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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
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Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 12th March 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Roxie Collins (Stirchley Happenings), Sandra Green (Green Revolutions), Councillor Tim Huxtable, PCSO Sal Stor and 22 others.
Apologies:   Bill Bird, John Clayton (SPSNF), Sandra Cooper, Imogen Mortiboys and Simon Lloyd (St. Andrews Healthcare) and 5 others.
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on February 13th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Matters arising from the minutes
There were no matters arising from the minutes.
Art Soak
Roxie Collins from Stirchley Happenings presented an update on the work of their group and outlined the timetable of events for the upcoming Art Soak.  Stirchley Happenings is a voluntary group formed from five local residents that put on creative activities in Stirchley: these include the monthly Stirchley Community Market and the Travelling Bug House series of occasional film nights.  Stirchley Happenings is also the lead organisation in the Selly Oak Arts Forum, a city wide initiative funded by BCC with the aim of promoting arts activities in each of Birmingham’s 10 constituencies.  The local Arts Champion for Selly Oak is the CBSO, and the orchestra have been involved in the formation of a Community Choir that meets every Thursday at The Hub, Hazelwell.  Art Soak is a day of arts activities to be held in venues across the constituency on Saturday March 24th: for further information see the website at http://artsforumsellyoak.wordpress.com/
Green Revolutions Car Club
Sandra Green presented her proposal to create a Car and Electric Bike Club in Stirchley.  The business, which will take the form of either a co-operative or a social enterprise, is in an early stage of development and Sandra is consulting with local residents before deciding on the types of car that will be available and where they will be located.  The cars will not be electric, and the first pick up point is likely to be in the Co-op car park as BCC are unwilling to provide designated on-street bays until the business becomes more established.  Local residents will need to register with the scheme and receive a smart card; booking will take place via the website and cars and bikes will be available by the hour, day or weekend.  Green Revolutions can be contacted on sandra@green-revolutions.org; the website is Green Revolutions | Pay-as-you-go cars & bikes     
Councillor Huxtable reported that BCC are launching a Car Club in conjunction with a major international private provider on March 15th, although he was unable to state the extent of this scheme.  Sandra Green was unaware of this initiative despite having consulted with the relevant department at BCC. 
A local resident supported the scheme but expressed their concern about informal car sharing groups that meet up in Stirchley and fill up on street parking bays for the whole day.  Councillor Huxtable acknowledged the need for more Park and Ride schemes and reported that Centro were looking into this.  He suggested that any future development proposals for 29b and 29c Mary Vale Road could incorporate some Park and Ride provision.  Another resident suggested that Green Revolutions should consider using diesel cars as these had a greener life cycle than hybrid cars which would eventually require the disposal of a battery; second hand cars were also proposed as a more environmentally sustainable option. 
Sandra Green thanked the Forum, and Peter Walker invited her to return when the project was ready to launch.
Planning update   
Judicial Review of the sale of land by BCC to Tesco, instigated by the Midlands Co-op: Councillor Huxtable reported that a ruling would be made before the end of March.
Policing update   
In response to the recent spate of thefts of wing mirrors from BMW Minis, marker pens are being made available to owners so that they can postcode their mirrors.
Councillor Huxtable confirmed that BCC now has an enforcement Smart Car that will be used to monitor parking outside schools, particularly on the zigzag lines. 
PCSO Sal Stor thanked everyone who had helped to deliver leaflets, but announced that these were no longer being distributed.
Matters arising   
Tom Baker of LOAF announced that planning permission had been granted for the conversion of the former A&D Billiards shop to create a cookery school, bakery and shop (with the South Birmingham Food Co-operative), and that work would begin very soon.  Once the project is complete, an open day is planned, with pizzas and live music.
A local resident contrasted the poor state of the footpaths in Hazelwell Park with those in Calthorpe Park, which were currently being re-laid.  Councillor Huxtable explained that this work was the result of the sale of land in another part of that constituency, and that funds for similar projects in Bournville Ward might become available soon.  In response to a query about the condition of the canal towpath in Stirchley, Councillor Huxtable will forward an evaluation of the work undertaken by British Waterways to the SNF.
Bournville Lane Baths/Tesco: the allocation of £3.9 million by BCC for the refurbishment of the Baths was questioned, as this money was thought to be guaranteed by Tesco.  Councillor Huxtable responded that Tesco may still not go ahead and that the current cost of the refurbishment and the relocation of the Indoor Bowls exceeded the sum raised through the sale of the Community Centre to Tesco.  Emma Larkinson (Stirchley Prospects) expressed her disappointment that the proposed Tesco development would result in a net reduction in resources available to the local community.  Councillor Huxtable disputed this assertion and highlighted recent instances of investment in Stirchley including the provision of new play equipment, wayfinding lights along the River Rea and “pocket” parks.
A resident of Newlands Road questioned the positioning of the new street lamps. Councillor Huxtable explained that AMEY were responsible for the layout and that the lights were being located to the rear of the pavement where they would be less likely to be damaged by road traffic, whilst giving better illumination for pedestrians; in addition one for one replacement was not always necessary.
Roxie Collins requested that the Selly Oak Arts Forum be made aware of any urban arts projects that were unable to secure Community Chest funds as they might be able to assist.
Councillor Huxtable was unable to give a date for the next meeting of the Friends of Stirchley Baths, as this was an initiative being led by Councillor Dawkins.
A resident of Falkland Croft stated their continued problems with ball games and dog fouling; PCSO Stor proposed further patrols of the area.
Upcoming events   
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on March 14th at Masefield Community Centre; the following meeting will be on April 26th at Stirchley Community Centre.
As part of Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival, Stirchley Happenings will be curating an evening at the Old Royal Pub on March 15th; the main feature will be the Lavender Hill Mob.
The Friends of Stirchley Park will be meeting on March 20th, 7.00pm at the British Oak.
