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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2009, 08:37:33 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th June 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Hasan Wasir Anti-Graffiti Strategy Coordinator Environmental Crime Unit, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Tim Huxtable,  Karen Stevens WSO , PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA,  John Keegan St Andrews Health Care and 37 Forum members.

Apologies: David Reynolds, David Jee, Sandra Cooper, Councillor Bill Evans, Jean Glenn Selly Park South Forum, and Sgt  Isobel Knowles WMP.

Peter Walker took the Chair introduced the speaker and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 11th May 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record of the meeting.
A correction to the item regarding the “Garden Area” next to the Bournville station exit was requested as the school children will once again be working on it, but unfortunately this cannot take place until contaminants left by the building works on the bridge have been assessed and dealt with by the Parks Department.

Hasan Wasir Anti-graffiti Strategy Coordinator Environmental Crime Unit of Regulatory Services.
Hasan gave a short presentation regarding his role in the city, particularly with regard to the elimination of the scourge of graffiti. The city has adopted a fourfold strategy, 1. Removal, 2. Intelligence, 3. Prevention, 4. Enforcement and prosecution of offenders. He works closely with The Youth Offending Teams ( up to 17yrs) and the Probation Service (over 18yrs) to deal with offenders, in close liaison with West Midlands and British Transport Police.

As part of the educational strategy a DVD called “Tag Your Nicked” has been produced and is widely circulated within schools of all ages, schools are also being encouraged to replace tagged walls with artwork as it encourages a sense of community belonging. Anti-graffiti coatings are being applied at hotspots and defensive planting on walls will also take place, “legalised graffiti walls” do not appear to act as a deterrent as graffiti only appears to breed more graffiti , there is also some concern over the policy “that crime appears to be rewarded”. The only effective policy seems to be the repeated removal of the graffiti as it appears, so that once the artwork has been repeatedly removed the offenders lose interest.

Locally there are several hotspots and the Hit Squad based at the Constituency Office are frequently called out (report to Richard Green on 464 9072 or to Nathan Campbell Environmental Warden on 303 9764). The Cable boxes are being repainted and anti-graffiti coatings applied to them. Following a graffiti attack on the St Andrews Health Care site CCTV footage has been handed to the Police in an effort to track down and prosecute the offenders.
The question of where the spray paint is being supplied from (as it is illegal to supply it to under 18 year olds) was raised but the Police are of the opinion that a large percentage of the cans are stolen rather than bought.

Following this the Chairman thanked Hasan for his presentation and he then left the meeting.

Planning.
The only planning application received was for the derelict site adjacent to 28 Hazelwell Road for the erection of 6 x 3 bedded houses each with 2 parking spaces,  the meeting raised no objections to this proposed development.

Stirchley Fun day Saturday 16th May 2009.
The Fun day raised a total of £438.71 a very creditable effort considering the inclement weather, thanks are due to all the people  who contributed to the day, especially the staff from the Constituency Office. The photo competition was won by Marcia Greenwood and a prize of a £10.00 gift voucher has been awarded, photographs of the fun day have been placed on the forum's website.

Friends of Hazelwell Park. Councillor Nigel Dawkins gave a brief report on the activities  of the “Friends of Hazelwell Park”. It is hoped that bulbs and specimen trees can be planted further bins and more furniture provided in the park. The next meeting of the Friends will take place on Sunday 14th June commencing at 15.00 hrs venue will be Dads Lane Community Centre at the junction of Pineapple Road and Cartland Road.

Policing issues. The problem of excessive speed on Lifford Lane was raised and this will be passed to the Police Team responsible for this area. The next Police tasking meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th June at the Brandwood Centre on Brandwood Road commencing at 19.00 Hrs.

A.O.B.
Stirchley Flood Action Group Volunteer Wardens are still required locally and residents were urged to take part in this scheme, the next meeting of the group will be on Wednesday 17th June at the Constituency Office on Pershore Road ( Access via the Back Door on the School Play ground).

Benches on Cartland Road This has been reported to the Constituency Office and advice is being sought on the best course of action.

Bin by Bournville Station Entrance The missing bin at this location is due to be replaced.

Dogpool Lane Bridge Works These are scheduled to commence in January 2010 and last 20 weeks, traffic arrangements and bus route diversions are currently being discussed by the authorities and a mini bus to serve local residents is being considered.

Cold Calling A number of elderly residents have been visited by cold callers and residents were urged to be vigilant and report anyone offering to do unsolicited works.

Bulk Refuse Collection The next collection is due in early July watch local publicity for exact dates and locations.

Transport users Forum This will take place on Wednesday10th June at The Stirchley Community School commencing at 19.00 Hrs it is primarily to discuss the proposals for the the revamping of the South Birmingham Bus Network and lots of local interest will be discussed.
A related meeting regarding the reopening of Kings Heath Railway Station will take place on Thursday the 11th of June at Queensbridge School Kings Heath commencing at 19.00hrs.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 13th July 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs, please note the venue will be Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2009, 07:59:55 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th July 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Gary Peal  Head of Event  Procurement and Facilities, Councillor Tim Huxtable,   Sgt  Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA,  John Keegan St Andrews Health Care and 42 Forum members.

Apologies:  Sandra Cooper, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO ,Jean Glenn Selly Park South Forum, and Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA.

Peter Walker took the Chair introduced the speaker and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 8th June 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record of the meeting.

Birmingham IAAF Half Marathon Sunday 11th October 2009. - Gary Peal .

Gary Peal in his role of The Head of Event Procurement and Facilities gave a presentation regarding the Half marathon which will pass down the Pershore Road and Mary Vale Roads in Stirchley on Sunday the 11th October 2009, he began by giving a brief run down of the half marathon which took place in 2008 largely centered on the Walsall Road and Hagley Roads via the City Centre. There were 6,900 runners who took part ( 40 from the local Bournville Club) supported by an estimated 50,000 spectators lining the course round the city The fastest time recorded was 1hr 05 mins and 42secs by an elite male competitor, the slowest being 4 hrs 17 mins and 23 secs by a veteran lady runner. A Wheelchair race and a  Junior Marathon were featured as part of the event.

The Event on Sunday the 11th of October is being recognized by the IAAF as a World Half marathon and it is hoped to attract a international world class field of 200 competitors for the elite race accompanied by some 15,000 club and fun runners for the mass event, plus the wheelchair athletes and Juniors for their particular sections of the event

The Elite Race will commence at 9.00 am and the other sections around 10.00 am , the Route in Stirchley being down the Pershore Road and along Mary Vale Road passing into Bournville and returning to the city centre via Selly Park.

All cars must be removed from the route on Saturday evening and an exclusion zone will be created between 7.00 am and 3.00 pm on the day but it is hoped to have Stirchley's roads  reopened around 1.30 pm, all homes on the route will receive a number of letters from the City Council regarding the arrangements for alternative car parking and local routes which can be accessed, a system for residents passes was used in 2008 but was deemed unsuccessful as passes were being traded as people thought they would have free access on the day which was never the intended purpose of the permits.

The closing date for entries is 11th September 2009 and entry may be made or questions asked by calling 0844 888 3883 or on the internet at www.birminghamhalfmarathon.com. Volunteers for stewarding or manning of water stations and other facilities can apply at the same places.  Media coverage will be by the Birmingham Evening Mail and Heart FM radio, TV coverage by Sky Sports 1.

Following the presentation a question and answer session commenced with the following concerns raised by local residents.
A local resident who is competing in the event spoke and expressed the view that lots of local residents were much in favour of the event and the raising of the profile of the often overlooked parts of Birmingham, the forum supports this view and wishes all the local entrants success in their endeavors to raise money for various worthy causes.

Concerns were raised over the provision of the temporary car parks, both the location and security aspects would need to be looked at, indeed Sgt Knowles of WMP requested details of these as it may be necessary to increase the Police presence, there being more than one Police OCU  involved in these arrangements, there is also the problems of getting the competitors to the city centre ( Main car park at the NIA) and the large number of spectators around the course.  It is understood that local public transport on the 11, 27, 45, 47 and 69 bus routes will be severely disrupted on the day and the local rail service which does not commence until 9.45 ex Bournville station is not a viable alternative

Disabled persons may require special arrangements as having left the car at a remote location how will they return home and go back to retrieve their vehicle after the event. Meals on Wheels arrangements will have have to be addressed and also healthcare visitors requirements looked into.

A number of local Businesses Hospices and Healthcare sites have expressed their concerns as it appears that staff shift changes will take place after the race exclusion zone has been set up, there is also the needs of “On Call” Health care specialists who may need to get to Selly Oak The QE or  other hospitals in an emergency situation to be addressed.

