Karen Stevens, Rob Grosvenor (LBA), Damian Alexander (LBA), Jayne Murray (Place Prospectors), PCSO Sal Stor and 22 others.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 8th April 2013 were circulated and following an amendment to the item about the proposed drainage channel in Hazelwell Park were agreed as a true record.
Chairman’s report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF:
15th April: met with John Clayton (Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum) and Richard Timothy (AMEY) to discuss the possibility of an opening ceremony for the new Dogpool Lane Bridge.
15th April: attended a meeting of the Lifford Business Association (LBA) at St. Nicolas’ Place.
16th April: PW together with a number of committee members attended a Stirchley Baths sub-group meeting.  Planning permission has been granted and news of the second stage Heritage Lottery Bid should be known by mid-June. 
1st May: attended a Bournville Ward Committee meeting; topics discussed included wheelie bins and Stirchley Baths. 
Matters arising from the minutes
Dogpool Land Bridge: it was reported that the missing balustrade had not been located.  In response to a query about a missing “cyclists dismount” sign, Cllr Sealey reported that as the bridge was due to reopen imminently this was unlikely to be replaced.
Canal towpath: Cllr Huxtable reported that BCC has submitted a bid for a cycling ambition grant, part of which would see improvements to the towpath along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal; new cycle stands at Bournville Station were another element of the bid.  The possibility of providing a new access point by the Country Girl pub on Raddlebarn Road was also being explored. 
NHS community first responders
Local resident Diane Johnson talked about her role as the area’s Community First Responder (CFR).  CFRs are medically trained and are dispatched by West Midlands Ambulance Service if they can reach a life threatening situation quicker than an Ambulance Crew.  CFRs are all volunteers, and Diane’s training was funded by the charity Fast Aid and her defibrillator provided by her employer National Express.  CFRs work in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation and offer free workplace training to staff; CFRs are also able to provide first aid cover for community events.  Fast Aid would like to recruit and train more CFRs.
Diane welcomed Tony Fox’s offer of sharing a database of at risk Selly Park residents drawn up as part of emergency planning strategies.   
In response to concerns raised about the closure of Selly Oak’s ambulance station, Diane explained that the nearest ambulance station would be at Longbridge, and that this would be supplemented by ambulances on standby throughout the local area.
Hazelwell Fun Day
Rowena Evans updated the meeting on the funding bid to the Big Lottery Awards for All submitted by herself and Keely Huxtable on behalf of the Forum.  The bid was successful and the Fun Day will be able to go ahead as usual in September.  Rowena presented the results of the community consultation that supported the bid which demonstrated significant local backing for the event.  This also revealed demand for more live entertainment in the arena: Damian Alexander of the Lifford Business Association offered help in booking acts, the Selly Oak Arts Forum will be asked to put out a call for performers, and a member of the committee suggested two local Morris dancing groups that might be interested in performing.  A judo demonstration by Bishop Challoner School cannot be accommodated as there will be no suitable surface.
Another request that emerged from the consultation was for a children’s sports day with traditional races:  Karen Stevens has plenty of sports equipment and the LBA suggested running it as an inter-school sports event.  Although this will be difficult to organise, as the Fun Day takes place just after the start of the autumn term, there was enthusiasm for such an event.  Paula Aubrey mentioned the success of the mini pump track that had been set up in Hazelwell Park to coincide with the Easter Egg hunt: this had cost £75.
The possibility of inviting one of the local markets to the Fun Day was also discussed: Stirchley, Bournville and Kings Norton’s markets were all suggested.
In response to the suggestion that the Fun Day could be extended it was decided that this was not possible as the event relies on volunteers to set it up and pack away.  Peter Walker called for local residents to help deliver leaflets or set up on the day.
Stirchley Baths: Sink or Swim
Jayne Murray of Place Prospectors told the meeting about the “Sink or Swim” balloontastic event that will be taking place in Stirchley Park on Saturday 8th June from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm.  The title “Sink or Swim” reflects the pivotal stage which the project to restore the Baths is currently at: participants will be invited to take home a weight modelled on the hand of a pupil at Stirchley Community School, and the event will be supported by a specially convened group of cheerleaders called the Stirchley Shakers.  A link to the event will be provided on the www.stirchley.co.uk website.
Planning Update
Sandra Cooper informed the meeting that ASDA are due to appeal the rejection of their planning application later this month; the results will not be known until July or August.
Representatives of Tesco will be coming to the July meeting of the Forum: Rob Grosvenor requested that the Lifford Business Association also have a presence. 
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor updated the meeting on the issue of anti-social behaviour on the Pineapple Estate: a number of local youths have been given ASBOs and the problem appears to have been dealt with effectively.   
Any other business
Cyclists along the River Rea footpath: a member of the committee raised their concerns about the speed of cyclists passing through Hazelwell Park adjacent to the children’s play area: signage, speed bumps and temporary chicanes were some of the measures proposed to reduce the risk to pedestrians.  Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey will discuss this issue at an upcoming meeting with the Area Parks Manager.  The LBA suggested that they could add take care and “use your bell” alerts on the map of local cycling routes that they have recently produced. 
A local resident reported that a timber bollard preventing vehicles from accessing the footpath from Hazelwell Lane had been removed during recent repair work.
Green Revolutions Car and Cycle Club: Peter Walker congratulated Sandra Green for being awarded development funding by the Birmingham Post Business Growth Fund. 
HGVs using Charlotte Road: a member of the committee raised the problem of large vehicles causing damage to parked cars, and refuse trucks taking up the limited on street parking whilst drivers enjoy a Selco breakfast: the smell is also an issue in the summer.
Trees in Oakley Road: a local resident questioned the removal of trees along Oakley Road.  Cllr Huxtable reported that when trees were removed, either one or two trees (depending on the reason for removal) had to be planted in the immediate vicinity, but that the season for tree planting was from October to March.  The £2000 cost of replacing trees was also questioned by another resident: Cllr Huxtable explained that this was the lifetime cost of a tree and was the sum paid by developers.
Proposed improvements to Rowheath Park: Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey were able to confirm that there were plans to improve the sports facilities at Rowheath Park, and that these were being developed in conjunction with Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College, local residents and the Bournville Village Trust; it is hoped that part of the 106 monies associated with the redevelopment of the Bournville College site will be made available for this project.
Upcoming events
Police Tasking Meeting: Rowheath Pavilion, 29th May.
Cannon Hill Spring Fair: June 1st – 2nd.
Sink or Swim: Stirchley Park, 8th June.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th June, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on August 11, 2013, 09:57:02 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th June 2013, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Karen Stevens, PCSO Sal Stor and 30 others.
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 13th May 2013 were circulated and following a discussion about the item on the signage for the Dogpool Lane Bridge were agreed as a true record.
Chairman’s report
Peter Walker reported that the Sink or Swim event to support the Heritage Lottery Bid for Stirchley Baths had been very well attended and had achieved its aim of raising the profile of this project locally.
There is no further news on the ASDA appeal which is on-going.
Sandra Green, director of Green Revolutions Car and Bicycle Club, has agreed to pay half the printing costs for the Fun Day leaflets in exchange for an advertisement on the reverse.  Volunteers are needed to deliver the leaflets, especially in the areas outside the village.
Matters arising from the minutes
Oakley Road: there is no further information about the removal of a number of trees from the street.
Emergency Resilience Champion Training
Paula Aubrey reported on a recent talk by the British Red Cross about preparing for emergencies; volunteers can register their interest and any relevant skills via the Red Cross website.  Volunteers would not require CRB checks.
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor reported that the new sergeant for Bournville should be in place by June 20th. 
The problem of anti-social behaviour on the Pineapple Estate has largely been resolved through the issuing of a number of acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs) and 2 ASBOs.  Councillor Huxtable reported that a youth detached project had been funded through the ward Community Chest.  Residents were requested to report any further trouble.
A local resident noted that the Love Seat in Stirchley Park was attracting graffiti.  The Friends of Stirchley Path reported that the notice board has been destroyed by vandals: a new one is to be installed on the street outside the park.  The area will be patrolled by police to monitor the situation.
Hazelwell Fun Day Update
This will be taking place on Saturday 14th September, 12 noon to 4 pm.  The Forum are still waiting for the funding to come through from Awards For All.  Demand for stalls has been good and Damian Alexander (LBA) has kindly offered to help with the arena acts and also a mini school sports day which Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College are interested in running.  Damian is looking for local businesses to provide prizes or money towards trophies.  Cllr Huxtable suggested that Mondel?z International might be interested in supporting the event in a similar way to the Bournville Village Festival where there is a discounted chocolate stall. 
Any other business
Stirchley Baths: in response to a question about progress, it was reported that the Heritage Lottery Bid will be submitted in June 16th.  Cllr Huxtable explained that the replacement bowls facility would no longer be on top of the Tesco superstore; this had been the original plan but was both impractical and illegal under European legislation.  A member of the LBA suggested that representations were made to Kraft foods for funding towards this project.
River Rea walkway: Cllr Huxtable will report the overhanging trees between Cartland Road and Dogpool Lane to the Area Parks Manager.
Hazelwell Park: the rope bridge between the rocks has been burnt.  In response to reports of graffiti on the Rea footbridge, Cllr Huxtable stated that WMP were putting extra resources in to tackling the recent epidemic of graffiti in the area. 
Stirchley Park: Cllr Huxtable announced that the Park would be receiving £48,500 through section 106 monies: some of this could be spent on tackling graffiti and other improvements suggested by the Friends group.  CCTV was suggested by one local resident; another suggested a dedicated graffiti wall for local youth.  It was observed that the Sleeping Child graffiti art painted last year has remained largely untouched.  Cllr Huxtable reported that a similar approach was being devised for the Worthings Tunnel, involving local youth in creating an art work.  Members of the committee were involved in running a consultation with local residents on either side of the tunnel to gauge support for such a project. 
Friends Meeting House: Cllr Huxtable reported that as this building was in the ownership of the Co-op, they were responsible for maintaining the building in a safe condition and removing any graffiti.  Planning consent would be required for any change of use.  Councillors had suggested that the Friends Meeting House could form part of the plans for the new community centre but the Co-op were unforthcoming.
Dogpool Lane Bridge: a local resident reported that as the site of the works compound has been restored by covering the hardstanding with topsoil, this will become a mudbath if it rains.  Cllr Huxtable stated that Amey were bound by a legal agreement to restore the site to its original condition; he will speak to the Area Parks Manager.  A local resident reported that the balustrade of the old Dogpool Labe Bridge had been destroyed.  The Friends of Cannon Hill Park had planned to incorporate it into a new picnic area but there were no funds available for its removal and installation.  The resident expressed their disappointment that additional funding could not have been secured to preserve this heritage feature.
Local History Books: Wendy Pearson, author of local history books on Kings Norton, Cotteridge, Selly Oak and Bartley Green, announced her plans to produce a new book “Stirchley through time”.  This will contain photographs of Stirchley’s past and present for comparison.  Wendy is looking for old photographs of Stirchley, especially those depicting local life and activity.  Peter Walker will send out a request via the Forum’s mailing list.
Upcoming events
Woodworking Group Day Trip: On 24th August the local woodworking group are visiting Westonbirt Arboretum to see a display of chainsaw sculptures. There are 6 spare seats on the coach and the trip will cost £15.   
NHS Listening Event: 12th July 4.30 – 6.00 pm at the Clarendon Suites.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th July, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church: representatives of both Tesco and the Lifford Business Association will be attending to discuss the proposed Tesco superstore.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 24, 2013, 08:05:48 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th September 2013,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling, Karen Stevens, PCSO Sal Stor and 23 others.
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 10th June 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Trees in Oakley Road: Cllr Huxtable stated that more appropriate replacement trees should be planted in the autumn/winter.   
Overhanging trees on River Rea walkway: these are still causing a problem; Cllr Huxtable to report to parks department. 
Proposed changes to Pershore Road
An engineer from BCC Highways had been due to address the meeting but withdrew at very short notice as the public consultation period had ended; this ran from 11th to 30th July.  The Forum expressed their disappointment that BCC Highways had not sent a representative to either this meeting, or the meeting held in July, as there were many concerns about the proposed changes to the high street.  It was generally felt that the consultation had been too short, and inadequately publicised.  The LBA had succeeded in securing a 2 week extension, but details of this were only sent to local businesses.  Rob Grosvenor (LBA) stated that they met with BCC Highways and they did appear to be listening to criticisms.   
Various concerns about the new road layout were raised: loss of on street car parking will impact negatively on businesses and increase parking in side streets; switching the pelican and zebra crossings outside the school and Wards seems unnecessary; vehicle emissions will increase with a 20 mph speed limit; widened pavements opposite junctions will cause problems for HGVs turning; the location of bus stops was also questioned.
Cllr Walkling agreed that the consultation period over the summer had been inadequate and suggested the Forum request an up to date copy of the plans; these are yet to be ratified by the Cabinet.  In response to a question about the funding for the scheme, Cllr Walkling confirmed that this was coming from Centro, and that Cotteridge was receiving more money than Stirchley (£180K compared to £120K) because it had a more complex infrastructure. 
In response to the suggestion that the side streets to the west of the high street should be included in the 20 mph zone, Cllr Huxtable agreed that this would be a more economic proposal in terms of both capital investment and maintenance costs.  A local resident observed that the plans would make the junction with Warwards Lane even worse for HGVs.
Planning Update
Tesco: no new information on the progress on the planning application.
Charlotte Road Health Centre: A local resident was concerned about the future use of this building as they had heard it was to be refurbished as a “drop-in centre”; Cllr Huxtable stated that he was unaware of any planning application but will investigate.
Stirchley Baths: PW attended the site meeting with the board of the HLF; a decision on the stage 2 funding will be announced shortly. 
Three Horseshoes Pub/TASCOS: Both buildings have been suggested as possible locations for the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club (SUWMC).  Cllr Sealey reported that Tesco had no plans to acquire the TASCOS club, and Cllr Huxtable suggested that as SUWMC require a street frontage, they are unlikely to want it.  Neither building is listed.
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor reported that there had been a spate of burglaries in the Little London area; police have been making extra patrols and there have been no further incidents. 
A meeting has been arranged with the managers of the Arvin Meritor/ASDA site to discuss the problem of shops backing onto it being broken into.
An allotment holder reported that £2000 of equipment had been stolen from the shared store, and that a number of individual sheds had been broken into.
The problem of scrap metal vans was discussed; Cllr Sealey and Huxtable felt they should be subjected to tighter regulation.
A local resident reported vehicles parking in his disabled bay; PCSO Stor explained that no enforcement action could be taken as it was a “courtesy” bay.
There were reports of drinkers at the Highbury pub parking on side streets to avoid attracting attention when drink driving; PCSO will pass on the information.  Another resident expressed their dissatisfaction at the lack of enforcement of cars parked on the pavements along the Pershore Road.  PCSO Stor stated that police are reluctant to ticket people using local businesses; Cllr Huxtable added that traffic wardens are able to issue tickets to cars parked on pavements when the parking is against the restrictions on the adjacent stretch of road.
A resident of Charlotte Road had witnessed a number of suspected drugs deals going on outside Travis Perkins; PCSO Stor requested that any further instances be reported to 101, and for people to note down the make and VRM of any cars, and a description of those involved.
A resident of Ashbrook Road reported regular occurrences of a “maniac” young Asian man driving dangerously in a dark grey Honda.     
Fun Day Update
PW called for volunteers to help set up on the day from 7.30 am onwards; as the Scouts are unable to attend they also need help litter picking at the end.  He was delighted to announce that 56 prizes had been donated for the raffle.
Any other business
River Rea Cycle Path: Paula Aubrey (Friends of Hazelwell Park) called for signage reminding cyclists they share the walkway with pedestrian; Cllr Sealey has asked the parks department to look into this.
Stirchley Gyratory: there were several reports of vehicles turning right out of Farmfoods; the signage was felt to be inadequate and there were calls for a one way sign to be installed opposite the exit.
Manhole cover: a concrete manhole cover opposite Wards was reported as being in a very dangerous state of repair; Cllr Sealey will pass this on.
Green Waste Wheelie Bins: in response to a question from a local resident, Cllr Huxtable confirmed that when the green waste collection recommences in the spring, green waste wheelie bins will only be made available to those households that pay the £35 charge.
Sign in Hazelwell Park: a local resident pointed out that this was incorrect since Malvern and Snowden are not in the same direction.
Upcoming events
Police Tasking Meeting: Masefield Community Centre, Wednesday October 9th.  Following a request from the LBA, PCSO Stor will try to hold the November meeting in Cotteridge.   
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th October, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on December 02, 2013, 01:39:37 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14th October 2013, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Leslie Howell (Centro), Rob Grosvenor (LBA), Karen Stevens and 24 others.
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th September 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Cllr Huxtable reported back on the following issues:
Arvin Meritor site: a productive meeting was held between the site managers, WMP and Richard Green (BCC) to address the problem of break-ins of shops backing onto the site.
Hazelwell Park Allotments: a new fence has been installed to improve security.
Stirchley United Working Men’s’ Club: this will relocate to the former TASCOS club building.
Hazelwell Park: the rope bridge has been reinstated.
Stirchley Park: Cllr Huxtable, Richard Green, representatives of WMP and the Friends of Stirchley Park met to discuss the problem of anti-social behaviour; vandalism is decreasing but the police will remain vigilant. Pete Evans (FoSP) thanked them for their efforts. Cllr Huxtable suggested any future 106 monies from the restoration of Stirchley Baths could be used to improve the Park further.
Pershore Rd: a local resident reported cars were still being parked on the pavement. Cllr Huxtable stated that the planned remodelling of the Pershore Rd would see the tidal parking system replaced by parking bays making it easier for both parking and enforcement. PCSO Stor has been working with Stirchley School to improve parking in the vicinity of the school.
Centro Workwise Plan
Leslie Howell, Sustainable Transport Officer for Centro, gave a presentation on the Workwise plan which provides free public transport for those returning to work.
Policing Update
There has been significant car crime in the ward recently; residents are reminded to remove all valuables from their cars.
There have been reports of two men in Royal British Legion tops going door to door asking for sponsorship; these are not genuine charity collectors.

Planning Update
2013/05703/PA Severn Trent Kiosks: a formal planning application has now been submitted.  Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Forum, noted that the plans do not include the details of any boundary treatment or hard landscaping, and questioned how local residents could influence these. Cllr Huxtable explained that this project would form part of an extension to the micropark and that BCC’s Planning, Regeneration and Highways departments would be liaising with Severn Trent on the design. SC suggested that local residents should be involved. Cllr Huxtable will forward the relevant documents to SC for comments. Tony Fox (Friends of Cannon Hill Park) proposed that Hazelwell Park should also benefit from Severn Trent’s scheme as it would be affected.
2013/06035/PA 1249 Pershore Road: permission has been granted for conversion to a taxi office; permission included the condition that taxis are not parked on the Pershore Road. SC will forward details to the online forum at www.stirchley.co.uk.
Tesco: this is due to go before the planning committee on October 17th. SG expressed her disappointment that the planning officer’s report largely overlooked residents’ concerns, and that the eventual external appearance will be determined under reserved matters. Cllr Huxtable added that his and Cllr Sealey’s views had also been disregarded, as had those of the Lifford Business Association (LBA). Cllr Huxtable reported that the 2003 106 agreement of £200K (index linked) had now been reduced to £150K. This sum will be limited to environmental improvements and would make no provision for the wider high street such as shop front improvements, town centre management or the setting up of a Business Improvement District. The 106 agreement must be signed within 21 days of planning consent being granted. Rob Grosvenor (LBA) stated that Tesco have no interest in working with them to boost local businesses through strategies such as a BID; he will be speaking at the planning committee and putting out a press release on this issue.
Fun Day Update
PW reported back on a very successful Fun Day; it was very well attended and £175 was raised from the stalls. PW thanked Karen Stevens for all her hard work in organising the event and setting up on the day. Cllr Sealey added his appreciation and also thanked Rowena Evans and Keely Huxtable for their efforts in securing funding. RE reported that the Forum would be applying for funding for 2014, but that an alternative source might have to be found; the 2013 Fun Day was supported by the Big Lottery Awards for All. 
Stirchley Baths Update
PW congratulated Stirchley Baths on their successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

Any other business
Hazelwell Park Pump Track: 60 children tried out their cycling skills on the temporary track at the Fun Day. A specialist contractor has made an initial site survey of the proposed pump track location; the next step is to determine a price and proceed with funding bids. For further information email stirchleypumptrack@gmail.com.
Car2Go: following complaints from residents it was reported that Car2Go cars should not remain in one place for more than 5 days.
Stirchley Christmas Lights Switch-on: the LBA are putting on live music acts at various points along the high street. There will also be a competition for the best dressed shop front.
Wheelie bins: these will be introduced in Bournville between August and December 2015. Only in exceptional circumstances (e.g. lack of outdoor space) will households be exempted. There was some disagreement as to whether the wheelie bins had been imposed on the city by the coalition government.
Tiverton Baths: Cllr Huxtable reported that the District Committee had recommended that the pool closes; both he and Cllr Sealey opposed this decision as there is no guarantee that the proposed 50m pool on the Gun Barrels site will be available for public use.
Green Revolutions Car and Cycle Club: Sandra Green announced that Green Revolutions’ first car is ready for use; this is a not-for-profit social enterprise. SG will forward details to MJ for inclusion in the Stirchley website.
River Rea: a resident expressed their concern that BCC spray the verges with pesticides at the height of the blackberry season.
Dogpool Lane Bridge: PW reported that he and Margaret Walker attended the opening ceremony of the replacement bridge. It was opened by 100 year old Selly Park resident Daisy Glenn.
Upcoming events
Birmingham half marathon: Sunday 20th October.
Crime prevention drop-in session: Selly Oak District Office, 22nd October 11am – 1pm.
Safer cycling workshop: Cannon Hill Park during Festival of Light, 26th October – 3rd November.
Stirchley Happenings film night: Evil Dead at the British Oak, 31st October.
Ranger workday in Hazelwell Park: 9th November
Stirchley Baths stakeholder group: 12th November 6.30 – 8pm and 30th November 10am – 2pm, both at Stirchley Community Centre.
Police tasking meeting: Kings Norton Fire Station, 14th November.  The following tasking meeting will be at Rowheath Pavilion on December 11th.
Stirchley Christmas lights switch-on: 6th December 5 – 6.15pm.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 11th October, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on February 07, 2014, 07:23:25 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th January 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   58: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, John Clayton (SPSNF), Alexandra Thurlby, Christine Nairne and Imogen Mortiboys (St Andrew’s Healthcare), Stuart Nelmes (BWB Consulting Ltd), Mike Adams (Environment Agency), Paul Edwards (AMEY), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey and Councillor Walkling.
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting and wished them a Happy New Year. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th December 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Expansion of St Andrew’s Healthcare and associated flood alleviation works
Christine Nairne, Head of Communications at St Andrew’s Healthcare, set out the plans to expand the facility on Dogpool Lane, which opened in 2009. Outline planning permission was granted in September 2012 for a proposal to build 4 new buildings on the site and associated flood alleviation works including the construction of a bund in Hazelwell Park (2012/06034/PA). A full planning application will be submitted in time, with the final design being determined through discussions with the NHS. 
A number of residents of Ashbrook Road protested that they had heard nothing about the scheme, although their properties back onto Hazelwell Park. John Clayton, Flood Action Co-ordinator for the Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, stated that a public exhibition had been held on July 2nd 2012, and that on his suggestion, properties on the west side of Ashbrook Road had been added to the circulation list for leaflets advertising this event. JC and representatives of St Andrew’s attended the event, and reported a steady flow of visitors, the majority of whom expressed support for the scheme. The residents of Ashbrook Road insisted that they had not received any leaflets, and suggested there had been a major breakdown in communications; they also felt that the support shown for the scheme did not reflect local opinion. One resident asserted that local people would have attended the exhibition if they had been informed, and that signs should have been put up; he stated that he only found out about the scheme at a meeting of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum.  Residents were also unhappy with the consultation for the first phase of St Andrew’s, as they were not informed of the planning application and only found out about the hospital after construction had started.
A resident of Moor Green Lane questioned the need for the bund as he thought the severe flooding in 2008 had been caused by the addition of 2 pillars beneath the Dogpool Lane bridge, which had reduced the flow; as the bridge has now been replaced he felt the proposed scheme was unnecessary. Another resident suggested that the bridge upstream on Cartland Road was the real problem and the cause of local flooding. A further possibility was the millstream that once ran between Fordhouse Lane and the St Andrew’s site. It was noted that there had been flooding on Dogpool Lane before Christmas; JC explained that this was surface water flooding caused by the drains being unable to cope with excess run-off. He added that although the new bridge is much more efficient at transmitting water, there is still the possibility of flooding after very heavy rainfall, such as in 2012 when flood protection measures had to be deployed on Fashoda Road. JC stated that he maintained a neutral stance as a volunteer flood action co-ordinator and member of SPSNF, but believed the proposed works to be the best solution to the problem of flooding in the vicinity of Fashoda and Cecil Roads, where he lives. The construction of new drains was not an economically viable solution.
In response to a question about opportunities for local people to register their objection to the scheme, it was explained that they would be able to comment on the full planning application when it is submitted. JC asked the local councillors to make sure that all local residents are informed of this planning application; Cllr Huxtable explained that the consultation for the original planning application had met the legal requirements in terms of distance from the site, but as this had not included the residents of Ashbrook Road he had reported this as a problem to BCC planning in the summer of 2012 and hoped any future consultation would be expanded accordingly. Cllr Huxtable suggested that St Andrew’s hold another public exhibition when the full planning application is submitted. St Andrew’s undertook to work with local forums and make sure leaflets are hand delivered to all affected properties, possibly by volunteers.       
Stuart Nelmes of BWB Consulting Ltd. explained the design of the proposed flood alleviation works, which had been drawn up to test the viability of St Andrew’s expanding onto the River Rea floodplain. SN stated that the St Andrew’s proposal could almost entirely eradicate the route floodwater took across Dogpool Lane by capturing water in Hazelwell Park and holding it for several hours until peak flow had passed. SN stressed that the current plans were at a very early stage of development and that the bund may not be as high as it appeared on the drawings, its sides may be sloped much more gradually and it might be built further from the rear of the properties on Ashbrook Road. A more detailed proposal will be submitted for the full planning application and this will be tested by BCC.
SN explained that currently, flood water within the St Andrew’s site discharges into a pond and them into the Rea; the new scheme replaces the pond with a number of underground storage tanks and an area of flood plain that will cope with both existing and additional demands.
Mike Adams of the Environment Agency explained that as funding for flood defences is reduced, they are being actively encouraged to work with private organisations to deliver flood defences. A local resident advocated a more holistic approach, and suggested the St Andrew’s proposal would push flooding further upstream to the East side of the Rea where it is joined by the Bourne. MA explained he was looking at the catchment as a whole and was also considering the impact on biodiversity and the natural environment. The impact of the planned Tesco development and in particular its car park increasing run off was also raised. 
