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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #30 on: November 11, 2010, 05:05:56 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting which took place on Monday 9th November 2010

Present:
Officers and Committee of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, Jeremy Shields from Waste and Fleet Management Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, Sergeant Isobel Knowles from WM Police,  Tony Fox Canon Hill RA, Reverend Peter Kaye, plus 50 members of the public.

Apologies: Councillor Rob Sealey, PCSO Sally Stor WMP, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA, John Clayton, John Williams and Jean Glenn all of Selly Park Forum, Roxie Collins, Gill Smith and Maureen Ashford.

Minutes of the Previous AGM 2009: The minutes of the previous meeting (2009) 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, Robert Thornton has resigned from the committee and we thank him for his services. Sergeant Isobel Knowles then took the chair and in her introductory remarks thanked the Forum for its work and in particularly including Policing issues as a regular agenda item, it is felt that had a police initiative such as Operation Champion (installation of CCTV in Sparkhill, Saltley and Washwood Heath) been carried out in Stirchley it would gone a lot smoother as the Police enjoy a much wider trust and have a greater respect from the local residents. Following item 4 and his 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 (adoption proposed by Karen Stevens); 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 for adoption by Reg Bennett ), the statement has been audited. Following the second successful Stirchley Fun day additional monies have been added to the Stirchley Fun Day fund, which is held separately.

5.   Election of Management Committee for 2010 / 2011: Thirteen persons were nominated and they were elected unopposed (Proposed by George Weil and Seconded by David Reynolds). They are as follows; Peter Walker, Margaret Walker, Brenda Thomas, Sandra Cooper, Colin Simpkins, Paula Aubrey, Anne Newbold, Bill Bird,  David Jee, Ron Coley, David Jones, Judith Jones and Mick Jones. A meeting will be held and the Officers appointed prior to the 13th December 2010 Forum meeting.

6.   Any Other Business / Items from the Floor:

The next Police Tasking Meetings will be held on Wednesday 17th November at Rowheath Pavilion and Wednesday 24th November at Stirchley Community Church Hazelwell Street both Commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a tree planting day on November the 13th meet10.30 hrs at Stirchley Community School Playground..

The Health Voices Network Meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th November at the Hazelwell Hub commencing at 18.00 hrs.

Station Garden Maintenance on Mary Vale Road Thursday 18th November commencing at 14.00 hrs.

The Stirchley Community School Fete will be held on Friday 3rd December commencing at 14.30 hrs.

The Stirchley Christmas Lights will be switched on at 17.00 hrs. On Friday 3rd December.

Stirchley Community Church Christmas Market will be held on Saturday 4th December commencing at 10.00 hrs.

Treasure Island Pantomime will be presented at the Elim Church Centre on Exeter Road Selly Oak on Sunday 12th December commencing at 18.00 hrs, see local publicity for full details.

The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 13th December 2010 at the Stirchley Community Centre commencing at 19.30 hrs.

Stirchley Happenings will be hosting the screening of the film It's a Wonderful Life on Sunday 19th December please see local publicity for full details.
Following the formal business of the meeting a presentation was given by Jeremy Shields (from Fleet and Waste Management ).  The presentation outlined the strategies of the City Council with regard to waste collection and particularly the Recycling policies currently used. Birmingham as city has the lowest percentage of waste sent to landfill in the country, this is around 12% at the moment, South Birmingham has two Public Waste Disposal Sites at Lifford Lane and Tyseley. Following extraction of the recyclable materials such as paper, plastic bottles, metals and fabrics most combustible waste is burnt at the incinerator based at Tyseley which currently produces some 30 Mega watts of electricity which is pumped into the National Grid. A large percentage of the Green Waste is composted and sold to be used as commercial fertilizer or ground cover material.

As well as the regular Refuse collections Waste Manage net is also responsible for street cleaning either by the Beat Sweepers or by mechanical means, whilst the standard of street cleaning is regarded as good problems occur in places such as where takeaways are located and it appears that a lot of people would rather drop litter than place it in a convenient bin, where local initiatives have been employed improvements have been seen but it still remains a major problem especially amongst school age people. Street cleansing has been reorganised on a “Ward Basis” and it is proposed that Household Refuse be collected on a similar basis, this may result in your bins being emptied on a different day or at a different time, this is still ongoing and any changes will be notified to local residents in plenty of time.

Residents were also asked to note that the “Green Waste “ collections would be suspended from 1st December until 1st March 2011, a problem occurring with green waste is that the waste is bagged up and put out when it is created not when the bags are due for collection, this results in piles of uncollected sacks hanging around and going rotten for up to 14 days!.

Following the presentation a question and answer session ensued and a summary is given below;

The Beat Sweeper on Fordhouse Lane appears to have left, with the result that the bins by the Chip and other shops are frequently full and overflowing with the result that a lot of paper is blowing around and becoming unsightly, Jeremy Shields agreed to speak to the local supervisor regarding the Beat Sweeper and also enquire if the pattern of bin emptying could be improved.

A large number of Green Waste bags have been placed on Dads Lane, if they are very advanced it may be necessary for the Environmental Wardens to act and legal enforcement made to prevent such advanced placing.

In general the Green Waste Crews are being complimented but it appears that since the Green Bags have become white it seems that there is a quality control issue with the bags if they are not up to standard contact Lifford Lane for an alternative supply.

What is the Nett Cost Effect of Birmingham's Recycling Programme, unfortunately Waste Collection and Recycling is a very Labour and vehicle intensive and although the sale of electricity and composted green waste offsets some of the costs it is still a major part of the city's capital expenditure.

Is it Possible to Recycle Tetra Packs, It is a Tetra Pack recycling bin is available at the Public Waste site in Lifford Lane, residents were urged to crush the tetra packs and take them in bulk for recycling.

Birmingham Bike Foundry requested residents to donate cycles for reuse rather than as scrap metal – agreed.

Spillage of Green Waste during collection - residents have complained that they are having to clean up after the collection crews if the crew cause the spillage they should clear it up but unfortunately some of the hired collection vehicles do not always have a brush and shovel available.

Inconsiderate parking of Collection vehicles and inconsiderate use of Sweeping Machines on path and roadways vehicles should not be parked on foot ways and if mechanical sweepers are not picking up swept rubbish they should be taken out of service.

Black bag distribution especially to flats and sheltered properties, black bags should be delivered every 6 months if you feel that you have been missed contact Lifford Lane for a supply.

Asbestos disposal, if you have any items with any asbestos content they must be packed and contact made with Lifford Lane and collection of the item(s) arranged.

Opening Hours at Lifford Lane and site security, residents felt that the site closed to early especially on Saturday, current security practise was to ask users for their postcode and reject them if not relatively local.

The Chairman thanked Jeremy Shields for his presentation and this was endorsed by the meeting.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2010, 05:43:08 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.

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 #32 on: January 06, 2011, 06:26:20 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th December 2010
Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Karen Stevens WSO, PCSO's Salma Stor and  Mike Bowen WMP, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park and 29 Forum members.

Apologies: , Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP,  David Jee, David Jones, 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 11th October 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.

Policing Issues

Bag and Purse Theft, Residents were made aware that several bag thefts have been reported locally, the police urge everyone to be more vigilant especially in the run up to Christmas, additional patrols will be made ( “Operation Copshop” ) especially in the shopping areas

Charlotte Road by School  vehicles are being parked on and are being unloaded within the zig zag makings adjacent to the school premises, parents were also causing an obstruction by parking on the corner of Clonmel Road.
During 2011 the city's Civil Enforcement Officers will begin a dedicated school patrol, they will also be able ticket vehicles remotely on photographic evidence, no ticket will be attached to the vehicle, it will be sent through the post.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Thursday 20th January at Rowheath CommunityCentre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 26th January at Cotteridge Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Friends of Hazelwell Park
Paula Aubrey reported that the friends had held a bulb planting excersize on the 13th of September, further a number of seedling trees had been planted along the fence line to Newlands Road.

The next meeting of the Parks Friend's will be held on Sunday 9th January 2011 in the Gallery Cafe of Stirchley Community Church commencing at 16.00 hrs.

On Saturday 29th January 2011 Bird Nesting Boxes will be put into the Park a number of kits will be made for  assembly by local children, thoughts have also been made regarding the provision of nesting boxes for Bats and Owls.

Councilor Huxtable reported that Sue Griffiths of “ Birmingham Trees for Life” has looked at the provision of trees for the park especially by the old BMX site the report and its recommendations will be made early in the new year.

A.O.B.
Vehicles for sale on land adjacent to the Micro Park Vehicles are being advertised for sale at this location, have the relevant permits been applied for ?, Councillor Huxtable agreed to look at this as there appears to be issues over the ownership of the land in question, he will report to the next Forum meeting.

