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Severn Trent personnel have arrived in Twyning Road again this morning. One of their vans is parked outside my house. Currently nothing happening though, they seem to be just having a chat.
Planning Applications / Re: 1403-1407 Pershore Road (corner Mary Vale Road)
« Last post by Katchooo on May 15, 2018, 05:19:00 PM »
42 flats??? Looks like at least two floors too many to be in keeping with the surrounding buildings. And hasn't the Uni built a load more student accommodation? Plus Selly Oak is over-run with student lets and the streets are always messy. AND no parking?

Just seems ridiculous on so many fronts.
Planning Applications / Re: 1403-1407 Pershore Road (corner Mary Vale Road)
« Last post by Kwacky on May 15, 2018, 11:21:09 AM »
Something needs to be done to that run down building but it needs to be in keeping with the area.  I share your concerns about the plans.  The flats sound like a fire trap.  The rooms look tiny.

I understand that developers want to make money but there has to be a balance between people and profit.
Planning Applications / 1403-1407 Pershore Road (corner Mary Vale Road)
« Last post by Mick Jones on May 15, 2018, 09:42:51 AM »
2018/00827/PA 1403-1407 Pershore Road (corner Mary Vale Road)

Demolition of 3 shops to be replaced with 1 retail unit and 42 'student studio flats' over 4 floors in total. No parking provided.
Local developer who seems to have owned site since at least 2008.

Initial comments – over intensive development not in compliance with BCC's current residential and commercial policies
Building higher than adjacent buildings which adversely affects the visual appearance of both frontages
Residential units are small with no disabled access or provision for older people.
There is only one set of stairs for potentially more than 42 residents which exits through a narrow passage onto Pershore Road – in other direction it exits into a small enclosed garden area

Four large refuse bins are to be stored within the building with access directly onto the pavement on Pershore Road
BCC asked for a Noise Assessment to be carried out which was caried out for 3 hours between 10am and 1pm on a Monday morning with a probe attached to a window on Pershore Road.

This concluded that upgraded double glazing would be required on all windows near Pershore Road with no vents fitted but extractor fans.
An opportunity could be taken to provide rear access/driveway off Maryvale Road to other properties thus giving a planning gain.
Layout of 'retail space' suggests restaurant use. (Windows, toilets, outside storage, etc)
There is no justification for the development given. Why was that size and design of retail unit chosen?
What is the evidence for a need for this type development in the immediate area?
Why studios rather than apartments with access for disabled or older people who are likely to welcome living near amenities
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum / Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Last post by Kwacky on May 14, 2018, 09:07:11 AM »
A lot of the pavement parking on the corner of Twyning Road and Pershore road is related to the barbers.  It's a very big issue on Friday afternoons/evenings and Saturdays.  Twyning Road has been blocked a couple of times by cars parked across the junction. 
Planning Applications / Re: 1381-1383 pershore rd to become wildcat bar
« Last post by Kwacky on May 14, 2018, 08:50:39 AM »
The WildcatTap has ben a welcome addition to Stirchley High Street and I'm pleased to hear its expanding.  The current premises is too small.

Raddog has hit the nail on the head.  This is the sort of thing we want on our High Street.

I've never heard of any trouble from the Wildcat and I've not seen people staggering out drunk or causing a nuisance.  It's a very friendly bar, where you end up speaking with local people who you otherwise may never meet. 

The British Oak isn't to everyone's taste.  I've found that it's slow to get served, expensive and the beer isn't great.

Liam is passionate about what he does, which means a good selection of well cared for and well priced beers.

The Wildcattap along with places like Alicas, Can Eat, Loaf and Artefact compliment each other.  The renovation of a premises which has been empty for years is precisely what our High Street needs.

Whilst I appreciate the comments made by David v Goliath, not everyone wants or needs the same things.  Although I have children, sometimes it is nice to go somewhere were there are no children.   

Planning Applications / Re: 1381-1383 pershore rd to become wildcat bar
« Last post by David vs Goliath on May 13, 2018, 07:05:08 AM »
Thank you Liam for your message

I appreciate you want to grow your business and move to a bigger venue.

 My concerns are the lack of parking which you can’t control
The increase number of drunks that unfortunately after a night do cause litter, damage and are a nuisance and menace.

The fact your open predominantly in the evening is a concern as a local I want more activity in the day time, Stirchley should be a place people want visit and meet up during the daytime.

To regenerate the region we need more buisness cafes, media spaces, antenatal workshops, health centres,vets,bike shop, post offices and facilities are things we would want. I’m all for the independent trader and it’s their dedication and enthusiasm that wins clients.

If you bar was open during the daytime then ticks some of boxes
But having just another drinking hole really isn’t something I support.

I live in the area do have a young family so I look at what’s importnat to us.
A place to eat, activities for the kids, and shops with facilities that we need.