The Forum was reminded of a previous suggestion from residents to create the “Ten Acre Wetland”: this would be a cheap solution to flooding and did not rely on moving the water downstream. MA explained that the huge volume of water in the River Rea system demanded larger scale solutions to be financially viable. He also suggested that as most public open spaces upstream of the site were already subject to flooding, there was limited potential to create new wetlands. SN (BWB) noted that the St Andrew’s application does propose a small area of wetland and that they would consider combining this with a Ten Acre wetland immediately upstream.
A resident questioned the impact of the proposed flood alleviation scheme on the River Rea cycle route; SN (BWB) explained that there will be a designated route for use during periods of flooding. The scheme would also allow the cycle route to be realigned adjacent to the Dogpool Lane bridge where the solid balustrade blocks views of pedestrians on the pavement ahead.
Residents of Ashbrook Road were concerned that the scheme would affect their house insurance by creating a flood plain next to their properties. MA explained that this area was already a flood plain but added that if residents were experiencing any problems with insurance companies he would be able to provide a letter stating their home was outside the flood plain. One resident suggested BWB was exaggerating the likelihood of flooding to get residents to agree to the scheme; both MA and JC disagreed with this, MA explained that the design was based on a computer model and JC stated that the flooding of 2008 had been the worst since 1927.
Ripple Road / Cartland Rd Flood Alleviation Scheme
Paul Edwards of AMEY explained that there would be a number of road closures during the construction period: Cartland Road, Twyning Road, Ripple Road and Newlands Road will all be affected. AMEY and Severn Trent are consulting with BCC with the aim of co-ordinating road closures with school holidays. A local resident was concerned that the new storm water tanks would increase the likelihood of flooding by adding more water into the river; PE was able to reassure them that once full, the water would remain in the tank until it was pumped out.
PW informed the meeting that internal work on St Andrew’s would be starting on 20th January and was expected to last 6 months.  PW thanked everyone for attending the meeting and expressed the hope that future communications would be improved.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th February, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church. Our guest speakers will be talking about the Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 10, 2014, 01:12:53 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th February 2014, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   28: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Jenni Northcote (BSCCCG), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey and Karen Stevens.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th January 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Expansion of St Andrew’s Healthcare and associated flood alleviation works: Cllr Huxtable reported that there was no further news on the development; he suggested that the newly appointed chief executive should be invited to a future meeting to update the Forum. 
Severn Trent flood alleviation works: work has now commenced on the green space adjacent to the micro park and is progressing well.   
1551 – 1553 Pershore Rd: BCC Planning have visited and informed the owner that a change of use is required for the takeaway to expand into the adjacent unit.   
Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group
Jenni Northcote, Lead Partnership Manager at BSCCCG, explained the workings of the group and answered questions from the floor.
A local resident wanted to know when the cut-off date was for opting out of the Complete Care Record scheme. JN was unsure but reassured them that permission would always be sought before the record was accessed, and explained that this was a different scheme from the one which would see anonymised data shared with research companies.
Another resident suggested that the CCG was unnecessary as it was replicating work being done elsewhere in the NHS; JN explained that CCGs were put in place to increase competition and accountability by separating commissioners and providers within the NHS.
Selly Oak District budget cuts
Karen Stevens, Ward Support Officer for Selly Oak District, presented the budget savings proposals for 2014/15 and 2015/16; these envisage a 50% cut to district funding. Cllr Huxtable stated that all the local councillors were concerned about these proposals, and had made a number of suggestions as to how they could be minimised. 
Planning update
TASCOS: Sandra Cooper informed the meeting that she had commented on the proposed refurbishment of the TASCOS club on behalf of the Forum; this has been approved subject to conditions relating to the regularisation of sound equipment, although local residents remain concerned that the reopening of windows in the upper floor will create a noise nuisance. Cllr Huxtable questioned exactly what conditions had been applied, and cited the example of the Hazelwell Public House, which had strict restrictions on the opening of doors and windows included in its licensing application. Local residents could apply to have the premises closed down if it proves too noisy.
Warren Rd: a planning application has been submitted for the subdivision of a house into two flats. Following discussion, the Forum opted to oppose this application as it might lead to problems with noise and parking. Cllr Huxtable informed the meeting that BCC were consulting on plans to limit the proportion of HMO properties in a zone surrounding Bournbrook to 10%; although this area does not include Stirchley Village he suggested that this should be included in the restricted zone. The Forum agreed and SC will submit a response.   
Policing update
A local resident observed that there have been no representatives of WMP at recent meetings; PW explained that PCSO Sal Stor had been unable to swap shifts to allow her to come to the meetings.
Local residents were warned about a phone scam in which a courier is dispatched to collect bank cards once the holder has handed over their security details.
Cllr Huxtable stated that in future police tasking meetings would rotate between Stirchley Community Church and Rowheath Pavilion, and no longer take place at Cotteridge Church Centre or Masefield Community Centre, where turnout was much lower. 
Any other business
Stirchley Baths: Louise Deakin announced that she would be taking over the blog for the Stirchley Baths project. PW invited Louise to update the Forum at any time.
Missing bollard: there is a large hole in the pavement opposite Ward’s where a bollard has been knocked over.
Fordhouse Lane pedestrian crossing: a petition with 200 signatures was presented to BCC in January by Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey on behalf of the residents of Fordhouse Ln. Cllr Huxtable thanked the residents for their efforts in gathering the signatures and stated that the petition required an official response, although none had been received to date.
Fireworks shop: BCC Environmental Health have visited the site and are satisfied that there is no exposed asbestos in the metal sheets that have been dumped there.
Pershore Rd zebra crossing: in response to a report that the crossing lights are not working, Cllr Huxtable reported that the internal light units had been stolen.
Local Sustainable Transport Plan: Cllr Huxtable reported that this had been delayed as a result of the large number of queries raised during the consultation period but reassured the Forum that the proposed changes for the Pershore Rd would be carried out this calendar year.
Stirchley Park: initial concept plans for improvements to the Park were agreed at a meeting attended by the Friends of Stirchley Park, BCC Parks Department and Cllr Huxtable & Peter Walker for Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum. These comprise: resurfacing the footpaths, more trees, benches, restoring the flower beds and a second noticeboard. Cllr Huxtable suggested the plans were emailed to everyone on the Forum’s Mailing list.
Hazelwell Park: the entrance to the allotments from the River Rea cycle route remains very muddy. A resident reported that this has been a problem for over 3 years, since a tractor churned up the ground while accessing the allotments; Cllr Huxtable will raise this with the Area Parks Manager.   
Upcoming events
Police tasking meeting: 12th February, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th March, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on April 07, 2014, 01:23:33 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the meeting held on 10th March 2014, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   31: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling and Karen Stevens.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 10th February 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Chairman’s report
12th February: attended Police tasking meeting 
19th February: attended a Travel Plan Review
26th February: attended meeting of the Friends of Stirchley Park to discuss how the £50K of 106 monies would be spent on improvements to the park.
5th March: attended Stirchley Baths sub-committee meeting. Work on converting the Baths into a new community centre has now begun; the 4 trees removed to allow access will be replaced with 8 trees. PW was delighted to report that there has been considerable interest in the post of heritage officer to research the history of Stirchley.   
6th March: attended closing event for Stirchley Community Centre; although this was a sad event, local people can now look forward to having a fantastic new centre in the Baths. 
Stirchley Baths/Community Centre update
As part of the 106 agreement, £5K has been made available for an art project in Stirchley Park to extend the graffiti wall.
Karen Stevens, Ward Support Officer
Peter Walker presented KS with flowers and a card, and thanked her for all her hard work over the last 6 years, supporting the Forum in its activities, especially the Fun Day. Cllr Huxtable, speaking on behalf of himself, Cllrs Sealey, Cllr Walkling and former Cllrs Bird and Dawkins, offered their thanks and wished her every success in the future. KS thanked everyone and offered to help with the duck races if she was still around!
Birmingham Communities and Neighbourhoods Resilience Group
Paula Aubrey updated the Forum on the work of the Birmingham Resilience Team; local people are encouraged to sign up for the alert service at www.birminghamprepared.gov.uk.
Policing update
Representatives of WMP will no longer attend the Forum, but will focus their activities on the police tasking meetings; it was noted that these are not early as well attended as the Forum.
Planning update
Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Forum, ran through the guidelines for responding to planning issues; these are followed when time constraints do not permit discussion at a meeting. The meeting then debated these, and voted to retain the following policies:
1. Limit the number of hot food takeaways by opposing all applications for conversion to A5 use. It was suggested that this should be extended to new restaurants, and possibly cafés, as there were too many. There are also a number of unused units that have A3/A5 consent, and it was proposed that these should lapse when the business closed. Cllr Huxtable explained that the Shopping and Local Centres SPD limited the number of takeaways to 10% of units; the Forum noted that Stirchley has a large number of relatively small units.
A resident praised the success of one-off takeaways such as the pop-up cafés at Loaf, and hoped these would continue; it was suggested that local businesses should use the Forum to share information about such events.
2. Oppose all applications that seek to convert retail units to residential use. SC raised the concern that this may not be assisted by the division of Stirchley into a primary and secondary shopping area by the SPD. The major concern was the parking problems created on adjacent residential streets.
3. Object to applications for both the erection of new advertising hoardings and the renewal of existing ones. It was noted that there have been no applications for either recently.
Following discussion at a previous meeting (10/02/2014), the meeting then debated the Forum’s stance on the conversion of houses into flats with a view to developing a new policy. Although residents like the mixed nature of the local community, many expressed the opinion that the conversion of terraced houses into flats caused noise and parking problems for neighbours. This was particularly true for student lets, many of which are operated by absentee landlords. This viewpoint was challenged by some residents, who suggested that Stirchley’s proximity to the university and good public transport links made it an ideal location for young professionals, and that planning policies should not be discouraging them from moving to the area. It was pointed out that many young people can only afford to rent a property with a group of friends, but this did not prevent them from being active residents. The positive contribution made by groups such as Stirchley Happenings, Stirchley Community Market and Loaf was acknowledged. 
SC thanked Mick Jones for posting planning applications on the www.stirchley.co.uk website. 
Any other business
Stirchley Baths: plans to create a two-way entrance to the car park have stalled as the Co-operative and BCC cannot agree a lease on the land owned by the Co-op.
Friends Meeting House: the Co-operative is developing plans to convert the building into flats. Although a formal planning application is yet to be submitted, local residents have already raised concerns: the plans represent a loss of community space, and the development of residential accommodation adjacent to Stirchley Baths might limit evening activities in the new community centre. The lack of parking and noise from the proposed children’s play area were also mentioned.
Hazelwell Street illuminated 30mph sign: this needs turning round (again)
Tesco development: following a query about progress from a local resident, it was reported that ground surveys are now being carried out on the site. PW stated that Tesco were still committed to opening the store by Christmas 2015.
Graffiti: the heritage trail plaque on Hazelwell Street has been heavily graffitied, as has the bridge on Lifford Lane.
Stirchley micro-park: a resident praised the fine display of snowdrops and crocuses.
Whit Marley site: Cllr Huxtable explained that the owners were likely to have cleared the site to avoid paying rates, and stated that no formal planning application had been submitted.
Dogpool Lane wetland project: anyone interested in getting involved with the project should contact Wendy Pearson or Pete Walker.
Upcoming events
Art SOAK: this annual celebration of creative talent is taking place across Selly Oak District this weekend. Full details available at: www.artsforumsellyoak.wordpress.com
Hazelwell Park work day: 15th March with Ranger Jan, everyone welcome to come along for a park tidy up.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th April, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 05, 2014, 05:15:35 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14th April 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   33: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Paul Edwards (AMEY), Tom Holness (BikeRight!), Jake Woodall (Health Exchange), Cllr Huxtable, Cllr Sealey and Cllr Walkling.
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 10th March 2014 were circulated and following 2 corrections were agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Forum’s position on the conversion of houses into flats: the debate continued after the last meeting, with some residents concerned that any new policy could unbalance the successful mix of young professionals and families living in the area. PW stated that the Forum is only opposed to the conversion of houses into HMOs/bedsits.
Paul Edwards, AMEY
Paul Edwards updated the Forum on the flood alleviation works being carried out by Severn Trent in Stirchley. Work started at the end of January, and is progressing very well; in the coming months there will be a number of road closures to enable the upsizing of sewers:
   Ripple Rd: May – July
   Twyning Rd: July – August
   Cartland Rd: July – early September
   Newlands Rd: end May – August, starting at the Cartland Road end.
ST will be knocking on doors, and the customer bus will visit the area to inform people of road closures: it will be in Ripple Rd on May 6th and Newlands Rd on May 7th, between 16.30 and 19.30. ST will issue press releases with relevant information for local businesses including those on the Pershore Rd that park on Ripple Rd.
A resident of Newlands Rd questioned how their waste would be collected: PE (AMEY) explained that they were working with refuse services and that only a 30m section of the road would be closed at any one time; access will be maintained for residents.
A local resident expressed their concerns about contractors’ vehicles causing an obstruction on Pershore Rd; PE assured them that ST would move any offending vehicles.
In response to a question about the workings of the scheme, PE explained that the tank on the Pershore Rd will hold the overflow until levels within the sewage system subside and it can be pumped back in. The upsizing of sewers and the installation of a surface water pumping station on Ripple Rd will further reduce the risk of flooding in the area.
Tom Holness, BikeRight!
Tom Holness presented the work of BikeRIght!, which has been commissioned to deliver the cycling element of the Smart Network Smarter Choices scheme. BikeRight! offers cycle training to encourage people to get back into cycling; the scheme is open to anyone aged 16 and over who lives or works in Stirchley. 
A local resident asked whether the scheme would teach people to ride on the road and not the pavement; TH explained that it was the fear of busy traffic that caused them to use the pavement and that the training would give them the skills and confidence to ride on the road.
Cllr Sealey suggested that car drivers should also be trained in how to share the road safely with cyclists; TH stated that BikeRight! are working with driving instructors to develop a training module.
Another resident questioned the law about cycle bells as these were essential to alert pedestrians on shared routes such as along the River Rea; TH explained that bells were not a legal requirement, and that the River Rea cycle path did have signs reminding cyclists to “share with care”. Another resident suggested that cyclists should be required to wear high visibility vests; TH replied that these did not increase visibility during the day, but that they were used for training sessions.
A local resident proposed that the best way to increase cycling would be the creation of separate lanes, although they acknowledged that this was very costly. They also questioned the focus of the scheme on the over 16s, as they felt the bikeability training available through primary schools was insufficient, and would not enthuse young people. TH explained that the funding for the scheme was aimed at adults and particularly targeted at commuters.
In response to the suggestion that all cyclists should carry insurance, TH explained that 70% of cyclists had public liability insurance through their specialist bike insurance or home insurance; the fact that this was offered free with home insurance suggested that cyclists caused very little damage.
Jake Woodall, Health Exchange
Jake Woodall invited local people to join Health Exchange’s walking programme: in addition to led walks, they can also help with route planning and training for walk leaders.
Policing update
Quad bikes: a number of residents reported quad bike riders in Elm Tree Rd and Wickes’ carpark.
Ashbrook Rd: a blue Ford Focus was spotted driving dangerously fast; the registration number will be passed on to WMP
River Rea: two cars have been dumped in the River Rea by Hazelwell Park in recent weeks; the recovery truck has churned up the grass on the river banks.
Newlands Rd: there have been a number of attempted break-ins.
A local resident commented on the infrequency of police patrols and questioned how easy it is to contact them, pointing out that Bournville Lane police station is some distance away. 
Planning update
2014/02160/PA: reserved matters application covering the appearance, scale and landscaping for the proposed Tesco superstore on Pershore Rd/Hazelwell Lane. Forum Planning Officer Sandra Cooper requested that residents take a look at the plans and give feedback via the online forum on www.stirchley.co.uk. SC reported that Tesco now own TASCOS and will take vacant possession of the remaining properties facing onto Pershore Rd on August 31st 2014. Construction is expected to start in 2015 with the store opening in the summer of 2016. PW announced that Simon Petar of Tesco will be the guest at the November AGM.
In response to a question about the TASCOS club, Cllr Sealey stated that the planning consent was for refurbishment rather than demolition and replacement.
Cllr Huxtable explained that the development of the additional buildings on the site, such as the office block and new retail units, would be the subject of a further reserved matters application. The exact design would depend on whether displaced businesses wish to be relocated within the site boundary.
Friends Meeting House: a local resident requested an update on the proposal to convert the building into flats: Cllr Huxtable stated that no planning application had been submitted.
Kwiksave: activity in the car park was noted. It was explained that it is being used as a site compound by contractors working on Stirchley Baths. Cllr Huxtable suggested that the AGM would be a good opportunity to question Tesco about their plans for Kwiksave.
Any other business
Lifford Lane: a local resident reported council waste collection vehicles driving down the wrong side of the road to avoid the queues outside the household recycling site. A number of people stated their opposition to the £35 fee for green waste collections, including Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey. One resident suggested more people were now having bonfires making it impossible for their neighbours to hang out washing; providing compost bins to all households was proposed as a more environmentally friendly solution.
Fireworks shop: this remains a dangerous eyesore, and although BCC have taken some steps to make the building safe they will not secure the site. Cllr Huxtable will continue to pressure BCC to take action. The building is owned by a private landowner based in London.
Lifford House: office workers are parking inconsiderately on Fordhouse Lane; Cllr Huxtable will speak to the site manager.
Ten Acres wetland: Wendy Pearson invited local residents interested in this biodiversity project to join her at a meeting with the Environment Agency on Thursday at 1.30pm.
Dogpool Lane: delivery lorries are using the Park by the chip shop to turn round, this is ruining the grass, especially when the lorries get stuck and need to be towed away. A local resident would like to see bollards installed. Cllr Huxtable suggested trip rails; he has also requested that the service road be resurfaced.
Upcoming events
Police tasking meeting: 15th April at Masefield, 14th May at Stirchley Community Church
River Rea Cycle Egg Hunt: 19th – 21st April
Hazelwell Park Easter Event: 26th April, with biking activity and face painter.
Cannon Hill Spring into Summer: community event from 24th May – 1st June
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th May, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 29, 2014, 03:02:53 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 12th May 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   30: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Jon Hayes (Centro), Cllr Huxtable, Cllr Sealey and Cllr Walkling.
Apologies:   8
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th April 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Stirchley Flood Alleviation Scheme: members of the committee visited the new sewage tank under construction next to the Pershore Rd micro park.
Lifford House: staff parking cars inconsiderately on Fordhouse Lane are continuing to cause a problem for local residents.
Centro update
Jon Hayes, Centro Area Manager for Birmingham and Solihull, set out the changes to the numbers 45 and 47 bus routes; these have been introduced to improve punctuality and reliability whilst maintaining access to key services. The huge response to the public consultation meant that these changes were not introduced until April: the 45 service has now been extended to Cofton Hackett to cover the new residential development there and now terminates at the same bus stop as the 47. The 45 service will also run later in the evening, with a final departure time from the city centre of 00:20; this was previously 23:48. JH left leaflets summarising other changes to local bus services.
A local resident questioned why the 45 service now went up Masshouse Lane rather than the Redditch Rd, meaning that the bus no longer passed outside the Kings Norton surgery; JH was unable to explain the change but will look into this.
In response to another resident’s question about the validity of older persons’ bus passes on the 00:20 service out of the city centre, JH was fairly sure that they would be valid.
Concerns were raised about the possibility of individual bus companies failing to follow proposed changes, resulting in multiple routes and a reduced frequency of service; JH explained that bus companies tended to follow the same routes to get more passengers.
Cllr Huxtable raised the issue of bus companies running elderly buses on suburban routes, as they do not meet the minimum environmental standards required to enter the city centre; he suggested that this was causing more air pollution on routes such as the 11, and particularly in traffic hotspots such as the junction of Fordhouse Ln and Pershore Rd. JH replied that there is a voluntary multi-lateral agreement in place, encouraging operators to upgrade vehicles; if members of the public are concerned about a particular vehicle, they can report it to VOSA who are able to check emissions levels.
Cllr Huxtable was also concerned about the reliability of the 27 service, despite the reduction in frequency from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes. JH stated that Centro jointly funds a civil enforcement officer with National Express, and that they can be dispatched to areas where illegal parking is causing delays; additionally the 27 is automatically tracked and this information can be used to identify traffic hotspots. JH also explained that each member of the local transport authority has an “adopted” bus route, in order to focus attention on improving particular routes.  Real time information boards are not yet available on the 27 route, but travellers can use the smartphone app; RTI boards have been prioritised for busier routes, although JH conceded that these might be more useful on quieter routes.
Planning update
Friends Meeting House: plans have been submitted to BCC to convert the building into student accommodation. Although one local resident spoke up in support of the scheme, a number of residents were opposed to the scheme citing the following reasons: the proposal does not include any car parking, the scheme represents a loss of community space, and the creation of residential accommodation adjacent to Stirchley Baths may result in limitations on the new community centre’s hours of operation. In response to the suggestion that the Friends Meeting House should have been incorporated into the plans for the new community centre, PW explained that the Co-op owned the building; office accommodation was also suggested as a more appropriate use. The lack of car parking spaces was questioned, but Cllr Huxtable stated that the Co-op was likely to have had substantial pre-application advice before submitting the current plans. A previous scheme for 4 self-contained flats had floundered as agreement with BCC over the provision of parking spaces in the new community centre car park could not be reached. Residents are able to comment on the plans at www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningonline application number 2014/02928/PA.   
Tesco: the comments submitted by Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Forum, on the recent reserved matters application by Tesco are available to view on www.stirchley.co.uk. 
Policing update
There have been a number of distraction burglaries and thefts from sheds in recent weeks. Cllr Huxtable announced that shed alarms are available from WMP.
The derelict homes on Hazelwell Lane are increasingly being used by squatters; local residents are also concerned that the properties are being used for dealing drugs.
Ten Acres wetland
Wendy Pearson updated the Forum on her recent meeting with the Environment Agency about the Ten Acres Wetland, which lies behind Pershore Rd between Cartland Rd and Dogpool Ln. WP is looking to develop links with other local environmental groups and raise awareness of the site; anyone interested in getting involved should get in touch with Wendy.
Any other business
New crossing on Pershore Rd: the crossing outside Stirchley School is due to be upgraded through the Sustainable Transport Fund; the existing halo beacons will be relocated elsewhere in Stirchley. No date has been set for the upgrade yet.
Stirchley Christmas Lights: Cllr Huxtable reported that there is no longer any funding for hanging baskets or Christmas lights from the Community Chest; Cllr Sealey suggested that significant savings could be made if lights were procured through an external supplier.
Newlands Rd pavements: a local resident expressed their dissatisfaction with the quality of the new pavements that are currently being laid; the contractors were also reported to be unaware of the works to upsize the sewers that are due to start at the end of the month. Cllr Huxtable reassured residents that BCC would not sign off the works unless they were absolutely satisfied.
Refuse bags: a local resident reported the use of BCC grey bags for household waste; Cllr Huxtable stated that any colour bags may be used, including green waste bags, but that these particular grey bags were for use by street cleaners and were not for domestic use. 
Fly tipping on Hazelwell Lane: Cllr Huxtable explained that the responsibility for clearing up lay with the landowner which in this case was Tesco.
River Rea cycle route: a local resident commended Cllrs Sealey and Huxtable for getting the “share with care” signs installed in the cycle path. Simon Cooper, the Area Parks Manager, is taking voluntary redundancy in August; it is hoped that measures to stop cars being dumped in the River Rea, such as bollards to prevent vehicular access to the cycle route, will be in place before this.
Upcoming events
Police tasking meeting: 14th May at Stirchley Community Church
Charlotte Road Big Lunch: June 1st on the space outside Travis Perkins. Local residents are invited; please bring food, drink and a garden chair.
Charity Fashion Show: Stirchley Community Church, Saturday 21st June. Please bring any donations of pre-loved clothes and shoes to the Church before the event. Tickets are £8 including a £5 clothes voucher; the profits will be split between St Mary’s Hospice and the fund to refurbish the lower hall in the Church. 
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th June, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church with guest speaker Tom Baker from Loaf Community Bakery.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on July 08, 2014, 10:18:57 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th June 2014, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   32: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Tom Baker (Loaf), Adam McCusker (Birmingham Friends of the Earth), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey.
Apologies:   1 (Cllr Walkling)
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th May 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Centro Update: PW reported there had been no further information on the installation of a Real Time Information board on the bus stop outside the Co-op on Umberslade Rd. 
Ten Acres Wetland: Wendy Pearson is awaiting a management report for the restoration of the wetland from the Environment Agency.
Loaf Community Bakery
Tom Baker, director of Loaf Community Bakery, updated the Forum on some changes that have taken place in the shop. Stirchley Stores has moved out, to make space for the expanding bakery business, but still exists as a buying group. The shop is now open from 12.00 – 6.30pm Tuesday to Friday and from 8.15 am to 1.00 pm on a Saturday. Bread ranges in price from £1 to £3 for a loaf, and the shop offers a loyalty card which gives 1 free loaf for every 12 purchased. Light lunches, tea and coffee are now served during the week.
Loaf also runs a cookery school with courses ranging from bread making and butchery to foraging and preserving – see www.loafonline.co.uk/cookeryschool/ for more details. So far the courses have attracted people from all over the country and even Australia and Brazil.
Loaf is run as a social enterprise and is in the process of becoming a workers’ co-operative with all members of staff being directors of the company. Nearly all the staff are local and walk or cycle to work.
Friends of the Earth “Let’s Get Moving” Campaign
Adam McCusker from Birmingham Friends of the Earth outlined the aims of the Clean Air Alliance, which is calling on BCC to set a target for cycling to be at least 10% of journeys by 2025, and to commit to an active travel investment fund of at least £10 per person per year for at least 10 years in order to achieve this. Sustrans and Pushbikes are supporting this initiative.
AM explained that over the next 18 months BCC would be investing £24 million on cycling infrastructure and the Clean Air Alliance want BCC to continue spending at this level, whilst ensuring that improvements such as new cycle lanes are properly segregated from other traffic and not just painted lines. AM circulated action cards for people to sign.
A local resident suggested that increasing the number of traffic wardens on the Pershore Rd would have a greater impact on pollution than promoting cycling, as it is stop start traffic that causes the greatest problem. As many people park illegally to avoid walking any distance, they felt the goal of increasing journeys by bike was unachievable in the short term.
Policing update
PC Paul Rimell of the Bournville Neighbourhood Team alerted the Forum to a number of local issues: recently there has been a spate of fraudulent phone calls requesting bank cards under the pretence that details have been stolen. Anyone receiving such a call should phone 101. Following widespread publicity there have been none reported in the last month.
The spike in shed thefts has abated but vehicle crime is now on the rise; PC Rimell cautioned residents against leaving any valuables in cars. On the night of the June 5th, 7 vehicles were damaged in an isolated incident.
The Police are focussing on parking issues this month, and in particular in areas around schools where they are encouraging parents to “park and stride”. Parents at St Josephs and St Francis primary schools are being directed to use Rowheath car park. Cars parked illegally or inconsiderately will be leafleted.