Stirchley Prospects are hosting an event to celebrate the culmination of the first stage of their project on March 22nd, 6.00 – 8.00 pm in their Pershore Road shop.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a meeting on March 18th, 4.00pm in the café of Stirchley Community Church.  On March 31st there will be an unofficial litter pick in the park, 10.30 – 11.30am, please bring your own gloves; the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on April 9th, 2.00 – 4.00pm.
The next Stirchley Community Market will be on April 3rd, outside the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club.   
The next Travelling Bug House night will be a screening of the Titanic film “A Night to Remember” at the British Oak on Sunday April 15th.
The Cannon Hill Park Spring Fair will take place from 2nd – 4th June, 12 – 6pm, this will be followed by the Diamond Decades Jubilee Party on June 5th. 
Date of the next meeting
There will be no meeting of the SNF in April; the next meeting will be Monday May 14th, 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #46 on: June 02, 2012, 12:45:48 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 14th May 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Tom Baker (LOAF), Arun Paresh (Stirchley Newsagents) Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Phil Walkling, PS Isobel Knowles, PCSO Sal Stor and 48 others.
Apologies:   Bill Bird, George Weil   
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
The Future of Stirchley
Tom Baker and Arun Paresh gave an update on the Portas bid, prepared by Cotteridge Traders’ Association (CTA) and Stirchley Prospects, which presented a number of ideas to reinvigorate local shopping areas.  The bid is for a share of a £1,000,000 fund created by central government to revive failing high streets; 10 areas will share the fund and a decision is expected in the next few weeks.  Rob Grosvenor, chair of the CTA, reported that BCC Planning had expressed an interest in attending a CTA meeting and exploring the proposals outlined in the bid, and alternative options for funding should it be unsuccessful. 
TB presented the major problems facing Stirchley’s high street: high vacancy rates, high volume of traffic, limited car parking, low footfall, a lack of local services, low investment by disengaged (out of area) business owners and an uninterested local council.  He also identified a number of “green shoots” of recovery such as the Stirchley Community Market, niche retailers, grassroots activism, community groups and a burgeoning arts scene.  Suggestions made for reversing the fortunes of the high street included shop front and environmental improvements, community events and a business directory.  TB reported that Kings Heath BID had presented a 10 year plan for their shopping centre to B’ham South Regeneration.  TB raised the possibility of creating a Traders’ Association for Stirchley.
A member of the Forum suggested that the stirchley.co.uk website could be further developed as a business directory, as local advertising already funded the community site.  They also cited Picnic in the Park as an existing community event. 
Peter Walker mentioned the online survey that had received 48 responses and revealed a desire for quality local shops such as a baker’s and a butcher’s.  Arun Paresh reported that he was working towards bringing a butcher’s to the High St., and that he had also made contact with the Royal Mail about opening a Sub Post Office.  PW stated that the SNF would support any bid to bring back Post Office services.   
Emma Larkinson (Stirchley Prospects) stated that the proposals that came out of their Transport Workshop had been sent to Councillor Huxtable.  The results of the questionnaire soliciting suggestions for any ASDA 106 monies have been sent to BCC Regeneration; EL will forward these to TB.  EL also reported that Stirchley Prospects were trying to get Stirchley’s name returned to the signage for Bournville train station.
A local resident suggested that such proposals would be best delivered by a Town Centre Manager (TCM), and expressed the opinion that changes had happened faster during Matt Powell’s two year tenure as TCM.  TB stated that the Portas bid had proposed the creation of a Pershore Road Business Improvement District and budgeted for a TCM.  Sandra Cooper asserted the Forum’s desire to collaborate on any joint ventures to improve Stirchley.
Dave Jee suggested the opening up of Stirchley School’s playground at weekends to provide shoppers’ car parking.  Sandra Cooper (Chair of Governors) stated that the governing body had refused a previous request, but that they would reconsider the suggestion.     
Councillor Huxtable thanked EL for the transport workshops and explained that BCC were awaiting the outcome of a £54 million bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; if successful a portion would fund improvements to the Pershore Rd.  Councillor Huxtable added that he felt the accusation that BCC were uninterested was unfair and stated that both Judith Parry-Evans and Peter Wright had given their support to initiatives, and cited a number of examples of BCC’s assistance in local regeneration strategies including the Inhabit Tearoom, Community Market, TCM and environmental improvements. 
TB requested that any if anyone had any further suggestions for improvements to Stirchley they could email him or pop into either Stirchley Newsagents or Headmasters in Cotteridge.   AP gave a recap of the Stirchley Privilege Card introduced last year; these can be obtained free from Stirchley Newsagents and give discounts in over 20 local shops and services.
PW thanked Tom and Arun for their update.
Policing update
Anti-social behaviour in Harvest Close: Sgt Knowles reported that increased patrols and home visits have resulted in no further incidents; the police continue to monitor the situation.
Shed burglaries: 7 burglaries have been reported in Plymouth Rd and Lewis Rd; these have mainly taken place at night.  Shed alarms are available from the police.  Residents were reminded to lock both sheds and bikes securely, and to mark equipment stored in sheds.
A report of suspicious behaviour by a local resident resulted in arrests and the recovery of stolen goods; a burglar was also arrested following their identification on CCTV.  A cannabis factory was discovered by police on Bournville Lane. 
A local resident asked whether the details of a mugger active in the Mary Vale Rd area could be circulated by email.  Sgt Knowles responded that although the internet had proved very useful in circulating the details of missing persons, the police were wary of spreading unnecessary alarm and that they would have to be certain that it was the same individual who had been responsible for the three incidents.
St Andrew’s Healthcare   
The public relations manager of St. Andrew’s Healthcare outlined their proposal to extend the hospital onto an adjacent site; the outline planning permission that is currently being prepared will also address the problem of flooding that affects the wider area. 
A local resident expressed their concerns about the expansion of a facility that houses people with mental health issues who would otherwise be in prison; they did concede however that there had been no problems since the unit opened 3.5 years ago.  The PR manager explained that the new facility would be supporting the same types of patient, and that the extension would include more therapeutic space and car parking. 