Having things on your doorstep is what makes the micro-village thrive.
Planning Applications / Re: 1381-1383 pershore rd to become wildcat bar
« Last post by liam on May 11, 2018, 12:45:50 PM »
Hi David vs. Goliath

I'm the owner of the Wildcat. I aprpreciate that you have concerns, and just want to leave a quick message to say that if you want to go through them with me or find out a bit more information about what I've got planned then I'm happy to talk it through and hopefully put your mind to rest. Obviously the same goes for anybody else who is reading this! 

If you'd like to then probably the best way to get me initially is on, and if you'd rather speak over the phone or in person then we could arrange that via email.

Stirchley is my home as well - I certainly don't want to do anything to damage the area!
Planning Applications / Re: 1381-1383 pershore rd to become wildcat bar
« Last post by David vs Goliath on May 09, 2018, 05:25:07 PM »
Thank you for you comments raddog

I want more business that attract people to the high street not more takeaways and micro breweries

The cafes and working spaces are welcome
The bakery and its micro school are great as they attract people into the area during the day.

What use is another brewery when we a have fantastic pub across the road from the site for new wildcat bar.
The new pizza place is great and the two brother are friendly and it’s very welcoming for families

Another brewery isn’t something I want in the region and I’m entitled to my opinion so I will voice it with the council.

I appreciate a used shop is better then an vacant spot.
But if it brings more crime to the area with more drunks in the evening or fills the limited parking spaces up then I’m objecting unfortunately.
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum / Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Last post by Mick Jones on May 09, 2018, 10:53:01 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th April 2018,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:   41: 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 12th March 2018 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising    
Paper recycling: it was confirmed that cardboard neatly bundled and left out next to a recycling bin should be collected. Missed collections should be reported to BCC. 
Policing update      
PW welcomed Sgt Sam Bonehill to the Forum. Sgt Bonehill thanked PCSOs Paul Blackford and Jenene Tandy for attending last month’s meeting.
Vehicle crime: 4 people have been arrested over the recent spate of vehicle crime; 3 are on bail and 1 has been prisoned for 40 weeks.   
Partnership working: WMP are continuing to work with social services to address the issues faced by vulnerable children. 
ASB: WMP and BCC will conduct walk throughs of areas experiencing high levels of ASB. As the evenings grow lighter ASB becomes more of a problem.
Active Citizens’ Fund: 4 out of 5 schemes were approved in Bournville Ward. 
Drugs warrants: 1 cannabis factory was cleared this month, WMP are seeking warrants to deal with further suspect premises.
Bookers site: the rear part of the car park has been occupied by a group of travellers moved off Selly Park Rec; there have been no spikes in overnight crime. Local shops have been informed and the situation is being monitored.
Birmingham Mail website: a recent report suggested a spate of sex attacks in Selly Oak. Local residents were reassured that this was not the case, and were reminded that the perpetrator of last year’s attacks had received a 21 year sentence.
Traffic: funding is being sought for ANPR speed cameras. Resources permitting, WMP will attend reports of vehicles parked on pavements. The continued issue of Enterprise cars parking on the pavement was raised; WMP may explore an ASB prosecution. Local residents reported Enterprise parking a large number of sold cars on Ripple and Twyning Rds. 
School liaison: WMP continue to visit schools to address parking and educate students about knife crime.
Burglaries: local residents should phone 999 if they believe a crime is about to take place. All crimes should be reported directly to WMP.
Scrap dealers: a local resident reported unmarked vans looking for scrap metal in the Dell Rd area.
Gated alleys: a resident of Bond St reported the removal of a lock by the landlord of a house converted to an HMO to enable easier access for tenants to the rear of the property. This leaves other homes on the street vulnerable to burglary. It was explained the locks were installed by BCC but repairs are the responsibility of residents. WMP does have officers who work with HMO landlords. Cllr Huxtable continues to call for the article 4 direction limiting HMOs to be extended to Stirchley.
Planning update      
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
Three Horseshoes Public House: an application has been submitted for a 3 storey extension to the rear of the pub to create 36 hotel rooms. The absence of a lift in the proposed development was noted, together with the provision of disabled parking at the front of the property on land SC believes to be owned by BCC.  SC suggested this may be a positive development for Stirchley, but raised her concerns that should the hotel business fail, the building could become a large HMO. Members of the forum were generally supportive of the plans.
Gristhorpe Rd: a resident reported their frustration with the lack of support from BCC to tackle the problems of unregistered HMOs on the street. Following reports that a neighbouring landlord is intimidating the resident and defaming her to others, Sgt Bonehill undertook to investigate further, 
Stirchley Hustings: this will take place on Monday April 16th, 7pm until 9pm in Stirchley Community Church. All 5 candidates for the new single councillor Stirchley ward have been invited. Questions can be submitted by email, twitter or the website.
50 Windsor Rd: Cllr Huxtable has requested BCC Planning Enforcement check the extension has been built as per the approved plans.
Upcoming events
Big Bake: Stirchley Baths, 12.30 - 5pm on 14th April raising money for Birmingham Christmas Shelter.
Stirchley History Group: a talk about “Women in Policing”, Stirchley Baths, 7pm on 12th April.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th 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.
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