Litter is thought to present a major problem both the water bottles discarded by the competitors in and around the water stations and also by the large number of spectators who may wish to partake of local fare which will be offered on the day, mechanical sweeping of the streets will take place before and after the event but it is not known how effective this will be !.

The meeting gave Gary a vote of thanks for his presentation.

A.O.B.
Planning Enforcement.
David Jee expressed his thanks to Councillor Huxtable and the city's staff for the prompt action taken over enforcement of planning regulations in Kennedy Grove.

Rea Valley Walkway Problems
The City's Tree Officer has made an assessment of the trees between Fordhouse Lane and Cartland Road and remedial work is to start shortly.  There is a pressing need for some form of segregation or “traffic calming” of the cyclists using the walkway as several residents report that it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident between a cyclist and a play area user / pedestrian at this location.

Play Equipment in Hazewell Park.
Following the Play equipment survey made of young people, as part of the Stirchley Fun Day, a budget of £44,000.00 has been allocated for this site.

Policing issues. Following a joint excersize by WMP, BTP, NXWM and The City Council an individual has been identified' arrested and charged with various graffiti related offences. The next Police tasking meeting will take place on Wednesday 29th July at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road. commencing at 7.00 pm.

Health Voice network.
The next meeting of the Health Voice Network takes place on Tuesday 21st July 6.30pm at Christ Church Pershore Road in Selly Park.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 10th August 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs, please note the venue will be Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2009, 07:09:38 PM »
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Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th September 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Morag Jackson Project Director and Fiona Alexandra Communications Director from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Ken Sill Parklands RA, Karen Stevens WSO, John Keegan St Andrews Health Care, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, John Clayton Selly Park South Forum and 35 Forum members.

Apologies:  Paula Aubrey, Sandra Cooper, Brenda Thomas, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed all to the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting dated 10th August 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record of the meeting.

The New Queen Elizabeth Hospital a Presentation by Morag Jackson Project Director.
Morag began her presentation by recalling her previous visit to the forum and gave a sort run down of her career. As an introduction for those members who were not present at the previous meeting she gave an analysis of the project being set up at the “New QE” site, which will replace the existing facilities at the QE and on the Selly Oak sites.

It will serve the whole of South Birmingham and will treat 525,000 patients per year, of which 65,500 will be Inpatients and some 81,750 Accident and Emergency admissions.  As well as serving the local population it will host the largest Renal Transplant Centre in Europe, have nationally recognised centres of excellence for Burns and Neuroscience and host the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine being responsible for the training of military personal and dealing with casualties from the various theatres of war.

The main drivers for the project were to improve patient care, especially in light of patient expectations, to improve efficiency, integrate all the staff onto one site and improve the training and education of the staff at all levels.
It will be the first hospital to be opened in Birmingham for 70 years, The Private Finance Initiative was signed in 2006 and is scheduled to open its doors on the 16th of June 2010 being fully operational by 6th October 2011 having cost some £545 Million to construct and equip, it will have 1213 patient beds, of which 100 will be in intensive care (being the largest ITU in Europe), 30 Operating Theatres will be provided and at least 50% of the bed spaces will be en suite the whole hospital site will occupy a ground area some 50% larger than the Bull Ring Centre.

The existing site at Selly Oak will be redeveloped as residential housing with monies raised being reinvested in medical and health care, it is hoped that some of the more historic buildings being retained and the existing QE site will become a Campus for Translational Research education and training with on site laboratories and medical and technological research facilities able to respond to technological and staffing needs.

Transport to the new site has been extensively researched and improved public transport network will be introduced in October 2009, Pedestrian and cycling access will be improved and staff will be encouraged not to drive where shift patterns and accessibility will allow, car parking will be chargeable but it is hoped to introduce some form of concessionary scheme for regular or long stay patients, traffic segregation will be important and flows to Inpatient Outpatient and  A&E will be separated where possible.

Photographs and Computer Generated Images of the buildings were shown, Staff and Patient inputs have been considered and all facilities will be DDA compliant, signage will be as plain and simple as possible given the needs of sight impaired patients.  It is hoped that the hospital will have world class facilities with 44% of bed spaces being in single rooms, patient feedback will be important and care groups and a community hub will be set up, staff training will be addressed and communication skills will be important.

The presentation concluded with a Computer Generated tour of the facilities charting the routes to be taken by In patients and Out Patients during their treatment at the hospital.

Following the presentation a Question and answer session began.

Green Credentials Have solar panels, recycling of water and similar items been considered?

Car Parking Charges Car Parking will be chargeable but it is hoped to establish a concessionary scheme for regular or long stay patients.

Patient Food concerns were expressed at the quality and range of food to be offered as it will be only available as reheated airline style catering, catering for Staff Out patients and visitors will be dealt with by a 300 seat cafeteria which will offer hot and cold meals appropriate to the time of day.

Feedback and Media Is somewhat sporadic at the moment, patient feedback will be important and care groups and a community hub will be set up.
Access to University Station Lighting and walk ways to the station will be improved and it is hoped that a dedicated link to the station will be set up by mid 2010. Golf buggies will be provided at the hospital main entrance for the less able to reach the appropriate clinic or service.

Military Patients and Personal The new hospital and RCDM will have its own dedicated ward but clinical care will take place in the best place for the patient, military staff will continue to be trained and serve the general public as per the existing arrangements on the Selly Oak site.

Security in Accident & Emergency Security at A&E will be enhanced with the provision of more safer and open areas security staff will also be on hand.

Staff Management Some aspects of the Hospitals PFI were questioned, cleaning staff will be under the direct control of the NHS management team and all Clinical decisions will be in the hands of the NHS medical specialists, maintenance of the building under the terms of the PFI will be monitored by the Hospitals Management Board.

Security of Patients Property The Policy is “leave valuable items at home” any items taken from patients will be placed in a locked safe at a central location within the hospital; this applies especially to A&E admissions.


The Chairman thanked Morag and Fiona for their presentation and the answers to the questions posed.


A.O.B.

Policing issues.

The next Police tasking meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th September at the Hazelwell Hub on Vicarage Road Kings Heath commencing at 7.00 pm.

The Forum's AGM will take place on Monday 12th October 2009 commencing at 19.30 hrs, the speaker will be Caroline Stewart (District Services Manager) and members of the Environmental Wardens Team, please note the venue will be Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street. Nominations are welcomed for residents who wish to join the Forum's Management Committee.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2009, 01:44:03 PM »
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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting which took place on Monday 12th October 2009

Present:
Officers and Committee of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, Councillor Tim Huxtable,  Councillor Bill Evans, Karen Stevens WSO, Sergeant Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor from WM Police, Caroline Stewart District Services Manager for Environmental wardens , Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, Tony Fox Canon Hill RA, plus 52 members of the public.

Apologies: Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Alex Keen, Anne Keen, John Clayton, John Williams and Jean Glenn all of Selly Park Forum, Gary Cadge, Ken Sill Parklands RA and Bill Bird.

Minutes of the Previous AGM 2008: The minutes of the previous meeting (2008) 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.

3.   Planning:  The Forum’s policy of monitoring planning applications was reiterated with applications being supported or objected to as appropriate, the negative effective of non-enforcement of refused planning applications was also noted

4.   Treasures Report: A financial summary was presented to the meeting this was agreed and adopted (proposed by Peter Walker and seconded by George Weil), the statement has been audited. Following successful grant applications to the Grass Roots Fund and others the forum has purchased IT equipment and published a newsletter whilst still maintaining a healthy bank balance. Following the successful Stirchley Fun day a separate fund has been set up to administer the monies raised at this event.

5.   Election of Management Committee for 2009 / 2010: Thirteen persons were nominated and they were elected unopposed (Proposed by Sgt Knowles and Seconded by Councillor Tim Huxtable). They are as follows; Brenda Thomas, Sandra Cooper, Colin Simpkins, Paula Aubrey, Anne Newbold, Bill Bird, Margaret Walker, Peter Walker, David Gee, Robert Thornton, David Jones, Judith Jones and Mick Jones. A meeting will be held and the Officers appointed prior to 9th November 2009 meeting.

6.   Any Other Business / Items from the Floor:

a.   The next Police Tasking Meeting will be held on Wednesday 28th October at the Scout HQ on Colmore Road Kings Heath Commencng at 19.00 hrs.

b.   The Friends of Canon Hill Park will be holding bulb planting days on November the 15th and 16th.

c.   Revised South Birmingham Bus Network, this comes into force on Sunday the 25th of October making major changes to some of the local bus routes, residents were urged to attend the local exhibitions of the changes these being held in Cotteridge, Northfield and Kings Heath a summary leaflet of the changes and timetables of the revised services were available for residents to take away.

d.   The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 9th November 2009 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.