Sandra Cooper requested that a paper copy of the application be made available to the Forum as these were no longer available in Stirchley library.
Planning update
The application to build a house at 49 Ivy Rd was refused; no appeal has been lodged.
Matters arising
Fordhouse Lane Micro-park: a member of the committee raised their concerns about the condition of the micro-park at the top of Fordhouse Lane; Councillor Huxtable responded that the Friends of Hazelwell Park had applied for the original funds that had been used to improve this area and that their bid had included taking responsibility for maintenance.  Councillor Huxtable also stated that the park bench would shortly be relocated to a more appropriate position closer to the bus stop; however an entrance at the top of the park is unlikely to be possible because of safety barriers erected by Network Rail. 
ASDA: Councillor Huxtable announced that the ASDA planning application would not go to the planning committee on May 24th, as it had been deferred until June for further legal comment.
Dogpool Lane closure: Councillor Huxtable announced that work to rebuild the bridge was due to start at the end of June.
Stirchley Community Centre/Stirchley Baths: Councillor Huxtable stated that the incoming Labour administration had halted the project to restore Stirchley Baths as a Community Hub; this was despite the Full Business Case being approved by the Cabinet Committee for Property on March 8th. 
Councillor Phil Walkling replied that a number of capital developments had been suspended for review, which in the case of Stirchley Baths would address the balance of proposed uses within the building.  Councillor Walkling stated that this was a pause rather than a stop and that he would keep local residents informed of the situation; a decision was expected in a few weeks.  In response to a further question about the delay he added that the project remained high on his agenda and the agenda of local MP Steve McCabe, and that there would be further consultation with residents, organisations and local businesses as it was felt that the previous scheme had been developed in too much haste.  Councillor Walkling also suggested that Tesco’s move to slow down new supermarket developments may also impact on the Baths.       
A member of the committee expressed their concern that the changed political situation in Bournville Ward would be to the detriment of Stirchley; all three councillors assured the forum that this would not be the case, as they had gone into politics for the betterment of their local area.
A member of the Committee questioned why the Full Business Case for Stirchley Baths had given a figure of £18,500 for the projected revenue from community uses when the current facility takes at least £24,000 pa.  Councillors Huxtable and Sealey replied that the report had been based on figures that were achievable, and these erred on the side of caution.
There was some debate about the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund: Emma Larkinson (Stirchley Prospects) suggested that the bid would still be able to proceed despite the uncertainty; Councillor Huxtable replied that he had been informed otherwise by BCC officers.  EL also suggested that the ‘pause’ in the project represented an opportunity to have a more detailed discussion about the proposed uses for the building and also to achieve a higher quality design.  EL felt that there had been insufficient local consultation and that this would have enhanced the design; Councillor Huxtable replied that there needed to be a balance between the raising of local expectations through an open consultation process and the requirement to work within a tight financial envelope.  A member of the committee suggested that this financial envelope should have been explained to local people, and that the Stirchley Baths project was intended to be a community facility rather than a council facility.  A number of local residents welcomed the opportunity for further discussion about the Baths as they too felt that this would result in a better facility; one suggestion was that Planning for Real could be utilised as a  tool for consultation.  EL suggested that this should be extended to enable a discussion on the regeneration of the whole of Stirchley, and that this could involve the BCC Regeneration Team. 
A local resident questioned how the project was being funded.  Councillor Huxtable replied that the funds were initially coming from corporate prudential borrowing and that this would be paid off with the receipts from the sale of the existing community centre to Tesco; he added that not every proposal based on corporate prudential borrowing had been halted by the new administration.
Moor Green Lane/Dad’s Lane/Dogpool Lane junction: a local resident raised their concerns about the safety of this junction for both road users and pedestrians.  Councillor Huxtable replied that altering the junction would involve the relocation of statutory services which was prohibitively expensive; he would however request BCC engineers to reconsider the layout. 
Upcoming events   
The Friends of Stirchley Park will be meeting on May 17th, 7.00pm at the British Oak.
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on Thursday May 24th, 7.00pm at Rowheath Pavilion.
There is a table top sale in St Andrews Church on May 27th, 10.00am to 12.00pm.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park will be holding a meeting on June 10th, 4.00pm in the café of Stirchley Community Church. 
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday June 11th, 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #47 on: June 22, 2012, 10:11:32 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 11th June 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Phil Walkling, Sgt Isobel Knowles and 28 others.
Apologies:   C. Shellard and L. Richardson   
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on May 14th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Matters Arising from the Minutes
Councillor Huxtable announced that none of Birmingham’s Portas bids had been successful; there will however be a second opportunity to bid for funding.  BCC has also been awarded £100,000 for a High Street Innovation Fund; Councillor Huxtable has recommended that BCC allocate these monies to improvements in Stirchley, Cotteridge and Kings Norton.
Councillor Huxtable informed the meeting that the commencement of works to the Dogpool Lane Bridge had been postponed; a local resident was able to confirm that works on the temporary bridge would start in July/August and that the road closure would take place in November.  Councillor Huxtable responded that he was advocating a closure that coincided with school holidays, and hoped that this was the final postponement; he added that it would be beneficial if flood defences were incorporated in the design.
Neighbourhood Watch
Dave Jee, a member of the SNF committee and a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for 26 years, gave a talk on the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, which encourages people to work together to reduce crime in their communities through mutual surveillance and effective communication with the police.  Dave Jee thanked Sgt Isobel Knowles and Councillor Huxtable for their sustained support, and encouraged local residents to sign up for the scheme.  Councillor Huxtable added his support for Sgt Knowles; Sgt Knowles thanked Dave Jee and the community as a whole.