The summer drink driving campaign is underway, with late night drinkers being reminded that they may not be safe to drive the following morning. A mobile speed camera will also be deployed in side streets; anyone found speeding is likely to be invited to an education course rather than having points on their licence.
In response to a request for more regular police updates at the Forum, PC Rimell explained that this was beyond his control. There was also a call for more traffic wardens in Stirchley: although parking enforcement is largely the responsibility of BCC, police patrols will deal appropriately with parking violations, or other offences such as using a mobile phone whilst driving.
PW reported an incident in which a police car failed to stop a car driving the wrong way up Elm Rd; PC Rimell stated that if members of the public were unhappy with the actions of the police they should take the number plate and make a complaint.
A number of residents reported persistent instances of vehicles being parked on pavements: these include the corner of Milhaven Avenue and Hazelwell Crescent and Hazelwell Fordrough. PC Rimell will follow these up and speak to the offenders. Cllr Huxtable suggested the DVLA repeat the recent exercise in which they removed untaxed cars from the Hazelwell area; a resident of Ashbrook Rd called for similar action. Residents were reminded that they can report untaxed vehicles directly to the DVLA.
In response to reports of a “weedy waft” in the area, PC Rimell reported that a cannabis factory had recently been discovered and resolved; residents can report suspicious activity to Crimestoppers or by phone or email to Bournville police station.   
Planning Update
Friends Meeting House: the Forum has submitted comments on the planning application.
Piri Piri Chicken: it is believed that the units have been sold on without planning permission.
Wickes: permission has been granted for the snack bar in the car park.   
Any other business
Alterations to the Pershore Rd: work will commence this month and includes a new pelican crossing outside Stirchley School, widening sections of pavement, new bus stops and the end to tidal parking; the work must be completed by the end of March 2015.
Hazelwell Lane: Tesco are yet to deal with the fly tipping on their site.
Newlands Rd: a local resident expressed their continued dissatisfaction with the quality of the “improved” pavements; the works to upsize the sewers are also preventing the collection of recycled waste. Cllr Huxtable stated that this would be collected at the same time as the regular waste as of next Monday.
Lifford Lane traffic chaos: a number of residents expressed their anger at the congestion around the Lifford Lane tip caused by the recent introduction of charges for green waste collections. The temporary central reservation is preventing cars from turning round further exacerbating the problem. Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey are very aware of the problem and have raised it with the relevant Cabinet member. 
Hazelwell Park: the area used as a site compound during the reconstruction of the Dogpool Lane Bridge is flooding because the new turf was laid on hardstanding. Black bin bags have been dumped by the Newlands Rd entrance.
Green recycling: a resident of Ashbrook Rd needs an unordered wheelie bin collected. A resident of Elm Tree Rd has paid for green bag collections but this has not happened in weeks; Cllr Huxtable reported that these would be collected tomorrow.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: following a successful application to the Tesco Community Fund the annual fun day will be taking place again, albeit with a smaller budget of £1500. This year it will be held on Saturday September 6th in Stirchley Park; the change of venue was necessitated by the ongoing flood alleviation works that are limiting access to Hazelwell Park. The smaller size of Stirchley Park is also better suited to the reduced budget.
Hazelwell Road: the interpretation board is completely obscured by graffiti.
Cartland Road: residents of Newlands Rd are using the Cartland Rd service road for parking during the works on their street. This is causing some tension with Cartland Rd residents who wrongly believe they have sole use of the service road for parking, and are leaving letters on cars. Parking on Newlands Rd is being further limited by a static JCB which Severn Trent had wished to keep in the park, but were refused by BCC. Cllr Huxtable will speak to the constituency engineer.
Stirchley School: Japanese knotweed has been found and reported to BCC but no response has been received; Cllr Huxtable will get BCC to contact the school.
Tesco/Stirchley Baths update: A local resident expressed their disappointment that the meeting had focussed on traffic issues and that there had been no mention of Tesco or Stirchley Baths. PW explained that this was because there was nothing new to report from last month; a brief update on both projects was then given by Cllr Huxtable. PW announced that Tesco had been invited to the AGM in November and that there would be more to report on the Baths after the next steering group meeting.
Upcoming events
Police tasking meeting: 18thJune at Rowheath Pavilion
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th July, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church with guest speakers from the Environment Agency, Severn Trent and AMEY to provide an update on the flood alleviation works.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on August 27, 2014, 11:52:54 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14th July 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   53: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Mike Adams (Environment Agency), Claudia Sequeira (Severn Trent), Colin Jukes (AMEY), John Clayton (Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey.
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th June 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
River Rea Flood Alleviation Scheme
Mike Adams, a flood risk advisor for the Environment Agency (EA), updated the Forum on the work of the River Rea Partnership to develop options and explore funding opportunities to reduce the risk of flooding along the river.
MA set out the EA’s new approach for funding: schemes receive a proportion of the costs dependent on cost-benefit analysis, with the shortfall being met through contributions from partners such as local government, local businesses and communities. The River Rea Partnership already includes BCC and Severn Trent, and this is expected to grow in order to deliver any proposals. Around 50% of the funding would have to be raised from partners to deliver the River Rea scheme in its entirety.
The River Rea has a large catchment area stretching from Longbridge to Nechells, and within this there are currently over 2000 properties at risk of flooding in a 100 year event (1% chance of happening every year). However the opportunities for introducing new flood alleviation schemes are limited by a number of constraints including high levels of urbanisation and the presence of pre-existing infrastructure such as sewers running parallel to the river.
MA explained that a computer model had been devised to test a wide range of options, and although none had been developed in detail, around 15 had shown considerable potential. MA presented a map showing the likely impact on Stirchley: this demonstrated significant reductions to the flood risk faced by residents in Selly Park South, and the areas around Ribblesdale, Ripple and Twyning Roads. Central to the Selly Park South scheme is a bund in Hazelwell Park to hold back flood water; this has been developed in conjunction with St Andrew’s Healthcare’s plans to expand their facility on Dogpool Lane.
There was considerable confusion about the impact of this proposal on properties on Ashbrook Rd, with a number of residents expressing their concern that their homes were being put at risk for the benefit of a private business. It was noted that the park has never flooded in living memory. MA explained that the proposal was to move the flood risk from Selly Park South to the park, which does not contain any homes. John Clayton (Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum) added that the 2008 flooding had affected over 100 properties north of Dogpool Lane, and that many residents had been out of their homes for more than 6 months. The current proposal being developed with St Andrew’s would protect 280 more homes in the area. JC added that he did not wish to pit communities against one another. Local residents were very disappointed that no one from St Andrew’s had been able to attend the meeting and hear their concerns; it was explained that this was due to illness. It was reported that St Andrew’s would hold another meeting with local residents when the plans were developed further.
Questions were also raised about the height of the bund, and whether its location would prevent residents from using the service road that runs to the rear of their homes. MA explained that the proposal was at a very early stage, and that any detailed design would ensure this was not the case. He also reassured residents that the park would only be flooded in a 100 year event, and that the water would only remain for a few hours, before draining back into the river once the floodwaters subsided. Many residents are dissatisfied with the state of the service road, and it was suggested that the proposed flood alleviation works presented local residents with a good opportunity to have the road improved. Cllr Huxtable added that he had contacted BCC Housing (the department responsible for the road) with their concerns every month since January but was yet to receive a reply.
One resident questioned the effect of the extension to St Andrew’s on the water table; MA responded that new developments were not allowed to impact negatively on either the water table or existing water courses. Many local residents were concerned that the plans would increase their insurance premiums; MA reassured them that the flood plain would not encroach on their homes, and that if any problems arose, the EA would provide their insurers with a letter to that effect.
A resident of Ashbrook Rd reported poor drainage in the area of Hazelwell Park that was used as a site compound during the works to replace Dogpool Lane Bridge; MA reported that this issue was being addressed with AMEY, and that it did not preclude the area from being used for the temporary storage of floodwater in the future.
Pershore Road Flood Alleviation Works
Colin Jukes (AMEY) and Claudia Sequeira (Severn Trent) gave an update on the current works to alleviate flooding in the area around Cartland, Pershore and Ripple Roads. Large storage tanks have been installed next to the Pershore Rd and Ripple Rd, and works are now ongoing to upgrade pipework in the local area: work in Ripple Rd will be completed by July 18th, Newland Rd will have stretches closed for another 5 weeks and sections of Cartland Rd will be closed for 8 weeks, to coincide with the school summer holidays. Access to properties along all roads will be maintained throughout the closures. Local residents and businesses are being contacted to keep them informed; Centro and National Express have also been consulted about diversions, which will only affect the 27 stop by Riverbrook Drive. In response to a concern that the storage tanks would increase flows into the Rea, it was explained that water would only be pumped into the river once any floodwaters had subsided. The new pipework would increase capacity of the system whilst separating foul and surface water.
A local resident expressed their surprise that temporary traffic lights were being proposed for the junction of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Rd during the road closures, as they had previously been informed by BCC that traffic lights were not feasible in this location.
CJ reassured residents that constant monitoring of progress would enable resources to be targeted to prevent any overrun and extension to road closures.
There were appeals for regular updates on progress, and residents of Selly Park South requested additional signage or police presence to prevent their streets becoming rat runs.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash
This will be a smaller event than in previous years, due to budget constraints, but the Late Summer Bash will still largely be free, with all the usual stalls, kids’ entertainment and raffle. It will take place in Stirchley Park on Saturday September 6th from 11am until 4pm; this is the park behind Stirchley Baths, accessed either by the drive between Farmfoods and the Co-op or from Ribblesdale Rd. PW introduced Peter Evans and Brian Sheridan from the Friends of Stirchley Park to the Forum, and put out a call for volunteers both to deliver flyers and to help out on the day.
Any other business
Travellers occupying empty sites and open spaces: following a number of recent incidents, a local resident asked if this would become a regular occurrence; they suggested that gates should be installed on the service road to the rear of Ashbrook Rd to prevent illegal occupation of Hazelwell Park. Cllr Sealey proposed this might be a good use of the money paid by AMEY for the use of the park during the Dogpool Lane Bridge works; local residents would be consulted before any such decisions were made.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner: the Forum expressed their sadness at the sudden death of Bob Jones.
Upcoming events
Meeting to discuss landlords in Selly Oak: 18th July, 7.30 pm at Christchurch, Selly Park.
Stirchley Baths meeting: 23rd July, 7 pm at Stirchley Community Church. Local residents with an interest in helping run the Baths after the proposed community asset transfer are invited to attend.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th September, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church. The Forum will be hosting the AGM of the Stirchley Community Group.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on October 07, 2014, 01:10:47 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th September 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   56: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th July 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
PW announced the sad death of Bill Bird on Wednesday and expressed his condolences on behalf of the Forum.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash
PW reported a most successful event which raised £900. He thanked Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey for publicising the Bash in the Conservative newsletter.
Forum News
Brenda Thomas, Vice Chair of the Forum, announced her retirement from the group as she is moving away from the area. PW thanked Brenda for her hard work and support and wished her well in her new home. The Forum presented Brenda with a gift of garden centre vouchers.
Stirchley Community Group AGM
Brenda Thomas also stood down from Stirchley Community Group (SCG) after 35 years. Paula Aubrey (SCG Chair) thanked Brenda for all her hard work and presented gifts. Brenda outlined the work of SCG, which saw the construction of the Stirchley Community Centre, and expressed her delight that Stirchley Baths were now being restored to provide an even better community space.
Nominations were then invited from local residents wishing to join the committee of the SCG: this is the charitable body which will bid to run the new Baths as a community asset transfer. Paula emphasised that this process would be supported by BCC.
Paula stood down as Chair but will remain a member; the following new members were also appointed: Jess Allen, Sunanda, Rosie, Chris Swann, Ruth Harvey, Kate Andrews, Genevieve Pearson, Tom Cahill-Jones, Sue Jones and Katie Young.     
Friends of Hazelwell Park AGM
Matt Reeves, acting Chairman of FoHP, also thanked Brenda for her work to improve Hazelwell Park. FoHP are looking to recruit new members, and appoint a new Chairman, anyone interested should get in touch with MR or Felipe Molina. FoHP are continuing to work with the parks department and in the last 12 months they have taken part in conservation days and tree planting, attended the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum and run a very successful Easter event which included bike activities; they would like to hold one more cycling event this year. A long term ambition is the construction of a pump track adjacent to Hunts Rd. An application to Veolia for funding to create a drainage ditch beside the allotment footpath was unsuccessful.
Any other business
Tesco development: residents expressed their doubts that the superstore would ever open, as the completion date has once again been set back, this time to 2017. There were concerns that the empty sites are attracting fly tippers and squatters are moving into the derelict houses on Hazelwell St. PW announced that Simon Petar of Tesco is scheduled to attend the Forum’s AGM in November. Cllr Huxtable reported that Simon Petar has undertaken to deal with the houses and fly tipping, although much of this is on the TASCOS site which is owned by Stirchley United Working Men’s Club (SUWMC). Cllr Huxtable stated that Tesco remain committed to developing the Stirchley site: the proposal has been reviewed several times and Tesco has invested too much in the project to date to pull out.
The Secretary of SUWMC was able to update the Forum on Tesco’s plans for Hazelwell St and the affected retail units on the Pershore Rd: the latter will be vacated by September 22nd, demolition will commence on October 30th and should be completed by December 29th. 
A local resident questioned whether the land could be sold on to another developer. Cllr Huxtable suggested that since BCC had assisted Tesco in acquiring the land through Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs), it might be illegal for the site to be sold on for a different use such as housing. This would also be contrary to the Stirchley Framework of 2002 in which the land was designated for retail use. Although there was considerable support for housing development on the Tesco site, it was pointed out that there are already a number of sites within Stirchley with residential planning permission that have failed to attract developers e.g. 1650 Pershore Rd.
Fly tipping of garden waste in Hazelwell Park: Cllr Huxtable to follow up.
Street cleaning on the Pineapple Estate: a resident of Ashbrook Rd reported leaves collecting in the drains as people were no longer sweeping up pavements and verges since the green waste charge was introduced. Cllr Huxtable will arrange for Fleet and Waste management to deliver coloured bags specifically for clearing up the public realm.
Lifford Land: long queues waiting to get into the tip continue to cause problems for residents. The legality of the road works signs questioned; Cllr Huxtable explained that the plastic cones to prevent overtaking constituted road works therefore signs were required at each end. Cllr Huxtable expressed his dissatisfaction with the situation and offered to invite the relevant cabinet member to a Forum meeting.
Ivy Road: local residents requested signs reminding dog owners to clean up after their pets; Cllr Huxtable will speak to the enforcement team. Dog fouling is also a problem at the top of Fordhouse Lane.
Residents of Ivy Road were also unhappy with the state of the Whit Marley site which is currently being used to store cars and vans. Cllr Huxtable explained that the site has been referred to planning enforcement but they are unable to take action as no breach of planning regulations has taken place. He accepted a petition from residents calling for the site to be improved and suggested planning could be contacted again if they believed vehicles were being traded from the premises. It was reported that the landowner is considering residential development of the site in the long term. 
Hazelwell Road: the heritage information board is covered with graffiti again.
Lifford Curve site: overgrown shrubs are spreading onto the pavement; inconsiderate parking by a local garage is further reducing the pavement width for pedestrians.
Hazelwell Estate: there were reports of cars being parked across dropped kerbs. Cllr Huxtable to meet constituency engineer and will suggest painting H-bar lines; police will also be informed.
Stirchley Park giant blue graffiti: as the landowner it is the responsibility of the Co-op to remove this; the Friends of Stirchley Park have reported it as criminal damage. FoSP have launched a fund for a new piece of graffiti art in the park.
Stirchley, Cotteridge and Bournville BID: Matt Powell, former Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, set out the Lifford Business Association’s plans for a Business Improvement District. Matt will be working with local businesses over the next 12 months to develop a BID.
St Andrews Healthcare: no new developments were reported; residents were reminded that St Andrews has undertaken to consult with them prior to any further submission.
Ashbrook Road service road: Cllr Huxtable was delighted to report that BCC Housing has agreed to resurface this road.
1551 – 1553 Pershore Rd: it was reported that the owner is now trying to sell up; previously there were concerns that the shop was expanding into the adjacent unit, although this did not have planning permission for use as a fast food takeaway.
Licensing hours: a local trader questioned why they paid for a 2am licence when a large number of businesses with 11pm licences remained open until 2am without penalty.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th October, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.


Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on January 10, 2015, 08:31:40 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th December 2014, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   46: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Rob Grosvenor (LBA), Matt Powell (Revive and Thrive), Sgt Matt Crowley (WMP), Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey,
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th October 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Free Argos tablets: a resident reported that this scheme is now ending.
Committee member positions
PW announced the election of committee members to the following positions:
Chair:         Peter Walker
Vice Chair:      Sandra Cooper
Secretary:       Rowena Evans
Treasurer:      Paula Aubrey
Planning Officer:    Sandra Cooper
IT:             Mick Jones
Distribution:      Ron Coley
Meet and greet:   Ann Newbold and Margaret Walker
Christmas lights switch-on
PW reported on a very successful event which made a small profit for the Forum through donations. He thanked Diane Johnson for her help in booking the sea cadets and All Star choir.
Lifford Business Association BID
Rob Grosvenor (LBA Chair) and Matt Powell (Revive and Thrive high street regeneration specialists) presented their plans for a Business Improvement District covering Stirchley, Cotteridge, Kings Norton and Bournville. MP was the Town Centre Manager (TCM) for Stirchley and Cotteridge from 2009 until 2011.
MP explained that every business in the proposed BID area would vote on the proposal in July 2015; a majority YES vote would see a BID established by September/October. Each business in the BID area would then pay an annual contribution based on a % of rateable value. For most small shops in Stirchley this would be around £200; large businesses such as Cadbury (and Tesco if it opens) would have their contributions capped at £10,000. MP suggested that the BID would bring in £250K each year. BCC will manage the vote and will be the accountable body for the BID. A BID lasts 5 years, with a further vote required for continuation. MP set out the benefits of a BID:
*   a democratic voice for local businesses
*   improvements to local businesses
*   local businesses more engaged with the local area and community
*   shopping areas will be safer: a BID will expand initiatives such as the retail radio scheme
*   shopping areas will be cleaner
*   better transport links, car parking and traffic management   
*   better promotion of shopping areas both locally and further afield – increase footfall
*   website, awards schemes, training, networking and events to boost local business
*   the additional levies offset the lack of investment from BCC
A BID is run as a not-for-profit company with a board of 18 – 20 members representing businesses from all four areas; the board will also include 2 representatives from BCC and a representative from WMP. MP then opened the floor to questions:
MP confirmed that contributions from eligible businesses were compulsory and enforceable. In response to a resident questioning the projected BID income, MP explained that it was based on a levy of 1.75% of rateable value, capped at £10,000; MP pointed out that there are a number of larger businesses in Stirchley such as the British Oak and PSL Bowling which would pay considerably more than the £200 levied on most small retail units.
Another resident queried the four centre approach to the BID; MP responded that although this was unusual, it had been successful in other areas.
In response to a suggestion for tackling traffic congestion on the Pershore Rd, MP suggested that a BID could work with local businesses to co-ordinate deliveries during less busy periods; collective contracts for waste collections would also reduce vehicle numbers.
Residents questioned the benefits of a BID for the many restaurants and takeaways in Stirchley. MP responded that Stirchley has a mix of restaurants and shops, and that many of the latter attract visitors from a wide area. The proprietor of Stirchley Music Exchange expressed his support for the BID.
MP confirmed that the BID would support new businesses; during his time as TCM he supported LOAF and the Bike Foundry in establishing their businesses. 
MP stated his support for the proposed TESCO development as it would bring more people to Stirchley. A resident voiced their concerns about the demolition works and the loss of local businesses and historic buildings.
MP stated that a BID could help bring in external regeneration funding by supporting bids from local groups such as the Forum; BIDs can also attract private sector investment.
Engagement with local residents was raised: MP explained that BCC would be represented on the BID, and that this would provide a direct route for residents wishing to raise any issues. Cllr Huxtable added that the BID was also subject to the local planning regime.
In response to the suggestion that the BID might become the mouthpiece of big businesses, MP stated that they could be represented on the board, but would only have 1 vote. Furthermore, big businesses would not be guaranteed a place; if more businesses apply than there are places on the board, a vote will be held.
Planning update
1377 Pershore Rd: the application for conversion from takeaway to dentist has been approved subject to conditions.
Friends Meeting House and Stirchley Baths: the application to widen the car park entrance to allow 2-way traffic is being considered by the planning committee on Thursday.
Stirchley Baths: plans to replace the disabled ramp at the front of the building with a disabled access through the café have been submitted. Forum Planning Officer Sandra Cooper felt this was an improvement as the ramp had detracted from the Baths façade, but concerns were raised that disabled people would no longer share the same entrance.
1260 Pershore Rd: the Forum will object to the application to convert Curtis Carpets (on the corner of Twyning Rd) into a restaurant; the consultation period ends tomorrow.
Policing update
Sgt Matt Crowley updated the Forum on the latest policing issues and initiatives in Bournville ward. ASBOs and crime rates are low and falling; there were 91 fewer victims of crime this year than last. Despite budget cuts there have been no reductions in staff in the local team.
Over Christmas, WMP will be running a drink driving campaign and also increasing foot patrols to counter any increase in business crimes such as shoplifting.
Instances of mini motorbikes along the River Rea have decreased, but residents were asked to continue to report any problems or share information about where they may be parked up.
A number of allotments have been targeted by thieves: allotment holders should check their sheds are secure and store high value items elsewhere.
Drivers were reminded not to defrost cars by leaving them unattended with the engine running; 4 thefts of defrosting cars have been reported in the last month.
A local resident reported a spate of illuminated “keep left” signs being vandalised.
Any other business
Damian Alexander (LBA) asked the Forum committee why they had turned down the offer of an illuminated decorative tree for the Christmas lights switch-on. The tree had been paid for through donations from local businesses, including some in Stirchley. The LBA had organised the fundraising initiative at very short notice having found out that there would be no money from BCC for Christmas lights. The Forum responded that they had already agreed arrangements for the event, and had felt that a large artificial tree would overwhelm the natural tree which was the focus of the switch-on; the Forum had suggested that the tree could be placed elsewhere in Stirchley. Robert Grosvenor (LBA) stated that the tree had been displayed outside PSL bowling. The LBA were unhappy with the Forum’s response. Cllr Huxtable expressed his surprise that the LBA had only been given 5 weeks’ notice that there was no funding for Christmas lights, as the Bournville councillors’ newsletter had reported the abolition of Community Chest funding in the spring. RG stated that he had no knowledge of this decision. 
Upcoming events
Travelling Bug House Christmas film double bill: 13th December 4.00pm at Stirchley Community Church (The Holly and the Ivy followed by the Muppet Christmas Carol) 
Christmas for Stirchley production: 19th December 7.00pm and 21st December 10.30am at Stirchley Community Church
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th January, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Kwacky on January 12, 2015, 04:55:41 PM
Thanks for the notes.

The tyre tracks all over the park by Hazelwell Road suggest it's still as popular as ever with the motorbikes. 
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: villan on January 12, 2015, 10:07:02 PM
So the MP still supports Tesco....even though they won't say when they will build. He says it will bring more people to Stirchley....can't argue with that if its ever built, as they do their shopping and drive home again with no benefit to the existing shops, and that's if they can negotiate the Pershore Road debacle. Never mind, in the mean time we can all look at one of the most valuable sites in the area sitting empty.

Stirchley and its residents have been let down over this whole affair by Tesco, BCC and the MP.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on February 03, 2015, 03:03:50 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 12th January 2015, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   28: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Barry Toon, Sgt Matt Crowley (WMP), Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey,
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and wished everyone a Happy New Year. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th December 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Party wall legislation
Barry Toon (Tara Bournbrook Neighbourhood Forum) gave an informative presentation on party wall legislation, and how this can protect neighbours when building work is taking place in an adjoining property.
Policing update
Sgt Crowley was delighted to report another excellent month in Bournville ward: in December, there was just 1 burglary compared to 13 this time last year, and overall reported crimes were down by a quarter. Bournville police ran a successful pub watch scheme over the festive period, as well as 2 drink drive operations. The relatively low levels of crime meant police were able to follow up intelligence and made a number of arrests related to cannabis factories.
Bournville police are planning a joint operation with West Midlands Fire Brigade to deal with the problem of mini motorbikes; the Fire Brigade will be running cycle patrols along the Rea Valley route. There are no plans to install bollards along the route.
In response to a question about the recent spate of muggings in Hazelwell Park, Sgt Crowley reported that 3 men had been arrested.
Sgt Crowley confirmed that the new 20 mph speed limit along the Pershore Rd would be enforced. The police are continuing to visit local scrap merchants and will follow up any reports of illegal scrap dealers.
Local residents reported that the Tesco site was no longer secure, and that the rear doors of the Community Centre were open; Sgt Crowley encouraged local residents to report these security lapses to Tesco, as they are now becoming a regular occurrence. Tesco can be contacted by emailing simon.petar@uk.tesco.com. A local resident suggested a petition, but Cllr Huxtable felt individual emails would be more effective.
Planning update
Former Curtis Carpets showroom: planning permission has been granted for conversion to a restaurant; opening hours are restricted to 8.00 am – midnight. The Forum objected to this application, as did Cllr Huxtable, on the grounds that it was contrary to BCC’s Shopping and Local Centres SPD. Stirchley’s high street has recently lost several daytime businesses as a result of the proposed Tesco development, and this application has reduced the number of A1 retail premises still further.
Sandra Cooper, planning officer for the Forum, expressed her concern that the correct planning procedures had not been followed: the Forum was named as a consultee but received no notification, no signs were displayed outside the property and residents of Twyning Road did not receive letters. It was suggested that the Forum should make a formal complaint through the local authority ombudsman. There were also calls for the planning officer responsible to be invited to a meeting to explain their decision; PW stated that previous requests had been turned down.
Tesco site: Cllr Huxtable was pleased that Tesco have restated their commitment to opening a superstore in Stirchley; he was however disappointed that Tesco have not provided a timescale for the development, which includes extensive enabling works. 
Cllr Huxtable confirmed that the houses on Hazelwell Lane had not been sold back to BCC.
It was suggested that Tesco could start work on other parts of the scheme such as the smaller retail units and office block; it was felt that the SUWMC would be unhappy to move into a property that was surrounded by derelict land.
Residents expressed their disappointment with the site hoardings, despite assurances at the AGM that these would be designed with the local community. There was also a request for the barriers on Hazelwell Lane to be moved back, as they are currently blocking the pavement.
DJF Furniture: a food/sweet shop has opened up in the middle unit; the need for planning permission was raised. Sandra Cooper reported that this was not required, but that they could be referred to environmental health if loose food was being sold.