Pavement Crossing by Motor Vehicles in Lewis Road Some residents of this area are driving across the grass verges without drop kerbs churning up the grass into a sea of mud, Police action may be possible as this is an offence.

Goods on pavements Pershore Road  The pavements are again being obstructed by goods of an inappropriate type this has been minuted on a number of previous occasions and it will be passed for Police action, there are also reports of Goods and private vehicles being parked inconsiderately at the same location  .

Brandwood End Cemetery – Testing of Gravestones and other Memorials Residents report that a number of their family memorials at this site have been damaged by the contractor who has been testing them for security and safety,who is responsible for rectifying this damage ? , Councilor Huxtable agreed to provide the Forum with a copy of the Guidelines for Testing Grave Memorials which is issued by Central Government.

Planning Enforcement Hazelwell Street  A former shop has had its frontage bricked up  have planning guidelines been followed it needs investigation !

Future meeting dates.

Stirchley Community Market from 16.00 hrs. on 14th December at The Stirchley UWMC on the car park and inside the club.

Stirchley Happenings Its a Wonderful Life A screening of this film will take place on Sunday 19th December from 15.00 hrs. please see local publicity for exact details.

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 10th January 2011 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs.

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

On behalf of The Forum the Chairman wished all Stirchley Residents a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, those present at the meeting were invited to partake of Festive Fare

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

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 #33 on: February 04, 2011, 06:22:21 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 10th January 2011

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, Linda and Tony Chew, PCSO Salma Stor WMP, Wendy Pearson Ten Acres RA and 42 Forum members.

Apologies: Sandra Cooper, Sally Kirkham Environmental Warden, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park , 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 December 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.

Policing Issues

Residents reported the following for Police attention.

Cyclists without lights riding on footpaths at 08.00 hrs, a sharp rise in the number of motor vehicles with only one head light working, Children s motorized “scooters and cars” being driven aggressively without any parental control, vehicles being parked on the zigzags adjacent to the school entrance on Charlotte Road, the items were noted and will be raised with the appropriate Police or School authorities.

Dog Fouling. This is becoming a nuisance in the Pitcairn Close and Falkland Croft areas, it will be reported to the Environmental Warden for action.

PCSO Surgery Tuesday 25th January.  PCSO Salma Stor will be hosting this at the Stirchley Community Centre from 11.00 hrs , please come along and raise any policing matters you may have.

Vehicles accessing the ReaValley Walkway  vehicles belonging to the Environmental Agency and others are being driven along the walkway in an inappropriate manner and also churning up the grass verges whilst accessing the area adjacent to the River Level / Flood Gauge.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas  Thursday 20th January at Rowheath CommunityCentre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas Wednesday 26th January at Cotteridge Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Planning
The application for the Taxi Office has been refused, no new planning applications have been notified.

Stirchley Memories a Slide presentation by Linda and Tony Chew
Linda and Tony presented a series of slides taken mainly in the late 40's and 50's given a journey from the Breedon Bridge up one side of the Pershore Road to the Dogpool and then back down the other side with a few shots of Cartland Road and Fordhouse Lane on the way. We spent a happy time recalling long forgotten and sadly missed shops and companies which were part of Stirchley at the time, the cars, trams and buses of the period were also featured, a large number of anecdotes were raised by the membership and several lesser known facts enlarged upon, a number of artifacts and various photo albums and booklets were available for inspection. Following the presentation the Chairman proposed a vote of thanks to Linda and Tony Chew and this was heartily endorsed by the membership'

The Pop Up Café – Karen Meng
This is a new venture located at 1474 Pershore Road which will open on the 11th of January 2011 – come in and meet other residents, partake in arts activities, share local anecdotes, all a s part of “Culture on your Doorstep commissioned by the City Council as part of its Arts and Crafts for all ages initiative.

A.O.B.
Rubbish Collections Residents questioned who was collecting the refuse, Councillor Huxtable replied that it was currently being done by both casual staff and regular staff most of whom were union members. Residents also wished to thank Councillor Huxtable for expediting the collection of rubbish which had been missed. Recycled materials were being collected but priority was been given to the collection of black bags.

River Rea Walkway Trail Marker Studs Some of the LED studs have failed and others are in need of maintenance, foliage also needs to be cut back at several locations, this will be passed to the Parks Department for action.

Thank You to the Selly Oak Constituency Office residents wished to thank the staff for the assistance with winter and cold weather problems and a particular accolade was given for the Christmas tree and the festive lights.

Pedestrian Crossing by the School on Pershore Road  The lighting in the Beacon columns has stopped working and needs urgent attention.

Stirchley Happenings and Stirchley Community Market Following the showing of the 3 films and hosting of the markets it has been decided to have a short break and reflect on how the activities were received by the Stirchley residents and to consider the best way forward for them, thanks were expressed to the City Council for the financial and physical support given.

Mary Vale Road (Station Garden) A number of bulbs have been planted and other plants re sited within the garden.

Road surface Mary Vale Road Bridge A number of residents have reported that this relatively new (3years old) road surface is starting to breakup and will soon require urgent attention

Future meeting dates.

Local Transport Plan Consultation Birmingham Council House Tuesday 11th January commencing at 15.00 hrs.

Stirchley Library Coffee Morning Friday 14th January from 11.00hrs Steve McCabe MP will be attending

Bournville Ward Committee meeting  Thursday 20th January at the Hay Green Methodist Church (on Cob Lane) commencing at 19.00 hrs.

TASCOS Employees Reunion  To be held on 26th of March 2011 at the TASCOS Club from 14.00 hrs please see local publicity for further information

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be hosting a Bird nesting box event on Saturday 29th January 2011, please see local publicity for full details, other activities especially over Easter are planned

South Birmingham Health Voices Network This meeting has been rearranged for Tuesday 1st February at the Hazelwell Hub Vicarage Road commencing at 18.00 hrs.

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 14th February 2011 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs.

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

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

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 #34 on: March 08, 2011, 08:12:56 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th February 2011

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Karen Stevens WSO, Matt Powell Town Centre Manager, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park and 31 Forum members.

Apologies: Margaret Walker, Roxy Collins, Councillor Rob Sealey, Sally Kirkham Environmental Warden, PCSO Salma Stor WMP, 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 10th January 2011 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes. The following updates were noted.
Vehicles accessing the ReaValley Walkway  Councillor Huxtable has emailed The Environmental Agency and the Parks Dept.
Mary Vale Road (Station Garden) A number of bulbs and shrubs have been stolen from the garden.
Road surface Mary Vale Road Bridge The Bridge deck has been resurfaced but the work is reported to be of very poor quality and already showing signs of deteriation !!.
Stirchley Community Group The group has been formally reactivated.
Lifford Curve Public House site This site needs securing as fly tipping is taking place, it is understood that the site is to be demolished shortly, prior to redevelopment taking place.

Policing Issues
Cash Point Skimmers have been found on cash machines located at the Coop and banks in Cotteridge, users were urged to use extreme caution and if anything appeared untoward or happened to report the matter to the internal security of the bank or the Police.
Vehicle Crime Has increased Residents were reminded to keep vehicles locked at all times and to remove or secure any items of value.
Anti Social Behavior on Buses Residents are concerned about this and they were urged to attend the next Police Tasking Meetings as an officer from the WMP “Safer Travel Team” would be in attendance and items of concern may be raised.
Shed Break-ins Residents have reported shed burglaries in Ivy Road and Newlands Road.
Failure to stop at Pedestrian Crossings and Parking on the Zig Zags This is happening at the Pedestrian Crossing on the Pershore Road especially during “School Hours”.
Excessive Speed Residents have reported drivers speeding on Pershore Road, Hazelwell Street and Fordhouse Lane.
Private Hire Taxis.  Residents are concerned about the standards of driving and the road worthiness of some of the Private Hire Taxis operating locally.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;

Bournville and Masefield Areas Tuesday 15th February at Masefield Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas  Wednesday 23rd February at the Hazelwell Hub commencing at 19.00 hrs.

Planning
No new planning applications have been notified.

A presentation by Matt Powell Town Centre Manager for Cotteridge, Stirchley and Selly Oak.
Matt commenced his presentation by giving an update of his achievements from January 2010 and on a personal note he has attained a Diploma in Town Centre Management and is hence considered qualified. The funding provided by the Working Neighborhood Fund expires on 10th April 2011 but provision of further funding is actively being sought, a framework has been established so that if for any reason the post disappears a form of management may continue.

He has represented the business community and the targets laid out by the funding requirements of the “Working Neighborhood Fund” have been achieved.  A consultation event for businesses will be held on February 18th and all local traders have been invited to attend. To assist potential traders or relocators a database of locally available properties has been established detailing the owners or  lessors of the various properties, unfortunately some local traders and other enquirers have been put off by the lack of development at the Hunts Road site but a limited amount of small scale investment is taking place.

