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Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« 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?
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #1 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

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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #3 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.




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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.
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« Reply #9 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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That is very nice notes of the the last meeting of yours.,I hope I can have a meeting like that.,



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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.
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