Any other business
Traffic problems: the temporary lights at the junction with Cartland Rd will be in place until February 6th. This is causing rat running along the back streets, and the roundabout outside the Co-op is frequently blocked by queuing traffic, in part because motorists are unaware of the temporary lights. There was surprise that work was not continuing at weekends.
Lifford Lane: queuing outside the tip is still causing problems to other motorists. Cllr Huxtable stated that BCC will not remove the central barriers which have been installed to prevent overtaking.
Missing bollard: AMEY will be reinstating the bollard and concrete base on the junction of Fordhouse Lane and Pershore Rd; there is currently a temporary bollard in place.
Enterprise Rent-a-car: residents of Twyning Rd are pleased that Enterprise no longer use their street for parking, but cars are now being parked on the Pershore Rd, where they are obstructing the pavement.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th February, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Kwacky on February 04, 2015, 09:12:54 AM
Not all of those cars are from Enterprise.  Fridays and Saturdays sees a load of cars parked on the pavement and round the Pershore/Twyning Road junction from people using the hairdressers. 
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 03, 2015, 08:05:07 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th February 2015, Stirchley Community Church
Present:    36: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Sgt Matt Crowley (WMP), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th January 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Enterprise car hire: a resident reported via the www.stirchley.co.uk website that it was not only hire cars that were being parked on the pavement.
Fordhouse Lane junction: the bollard on the corner of Fordhouse Lane is now missing.
Stirchley Baths blog
Local resident Louise Deakin talked about her volunteer role blogging on the Stirchley Baths website – www.stirchleybaths.org – and also running the twitter feed - @stirchleybaths – and facebook page. LB would like more local people to contribute to the blog: a free social media workshop is being held in March for those new to blogging – no previous experience is required. Blog entries could be anything from history and memories to news from community groups and local events. Anyone interested should give their details to PW. 
LB then updated the meeting on recent developments in the restoration works which will include a replica clock on the front of the building. The works should be completed by August this year and the opening will coincide with the Late Summer Bash in September.
In response to a question, LB explained that the current plans for the Baths could be viewed on the Baths website. Another resident remembered the slipper bath room: this will now be the Baths café. Wendy Pearson has a copy of the original plans of the Baths which she will share with LB.
Stirchley Community Group update
Paula Aubrey updated the meeting on the group’s progress in establishing a new committee: new members are still welcome to join. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th February at 7.30pm. It is intended that the SCG will run the Baths following a Community Asset Transfer from BCC in 2016.
Policing update
Car crime: Sgt Matt Crowley reported that crime levels continue to be low and falling but cautioned that overnight vehicle crime was a problem locally: people were reminded to lock their cars and to remove all valuable possessions.
Mini motorbikes: police continue to patrol the Rea cycle route but the cold weather seems to be deterring their use.
Drugs intelligence: low crime rates mean police have capacity to follow up local reports. A recent Border Agency operation uncovered sham marriages and drugs. A local resident reported a persistent smell of marijuana outside the Pineapple Fish Bar.
Twitter: follow @BournvilleNHT for live updates on operations. Members of the public can also use twitter to report problems.
Traffic: police are enforcing the 20 mph zone along the Pershore Road. They are also working with local schools to improve parking. Three areas have been identified where antisocial parking (parking on pavements/on corners) is a particular problem: leaflets have been delivered to local homes.
Ashbrook Road rat running: Sgt Crowley reported that 5 traffic operations have been carried out in the area and committed to continuing these to resolve the problem.
Highbury pub: as this is just outside Bournville ward Sgt Crowley will pass on reports of drug dealing in the car park to the Moseley and Kings Heath neighbourhood sergeant. 
Tesco development
Local resident Emma Ashton updated the meeting on her communications with Simon Petar of Tesco: EA is keen to start a dialogue with Tesco to communicate the feelings of local residents, businesses and other agencies about the current state of the Tesco site and develop proposals as to how this might be improved. SP has responded positively and has committed to meet up once local opinion has been canvassed. SP cannot give any indication as to when construction of the store might start other than to confirm it is not planned for 2015. Following a meeting with the Forum and Cllr Huxtable last week, EA will be working with Rowena Evans of the Forum to develop a questionnaire. A blog on the stirchley.co.uk website has already elicited some suggestions and offers of help in carrying out the survey.
A local resident questioned whether Tesco had a contingency plan for the site, should the development not go ahead; PW stated that SP was not privy to such information. Tesco’s planning permission runs out in 2016 but the continued delays would not prevent it from being renewed. Sandra Cooper (Planning Officer) pointed out that Tesco cannot start work until the SUWMC has been relocated to the TASCOS site; they could however begin to dispose of the smaller sites they had acquired that are not part of the main development.
There were calls for Tesco to be compelled to hand over the site to another supermarket: Tesco had promised to create jobs for local people but the delays mean these are yet to materialise. On a more positive note, it was pointed out that the restoration of Stirchley Baths had only been possible because Tesco had bought the old community centre from BCC. RE questioned whether Tesco had completed the payments schedule: Cllr Huxtable will check.
The future of the Arvin Meritor site was also raised: Cllr Huxtable explained that as this had now been marketed without success as an industrial site it could be de-designated as industrial use, paving the way for another application to develop it as a supermarket. BCC have admitted that ASDA’s application may have been approved if they had been aware of the delays that would stall the Tesco development.   
Planning update
Co-op funeral home: a planning application has been submitted for the external illuminated sign; it was noted that this has already been installed.
Selly Oak/Bournbrook area: there has been an increase in the number of applications for HMOs as landlords attempt to beat the introduction of limits for HMOs. The Forum has previously discussed this issue and will continue to oppose large extensions to terraced properties to accommodate large numbers of single people. The Forum does not oppose house sharing by young people.
New pizza parlour next to Printigo: SC confirmed that this had planning permission.
Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document: this is about to be signed off by BCC. Representatives of BCC planning will be attending next month’s meeting to present the document. Cllr Huxtable suggested the Forum invite Senior Enforcement Officer Richard Melia to a meeting as it is a lack of enforcement that frustrates many local people.
AOB
Burglary prevention: if any local resident is interested in visiting the WMP security showhome in Walsall they should contact Peter Walker.
Local asset planning: Tony Fox (Friends of Cannon Hill Park) reported that local councillors from Selly Oak and Hall Green would be meeting with Peter Wright (BCC Planning) at Highbury to discuss local asset planning. He also invited members of the committee to attend their annual gathering of local community groups: Mick Jones will liaise.
Annual funding: PW thanked BCC for funding the Forum for another year.   
Ashbrook Road service road: a resident asked for a progress update. Cllr Huxtable reported that this had been delayed due to a change of management but a quote for the resurfacing work was now being sought. If the quote is acceptable a work order will be issued.
Missing bin: a local resident questioned whether BCC was removing bins to save money. Cllr Huxtable explained that park bins were sometimes removed if they had been set on fire.
Fly tipping: there were reports of fly tipping outside Enterprise and beside the wheelie bins by the entrance to Stirchley Park.
Woodland adjacent to Sparrey Drive: a local resident questioned who now owned this land, which was sold commercially a few years ago, as it was attracting rubbish. Although this is just outside Stirchley, Cllr Huxtable will make enquiries.
2 Elm Tree Road: the binmen have not removed a printer from the pavement; Cllr Huxtable will report.
Canalside rubbish: a resident reported bin bags being dumped by the Bournville Lane moorings; Cllr Huxtable will contact the Canal and River Trust. A variety of solutions were proposed: bin men could collect bags from the mooring; bags could be left out on Bournville Lane for collection; a chained wheelie bin could be provided, although this might attract fly tipping. Another resident asked Cllr Huxtable to speak to BCC refuse services about bin men leaving a mess and swearing. Cllr Huxtable reported that he had recently held a meeting at Lifford Lane to discuss this issue.
Daisy Glen: the death of Daisy at 102 was reported. The funeral will be held on February 25th at Selly Park Church. To celebrate her life, ox-eye daisies will be planted in 101 spots in the local area.
Upcoming events
Stirchley Community Market returns from its winter break: the first Tuesday of every month at PSL Bowling.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th March, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Kwacky on March 03, 2015, 08:39:36 AM
Thanks Mick.

Shame I can't make these but I'm out every Monday.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 28, 2015, 09:25:17 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th May 2015, Stirchley Community Church
Present:    36: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, PC Sarah Siggins (WMP), PCSO Sal Stor (WMP), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th April 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record. PW congratulated Cllr Huxtable on retaining his seat as local councillor for Bournville ward.
Matters arising
Ashbrook Rd service road: the padlock for the height restriction bar has been replaced but the key mislaid. Cllr Huxtable is in contact with BCC Parks: he suggested local residents requiring keys get in touch with him or Cllr Sealey.
Residents are unhappy with the quality of the resurfacing of the service road: Cllr Huxtable will raise the issue with BCC housing.
Ashbrook Rd resurfacing: Residents are unhappy with the strategy of patching large parts of the road rather than resurfacing it. Cllr Huxtable has arranged a site meeting with Amey. A local resident reported that their disabled bay had not been repainted, while other redundant bays had been.
Stirchley Community Group: an Extraordinary General Meeting is being held on Thursday 21st May in Stirchley Community Church. The meeting is open to all those who consider themselves a member of the group.
PC Sarah Siggins
PC Siggins set out the role of the police in licensing events, alcohol and late night eateries. In response to a question, PC Siggins explained that an alcohol licence is not required for restaurants that allow customers to bring their own drinks, although they do require a licence if open after 11pm. Shisha lounges do not require licences, but are subject to other regulations such as fire safety and environmental health.
Policing update
Crime continues to fall in Bournville ward; once again drivers were reminded to lock cars and remove all valuable items.
PCSO Sal Stor announced that 2 drugs warrants had been executed in the past month, both as a result of local information relating to cannabis factories.
A section 59 warning was issued to a young man with a quad bike/scrambler.   
Fordhouse Lane: an accident on Sunday night resulted in damage to 6 vehicles. PCSO Stor reported that an arrest had been made, but was unable to comment further. Local residents expressed their concern that accidents are becoming more frequent along this stretch of road; at least 3 have occurred in the last 6 months. A badger was run over and killed on the same spot on Friday morning. Cllr Huxtable reminded the Forum that he and Cllr Sealey had presented a petition from residents of Fordhouse Lane calling for speed restrictions to BCC 6 months ago. He reported that the petition had been rejected as there were insufficient accidents. Cllr Huxtable will raise the issue again with BCC Transport and Highways. Police are working with BCC to address the problem of speeding, and will be running speed patrols on both Fordhouse Lane and Ashbrook Road, where similar problems have been reported. PCSO Stor invited local residents to join a community speed watch. There was concern that the 30mph speed limit was still too high for motorists to safely negotiate the corner at the bottom of Fordhouse Lane. Some residents were also disappointed that police speed checks are very visible and do not catch speeding motorists; PCSO Stor explained that the aim is to educate drivers rather than fine them. PC Siggins added that West Midlands Police no longer have any vans equipped with speed cameras, and reductions in officer numbers means they are unable to run regular speed checks.   
Following a number of recent accidents outside schools, police will patrol and encourage drivers to park responsibly.
Pershore Road: the 20mph speed limit through Stirchley was once again questioned by residents. Cllr Huxtable has proposed the whole of the Pershore Road between Stirchley and Cotteridge should be 20mph including the stretch outside Cotteridge School; this would improve road safety and reduce the cost of additional signage. 
Parking wardens: a local resident reported spotting 4 traffic wardens on the Pershore Rd at 9.30pm on a Tuesday in February and suggested their resources could be more effectively deployed during the day. PCSO Stor explained that traffic enforcement is the responsibility of BCC. Cllr Huxtable will look into the matter and feedback comments to BCC.
Bournville Lane: a resident reported a delivery van regularly parking on the double yellow lines outside the hydroponics shop and impeding the passage of the no. 27 bus. PC Siggins explained that police no longer have the power to ticket those parking on double yellow lines unless they are causing a major obstruction.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash
This year’s Bash will once again take place in Stirchley Park, on Saturday September 5th from 11 am until 4 pm. The event will coincide with the “soft” opening of the Baths as the new Stirchley Community Centre. The Forum are looking for volunteers to deliver leaflets and help run the event on the day.
Planning update
Lifford Curve site: a planning application has been submitted for the construction of a car rental and carwash facility. Although there was general support for the redevelopment of this site, which is a magnet for fly tipping, there were some concerns about noise from the car wash, parking on Fordhouse Lane and run off into the River Rea. The Environment Agency will comment on this application as it is a statutory consultee. Sandra Cooper has submitted comments on behalf of the Forum.
Tesco Update
Emma Ashton reported that over 30 people, including local artists, attended the drop-in session held at Stirchley Community Church on Saturday and shared their ideas for the Tesco hoardings. A variety of themes were proposed including the River Rea, local wildlife and Stirchley’s history. The next step is for the artists to meet up, develop a collective idea and work out a budget. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the Forum. Mick Jones thanked Emma for all her hard work.
Emma reported that there was no monthly progress report from Simon Petar of Tesco.
Stirchley Hour
Rowena Evans encouraged residents to join in with #StirchleyHour, every Wednesday from 8 until 9. Last week’s hour focused on the Tesco hoardings and generated a lot of good ideas which were fed into the drop-in session.
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Guerrilla knitting: local resident Sue Jones proposed a simple guerrilla knitting project for either the Late Summer Bash or Christmas Lights Switch-on. It was suggested that guerrilla knitting would be a good topic for #StirchleyHour.
Bournville Lane: the double yellow lines are very patchy in places, prompting one resident to question whether this meant they were unenforceable. 
Ripple Road: in response to a query about the 20mph limit, Cllr Huxtable explained that this was because the surrounding roads are 20mph and it is more cost-effective to keep the same speed limit.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th June, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church. Guest speaker Arthur Tsang, Safer Communities Officer for BCC.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, n ot resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on July 07, 2015, 11:08:18 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th June 2015,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:    36: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Arthur Tsang (BCC), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey
Apologies:   0
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 11th May 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: planning for this annual event has commenced; the Forum have submitted an application for a temporary event notice to BCC.
Bournville Lane: the faded yellow lines have been reported to BCC.
Arthur Tsang (BCC)
Arthur Tsang, Place Manager for Bournville Ward, explained BCC’s new holistic approach to solving issues affecting local communities such as anti-social behaviour and fly tipping. Mick Jones questioned whether the separate contact details displayed on the www.stirchley.co.uk website for reporting problems were still relevant; AT confirmed they were. Some residents had experienced problems in accessing the online system; AT recommended using Google Chrome.
Another resident queried the procedure for dealing with persistent flytippers; Arthur explained they would be flagged up to their local Place Manager who would issue a warning where necessary. A trial scheme on the Masefield Estate has seen residents offered support with clearing up front gardens. Green waste bags are stickered rather than collected as this simply encourages people to dump more bags.
A number of issues were reported locally: asbestos dumped on private land, incomplete street cleaning of Twyning Road following the recent works by Amey, dumping of green waste on the park to the rear of Ashbrook Rd; AT will pass the details on to the relevant departments. Cllr Sealey reported an increase in incidences of missed waste collections; AT explained that individual issues can be reported online but encouraged residents to contact him if it was a wider problem affecting whole streets.
The continuing problem of queuing traffic on Lifford Lane was raised: Arthur will report these to BCC and update the Forum next month. Residents suggested a survey of the situation at peak times to demonstrate the severity of the problem.
Louise Deakin
Louise Deakin, local resident and blogger for Stirchley Baths, reported that a Heritage Officer has now been appointed. LD has been tasked with putting together a new time capsule: there will be a drop-in session in Stirchley Library on Saturday 11th July from 10 am until 1 pm for people wishing to contribute ideas and even artefacts.
LD is also setting up a Local History Group which will be involved in preparing an information booklet about the Baths. LD invited anyone interested in joining the group to attend a drop-in session at P Café on Tuesday 16th June from 6.30 until 8 pm. LD will be hosting Stirchley Hour this week (Wednesday 8 – 9 pm); the topic will be the Stirchley History Group.   
Planning update
Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document (SPD): this document, which sets out planning policies for Stirchley, is about to be published; there will then be a 6 week consultation period in which local people will be able to make comments. Concerns were raised about the nature of the consultation process, which is online, and how meaningful it would be. It is planned to make the SPD the topic for an upcoming Stirchley Hour. There will also be an opportunity to review the SPD at next month’s Forum meeting; the discussion will inform the Forum’s response to the document.
Pershore Road Scrapyard: this has recently changed hands and a local resident expressed their dissatisfaction that the area designated as scrapyard has been expanded to include an adjacent unoccupied plot. The proposal to open an MOT garage on the site also raised concerns.
Dogpool Hotel: there are plans to convert this into an HMO.
Cllr Huxtable explained that both the scrapyard and Dogpool Hotel are outside Bournville Ward, but stated that he would assist local residents opposed to these plans if the Selly Oak councillors were happy for him to get involved.
Police Update
There was no representative of WMP at the meeting but Bournville police did host Stirchley Hour last week.
A local resident has reported feeling unsafe in Stirchley Village in the area around the brothel on Hazelwell Street; if anyone else shares these concerns they are encouraged to raise the issue with Bournville police.
Tesco Update
There was no update this month but Cllr Huxtable reported that Tesco were now aware of the fly tipping and graffiti and have contacted a contractor to deal with it.
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Social media surgeries: introductory sessions in twitter and blogging are being held at P Café on June 30th, July 28th, August 25th and September 29th from 5.30 until 7 pm. Anyone wishing to take part should register online. 
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th July, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, n ot resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 08, 2015, 11:27:47 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2015
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:    37: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Liz Jesper and John Richardson (BCC Planning) and Cllr Huxtable
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th June 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
New Dogpool Hotel: Liz Jesper confirmed that the planning application to convert the pub into an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) had been rejected by BCC.
Stirchley Community Group
Chair of Stirchley Community Group (SCG), Sunanda, updated the Forum on the project to refurbish the Baths. The building will be run by BCC for the first year, then if the SCG is deemed a viable organisation, operation of the Baths will be transferred to the SCG through a Community Asset Transfer.
Sunanda thanked BCC and local councillors for ensuring the money raised from the sale of Stirchley Community Centre to Tesco was being spent on the Baths, and also for their efforts in seeing the project through to completion. 
Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
Liz Jesper, Planning and Regeneration Officer for Birmingham City Council, presented the draft Stirchley SPD which is now open for public consultation. The consultation process has included an exhibition in Stirchley Library, notices in the press, letters to statutory consultees and information on BCC websites. LJ explained that the consultation period lasts 6 weeks and is scheduled to end on August 3rd. Members of the public can participate in the consultation via the Be Heard website www.birminghambeheard.org.uk – a link has been posted on www.stirchley.co.uk. Written responses will also be accepted.   
LJ explained that the SPD adds detail to citywide planning policies and will replace the 1994 Stirchley Framework (revised 2002) when it is adopted. The SPD sets out BCC’s aspirations for Stirchley and will assist in attracting outside investment into the area. Key aims are the revitalisation of the shopping area, improvements to the public realm and access to public transport, protection and enhancement of industry and employment uses and the preservation of open space and heritage assets. 
Local residents questioned where the investment would come from: LJ explained that the SPD could only create conditions in which both existing businesses and outside investors would have the confidence to invest in Stirchley. LJ added that the Tesco 106 agreement would see some additional investment in the public realm and highways. Cllr Huxtable expressed his disappointment that these improvements would not include shopfronts, and noted that BCC had reduced the demand for 106 monies from £200K in 2004/5 to £150K in 2013. Many residents felt the plans envisaged by the SPD were too dependent on Tesco. The likelihood of Tesco ever being built was raised, together with the need for a contingency plan should the project be cancelled. John Richardson (BCC) repeated Tesco’s assurance that they still intend to build; LJ added that the planning consent is valid until 2016.
Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Forum, asked whether BCC would consider an alternative use for the site, should Tesco decide to sell up. LJ confirmed that any scheme would have to have a retail element as it is within the shopping centre, and would have to be considered in line with citywide policies. SC suggested the SPD expressed BCC’s aspirations for Stirchley rather than those of the local community, and suggested it was time for local people to contribute their thoughts. The impact of local responses to the SPD was questioned, and whether significant community support for alternative uses would influence any future decisions about the Tesco site. LJ stated that a smaller retailer, such as an Aldi or Lidl, could provide the retail element of a mixed use scheme.
In response to a question about traffic, JR explained that any proposals in the SPD related to citywide policies.
The relationship between the SPD and the proposed Lifford Business Improvement District (BID) was raised: LJ explained that these were two separate exercises running concurrently, but that the SPD supported initiatives such as Business Improvement Districts.
The plans to expand the St Andrew’s healthcare facility were raised, as these are mentioned in the SPD. JR stated that St Andrew’s still intended to develop the site.   
A local resident expressed their frustration with BCC planning: they felt they were consulted regularly, but that their views were rarely taken into consideration. JR explained that BCC could only consider comments that were relevant in planning terms. A member of the committee suggested that local people were disadvantaged by a lack of specialist knowledge, which meant their opinions were frequently discounted, whereas large businesses such as Tesco were able to make their views heard more effectively, enabling them to influence local decisions to their advantage. LJ reassured the Forum that significant weight is given to local people, and especially established groups; JR encouraged everyone to take part in the consultation.
Residents of Fordhouse Lane questioned whether the SPD made any provision for a 20 mph limit on their road, to match the newly introduced limit on the Pershore Rd. They have already submitted a petition with over 500 signatures calling for traffic calming measures. Cllr Huxtable pointed out that the “20 is plenty” consultation had attracted considerable support for extending the 20mph zone to side streets but that BCC had not acted on this.
The accessibility of an online consultation to all sectors of the community was challenged. It was suggested that BCC should make more effort in engaging with people. LJ explained that BCC no longer had the budget to contact residents by letter, but that they had organised an exhibition in the library. The reporting of comments made during conversations with BCC staff at the exhibition was questioned: LJ explained that comments could not be submitted on someone else’s behalf. A number of residents expressed their irritation that BCC had organised a public exhibition but had not informed local people: this could have been advertised very effectively via the Forum’s networks. Cllr Huxtable noted that BCC regularly hand deliver information to local residents, and that with better co-ordination between departments the details of the consultation and exhibition could have been attached.     
A resident questioned whether comments submitted were available to view during the consultation period, as this might stimulate participation. JR stated that this was not possible, as the website was only a reporting database. SC suggested that people share their comments on websites or via twitter; she added that the Forum was also interested in comments that were not specifically related to planning issues. JR reported that all comments received would be included in the final consultation report. SC added that the questionnaire was not particularly easy to fill out, as there was considerable crossover between questions, there was no reference to specific sections of the SPD and the plans were difficult to understand.
The presence of the Lifford BID manager at the library was questioned: LJ stated that BCC have no control over who attends a public exhibition.
As the SPD extends beyond the ward boundary, concerns were raised as to whether Selly Oak residents were aware of either the document or the consultation.
Following discussion about local awareness of the consultation, it was agreed that the consultation period would be extended until Friday September 18th. This will enable the Forum to collect comments from local people at both the Late Summer Bash and review the submission at their September meeting.
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Ashbrook Rd: a local resident requested speed bumps be installed since cars are now speeding along the newly resurfaced road
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: PW called for volunteers to help deliver leaflets and set up on the day.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th September, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, n ot resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on October 05, 2015, 12:19:00 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14TH September 2015
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:    35: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Karen Cheney (BCC) and Cllr Huxtable
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash
Peter Walker reported on a very successful day: the raffle took £635 (the highest sum ever) and together with the stall bookings, over £1100 was raised towards the cost of the event. PW thanked the following for their support: Mike Oakton of Oakton Estates for covering the costs of the first aiders and the fliers; Signarama for the banner, Roxie Collins and Kerry Leslie for designing the fliers, Lee Whitmore of Stirchley Community Church for the chairs and tables, DJ Dave Bostock for the music, Tony Fisher of Balfour Beatty for the generator, Brenda Thomas for the walkie talkies, Friends of Stirchley Park (FoSP) for cleaning up the Park, PCSO Jenene Tandy for drawing the raffle, UK Life Medics for stepping in at the last moment when we were let down by St John’s, committee members Ron Coley, Rowena Evans, Mick Jones and Marg Walker, and everyone else who helped out on the day. 
Stirchley Baths Update
Karen Cheney, Service Integration Head for Selly Oak District, updated the Forum on the project to restore Stirchley Baths as a new community centre for Stirchley. The construction phase is nearing completion, and the building will be handed over to BCC in mid-October for the final fit out. The centre will open for user groups on November 2nd and there will be a formal opening event in late November/early December.
KC felt there was a real “buzz” around the new centre, due in part to the fantastic community engagement work carried out by Balfour Beatty. KC thanked the local community for their support throughout the redevelopment of the Baths and called on anyone with ideas for activities and programming to get in touch. In the competition to name the centre, “Stirchley Baths” and “The Old Baths” were clear favourites, and a final decision will be announced next week via a newsletter. 
In addition to the heritage offer, to be delivered by Kate Andrews through the Heritage Lottery funding, there will be an arts and culture offer, drawing on the links through the Selly Oak Arts Forum, a learning offer with the library and adult education, an enterprise offer with 2 office spaces for start-up enterprises, a health and wellbeing offer with 2 years funding for activities, and a venue offer with ambitions to gain a licence for weddings.
In response to local pressure, the Co-op has allowed the creation of a two-way entrance to the carpark following the demolition of the modern single storey extension to the Friends Meeting House. 
Policing Update
PCSO Richard from Bournville Lane updated the Forum on changes to policing in Selly Oak: although the number of teams will be reduced, changes in shifts will improve overall cover. He acknowledged local residents’ concerns about the impact of government cuts, which will result in the loss of 75% of PCSOs over the next 5 years. Bournville’s 2 PCSOs are funded until April. The potential of new technology and smarter working did little to assuage the worries of older residents, who reported feeling more secure with a visible police presence. Crime in Bournville continues to fall.   
Graffiti in Stirchley Park: a resident expressed their disappointment that WMP had been unwilling to record the recent graffiti in Stirchley Park as a crime. Brian Sheridan (FoSP) reported that the tagging of the new commissioned graffiti had been assigned a crime number. FoSP are now working with students from Bournville College on 2 new pieces of graffiti, in a project funded by the Co-op.
Bournville train Station: a resident queried whether the broken panes of glass at the station were a matter for local police or the British Transport Police (BTP). PCSO Richard explained that local police would attend if called out, but that BTP would follow up the incident.
Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document
Sandra Cooper, Forum planning officer, outlined the feedback from the consultation.
Trading Estate: SC noted that the document allows for the creation of a new access road from Fordhouse Lane into the Estate, once the junction with the Pershore Rd is improved.
Retail core: the boundary of the retail core was questioned, as this includes a large number of vacant shops and derelict sites, and excludes the more vibrant southern and northern ends of the high street. There was also confusion as to whether the proposal to create larger units within the retail core was through demolition or the consolidation of existing units. 
Lifford House: the omission of the council offices as a place of employment was noted.