Following the formal business of the meeting a presentation was given by Caroline Stewart (District Services Manager for Environmental Wardens).  The presentation outlined responsibilities of the Environmental Wardens and their work with other agencies such as West Midlands Police, Environmental Health and various Community Groups in their dual role of enforcement and education of the public. The Wardens have a specific educational role working with schools and other community groups on such projects as community environmental projects and litter picking to improve the local area, promote good citizenship and “make a difference”.

There are a total of 41 Environmental Wardens across the city and Selly Oak Constituency has 5 Warden based at the Constituency Office on the Pershore Road contact details and phone numbers were available to the meeting. The principal roles are Liaison with traders over Trade Waste and associated licensing issues, Bag Advancement of domestic waste, Fly Posting, Fly Tipping and Referrals for clearance of waste land, Rodent problems, Pigeon feeding, Dog Waste, Litter and Graffiti.

A PowerPoint presentation was then made detailing the roles including the duty of care and enforcement powers under the various sections of the Environmental Protection Act

This was very informative and prompted a lively response from the membership and a number of issues were raised;

Enforcement Wardens have powers of enforcement but to avoid problems they usually operate with the Police when carrying out such duties. Time scales may be up to 6 months before an offender can be brought before the courts.

Problems with Green Waste When green waste is collected some is lost when the bags are emptied into the collection vehicles and stored used bags are being lost as the vehicle progresses on its route.

Rubbish in wrong bags There appears to be a problem with domestic waste being placed in green bags not being collected with the net result that it remains on the street until it becomes a problem it is sometimes dealt with by residents or the local beat sweeper rebagging it.

Policy on Plastic Waste boxes Nets have been trialled in some parts of the city to prevent loose paper being lost from the boxes but are not regarded as successful, there is also the problem of the nets being discarded or lost when the waste is collected.

Visibility of the Wardens They are perceived as not standing out from the crowd but new Red and Grey uniforms boldly marked “Environmental Warden” are in the course of issue and should help to raise the public profile.

Several of the problems listed will have to be passed to the Fleet and Waste Management Section and a response will be forwarded to the forum in due course.

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 the speakers and guests was proposed by the chairman who thanked everyone for their attendance - there being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.

The next Forum meeting will be held on Monday 9th November 2009 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs. The topic being the closure of Dog Pool Lane Bridge, representatives from the City Engineers Dept and National Express West Midlands have been invited to attend.




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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2009, 09:00:50 PM »
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Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 9th November 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Kamyar Tavassoli and P.T.Ho City Engineers (Bridge Section), Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Sgt Isobel Knowles and PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, John Keegan St Andrews Health Care, John Clayton Selly Park South Forum and 34 Forum members.

Apologies:  Bill Ralph NXWM Yardley Wood, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed our guests and everyone to the meeting.

The minutes of the meeting dated 10th August 2009 were circulated as part of the Forum’s AGM on 12th October and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

Dogpool Lane Bridge Works.
Our two guest speakers Kamyar Tavassoli and P.T .Ho of the City Engineers (Bridge Section introduced themselves and gave a run down of the project to replace the bridge across the River Rea on Dogpool Lane.
The design remit for the bridge is to increase its capacity from the current 7.5 Tonne capacity to 18 tonnes to enable the passage of large HGV’s, as part of the redesign the two pillars in the river bed will be removed and hopefully this will increase the water flow and impede the build up of debris at this point. The project is scheduled to take 9 months including all the auxiliary work of diverting utilities and erecting a temporary footbridge, and should cost around £2.2 million to implement.
As a result of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) agreement that has been signed with Amey the start date has been set back to July 2010 and hopefully the lighter nights and better weather should expedite the works.  During the bridge works the buses on route 76 will be diverted via Warwards Lane, Cartland Road and Pineapple Road to regain normal line of route at Avenue Road, enhancements will take place at the Warwards Lane / Pershore Road / Cartland Road junctions and temporary traffic lights will be installed at the Pineapple Road / Dads Lane junction to assist the passage of the buses.  Diagrams of the bridge design and a street plan detailing the bus diversions were available to members of the public.
Following the presentation a Question and answer session began.

Funding under the PFI. There are some questions as to whether the funding for this work has been written into the PFI agreement signed with Amey and this is believed to be still subject to governmental sanction and legal discussion.

Design of the arch It appears that the arch of the new bridge appears to be lower than the existing bridge, this was agreed by the engineers but they stated that the new arch would have a greater cross sectional area than the existing.

Preservation of the existing bridge parapets, Is it possible to retain or preserve the parapets, the design engineer had looked at keeping them but they could not be worked into to the design as they did not meet modern standards, but they will be kept to see if they could be incorporated into another local project.

Temporary road arrangements Residents of Ashbrook Road asked if any consideration had been given to making Ashbrook Road and some other roads one way during the course of the works, it was agreed to forward this suggestion to the Highways section.

Problems on the temporary Footbridge Residents fore saw a conflict between pedestrians and cyclists (as part of the River Rea Path NCW5) it was agreed to erect “Cyclists Dismount” signs at the approaches to the temporary footbridge.

Toucan Crossing A desirable feature as part of the bridge works would be the installation of a toucan crossing where the Cycle way crosses Dogpool Lane, this request will be forwarded to the Highways Section.

Anti Graffiti Coatings As the parapets of the bridge are “Slab” sided have arrangements been made for the brick claddings to be coated with anti graffiti materials? it was stated that this was the case..

The Chairman thanked Kamyar Tavassoli and P.T .Ho for their presentation and the answers to the questions posed.

Friends of Hazelwell Park
John Price (Chair of the Friends group since April 2009) stated that the aim of the group is to enhance the quality of the park for all its users, he gave a resume of the groups past and future activities,  A Bulb Planting Day will be held on Saturday 14th November with some 10,000 bulbs available, the Play area enhancements will take place shortly as funding has been approved, trees are to be planted, do residents have any preferences as to type, fruit trees have been suggested, a request was also made for plants and shrubs which are surplus to home requirements, these could be used to enhance the park, litter picks will also take place in April and September of 2010.  Suggestions have been made that it may be possible to involve the Police “Community Payback” scheme to aid with park enhancements.

The River Rea Ranger will hold a Wildlife Walk in May 2010.
A request has been made for a direction sign from the Pershore Road as Hazelwell Park is accessed from this direction as is the car parking next to the park on Ripple Road and Hunts Road

Policing issues.
The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th November at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street Stirchley commencing at 7.00 pm.

The Next PCSO’s Surgery will take place on Thursday 12th November at the Stirchley Community Church from 11.00 to 13.00 hrs.

Following a number of thefts of vehicle number plates the Police in conjunction with Halfords will be fitting “Tamper Proof Screws” to number plates this service (free to motorists) will be available at Halfords premises in Selly Oak , The Maypole and Shirley on 28th and 29th of November from 11.00 hrs.

Costcutters on the Pershore Road has submitted an application for a licence to sell alcohol 24 Hrs a day/ 7 days a week, any objections to this application must be made to the Licensing Section before 17th November 2009.

Planning.
A planning application has been submitted for 1505 Pershore Road to convert existing offices into a 24hr Taxi Office, though they state that no parking is required on site past observation of similar premises suggests that this will not be the case and the forum will raise an objection to this application on this premise.

The Coop ( Helical Retail) has submitted a Revised Planning application for the “Old BT site” on Hunts Road and this application is believed to include a restaurant, Tesco ha s already made a reapplication on the same site, both being for outline planning permission.

A.O.B.
1)   Residents of the Bond Street area will be holding a Litter Pick on 21st November from 11.00 to 15.00 hrs.

2)   Stirchley Community School will be holding its Open Day on Wednesday 25th November from 15.30 to 20.00.

3)   The Stirchley Christmas lights will be switched on Friday 4th December at 17.00 hrs outside the School.

4)   The barriers on the bend by the Fordhouse Lane / Pineapple Road road junction need to be extended and the road surface treated with an anti skid coating.

5)   Matt Powell has been appointed (from 9th November 2009) as Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Bourneville he will be based at the Selly Oak Constituency Office on Pershore Road, we look forward to meeting him at a forum meeting in the near future.

6)   The Next meeting of The Health Voices Network will take place at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road Kings Heath on Tuesday 17th November commencing at 18.00 hrs.

The Forum now has its own contact number for texts or messages this being 07514 814559.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 14th December 2009 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs, this will be a more informal meeting and seasonal fare will be on offer.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2010, 12:28:13 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th December 2009

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park and 31 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Bill Evans, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, David Jee, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

The minutes of the meeting dated 9th November 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.
The following amendments were agreed;
1.Stirchley Christmas lights will be switched on on FRIDAY 4th December..
2. Matt Powell has been appointed as Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Cotteridge.