The Stirchley Community Market has become established and local businesses and traders have been very supportive of it. The business community in Stirchley feels that the centre has reasonable potential and that would be enhanced once the large scale investments and associated infrastructure alterations have taken place locally.
Points raised by Residents;
Student accommodation is causing concerns as it is slowly coming down Umberslade Road from Raddlebarn Road bringing with it rubbish and anti social behavior concerns which may affect business potential.
 Disability Awareness amongst the business community seems slow to implemented, too many local businesses offer little or no  access to the less able members of the community, perhaps an integrated approach needs to be made.

Potential Chain Store Interest Residents asked if there was any local interest from companies such as Boots, Pound stretcher  etc rather than letting them all go to Kings Heath or Northfield, unfortunately most of Stirchley’s  infrastructure and property is either unattractive or not fit for purpose and hence if little interest to chain stores.

Local Takeaway Food Premises Residents feel that the local take away's need to be more socially responsible especially regarding litter and other detritus left by their customers – “ Keep Stirchley Tidy” , there is also the problems caused by inconsiderate parking.

Following Matt’s presentation Councillor Huxtable wished to record the thanks of the Stirchley business community for all his hard work, the Chairman of the Forum proffered a vote of thanks and this was endorsed by the meeting.

A.O.B.
Unfortunately owing time constraints it was not possible to take “any other business” matters.

Future meeting dates.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a Work Day on Sunday the 27th February 2011 starting at 10.30 hrs.

Stirchley Community Market will be held on Tuesday 1st March 2011 at SUWMC from 16.00 hrs.

TASCOS Employees Reunion  To be held on 26th of March 2011 at the TASCOS Club from 14.00 hrs please see local publicity for further information

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 14th March 2011 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs. A Representative from National Express West Midlands has been invited to answer questions regarding the 27 and other bus routes.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.05 hrs.

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

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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« Reply #35 on: April 07, 2011, 06:21:03 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th March 2011

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Lawrence Wilson NXWM Yardley Wood, Mike Lambden NXWM HQ Bordesley Green PCSO’s Salma Stor and Mike Bowen WMP, PCSO Andy Pope from the WM Police Safer Travel Team, Roger Clarke 2011 Census Office, Tony Fox Friends of Canon Hill Park and 38 Forum members.

Apologies: Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Rob Sealey, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Sally Kirkham Environmental Warden, Sandra Cooper, 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 14th February 2011 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.

The 27 Bus A discussion with National Express West Midlands
Lawrence Wilson Garage Manager at Yardley Wood and Mike Lambden from National Express HQ at Bordesley Green introduced themselves and gave an overview of the 27 Bus route from the company’s perspective, including the statutory obligations and operational requirements, they are aware of the current poor time keeping of the service and stated that a team of on street inspectors were being deployed and that on street monitoring of the service was being carried out.
The following points were then raised by residents;
Following the extension of the 27 route to the Maypole time keeping has become a problem with frequent late buses and occasional non appearance of buses, or two together- this was occurring both to and from the Maypole. We were told some 15 months ago that cutting the 27 service from every 15 mins to every 20 mins would result in a more reliable service; unfortunately this has proved not to be the case.
There a problems with school children in peak hours with cases of passengers being left behind owing to full buses, a request was made for additional or strengthened services between 08.15 and 09.30 and again between 15.00 and 16.00 hrs.
Real Time Information for route 27 residents felt it would be better to know what was happening.
Problems with Smart Card Readers these occasionally are not working or they fail to recognize valid passes; there is also a problem that wheel chair passengers who cannot reach the Smart Card reader.
Disrupted Services when service disruption occurs drivers have instructions to contact the garage to enable the “On Road Team” of Inspectors to take action to ensure a reasonable level of service to be provided, Revenue Protection Staff are also being deployed to combat fraudulent travel.
Vehicle Problems The kneeling feature was non operational on some vehicles, some vehicles were displaying incorrect or no destination blinds, vehicle cleanliness left something to be desired, recently applied transfers advising the “Buggy Capacity” on vehicles were confusing as some read up to 2 buggies at the discretion of the driver, others read only 2 buggies on the vehicle, there is also confusion over standing passengers..
Customer Feed Back  is always requested and may be made by post, phone or via the company website full details should be displayed on each vehicle.

Council Initiatives being worked on Councillor Huxtable advised that in an effort to assist better running of local bus services including the 27, 45 and 47 Birmingham City in conjunction with Centro were carrying out the following;
Traffic Lights at key junctions would be rephrased, Traffic restrictions such as No Stopping Orders would be installed outside school premises (such as Woodbrooke Road) , A Community Transport Initiative giving smarter choices along the Pershore Road A441 and Bristol Road A38 corridors has been proposed and a greener “Low Carbon Corridor” will be introduced.
Following the discussion Lawrence Wilson and Mike Lambden thanked the residents for their input and noted the City’s initiatives and compliments made about some of the drivers on the 27 route, the Chairman of the Forum proffered a vote of thanks and this was endorsed by the meeting.

West Midlands Police “Safer Travel Team”
PCSO Andy Pope based at Centro House gave an overview of the Safer Travel Team, there are 3 teams of Officers who have to cover the whole Road Network of the West Midland (Rail is handled by the British Transport Police) most of the teams work is “intelligence lead” under the “See Something – Say Something” scheme, cards for which were given out, contact maybe made by phone, text or email or if serious by dialing 999.  The teams work in conjunction with bus company security officers or revenue protection staff to prevent fraudulent travel and Anti social behavior the teams are equipped with a vehicle which can monitor the on board CCTV fitted to most buses and this has led to a number of arrests by targeting officers to a certain location or vehicle. The teams may be present in uniform or plain clothes and covert operations in conjunction with sniffer dogs are carried out regularly
Residents raised the following points; Smoking on the 45 / 47 services especially between 09.30 and 10.30 hrs, Feet on seats, and misuse of out of date tickets.
Following the presentation by PCSO Pope the Chairman of the Forum proffered a vote of thanks and this was endorsed by the meeting.

2011 Census Roger Clarke from the Census office addressed the meeting and stated that all local homes should have received a Census Pack with details of information to be collected and contact numbers in many languages for guidance and help in completing the Census form.

Planning
No new planning applications have been notified.

A.O.B.
Reduced opening hours at Bournville Station Councillor Huxtable raised this important issue please support the campaign to stop this happening.

Matthew Powell Town Centre Manager has received funding to stay in place until 31st October 2011.
 
Mr David Cifford has been appointed as head Teacher at Stirchley Community School.

Clever Litter Bins with LED lighting fitted outside local Takeaway’s are being provided by “Keep Britain Tidy”.

Future meeting dates.

Transport Users Forum Tuesday 15th March at South Yardley Library commencing at 19.00 hrs
Health Voices Network  Tuesday 15th March at The Hazel well Hub commencing at 18.00 hrs

Bournville Ward Committee Tuesday 22nd March March at Stirchley Community School commencing at 18.00 hrs

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;
Bournville and Masefield Areas Wednesday 23rd March  at Rowheath Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.
Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas  Wednesday 30th March at Cotteridge Community Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a Litter Pick on Saturday the 9th April 2011 starting at 10.30 hrs.

Stirchley Community Market will be held on Tuesday 12th April 2011 at SUWMC from 16.00 hrs.

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 11th April 2011 at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street commencing at 19.30 hrs. Our guest will be Judith Parry- Evans to discuss the Stirchley Local Development Plan..

There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.10 hrs.

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
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 #36 on: May 15, 2011, 06:36:22 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 11th April 2011

Present:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management Committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Karen Stevens WSO, Jane Murray Prospectors Stirchley, Judith Parry- Evans Regeneration Manager Planning and Development for Birmingham City Council, Sgt. Isobel Knowles WMP, Jean Glenn and John Clayton of the Selly Park South Forum and 76 Forum members.

Apologies: Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Rob Sealey, Sally Kirkham Environmental Warden.

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

The minutes of the meeting dated 14th March 2011 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.

Prospector’s Stirchley
Jane Murray from Prospector’s Stirchley spoke and gave an overview of the project, Prospectors Stirchley is a not for profit company with a background in Arts and Crafts, they are avid supporters of Stirchley and all the projects personnel are local residents.  Stirchley is a very closely knit community which has a lot of unique features and there is a strong sense of community.  The project has secured Arts Council funding and in a bid to “get to know the community” a number of short term arts projects across all age groups will take place, these will become long term community art. The project is scheduled to last 6 months commencing on 23rd May 2011, a number of themes will be followed for example; The Routes how people get to and travel through Stirchley all travel modes will be incorporated,  Shops empty green spaces and development opportunities. 

Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document – Judith Parry-Evans
Judith Parry Evans Regeneration Manager introduced herself and gave an overview of the Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), a Planning strategy has been prepared all of which has to be in line with planning law and the city’s strategic planning documents.
Purposes of the SPD:  to regenerate Stirchley and confirm the city’s overall aspirations, guide the planning applications made, ensure that sites for redevelopment will contribute to the regeneration objectives.
Processes within the SPD are as follows;
Gather evidence by surveys and issues,  Production and Consultations, assessing the gathered evidence,  Adoption of the SPD after consultations with Council Officers.
To aid local consultations a leaflet inviting comments and suggestions  was distributed to the membership, please return them via the Constituency Office by the 1st of May

As part of the SPD 5 broad themes have been developed:
Retail Change, Environment and Heritage, Transport and Parking, Community (Civic and Leisure), Commercial and Industrial.  To aid this Stirchley has been divided into zones; Ten Acres, Northern Gateway (Dog pool Area), The High Street, Industrial Areas, Ecological Assets,  Southern Gateway (Breedon and Lifford Areas)

Following this explanation a number of points were raised.
Fordhouse Lane / Pershore Road Junction this junction needs urgent changes but regrettably no funding is currently available, if the old Arvin Meretor site is redeveloped section 106 monies may be available. Two potential developers have expressed interest in the site.
Picnic tables and amenities on the Rea Valley Walkway ( adjacent to Dog pool Lane have been provided could they be further developed to provide some kind of sports facility.
Constraints on redevelopments When sites are redeveloped can any form of constraint be placed on usage, Food takeaways were specifically cited, or can they be grouped together.
Tesco Section 106 Monies(agreed 09/10) these are not subject to the SPD unless the existing Planning Consents are substantially altered
Highways Issues Proper signage particularly HGV routes need to be designated along the Pershore Road Bournville Lane and Fordhouse Lane corridors
Hazelwell Lane Site  requires to be urgently tidied up can any pressure be put on the Owners and Developer of this site, Richard Green and the Police have taken part in a “Walkabout of the sites and this matter is being pursued with the relevant parties.
Feed back from Stirchley Happenings Feedback will be supplied to Judith Parry-Evans to give local feeling regarding small and Independent Retailers within Stirchley, it is believed that Matt Powell has compiled a local Town Centre Guide for Independent retailers.
Ethical Considerations A member of the audience spoke regarding the ethical aspects of relying on Section 106 monies to enable regeneration of some parts of Stirchley, he also queried whether the disabled and less able members of the community were considered within the planning and regeneration strategies, this gentleman’s remarks were supported by a number of residents within the audience.
Changes to the Eastside ( Cartland Road Area ) A number of residents queried what changes to amenity and the environment  will take place once the Hunts Road site has been developed, will walking and cycling routes to and from the School and Station areas be improved, as part of this the canal towpaths were in urgent need of improvement or resurfacing.

Following the Presentation and Feedback Judith Parry-Evans expressed her thanks to the meeting and the Chairman of the Forum gave a vote of thanks to her, which was endorsed by those present.

Planning
No new planning applications have been notified.

A.O.B.
No A.O.B. was tabled.

Future meeting dates.

Stirchley Community Market will be held on Tuesday 12th April 2011 at SUWMC from 16.00 hrs.

The Next Police Tasking meetings will take place as follows;
Bournville and Masefield Areas Wednesday 20th April at Masefield Community Centre commencing at 19.00 hrs.
Stirchley and Cotteridge Areas  Wednesday 27th April at Stirchley Community Church commencing at 19.00 hrs.

The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Monday 25h April 2011 starting at 13.00 hrs.

Royal Wedding Screening at Stirchley Community Church on Friday 29th April starting at 10.00 hrs.

The Next Forum Meeting will take place on Monday 9th May 2011 at the Stirchley Community Centre on Pershore Road commencing at 19.30 hrs. Our guest will be  Richard Timothy from Amey Contractors.

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

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559.
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 #37 on: July 05, 2011, 06:26:05 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 13th June 2011
There were 128 residents, local traders and committee members present.
There are 2 apologises from G. Weil & M Weil
Three Councillors Timothy Huxtable, Nigel Dawkins & Rob Sealey
Karen Stevens, ward support Officer. Jeanne Glen from selly park south Neighbourhood forum & Tony Fox from the friends of cannon Hill Park
Also present were Lucie Ann Brailsford, Richard Huteson & Jo France Representatives from Asda.
Peter Wright. Senior regenerative officer, for south Birmingham, Birmingham city council.
 Warren Bellamy, Highways officer Birmingham city council.                       

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

Peter Walker then invited the team from Asda to give their presentation,
Lucie Ann Brailsford gave the presentation which came in the way of a slide show and she gave an outline of what the store would look like and also the types of goods that they will be selling.
There will be up to 300 jobs created.
 We were also told what the changes to Stirchley were going to be concerning the road network infrastructure.
Like new traffic lights on the Pershore road and Lifford Lane, she then told us what buildings would be lost so that an entrance could be placed on the high Street.
The Chairman then invited the audience to ask their Questions and make any comments they would like to make. 
QUESTIONS FROM RESIDENTS &TRADERS

•   What is the time scale for the opening of the store?
we were told that the application had only gone in at the end of may we were told by Peter Wright said that any concerns about the application they needed to be put in writing before it went to the planning committee to do with the effect on the local area, answers such as, I don’t like Asda are not acceptable.
        We were told that when permission was finally granted it would be between, 9 to 12 to construct
        The store

•   The loss of parking on the main road and the loss of disabled parking on the main road  outside the bank and the problems with the extra traffic we were told that members of the public would be allowed to use the car park
•   What would the impact be the residents of Fordhouse lane for example the extra HGV we were told that no more than 4 HGVs a day, with smaller Lorries and vans how many they could not say what that number was.
•   Some of the residents of Ivy road were concerned with the security of the site and the fact that the recycling bins were to placed to the rear of their properties’ Asda said that they would talk to them and resolve it as soon as possible. Also that there would be a 6 foot wooden fence erected at the border with their gardens and they were told that there will be CCTV 24 hours a day.
•   There   were concerns to what impact the store would have on the environment like where the extra rainfall will go and what they will do to improve the river rea walkway.
Asda said that there will be a buffer zone, that at this time it might be an open plan or enclosed,
 this will down to the planning committee and that it would be planted in a sympathetic way and that they would look into the water issue.
•    Some of the residents of Windsor road are unhappy with the proposal to make it a one way system with the access from Pershore road end they were told that it would be looked into by the council team.
•   Another issue is to do with the old chapel in Mayfield close as many of the local people said that it held many fond memories and they would sad if it was lost as it is part of Stirchley’s history Asda said that they are looking to see if it is viable to keep the chapel.
Other issues that are to do with stirchley
 
The other subject to come up is to do with the other store that is proposed is Tesco on Hazelwell lane  we were told by the team from the council that there  has been another challenge by the Coop and that it might go to A judicial revue . And that compulsory purchase might need to go before an enquiry and that could take up to 18 months. This means that it might take up to 2 years before we know when Tesco will be built

The next police tasking meeting
 Will take place on the 20th July 2011 at Masefield community centre commencing at 19.00 hours.
The next forum will take place on Monday 8th august 2011 at the stirchley community centre on Pershore road commencing at 19.30 hrs.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00 hrs.

The forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 814559
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 meeting; the forum may take a stance(positive/negative) on planning Applications discussed at the meeting or on the 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 a third parties either at or Following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other Communication are those of the distributer/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #38 on: August 12, 2011, 09:33:59 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday11th July 2011
There were 36 Resident local traders and committee members present
There are 8 apologises Sandra Cooper, R Cooper, G Glen, J Clayton, Tony Fox, Judith Jones, Roxie Collins, and Chris Swann,
Also present where Councillor Timothy Huxtable PCSO Sally Store Wm Police Jayne Murray and Emma Larkinson from Stirchley Prospects and Alex Keen from the friends of Hazelwell park.     
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for attending.
Peter Walker then invited Jayne and Emma to give their presentation.

