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General Discussion / Re: Twyning Road parking & vans
« Last post by Brain80 on Today at 09:32:48 AM »
This issue has been going on for years, seems to be when they have a change of manager I believe.

They can legally park anywhere Including a residential street as long as not restricted in anyway, eg double yellows or dropped kerb, but when they get enough of us complaining especially on Twitter/social media they have historically then stopped doing it for a while.

 So all I can advise is we all get on social media to flag the issue?

I live on Twyning Road and I have always said I’d be more than happy for is to join a permit scheme, but the forum said the council won’t allow it as it’s too costly to monitor/run? Annoys me as many parts of Edgbaston have the scheme in force and strict no parking even where there’s houses with drive ways.

Something will need to be done about the parking though at some stage surely ? Especially if we get to a point where there’s electric charging points on the road and we start to switch to electric vehicles - will be prett frustrating if cannot get to those charging points and even more annoying if they’re taken up by a car hire business , they surely should have their own! But I’m getting way ahead of myself here sorry? But still it’s something that we all need to think about!
General Discussion / Twyning Road parking & vans
« Last post by powell68 on July 18, 2018, 09:23:16 AM »
 There seems to have been lots of enterprise vans parked on Twyning road recently,  are they allowed to use the local area/ streets to park their vans?

Police Tasking Issues / Quad Bikes
« Last post by Kwacky on July 04, 2018, 02:01:20 PM »
Do we know if the police intend to do anything about the quad bikes taking over the Pershore Road every so often?  It seems to be an ongoing issue.  You can see the tyre marks round by Wards.

Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum / Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Last post by Mick Jones on June 27, 2018, 09:01:41 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th June 2018,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:   41: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee
Apologies:   Cllr Mary Locke + 1
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th May 2018 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising    
Firework shop and Party Shop: Cllr Locke has gone on a walkabout of the area with Doug Lee from BCC Regeneration to identify vacant units and discuss strategies for bringing them back into use. The owners of the Firework and Party shops have been asked to tidy up their properties.
The neighbour who raised this issue last month welcomed Cllr Locke’s intervention but questioned why BCC could not CPO the properties.     
Policing update      
PCSOs Paul Blackford and Jenene Tandy presented their report on recent activity. 
Speedwatch: checks have been carried out on Fordhouse Ln, Cartland Rd and Heath Rd; 2 motorists were given tickets. Residents can request speed checks in their area, but these are limited to roads wide enough to allow vehicles to be pulled over without obstructing traffic.
A resident noted the speed limit sign on Hazelwell Crescent next to Fordhouse Ln is not sufficiently visible due to its position by a hedge. PCSO Tandy explained this was an issue for BCC Highways; this will be fed back to Cllr Locke. 
The ANPR operation planned for June 21st has been postponed due to staff training.
School parking: WMP have been visiting local schools; during one patrol a parent was fined £200 and given 6 points for using a mobile phone while driving.
ASBO: a man who breached an ASB for harassing their neighbours is now in custody awaiting trial.   
Sexual offence: following an incident on the no. 47 bus a man has been arrested; WMP will be running a safer travel operation over the next few months.
Local burglaries: a man has been arrested in Kings Heath. Burglaries have returned to routine levels. The perpetrators responsible for the recent spate of burglaries in Stirchley are still on remand.   
Summer festivals: WMP will be attending both the Bournville Village Festival and Cocomad. 
Vehicle crime: Ford Fiesta and Focus models remain the target. WMP recommend using a steering lock and keeping keys in a Faraday bag in the house to prevent remote access. A local resident suggested a crisp packet performed equally well. In a recent theft on Woodlands Park Rd neighbours were threatened at 8.00 am by 2 white lads stealing a brand new £12,000 Fiesta.
Thefts of mopeds and motorbikes are also on the rise.   
Travellers: a camp has been set up on Billesley Common; WMP asked residents to report travellers attempting to move onto parks and other sites.
Stirchley Trading Estate: WMP visited the Howdens unit yesterday following reports of their alarm going off over the weekend; a further visit will be made as the alarm has continued to sound.
Dangerous cycling: WMP have to use their discretion when dealing with cyclists on pavements; the River Rea is a shared surface where cyclists should respect other users.
Muggings: although it was reported there have been no more along the River Rea corridor, there was a mugging in Selly Park recently. Bournville police were unaware as it was out of their area.     
New inspector: Noeleen Murrin has moved from Perry Barr to lead the team in Selly Oak. 
Stirchley Fruit and Nut Village
Felipe Molina and Rob Tilling presented their plans for a Heritage Lottery funded project to plant 6 sites in and around Stirchley as perennial food sources such as orchards, with a focus on local heritage species. The sites are: Stirchley Park, Hazelwell Park, Ten Acres, land off Fordhouse Ln alongside the River Rea, Umberslade Nursery and Pebble Mill Playing Fields. The project is funded for 2 years, although Rob and Felipe have already been working in the area, for example planting an edible hedge in Stirchley Park. 
Local people can get involved in a number of ways such as helping with planting or adopting and caring for a site. A public consultation is being held on Saturday June 16th from 1.00 to 5.00 pm in Pebble Mill Fields.
In response to concerns about children being encouraged to pick fruit in parks, Felipe explained they would start by planting common recognisable fruits and would avoid those which could be confused with poisonous varieties.
Planning update      
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on current planning issues.
51 Hazelwell St: one of the conditions of the approval was a noise survey; this usually results in a requirement for additional double glazing. 
1381-3 Pershore Rd/Wild Cat Tap: approval has been granted with conditions including CCTV, a noise survey and the first floor residence is only to be used by the business owner. Operating hours will be 12.00 to 11.00 pm with deliveries from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. No use can be made of the outside space until plans have been submitted for smoking shelters. The Forum are not consulted on any applications for alcohol or entertainment licences.
Demolition of Hunts Rd/Pershore Rd buildings by Seven Capital: BCC have requested an ecological mitigation plan and a demolition statement following concerns raised by the Forum.
1403-7 Pershore Rd: no decision has been made. SC submitted an extensive objection on behalf of the Forum, and suggested the potential for planning gain by creating a new access to the rear of adjacent properties. No information has been made available on the plans to demolish the existing buildings; some coloured glass panels had been offered to Stirchley History Group.
One resident suggested the planning permission notice had not been adequately displayed.
The Three Horseshoes: no decision has been made.
1216 Pershore Rd: no decision has been made.
Aldi: no further news.
Arvin Meritor site: a resident noted the large amount of dust being produced by the building works.
Hazelwell Estate potholes: a resident questioned when BCC would deal with the large number of potholes, including on the cycle path at the foot of the Fordrough; this will be fed back to Cllr Locke.
Hazelwell Park bund: residents of Ashbrook Rd reported having their back gardens flooded by water running down the bund during the recent torrential rainstorm. A meeting held in Selly Park South to discuss the floods was not advertised in Stirchley, so residents were unable to feedback on the impact of the bund.
Elsewhere in Stirchley water backing up through drains and sewers caused localised flooding; some residents cited poor maintenance of the River Rea’s banks and incoming gullies as the cause. SC suggested information should be collected about the number of properties affected. SC reported there was no river flooding of Fashoda and Cecil Rds, suggesting the new flood prevention scheme had worked in that area.
Upcoming events
Stirchley History Group: 14th June 7.00 pm in Stirchley Baths, a talk about WW1 Chuggers.
Ten Acres clear-up: 17th June 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Big Bug Hunt: 23rd June 10.30 am to 12.00 pm in Cannon Hill Park.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th 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.
Local Events / Acorns Children’s Hospice, open Garden, 1st July
« Last post by Mick Jones on June 25, 2018, 03:47:34 PM »
Charity Opens Doors to Hidden Gardens

A Birmingham children’s charity is inviting members of the public to explore its hidden garden sanctuary just moments away from the city centre.

Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak is holding an Open Garden afternoon on Sunday 1 July allowing visitors a chance to experience first-hand its extensive garden sanctuary.

Acorns Volunteers Manager and event organiser, Dee McCann, said: “Whether you are a keen gardener or just want to spend time in some peaceful, beautifully designed surroundings, this is the event for you. We have lots going on for the whole family - there will be ice cream, homemade cakes and a variety of different plants for sale,

“There will also be a chance to meet our team of volunteer gardeners who will be on hand to answer any horticultural questions you may have.”

