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Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of Meeting, Monday 10th June 2019
Held in Stirchley Community Church

Paula Aubrey, Ann Newbold, Sandra Cooper, Peter Walker, Margaret Walker (Committee members) + 26 members of the public.
Rowena Evans, Mick Jones (Committee Members), West Midlands local Police team.

Minutes of Last Meeting: 
Were accepted as a true record.

Matters Arising:
i.   Burnt out cars mentioned in a previous meeting – not removed yet?
ii.   Repeated acute flooding under Bournville Lane Bridge following heavy rain, ongoing….
iii.   Damaged trees in Stirchley Park.
iv.   Ongoing Planning Issues – these were mentioned/discussed later in the meeting with new applications.

Police Update:
As local reps from WMP not able to attend our meeting this evening there were no specific updates [but they continue to frequently distribute updates via email to those who have signed up for them].

Planning Update: presented by SC.
i.   The day after our last meeting, SNF and residents had been informed that Article 4 planning controls (referred to by Mr Toon in his presentation at our last meeting) are to become city wide, currently this is in 6/52 consultation period, so it was requested that if anyone from Stirchley makes any comments, please would they inform PW.  Comments are to be made by 18/07/19.  Landlords will now be required to buy a licence for a proposed HMO.
ii.   Application re house on corner of Twyning Road/Ripple Rd  (to build extension and make into 11 rooms) has been refused, SC asked us to note reasons stated included “…adversely affect the area…” and “…unduly dominant…”, also that there had been no comments made by Environmental Agency or Transportation Dept.  The opinion was expressed that it is likely that the applicant will make a further but altered application regarding the same site.
iii.   Application re property near junction of Windsor Rd/Fordhouse Lane/ Pershore Road for increase to 7 rooms refused.  SC requested that if local residents notice a dormer window appearing in this property they should report it.
iv.   Current application for house in Bournville Lane to increase number of rooms to 7 – no decision yet.
v.   Seven Capital application – SC has put in comments on behalf of SNF; we have not heard anything further about this issue.
vi.   Three Horseshoes Pub – it is noted that demolition has begun in the area pertinent to this application.
vii.   Site at corner of Mary Vale and Pershore Roads – no further news, cellar remains exposed and contains a quantity of rain water.
viii.   New Application: 1377 Pershore Road (Alicia’s) – to use garden to seat max. 25 people & as occasional cooking area 12 md – 9.30 p.m.  Comments to be made by 04/07/19; this application would be of particular interest to residents of the east-side of Lea House Road where gardens back onto properties on Pershore Road.  Those present in this meeting were not against SC making relevant comments.
ix.   New Application (today): 1406-1408 Pershore Rd. (estate agent) – SC has not been able to study this application in detail yet but it was agreed that she could make fitting comments e.g. about car parking issues.

New Agenda Items:

Late Summer Bash:
      Events licence has now been granted to hold this annual event that is planned to take place on 31st August. Volunteers for delivering leaflets are needed before the event and then on the day to help erect and later set down gazebos.
      BCC now ask for Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) and Health & Safety reports from us.
      Charges for stalls are £20 for businesses but free for charities.
      Need prizes for Raffle (the total worth of prizes donated last year came to £2.500).

Updates from Councillor Mary Locke:
i.   ML wants Stirchley Ward to become a Pioneer one, she will make the application. This is a new scheme.
ii.   ML has accepted offer of a barrow and other equipment (from official source) to aid with litter picks.
iii.   The Ward now has (or will have soon) a graffiti cleaning kit.
iv.   In Sept ML is hoping to have a summit for local businesses.
v.   S106 monies from the Tesco planning application: £50.000 has already gone towards Stirchley Library needs. A proposal from STWF has gone in.  Meeting ongoing regarding the remainder funds.
vi.   The former Constituency Office on Pershore Road – no real news at the moment.
vii.   ‘High Street Funding’ – ML has made an ‘expression of interest’.
viii.   Next Ward Forum is to be held in Grace Church, Dell Road Cotteridge on 25/06/19

Any Other Business:
i.   CoCoMAD is to take place in Cotteridge Park on 06/07/19
ii.   Dads Lane Community Centre – next meeting to discuss future management of this local facility is planned for 7.30 p.m. on 12/06/19 at said venue.  The couple currently doing the job want to retire so a new team/committee is required to take over, but there has been long-term difficulty in finding willing folk.
iii.   SC mentioned that she is a volunteer at ‘The Birmingham Lock-Up’ which it is hoped will be the new venue for the police museum. The workers hope to gain funding from the national Lottery (Lotto)) so, if people have not visited this historical attraction yet, the project organisers would like to find out the reasons.
iv.   A member of the public with connection to the ‘Women Against State Pension Injustice’ organisation informed the meeting that women born between 06/03/1954 and 05/11/1954 are now eligible for a Concessionary /Women’s Bus and Metro Travel Pass valid from 02/07/2019.
v.   A member of the public made the comment that folk who live in an HMO need to be encouraged to join in the community and not ‘pushed out’ by their neighbours.
vi.   A representative from ‘Go Wild’ had available some leaflets advertising free Bushcraft sessions that take place every Tuesday 10 – 3.  For anyone wanting more information please call Alan on 07813 301 437.
vii.   AN mentioned that the former Powder Coatings site is being used and now being rented out to 2 organisations.
viii.   Untidy area/dumped waste on - or near to - Avery Dell industrial estate. ML to note and request removal of same, please.
Date of Next Meeting:
     Monday 8th July 2019, 7.30 p.m. at Stirchley Community Church. 
     Gary Haywood from South Birmingham Community Radio has been booked to make a presentation.
     As usual, the local Police and Councillor are invited to bring any relevant updates.

(Minutes for today’s meeting were recorded by PA in the absence of RE)