They started by telling us about themselves they stated they had been interested in Stirchley for many years and had wanted to do something like this for a long time and what they are hoping to do within the stirchley area, firstly they said that they are going to open stirchley prospects to which they have funding until 2012  and that it will be opened on the 4th of August by the deputy Mayoress Gill Gregory  this is to be a centre for the public to come and see what Stirchley was like in the past and also what it could like in the future.
They said that there are lots of Photographs of the area to be looked at and that they would like the people from stirchley to help them, with their research by telling them about the lost parts of the high street and the local area, such as what shops were on the high Street They said that are planning to put together a news letter called Stirchley Knows, and would like as much input from as many sources as possible, they thanked us for giving them the time to give  this presentation. then they answered any questions that were asked of them.
Peter Walker thanked them and then asked Alex Keen from the friends of Hazelwell Park to give his presentation about Hazelwell park.
Alex started by giving us a detailed list of what they would like to see happen to the park and their vision for the future of it for example improving the footpaths and signage and that they would like to have a area for the older children to play this could be next to the existing play area or connected to the cycle cross at the top of the park he then thanked the forum for funding the bird boxes and told us about the success of the Easter egg hunt that was held in the park and that they had both been well supported by the local population he then answered any questions that was asked of him.
Peter walker thanked him for his time in giving this presentation. it went onto updates about what was brought up at the last meeting the first one was about the proposed planning for the corner of ivy road we were told that it will be looked into next was what is happening about the Asda store on the Arvin Meritor site there are concerns about the impact that it might have the local area we were told that the recycling bin are to be relocated to a different part of the site, and also the large amount of HGVs will have on ford house lane, and that the drivers might try and use Lifford Lane as a short cut It was suggested that as the Lifford curve is now vacant that Asda use that as a marshalling yard for their delivery vehicles to park up until needed or they park up and have a timed slot to deliver we was also told that if permission is granted  work on the store could be started in early 2012. Next was what is happening with the community centre and indoor bowling club we was told that the bowling was going to Billesley common.
Next  peter asked PCSO Sally Store for any police update Sally said that there had been some break in of sheds in the area it had mainly of tools and cycles, then members of the public told her that vehicles are parking across the zigzag lines on pelican lights early in the morning leaving their engines running and also when they are getting money out cash machines
Next we went to new issues the first question was about the Bridge on dog pool lane when was the reconstruction taking place, Councillor Huxtable that it was due to start in 2012 at about the time that Asda might start and as they will have to do work on ford house lane the council do not want the local area to be in total grid lock so it will have to be looked into again, we was then told about a local company that bucking the trend and exporting goods this is Cameron Price which works within a residential area of stirchley, also it was noted that the area that Asda said could be used by them market is not large enough and that when the club next door goes will there be room at the new community centre they were told that it will be looked into   at a later date,
The date of the next forum meeting is on Monday the 10th October at Stirchley community centre on Pershore Road at 19.30 hrs
There being no other business the meeting was closed at 21.00 hrs.
The forum’s contact number for texts and messages is 07514 814559
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 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 hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meeting; The forum may take at stance (positive/neutral)on planning Applications discussed at the meeting or on the changes to Community/Neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood forum area.
3)   The Forums 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 the right to attend and speak at Stirchley neighbourhood Forum Meetings, but business owners, not resident within the froum area, cannot make up a quorum)
5)   The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by a third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributer/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #39 on: September 05, 2011, 05:02:27 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday11th July 2011

There were 36 Resident local traders and committee members present
There are 8 apologises Sandra Cooper, R Cooper, G Glen, J Clayton, Tony Fox, Judith Jones, Roxie Collins, and Chris Swann,
Also present where Councillor Timothy Huxtable PCSO Sally Store Wm Police Jayne Murray and Emma Larkinson from Stirchley Prospects and Alex Keen from the friends of Hazelwell park.     
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for attending.
Peter Walker then invited Jayne and Emma to give their presentation.

They started by telling us about themselves they stated they had been interested in Stirchley for many years and had wanted to do something like this for a long time and what they are hoping to do within the stirchley area, firstly they said that they are going to open stirchley prospects to which they have funding until 2012  and that it will be opened on the 4th of August by the deputy Mayoress Gill Gregory  this is to be a centre for the public to come and see what Stirchley was like in the past and also what it could like in the future.
They said that there are lots of Photographs of the area to be looked at and that they would like the people from stirchley to help them, with their research by telling them about the lost parts of the high street and the local area, such as what shops were on the high Street They said that are planning to put together a news letter called Stirchley Knows, and would like as much input from as many sources as possible, they thanked us for giving them the time to give  this presentation. then they answered any questions that were asked of them.
Peter Walker thanked them and then asked Alex Keen from the friends of Hazelwell Park to give his presentation about Hazelwell park.
Alex started by giving us a detailed list of what they would like to see happen to the park and their vision for the future of it for example improving the footpaths and signage and that they would like to have a area for the older children to play this could be next to the existing play area or connected to the cycle cross at the top of the park he then thanked the forum for funding the bird boxes and told us about the success of the Easter egg hunt that was held in the park and that they had both been well supported by the local population he then answered any questions that was asked of him.
Peter walker thanked him for his time in giving this presentation. it went onto updates about what was brought up at the last meeting the first one was about the proposed planning for the corner of ivy road we were told that it will be looked into next was what is happening about the Asda store on the Arvin Meritor site there are concerns about the impact that it might have the local area we were told that the recycling bin are to be relocated to a different part of the site, and also the large amount of HGVs will have on ford house lane, and that the drivers might try and use Lifford Lane as a short cut It was suggested that as the Lifford curve is now vacant that Asda use that as a marshalling yard for their delivery vehicles to park up until needed or they park up and have a timed slot to deliver we was also told that if permission is granted  work on the store could be started in early 2012. Next was what is happening with the community centre and indoor bowling club we was told that the bowling was going to Billesley common.
Next  peter asked PCSO Sally Store for any police update Sally said that there had been some break in of sheds in the area it had mainly of tools and cycles, then members of the public told her that vehicles are parking across the zigzag lines on pelican lights early in the morning leaving their engines running and also when they are getting money out cash machines
Next we went to new issues the first question was about the Bridge on dog pool lane when was the reconstruction taking place, Councillor Huxtable that it was due to start in 2012 at about the time that Asda might start and as they will have to do work on ford house lane the council do not want the local area to be in total grid lock so it will have to be looked into again, we was then told about a local company that bucking the trend and exporting goods this is Cameron Price which works within a residential area of stirchley, also it was noted that the area that Asda said could be used by them market is not large enough and that when the club next door goes will there be room at the new community centre they were told that it will be looked into   at a later date,
The date of the next forum meeting is on Monday the 10th October at Stirchley community centre on Pershore Road at 19.30 hrs
There being no other business the meeting was closed at 21.00 hrs.
The forum’s contact number for texts and messages is 07514 814559
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 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 hold a neutral stance to all political items which are raised at the meeting; The forum may take at stance (positive/neutral)on planning Applications discussed at the meeting or on the changes to Community/Neighbourhoods services which affect the Neighbourhood forum area.
3)   The Forums 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 the right to attend and speak at Stirchley neighbourhood Forum Meetings, but business owners, not resident within the froum area, cannot make up a quorum)
5)   The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by a third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting. The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributer/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum   