Overall, it was felt that the SPD contained many positive objectives, but there was uncertainty as to how these might be delivered e.g. attracting new industrial uses to the Arvin Meritor site. On a positive note, it was reported that the Lifford Curve site has now been cleared ready for redevelopment as a fleet car hire centre. 
Stirchley Ward Boundaries
Sandra Cooper explained the changes in ward boundaries being proposed by BCC. The number of wards will be reduced from 120 to 100 and all out elections will be held every 5 years, enabling these new wards to be a variety of sizes from one to three councillors with an average 8,130 residents per councillor. This raises the possibility of a Stirchley ward, if the boundaries of the Forum area could be expanded. Suggestions for areas to be incorporated into Stirchley included Umberslade, Gristhorpe and Cherington Roads up to Raddlebarn Road, although Cllr Huxtable stated the Boundary Commission preferred natural boundaries such as The Bourne.
The disconnect between the west and east sides of Stirchley was discussed, and the problems of advertising meetings on the Pineapple and Hazelwell Estates due to the lack of community noticeboards. Cllr Huxtable reminded the meeting that the River Rea was the boundary between Kings Norton and Brandwood wards until 1982.
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Japanese Knotweed: a local resident voiced her concerns about the amount of Japanese Knotweed in various locations across Stirchley and Bournville. Cllr Huxtable explained that it was the responsibility of the landowner to bear the costs of removal, but that BCC would give general advice and support, and could be called upon to put pressure on the landowner. BCC will treat knotweed on their own land, and have successfully eliminated large patches from the Rea Valley walkway between Cartland Road and Dogpool Lane. A further outbreak of knotweed was reported on Cartland Road by Lyndworth Cricket Club. It was suggested that the Forum should invite an expert on knotweed and its removal to a future meeting. Another resident offered their help in any voluntary efforts to remove knotweed.     
Stirchley Community Market: market manager Kerry Leslie reported that the market is hoping to move to Stirchley Baths as the current venue, the British Oak, is to be refurbished and extended.
Travellers in Hazelwell Park: a local resident suggested BCC installed bollards on Hunts Road to prevent travellers from moving onto the Park. This would save BCC the recurring costs of evicting travellers and cleaning up after them. Cllr Huxtable explained that BCC will only install bollards if there is specific funding available, such as through 106 monies.
Upcoming events
Stirchley Community Church are holding a free family event “The Bounce” on September 26th from 2 – 6 pm in the Church
The Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum will be holding its AGM on Monday November 9th, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th October, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, n ot resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on February 02, 2016, 12:08:18 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th January 2016,
Stirchley Community Church


Present:   49: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Felipe Molina, Rachel Duggan, Emma Ashton, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th December 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
River Rea Flood Alleviation plans: the Environment Agency is holding a public consultation event at Christ Church Selly Park on 22nd January from 2.00 – 8.00 pm. This is an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the plans and give feedback. John Clayton (Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum) was pleased to report the mailshot had included residents of Ashbrook Rd. Further details are available on the Environment Agency website; MJ will post a link on www.stirchley.co.uk.
Tesco: work on the new road system is due to start this month; construction of the store will commence in May.
Community art project
Felipe Molina, Rachel Duggan and Emma Ashton updated the Forum on their plans for a community art project in Stirchley. This project was developed in response to complaints about graffiti on the Tesco site. Following a consultation with local residents and meetings with Tesco, the group was offered £2500 by Tesco towards the cost of painting a mural on the hoardings. Now that construction of the store is imminent, the group are looking at a wider project involving public art at points along the high street. The money from Tesco will fund a pilot project, and the group are submitting a funding bid for the more ambitious “Weaves and Waves” project later this week. There are plans to work with a wide range of local groups including the Friends of Stirchley Park, Raddlebarn School, Stirchley School and Kushinga Community Garden. Any other local groups or individuals interested in getting involved are invited to get in touch.
Mick Jones suggested that the mural should advertise the new Stirchley United Working Men’s Club, as this was currently hidden behind the hoardings.     
Proposed changes to ward boundaries
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on the Birmingham boundary review: the Forum submitted a proposal for a single councillor Stirchley ward and this has now been put forward as a recommendation. However the proposed Stirchley ward does not follow the same boundaries as those proposed by the Forum: rather than incorporating Gristhorpe, Umberslade and Cherington Roads, the new ward would take in parts of Cotteridge to the south and Moseley to the north.
It was suggested that Ten Acres should have been included in Stirchley ward as this would bring together the areas most susceptible to flooding in one ward.
It was reported that residents of Cotteridge are unhappy that their neighbourhood is being divided in two: Cotteridge School will be in Stirchley ward rather than the new Bournville and Cotteridge ward.
Izzy Knowles reported that Moseley residents were also unhappy with the proposed changes as these would see Moseley split across a number of wards. Moseley Forum would like to see the boundaries redrawn but are mindful of the impact this will have on neighbouring communities.
The boundary changes will not affect parliamentary constituencies immediately.
In response to a question about the cost of the exercise Cllr Huxtable commented that this was what happens when civil servants from outside the area are invited to draw boundaries on a map.
The Forum would have to consider whether to expand their boundaries to match those of Stirchley ward. The consultation period ends on 8th February.
Planning update
Proposed Lidl on Fitness First site: the Forum submitted an objection but has received no response. 
1650 Pershore Road: planning permission was granted in 2007 for a change of use from industrial to residential; this lapsed and was replaced by a new permission in 2015. The site is now being cleared. 
Mosque backing onto Bewdley Rd: SC confirmed that this had received planning permission but was unable to provide further details. It falls outside the Forum’s boundaries.
Franklin Way/Mary Vale Road: an application has been submitted for the construction of an apartment building adjacent to Franklin House. Cllr Sealey felt this represented overdevelopment of the site, and suggested the scheme would cause problems for existing residents as there were insufficient parking spaces.
Cllr Huxtable noted that the scheme would result in the removal of a number of trees within a conservation area. He also raised concerns about the additional pressure on school places and the absence of any 106 monies. It was suggested that a development of 1 and 2 bedroom flats would be unlikely to have a significant impact on school places. In response to a query about the 106 agreement for 1650 Pershore Rd, which includes family houses, Cllr Huxtable explained that the 2007 106 agreement had been used as a precedent for the 2015 agreement; in 2007 there was overprovision of school places locally therefore there was no requirement to make a contribution towards increasing provision. A local resident questioned why Cllr Huxtable had not mentioned pressure on school places when the Forum discussed the residential proposal for the Arvin Meritor site in November 2015; Cllr Huxtable assured them that he had addressed this issue after the meeting.
Policing update
PCSO Richard Hayes reported an increase in the incidence of burglaries locally and cautioned residents to keep doors and windows locked.
Sgt Matt Crowley will be attending next month’s meeting.
In response to a question about reporting parked car drivers smoking marijuana, PCSO Hayes confirmed that it was appropriate to phone 101 but advised that the call would be responded to in order of priority. If anyone wishes to make an anonymous report they should call Crimestoppers on 0800555111. 
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Christmas Bash: local resident Corey raised £80 for a local cancer charity, including £46 from the sale of leftover selection boxes at last month’s meeting; his total to date is £833.
Fordhouse Lane: works to lay new gas pipes have affected local bus stops; as there are no temporary stops some residents are having to walk considerable distances to catch the bus.
Wheelie bins: there were numerous complaints about waste collection since the introduction of wheelie bins.
Friends Meeting House: SC will investigate the sale. 
Stirchley Hour: SC encouraged local residents to take part on Wednesday evenings from 8.00 – 9.00 pm.   
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th February, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.


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Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Kwacky on February 03, 2016, 09:53:28 AM
Thanks Mick.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 08, 2016, 06:57:06 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th February 2016, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   41: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee and Councillor Huxtable
Apologies:   7
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 11th January 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
River Rea Flood Alleviation plans: John Clayton of Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum updated the meeting on the project. Appraisal of the scheme by the Environment Agency (EA) continues. The consultation event was well attended by residents of Ashbrook Rd; feedback will be taken into consideration by the Design Team.
Tony Fox of Cannon Hill Park Friends reminded the meeting of the EA’s responsibility for water quality, and encouraged residents to report any instances of dead fish to them, as it could be the result of pollution.
Boundary commission consultation: a submission has been made on behalf of the Forum by Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer.   
Community policing
Sgt Matt Crowley of Bournville Police outlined the changes to community policing that are taking place. The old shift system has been replaced by new rota which ensures a neighbourhood police presence every day from 8.00 am until midnight: twitter, email and phone calls are also monitored centrally between these hours, ensuring a more immediate response. The twitter handle for Bournville Police is @BournvilleNHT. Sgt Crowley reassured residents that police officers are on duty throughout the night to respond to any incidents. 
Bournville ward has seen a reduction in crime every month since Sgt Crowley was appointed; he attributes this success to an “old fashioned” approach to policing based on effective intelligence management, operational planning and partnership working. This model of policing is now being rolled out across Selly Oak constituency and is being adopted by Edgbaston and Northfield.
Priorities for Bournville ward include: ASB in green spaces, traffic and drugs offences. Off road bikes continue to be a problem and Sgt Crowley called for residents to report any information about bikes being stored or driven.
PCSO redundancies have been postponed for 1 year, but it is still likely most will have been lost by 2019; WMP needs to plan for this reduction in manpower. A local resident questioned whether there were still plans to replace PCSOs with volunteers; Sgt Crowley stated that he had heard nothing more about this proposal.
Mick Jones, Forum IT Officer, reported his VW van stolen in November 2015, but is still waiting for the police report: Sgt Crowley will investigate.
In response to a question from a local resident, Sgt Crowley agreed there may be a link between a national rise in crime and the loss of frontline police, but added that this rise was also down to new types of crime, such as internet fraud and grooming, as well as more widespread reporting of domestic violence.
Following a number of incidents of distraction burglary in the vicinity of the Co-op, Sgt Crowley confirmed that 2 suspects had been identified.
Local police are working with schools to tackle the recent spate of bomb hoaxes.
A resident reported 4 burnt out motorbikes along the River Rea; Sgt Crowley explained this was the result of their crackdown on off road bikes – as it is no longer safe to store them at home, their young owners are dumping them.
John Clayton (SPSNF) reported a rise in the number of probation hostels in Bournbrook, as student landlords lose tenants to purpose built accommodation. Cllr Huxtable explained that no permissions were required to convert a property from a student HMO to a hostel. BCC is currently consulting on HMOs and is aware of the problem in Bournbrook; the issue has been discussed by Selly Oak district and a paper will go to BCC Cabinet later in this month. Sgt Crowley stated that Bournbrook is one of three priority areas in Selly Oak district; the new sergeant for Selly Oak ward is Scott Edwards.
The new international supermarket on the corner of Pershore Rd and Ivy Rd is applying for a 24 hour licence: WMP will oppose this although the low local crime rate will count against their objection. PW added that the 24 hour licence granted to the Select and Save on the Pershore Rd had never been used because the permission imposed a number of costly requirements.
Residents of Ivy Rd reported their concerns about illegal activity on adjacent derelict land; Sgt Crowley confirmed that there was Class A drug use in the area, but that it was being managed and was not as visible as in other parts of the city.
Planning update
2016/00664/PA Lidl: manager Matt from PSL Bowling requested the support of the Forum and local residents to oppose the planning application to demolish both the bowling alley and gym and replace them with a supermarket. There was overwhelming opposition from local residents to this proposal and Sandra Cooper announced that the Forum would make an objection to this application on the grounds that it would result in the loss of a valued community asset and exacerbate traffic congestion. Cllr Huxtable stated his opposition and suggested there are a large number of brownfield sites in Stirchley better suited to supermarket development. He is now trying to ascertain what was discussed at the pre-application meeting between BCC Planning and Lidl, which influenced the submitted plans. The proximity of the scheme to the River Rea was raised by a number of residents.
SC explained that the most effective means of opposition was to make an individual response online rather than signing the petition being organised by Fitness First.
Tesco: the whole site should be cleared within 8 weeks. Pest control will be eradicating rodents prior to the demolition of the remaining buildings. Breaking up the hardstanding has caused a noise problem for residents of Twyning Rd, with the letter warning of the work not arriving until the day after it had started. Any complaints or queries should be addressed to fflur.sheppard@uk.tesco.com. 
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Arvin Meritor site: the advertising hoardings on Fordhouse Lane have been blown down and present a danger to passers-by. A local resident has reported this twice to CBRE but to no avail; Cllr Huxtable will report to Environmental Health.
Crossing patrols: BCC is consulting on a proposal for schools to take over funding for individual crossing patrols. Cllr Huxtable is campaigning against this proposal.
River Rea route: many of the lights are out along the cycle path through Hazelwell Park and the lane to the Fordrough; Cllr Huxtable will report this to the relevant department.
Hazelwell Park: the noticeboard adjacent to the play area has fallen down; Cllr Huxtable confirmed that a replacement noticeboard is being made.
Parking chaos: in response to complaints from local residents, Sgt Crowley will send a school liaison officer to Selly Park Girls’ School.
Stirchley Community Market: resumes after the winter break on March 1st at Stirchley Baths.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th March, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church


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Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on April 05, 2016, 10:19:15 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14th March 2016, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   51: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Mike Hinton (BCC), PCSO Richard Hayes, Councillor Sealey and Councillor Huxtable
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th February 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
River Rea Flood Alleviation plans: these are available to view on the Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum website www.sellyparksouth.org.uk.
River Rea route: all lights are now working in Hazelwell Park.
Hazelwell Park: Cllr Huxtable reported that the new noticeboard is due to be installed shortly. 
Arvin Meritor site: the hoardings have been placed in a safe location but not removed.
Parking chaos around Selly Park Technology College: this issue has been passed on to the Selly Oak ward councillors.   
School crossing patrols: all jobs have been saved for another year; BCC is setting up an educational trust to make up the shortfall in budget.
Stirchley Market fliers: these have the dates for this year’s Forum meetings on the reverse. A straw poll of the meeting revealed few residents have received their flier: PW will follow up. 
Japanese Knotweed
Mike Hinton, expert on Japanese Knotweed for BCC, explained the situation and set out the strategies for dealing with this extremely invasive and destructive plant.
Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) spreads by an underground stem (rhizome) rather than seeding; this method of natural spread is particularly well suited to transport corridors such as rivers, canals and railways. Along rivers intermittent flooding breaks off stems and transports them downstream where they are able to re-root and grow.
The invasion of knotweed has also been accelerated by human interference: fly-tipping, composting schemes and the use of flail mowers on affected land have also spread the plant to new areas. Knotweed can regrow from a 1 cm section of stem, and will grow up to 10 cm each day. Knotweed thrives on attack, and cutting the rhizome simply causes it to develop more shoots. Rhizomes grow up to 7 metres long and may be 2 – 3 metres deep, making it very difficult to dig out.
The established method of treatment is to spray it 3 times during the growing season; this can eliminate the plant within 2 – 3 years. Injecting the plant is another proven treatment. For homeowners wishing to deal with knotweed themselves, MH recommended using heavy duty glyphosate and waiting until the plant is 0.75 – 0.9 m tall as this will increase the amount of pesticide reaching the roots.
There are no natural enemies of the plant in the UK, although scientists are looking to develop biological controls such as introducing non-native species that will inhibit its spread.   
Knotweed is now so widespread across the UK that Defra no longer classifies it as a notifiable weed. However knotweed can be dealt with under the 2014 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act: Local Authorities can take legal action to compel landowners to deal with knotweed if it is causing a nuisance to neighbours. BCC are looking to test this legislation in the near future.
A local resident reported knotweed stems blocking the River Rea after recent heavy rainfall: MH advised reporting it to the Environment Agency as it is their responsibility to deal with it. 
In response to a question about the effects of knotweed on house values, MH confirmed that some lenders will not give mortgages on affected properties.
Knotweed on the cricket ground behind Lyndworth Rd is threatening neighbouring homes; MH will raise the issue with Sue Amey, Constituency Parks Manager at BCC.
Knotweed was also reported on the private land backing onto Sparrey Drive. The owner is currently treating the knotweed and is planning to burn it on site; residents were concerned that this would spread it further. MH recommended contacting Natural England for advice on 0300 060 1112.
Friends of Stirchley Park (FoSP)
Brian Sheridan, Chair of the Friends, updated the Forum on developments following the vandalism to the murals. He thanked the local community for their overwhelming support and addressed some negative comments, aired by a minority of residents on the internet.
In response to the suggestion that the FoSP makes decisions without a local mandate, Brian pointed out that when a letter was sent out to residents 4 years ago inviting them to get involved in the park, 5 people responded and formed the FoSP. The group holds regular meetings which are open to all residents. The consultation about the murals was carried out at the Late Summer Bash and via the Park noticeboards. Both the Sleeping Child and Stirchley History murals were created by local artists.
As for the accusation that the FoSP provoked the vandalism by painting out all other graffiti in the Park, Brian noted that BCC had ordered Farmfoods and the Co-op to remove the large scale graffiti and that the Co-op had opted to paint out all the remaining graffiti as they wished to commission new artworks.
On a more positive note, Brian reported that the Sleeping Child will be replaced and that Bournville College will be working with the FoSP to create some new murals.
A local resident suggested the money given by Tesco to paint the hoardings could be used to create artworks linking the high street to the park.
Dog fouling remains a problem in the park, and the FoSP are running a campaign to remind owners to “bag it and bin it”.     
Policing update
PCSO Richard Hayes reported that overall crime rates continue to drop, and that burglaries are falling too following a recent spike.
PCSO Hayes confirmed that Stirchley Park is covered by bicycle and foot patrols, although less regularly as they are now covering a much wider area. 
A local resident reported Enterprise workers moving cars along the pavement at night; PCSO Hayes will speak to the manager.
Another resident expressed their fears about challenging anti-social behaviour such as littering or dog fouling; PCSO Hayes recommended using common sense and assessing each situation as it arises. He confirmed that dog owners can be fined for not carrying dog poop bags.
Planning update
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, reported that there was no further news on either the Aldi or 24 hour alcohol license applications.
Lidl: Cllr Huxtable reported that he had opposed the Lidl application, highlighting the impact on traffic congestion and flood risk. He explained that the site does fall within the local centre of Stirchley, and suggested that Lidl will keep the shop floor just below the threshold for a retail impact assessment.
1650 Pershore Road: this residential development is being named Wildmoor Close in reference to the source of the sand used in the Foundry that occupied the site. Sandra Copper noted that it would have been nice if the Stirchley History Group had been consulted.
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Lifford Lane: a local resident suggested the roundabout should be reduced in size or one of the pavements removed to create 2 lanes and enable traffic to bypass the queue to the tip and access Melchett Rd. Cllr Huxtable reported that BCC will not fund any changes to the road layout on Lifford Lane. He would like to see a reuse and upcycling centre created on the site but the current traffic chaos prevents any increase in usage.
Sparrey Drive fly tipping: a local resident questioned whether the bin men could be expected to pick up black bags. Cllr Huxtable explained that it depended on the crew and blamed the increase in dumping on the introduction of charges for bulk waste collection. Cllr Sealey suggested reporting the issue to BCC waste enforcement.
Upcoming events
Conservation work day in Hazelwell Park: March 27th 10.00 am
Date of the next meeting
Monday 11th April, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 07, 2016, 02:17:43 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th April 2016
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   37: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Sealey and Councillor Huxtable
Apologies:   9
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th March 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Japanese knotweed: the Environment Agency has cleared the knotweed along the Rea to the rear of Stirchley Bowls. 
Stirchley Park: local year 6 pupils sent Cllr Huxtable their critical reasoning letters on the topic of “is graffiti art?” The assignment was prompted by the vandalism of the murals and Cllr Huxtable has passed the letters on to the Head of Parks at BCC. The Parks department have offered assistance to the Friends of Stirchley Park. 
Dog fouling remains a problem and the Friends have added a new mural to the park featuring two dogs named “Bag it” and “Bin it”. 
Planning update
Former Curtis Carpets shop: planning permission has been granted for a café/restaurant to operate between 8 am and midnight. The owners are now applying for a fast food takeaway licence on the basis that this is essential for the restaurant, which they describe as “high end niche”, to be financially viable. Concerns over parking meant that this was not allowed in the original permission. Sandra Copper, Forum Planning Officer, canvassed local opinion at the meeting, which was overwhelmingly opposed to the application, and will submit a letter of objection. In response to a question about the signage, SC confirmed that planning permission is not required for replacement unilluminated signs. Concerns were raised over BCC Planning’s poor record on enforcement.
Supermarket developments: there was nothing to report on either Lidl or Tesco.
Arvin Meritor site: a local resident reported a rumour that TKMaxx have bought the site; no one at the meeting was able to verify this. Cllr Huxtable stated that the new Stirchley SPD has designated the site for mixed use and that BCC Planning had been unhappy with the all residential proposal presented to the Forum in November 2015.   
Policing update
ASB continues to be a problem in Cotteridge Park: residents were advised to phone 101 and not engage with the offenders.
There has been a spate of burglaries along the Pershore Rd backing onto the River Rea. In response to the suggestion that CCTV cameras should be installed along the route, police explained that the current crime levels did not justify the expense and that they would be unpopular.
A local resident reported a letter from BVT to garage holders warning of break-ins. The police recommend fitting decent locks, an alarm and marking valuable items with the house number and postcode using a UV pen. Recording serial numbers increases the likelihood of recovery: items such as laptops, bicycles and mobile phones can be registered online for free at www.immobilise.com. Another recommended resource is SelectaDNA which is used to uniquely mark and trace property. Police now struggle to fund events promoting security measures but local residents could contact companies such as SelectaDNA and ask for advice and support.
Restrictions on the use of barbed wire were explained to the owner of a garage backing onto the Rea: it must be more than 6 feet from the ground and there needs to be a warning sign.
In response to reports of Ford KAs being unlocked without keys, police explained that criminals use locksmiths equipment purchased online; having your car serviced at a dealership and having the software updated will prevent this. 
A young family in Oxford St have been experiencing problems with youths door knock running: they should report any further incidents on 101.
In response to a query about a number of violent crimes in the Cartland Rd area, it was suggested that these may be unfounded rumours and the resident concerned was directed to the www.police.uk website which logs all reported crimes.   
Despite large numbers of “keep left” bollards being knocked over, police were unaware if this was the work of one person.
The Birmingham South Local Policing Unit (Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Northfield) will be merging with Birmingham West and Central in the next 12 months. The area will still have a dedicated team and hot spot patrols but there will be some changes: response teams will be based in the city centre and there may be some diversion of police resources as the merger is with a more demanding area. There will be no impact on the policing of major sporting events. 
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Stirchley Community Group: Su Jones and Rose Crossland-Jones reported that the group had been turned down for the Community Asset Transfer of Stirchley Baths. The group were considered too “time poor” to take over running the Baths and the contract will now go out to tender. They are still interested in facilitating groups and activities that will benefit Stirchley and are holding a drop-in session on Thursday night in St Andrew’s Church for anyone wishing to offer help or share their ideas. As part of the CAT process, SCG was awarded some seed funding which could be used to establish new groups or activities. 
In response to the suggestion that the Baths is becoming an “elitist” venue that is inaccessible to local people, Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey stated that they have expressed their concerns about the lack of community involvement in the Baths with the Strategic Director of Place at BCC. It was noted that community involvement is a requirement of the Heritage Lottery grant; Cllr Huxtable suggested the project may be at risk of losing some of this funding.
PW explained that the Forum had not moved into the Baths because it was £100 a year more expensive than the Church (even with the introductory offer), the acoustics in the main hall were very poor, and there was no flexibility to accommodate a larger than average turnout. Other concerns were the poor disabled access, lack of signage and parking chaos at larger events. It was suggested that the latter would increase when the Friends Meeting House is redeveloped and Hazelwell Street is reduced to one lane. Cllr Huxtable has raised these issues with BCC.
The conflation of the Baths with Selly Oak District office was also discussed, with one local resident suggesting this has given the building a “dubious” identity: is it a community hub with some BCC use or a council office with some limited and unaffordable community space? It was reported that the hot desking area is being used exclusively by BCC staff. PW was disappointed to receive an invitation to an event at the Baths which gave the address as Selly Oak District Office, Bournville Lane.
Cllr Huxtable undertook to invite the Director of Place to a meeting on behalf of the Forum.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: this will be taking place on Saturday September 3rd in Stirchley Park.
Waterstones History Season: a series of free events, contact PW for contact details.
Fly tipping around Oxford St/Sparrey Drive: Cllr Huxtable reported an increase in complaints about dumping since the introduction of charges for the bulk waste collection service.   
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th May, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 10, 2016, 09:32:33 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th May 2016, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   34: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Locke
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 11th April 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record following a correction to the item about the Arvin Meritor site.
Matters arising
There were no matters arising.
Update from Stirchley Community Group
Sunanda explained that SCG were no longer involved in the Community Asset Transfer process for Stirchley Baths but that they were still actively involved in Stirchley. In the last few weeks SCG has held two meetings to gather ideas for new community groups and activities. The first outcome of these meetings is a new listings website for Stirchley with details of events going on locally: www.stirchley.org.net. SCG is looking for a volunteer “events ranger” to gather information and feed it into the website.     
New councillor
PW introduced Labour councillor Mary Locke to the Forum and congratulated her on her recent election victory. Mary will forward details of her councillor’s advice surgeries to PW.
Policing update
PC Paul Rimell, Neighbourhood Officer for Selly Oak, updated the Forum on local crime and policing issues.
Across Bournville ward, the incidence of vehicle crime, burglaries and violent crime is higher than this time last year; ASB is lower.
Travellers have moved onto a site to the rear of Bournville Lane police station; BCC have issued a notice to leave. Police will check the vehicles for up to date insurance and MOTs; BCC will deal with any fly tipping.
A local resident raised the problem of cyclists on pavements and questioned why police appear to ignore it. PC Rimell explained that police resources were under huge pressure; he added that an offence of “furious cycling” does exist, but that the response from police to cycling on the pavement would depend on injuries caused to pedestrians. Other residents suggested more cycle routes would reduce the problem, as roads were too dangerous, particularly for young children. Cllr Huxtable expressed his disappointment that the proposed “cycle hub” at Bournville train station was abandoned. PC Rimell clarified the situation with parked cars in cycle lanes: this is permitted where the line is dashed but illegal if the line is solid.
PC Rimell reported the seizure of two quad bikes from Cannon Hill Park following reports of ASB. Problems with no response from the 101 service were raised by a resident who had tried to report quad bikes along the Rea route.
Planning update
Former Curtis Carpet showroom: Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, submitted an objection to a takeaway licence on behalf of the Forum. SC reported that the restaurant opened today and there were already two cars parked outside on the double yellow lines.   
There is no news on Lidl, Tesco or the Arvin Meritor site. Local resident Emma Ashton has just received the go ahead from Tesco for their graffiti art murals but they also need planning permission for the hoardings and additional funding for this project to proceed.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): SC attended a meeting in Selly Oak about HMOs and how to identify and oppose applications. SC raised concerns about an application for 50 Windsor Road, where a proposal has been submitted that would see a two storey extension to a 2 bed terraced house creating up to 5 further bedrooms. Another application that may create an HMO was 3 Dacer Close. SC stated that as a matter of principle the Forum does not get involved in private domestic applications. However the Forum is opposed to HMOs and SC will keep in contact with the Selly Oak group as they are experienced in this area and are able to provide support such as standard letters of objection. It was suggested that the most likely future use of the Friends Meeting House is as student accommodation.