Matters arising from the minutes.
Costcutters on the Pershore Road has been successful in its application for a licence to sell alcohol 24 Hrs a day however a number of conditions have been made, these are as follows;
•   West Midlands Police will have a veto over the sale of alcohol between 01.00 and 06.00 hrs, subject to 7 days notice to the retailers.
•   At least 2 members of staff will have to be on duty when alcohol is on sale, plus a SAI accredited security officer must be present between 22.00 and 04.00 on Friday and Saturday.
•   The premises shall have locked doors and controlled entry will employed between 22.00 and 04.00 daily, staff should also monitor the street and discourage people from loitering near the shop entrance.
•   CCTV must be used and the recorded images kept for a minimum of 28 days.  The challenge 25 scheme will apply to purchases of alcohol.
•   All alcohol must be on open display and must be easily viewed or seen by the CCTV system. No deliveries can be made between 22.00 and 06.00 daily.

Policing issues.
Pelican Crossing outside The Horseshoes PH problems have been reported with motorists not stopping at the Pelican Crossing when on red.
Graffiti on the wall outside the Selco premises Graffiti has been scrawled at this location.

Sgt Knowles reported that Operation Retailer 2 would provide additional Police patrols on the shopping areas of the Pershore Road, commencing on the 12th of December.

Operation Paragon will see the reorganisation of West Midlands Police boundaries to be coterminous with constituency boundaries with operational command being based at Bournville Lane Police Station, this is due to happen in April 2010 and at this moment the exact details of Stirchley's policing have not been decided an update will be given when details are known.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th January 2010 at the Brandwood Centre Kings Heath  commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
Taxi Office at 1505 Pershore Road no decision has been made for this application.

A planning application has been submitted for a unit at the Avery Dell Trading Estate (Accessed from Lifford Lane) to convert an industrial unit into a centre for the manufacture, repair and racing of Go Karts. Objections have been raised on the basis of the loss of an industrial unit to a leisure use and Councillor Dawkins supports this view, the developer states that they have carried out a noise survey at the site, but residents of York Close and Clonmel Road were not aware of this and were never consulted by the developer or its agents in view of the stated opening hours until 23.00 daily this would have been desirable !! , there is also the problem of access to and from Lifford Lane to be considered plus on site parking for up to 30 vehicles. A petition against this application has been given to Councillor Huxtable and the meeting took a unanimous vote to object to this planning application

Section 106 Grants Bewdley Road Booker Site. It is proposed that some of this money be used to develop a nature habitat adjacent to the River Rea in view of the Environmental Agency’s plans for this area as part of the River Rea remodelling this will have to be borne in mind.





A.O.B.
Residents of Ashbrook Road are concerned that the access path is very badly potholed with vehicles having to drive on the grass to avoid the worst potholes, repairs are urgently required, Councillor Huxtable agreed to investigate the ownership of this path and then ascertain what repairs could be carried out.

The Next meeting of The Transport Users Forum will take place at the Stirchley Community School Pershore Road on Tuesday 19th January 20010 commencing at 18.00 hrs.

The Next meeting of The Health Voices Network will take place at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road Kings Heath on Tuesday 19th January 20010 commencing at 18.00 hrs.

A review of the Forum’s activities during 2009 was read out and agreed as creditable, as part of this review the Forum would like to extend its thanks to the regular attendees at the meeting, particularly Karen Stevens Ward Support Officer, Councillors Timothy Huxtable and Nigel Dawkins , Sgt Isobel Knowles and PCSO Salma Stor of West Midlands Police, thank you, may we wish you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year

The Forum now has its own contact number for texts or messages this being 07514 814559.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 11th January 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs, our guest will be Matt Powell the Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Cotteridge.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs, residents were encouraged to partake of seasonal fare after the meeting.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2010, 12:29:32 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 11th January 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Matt Powell the Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Cotteridge, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park and 29 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, Bill Bird, David Jee, David Jones, George Weil and Sandra Cooper.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked everyone for their attendance in view of the inclement weather.

The minutes of the meeting dated 12th December 2009 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.
Planning application for a Go Kart Centre on the Avery Dell Trading Estate.  The petition raised by local residents against this application has been submitted to the Planning Committee by Councillor Huxtable.

Presentation by Matthew Powell – Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, Selly Oak and Cotteridge.

Matthew commenced his presentation by giving a brief run down of his career in Retail Management and Local Government Management within Cornwall and the Bristol Areas.  The Role of the Town Centre Manager is to represent the Local Business community, drive forward various initiatives and act as a champion for the area. The post has been funded from the Working Neighbourhood Fund for a period of 18 months and is designed to target the local area rather than the city centre.  Local Priorities will be established, to improve the retail environment and support local businesses, particular issues in Stirchley being;
Empty retail units, lack of local investment, the on going “store wars” regarding the old BT site on Hunts Road.
Marketing advice can be given and it may be advantageous if some units were to have a change of use as this might bring some units back into use, Council grants might be available to assist this.
The plan so far is to meet the local traders to establish a form of “local traders association” to enable targets to be set and put an infrastructure in place for the future and enable a long term view to be taken.

Following the presentation various points were raised:
A strategy for disused / vacant sites needs to be established unfortunately this can be very complicated to establish exactly who owns what and as a result it cannot be viewed as a short term objective, confidence and capacity need to be established to work towards improvements for the area.

Stirchley Improvements dating back to the 1970’s in the not to distant past there was a long term strategy to redevelop parts of the main Pershore Road, it is understood that these projects were replaced by the New Unitary Plan in 2001.

To Let Boards A plan exists to remove as many of these as possible to give the Pershore Road a better look to potential traders or residents.

Enforcement and Establishment of Liability The question was raised as to what the position was on uncollected or uncollectible business rates on vacant properties, who is the enforcement body for this? An opinion was offered that as this revenue goes directly to central government that there was a reluctance by the city (acting as the collector) to follow this up.

Parking Issues on Pershore Road There is an urgent need to review the local parking provisions and off road facilities, possibly using some of the void sites for parking, Councillor Huxtable stated that the local Traffic Regulation Orders may need to be looked at.
Following the debate the Chairman proffered a vote of thanks to Matthew Powell for his presentation.

Policing issues.
PCSO Stor reported that Operation Retailer 2 was deemed a success by WMP and a low level of crime occurred locally in the run up to Christmas.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th January 2010 at the Brandwood Centre Kings Heath commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
Erection of 1 Dwelling House at the rear of 3/11 Ivy Road no objection to this application was raised by the meeting as it would bring a derelict site back into use.



A.O.B.
A resident of Clonmel Road, Mr Mike Hill, voiced concerns over the boiler vent pipe which has recently installed by the Dental Laboratory, the fumes from this pipe going across the footpath regardless of any apparent health or welfare concerns for local residents, and questioned whether the legal guidelines are being
Followed."It is understood the Environmental Warden has inspected the installation and he does not consider the gases as noxious or unhealthy! There appears to be a potential for a nuisance complaint and this may require the installation of a flue diverter. In view of the concerns raised the Environmental Warden and the Town Centre Manager will be asked to visit the site and discuss the concerns with the relevant parties involved.

Mr Hill also showed a short video of the disputed vent and passed a written statement to the Forum’s Secretary.
   
Future meeting dates.

The Next meeting of The Transport Users Forum will take place at the Stirchley Community School Pershore Road on Tuesday 19th January 2010 commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Next meeting of The Health Voices Network will take place at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road Kings Heath on Tuesday 19th January 2010 commencing at 18.00 hrs.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 8th February 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.


The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.


There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.



Pete let me know how much of this you want left in, you might want to discuss with Tim Huxtable.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (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 to 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/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood 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, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, 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
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2010, 12:30:10 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th February 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Bill Evans, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres Residents, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park and 25 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, David Jee, George Weil and Sandra Cooper.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 11th January 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

The Chairman was pleased to announce that David Jee had had his operation and was well on the road to recovery.

Matters arising from the minutes.
Parking Councillor Huxtable reported that a review of the Traffic Regulation Orders for Bournville Lane and its adjacent side roads was to be made.

Policing issues.
PCSO Stor reported that Operation Paragon was still in the course of implementation, this would see various police boundaries moved and was due for full implementation on 1st April 2010.

The newly repainted benches in Hazelwell Park have had graffiti and tags reapplied by persons unknown.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th February 2010 at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road Kings Heath commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
The Planning application for the Carpet Shop on Pershore Road has gone to appeal.