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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #40 on: October 03, 2011, 07:34:26 PM »
Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 12th September 2011
Present Chairman and members of the forums management committee, Councillor Nigel Dawkins Councillor Timothy Huxtable Karen Stevens and PCSO Sally Stor
Guests Gary Peel from Bupa fun run, And Alice Watts from StMarys Hospice
Apologises   Councillor Rob Sealy John Clayton Selly Park Neighbourhood Forum G Weill M Weil, B Bird,
 P Collins and C Swann.
Peter walker took the chair, and welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked them for their attendance.
The minutes of the meeting dated 11th July 2011 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes There were no matters arising
Peter Walker then introduced Gary Peel
Bupa fun Run   Gary Peel told the forum about the Fun run, he stated that roads will be closed from 3.00 am until3.00pm on Sunday the 23rd October 2011, and that the start would be at the sandpits part of Birmingham and finish on Broad Street
The race would start at 9.30 am for wheelchair users and 10.00 am for the main runners, and that there are about 12,000 participants this year, but there is room for 15000, when he was asked about at what times the roads will reopen he said that they would be opened as and when the last runners had finished going past certain points on route and any stragglers will be ask to run on the pavement.
Peter Walker thanked Gary for his presentation and then introduced Alice Watts from St Marys Hospice
Presentation from Alice Watts Alice said that she was the senior fund raiser for St Marys hospice then told us about what the hospice, and that it was not too late to be joining in with the run, also, she asked if anyone would like stand outside fitness first and cheer on those who are running on behalf of the hospice.
Alice then asked for volunteers, for a fund raising event, the event runs from the 30th September until the 1st October 2011 and asked for volunteers, she said to rattle tins to collect money for the hospice.
Peter Walker then thanked Alice for her presentation.     
Planning issues   Sandra Cooper the Planning officer said, that she is no longer receives information from the planning office, and Councillors was asked to intervene.  A question was asked about the recycling yard on Pershore road, and would it be relocated when the area is redeveloped and what is planned for the sight
Police issues Concerns about the speed of traffic on Pershore road and Hazelwell Street mainly after the child that was knocked down on Hazelwell St, it was suggested that zigzag lines or having parts of the road narrowed might help, councillors said that it would be looked into.
Traffic control on River brook drive is causing hold ups and that vehicles are doing dangerous manoeuvres on Cartland Road. Councillor Huxtable is to investigate.
Stirchley Fun day Peter Walker told us about the Fun day on 17th September what time it would start and that there had been a good response from local traders in donating prizes for the raffle, he also told us what stalls would be there like bouncy castle and Viking re-enactment .
 Any Other business We were told by a group that are squatting in the old Whitmarley factory of various events that they will be holding but when they was asked if they had any public liability insurance for those events, if they did not, should someone had an accident they would be liable, there was no further discussion on this subject,
Dog fouling, it was raised that some areas are worse that others, and what can be done about it? And how many people have been stopped by the dog warden and fined. Also that in the play area in Hazelwell Park there had been seen broken glass in the bark chippings, and that families are not going to it because of the speed that cyclists are travelling along the Rea valley route. It was felt, that it would not be long before an accident will happen to a young child, a question was asked by residents of Ford house lane concerning parking outside their houses by staff at Lifford house, when they have parking spaces on site.  One resident said that one car was parked all day and it stopped a disabled friend that visit’s from parking outside. Also are the office workers to be charged for the parking. The residents were asked by the councillor, that if the registration number was given to him, they would ask the owner to park in the car park.
 Another question raised, was about the contract of the centre manager for Stirchley, we were told that he has only 3 months left on his contract and the council are looking into getting further funding for him.
There was disappointment expressed by some residents, as they felt that he had done a good job bringing businesses into Stirchley.
Friends of Hazelwell park   they gave the dates of work days in the park 8th and 19th October 10.30am to 2.00pm
Stirchley outdoor market the market in November will be held on the car park of Stirchley working mens club on the first Tuesday of the month at 4.00pm
The next forum meeting will be on Monday 10th October @7.30pm, in Stirchley community centre
There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.00pm
Disclaimer on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood 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 effect the Neighbourhood forum area
3)   The 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 the right to attend and speak at stirchley Neighbourhood forum Meetings, but business owners not resident within the forum area, cannot make up quorum)
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #41 on: November 01, 2011, 05:35:15 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
  Notes of the meeting which took place on Monday 10th October 2011
Present Chair and member of Forum’s management Committee Councillors Timothy Huxtable, and Rob Seeley, Karen Stevens ward support officer Arun Rajan from Stirchley traders Association Helen Osborn       from Centro also,  Pcso Sally Stor the total  present were 33 Apologises. Sandra Cooper Councillor Dawkins M Weil G Weil David Gee
  Matters arising from the last meeting It was brought to the forum’s attention that the accident on Hazelwell street involving a young child was because the child slipped from their parents hand and ran into the path of the vehicle the gentleman stated that the person driving the car was not speeding and could not avoid hitting the child, as she did not have the time so stop. After the meeting the issue which bought up the accident was explained to the gentleman.
  Stirchley loyalty card launch Peter Walker introduced Arun Rajan from stirchley news. Arun was introducing the Stirchley loyalty card, he said that various traders had brought so that resident could get a discount of products bought at their shops the card can obtained from shops involved in the scheme.
Posters are displayed in participating shop windows.
Stirchley Fun day Peter Walker gave a report on the Fun day, he said that everyone had a great time He said that some prizes had not been claimed and that the Forum raised £535.50 on the fun day raffle & tombola, there was then a short video shown of highlights of the day. 
  Committee nominations  Peter then told us that  the forum’s need to have more people to be involved with the Forum and asked for nominations for Committee members ready for the AGM in November,
  Stirchley Prospectors   Emma Larkinson then gave a short update on what they had been doing and told us of two meetings to be held on 11th and 25th October, Regarding travel &transport to be held at stirchley Prospects and that people should book their places to attend, as space is limited.
  Asda Plans update  Peter said that Asda have asked for a public meeting which will be held on Monday 7th November at Stirchley Community Church at 7.30pm.
  Tesco update we were told that Tesco had amended their plans for the store and had submitted a new planning Application and that we would find out what is happening in the future.
  Police Issues we were told that the police had attended two premises in stirchley and had found illegal substances in them one is believed to be the old motorcycle shop opposite stirchley bowl.
Any other Business A question was asked by a resident of Ford house Lane if it would be possible for the council to put a crossing on Ford house Lane, by Pershore road as it is difficult for them to get across the road, this then involved at times a heated exchange with members of the public to which Councillor Huxtable explained the councils stance and what the costs would be to put one in, also, in the light of the Asda planning application, any work done, may have to be undone in the near future.
Another issue was that the wall next to Mary vale house was falling down.  The next issue was that in Hazelwell lane Contractor had placed concrete blocks at the gates on the old BT and Phillip Harris site but they had left three gates unblocked. And the next item was, that the squatters in Whitmarley site are putting flyers up calling themselves the Whitmarley project, Councillor Huxtable was asked is this illegal, the person who said this stated that they would take these poster down when they see them.

Wendy Pearson from ten acres resident told us about the new plans for selly Oak and Sainsbury’s Store and that the plans are available from Sainsbury’s store.
The next Forum meeting will be the held on Monday the 14th of December at stirchley Community Centre on Pershore road at 7.30pm.
This is our AGM and we need at least 40 residents to attend as we rely on this for the forum to obtain funding for the coming year.
Stirchley market will be held on the first Tuesday in December at Stirchley working man’s club at 4.00pm in the main hall
Christmas lights switch on will be held on the 2nd December at 5.00pm outside Stirchley Community School if there are any changes they will be put on the Forum’s web site. 
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.00hrs

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
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 meeting; 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 the right to attend and speak at Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meetings but business owners not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up a 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 #42 on: December 03, 2011, 06:24:15 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Notes Of the meeting which took place on Monday 14th November 2011-11-27Present the chair and members of the Forum’s Management Committee Councillors Timothy Huxtable Rob Sealey and Nigel Dawkins Karen Stevens ward support officer Sergeant Isobel Knowles and Pcso Sally Stor and members from Amey contractors and national express in total there were 80 members of the public present at the meeting
Apologises   Rose Jones, Bill Bird, Roxie Collins, and Chris Swann, Even that he was not in the actual meeting  Councillor Timothy Huxtable gave to a Committee member his apologises due the fact that he was held in various meetings with members of the public that came to see him without prior Knowledge,

Appointment of new Committee members  Peter Walker as chairman welcomed all to this Agm and began by saying that all Forum Committee Members are willing to stand for a further year until the next Agm,  He then gave a special thanks to Colin Simpkins who was our secretary although has not officially retired illness keeps him from continuing as secretary. Rowena Evans was seconded to the group although not living in the area she is keen to assist and will become the new secretary. there was then a verbal account of finances given,  Peter walker then stepped down as chairman as did the Committee, And asked Sergeant Knowles to take the chair to which she did She then thanked him and spoke about the role that the Police play in society, And how savings had to be made in the budget, saying that the Police will endeavour to work to the upmost with the restricted finances Sergeant Knowles then praised the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum for it’s work in the community, she then named the persons that had put their names forward Peter walker, Margaret Walker, Brenda Thomas, Sandra Cooper, Mike Jones, Judi Jones Ann Newbold, Paula Aubrey, Ron Coley, Bill bird, And Dave Jee,  Peter walker then took the chair again and asked if there was any more nominations to the Committee  there were Non George Weil then Seconded the election nominations.
The replacement of dog pool lane bridge  Peter then welcomed the representives from Amey and West midlands travel to give their presentation they then spoke about the work to replace the bridge on dog pool lane they said that the bridge must be changed and what it meant to the local area  such as the route change of the number 76 the bus will go down pineapple road then Cartland road then Pershore road and onto Warwards Lane to which there will be a passing place with double yellow lines to enable buses to pass safely there then was a discussion about what was mentioned the first was about the buses mainly from pensioners saying that they would not have access to them and that it will limit the way that they go about their day if they lived on the bottom part of the pineapple estate and that they would have far to walk to Catch a bus and why wasn’t the bus coming down to the stop by the Highbury pub and then go up to pineapple road and follow the above planned route as they were first told at previous meetings there were many and varied solutions put forward about the bus route changes such as making Warwards lane one-way and turn right onto Pershore road at the end of st Stephens road but we were told that it wasn’t possible due to the road layout another was for the bus to go down selly park road and then onto Pershore road that would help those who live near dog pool lane,  but we were told that they would lose to many stops  but they were told that it was only two stops on Warwards lane and  then by many residents of Warwards lane  saying that some of them would not have parking  access near their homes, Wmt said that they had planned the route as not to lose to many bus stops and revenue it then came very clear that both Amey and Wmt did not know the area at all and that they are just roads on a map then one of the reps from Wmt said that he was new to the area  then Sergeant Knowles said that both contractors should go on a walk about with members of the public and find out what it would be like for the residents if these changes went ahead. It was said that if anyone interested in doing this that they leave their contact details to both parties after the meeting. And, that there were maps at the back of the hall so that we could see the routes and give our opinions to them.

