Stirchley Neighbourhood ForumPresent:
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th September 2008
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:.,
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 hrsPlanning 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.