A.O.B.
Bulk Refuse Collections will take place as follows;
Regent Street, Bond Street and  Oxford Street 10/03/2010.
Hunts Road, Plymouth Road, Twyning Road and Cartland Road 11/03/2010.
Charlotte Road, Elm Tree Road, Mary Vale Road and Leahouse Road 12/03/2010
Leaflets will be delivered to residents and they are asked to leave any items out for collection by 08.30 hrs.

Parking at Lifford House This building is now occupied and parking is already at a premium, the adjacent site known as Lifford Park is available for redevelopment, probably for light industrial use, as a result parking is taking place on Fordhouse Lane , the Police and Councillors will monitor the situation. The pedestrian link way to the Pershore should open by mid March.

The 2 vacant shops on Dads Lane have had an attack of graffiti this was noted and will be passed to the environmental team for action.

Umberslade Road / Ribblesdale Road Junction Proposals mainly involving additional signage have been made to improve this junction.

Damaged Bollards at the Ribblesdale Road / Pershore Road Junction details will be passed to the Selly Oak Ward Councillors so that action can be taken.

Closure of Messrs Whitmarley Ivy Road The company will be relocating to its Black Country site and its Ivy Road site will be vacated as of 9th Feb 2010.

Dog Pool Lane Bridgeworks may be delayed again the date for starting, July 2010 seems to be in jeopardy.

Hazelwell Park Play Area John Price of the Friends of Hazelwell Park gave details of the planned works including the new swings, a plan of the facilities was available for inspection and it is hoped to install them by 1st April, additional trees are to be planted and there is the possibility of a community orchard being created, some clearance and improvement work is to be carried out on the pathways by the Edwin Road entrance, some work has also taken place at the allotment gate on the River Rea side of the park.

Pershore Road / Fordhouse Lane Junction Improvements The owners of the 2 properties which are required to be demolished at this site have been identified, unfortunately they are uncooperative and hence it will require a compulsory purchase using funds from the Local Transport Plan.
Events in Cannon Hill Park Tony Fox from the friends of Cannon Hill Park gave details of the events which will take place in the Park, one of the highlights being the reopening of the MAC Centre on the 1st of May , an illustrated leaflet is available.
   
Future meeting dates.

The Next meeting of The Bournville Ward Committee will take place at the Saint Andrews Church Cartland Road on  Monday 1st March 2010 commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September  2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The Stirchley Library will be hosting a Chinese New Year event on Saturday 13th February from 13.00 hrs.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 8th March 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs or Guest Speaker will be Andrea Holmes Operations manger for the Street Champions.


The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.


There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.


Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (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 to 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/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood 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, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2010, 12:30:43 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 8th March 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Andrea Holmes Operations Manager and Joshua Brewer Project Assistant of the Street Champions Scheme, Jeremy Shields Fleet and Waste Management Section, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Rev Peter Kay, Gary Cage, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres Residents, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park and 42 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Bill Evans, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Karen Stevens WSO, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum and Sandra Cooper.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 8th February 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.
None.

A Presentation by Andrea Holmes Operations Manager for the Street Champions Scheme.
The Street Champions scheme has been in existence for a number of years and unfortunately it has fallen into disrepute in recent times and at least one local resident has been involved with the scheme for a number of years.

The appointment of Andrea Holmes in July 2009 as the Operations Manager was intended to revitalise the scheme and encourage new people to join as Street Champions.

As part of this process six recommendations were made:
1, Hold a recruitment campaign, to encourage groups and individuals to sign up to the scheme
2, Develop a Street Champions Neighbourhood “Tool Kit”.
3, Develop a communications network for Street Champions.
4, Re launch the Scheme.
5, Develop the Structure of the Street Champions and explore future funding possibilities.
6, Introduce a Junior Street Champions Scheme for the under 16’s, this being piloted at 3 locations in Perry Barr.

As part of the scheme Street Champions would be encouraged to “Adopt your neighbourhood”, residents would be asked to fill in a “Street Audit Form” to record local concerns and would have access to a “free phone number” to report such issues as fly tipping, graffiti, litter problems etc, access to the interactive website www.birminghamstreetchampions.couk, funding equipment and support for local initiatives could be made available and free training would be given as appropriate.

As part of the recruitment drive a Street Champions Magazine has been produced and copies were available to take away as well as application forms for the scheme. The plan is to recruit 7750 people to the scheme by December 2010.
Jeremy Shields of Fleet and Waste Management addressed the meeting regarding the difficulties encountered with the City’s Call Centre, owing to the adverse winter weather encountered there had been an unprecedented demand on the call centre which had resulted in extended call waiting times and system breakdowns, he tendered the City’s apologies to anyone who had problems.

Following the presentation a number of points were raised;
There have been issues regarding contact phone numbers especially “out of hours” and difficulties with the call centre passing callers on to the correct department.

There appears to be a need for local contacts no larger than constituency size.

A partnership needs to be set up locally with liaison between Local Councillors, Tasking Meetings, Street Champions and other local groups.

Funding for local initiatives such as hanging baskets and litter picks can be made available.

The Chairman proposed a vote of thanks to Andrea Holmes for her presentation.

Policing issues.
PCSO Stor reported that on Tuesday 23rd February Operation Radiator against “scrap metal dealers” had resulted in several vehicles being seized by the DVLA and several charges being made for unlicensed trading, this exercise will be repeated in the future.

A Police “We are Listening” meeting will be held on Monday 22nd March at the Woodbroke Quaker Centre Bristol Road Selly Oak Commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The next PCSO Surgery would be held on the Thursday 18th March at Stirchley Community Church commencing at 11.00 hrs.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 31st March 2010 at the Scout Hut on Colmore Road Kings Heath commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
No Planning applications have been made or resolved in the last month.

A.O.B.
Bulk Refuse Collections will take place as follows;
Hazelwell Crescent, Millhaven Avenue and Ivy Road Monday 12/04/2010.
Hazelwell Fordrough and Fordhouse Lane Wednesday 14/04/2010.
Leaflets will be delivered to residents and they are asked to leave any items out for collection by 08.30 hrs.

South Birmingham Food Cooperative Two ladies, Nancy and Jess gave details of their plans to establish a bulk food buying cooperative in the local area, a bi weekly market may be set up to retail the goods, Councillor Huxtable urged them to Contact Matthew Powell the Town Centre Manager, contact may be made at bhamfoodcoop@gmail.com.

The vacant “old Kwiksave” site on Pershore Road requires a clean up, Councillor Huxtable agreed to contact the landlords of the property to address this problem.

Moorgreen Lane / Dogpool Lane Junction Several near misses have been reported at this junction.

Feed back from Town Centre Manager's Meetings Councillor Huxtable agreed to compile a briefing note for presentation to the next forum meeting.

Rea Valley Walkway The solar powered lighting along the pathway is due for installation on wednesday10th March.

Low Bridge Warning Signs for Bournville Lane Signs similar those at Lifford Lane have been requested for this location, this request will be forwarded to the Constituency Engineer for action.

Hazelwell Park Play Area John Price of the Friends of Hazelwell Park gave details of planned activities in the park;
Saturday 27th March Park Clean Up from 14.00 hrs.
Monday 5th April Easter Egg Hunt from 14.00 hrs.
Sunday 9th May Wildlife Walk with the Park Rangers from 15.00 hrs.
The new swings for the park have been fitted and enthusiastically received by the local youngsters.

Future meeting dates.

A Sponsored walk by the pupils of King's Norton Boys School will take place along the Rea Valley Walkway on Tuesday 29th June 2010.

The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September 2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 12th April 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.

Advance Notice The Forum meeting  on Monday 10th May 2010 with a guest from West Midlands Police Fire Arms Unit featuring “Taser Guns” will be held at the Stirchley Community Church entrance from Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.


There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.



Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (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 to 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/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood 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, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, cannot make up quorum)

5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for
Leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or
Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other
Communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily
Those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
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Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 12th April 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Bill Evans, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres Residents, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park , Mark Binnersley St Mary’s Hospice and 34 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Nancy and Jess from the South Birmingham Food Cooperative, John Clayton and Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 8th March 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record at that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.
Two minor corrections were noted.

Policing issues.
Following on from “Operation Paragon” and the establishment of “The South Birmingham Local Policing Unit”, Sgt Knowles reported that the team of officers responsible for policing in Bournville Ward including Stirchley was now based at Bournville Police Station on Bournville Lane, contact details for the Police are as follows;
Phone number is 0345 113 5000 ext 7822 6365 or email on bournville@west-midlands.police.uk .

Jumping of red lights on Bournville Lane and Maryvale Road bridges  The Police agreed to monitor the situation.

Parking on Charlotte Road adjacent to Stirchley Community School and Travis Perkins Ltd  Incidents of very inconsiderate parking have occurred mainly by contractor’s vehicles accessing the Travis Perkins site.