The next meeting will take place on Monday the 12th January at Stirchley Community centre on Pershore road at 7.30pm.
There being no other issues the meeting closed at 9.10pm

The Forum’s contact number for texts or messages is 07514 815 559
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

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 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 meeting; 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. ( but business owners, not resident within the Forum’s area, do not have the right to attend and speak at Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meetings but business owners not resident within the Forum area, cannot make up a 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 if the Neighbourhood Form.

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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2012, 06:57:47 PM »
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Minutes of Meeting held on 9th January 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Helen Osborn and Emma Beech from Centro, PCSO Sally Stor, and 18 others.
Apologies:   S.J. Aubrey, John Clayton (SPSNF), Roxie Collins (Stirchley Happenings), Councillor Nigel Dawkins, George Weil.
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on December 12th 2011 were circulated and agreed as a true record of that meeting.   
Matters arising from the minutes
It was reported that ASDA has still not contacted residents about the revised plans for the Fordhouse Lane/Pershore Rd junction although these would significantly alter traffic flows in the neighbourhood; Councillor Huxtable will follow this up.
Pershore Road Travel Choices
Helen Osborn (Sustainable Traffic Officer) and Emma Beech (Travel Advisor) from Centro gave an update on the Pershore Road Travel Choices project, which has been running since February 2011.  The project aims to reduce traffic congestion on the Pershore Road by promoting alternative forms of transport; 5000 people living along the route have been contacted by the Centro team, and so far the results have been very positive, with 28% reporting that they have made changes to the way they travel.  The project has also worked with local schools, businesses and community groups, and has been involved with a number of events including the Stirchley Prospects Transport Workshop and the Community Market Christmas Carol Walk.  The project will run until June 2012, but support for sustainable travel will continue to be provided by Centro after this date. 
Tony Fox (Cannon Hill Park Friends) congratulated Helen and Emma on the project; he then added that CHPF would be launching a Carbon Free Football League in half term, and that the park would be staging a Community Games to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
A representative of St Andrews Healthcare reported that, as a result of the project, staff had increased their use of car sharing and public transport, and that their lunchtime walks had benefitted both staff and patients.
Felipe Molina, speaking on behalf of the Friends of Hazelwell Park, expressed an interest in linking up with the Pershore Road Travel Choices team to develop future projects.
Helen Osborn thanked everyone who had taken part in the project, and said how much she had enjoyed building networks within the local community. 
Councillor Huxtable reported that 10 routes in the Midlands were the subject of bids to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; one of these was the South Birmingham Technology Corridor (A38 and A441), and this project, if successful, would include infrastructure works in addition to building upon the work of the Pershore Road Travel Choices project.
Number 76 Bus Route
Councillor Huxtable reported that Centro are looking at providing a limited shoppers’ service to connect the Pineapple Estate to Kings Heath while Dogpool Lane is closed for bridge reconstruction, and the number 76 bus is rerouted along Cartland Rd.
Concern was raised that local residents were still unaware of the planned road closure; Councillor Huxtable stated that residents would be notified when a start date was known, but that this was dependent on the outcome of ASDA’s planning application, as approval might mean postponement of the project whilst the Fordhouse Lane/Pershore Rd junction was remodelled.
Planning applications
2011/03485/PA: Sandra Cooper reported that the Forum has made a submission on ASDA’s revised planning application, based on comments from previous meetings.
2011/08070/PA: The period for comments to be submitted on the conversion of Franklin House to residential use has been extended to January 26th. 
Councillor Huxtable stated that the proposed development would not include any student accommodation, and that there had been a mixed response from local residents: Cadbury/Kraft are objecting to the scheme and Councillor Dawkins will be presenting a petition from local residents who oppose the development.
2011/07968/PA: The Forum objected to this application for a fast food takeaway, but the Planning Committee has recommended it be approved; Peter Walker expressed his disappointment that the once again the opinions of the Forum and local residents had been disregarded.   
2011/08173/PA: Loaf Social Enterprise Ltd. has applied to convert the former billiards shop at 1421 Pershore Rd into a cookery school, bakery and retail unit for the South Birmingham Food Co-operative.  There was considerable support for the project within the room, but Sandra Cooper expressed her concern about the lack of detail in the application, particularly with regards to the number of people that might use the cookery school given the absence of any designated car parking. 
2011/08190/PA: Magnet has applied for a certificate confirming change of use to retail.
2011/08529/PA: Councillor Huxtable mentioned the proposal to replace the florists and car showroom on Vicarage Rd with a building for A1 (retail) and A5 (takeaway) use, together with the development of 7 self-contained apartments.
Policing update
PCSO Sally Stor reported that vehicle crime continued to be a problem: plain clothes officers were operating in the village, but residents should not leave valuables in their cars. 
The theft of blue bricks by bogus workmen has happened again; if people have any suspicions as to the legitimacy of workmen they should phone 101. 
Local residents were requested to report any suspected cannabis factories to the police. 
PCSO Stor informed the meeting that a woman has been charged following the death of a 76 year old pedestrian on the crossing on Umberslade Rd.
PCSO Stor will pass on details of the following reports: visitors to the Lloyds cash point are leaving their vehicles unattended with the engines running – this presents a dangerous temptation to car thieves; some customers of The Highbury are parking away from the pub car park in order to evade police attention when drink driving; a resident of Newlands Rd was approached by a man driving a van with foreign number plates who asked if his car was available for scrap; the illuminated section of the zebra crossing pole adjacent to Stirchley Community School is not working.
Matters arising   
Brenda Thomas expressed her disappointment that the lights on the Stirchley Christmas tree stopped working on December 15th.  Peter Walker mentioned the comment about Stirchley’s “cheap” Christmas lights that had been posted on the website, but added that this had been followed by extremely positive feedback from someone who had attended the switch-on.
Councillor Huxtable stated that the Pershore Rd would not become a red route, contrary to the opinions of a number of 45/47 bus drivers.
Councillor Huxtable also reported that those streets in Stirchley that had not had new lampposts in the last ten years would be getting the new energy efficient LED street lamps.
A resident of Ashbrook Rd suggested that residents should jointly fund a solution to the quagmire that has developed at the back of their homes; Councillor Huxtable did not think that this was feasible, as not all residents would be willing or able to contribute. 
There was an enquiry about the outcome of the judicial review of the decision by BCC to sell land to Tesco rather than the Co-op.  This began on December 16th but the judgement was deferred as the judge did not feel he had sufficient experience to make a ruling; the review is now scheduled to take place in February at the High Court in Manchester, but Tesco are requesting that it be transferred to London, in which case the review would be delayed until March.  If BCC lose, the full sum paid plus any interest will be returned to Tesco.
A local resident asked whether the money earmarked by the council for the alterations to the Fordhouse Lane/Pershore Rd junction would be available for Stirchley, if this project was paid for by ASDA.  Councillor Huxtable thought this was unlikely, as it had been part of a much larger project to improve junctions along the A4040 number 11 bus route.
Upcoming events   
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on January 11th at the Community Church, 7.00pm.
The next Bournville Ward Committee Meeting is on January 12th at Rowheath Pavilion.
Stirchley Prospects are holding an Urban Design Workshop in their shop on January 12th, 7.30pm, to discuss the public square that ASDA are proposing.  There are also three workshops to discuss the future of Stirchley Park to be held in the park on January 15th, 29th and February 12th.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a meeting on January 22nd, 4.00pm at Stirchley Community Church.  They will be meeting with the park ranger to arrange more work days, as well as collating information from their recent consultation.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting of the SNF will be Monday February 13th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre, and Councillor Dawkins will be giving a talk about the future of Stirchley.
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 Business (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 SNF 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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Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th February 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Emma Larkinson from Stirchley Prospects, Councillor Nigel Dawkins, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Sgt Isobel Knowles and 42 others.
Apologies:   Bill Bird, Roxie Collins (Stirchley Happenings), Jean Glen (SPSNF), Dave Jee and George Weil.
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on January 9th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Matters arising from the minutes
There were no matters arising from the minutes.
Update from Stirchley Prospects
Emma Larkinson from the Community Interest Company Place Prospectors outlined the progress of the Stirchley Prospects project that she and Jayne Murray have been running from the former Crafts ‘n’ Sew On shop on the Pershore Rd.  The project began in June 2011 by researching the history of Stirchley with a view to making a series of interventions aimed at improving the village. 
Subsequently a series of public service workshops brought together local people with experts in transportation, planning policy and urban design to discuss the current traffic situation and the opportunities offered by the proposed ASDA development.  As a result of the transport workshop a series of drawings illustrating suggested improvements to the Pershore Rd were produced; these will be available to view in the Stirchley Prospects shop on March 9th between 6 and 8 pm.  The planning workshop was followed up with a questionnaire that was distributed through the SNF and local traders to determine local opinion as to how any 106 monies could be used; the most popular ideas were shop front improvements, increasing footfall through the provision of activities and better car parking.  The urban design workshop, facilitated by architects Bryant Priest Newman, resulted in a submission to the planning department regarding the design of the proposed public square.