Policing update
Sgt Knowles informed the meeting that the River Rea corridor had been used as a getaway route in a number of recent incidents: property stolen in a burglary in Pineapple Rd was found in Hazelwell Park; a group of youngsters using the Whit Marley factory broke into a neighbouring property and made their escape along the Rea – WMP are working with BCC to close this route; the property of a woman mugged close to the Community Centre was recovered in Falkland Croft.  Sgt Knowles thanked Dave Jee for reporting this find and also the local resident who reported an insecure property on Charlotte Rd, enabling police to make the property safe.  A member of the committee requested that local residents be kept informed about reports made to the police; Sgt Knowles responded that WMP were working to better co-ordinate Neighbourhood Watch members.
Following a serious RTC on the high street, traffic was diverted around Stirchley; this suggestion had come from the community, and Sgt Knowles cited this as a positive outcome of the good working relationship between local residents and the police.
Sgt Knowles announced that WMP are operating a Pub Watch scheme during Euro 2012.  The problem of youngsters congregating outside the Church of the Ascension on the Pineapple Estate is also being addressed. 
Planning  update
2012/03369/PA: Sandra Cooper reported that Farmfoods have applied to redevelop the former Levines store on Hazelwell Street; this will involve the demolition of a large section of the building adjacent to the Co-op to allow HGVs to enter and leave in forward gears.  The new store will provide 15 new jobs.  The SNF will make a response to this application: it would be preferable for the other side of the building to be demolished, further from the Friends’ Meeting House and Stirchley Baths; there are concerns about the practicality of bringing HGVs onto the site safely, and if deliveries are restricted to early mornings, this may cause a noise nuisance for residents of Bond Street.  Furthermore the SNF will suggest trial excavations prior to any works in order to establish the exact location of the Roman Road said to pass beneath the site.
A member of the Friends of Stirchley Park asked whether Farmfoods would be making improvements to the entrance to this park.  SC responded that the application proposed upgrading the external appearance of the building and new fencing, but that the change in levels prevented pedestrian access to the new store from the rear.  Councillor Huxtable added that as the building already had A1 consent, there was no requirement for a 106 agreement, but that he had spoken to Peter Wright, BCC South Regeneration Manager, as the scheme would impact on the road layout proposed by Tesco, which envisaged the downgrading of Hazelwell St.  Councillor Huxtable announced that Stirchley Park will soon be receiving a bench, but that a standalone dog waste bin could not be installed as this required specialist waste disposal; dog walkers should continue to use the regular bins.  Councillor Huxtable stated that the Co-op had no grounds for objecting to the Farmfoods proposal.  In response to a question about the Co-op’s intentions for the Arvin Meritor site, Councillor Huxtable stated that this is owned by a property developer with an exclusive agreement with ASDA.  Sgt Knowles added that this site needed to be secured properly.
Any Other Business
Community Centre/Stirchley Baths: Councillor Walkling informed the meeting that the Constituency Office had submitted a report to the Leader, Deputy Leader and Chief Executive of BCC proposing a way forward for this project; the necessary CPOs are being submitted to Cabinet for approval, and are unlikely to be refused.  Councillor Walkling stated that he fully supported the project, and a new public consultation process if it goes ahead.
Following consultation with Tesco, Councillor Huxtable was able to announce that, contrary to recent speculation, the company remains committed to the developing the Stirchley site.  Councillor Huxtable was also able to confirm that the Heritage Lottery Bid could not proceed until the initial BCC funding was in place.
In response to an enquiry about the future of the existing Constituency Office building, Councillor Huxtable stated that there were no plans currently, but raised the possibility of a Community Asset Transfer.  A member of the governing body stated that Stirchley School was unlikely to want the building in its current condition. 
A representative of Stirchley Happenings questioned the status of the draft Supplementary Planning Document which had been the subject of public consultation last year; Councillor Huxtable responded that the new administration was best placed to answer this, but that Stirchley required action rather than further feasibility studies.
Uncertainty was expressed as to the status of the Friends of Stirchley Baths; Councillor Sealey was able to confirm that this group still existed, and that a new chair would be nominated at the next meeting.
St Andrew’s Healthcare: Imogen Mortiboys announced that St Andrews Healthcare would be presenting their outline plans for expanding the Dogpool Lane facility, together with a proposal for flood mitigation, at Christ Church on June 21st from 1.30 – 7.00pm. 
¬Hole in road by the Red Lion Pub, water leak in Falkland Croft, leaking pipe on Tesco site: Councillor Huxtable undertook to report these problems to the relevant authorities.  Additionally, Councillor Huxtable reported that he had referred the concerns about the junction between Moor Green and Dads Lanes to the Hall Green District Engineers.
Use of Stirchley School car park for weekend shoppers: Sandra Cooper stated that this suggestion will be considered at the next full governing meeting in July.
Pershore Road parking: A local resident raised his concerns about the increasing tendency of motorists to park on the pavement, particularly in the vicinity of Mayfield Road and Akram’s restaurant.  Councillor Huxtable stated that the police were able to issue penalty notices if cars were obstructing the highway, on the pavement adjacent to restricted zones or on zig zag lines; Sgt Knowles will ask her team to look at this area in particular.     
Upcoming events   
The Friends of Stirchley Park are holding a meeting on June 13th, 7.00pm at The British Oak; the group needs to recruit a treasurer.
The Friends of Hazelwell Park are holding a Balsam Bash on June 16th, 10.30am - 1.00pm.
The next Police Tasking Meeting is on June 19th at Masefield Community Centre; the following meeting is at Stirchley Community Centre on July 26th.
Stirchley School are holding a Summer Fayre on Saturday June 23rd, 11.00am – 3.00pm.
The Bournville Village Fete is on June 30th.
The next Stirchley Community Market is July 3rd, 4.00 – 8.00pm outside the United Working Men’s Club.
CoCoMad is on July 7th in Cotteridge Park.
Stirchley Fun Day is in Hazelwell Park on Saturday September 15th; the SNF is looking for stall holders and events suitable for the arena.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday July 9th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre; Lisa Hartley will be talking about Sustrans.
