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