Stirchley Prospects have also worked in partnership with the owners of the International Supermarket on the corner of Church Drive to install an artwork entitled “Prosperity” that references the sources of Stirchley’s past affluence.
The future of Stirchley Village
Councillor Nigel Dawkins thanked the Chairman for inviting him to the Forum and began his talk with an assessment of the current state of Stirchley village.  A number of reasons were suggested for the poor state of the high street: the age and size of the retail units, the narrow pavements and lack of clear car parking, and the relocation or loss of the factories and businesses upon which Stirchley traditionally depended.  The closure of the Bournville Lane Baths in 1987 was described as an “act of vandalism” at a time when Stirchley was already in decline and in need of investment. 
Since Councillor Dawkins was elected in 2002, he has been working towards bringing a large supermarket development to Stirchley as this offered the most realistic option for bringing in the investment required to kick start the wider regeneration of the village.  He reported that Tesco are definitely coming to Stirchley, although there are still a number of hurdles to be overcome.  Tesco will bring regeneration to the North end of the high street with a new store, new retail units, associated landscaping and traffic improvements, a restored Stirchley Baths and the redevelopment of former Kwiksave.  Councillor Dawkins believes that this significant regeneration will attract further investment to the high street.
Stirchley Baths are to be restored as a replacement community centre; this will form part of the new civic centre for Stirchley incorporating the library and Friends Meeting House.  Councillor Huxtable stated that the £3.5 million cost of this project is being funded through section 106 monies, but BCC will be guaranteeing this sum until the judicial review of the sale of land to Tesco by the council is resolved.  The Co-op instigated this action that has set the development back by 5 years, but with BCC support the restoration of the Baths will commence this year.   
Councillor Dawkins conceded that supermarket led regeneration was “not everyone’s cup of tea”; in 2002 he had personally opposed the original planning application submitted by ASDA for the Arvin Meritor site as Tesco were expected to open soon, and the development would result in the loss of industrial land.  However, the changed economic landscape meant that he was now looking very closely at what the current ASDA proposal could offer.  He has stipulated that any supermarket development should not have an adverse effect on existing businesses; consequently the vehicular entrance from the Pershore Rd has been eliminated from the application.  In order to support the existing small scale retail business model, ASDA would fund a Stirchley Village Regeneration Board which would administer the allocation of hundreds of thousands of pounds to projects that would bring Stirchley up to standard and attract new businesses over the next 10 years.  The planning application is yet to be decided, but ASDA have been told that the chapel must be retained.
A local resident expressed their concern that the Co-operative supermarket would fail as result of these new developments, creating a large derelict site in the village.  Councillor Dawkins stated his belief that the Co-op would respond by reconfiguring its business model; additionally he hoped that the Co-op would gift the Friends Meeting House to BCC so that it could form part of the new civic quarter.  Emma Larkinson reported that the Co-op are to let the Friends Meeting House to a tenant from the community sector.
Another resident questioned why the council couldn’t buy the former Levines building adjacent to the Friends Meeting House; Councillor Dawkins stated that this would never happen and that the owners of Levines were trying to rent it out, with no success to date.
Concerns were raised about the car parking provision associated with the Tesco development.  One resident felt that the car park was too distant from the high street to function as a shoppers’ car park; a number of other people expressed their preference for the car park to be at the front of the store.  Councillor Dawkins responded that there were 450 spaces that would be available 24 hours a day and that the car park was located at the rear of the store as any development was required to have a functioning street frontage.  A resident asked whether either Tesco or ASDA would be open 24 hours; Councillor Dawkins stated that this would not happen.   
The current problems associated with illegal parking on the Pershore Rd were raised, as it was thought that these should be addressed before the supermarket developments went ahead as they would exacerbate traffic congestion.  The “tidal” parking system was criticised but Councillor Dawkins explained that this was the fairest system for local businesses and that it should work, but traffic wardens were legally required to give drivers 20 minutes’ notice before issuing a ticket.  Councillor Dawkins was however willing to reassess the tidal system; Emma Larkinson added that the Stirchley Prospects transport workshop had produced a proposal to enhance the Pershore Rd for both road users and pedestrians.  Councillor Dawkins reported that Tesco had been required to prove that their proposed strategy for traffic management would work; likewise ASDA were required to submit a traffic analysis and BCC would make a decision based on the greater good.  A resident of Fordhouse Lane expressed the opinion that their interests were being sacrificed to the demands of high street businesses; they added that the vehicular entrance to ASDA and consequent relocation of bus stops would result in the loss of on street car parking spaces which they depend upon. 
A representative of Stirchley Happenings questioned the limited focus of the Stirchley Village Regeneration Board (SVRB) on improvements to the retail offer; they felt that this approach overlooked the grassroots community groups that could really benefit from extra investment.  Councillor Dawkins stated that the SVRB would share the same aims as these voluntary groups, and that they could be represented on the board.  Emma Larkinson highlighted the opportunity to support new business start-ups, and pointed out that both LOAF Community Bakery and the Birmingham Bike Foundry had been incubated through the Stirchley Community Market.  Emma Larkinson wanted clarification on the structure and remit of the SVRB, and questioned how it would relate to the neighbouring bid by Cotteridge to become a Business Improvement District (BID).  Councillor Dawkins responded that the SVRB would be a legal entity whose funds would be held by BCC as the accountable body, and that members would include local residents, traders and councillors who would be able to call in expertise.  A member of the SNF’s committee felt that there were already a large number of voluntary organisations working to benefit Stirchley, and questioned why a new organisation was required when the SNF could perform a similar role; Councillor Dawkins responded that the sums of money involved were too great.  Emma Larkinson pointed out that the SVRB would only go ahead if the ASDA application was approved, and questioned why alternative vehicles for regeneration such as BIDS and Community Development Trusts had not been considered.  Councillor Dawkins reassured the forum that the SVRB was a standard model that offered the best return, but the comparison he drew with the Aston Pride prompted a concerned resident to raise the potential for corruption in the granting of contracts. 
Councillor Huxtable announced that the SNF had been granted a £700 by the Bournville Ward Committee, and that this was the seventh consecutive year that such an award had been made.  As with the SVRB model, the SNF is free to spend the money as they see fit, but BCC is the accountable body.
A representative of Stirchley Happenings and a member of the committee raised their concerns about the public consultation process for the new Community Centre; Councillor Dawkins responded that there would be a meeting of the Friends of Stirchley Baths in the next two to three weeks and that there would be an opportunity to influence the design.  In response to the ground floor plan that had been produced for public consultation, Councillor Dawkins suggested that this was not a final plan, although his preference was for the entrance to be at the rear of the building. 
A commitment was given that the Indoor Bowls Centre would not be moving into the Indoor Tennis Centre at Billesley, but as these facilities shared a number of services, a “world class” Indoor Bowls facility would be provided adjacent to the Indoor Tennis.  Although there has been no reduction in the Community Facilities Replacement Fund agreed with Tesco, BCC has experienced a substantial cut to its budget, and financial savings are to be made by streamlining the running costs of any new facility.  Councillor Huxtable confirmed that £1.5 million is to be allocated to the Indoor Bowls and that this will be spent in the 2012/13 and 13/14 financial years and that it will not result in the loss of amenities from the Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre.
A local resident praised the council for their work on resurfacing Hazelwell Street’s pavements. 
The Chairman thanked Emma Larkinson and Councillor Dawkins for coming to the meeting.
Policing update
Sgt Isobel Knowles reported that the police were working on a Business Watch with local traders, and that the theft of vehicles had been reduced by 50% between December and January but that the theft of licence plates was still a problem.  Two boys had been arrested for stealing number plates in Ashbrooke Rd and given curfews, but any concerned car owners can have anti-theft screws fitted to their number plates free of charge at the Cotteridge branch of Halfords if they present a letter from WM Police. 
Matters arising   
There was no time to take any questions from the floor.
Upcoming events   
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a meeting on Sunday February 19th, 4.00pm at Stirchley Community Church, any interested local residents would be very welcome.
Stirchley Prospects are holding two drop-in sessions at their shop for the Hazelwell Lane memorial project: these are between 7.00 – 9.00pm on Wednesday February 22nd and Wednesday February 29th, and the project will conclude with a celebratory walk on Sunday March 3rd beginning at the Hazelwell Pub at 2.00pm and finishing in Hazelwell Lane.
The first Stirchley Community Market of 2012 will be on March 6th at the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club, 4.00 – 8.00 pm.
Stirchley Community Group are holding an Open Day on Wednesday March 7th at Stirchley Community Centre, 10.30 – 11.30am and 7.00 – 9.00pm.
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on March 14th at Masefield Community Centre.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting of the SNF will be Monday March 12th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre.
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 Business (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 SNF 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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