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Friends of Stirchley Park: Brian Sheridan reported that the vandalised artworks will be replaced next month; they have had to wait some time as the artist “Title” is in great demand. There will also be two new pieces of art designed by students from a local college. Brian stated that the Friends would continue to replace the artwork if it is vandalised again. In response to a suggestion, Brian explained that the type of brickwork meant it could not be coated in an “anti-vandal” paint but suggested they may protect it with Perspex. The Friends are very reluctant to install a CCTV camera.
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Lifford Lane: a local resident questioned why the traffic barrier was increasing in height. Cllr Huxtable suggested asking next month’s speaker, Jacqui Kennedy, as she is the Service Head of the Highways Department at BCC.
Fly tipping: the increased incidence of fly tipping on garage service roads in the Hazelwell Estate was reported. Cllr Locke has reported this. Cllr Huxtable explained that it is the responsibility of private landowners to clear fly tipping, but added that garage service roads are a “grey area” and he will put pressure on fleet and waste management to clear it up. 
Stirchley Share: a new initiative inspired by a project in Frome whereby local people can borrow equipment they rarely use from a local “library of things”. More information on Facebook at “Stirchley Share”. 
Selly Oak District Office: a local resident expressed their concerns that the former District Office will be sold off as a development site.
Upcoming events
Stirchley Fete: at Stirchley Working Men’s Club on Sunday May 29th 12 – 4 pm, organised by Stirchley, The Way Forward group
Stirchley History Group: Wednesday May 11th 6 pm in the cinema room, Stirchley Baths
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th June, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on July 07, 2016, 09:48:54 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th June 2016,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:   51: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Jacqui Kennedy (BCC), Steve Hollingworth (BCC), Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th May 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
There were no matters arising.
Update on Stirchley Baths
Jacqui Kennedy (JK), Acting Strategic Director of Place Directorate for BCC gave an update on the project to regenerate Stirchley Baths. JK expressed her satisfaction with the restoration work, particularly the preservation of key features and the heritage interpretation. JK congratulated Karen Cheney (KC) for delivering the project on time and in budget. Stirchley Baths will be run by BCC and will be operated within the Wellbeing Service from 01/07/16. BCC will continue to work with local stakeholders to develop programme to meet local need.
JK asked the Forum why they meet in Stirchley Community Church and not the Baths; PW responded that the Church offers great service. JK was very pleased that Stirchley had two such great facilities.
Steve Hollingworth (SH), head of BCC Wellbeing, gave the Forum a brief account of the service which was set up following the externalisation of key leisure sites. Stirchley Baths is one of a number of community hubs that will deliver services aimed at combatting health inequalities across the city.
JK and SH opened up the floor to questions.
A local resident who works full time noted that a large number of activities take place during the day and questioned whether the opening hours would be extended. SH explained that it takes 18 months to 2 years to set up a new hub and stated that the opening hours would evolve in response to local demand. KC added that the Baths are open Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 9.00 pm on some days, and also some weekends. KC advised looking at the website or twitter feed for more details.
Concerns were raised about the catering kitchen which is operated by the commercial enterprise that runs the café and is therefore not accessible to the community for parties etc. KC explained that there was a second kitchen that could be hired out for community use; it was pointed out that this is equipped only with a small microwave and is therefore unsuitable for preparing or heating food.
The procedure for selecting the catering operator was questioned. KC confirmed that the contract was not put out to tender but that Change Kitchen pays some rent and runs the café. JK will take this issue away and prepare a formal response. A local resident suggested the local Co-op café did more for community cohesion than the Baths.
The future of the former Selly Oak District Office was raised; KC explained that BCC had rented the building and it had now been returned to the Education department. KC was unaware of any plans to sell it off for housing but reported that a supplementary school had taken a look at it. JK will report back on BCC’s plans for the building. 
A local resident expressed their concerns with the modern signage on the front of the Baths and questioned the consultation with Historic England. KC explained that the signage had been submitted to BCC Planning for retrospective permission. Another resident was concerned about the lack of signage and suggested the building could not be DDA (Disability Discrimination Act 2005) compliant. KC confirmed that the building met all the requirements of the DDA, including the signage. Another felt that English Heritage was oversensitive about signage and suggested they had to make allowances for the change of use which required new signs. JK will look into this issue.   
The possibility of a Community Asset Transfer for the Baths was raised. JK stated that there were no live bids following the rejection of the bid from Stirchley Community Group (SCG) following due diligence checks by BCC. If another community group comes forward with a proposal and a business plan BCC will consider it. BCC are currently assessing the CAT process which has produced 19 successful Community Asset Transfers across the city. The lack of reporting or consultation around the transfer of the Baths to the Wellbeing service was challenged. JK replied that BCC had always planned to run the Baths for the first 12 months. There will be no formal steering group to oversee development but a user/non user group could be set up to feed in ideas. It was suggested that this model of operation was a very top-down approach given the skills and activism within the local community. This comment drew considerable support from the audience, with a member of SCG suggesting the lack of consultation had left local people feeling there was no place for them in the Baths; as empowerment is key to improving wellbeing this was extremely disappointing. They suggested local people should design the service for themselves, rather than submitting ideas to BCC for them to deliver. They also felt there was too much focus on the Baths and not enough integration of the new service into an already active community. SH undertook to run a consultation/engagement piece of work. 
The costs of hiring spaces in the Baths were raised: KC explained that the hourly rate depended on whether it was a commercial or community booking and the numbers of people involved. A children’s birthday party is £50. It was reported that at least 4 people have enquired about children’s parties and been turned down because the Baths are closed at weekends. KC explained that for the first few months the Baths had been run by 2 members of staff and that this had limited opening hours. Now that there are more staff, volunteers and paid stewards availability will increase. SH explained that there would be no increase in the budget for the Baths following the transfer to the Wellbeing service but there will be more staff. A resident noted the dependence on volunteering at the heart of many community facilities and suggested volunteering can only go so far in maintaining services. 
A local resident wanted clarification of what a Wellbeing service is. SH explained that it focuses on increasing rates of activity, thereby improving health and reducing isolation.
KC stated that the Baths had been offered as a free hire to the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum. PW responded that this was the first time he had heard this offer; he added that at the Church the Forum has flexibility in the use of either the café space or the hall, dependent on attendance, and that the Church sets up the room.
A resident praised the staff at the Baths for the number of activities already being offered and volunteers involved, and pointed out that it had only been open since January and would continue to grow. A member of Stirchley The Way Forward stated that KC had offered the Baths as a free venue for the recent Stirchley Fete and explained that this was not taken up because they had already booked the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club. Kerri Leslie thanked KC for her support in re-establishing Stirchley Community Market at the Baths; KC confirmed that this free booking would be honoured until the end of the year. Jayne Murray thanked KC for her support for the Stirchley Dances arts and heritage project.   
The queues to the Lifford Lane tip were raised by a member of the Forum, with a suggestion that the road should be one-way as far as Baldwin Road. JK explained this would need a lengthy consultation and undertook to arrange a further meeting to look at the options for solving this problem. JK encouraged residents to report fly tippers.
PW thanked JK and SH for attending the meeting.
Planning update
Tesco: the latest start date is September/October with a 9 month construction period. Cllr Huxtable explained that the highway works needed to be completed first; these would involve the transfer of some land from BCC to Tesco.   
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Hazelwell Crescent: a resident reported a residue left behind by gas engineers causing problems in the wet when it becomes slippery.
River Rea: fencing has fallen into the river between Fordhouse Lane and Hazelwell Road
Stirchley Park: the replacement murals are almost finished.
Lettings boards: a resident noted the proliferation of estate agents “to let” boards in Stirchley. Cllr Huxtable explained that an agent can keep a sign up if there is at least one room available for rent in a property. Once let the agent has a set period of time to remove the board. BCC is looking to introduce a special measure for student properties/HMOs in parts of Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Harborne wards. Cllr Huxtable asked for Stirchley to be included within this area but BCC felt there was insufficient evidence of a problem.
Tesco site: a local resident questioned what could be done about dust blowing off the site, triggering allergies and asthma. Cllr Huxtable will raise the issue with Tesco and BCC Environmental Health.
BCC Planning: it was reported that Peter Wright is retiring as South Area Planning Officer and will not be replaced. 
Fly tipping: a resident of Selly Oak reported fly tipping along the right of way behind their house to BCC and was told it was their problem as it is on private land. Cllr Huxtable will mention it to the local Selly Oak councillors.
Late Summer Bash: PW put out a call for volunteers to deliver leaflets; he thanked Roxie Collins for designing them. This year’s Bash will be held on September 3rd in Stirchley Park. 
Upcoming events
Apply for a retail job workshop: 23rd June, 1 – 3 pm at Stirchley Baths
Stirchley Dances: 25th June at Stirchley Baths, launch of a new heritage artwork
Stirchley History Group: 6th July at Stirchley Baths, free talk about researching the history of your house
Date of the next meeting
Monday 11th July, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 08, 2016, 09:41:28 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th July 2016, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   34 Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th June 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Environmental concerns: Cllr Huxtable has reported the fly tipping, residue on Hazelwell Crescent, dust from Tesco site and fencing in the Rea to the relevant departments of BCC.
Lettings boards: Cllr Huxtable is planning a walkabout with BCC officers in the Bournville Lane area to discuss the problems associated with HMOs.
Update on local arts initiative   
Emma Ashton updated the Forum on the proposed art project for the hoardings surrounding the Tesco site. In May 2016 a public consultation was held in Stirchley Community Church to gather ideas for the artworks. Discussions with Tesco have been fruitful if slow and they have offered a contribution towards the costs. Following the announcement that demolition work was starting in January 2016 Tesco suggested the artwork should be located on alternative sites such as the former reclamation yard as the main site hoardings will not be up for very long. The reclamation yard presents a number of physical and legal challenges, and the group have received assistance from BCC Planning and the Culture Commissioning Team. Tesco are yet to confirm what their final plans for the reclamation yard site are, and the extent to which the community can be involved in developing them.
The 106 monies associated with the Tesco planning application were discussed: Cllr Huxtable pointed out that the £150K agreed in 2013 was considerably less than the £200K that had been allocated for environmental enhancements when permission was first granted in 2003. He explained that it was up to BCC to decide where to spend the 106 monies and suggested that Tesco should be paying for everything within the red line of the planning application (including the reclamation yard) through the section 238 and 278 agreements. Cllr Locke’s representative at the Forum pointed out that the 106 monies were now £170K as they were index linked; the current proposal is also for a smaller shop creating fewer jobs.
EA added that provisional landscaping plans for the reclamation yard had already been submitted that included 5 trees costed at £10K each. Cllr Huxtable explained the cost of the trees included 30 years of maintenance. In response to a question whether the art would be temporary or permanent, EA suggested the project would have permanent elements and should also extend beyond the Tesco site to other locations such as Stirchley Park. Initial proposals involved the various histories of Stirchley tied together by a central motif of the River Rea. EA invited anyone interested in getting involved to get in touch.
Community Activators
Keith Phillips, Community Activator for BCC Wellbeing Service, presented the programme of outdoor activities now being run from Stirchley Baths: these include adult learn to ride bike sessions on Tuesday mornings and led bike rides on Wednesday afternoons. Bikes are provided and all activities are free. They are also looking to put on after school activities like those in Muntz Park and would like to hear what the local community want and where. They are planning to introduce daily bike hire but this will require training a volunteer manager. There are no plans to have electric bikes. The community activators can be contacted via Stirchley Baths and further information is available online on the Park Lives and Active Parks websites.   
PW invited them to put on some activities at the Late Summer Bash.
In response to a question from Cllr Sealey about the transfer of the Baths to the Wellbeing Service, KP stated there were no plans for any additional staffing on site. 
Planning update
Sandra Copper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on the latest planning developments in Stirchley.
Lidl: the application has still not been determined. It was suggested that the major objections were related to the environmental and transportation impacts. In response to the suggestion that the Kwiksave site would be preferable, Cllr Sealey responded that Tesco have no plans to dispose of this at the moment, and are waiting until their new store is open.
Friends Meeting House: the latest planning application has been withdrawn but is likely to be resubmitted.
Wolsey Sausage Factory: BCC are likely to want a drop-off point for the proposed nursery. The deadline for comments is the end of this week.
Dacer Close and Newlands Road: both home extensions were approved.
Windsor Road: the proposed extension was refused on grounds of inappropriate scale.
St Andrews Healthcare: the application has been submitted and the consultation period ended on 7th July.
Arvin Meritor site: following feedback from the Forum and local consultation event, the proposal for residential development now includes more play areas and pedestrian access across the site to the river and cycle routes. A resident of Ivy Road was concerned how close the homes would be to her back garden; RE explained that it is possible to take measurements from the drawings on the BCC planning website.
24 hour off licence on corner of Ivy Rd: plans for this seem to have been dropped.
Carwash by micro park: it was suggested that this should be reported to BCC Planning as it is an eyesore. Cllr Huxtable explained that the site is leased from BCC and they would not renew the lease but landscape it instead in line with the adjacent micro parks. It is not financially viable for BCC to enforce short term improvements to the site.
Tesco: the Forum has not been informed of the most recent plans for the store. Cllr Huxtable reported that the application about to be submitted is for a considerably smaller store, 42,000 sq.ft. rather than the original 60,000 sq.ft. There will be less car parking and there are still no plans for a petrol station. It will almost certainly be approved as it is a revision to a current permission; public comments can be submitted online. The build will take 6 months with the store opening in mid – late 2017. Cllr Huxtable has asked Tesco what their plans are for the other sites they own in Stirchley.
Cllr Locke’s representative questioned how the 240 jobs would be advertised. Cllr Huxtable explained the jobs would all go through the BCC Employment Support Team to ensure the maximum local benefit. There were concerns that the jobs will be advertised across the city and that local people would not receive preferential treatment. SC suggested BCC should discuss the issue with the Forum.
Policing update
PCSO Michael Bowen updated the Forum on policing issues in Bournville ward: there have been 4 domestic burglaries in Stirchley, 12 vehicle crimes and thefts from the Co-op and Farmfoods. Cllr Sealey was concerned that crime is increasing in the area; PCSO Bowen stated vehicle crime was more a problem than domestic burglary.
Cllr Huxtable questioned why the police do not use their powers to remove travellers, but instead rely on BCC to deal with the problem. PCSO Bowen will feedback to Sgt Crowley. 
Cllr Sealey highlighted a spate of graffiti tagged with “snape”; PCSO Bowen will report back.
Scramblers and motorbikes remain a problem in Hazelwell Park; please share any information with police by emailing sellyoak@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk. 
On a positive note, police were able to stop someone trying to injure themselves on Fordhouse Lane.
Following reports of human excrement in Hazelwell Park, there was some discussion as to whether this had been left by the travellers. Cllr Huxtable reported this is being followed up by Constituency Parks Manager Sue Amey and will be cleaned up by the hazardous waste team. All the general waste left by the travellers has now been removed.
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Late Summer Bash: the Forum is looking for volunteers to deliver leaflets for the event and help out on the day.
Travellers: PW questioned why BCC don’t put up proper barriers to prevent travellers from accessing public open space. Cllr Huxtable explained that BCC used to have a fund for local improvements such as barriers but this was axed in 2012. PW felt this was a false economy when the costs of cleaning up after travellers were considered. Another resident suggested BCC should provide more sites or at least WCs for travellers.
Upcoming events
Environment Agency drop-in session to discuss recent flooding: 20th July in Christ Church
Stirchley History Group: 7th September in Stirchley Baths
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th September, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on October 01, 2016, 03:29:14 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 12th September 2016,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:   53: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Sgt Matt Crowley, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 11th July 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash   
PW thanked everyone who helped out at the Bash; particular thanks went to Phil Banting for his fantastic photos of the day and Stirchley Community Group for their generous donation of £250. Despite the wet weather the raffle raised £640 which will go towards future events.   
Protecting Hazelwell Park
Travellers have set up camp in Hazelwell Park four times over the summer. One local resident noted that travellers had got onto the main area of park for the first time in 15 years. There were reports of aggressive and rude behaviour by some of the travellers, dangerous dogs running loose, human excrement and rubbish bags being left in the park. One resident stated they had been unable to let their children play in the park for the duration of the travellers’ stay.
It was suggested the travellers should be provided with bins or a skip and toilets. Sgt Crowley explained that BCC would not allow this as it might attract more travellers and was unfair to other residents who had to pay for such services.
Sgt Crowley confirmed that police do an initial check of all new camps, covering not only vehicles’ tax, insurance and roadworthiness but also travellers’ welfare and human rights.
Sgt Crowley stated police had not seen any increase in crime as a result of the travellers, other than racially aggravated crime. There were reports of cars having their windows smashed in Twyning Rd and seven garage break-ins on the Hazelwell Estate while the travellers were on the park.
The welcome shown to travellers at Rowheath was commended by some, although Cllr Locke pointed out the travellers there still left a mess including human excrement, despite being invited to use the pavilion’s toilets. Cllr Huxtable suggested preventative action such as barriers would be more cost-effective than repeatedly cleaning up sites; he also highlighted the reliance on BCC’s rather than police powers to remove travellers. All three councillors expressed their frustration at the time it was taking to develop a strategy for protecting local parks and open spaces.   
One local resident voiced her concern that the Forum was promoting discrimination towards travellers; PW explained the issue was one that had generated a lot of local discussion and complaints to councillors and was therefore being addressed by the Forum.
Suggestions to prevent future incursions included building a bund, although it was pointed out a gap would still be required for vehicular access. A partnership approach was also advocated, involving BCC, the police, travellers and local residents to develop a policy that would protect all concerned. Sgt Crowley stated that the travelling community has been invited to enter such talks. The lack of transit sites in the city was raised: BCC are looking at 2 potential sites in Lozells/Handsworth. In response to a question about the efficacy of such sites, Sgt Crowley stated they can work but problems sometimes arise when travellers overstay. It was proposed that transit sites were a longer term solution that barriers to prevent incursion onto public open space. Sgt Crowley explained that a permanent police presence on traveller sites was not an efficient use of their resources.   
Policing update
It has been a challenging summer with an increase in crime and reduction in officer numbers. Motorbikes in parks continue to be an issue despite numerous seizures of bikes; this problem will reduce as the nights draw in.
In response to reports of ASB in the Bilberry Rd/Windsor Rd area Sgt Crowley reminded residents that incidents have to be reported in order for police to act.
A number of residents raised the problem of long delays when dialling 101; Sgt Crowley stated this issue is being dealt with but in the meantime suggested residents use twitter or email to report non-emergencies.
A resident of Twyning Rd reported problems with cars parked on the street for long periods; in particular cars on the corner obstructing views of traffic on the Pershore Rd. They stated that a request for a residents’ parking zone had been refused by BCC due to lack of money. The police will enforce parking restrictions on double yellow lines; Cllr Huxtable added that mini cabs can be reported to BCC taxi licensing for parking offences. Cllr Huxtable has requested BCC parking wardens patrol Stirchley and Cotteridge.   
Cllr Huxtable reported that there are plans to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on the Pershore Rd by Cotteridge School, in line with the Pershore Rd in Stirchley and Cotteridge centres.
There were reports of graffiti with the tag “snape” across the area, including Stirchley Park.
In response to a request for CCTV cameras along the Rea route, Sgt Crowley suggested financial constraints and ethical concerns made such a proposal unlikely. 
Planning update
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on the latest planning developments in Stirchley.
Friends Meeting House: a new application has been submitted for conversion to 6 residential units.
Tesco: SC confirmed the plans for the proposed road layout could be viewed online or in Stirchley Baths.
Maj Raj: the application for a takeaway service has been refused.
Proposed boundary changes: the final recommendation is for Stirchley to be a one member ward; Stirchley ward will include parts of Cotteridge.
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Leaf collections: BCC provide free green waste collections for residents sweeping up leaves from tree-lined streets; phone 303 1112 to order bags.
Collapsed pavement: the block paving outside the music shop on Hazelwell St is damaged. 
Fuel spill: the pavement remains a mess outside Pandora’s Box following a car accident.
Selco parking: staff were instructed to park on neighbouring streets; following an intervention by the Forum, staff are once again parking on the Selco carpark.
British Oak pub: there have been complaints about noise levels from local residents. Sgt Crowley proposed a joint visit by police and licensing officers; SC suggested BCC planning should also be involved as it was noise from the marquee that was causing the greatest problems. 
Student research: next month a student from Birmingham University will be distributing a questionnaire about local regeneration. 
Unwanted books: please donate to Stirchley Community Church for their library.
Heritage Open Day: 392 people visited Stirchley Baths.
AGM: the guest speaker is West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.
Upcoming events
Fun Palace: 1st October in Stirchley Baths; a community fun day with the theme of water.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th October, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on December 06, 2016, 11:22:48 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th October 2016
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   37: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th September 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising   
Cllr Huxtable has reported the fuel spill on the Pershore Rd and collapsed pavement on Hazelwell St to the relevant BCC departments. Residents reported that the pavement has not been repaired, and that cars cutting the corner are causing further damage.
Additional enforcement action is being used to deal with problem parking on Twyning Rd. SC, Forum Planning Officer and local resident, reported a reduction in the length of time taxis were remaining parked on the street. However neither of the 2 cars parked on the street for months have been moved, and one now has an expired MOT.
Stirchley Halloween Bash
The Friends of Stirchley Park and Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum are putting on a free Halloween event on Sunday October 30th from 3.30 until 6.00 pm. There will be pumpkin carving, creepiest costume competition, apple bobbing, conker fights and a ghost walk around the park. Tesco at Redditch has donated 20 pumpkins. PW asked for volunteers to help out on the night. 
Policing update
There was no representative of WM Police at the meeting. Residents of Newlands Rd reported a break in and theft of a car. PW requested residents submit their questions for the Police and Crime Commissioner before the November AGM: he suggested the problem of delays with the 101 number should be raised.   
Planning update
Friends Meeting House: application for conversion to residential units is awaiting a decision.
Tesco: amendment to the previous application is awaiting a decision.
Former Arvin Meritor works: application for residential development awaiting a decision; the consultation period ended in July.
The long delays in determining applications were raised; Cllr Huxtable has contacted the Area Planning and Regeneration Manager who suggested these applications would be decided at the November committee meeting, along with the Lidl application for Fitness First.
Lidl: an amended application has been submitted; this proposes a different location for the store away from neighbouring houses. The existing access will be upgraded and the pedestrian crossing re-sited. Changes will be made to the riverbank with a shearer drop to the Rea; the application states the development will not increase the likelihood of flooding. PW noted that the majority of local comment on social media was against the development. SC stated that the site was outside the Forum area but as it was so close and would affect Stirchley she was happy to make comments again on behalf of the Forum. A local resident and gym member reported that users were reluctant to renew their memberships as there was so much uncertainty about the gym’s future. They pointed out that the gym is a high quality fitness facility employing local people. Cllr Locke expressed her opposition to the development, adding that retail choice was a good thing, but not at the expense of a local amenity. There was general support for Lidl opening up in Stirchley, just not in that location. Cllr Huxtable explained that the revised planning application was made at the request of BCC, and suggested the recommendation would be to approve. SC suggested residents should resubmit their comments.
AOB
Cartland Rd/Pershore Rd junction: a local resident raised their concerns about the lack of a pedestrian phase on the traffic lights. Cllr Huxtable suggested such a phase may be introduced if the Lidl development goes ahead and the crossing is moved.
Stirchley Library: opening is being cut back to 21 hours/week.
Graffiti: on the information board at the end of Hazelwell Rd; Cllr Huxtable will report. 
Upcoming events
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 18th October, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Baths
Stirchley History Group: 2nd November, 6.45 pm in Stirchley Baths. Talk by Steve Beauchamp on Edwardian swimming baths, everyone welcome.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th November, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on January 03, 2017, 05:30:45 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 12th December 2016
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   32: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Locke
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 10th October 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record. PW shared the sad news that regular Forum goer Reg had died; PW will pass on details of the funeral.
Matters arising   
Halloween Bash: this was a resounding success. PW thanked Pete Evans for his epic trip to Wards to collect 10 extra pumpkins.
Problem parking on Twyning Rd: the 2 cars have now moved. Taxis are still parking on the street, but not for as long.
Hazelwell Rd: the pavement outside the music store has now been repaired; the information board is still covered with graffiti
Policing update
Tesco site: residents reported new graffiti: “Welcome to Tesco Wasteland”.
Stirchley Baths: there has been a second theft of lead from the roof. CCTV does not give a clear image of the thieves. The incidence of metal thefts is increasing as the price of metal rises again. Cllr Locke noted that the Baths will be closed for an extended period over Christmas and the New Year and hoped police will step up patrols locally. 
Neighbourhood policing: following the switch to a constituency based approach 18 months ago, ward based policing has now been reintroduced. Residents will see a greater police presence on the streets throughout the day and night.
Selly Oak flasher: no further sightings since 07/12; teams have been patrolling local streets until 4.00 am for the last 2 weeks, and ensuring students lock their doors at night.
Neighbourhood Watch: WMP are reviving the scheme and launching a new Active Citizens messaging system in January.
Parking enforcement: PCSOs can issue tickets. Problem areas identified included the pavement in front of Enterprise car hire and the zigzag lines outside local schools.
Local drug dealing: a resident reported the dealers using the top of Bond St had now relocated to the Co-op carpark.
Committee positions
Following the AGM last month the Forum committee positions remain unchanged except for Mick Jones who has resigned from the committee. MJ has kindly offered to continue to do the printing and PowerPoint presentations for meetings. Su Jones proposed a vote of thanks to MJ for all his hard work over the years. 
Christmas Bash
The Forum and Friends of Stirchley Park are putting on a Christmas Bash in the park on Saturday December 12th from 2 – 5 pm. There will be a free present from Santa for the first 100 children. PW asked for volunteers from 12 pm onwards to help set up.
Future of Stirchley Library
Sandra Cooper (SNF) and Ellie Darvill (FoSP) set out BCC’s proposals for Stirchley Library which are currently being consulted on: the online consultation ends 27/01/2017. SC attended a public meeting in Northfield Library where the principles of the consultation were explained: there are 3 tiers of library and Stirchley Library has been placed at the bottom of tier 2. This means that opening hours will be further reduced from 26 to 21 hrs per week, the weekly under 5’s storytelling will continue but there is no requirement to have a children’s library or any other social activities. It is also proposed that Stirchley Library be moved into Stirchley Baths. The current library building needs work: a new heating system and repairs to the roof. The lack of heating has seen the library closed on occasion, and the leaking roof has caused some ceilings on the first floor to collapse, making these rooms unusable. Local residents were able to raise their concerns at a public meeting in Stirchley Library on 08/12.