Suicide on the Camp Hill railway line over Easter details are sketchy and will be followed up with the British Transport Police, reports of incidents of trespass have also been made.

A report has been made that a male in a car has been accosting ladies on Hazelwell Street the Police will follow up these unwelcome approaches by the alleged offender.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 28th 2010 at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street commencing at 7.00 pm.

Planning.
1650 Pershore Road old garage site by Lifford Lane, the previous developer has pulled out but at least 2 statements of interest, both for residential use, have been made for this site.

The Go Kart track on the Avery Dell Trading Estate has been approved subject to several conditions mainly regarding hours of opening and noise monitoring on the site.

1403 to 1407 Pershore Road an application  has been made for a Hot Food Takeaway, this application will be opposed by the forum and local councillors on the basis that Stirchley has to may takeaways already.

Rear of 1152- 1154 Pershore Road an application has been made for this building to be used as an Islamic Education Centre, and it appears that the applicant has made several errors regarding local facilities of this type, there are also problems with parking and access at this very busy part of the Pershore Road.

A.O.B.
Councillor Bill Evans will be standing down after the elections on the 6th of May in recognition of his service to Bournville ward the chairman proposed a vote of thanks which was heartily endorsed by the meeting.

Councillor Huxtable advised that a clean up of the square in Harvest Close was an ongoing project.

Lifford Park site on Fordhouse Lane this site will be landscaped in the near future and a pedestrian link way to the Pershore Road will be created, Councillor Huxtable agreed to provide details of the proposals

Umberslade Road urgently requires resurfacing.

Fireworks shop corner of Fordhouse Lane Residents are concerned as to the structural state of the wall next to the No 11 bus stop Councillor Huxtable agreed to contact the structures team and report to the next forum meeting.

Rea Valley Walkway The solar powered lighting along the pathway ha been installed and are very effective trail markers for the path but local residents feel that proper street lighting needs to be installed from Hunts Road across the bridge, past the allotments and park play equipment linking up to the pathway on Newlands Road.
Fordhouse Lane Mini Park would it be possible to enhance this area in a similar way to the micro park created on the Pershore Road.

Gates on Pershore Road Access gates to the rear of properties on Pershore Road are being left open by business users a number of derelict cars have been dumped on the site raising environmental, security and public health issues.

Allotment Access via Rea Valley Walkway Questions have been raised why vehicles accessing the allotments are coming from Cartland Road along the Rea Valley walkway rather than from Edwin Road, it also appears that the cattle grids have been wrongly installed.

Garden by Station entrance Mary Vale Road this garden has been adopted by BT and new planting of shrubs has taken place.

Park behind the Coop A request has been made for litter bins and seating to be installed on this park , further graffiti on the boundary walls needs to be cleaned off .

Dogpool Lane bridge works No further information regarding the start date is available it was hoped to provide an update for the next forum meeting on the10th of May.

Bus Service No 27 as of Sunday 25th April 2010 following the award of the Centro Tender Central Connect Buses will operate this route on Sundays only, the timetable will remain the same but National Express West Midlands Day Saver Tickets and Travel Cards will not be valid on Central Connect’s buses, there will be no change to the validity of Centro Network Cards and Disabled or OAP’s Passes.

Hazelwell Park Play Area John Price of the Friends of Hazelwell Park stated that activities in the park had been very successful and thanked residents and the Police for their assistance with the litter pick, The Easter egg hunt on Easter Monday was attended by 100+ persons and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Reports of underage drinking have been made and the Police agreed to look at the problem.

Future meeting dates.

The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September 2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 10th May 2010 with PC Matt Albrighton from West Midlands Police Fire Arms Unit featuring “Taser Guns” and will be held at the Stirchley Community Church entrance from Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.55hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (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 to 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/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood 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, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2010, 09:48:05 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 10th May 2010

Present: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Sgt Isobel Knowles WMP, PC Matt Albrighton and PC Andy Flannigan Taser and Firearms instructors, PCSO’s Stor, Bowen and Brooks from The Bournville Police Team, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres, Nancy and Jess from the South Birmingham Food Cooperative, Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, Darren Foxhall Birmingham Voluntary Housing and 37 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Rob Sealey, John Price Friends of Hazellwell Park, John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 8th March 2010 were circulated but not tabled as a record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.
No matters tabled from the previous meeting.

“Taser Presentation” by PC Matt Albrighton and PC Andy Flannigan Taser and Firearms instructors WMP.

The two officers gave presentations follows;

Tasers are used by West Midlands Police as a non lethal method of subduing violent offenders, they were first introduced in the United States in 1974 and approved for UK use by the Home Office in 2004, the first use by specially trained officers in the West Midlands was in 2005, at any one time no more than three Tasers will be available for use within the South Birmingham LPU, locally Sergeant Knowles has attended the “Taser Supervisors Course”.  The Taser can only be deployed by specially trained officers who in the course of their duties may have to deal with violent offenders or threats of violence by offenders the threat being of such severity that the officer may require to use force to subdue the offender.

They will not be routinely used on aggressive animals and on deployment a Taser will only be fired on some 20% of cases, very often the threat of being Tasered is enough to subdue the offender concerned. The Taser has an inbuilt audit system which records its use and any deployment and subsequent firing of the Taser may have to be justified to senior officers by the user.

A “Conflict Management Model has been developed based on the following;
Intelligence, Treat Assessments, Policy Tactical Options - leading to the appropriate actions being taken.

The Taser works by firing a cartridge which contains two probes which will deliver an electrical pulse of 50Kv reducing to some 1200 volts within a few seconds this is what disables the offender, the current involved is 0.021 amps which is considerably lower than the domestic 13 amp supply. The system is safe to use with heart pacemakers or similar items but may cause problems to persons with underlying health conditions, falling as a result of being Tasered has to be considered but there have been no injuries caused by the Taser since they were deployed locally. 

An unloaded Taser was passed around the meeting for people to handle, and a video was shown of the Taser being fired, following this a low light demonstration on a dummy was made showing how the Taser works and it was possible to see the electricity passing between the two probes fired by the Taser.

Following the presentation the Chairman proffered a vote of thanks to PC Matt Albrighton and PC Andy Flannigan and this was heartily endorsed by the meeting, thank you gentlemen.

A.O.B.
Stirchley Thoughts Exchange an arts project are dealing with plants and shrubs located at the void properties on Hazelwell Lane, full details of this project will be posted on the forum’s website..

Charlotte Road Residents are concerned that persons unknown are going through people’s domestic rubbish prior to collection by the refuse department, the Police team agreed to investigate.

Arson at 33 Hazelwell Lane Richard Green and the councils Empty Property Officer will take action to secure this site and hopefully prevent any further occurrence.

Future meeting dates.

The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September 2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th May 2010 at the Rowheath Pavilion Bournville commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Health Voices Network Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th May at the Hazelwell Hub Kings Heath commencing at 18.00 hrs.

Plant and Produce sale at St Andrews Church will take place on Saturday 15th May commencing at 10.00 hrs.

Selly Park South Forum will meet at Christchurch Pershore Road on Tuesday 11th May commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 14th June 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (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 to 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/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood 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, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2010, 10:14:18 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th June 2010

Present:  Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Sgt. Isobel Knowles and PCSO  Sally Stor from The Bournville Police Team, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA,  Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park  and 27 Forum members.

Apologies:  Peter Walker, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park, John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Brenda Thomas took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 10th May 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Welcome Councillor Rob Sealey  The forum wished to officially welcome Councillor Sealey to his first forum meeting and we hope to have a productive working relationship with him. The meeting also offered its congratulations to Councillor Huxtable on his promotion to Cabinet Member for Transport and Regeneration.

Policing Issues

Illegal Entry to the old A&D Billiards building on Pershore Road, a shutter has been damaged to facilitate entry , the Police team will investigate the incident.

Tally Ho Police Fun Day 5th June The proceeds of the Bournville Treasure Hunt organised by the Bournville Police Team was £113.00 which was donated to The Help for Heroes Fund – Thank you for your support, there were parking problems in the Canon Hill / Nature Centre / Pebble Mill area on the day.

Scrap Metal Dealers On 2nd June Sgt. Knowles reported that 24 vehicles were stopped as part of this operation and various traders were booked for no insurance, incorrect or no waste removal licences and 1 arrest was made.

Charlotte Road by Stirchley Community School In considerate parking is again taking place, Councillor Huxtable has agreed to promote the “Belinda and Billy Bollard” scheme as a measure to warn drivers that they are in a school zone, it is also hoped that a Walking Bus for the children will commence in September of this year.