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #48 on: July 31, 2012, 01:36:23 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 9th July 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Phil Walkling, Sgt Isobel Knowles, PCSO Sal Stor and 15 others.
Apologies:   B. Bird, J. Clayton, S. Cooper, J. Jones, M. Jones, L. Richardson, M. Walker.
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on June 11th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Chairman’s Report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF.
13th June: attended Pershore Rd Town Team meeting. The recent Portas bid came 150th/371; there was not time to make a new film for the 2nd round submission. 
25th June: attended Cotteridge Traders’ Association AGM. Following a change to its constitution this now also covers Kings Norton, Stirchley and Bournville and has been renamed as the Lifford Business Association. The LBA will promote shorter term leases to encourage new ventures, and also continue to oppose new takeaways and restaurants. Residents may now attend meetings, but do not have the right to vote.
26th June: attended meeting of the Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, this addressed the proposed long term leasing of Pebble Mill and Holders Lane playing fields by UCB.
2nd July: attended exhibition of St Andrews Healthcare’s proposals for expanding their facility on Dogpool Lane.
Stirchley Fun Day: organising this annual event is proving harder than in previous years. Volunteers are needed to set up the event, and the SNF is also looking for stall holders and arena acts.
Matters Arising from the Minutes
2012/03369/PA: there has been no decision as yet on Farm Foods’ planning application.
River Rea “getaway route”: PCSO Stor informed the meeting that work had been carried out on the Whit Marley building over the weekend; a meeting with the current owners of the Arvin Meritor site is planned to discuss site security there. Councillor Huxtable added that the ASDA planning application would be decided in August and that any immediate fix would be temporary.
Use of Stirchley School as a Saturday shoppers’ car park: Ann Newbold, committee member and school governor, was able to inform the meeting that this suggestion had been rejected. Concerns included the safety of the car park entrance, and the cost of upkeep and staffing.
Sustrans
Lisa Hartley presented the Active Travel Champions scheme; more information available at:
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/support-sustrans/get-involved/volunteering-with-sustrans/active-travel-champions
Several local residents expressed their frustration with cyclists on pavements, and also inconsiderate use of the River Rea pathway; Lisa Hartley responded that Sustrans promoted “share with care” for cycle routes, and that cycle training would encourage more people to use the roads. In response to Peter Walker’s request, Sustrans will try to get a volunteer to attend the Stirchley Fun Day.
Community Centre Update
Councillor Walkling stated that the Selly Oak District Committee had been updated on the current progress of the Stirchley Baths Refurbishment at their first meeting; this was a public meeting and the minutes are available. The HLF bid is to proceed and there will be regular updates for local groups. Several residents expressed their concern that more consultation was unnecessary and would further delay the project; Councillor Walkling responded that he had received many complaints about the initial consultation and stated his belief that it was important to get the project right. Councillor Sealey asked where the funding would now come from, as this had been allocated by the previous administration and was not immediately dependent on the sale of land to Tesco; he also questioned how many members of the public had attended the district meeting. Councillor Walkling responded that BCC was committed to the devolution of power to the district level and that public meetings would be better advertised in the future.
Policing update
PCSO Stor was pleased to inform that group that there had been no major burglaries or car crime in the previous month. In response to a complaint about the use of quadbikes in Hazelwell Park, PCSO Stor responded that the police were unable to act unless such incidents were reported directly to them. A local resident questioned why the gate to the pedestrian link from Lifford House to the Pershore Rd had been locked for a number of weeks: Councillor Sealey will look into this and report back at the next meeting.
Planning  update
St Andrews Healthcare: an outline planning application is yet to be submitted, but this will comprise new secure wards, a shop/workshop/café and the relocation of the reception to the front of the site, and also a strategy for flood mitigation. Peter Walker welcomed the plans as a serious financial commitment to the area. One local resident whose property overlooks the site questioned why they had not been consulted on the original plans for the facility; Peter Walker added that he had only found out about the initial proposal through the SPSNF. Imogen Mortiboys (St Andrews Healthcare) stated that the plans were available online, but conceded that not everyone had access to the internet. It was suggested that leaflets should be distributed or displayed on local noticeboards. Councillor Huxtable confirmed that BCC conformed to the legal requirements for public consultation but added that there had been a fault with their computer system that resulted in a failure to make automatic contact with local residents from adjoining wards, when developments were close to ward boundaries. A representative of St Andrews attends every SNF meeting, and Peter Walker invited residents to sign up to the SNF email list so they could be kept informed of local issues.
Caribbean takeaway on Pershore Rd: a member of the committee noted that there had been no planning application prior to the opening up of this new business. Councillor Sealey informed the meeting that this was unnecessary as these premises had been given A5 use previously; a local resident suggested that there should be a time limit on such permissions. Another resident suggested that Stirchley be promoted as a Balti Half Mile; Councillor Huxtable responded that this suggestion had been considered previously but as this issue divided local opinion, it had not been pursued further.
1649 Pershore Rd: a local resident raised the application for a liquor licence until 4 am.
Any Other Business
Cartland Rd: a local resident suggested the installation of a speed display unit following a number of recent accidents. Councillor Huxtable stated that traffic calming measures were being considered as part of the wider works associated with the replacement of Dogpool Lane Bridge but added that as Cartland Rd was used by the emergency services speed bumps would be inappropriate.
AMEY site compound: concerns were raised that AMEY would not restore the area of parkland currently being used as a site compound, as the company had previously failed to restore green space on Ashbrook Grove. Councillor Huxtable stated that responsibility for restoration was written into AMEY’s contract and undertook to investigate the failure of this to happen in Ashbrook Grove.
Dogpool Lane Bridge works - replacement bus service: Centro have considered the provision of a temporary shuttle bus service connecting the Pineapple Estate with Kings Heath, and although a small number of properties will fall below access standards while the number 27 is diverted, financial constraints mean that it is unlikely that such a service will go ahead. Councillor Huxtable agreed that the diversion would leave older residents of the estate isolated and will continue to push for a shuttle service; Centro have suggested the Ring and Ride service as an alternative.