SC agreed that the Library service needs to change, but suggested that change should be brought about by the local community and not BCC. SC was also concerned that Stirchley Library has been placed at the bottom of tier 2, where it risks slipping into the lowest tier: she felt that if the assessment criteria had taken into account the opening hours, then Stirchley was outperforming other libraries of a similar size. SC suggested local residents show their support for the Library by joining up, or taking out a book.
ED is a local resident, actor and director; she has lived in Stirchley for 27 years and her children used the library. The Library building is Grade II listed and was given to the community by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. ED is concerned that the Library should remain a community asset, and proposed a future for the Library as a community-led multi-use creative space. ED cited examples in other cities, and pointed out how many skills and trades could be called upon within the local community to repurpose the building. ED particularly opposed the loss of the children’s library, as this is key to developing a lifetime reading habit. ED proposed a working title for the project: The Stirchley Story Factory. ED expressed an ambition to work with decision makers to develop a new vision for the building and called for anyone interested to get in touch. 
PW questioned whether the new local Innovation Fund could be used towards the costs of refurbishing the Library. Cllr Huxtable stated that this could only be used for start-up costs for a new enterprise; he will email details of a new funding pot. He also raised the additional costs of dealing with a listed building. A local resident with experience of heritage buildings suggested English Heritage now took a more pragmatic approach to restoration and no longer required such strict conservation practices. He added that the foundation of any successful project was a strong and inspiring vision.
SC confirmed the relocation of the Library would enhance the financial viability of Stirchley Baths; she added that any new offer in the Library would complement rather than compete with the Baths. As no plans have been drawn up to show how the Library might be accommodated in the Baths, SC could not comment on any further loss of community space, but noted the Baths already offered less community space than the original plans had proposed. PW commented that having waited 20 years for the Baths to be refurbished, the success of this project might eventually cause the loss of two community assets: Selly Oak District Office and Stirchley Library. A proposal to develop SODO as a small business hub is being explored by local community groups with support from BCC and local councillors. 
Planning update
Friends Meeting House: permission has been granted and works have started. A number of spaces in the Baths carpark will be allocated to this residential development.
Tesco: a number of reserved matters are currently being decided. A representative of Tesco is coming to the January meeting. 
Arvin Meritor site: this has been approved subject to conditions. There will be some affordable properties but no social housing.
Lidl: there were almost 500 objections from local residents but none from either the Co-op or Tesco. The planning committee voted 6-5 to reject the application despite recommendation to approve by the planning officer. The application has now been deferred for 2 weeks for officers to put together a valid legal argument supporting the committee’s decision. However as the application was recommended for approval any appeal would be likely to succeed so the application will probably be passed at the next Planning Committee meeting. On a positive note a 106 agreement of £50,000 has been proposed which would be spent in Stirchley and could potentially benefit the Library.   
Magnet site: Aldi have submitted an application to develop a food store – 2016/10105/PA
AOB
River Rea between Dad’s lane and Cartland Rd: Stirchley Community Group working with local park rangers have been awarded £10,000 of funding to improve the area, cutting back undergrowth and bringing existing fruit trees back into production. They are also exploring a community composting scheme and shared shed.
New public open space in front of Stirchley Community Church: P café are interested in creating a herb garden reflecting the ethnic make-up of Stirchley. Another idea is for a living wall in front of the church. Local traders are concerned about the space attracting ASB.   
Selly Park south flood alleviation scheme: work commences this week.
Stirchley’s Christmas tree: concerns were raised that BCC plan to cut the tree down. Cllr Huxtable has contacted the relevant department and is awaiting a response. The tree has been decorated by the children of Stirchley School.
Stirchley History Group: SC invited residents to take a leaflet and try out the “Short Stroll around Stirchley”. Any feedback would be gratefully received.
Upcoming events
Stirchley Community Church: tickets are still available for the panto on Friday evening and Sunday morning, tickets are £1.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th January, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on February 07, 2017, 12:32:20 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th January 2017
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   109: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th December 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Tesco update   
Jessica Walker, Regional Communications Manager for the East and Midlands, thanked PW for inviting Tesco to the Forum and acknowledged the frustration felt by local people with the long delays to the project. JW explained these were due to changes in the retail environment that were causing Tesco to review their plans and open fewer stores. 
Craig Alsbury, of GVA property services, stated Tesco now planned a slightly smaller store and were hoping to receive detailed planning permission for the external appearance by February 2017 and to agree the planning conditions with BCC by March 2017. Agreement on the highways design is also outstanding; CA suggested this was due to delays within BCC Planning. A local resident proposed BCC Planning should be invited to a future meeting to answer questions about these delays.
Stuart Thatcher, Pre-development Manager at Tesco, updated the meeting on developments on site over the previous 12 months: demolition began in February 2016 and Hazelwell Lane was closed; works then stalled while planning permission for a smaller store was sought. Fly tipping has been an issue. ST stated £1.5 million has been spent on the project to date, including design fees. Acoustic fencing has been installed to the rear of properties on Hunts Rd in preparation for the construction phase.
CA then presented the current plans for the site: the store has a trading floor 15% smaller than the 2013 proposal but the car park has remained the same size; the access road is located slightly further south giving a larger plot for office development adjacent to the Co-op funeral shop.
JW outlined Tesco’s various community initiatives that could benefit local groups in Stirchley. These include: Bags of Help programme, Community Food Connection and Neighbourhood Food Collection. In addition Tesco would look to have a Community Champion based in the Stirchley store.
The floor was then opened to questions.
CA was unable to give an opening date but stated Tesco were still committed to opening a store in Stirchley; the development has been reviewed several times and passed. Once planning permission is obtained, construction will take around 7 – 8 months. In response to concerns about news reports of newly built stores being mothballed, CA explained that these had been leasehold sites; the Stirchley site is freehold. When asked to name a comparable local store, to give an idea of size, the Quinton Tesco was suggested.
CA explained Tesco were actively marketing the mixed use sites that form part of the scheme, as well as the Kwiksave unit: Tesco are not planning to develop any of these themselves; there are no restrictions proposed for any of these. When asked what would happen if the Kwiksave site cannot be disposed of, CA asserted interest would increase once the new Tesco store opens. Another resident suggested Kwiksave could be given to the community.
The impact of Aldi and Lidl coming to Stirchley was raised: ST acknowledged discount retailers would affect the store’s retail offer and profitability but stated Tesco remained committed to the site and planned to spend a further £1.4 million on design and enabling works at risk before the end of March 2017.
Local artist Jayne Murray challenged Tesco on the lack of community engagement in the design of the public realm, and in particular how the store links to Stirchley: a proposal to work with local artists and architects has been disregarded by Tesco. CA explained any redesign of the public realm presented too much of a risk in terms of timescales as planning permission would have to be resubmitted; he added the boundary with Stirchley Community Church had been agreed as a site for a local arts project. JM expressed her dissatisfaction with this response and suggested a more holistic approach to the design could also enhance the overall functionality of the site.
The secretary of the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club described the site hoardings as a Berlin Wall and suggested they were having a detrimental effect on business. ST undertook to discuss options for temporary access during the construction phase and suggested the hoardings could be modified to improve visibility from the Pershore Rd. 
The closure of Hazelwell Lane was raised by a number of local residents: this necessitates a long detour for residents of Newlands Rd and there were concerns that if the development is abandoned a vital local route will have been lost for no reason. ST explained the closure had taken place when Tesco anticipated starting construction of the store; this cannot be reversed nor can a pedestrian route be reinstated. ST assured the meeting that Tesco were not preparing the site for sale to another developer.
In response to a question about a previous proposal to include a petrol station in the development, CA revealed that discussions were ongoing with BCC about building a petrol station on the site currently earmarked for office development. As this is a discrete site, any proposal will be subject to a separate planning application. A previous proposal to build a petrol station to the rear of the site was dropped in response to negative feedback from residents of Twyning Rd. CA suggested the proposal for a petrol station had come from BCC.
With regards to cycle access across the site, CA explained there would be ramped access and secure cycle stands. When questioned about travellers camped on the open space adjacent to Hunts Rd, Tesco will work with BCC to deal with this issue. In response to concerns about increased congestion in the area, CA explained Tesco had demonstrated to BCC’s satisfaction that the road network would cope with any additional traffic generated by the store. CA added that the car park had surplus spaces and would benefit the wider retail centre. Although there were no plans to limit use, residents suggested this would soon change if commuters were found to be using it for all day parking. 
CA suggested the catchment area for the new store would be a 5 – 10 minute drivetime; Stirchley currently loses shoppers to other centres and the new Tesco will keep them in the local area, benefitting local businesses. The store will create between 220 and 240 jobs; Tesco have experience of running regeneration partnerships for the long term unemployed.
In response to a question about Tesco’s attitude to the local community and in particular the loss of the library, gym and bowling alley, CA stated Tesco work with local communities and cited their involvement in the regeneration of Stirchley baths. 
CA explained that Tesco had not opposed the Lidl planning application because they don’t get involved in the business of other supermarkets; they had however opposed the Asda application because the proposed store was almost identical in size to their own. Tesco had informed the Planning Inspectorate that they would withdraw their application if Asda were given permission to build in Stirchley.       
The store will have permission for 24 hour opening; no decision has been made as to whether this will be used. There will be restrictions on deliveries. 
The meeting closed at 9 pm and PW thanked Mick Jones and Gary Cadge for their help. 
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th February, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 04, 2017, 10:36:11 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th February 2017, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   47: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Locke
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th January 2017 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Tesco: it was noted that there has been no further activity on the site
CT Furniture   
Marianne Delaney outlined the activities of CT Furniture and Community Transport: the organisation collects unwanted furniture for resale and hires minibuses to community groups, with or without a driver. Any furniture donations must meet current standards for fire safety; they are unable to collect any furniture that does not meet these. There are many opportunities for volunteering and training is available for drivers who do not hold the relevant licence; Marianne was unable to say whether there was an upper age limit for volunteer drivers. In response to a question, Marianne explained that the organisation funds itself through furniture sales and by running passenger service contracts.   
Planning update   
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on a number of outstanding planning applications.
Maj Raj, corner of Pershore and Twyning Rd: application for hot food takeaway; SC submitted an objection on behalf of the Forum
Unit 5 Avery Dell, Lifford Lane: application to create a training facility for a gymnastics club relocating from Birmingham University
Aldi/Magnet site: no further news. The Forum made a submission requesting a contribution towards community facilities; this is not required as the site already has retail use
Stirchley Library   
Theresa Summerfield and Sandra Cooper shared the fantastic news that the library service is to remain in place for at least the next 12 months, although with opening hours reduced from 25 to 21 hours per week. The campaign to keep the Library open is building momentum, and a meeting on Saturday 11th February was well-attended with Cllr Ian Ward taking part in the discussion. Volunteer support will be essential to the library’s future and a Friends group is planned which will work with BCC and library staff. Anyone interested in getting involved can join up through the Save Stirchley Library facebook page. The next meeting is on March 11th, 10.30 am in Stirchley Community Church, all are welcome. The group are also putting together a survey to gauge community interest in the library: potential for volunteering, sharing skills and suggestions for new uses and activities.
The library building needs a new boiler and work to the roof which would allow use of the two upstairs rooms. Cllr Ward confirmed that BCC were unable to fully fund these repairs; he will pass on details of the costs. BCC is currently tied into Acivico for any building works but this may be open to change. A local resident questioned the nature of the relationship between any Friends group and BCC and suggested the city council would struggle to obtain funding. Sgt Andy Holder suggested the library may be able to benefit from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Active Citizens Fund.
Lidl update   
Martin from PSL Bowling thanked the community for their support in opposing the application from Lidl. PSL are looking to secure a new site, but will also continue to fight the planning committee’s decision, which Martin felt was a U-turn on the outcome of the previous meeting. PSL were particularly frustrated with the lack of communication from BCC. Mick Jones thanked Kerry Leslie for organising the protest outside PSL/Fitness First and showed photos of the event taken by local resident Fiona Cullinan.
Andy Foster, former Labour councillor and member of the planning committee, offered his perspective on what had taken place. He expressed his horror at the actions of the committee, and suggested planning officers had manipulated members to get the decision they wanted. Planning officers had recommended approval, and were motivated by a belief that Lidl would overturn a negative outcome on appeal. Andy was particularly appalled by the attitude of the transportation team, which did not challenge the creation of a supermarket entrance so close to an already awkward junction.   
Andy contacted a retired planning officer who confirmed the decision of a planning committee can only be overturned through judicial review, which is extremely expensive. A more affordable alternative would be to send the planning department a letter of intent to go to judicial review as “a shot across the bows” which may have some effect on the application. A solicitor would be required to do this, and PSL suggested this was a cost they would be willing to bear. It was noted that intent to lodge a judicial review must be registered within 6 weeks of the decision (9th February 2017). The Environmental Law Group has been assisting local opposition and has offered the services of a junior barrister pro-bono. There was general support for issuing a letter of intent.
Lidl has agreed £50,000 of 106 monies and it was suggested these could go towards library repairs although SC suspected BCC would already have plans for these.           
Policing update   
New police sergeant Andy Holder introduced himself and congratulated the Forum on holding such a well turned out community meeting.
Although burglary has fallen there has been an increase in vehicle crime: Sgt Holder reminded residents to remove all valuables from cars and to check doors were locked manually. With spring coming he recommended fixing broken fence panels and planting along boundaries to protect against opportunistic burglary. Following reports of ASB by youths playing “knock door run” police will visit local schools. Sgt Holder advised against giving money to apparently homeless people as many were professional beggars; instead he recommended giving to food banks or other charities.
WMP have introduced a new two way communications system, West Midlands Now, which imparts information and enables users to report crime anonymously. PW noted a problem with the system: it is not possible to forward information without sharing personal email addresses. Sgt Holder acknowledged the issue and explained the system was still being developed following a soft launch. Sgt Holder confirmed crimes should be reported via 101, or 999 if the crime is in action or a person is at risk; he is aware of the issues with 101 but added 60 officers have been transferred to the West Midlands which should reduce crime and therefore pressure on the system. In response to a question about the recent spate of graffiti in the area, Sgt Holder explained WMP had to prioritise resources but would work to identify landowners to remove graffiti and with schools to reduce the incidence. He reminded residents that fear of crime was generally far worse than the actuality.           
AOB   
Forum funding: PW thanked local councillors for the Forum’s annual grant of £700
Stirchley Hour on twitter: this was a regular Wednesday night slot from 8 until 9 pm; it is hoped this can be relaunched as #StirchleyHour to eliminate the need for a host
River Rea route: following a successful funding application, Su Jones announced plans to work with the park ranger and Wildlife Trust to improve this open space. She also expressed her concern that with so many community groups in Stirchley, without better communication they may end up bidding against one other for grants. 
Christmas Lights funding: £73 has been raised so far; the target is £1000
Upcoming events
Litter pick: 19th February in Hazelwell Park
Half term holiday club: Stirchley Community Church
Stirchley History Group: 7th March in Stirchley Baths
Big Bake in aid of Christmas Shelter: 18th March in Stirchley Baths, 50p entry
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: Saturday September 2nd in Stirchley Park
Date of the next mesuggestedeting
Monday 13th March, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on March 30, 2017, 09:52:59 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th March 2017, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   63: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   06
Due to the large number of people wishing to attend, the meeting was moved into the main hall. Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th February 2017 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Stirchley Baths Memory Café    
Louise Deakin announced the launch of a monthly “memory café” in Stirchley Baths for people living with dementia, and their families or carers. Each month will have a different theme, and participants will explore the history of the Baths and reminisce, prompted by objects and craft activities. The sessions are free to attend and begin on April 24th with a “swimming” theme. The project will be funded through the Heritage Lottery grant for the first 5 sessions, after this the project will be reviewed and a decision made about its continuation. LD invited volunteers to take part; training in dementia awareness will be provided.
Cllr Locke expressed her support for the project.
Policing update   
Sgt Andy Holder reported an ongoing issue of ASB involving a group of teenagers; WMP will work with partner agencies to encourage more constructive activities.
Following 7 break-ins at the park keeper’s hut in Bournville Park, police have caught the group of youths that were using it for drugs. 
Vehicle crime continues to rise; theft of number plates is a particular problem. The mobile police station may be dispatched to distribute anti-theft screws and anti-burglary packs.
Police are often involved in locating missing people with dementia; Sgt Holder suggested PCSOs should attend the Memory Café and talk to families as people with dementia often return to a familiar place from their past. LD welcomed the proposal.
Travellers: BCC have served notice on the travellers on the Arvin Meritor site; a local resident reported ¾ have already left. Concerns were expressed that travellers will simply return to sites unless security is improved. Sgt Holder explained landowners are responsible for the security of their own sites; police will contact them when travellers move onto their land, but their presence is not a police matter. In response to a local resident’s question about criminal damage when accessing sites, Sgt Holder explained it was not practical to identify the culprit when a number of caravans were involved.
Graffiti: a local resident questioned progress on tackling the recent spate of graffiti: Sgt Holder responded that police must prioritise resources and currently the ASB involving teenagers is a high priority as one of them is reported to be carrying a knife. Police will however continue to work with schools to identify perpetrators. 
ASB: Sgt Holder recommended residents report ASB via 101 or the ASB hotline run by BCC; there may be no immediate response but all information is logged. More staff are being recruited to improve the 101 service. Cllr Sealey suggested people were failing to report crimes because of their frustration with delays; Sgt Holder accepted there was an issue but reiterated the need for all incidents to be logged for intelligence-led policing to be effective. Trail bikes were reported in the Newlands Rd area.    
Planning update   
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
Maj Raj: application for hot food takeaway has been refused again.
1397 Pershore Rd: application by a local resident to open a café in a retail unit with opening hours of 7.30 am to 5.00 pm, closed on Sundays. SC commented on the lack of information on the application and suggested it was an unfortunate choice of unit as it required a change of use from A1 to A3 which the Forum generally opposes. SC will carry out further research. Comments must be submitted by April 1st.   
Pcafé: an application has been submitted for a premises licence. SC noted the café is still operating on a temporary permission and will have to submit an application for change of use in due course.
In response to the suggestion there were too many shops offering the same service on the high street, SC explained BCC have no control over what type of shop opens up in a unit with permission for retail use.
Tesco site options   
Tesco’s withdrawal from Stirchley presents the local community with an opportunity to make representations to BCC with their ambitions for the site. Cllr Sealey is holding a public meeting on Monday 20th March, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church to discuss future options for the site with BCC Planning and Regeneration. It was reported that an offer of £50,000 to bring the site into community ownership had already been declined. Cllr Sealey suggested a single developer was most likely to acquire the site for a mixed use development.
SC advised some retail use would be required as the site is in the retail core. The floor was then opened up to suggestions from local residents:
?   A smaller retail complex with units such as Poundland and more car parking
?   Affordable housing; it was noted that additional homes would increase pressure on local services
?   A more aspirational retail offer such as Waitrose
?   A full community consultation was proposed which would address wider issues such as east west connections across the site and the creation of a new public space. The possibility of carrying out a “Planning for Real” exercise was discussed.
A lot of frustration and anger was expressed towards Tesco, with some residents suggesting they should be held to account for the mess that Stirchley has been left in: there was widespread support for improvements to the hoardings and site security to prevent further fly tipping. 
Several people wanted to see Hazelwell Road reopened, at least as a public footpath.
106 contributions: £170,000 remain to be spent on public realm improvements within sight of the Tesco site. A public meeting is being held on Tuesday 21st March at 7.15 pm in Stirchley United Working Men’s Club to discuss the setting up of a Stirchley Town Team which will oversee the spending of the 106 monies.     
Friends of Stirchley Library   
Theresa Summerfield explained this replaces the Save Stirchley Library campaign group and invited local residents to sign up: volunteers will be essential if the Library is to remain open beyond the next 12 months.
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Stirchley Baths café: a local resident noted the Forum is still awaiting a response from Jacqui Kennedy (BCC) about the tenure of Change Kitchen; this was raised in the June 2016 meeting.
Stirchley Baths book club: some disquiet was expressed at the opening of a book club in the Baths rather than the library; a Stirchley Baths volunteer suggested this was due to a lack of availability of a room in the Library or elsewhere in the local area on a Wednesday
Upcoming events
Big Bake: 18th March in Stirchley Baths, raising funds for the Christmas Shelter
Hazelwell Park: litter pick 19th March, meet at 10.00 am
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: Saturday September 2nd in Stirchley Park, £20 early bird offer for stalls booked before June 30th
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th April, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
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Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Kwacky on April 29, 2017, 08:11:11 PM

Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
Maj Raj: application for hot food takeaway has been refused again.


Strange how people are collecting food and they've got a driver with a uniform making deliveries if they're not doing takeaways
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on May 04, 2017, 07:10:29 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th April 2017, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   45: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   5   
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th March 2017 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Ten Acres nature reserve    
Su Jones (Stirchley Community Group) announced plans to improve the green corridor along the Rea between Cartland Rd and Dogpool Lane. Working with the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust there are plans to open up the banks by taking back the brambles, prune and pollard the fruit trees, replant with more appropriate plants such as alder and install new picnic benches. There is no Japanese knotweed on the site. Increasing use of the footpath to the west of the Rea would discourage fly tipping. Crime is generally not a problem, although there have been some rough sleepers near the bridge. Building work on the St Andrew’s site is currently deterring waterfowl. Mill races once ran across the site and desilting areas could create a landscape attractive to wetland birds. Rubbish blowing onto the site from the Bookers car park remains an issue: Bookers staff intermittently litter pick and mesh has now been installed along the boundary.  The site is prone to flooding which reduces options for improving the footpath as surface material will be washed away.
The group are holding a “Bio Blitz” on 26th April at 7 pm – volunteers are needed to litter pick and identify plants.  Park rangers will provide gloves and litter pickers.
Planning update   
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
1397 Pershore Rd: following discussion at last month’s meeting, the Forum has neither supported nor objected to the application, but has commented on the need to improve disabled access.
Vacant lot opposite Friends’ Meeting House: BCC have put the site up for sale at auction with a guide price of £30K. The site has no previous building history or planning permission and was once proposed as a community orchard.
Tesco site: no further developments with the sale of the land. Cllr Sealey has spoken to Tesco about reopening a pedestrian route across the site but was informed this was not possible due to the location of services. Tesco have undertaken to obtain quotes for reducing the spoil mounds in height. Contractors are being sent back to check on the work to remove knotweed. Cllr Sealey will forward any incidences of fly tipping to Tesco. There was some confusion about the status of Hazelwell Lane, as it was generally understood this is no longer a public highway but is still lit by BCC street lighting and motorists have reported being fined for parking on the double yellow lines. 
Lidl: SC explained the planning decision had been overturned because BCC had failed to consider their own policy relating to sports and recreation. The associated planning application to relocate the electricity substation remains on hold. SC confirmed Lidl could resubmit their application.
Aldi: no decision has been made yet. 
Listed buildings:  in response to the suggestion that the community should try to get more local buildings listed, SC suggested it was sometimes better to leave them overlooked, as she has experience of a proposal to list a building precipitating its hasty demolition. Registering locally significant buildings as an “asset of community value” was proposed; SC explained neighbourhood forums in Birmingham were not the correct legal entity to do this. SC added it was a convoluted process for which funding was no longer available. A meeting to explore options could be arranged if enough people were interested; SC also suggested an evaluation of local buildings might be useful.
Policing update   
Sgt Andy Holder updated the Forum on local policing issues.
101 system: improvements continue to be made, including the recruitment of additional staff. Sgt Holder also encouraged use of the police website for signposting, which includes BCC services.
Vehicle crime: Stirchley remains a hotspot and Sgt Holder reminded residents to remove valuables and manually check doors are locked.
Shoplifting: a prolific shoplifter who has targeted Farmfoods and the Coop has been arrested and referred to SOBER to address their substance abuse issues.   
ASB teen group: police are speaking to their parents and will make long term referrals to support agencies where appropriate.
Untaxed vehicle: a car parked on Mary Vale Road by Bournville Station has been seized.
Mobile police station: this will be out in the community providing crime prevention advice and measures such as shed alarms; more details on twitter. Sgt Holder responded positively to a request for the mobile station to visit elderly residents of care homes in Pit Leasow Close. 
Enterprise car hire: parking on the pavement continues to cause problems for pedestrians. Sgt Holder confirmed this was a police matter but explained it was low priority. Possible solutions were a joint visit with BCC, or ultimately bollards.
Brothels: police are aware of these and make regular visits.
Rush trampoline park: Sgt Holder explained Rush had bought the adjacent premises with a view to creating additional parking but this has been refused by BCC. It was suggested a future application might be more successful if accompanied by an undertaking to fund a new pedestrian crossing. Sgt Holder acknowledged Rush were working with police and taking measures to address the traffic problems, such as security staff at busy times.
Quad bikes: these are a continuous problem in the local area, but are not a recordable crime. 
Stirchley Park: following the theft of two trees and damage to the noticeboard, the Friends of Stirchley Park questioned whether this area was regularly patrolled by police. Sgt Holder confirmed it was, but explained there were now only 3 PCs and 3 PCSOs to cover the whole of Bournville ward.
Traffic: fortnightly speed checks will be introduced shortly; volunteers are required for a community speedwatch. Motorists continue to drive the wrong way up Hazelwell Street; Sgt Holder stated this was an issue for highways. The difficulty in reaching the community church was raised, as there are no pedestrian crossings on the gyratory.     
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Stirchley Big Bake: this event raised £1200 for the Christmas shelter
Upcoming events
Stirchley History Group: 13th April 6.30 pm in Stirchley Baths, topic is the Pershore Road
Mayoral Hustings: 25th April 7.30 pm in Kings Heath Baptist Church 
Stirchley Jigsaw Club: 27th April 10 am – 12 pm in Stirchley Library
Stirchley Community Market: 2nd May in Stirchley Baths
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th May, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on June 06, 2017, 09:24:11 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th May 2017, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   45: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   2    
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 10th April 2017 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising    
River Rea Bio Blitz: contrary to expectations this was in fact a session led by park ranger Alf Dimmock to identify species present along the Rea, and not a clean-up. A local resident suggested creating an orienteering course for use by local schools; this could be funded through the Local Innovation Fund.
Policing update   
Sgt Andy Holder updated the meeting on current policing issues.
Enterprise car hire: police have visited and will start issuing tickets if the situation doesn’t improve. Feedback suggested obstructive parking has in fact worsened. Bollards have been discussed but were rejected by BCC highways 3 years ago; funding is currently unavailable. A local resident reported using twitter to resolve an incident of inconsiderate parking elsewhere, and proposed using a similar strategy for the Enterprise site. 
Pit Leasow Close: in response to requests, PCSO Sal Stor has called in on local residents; a visit from the mobile police station is also planned. 
West Midlands Now: a new police communications initiative will be launched later this month.
Motorbike thefts: following a recent spate, owners were advised to immobilise bikes with chains.
Rush trampoline park: the access road is private land so police are unable to enforce the double red lines. Double red lines on Lifford Lane are enforced by BCC and not WM Police.