Inconsiderate Parking outside Enterprise Car Rentals Customers of this business are parking on the foot ways including on the areas marked “No Parking”

Anti Social Behaviour in Windsor Road, Bileby Road and Harvest Close Incidents of ASB are again taking place by the gang known as BRT, the Police are aware of the problems as well as the identities of some of the offenders, the Police are acting with the Birmingham Antisocial Behaviour Unit and Councillor Huxtable has been in contact with the Housing Dept., evidence is being gathered, residents were requested to report incidents and keep ASB diaries to assist the Police with the ongoing enquiries.

CCTV for Stirchley This is still on the wish list but although the capital cost might be available it is doubtful if the ongoing revenue costs can be overcome at this stage.

Planning Issues
Rear of 1531A Pershore Road an application has been made for a change of use to a Storage Unit (B8) with access from Ashtree Road , the meeting noted that a previous application for Residential development at this site was refused, there is also the question of what will be stored on the site.

Disabled Access as Part of the Planning Process  Is disabled access considered as part of the planning process and would non provision of ramps, wider doorways and accessible toilets as part of an application be grounds for a planning refusal, Councillor Huxtable agreed to investigate the position and report directly to the enquirer.

A.O.B.
Parking of Network Rail Vehicles on Mary Vale Road a vehicle belonging to Network Rail or its contractor's has been parked on the footpath on a number of occasions, this inconsiderate parking has led to pedestrians having to walk in the road and the community garden and its plantings has been damaged by the staff when unloading materials and equipment from this vehicle, Councillor Huxtable agreed to contact Network Rail over this matter .

Dogpool Lane Bridge works the PFI agreement with with Amey (worth £608 Million over 25 years) has been signed and it is believed that this work has been rescheduled to commence in spring 2011

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding their next meeting on 18th July, a wish list of items has been prepared and will be discussed on the night, Facilities for older youths are prominent , access across the existing bridge ( from Hunts Road) can be difficult and a flatter wider bridge directly across from Twyning Road is proposed.

Canon Hill Park Ranger Services Residents were advised by Tony Fox that the Rangers currently based in Canon Hill park were being re tasked to cover the whole of the River Rea Walkway as of 1st July 2010, so we  look forward to seeing them in our area, he also reported that a new “Play Builder” has been approved for the Canon Hill Park area.

Canal Tow-path Improvements an ongoing project to improve the canal tow-path between Lifford Lane and Raddlebarn Road has been announced , funding has been made available by British Waterways and young unemployed people are to be engaged as part of the workforce.

Stirchley's Christmas Tree A replacement for the tree should be planted in September or October of this year.

New QE Hospital Road Names The meeting noted that one of the new roads to the QE Hospital site has been named the New Fosse Way in view of local connections the Roman Rinknield Street might have been a better choice or possibly the Salt Way harking back to even earlier times.

Transfer of A&E facilities to the New QE Site Residents were reminded that as of 16th June all A&E facilities will be transferred from Selly Oak hospital to the new QE Site.

Future meeting dates.
The Stirchley Fun Day will be held on Saturday 11th September 2010 please contact the Selly Oak Constituency Office for booking details.

The next Police Tasking Meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th June 2010 at the Cotteridge Church Centre on Pershore Road South commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Selly Oak Constituency meeting The next meeting will take place at Stirchley Community School on Tuesday 29th June commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Selly Park Gardener's Club will be holding an illustrated talk  on Tuesday 15th June at St Stephens Church commencing at 19.30 hrs admission £3.00.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 12th July 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs our special guest speaker will be Gary Peal talking about the arrangements for the 2010 Half Marathon to be run in September 2010.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.10 hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (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 to 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/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood 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, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2010, 12:11:40 PM »
STIRCHLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Notes of the meeting which took place on: Monday 9th August 10
 
PRESENT: Chair, Vice Chair,  and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sally Stor WMP,PCSO Colin Brooks, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres Residents, Imogin Mortiboys, St Andrews healthcare, S. Lloyd, St Andrews Healthcare and 25 Forum members..
 
APOLOGIES: Colin Simpkins, secretary, Judith Jones, Mick Jones, David Gee, David Jones, Sandra Cooper, Ann Newbold, committee Members,Cllr .R Sealy, Cllr N.Dawkins, SGT I Knowles WMP, K. Stevens WSO, J.Glenn SPSNF.
 
Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.
CHAIRMANS REPORT:  The Chairman thanked Brenda Thomas for taking the last two meetings as he was unable to do so due to ill health, he also, thanked those who visited him in hospital and sent get well cards and good wishes.
 
The meeting was also told of the health voice network meetings and how they can influence the way that the NHS is run in the future, and urged residents to join this group.
 
The meeting was also told of the Bournville ward advisory meetings which both he and Brenda attend to represent Stirchley, Gary Peal was at that meeting and told of possible disruption of Bus Services along the Pershore Road on Sunday 12th September due to the sky ride taking place and the re routing of busses on the day.
 
There is a project in place to improve the canal environment, to include, fixing the tow path (potholes etc) repair fences, remove graffiti and repaint where necessary and clear Litter, this will employ new workforce and will teach people new skill’s, this can only benefit them in looking for more permanent employment in the future, I believe this will take around six months to complete.
 
Amey, the contractors for Birmingham City Council, have a scheme where they supply labour & machinery at no cost to the public come along and fix local problems, it has been suggested that the land at the top of Fordhouse lane, could be cleaned up and Path’s laid across it, does anyone, have any other suggestions to submit?
MATTERS ARISING: Hazelwell lane development.
The new tender process has been curtailed, as there is an expression of interest from a third party, unfortunately, details of the third party can not be disclosed at this time.
Councillor Huxtable & community police officers went on a walkabout and identified areas, where some security and cleaning up was needed.
The former quick save site & empty houses in Hazelwell lane & fencing around the old BT site & Hampton works were identified.
Police reported on a cannabis factory in the former antique shop on the corner of Mary vale road.
There was a follow up meeting on the Bielby Road area and are now delivering an action plan on the area.
 A.O.B: 
A member of the public asked about the alcohol restricted area, as Perfection snooker hall have placed tables outside for their customers , this is believed to be a public space, the police and councillor Huxtable will look in to this.
 
 
A concern was also raised regarding the use of tasar guns, regarding a recent news paper article about a member of the public being shot whilst being close by, the police assured us, that all possible care is being used when these weapons are in use.
 
We have received many complaints regarding the 27 bus route, concern about very poor timing and the Sunday ser
vice, I.E Buses terminating by the co-op on Raddlebarn road, instead of going on to Northfield, and Bus passes not being accepted by the driver, making passengers pay again for travel
 
New single Decker buses that should have been deployed on the 27 route have been used elsewhere.
 
Also the bus stop for the Q.E hospital is to far from the main entrance, meaning a ten minute uphill walk to the hospital, we were told at previous meetings, that the bus service to the hospital would be to the door.
 
45/47 bus has been reported for poor service, a suggestion was made regarding a limited stop service to Cotteridge.
Council Huxtable, may have some answers for the next meeting.
 
Stirchley Community Market was reported to be a huge success, there was question asked about more funding for the market traders, there are another two scheduled markets this year..
 
Wendy Pearson ten acres residents association, spoke of the planning development around the Bewdley road area of Stirchley.
 
There was mention made regarding the future of the indoor bowls, there was no answer at this moment as this is tied into the Hazelwell lane development.
 
Planning:
The former antique shop on the corner of Mary Vale Road is to be redeveloped into a Cafe, where it is expected to trade between 10am to 10pm
 
An application was received for planning permission for 49 Hazelwell street  to extend the premises and provide some flats, no one at the meeting had any objections to this
 
Fun day:
The fun day this year is to be held on Saturday 11th September, starting at 11am and ending at 3pm, the chairman asked for volunteers on the day, and should anyone have any unused/unwanted gifts to donate them to the forums tombola/raffle. A list of activities was read out and a call for members of the meeting to form a five a side football team. Mention was given of the fun day newsletter, that had been sent to the printers that day and should start to distribute from next week.
 
John Charlton who is a professional photographer, has offered a prize of a professional photo session  and is going to photograph the fun day for us, free of charge
 
Notice of the next two tasking meetings were given out .
 
The next meeting is on Monday 13th September at 7.30pm in Stirchley community centre, and our guest for the evening is:
NICKY ESQUILANT, from considerate contractors.
 