Rubbish bags in Bilberry Rd: a local resident suggested that a recent change of bin days has resulted in rubbish being put out throughout the week, attracting rats. Councillor Huxtable reported that Streetscene Officers were working with the Housing and Fleet Management departments to deal with this problem.
AGM in November: nomination forms are available for anyone interested in joining the committee.
Upcoming events   
The Church of the Ascension will be holding a summer fair on July 14th, 11.00am – 3.00pm.
The Stirchley Urban Resource Centre is being launched at the Stirchley Summit, on August 11th, 1.00 – 4.00pm at the Hazelwell Pub.
Stirchley Fun Day is in Hazelwell Park on Saturday September 15th.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday August 13th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre.
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #49 on: August 24, 2012, 03:18:49 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th August 2012, Stirchley Community Centre

Present:?Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Tim Huxtable, Councillor Rob Sealey, Councillor Phil Walkling, Karen Cheney and 17 others.
Apologies:?B. Bird, S. Cooper, T. Fox, D. Jee, I. Mortiboys, L. Richardson, K. Stevens, G. Weil.

Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on July 9th 2012 were circulated; Karen Stevens (BCC) was added to the list of those present and the minutes were passed.  

Chairman’s Report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF:
3rd July: attended Stirchley Community Market AGM; financial report showed some modest improvements, the Co-op has funded more robust market stalls, and there was a suggestion that the market should take place outside the constituency office once a year.  The market has been invited to the Christmas lights switch-on on Wednesday December 5th, time TBC.
17th July: Bournville Ward Advisory Board Meeting.  Councillor Rob Sealey was re-elected as chairman; the following Community Chest bids were successful: CCTV for Rowheath car park, new planters for Elm Tree/Charlotte Rd, Northfield Stroke Club, inaugural meeting of the Stirchley Urban Resource Network, Wards Mean Business, security gating for Fordhouse Ln and Lewis Rd, painting cable boxes, extending micro parks, replanting wall adjacent to Stirchley trading estate and removal of graffiti.  The next District Committee will be on 12th September; this is a public meeting and replaces the Ward Committee meeting.
2nd August: together with B. Thomas, S. Cooper, R. Evans and P. Aubrey attended a meeting about the new Community Centre/Stirchley Baths (more later).
11th August: together with M. Walker, B. Thomas, S. Cooper and R. Evans attended the Stirchley Summit.  This was a meeting to establish the Stirchley Urban Resource Network, an association of groups and individuals that can pool resources and work collaboratively to deliver local projects for the benefit of Stirchley.

Matters Arising from the Minutes
Bournville Ward Advisory Board Meeting: Councillor Huxtable noted that this was the last such meeting, as they have now been abolished; neither Councillor Walkling nor Karen Cheney were able to inform the meeting of what would replace them.  Councillor Huxtable thanked Peter Walker and Brenda Thomas for their long service in attending these meetings.
Community Centre Update: Karen Cheney stated that the minutes of this meeting were currently unavailable online due to a technical problem but this will be resolved soon.

Community Centre/Stirchley Baths Update
Karen Cheney, District Service Integration Head for Selly Oak, updated the meeting on the progress that this project has made since her appointment in January 2012: the original proposal was for the refurbishment of the Baths as a community hub with a small customer service centre and constituency office; the £3.9 million cost would include a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid.  Following the May elections, the new executive requested further information on this and other capital projects; a briefing note was provided and the decision was made to proceed with the project but without the customer service and constituency facilities, in accordance with the cross-district accommodation strategy and remodelling of neighbourhood services.  This revised brief requires the development of alternative uses for the centre; consequently the current process of public engagement will take the form of a continual dialogue with stakeholders to ensure the creation of a viable community facility that meets local needs.  
Karen Cheney explained that the HLF had changed its application procedure: this is now a two stage process with the Phase One bid to be submitted on August 22nd and decided by late November.  If successful a Phase Two bid will be submitted in March 2013 with the result in June 2013.  Work could begin on site in the late summer of 2013 with a 12 month construction period.  The results of the March public consultation will form part of this submission, and the following suggestions have been addressed in the current proposal: the reduction in non-community space, the improvement in flow of the building for the Parent and Toddler groups, relocation of the kitchen, more multi-purpose spaces, and more storage.  The main remaining area of controversy is the car park; however there is an opportunity to negotiate with Farm Foods in order to acquire land and make the car park entrance two way.  There is still time for people to make comments on the current proposal, and although a planning application will be submitted towards the end of September there will still be some flexibility to change the design.  
There will be another public meeting on Thursday September 6th at 6.30pm in the Community Centre in order to go through the comments made at the last meeting and present the latest plans.  Karen Cheney invited all interested parties to make comments on the scheme: she can be contacted on Karen.Cheney@birmingham.gov.uk or by post at 1459 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2JL.
A local resident wanted clarification on the ownership of the Friends Meeting House and bowling green to the rear of the Baths.  Councillor Huxtable confirmed that the Friends Meeting House had been purchased by the Co-op and that the bowling green was owned in trust by BCC; a land swap is required to permit its development as a car park, an area of Cannon Hill Park has been identified but a decision on this issue has also been deferred.  The Co-op has so far proved unwilling to discuss the future of the Friends Meeting House with BCC, despite attempts by Councillors Huxtable and Sealey.  
A member of the committee questioned whether the local community could develop an alternative venue as a community centre and apply for funding independently of BCC; Karen Cheney stated that this was possible, and added that BCC do support local communities with HLF and other bids, some of which form part of community asset transfers.
A local resident asked whether the Jewish baths were to be retained, as these were of historical interest; Karen Cheney stated that the Jewish star on the pool hall wall, the front entrance, external walls and balcony were to be retained.  In addition to capital costs, the HLF bid will also be used for revenue through the appointment of engagement officers to develop history societies etc.  