First opened in 1988, Acorns in Birmingham, based on Oak Tree Lane in Selly Oak is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. The hospice provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and young people and support for their families.

Dee continued: “Therapeutically, the hospice gardens are a hugely important part of the care Acorns provides. They offer a quiet sanctuary and an opportunity for families to spend quality time together.

“The gardens include a large rear garden, an allotment, a memorial garden and a quiet garden using thoughtful planting schemes to create a sense of peace and tranquillity.”
It costs £10 million per year for Acorns to run its services and the charity relies heavily on the local community to fund the majority of its activities. All proceeds from the Open Garden afternoon will go towards the charity to help it continue its vital care.
The event will take place between 12.30pm and 4pm, costs £2 to enter and is free for children.
To find out more about Acorns, visit:
Planning Applications / Re: 1381-1383 pershore rd to become wildcat bar
« Last post by Chris on June 25, 2018, 09:44:55 AM »
Agreed   :)
Planning Applications / Re: 1381-1383 pershore rd to become wildcat bar
« Last post by powell68 on June 20, 2018, 10:46:52 AM »
We love the Wild Cat and think it is a valuable part of the community.

We are a young couple who moved to Stirchley and the Wild Cat, Loaf, CanEat , Alicia's and other independent businesses are one of the reasons we were attracted to the area.

More people moving here  and visiting Stirchley will mean an improved high street for all.

The Wild Cat is a very small specialised pub and not at all like the Oak or the three Horse shoes  ( which are responsible for most of the noise and trouble) 

We don't like the Oak or the Horse shoes and don't go in there. However we have often taken our parents to the Wild Cat for a quote pint  after a walk around the  park for example.

 There is plenty of space for the Wild Cat and many empty shops and spaces for other independents as well, which when they see the success of the Wild Cat and others for example will hopefully  encouraged them to see Stirchley as a viable place to set up their business as well.

Independents  will encourage more people  which means more possibility for more independent businesses of all kinds.
Planning Applications / Re: 1403-1407 Pershore Road (corner Mary Vale Road)
« Last post by Brain80 on June 07, 2018, 04:44:56 PM »
Objection submitted, feel like a broken record but Stirchley Pershore road and side street already suffer severe parking issuesas it is.

deadline is today for objections.
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum / Bournville Station Bridge Flooding
« Last post by macsco on June 06, 2018, 12:50:02 PM »
Under the bridge at Bournville Station was flooded (again) Sunday 27th in the big flood.
With a repeat promised for the Thursday 31st (but thankfully never arrived) I informed the Council 29th that the drain gulley's were blocked. Increasing the risk of flooding.
Here is an edited reply (but all the gist):

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of the blocked gullies under the railway bridge on Bournville Lane. We take all customer correspondence seriously, and use it to drive future service improvements.

Having reviewed the problem you reported, I have now created a works order ....... the cleansing is scheduled for completion within a maximum of 16 weeks.
(Reply 6th June).

Nice to know that the Council/Amey are on the case (not). 😒????
Local Events / Stirchley Late Summer Bash 2018
« Last post by breakaleg on June 04, 2018, 11:27:00 AM »
A date for your diary.

Saturday 1st September
Stirchley Park
Rear of co-op and FarmFoods
12 noon til 4pm
Dear all, once again Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum is organising this very popular event.
we have booked all the usual suspects for the Children to be entertained I.E Mini go karts, bouncy castle, childrens entertainer, mini cups and saucer ride, roundabout plus more.
we are still taking bookings for stalls at this popular event so get in touch now as space is limited.
we are also looking for prizes for the world famous (in Stirchley) raffle so if you would like to donate, please let me know.
we are also looking for volunteers to help on the day fetching carrying erecting gazebos and at the reverse at the end of the day, help is required delivering flyers in August around greater Stirchley.
Rowena has ordered the sunshine, just so we all know who to blame if it doesn't arrive.
Please let me know if you can help in any way.
Kind Regards
Peter Walker
P.S Don't forget all the rides are free for children and no entrance fee for anyone
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