101 service: Sgt Holder confirmed 30 police officers have been recruited to the 101 service. In response to criticisms, he explained some were not fit to be deployed operationally and as police officers are unable to strike, unlike civilian support staff, their use increases service resilience. Cllr Locke raised the issue of pay differentials for staff performing the same roles.
999 should only be used if a life is at risk or a crime is in action.
Cotteridge Park: a group of youths responsible for starting fires have been identified and appropriate action taken; WM Police have requested regular patrols from WM Fire.
Travellers: on behalf of the residents of Hazelwell Estate, Forum committee member Dave Jee thanked police for their actions in moving on the travellers. Another resident suggested travellers should be bound by citywide rules limiting dog walkers to 4 dogs; Sgt Holder explained police had to prioritise which laws to enforce.   
Fitness First update   
Steve and Abi Rowland (general manager and personal trainer) updated the Forum on the situation with Fitness First. They thanked the local community for their support but announced the landlord had served notice and the gym would be closing on 31st May. Lidl are going ahead with their purchase of the site; the closure of the gym and bowling alley removes one obstacle to obtaining a new planning permission. Despite being one of their most profitable gyms, Fitness First has no plans to relocate locally. Steve and Abi are looking to open their own premises in the area; any suggestions for locations or funding opportunities would be welcomed. Steve and Abi were unaware as to how the gym equipment would be disposed of.
A local resident questioned whether a future 106 contribution from Lidl could be used to replace the facility; Forum planning officer Sandra Cooper explained local councillors make decisions about 106 spending but thought it was worth exploring. SC also suggested Lidl may offer a larger 106 contribution when reapplying or propose a non-standard store with a first floor gym. Local residents could continue to oppose Lidl by objecting to future planning applications. PW has invited the CEO of Lidl to a Forum meeting but is still awaiting a response.
Planning update   
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
Kwiksave: it was reported that this has now been sold by Tesco.
1397 Pershore Rd: planning permission has been granted for a café with opening hours of 7.30 am to 11.30 pm despite the application only requesting 5.30 pm. SC expressed her disappointment that any future business could operate within these hours without requiring a further application.
Vacant lot opposite Friends Meeting House: this has been sold at auction.
Tesco: Savills are marketing the site as 6 separate lots. One of these is the former reclamation yard which Stirchley Community Church has previously expressed an interest in buying.
1377 Pershore Rd:  this has permission for conversion to a dentists’ surgery but appears to be in the process of redevelopment as a restaurant. SC has tried to contact planning. Susan MacLean (Stirchley the Way Forward) has spoken with the new owner, Alicia’s Bakery, and they have stated all necessary permissions are in place. As the permission for a dentists’ surgery was never executed, the previous use of hot food takeaway remains valid. The owner is happy to talk to local residents.   
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Goodbyes: Lee Whitmore is leaving Stirchley Community Church to take on his own parish in Sheffield. PW thanked Lee for all his hard work and wished him well in his new venture.
Stirchley Library: there are no plans to close the library at the moment but volunteers will be a key part of any future plans. A Friends of Stirchley Library group is being set up, the next meeting will be in June: look on their Facebook page for more details.
Stirchley Jigsaw Club: Cllr Locke endorsed this new club which meets in Stirchley Library every Thursday from 10.00 am until 12.00 pm. 
Vegan Fair: a local resident commented it was good to see the Baths being used for such a popular event and asked whether more were planned. SC explained an external organisation had hired the whole building. Future events include knitting in July and a heritage open day in September.
27 bus: a Conservative newsletter mentioned a consultation on the rerouting of this service away from Bond St. Neither SC nor PW were aware of this; PW suggested inviting someone from National Express to a Forum meeting.
Bournville Lane: roadworks near the bridge continue to cause problems for motorists.   
Upcoming events
Stirchley History Group: 11th May, free meeting about Bournville Lane, Ivy Rd and Ivy House Farm
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 11th May 6.30 pm, Dame Elizabeth Hall 
Stirchley Fete: 27th May, 12 til 5.00 pm in Stirchley Baths. Family fun day with stalls, entertainment and an opening by Barbara Nice.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th June, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on July 04, 2017, 01:38:14 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 12th June 2017, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   30: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th May 2017 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising    
No. 27 bus route: Centro are planning a city-wide consultation and review of all National Express bus routes; details will be available on their website. No representative of National Express was available to attend the meeting. Cllr Huxtable noted that prior to the last consultation, the 27 bus ran 4 times an hour; following the review this was reduced to 3 buses an hour to increase punctuality. Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, encouraged residents to comment on the service; the Forum will pass on details of the consultation. 
Policing update   
PC Paul Rimell reported a large increase in vehicle crime, in particular thefts from vehicles and thefts of smaller motorbikes/scooters; owners were urged to immobilise bikes with chains.
Warrants have been executed for dangerous dogs and a cannabis factory in Selly Park.
The continuing high terror threat level means police resources are stretched. 
Neighbourhood Watch: anyone interested in becoming a Watch Co-ordinator should get in touch.
West Midlands Now: several residents have already signed up; PC Rimell encouraged more to do so.
Victoria Rd: PC Rimell was unaware of the incident that had required police cars, vans and a minibus to attend; he will feedback if appropriate.   
Mobile drug dealing: a local resident reported a black Mercedes and red Ford KA dealing drugs around Bournville Lane. PC Rimell requested the registration numbers to run checks; details will be passed on to police intelligence and a warrant issued if required. 
Abandoned vehicles: a number of residents from across Stirchley reported abandoned cars on their streets. PC Rimell explained that if taxed, no action can be taken; uninsured vehicles can be removed.
Fordhouse Lane crash: PC Rimell declined to comment on the culprits or ownership of the car. 
Roadside car maintenance: following reports of a temporary spray tent being erected over a camper van on Charlotte Rd, PC Rimell confirmed that unroadworthy vehicles should not be parked on the public highway.   
Planning update      
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
Fitness First: demolition is planned to start on June 26th. Permission is not required to demolish, but Lidl has submitted an application for Prior Approval which means residents can comment on the method of demolition and the restoration of the site afterwards. SC suggested raising the risks to local residents and waterways from contamination by harmful substances released during demolition; the existence of an asbestos survey was questioned. In addition to clearing and levelling the site, restoration of the site as parkland was proposed, as was artwork for the perimeter of the site, which may lay vacant for up to 12 months. Protection from fly tipping was also considered important. SC reminded the meeting that demolition does not guarantee approval for the Lidl store. Those opposing the supermarket could put pressure on Lidl to incorporate some leisure/sports uses into the development; evidence of the loss of leisure facilities from the local area would support this. Another resident suggested there was support for a second supermarket in Stirchley, and that many people would rather see a Lidl than another empty plot. SC countered that a balance needed to be found between a swift replacement and a more appropriate development incorporating leisure facilities. SC has expressed her frustration to the area planning officer that the Forum is not contacted as a consultee.
Aldi: no decision has been made. BCC is obliged to determine planning applications within 13 weeks; Lidl could refer it to the Planning Inspectorate. SC suggested the delay is due to BCC Planning working hard to ensure the right decision is made this time. PW has contacted the land agent who confirmed they are still very keen to develop the Magnet site. There was some confusion as Sue MacLean of Stirchley the Way Forward reported having spoken to the Magnet manager who stated they have no plans to relocate. Given the number of proposed developments along the high street under consideration, Cllr Huxtable has proposed a wider transport assessment to BCC Planning.
Kwiksave: no one was able to confirm whether the site has been sold; all 6 lots (including Kwiksave) are still being advertised online.
Arvin Meritor site: planning consultants Plan It are coming to the July Forum meeting to discuss the proposed residential development of the site. A site plan was displayed and it was noted that the development did not include a play area although this had been requested at the original consultation. It was also not possible to determine the river boundary treatment. SC reported that nearly all the affordable housing element had been lost. A further consultation event is being held tomorrow at the Cadbury Club from 3 – 7.30 pm; SC encouraged residents to attend.
Leahouse Rd/Pershore Rd: plans to convert the former Wolsey sausage factory into a nursery appear to have stalled. 
Limes Care Home, Cartland Rd: this has now closed; there is no indication of any future use.
St Andrews Healthcare: local residents raised concerns about plans to expand the facility; SC reported no new planning applications had been submitted. It was noted that St Andrews used to send a representative to Forum meetings.
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Late Summer Bash: the Forum are still looking for a children’s entertainer; the magician from the Stirchley fete was suggested. PW asked for volunteers to deliver leaflets. 
Bournville Lane low bridge signpost: this has been leaning over since October 2016 and is now surrounded by Amey barriers which cause an obstruction to pedestrians. A local resident questioned why this was taking so long to remove/repair. Cllr Huxtable explained that Amey have a duty to make safe signage but not to maintain signage put up outside their BCC contract; he will raise the issue with the relevant BCC department.     
Bournville Lane HMOs: the abundance of lettings signs continues to irritate local residents. Cllr Huxtable explained that as long as one room remained available in an HMO, a sign could stay up. 
Graffiti on Bournville Lane bridge: Network Rail will remove graffiti within 24 hrs if offensive; otherwise it is a low priority.
Upcoming events
Friends of Stirchley Library book sale: 17th June 10 am – 12 pm, Stirchley Library. All proceeds will go to Stirchley Library.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th July, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 06, 2017, 11:00:10 AM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th July 2017
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   33: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th June 2017 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising    
No. 27 bus route: PW read out a response to his enquiry. There are no plans to change the service and National Express requested users to report specific details of any late buses.
Bournville Lane: Cllr Huxtable reported the low bridge sign had been removed and the pavement made safe; the potholes will be assessed on the next routine safety inspection at the end of June.
Arvin Meritor Site    
John Williams (PlanIT) and Claire Garrett (Taylor Wimpey) presented the latest plans for the former Arvin Meritor site; these included indicative 3D images of various house types. CG reported the plans had been received positively at a consultation event on 13th June. A full planning application has been submitted to BCC. Revelan obtained outline permission in Nov 2016 which established the principle of developing up to 101 homes on the site. CG explained the current application focuses on the layout and appearance of the houses and the site landscaping. The site will provide: 12 no. 1-bed and 6 no. 2-bed flats in 2 no. 3 storey blocks overlooking the Rea; 26 no. 2-bed, 40 no. 3-bed and 11 no. 4-bed homes. Most houses will be 2 storeys; some of the 3-bed homes will be 2.5 storeys. The homes will be built with bricks and tiles that match the surroundings.
All carparking will be off street with 2 spaces per house and 1 per flat. The application includes 6 garages but BCC may turn these down. The road layout within the site has been designed to deter ASB, with a break to avoid the creation of a loop; a pedestrian link along the southern site boundary bridges this gap. There will be pedestrian access to the Pershore Rd via Mayfield Rd; this will also give emergency access. The transport proposal was approved in the previous outline application. 
The landscaping proposal includes a SUD system for surface water drainage with a pond to hold excess water. This lies in the strip of land adjacent to the Rea which will be planted as meadow with some trees. JW explained that previous problems with flooding would have been exacerbated by the large area of hardstanding; the SUD system will control the rate at which water enters the Rea.
A gap in the boundary fence will create an informal link with the Rea; the possibility of a connection to NCR5 is being explored. The orientation of the properties to the east of the site will ensure natural surveillance of this public outdoor space. Houses at the edge of the site will have no windows overlooking neighbouring properties. Planting along the western site boundary will obscure the rear of Pershore Rd shops. The development will generate a £582,000 Community Infrastructure Levy plus an additional new homes bonus payment.
JW and CG then opened the floor to questions. The development will take 2½ years to complete; Taylor Wimpey plan to start work at the end of 2017.  Any new street names would likely be decided by either BCC or the Post Office. Sandra Cooper offered the Stirchley History Group’s input; if this is not possible JW suggested they may be invited to assist in naming the apartment buildings.
Referencing the fire at Grenfell Tower a local resident sought assurances that the new homes would meet all current building regulations. JW explained none of the buildings had cladding and that the communal stairways in the apartment buildings were 60-minute fire rated while the apartments themselves were 30-minute fire rated. The apartment buildings have dry risers rather than sprinklers, in accordance with current regulations. Cllr Sealey suggested it might be better to fit sprinklers now rather than wait until regulations are changed.
In response to a request for local apprentices, JW stated Taylor Wimpey operates both an apprentice and graduate training scheme. Another resident was concerned about the access to the site from Fordhouse Lane and questioned whether this was to be improved. JW explained this was not possible as the entrance was beyond the site boundary, and shared with Lifford House. The existing gates to the site, which are locked at night, will be removed.
The large area of car parking raised some concerns with suggestions this may cause flooding: rainwater will be collected via storm water gulleys and fed into the SUD system. Residents will pay a service charge to a management company to maintain communal open spaces. The cycle route will not be affected.
It was confirmed that there would be no affordable, shared ownership, rented or social housing on the site; all the properties will be market sale. JW understood there would be a first-time buyers incentive. Several residents expressed their disappointment at the lack of affordable homes; Cllr Huxtable explained Revelan had demonstrated the costs associated with redeveloping the site precluded any social or affordable element. Cllr Sealey sought assurances that the development would go ahead; JW explained Taylor Wimpey were committed to building a certain number of homes in the region and that the Arvin Meritor site was accounted for in next year’s figures. CG confirmed Revelan still own the site and the sale to Taylor Wimpey is dependent on obtaining planning permission. Taylor Wimpey have no ambitions to develop the Tesco site.
There were concerns that the Mayfield Rd entrance will allow access by youths on motorbikes; SC advised consulting West Midlands Police. Cllr Sealey suggested a gate would be more effective than the proposed bollards. The larger roads will be adopted by BCC. Cllr Huxtable explained that adoption was dependent on roads meeting BCC standards and a 25-year maintenance payment. One resident commended the outlook onto the Rea but suggested Taylor Wimpey had missed an opportunity to create lower speed living streets. SC expressed her disappointment with the design, suggesting there was no detail on the houses relating them to Stirchley.
The development’s green credentials were challenged, in particular the absence of any energy generation on site. Taylor Wimpey address this through a fabric first approach but would install PV if a requirement of planning. BCC have not insisted on Lifetime Homes standards although most houses have a downstairs WC that could be converted into a wetroom and some joists are sized to take a hoist.
In response to concerns about construction noise, JW stated Taylor Wimpey would have to submit a construction method statement setting out working hours; there will also be vibration monitoring around the site. The height of the 2.5 storey houses was questioned by an Ivy Rd resident concerned about the impact on their property; JW suggested this would be a little taller than a 2-storey house.
Planning update      
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
Lidl: the application setting out the method of demolition has not been approved as Western Power were concerned about the impact on their substation. Lidl’s application to move the substation is not currently being pursued.   
333 Fordhouse Lane: application to build a 4-bed house on a vacant plot. SC raised concerns about parking and the potential for it to become a 6/7-bed HMO. Comments must be submitted by 10/08.   
56 Bournville Lane: application to create a 5-bed HMO. SC inclined to object on behalf of the Forum. PW suggested local residents should also submit an objection.
1260 Pershore Rd: Maj Raj have once again applied for a hot food takeaway.
1272 Pershore Rd: application to create 3 parking spaces to the rear. Concerned that the driveway access is very narrow with poor visibility. Would also obstruct disabled access opening onto alley.
1547 Pershore Rd: application to convert retail to hot food takeaway; previously granted in 2008.
1375/7 Pershore Rd: development of a BBQ area to the rear of a hot food takeaway; no application has been submitted though a local resident has reported it. SC raised the issue of permitted development which allows small businesses to operate for 2/3 years without planning permission.
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Late Summer Bash: PW asked for volunteers to deliver leaflets. 
Stirchley Baths: Big Stitch Project to recreate a mural from the Baths in tapestry. Free drop-in sessions with artist Tina Francis.
Cartland Rd: a resident reported overgrown trees reducing visibility on the junction with Pershore Rd. Cllr Huxtable suggested the trees were on land maintained by BCC Parks.
Camera on Pershore Rd: the short-lived presence of a CCTV type camera on a pole was questioned.
Stirchley Park: there was a report of littering by young people attending a National Citizens Service weekend at Stirchley Baths. On a more positive note Brian Sheridan, Chair of the Friends of Stirchley Park, reported the same group had joined in a community rounders match the day before and made it a great success.
BCC Early Years Health and Wellbeing Consultation: this includes a proposal to close the Reameadow Children’s Centre. 
Upcoming events
Stirchley History Group: 13th July, talk about the Moorpool Estate
Date of the next meeting
Monday 11th September, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Dave on September 07, 2017, 08:25:35 AM
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Lidl: the application setting out the method of demolition has not been approved as Western Power were concerned about the impact on their substation. Lidl’s application to move the substation is not currently being pursued. 
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Demolition of the building at the rear has begun.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on September 28, 2017, 02:02:11 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th September 2017
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   47: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 10th July 2017 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising    
No. 27 bus route: Cllr Huxtable has spoken with National Express West Midlands. They received 4.5K responses to the city-wide consultation, the majority of which concerned the no.27. Responses are now being processed but comments can still be made via the NXWM website; further localised consultation may take place. No changes will be made to the no.27 service before February 2018.
Bournville Lane: closed at the bridge for gas mains repairs.
Cartland Rd: the trees at the junction with Pershore Rd have been trimmed back.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash     
PW reported on a very successful event which was attended by 1250 people; the raffle raised £832. PW thanked West Midlands Audio Visual for providing DJ equipment at the last minute, the traders who donated prizes and all the volunteers who delivered leaflets and helped on the day. Photos of the event taken by local resident Phil Banting were shown.
Policing update      
PW thanked Sgt Andy Holder and the Bournville police team for attending the Bash.
Hazelwell  Estate: Sgt Holder updated residents on developments following the recent spate of overnight burglaries on the Hazelwell estate: 7 individuals are suspected and have been arrested for some burglaries. Mobile phones and forensics are being studied to provide further evidence. The neighbourhood team are working in the area at night to provide a visible deterrent. Sgt Holder reminded residents that prevention was key and recommended residents fit anti-snap locks. An individual has been delivering fliers advertising locksmith services but Sgt Holder suggested residents get quotes and employ an independent locksmith. Anti-snap locks cost £30-£70 and require a code to get a replacement. Car keys and valuable items should not be left on display in homes. 
Class A drugs dealing is also taking place on the estate: dealers are being actively targeted; registration numbers and photos are being taken and searches carried out to disrupt their activities. Sgt Holder reported the dealers do not live locally but are drawn to the area by the presence of hostels which provide ready customers. Police are working with managers of hostels and also local pubs, where they recommend the reduction of smooth surfaces from WCs and regular staff checks.
Residents of the Hazelwell Estate expressed their dissatisfaction with the response by WMP to the issues on the estate, which they say have been occurring for 2 years. Sgt Holder explained that WMP has seen a reduction in police numbers from 9000 to 6500, the same size as in 1974, and added 10% were employed in counter terrorism. As a result WMP are having to make difficult decisions about where to deploy resources. Sgt Holder explained he had to bid to operate night patrols on the estate. He encouraged residents to continue to report all crimes to police, as resources are allocated according to intelligence received. 999 should be used if a person thinks a crime is about to take place; such calls will always be taken seriously. Information about drugs dealing should be reported via 101 or Crimestoppers; phone calls to the latter will not appear on any phone bill. 
Residents continued to voice concerns about their safety, and suggested the perpetrators are becoming increasingly emboldened, breaking into properties while owners are in. Sgt Holder sought to reassure the Forum by stating crimes against residents are rare and therefore make headlines; the majority of burglars are only interested in property. 
Following a report of an extremely poor response from WMP, Sgt Holder advocated making a formal complaint to the Professional Standards Dept. 
Sgt Holder announced a recruitment drive for Special Constables: these are unpaid positions with full police powers. WMP are also looking at setting up Streetwatch groups. A local resident reported setting up a Neighbourhood Watch group on Newlands Rd which had improved communications with local police.
In response to a complaint about the slow response to a 101 call reporting a sexual assault, Sgt Holder apologised for the delay but explained the CPS required sufficient evidence to take a crime to court. Sgt Holder assured Cllr Sealey that 101 calls were forwarded to the 999 service if appropriate.
Travellers: Following recent problems BVT would like to have the same powers to evict travellers as BCC but this does require a police presence and resources are stretched.
Vehicle crime: Ford Fiestas currently account for 25% of thefts; Sgt Holder suggested owners enquire about a security upgrade.
Planning update      
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
Arvin Meritor: new plans were submitted on 06/09/17 with slight alterations to the parking, roads, bin stores, landscape and the addition of larger 3 bed houses (from 4 to 5 people).
333 Fordhouse Lane: permission was granted for a new house but with conditions including no automatic right to extend. A local resident was concerned that the house would overlook his home; SC explained one of the reserved matters was the boundary treatment so it would be worth getting in touch with the planning officer if they wished remaining trees/bushes to be kept.
1260 Pershore Rd: an application to run a takeaway was refused. It was noted that another local restaurant (formerly Yasser’s) has reopened as a takeaway, possibly without permission. 
1377 Pershore Rd: permission was granted but noise levels from plant and machinery will be restricted. As the proposal includes a BBQ area to the rear there were concerns that noise from customers was not included.           
1547 Pershore Rd: no decision has been made.
Lidl: although the demolition statement took on board all concerns raised by the Forum, Lidl did not get in touch as suggested by the planning committee. The electricity sub station will remain in place. SC confirmed the new building will not be raised on stilts.
Aldi: an amended retail statement has been submitted; if refused permission Aldi will operate out of the existing building. The Canal and River Trust have made comments on the potential effect of a new building on the canal banks.
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Hazelwell Lane: Jane Murray sought confirmation of the status of Hazelwell Lane and asked whether BCC was still maintaining the open section. Cllr Sealey stated Tesco did not want to reopen the whole road as the site was more desirable as it was. JM asked for a copy of the stopping up order; Cllr Huxtable will follow it up and suggested JM made a Freedom of Information request via the BCC website. JM was concerned about the lack of public consultation should a stopping up order have been granted. Su Jones (Stirchley Community Group) was also concerned about the lack of information and communication about local developments; Cllr Sealey agreed and said local councillors experience the same problems. 
Former reclamation yard: Paula Aubrey expressed her concerns that the land is becoming a dumping ground and the unkempt buddleia are obstructing the pavement. The metal fencing on the main Tesco site has also fallen down; Cllr Sealey will report to Savills.   
Hazelwell Fordrough: Dave Jee requested the tree at the turnaround be trimmed as it offered cover for criminal activities; Cllr Huxtable will report to BCC Parks.             
Upcoming events
Stirchley History Group: 14th September, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Baths
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th October, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Title: Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
Post by: Mick Jones on November 04, 2017, 01:01:55 PM
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the AGM held on 14th November 2016, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   57: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   8
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the previous AGM held on 9th November 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Presentation of Annual Report
Peter Walker presented the annual report outlining the activities of the Forum over the previous twelve months. The report was adopted by Su Jones. 
Presentation of Accounts
Paula Aubrey, Forum Treasurer, then presented the annual accounts; these were adopted by Judith Jones.
Planning Report
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, presented the planning report.
Election of the Committee
The Committee stood down and PCSO Richard Hayes chaired the election of the new Committee.  Peter Walker, Paula Aubrey, Sandra Cooper, Rowena Evans, Mick Jones, Margaret Walker, Ann Newbold, Dave Jee and Ron Coley were proposed by Peter Evans, seconded by Malcolm Bach and elected as committee members.
David Jamieson
David Jamieson (DJ) outlined his responsibilities and duties as the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. Since 2010 WMP has received 25% less funding and lost 2000 police officers. Over the same period the incidence of burglaries, car theft and muggings has decreased, whilst crimes requiring specialist skills, such as domestic violence and cyber-crimes, have increased. Counter terrorism is funded separately, and DJ reassured residents that armed officers in unmarked cars are on duty 24 hours a day in the city. The Ministry of Justice provides around £3,000,000 pa to fund victim support in the West Midlands: this is distributed through charitable groups. DJ emphasised the importance of communities working together with police to reduce crime.
In response to a question about delays with the 101 service, DJ explained police recruitment had been frozen due to further proposed budget cuts; this caused some 101 staff to leave the service fearing for the long term security of their jobs. DJ now receives a twice weekly report on both the 101 and 999 services; this shows improvement over the previous 5 weeks. New staff are now being recruited for the 101 service.
In anticipation of reduced budgets, PCSOs were issued with notices of redundancy; as the cuts were not implemented all PCSO jobs are safe and a further 150 are being recruited. 
DJ confirmed dog fouling and littering were not a police matter; fines are paid to the Ministry of Justice.
There are insufficient police to enforce the new 20mph zones; DJ announced the return of average speed checks in some areas and suggested chicanes, humps and build-outs should be used instead to encourage “self-enforcement”.
Travellers continue to be an issue in the area; police powers are extremely limited unless criminality can be proven. DJ is calling on MPs to introduce new powers following the worse year in living memory. Insufficient traveller sites exacerbate the problem, but this is the responsibility of local councils.
A local resident urged police to take a more progressive approach to travellers; DJ agreed that some local authorities were better in providing facilities that travellers pay for.
In response to a question about car tax on travellers’ vehicles, DJ explained that as transport minister between 2001 and 2005 he changed the law to allow police to seize vehicles without tax. WMP checked all vehicles recently camped on Selly Oak Rec and all were legal.
When questioned about his pre-election commitment to working with communities to help themselves, DJ outlined recent changes to neighbourhood policing:
•   police officers will soon be able to log crimes and access information online while out, increasing time spent on the streets
•   crimes can now be reported anonymously online, freeing up the 101 service
•   police officers are to start wearing body cameras: this will result in fewer complaints and increase guilty pleas, potentially saving up to 1 hour per shift.
Some residents were still concerned by the lack of a visible police presence locally; DJ explained resources needed to be deployed effectively and added WMP had been rated top for efficiency in England and Wales. One resident suggested that as Stirchley was an active community and good at self-policing, resources were being lost to other areas; they were also concerned that responders needed to be dispatched from central Birmingham. PCSO Hayes announced Bournville would be getting a dedicated team of PCSOs from 28th November and each member would have a mobile phone number.
A resident raised the recent spate of burglaries in Stirchley and requested police resources be targeted in the area; DJ proposed sending out texts/emails via the local community to increase vigilance. The resident explained the community already shared information on social media but would appreciate a police presence. DJ explained over half of burglaries are to fund a drug habit and that this underlying issue needed to be addressed.
In response to the suggestion that police were now dealing with mental health crises that should be the responsibility of the NHS, DJ explained a new system whereby a triage team including police, mental health nurse and ER nurse are dispatched.
DJ thanked local residents for doing such a great job. 
AOB
Tesco: PW reported Tesco would like to come to a meeting.
Lidl: SC explained that as the Fitness First/PSL Bowling is in Selly Oak the Forum cannot ask Bournville councillors to address the proposed redevelopment of the site.
Upcoming events
Craft Fair: 19th November, 1.00 – 4.00 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th December, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forum’s Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forum’s meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forum’s area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.