In response to a question about the planned handover of the existing Community Centre to Tesco, Karen Cheney confirmed that this was due to take place in April 2013, although it may be delayed as the CPOs of surrounding properties were yet to be served.  BCC were investigating the possibility of using either the Stirchley Community Church or School to provide temporary accommodation.
A local resident commented that the process of public engagement was very passive, and should have included more direct strategies; Karen Cheney responded that 83 people had attended the latest public meeting, comments could also be submitted via the internet, and added that additional meetings would be held with residents of Bond St who had specific concerns about the car park.  Councillor Walkling supported the need for more direct engagement and added that the results of the survey conducted by Steve McCabe would be published soon.  A suggestion was made that a laminated copy of the plans could be posted on the door of the Baths; Karen Cheney felt that the pavement was too narrow for this to be safe but stated that the District web pages could soon include the current proposal.  
Another resident questioned why the Baths could not be restored as a swimming pool; Councillor Sealey stated that a pool would cost far more at around £13 million.  The construction of a new swimming pool within Stirchley was also suggested. Councillor Huxtable responded that he had petitioned for a new pool on the Selly Oak Hospital site, but that this had been rejected in favour of residential development; Birmingham University however is proposing to build a 50m pool on the Gun Barrels site.
In response to a suggestion that the Baths could be linked to the library, Karen Cheney responded that this would be too expensive, but that activities could link the two facilities.  There were also opportunities for Olympic legacy funding for sports activities and the new centre will have one badminton court.
Councillor Sealey stated that the removal of neighbourhood and district services from the current proposal for Stirchley Baths would require a new business plan to be submitted, as these represented a significant loss in revenue.  Karen Cheney responded that the original Full Business Case was based on estimated costs, but acknowledged that this would have to be resubmitted and that the centre would have to work financially.  
A member of the committee commented that the delay to the project would have cost implications as the Baths were deteriorating at a rapid rate; Councillor Huxtable stated that the previous scheme would have seen enabling works starting in July 2012.  Karen Cheney will investigate whether such work can go ahead prior to a decision on the HLF bid.  
Policing update
Attempted thefts from cars: a resident reported an individual attempting to open car doors on two occasions on Charlotte Rd; Peter Walker will pass this information to WMP.

Planning update
Bond St: a resident reported that a house on Bond St had been converted into flats without the correct permissions being sought; BCC confirmed that neither a planning application nor building regs submission had been received, and undertook to investigate; however the resident felt that this was an inadequate response as the work would be completed before any action could be taken.  Local residents expressed their concern that the destabilising effect that such conversions have had on the Bournbrook area could spread to Stirchley.

Any Other Business
Dogpool Lane Bridge Works: a local resident reported that stationary traffic at the lights was blocking the entrance to the garage access lane and that the one day closure of the bridge had caused traffic to use Ashbrook Rd as a rat run.  Councillor Huxtable stated that during the full closure no entry signs (except for access) will be erected at the entrances to Ashbrook and Derwent Rds; AMEY will contact the resident to discuss the garage access.
Grass cutting: a resident reported that the grass adjacent to Riverbrook Drive/Pit Leasow Close was not being cut; Councillor Huxtable will investigate.  
Stirchley Fun Day: Peter Walker thanked Roxie and Kerrie for their fantastic design for the Fun Day leaflets; volunteers to deliver them were called for, also volunteers to help on the day from 8.00 am onwards, raffle prizes, waders for the duck race, entertainment for the arena, stall holders, but no more caterers. Mick Jones added that the event was also being publicised via the Stirchley.co.uk website and twitter; photographs of previous Fun Days can also be found on the website, together with images of the interior of Stirchley Baths and Nechells Baths, which has been converted into a community facility.
Dine and Donate: on Saturday 2nd September Yasser Tandoori Restaurant is holding a charity evening, £10 per meal with 15% donated to St Mary’s Hospice.
AGM in November: nomination forms are available for anyone interested in joining the committee.

Upcoming events?
Stirchley Happenings are celebrating their third birthday with a free Travelling Bug House screening of Harvey on September 25th at the TASCOS, doors open at 4.30pm.
The next Stirchley Community Market is on September 4th, 4.00 – 8.00pm at the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club.
Stirchley Fun Day is in Hazelwell Park on Saturday September 15th, 12 noon to 4.00 pm.

Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday September 10th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre; Gary Peel will be coming to talk about the BUPA Great Birmingham Run.

Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #50 on: September 26, 2012, 12:04:33 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the Meeting held on 10th September 2012, Stirchley Community Centre
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling, Gary Peal (Bupa), Karen Stevens, Sgt Isobel Knowles and 21 others.
Apologies:   11
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on August 13th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Chairman’s Report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF:
6th September: attended a meeting to update the community on the plans to restore Stirchley Baths as a replacement community centre.  Changes to the plans based on feedback received following the 02/08 meeting were presented: these included the addition of a ramp to the main entrance and an increase in the number of flexible rooms.  A second option for the car park was proposed; negotiations to acquire the necessary land from FarmFoods are underway.  As the car park is to be built on land held in trust by BCC, it was proposed that 5 acres of woodland next to Cannon Hill Park should be placed in trust.  A separate meeting was held with residents of Bond St (29/08) as they had specific concerns about the car park relating to security and privacy.  The plans must now be finalised as the planning application is due to go to committee in October, although minor variations will be possible later.  The bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted on 22/08; the outcome will be known in November.  BCC has approved the Compulsory Purchase Orders with the aim of offering vacant possession to Tesco by 31/03/2013; the centre manager is researching temporary venues for current user groups.  A steering group formed of local stakeholders is being set up to oversee the plans; in addition Peter Walker will represent the community on the Officer Project Group.  All information relating to this project can be found on the Bournville Ward page of the BCC website.
Stirchley Fun Day: Peter Walker reported that he and Brenda Thomas had been busy preparing for Saturday’s event in Hazelwell Park and called for volunteers to help setting up; he thanked Signarama for donating the banners, Webbs for the hi-vis vests, Printigo for the free logos, Roxie and Kerry for the flyers and everyone who had helped to deliver them. 