The chairman thanked your councillor & the community police officers for attending the meeting and all our guest & wished them all a safe journey home
 
 
 

 
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #28 on: October 07, 2010, 09:16:57 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th September 2010

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Nicky Esquilant of The Considerate Contractor's Scheme, Shelia Brown MBE Lay Assessor, PCSO  Mike Bowen from The Bournville Police Team, Councillor Tim Huxtable,, Karen Stevens WSO, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA,  Jean Glenn of the Selly Park South Forum, Simon Lloyd St Andrews Healthcare,  and 31 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Mick Jones, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park, John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 9th August 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Chairman's Opening Remarks  The Forum's Chairman and committee wished to formally thank all those who helped to organise and run the Stirchley Fun day on Saturday 11th September, also the local traders and businesses who donated prizes for the raffle and tombola stall. Special mention must be made of Karen Stevens and the team from the Selly Oak Constituency Office for all their hard work. A total of £311.00 was raised on the day.

Residents also wished to thank Peter and Margaret Walker for all their hard work , thank you all ladies and gentlemen.

Presentation by Nicky Esquilant and Shelia Brown MBE – The Considerate Contractor,s Scheme.

This scheme is run by the City Council's Highways Directorate and is based at Lancaster Circus Queensway and has been running from the late seventies when a large number of complaints were made against Birmingham Cable TV and its subcontractors, Nicky gave a brief rundown of the Lay Assessor's role as part of the scheme. Lay Assessors act as the eyes and ears of the Highways Directorate acting in conjunction with the professional Highways Inspectors to ensure that street works are carried out safely and with minimum disruption to the local general public, all works and assessments are carried out to agreed codes of practice and most of the City's major contractors have signed up for it , indeed some of the awards given by the scheme are highly prized by the Contractors.

Earlier this year the Highways PFI agreement was signed with Amey and as a result of this a number of large and often complex road resurfacing schemes will be carried out (including sections of the Pershore Road), with disruption to both traffic and pedestrian aspects of the road. Therefore the Considerate Contractors scheme is looking for more volunteer Lay Assessors to assist with the auditing of the various works sites, a short period of training can be arranged and attendance at an Audit Day was recommended.

Shelia Brown MBE then gave a run down of the Lay Assessor's role from the volunteer,s viewpoint citing examples of the schemes high and low points.
A question and answer session then took place and leaflets describing the scheme were handed out to local residents, should local residents wish to know any more about the scheme, the Forum's Secretary acts as a Lay Assessor and Councillor Huxtable is Chairman of the Council Committee which oversees the Considerate Contractor's scheme. 
The Chairman proffered a vote of thanks to the two ladies for their presentation and this was endorsed by the meeting.

Policing Issues
Anti Social Behaviour in Windsor Road, Bileby Road and Harvest Close PCSO Mike Bowen attended the meeting as Sergeant Knowles and other officers were attending an operational incident. He reported that the ASB occurring at the above locations was on the decrease and residents reported an improved situation, a dome hawk camera is being perused for installation in this area.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Wednesday 22nd September at Rowheath Pavilion Rowheath Road Bournville commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 2th September at The Church of the Ascension on Pineapple Road commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Planning Issues

No new planning notices have been received.  The Go Kart track in the units off the Pershore Road has opened in view of local concerns residents were urged to monitor the noise and nuisance situation and report any serious breeches of the planning permission granted for this site.



A.O.B.
The Forum's AGM will take place on Monday 8th November residents were invited to contact the chairman to make nominations for the Management Committee of the forum.

Stirchley Community Group AGM This group largely responsible for the provision of the Community Centre in Stirchley gave notice that it's AGM will be held as part of the Forum's meeting on Monday 11th October 2010.

Water leaks in Falkland Croft a numbers of water leaks in this road are being investigated by Severn Trent, this seems to be somewhat protracted and residents are dismayed by the apparent lack of progress .

Path at rear of Ashbrook Road this path is in urgent need of remedial work as residents are using the parkland rather than the path Councillor Huxtable agreed to speak to Simon Cooper to see what action could be taken.

De cluttering of Street Furniture in Stirchley an excersize to remove redundant and inappropriate street furniture is currently being undertaken by Matt Powell (TCM), as an unused item of street furniture represents an asset to be maintained under the PFI agreement a cost saving can be made by it's removal.

Stirchley Happening's Will be hosting a showing of the film “ET” on Sunday 31st October to be held at The TASCOS Club commencing at 15.30 hrs please see local publicity for full details of this event.

Muntz Park Funday Saturday 25th September. This will take place in the park between 12.00 and 16.00 hrs

Future meeting dates.

Selly Oak Constituency meeting The next meeting will take place at St Andrews Church Cartland Road on Thursday 23rd September commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Transport Users Forum will be held on Tuesday 21st September commencing at 19.00 hrs, unfortunately the venue is in Erdington but the secretary noted several aspects of local transport concern and these will be sent to the clerk of the TUF for inclusion in the business.

The next Forum meeting will take place on Monday 11th October 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.10 hrs.

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Forum Management Committee.

1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items
Which will be raised as part of the Any Other (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 to 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/neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood 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, do not have a right to attend and speak at Stirchley
Neighbourhood Forum meetings, but business owners, not resident within the
Forum area, 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2010, 05:05:01 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 11th October 2010

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Imogen Mortiboys St Andrews Healthcare and 28 Forum members.

Apologies:  Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP,  David Jee, Sandra Cooper, Jerry Walls, John Price Friends of Hazelwell Park, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA , Jean Glenn  and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum.

Peter Walker took the Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.

The minutes of the meeting dated 13th September 2010 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes.  There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

Planning issues  The only planning application received was for an extension for the outline planning permission already granted to Tesco in respect of the development of the Hazelwell Lane / Hunts Road site.  Councillor Huxtable reported that a public report would be made on Wednesday 13th October regarding the sale of the existing community centre site for development, this was to include provision for various grants and section 106 monies to the community.
At this moment in time it was still to early to predict when this redevelopment would commence and hence the time scale for the new buildings for the community could not be ascertained.

Stirchley Community Group AGM.

This item was introduced by Paula Aubrey as the de facto Chair of the group and it was the first formal meeting of the group for some years, a number of former members of the group were present and Paula gave a run down of the group's history, constitution and standing orders. Had the group not existed it is felt that the existing Stirchley Community Centre would not exist in its present form. An amount of money is still held by the group and it will be utilised for the benefit of the community as and when the “New” Stirchley Community Centre is opened.

Following a general discussion the meeting resolved that.

1)   The Stirchley Community Group should continue to exist and a new role was foreseen for it as and when the detailed planning of the new buildings and facilities was taking place.
2)   The Constitution and articles of association will be updated and made fit for the groups new role.
3)   A new committee would be elected and it was hoped that some of the younger members of the community would be willing too serve on it.

Policing Issues
No member of the Bournville Police Team attended the meeting but the following matters were raised.

Crash barriers on Fordhouse Lane, Councilor Huxtable and City Officers have visited this site and various suggestions to improve the location are being considered

Charlotte Road by School  vehicles are being parked on and are being unloaded within the zig zag makings adjacent to the school premises.

Car Parking opposite the Three Horseshoes PH, cars are regularly being parked on the pavement adjacent to the Off License and Tattoo Parlour , this has been regularly brought to the attention of the police

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Tuesday 19th October at Masefield Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 27th October at Cotteridge Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.


A.O.B.
The Forum's AGM will take place on Monday 8th November Our special guest will be Jeremy Shields from the city council's  Waste Collection and Recycling division based at Lifford Lane.

The road markings on the roundabout at the junction of Moor Green Lane and Dads Lane need repainting, Councillor Huxtable agreed to look into this matter.

Site Security Land adjacent to 274 Fordhouse Lane around 15% of £100,000.00 has been secured for this site.

27 Buses Running Early on Sundays Instances of buses run by Central Connect are being reported, as a further to this it should be noted that National Express West Midlands are not valid on the Sunday buses operated by Central Connect but all N Bus Tickets and Passes issued by Network West Midlands (Centro) are valid.

Smarter Choices Travel Plan This initiative is currently being looked at by National Express West Midland's on the Pershore Road Corridor, various options including a “Limited Stop” bus service are being considered.

The Stirchley Christmas Tree will be replaced shortly and it is hoped to switch the Christmas lights on Friday 3rd December.

Cartland Road overhanging hedges require trimming back to improve vehicle sighting and pedestrian access.

Future meeting dates.

Stirchley Community Market from 16.00 hrs. on 26th October at The Stirchley UWMC on the car park and inside the club.

Health Voices Network The next meeting will take place at The Hazelwell Hub on Tuesday 16th November commencing at 18.00 hrs.

Transport Users Forum will be held on Tuesday 16th November commencing at 19.00 hrs., venue to be advised

Table Top Sale Stirchley Community Church Saturday 4th December.


The Forum AGM will take place on Monday 8th November 2010 at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 20.50 hrs.

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