Policing Update
Sgt Isobel Knowles reported issues in the wider area (Cotteridge street drinkers, drug dealing in Cotteridge Park, Masefield Estate anti-social behaviour) and announced that a Burglary Initiative was starting this month with a focus on the prevention of repeat offending. 
Selly Oak District has a new Inspector, Simon Inglis; Sgt Knowles suggested that he might like to attend the AGM as he has an interest in building better community relations.
A male and female of Eastern European appearance requesting help with directions have committed a number of distraction thefts in the Vicarage Rd. area.
There have been several reports of a man walking with a 12 yr. old boy on a toddler strap; the police are aware of the family and there are no safeguarding issues.
A local resident reported that following a quiet summer, anti-social football games had recommenced in the Beilby and Windsor Rds area; Sgt Knowles will investigate.
In response to a report that WMP had declined to investigate a van left outside a resident’s property for 3 weeks, Sgt Knowles explained that beyond checking tax and insurance they were unable to take further action as no offence was being committed.
Bupa Great Birmingham Run: 12 October
Gary Peal updated the meeting on the preparations for this year’s half marathon: the route is identical to last year but the road closures will take place later and roads will be reopened earlier than previous years to reduce inconvenience; buses will continue to cross the Pershore Rd until 8.30 am.  In response to a complaint about the strict enforcement of road closures at 5 am, Gary apologised and stated that stewards were briefed not to be over zealous before the race started.  A local resident queried access arrangements for local businesses along the route; Gary responded that security passes were available.  There were also concerns about the effectiveness of the barrier at the bottom of Fordhouse Ln as a number of drivers had attempted to cross the course on Mary Vale Rd; Sgt Knowles suggested additional stewards to enforce this barrier and turn away non-residents.  Finally the problems of accessing the city centre by public transport in order to participate in the race were raised; Gary stated that both train and bus companies had been consulted, and that National Express were putting on extra buses.
Gary thanked the SNF and looked forward to next year, when there may be changes as the route is being reviewed with a view to eventually staging a full marathon.
Planning  update
ASDA/Arvin Meritor Site: a decision is due to be made by the Planning Committee on 27/09; BCC Planning Officers are recommending refusal.  Councillor Huxtable was able to explain the reasons for this recommendation which are based on BCC’s interpretation of PPS4 which requires that the sequential test be applied to new developments: as the Tesco site remains unoccupied this site must be developed before an out of centre site can go ahead.  ASDA are likely to appeal this decision.
58-60 Hazelwell St: change of use from retail to residential with the creation of 6 one bedroom flats.  It was noted that a very similar application was recently refused.
St. Andrews Healthcare, Dogpool Lane: outline application for extension to health care facility, the proposal includes associated flood defence works.  A local resident reported that their suggestion that any new flood mitigation might include the creation of a wetland area had been received positively; Councillor Huxtable added that the Environment Agency had provided £100,000 to fund a flood strategy for the Rea.
Co-op, Vicarage Rd: a new application has been submitted that includes an ATM.
In response to a query about the status of the residential planning application for 1650 Pershore Rd, Councillor Huxtable informed the meeting that this had now lapsed, in part because the costs of decontamination meant development was economically unviable.
Any Other Business
Stirchley Park: Councillor Huxtable to report the stray concrete bollard and suggest regular clear out of the area around the wheelie bins.
Pershore Rd ironwork: a number of residents reported rattling manhole covers and gratings along the High St; some have already been reported to BCC.
Proposed Land Swap for Stirchley: the Friends of Hazelwell Park were unhappy with the proposal to exchange the land in trust at the rear of Stirchley Baths with an area of woodland in Cannon Hill Park.  A number of alternative suggestions were made, including the land at 1650 Pershore Rd and 29b Mary Vale Rd.  There was general support from the Forum that any land swap should result in an area of derelict land being brought back into use as a green space.   Councillor Huxtable stated that he would support the community on this issue.
River Rea walkway: a local resident reported that the footpath linking Bewdley Rd to the River Rea walkway has become very overgrown; Councillor Huxtable will investigate.  In response to a concern about the sharp bend in the cycle route diversion around the AMEY compound on Dogpool Lane, Councillor Huxtable was able to confirm that this was a temporary diversion and that the walkway would be restored to its original route.
Cotteridge Brook: it was reported that this is becoming increasingly obstructed.
Wheelie Bins: following reports that BCC is bidding for £27 million to fund a switch to wheelie bins, Councillor Walkling stated that this would only take place after a full public consultation, and that they would not be imposed on households that were unable to accommodate them; he added that 70% of people favoured wheelie bins.  Councillor Huxtable expressed his personal opposition to the plans, and added his disappointment that they did not include food waste collection.  Some residents were concerned that the current proposal for three wheelie bins per household was unworkable in terraced streets with small front gardens and questioned who would decide which households would be exempt.
Upcoming events
TASCOS have a free jazz night every Monday starting at 9pm.
The Stirchley Fun Day is in Hazelwell Park, on Saturday 15th September from 12 – 4 pm.
Stirchley Community Church is hosting “The Big Welcome” for non-regular church goers on Sunday 16th September at 10.30 am.
Stirchley Happenings are putting on an afternoon of films for children in the TASCOS, Sunday September 16th at 3 pm.
The next police tasking meeting is on September 26th at Masefield Community Centre.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday October 8th, 7.30pm at the Community Centre; the guest speaker will be Jen Boilestad, Community Fundraiser for St Mary’s Hospice.
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
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Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th October 2012, Stirchley Community Centre

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Jen Boilestad (St. Mary’s Hospice), Karen Stevens and 14 others.
Apologies:   9
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on September 10th 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record.   
Matters arising from the minutes
Proposed Land Swap for Stirchley: Councillor Huxtable reported that he had put forward the suggestion that the local community should be consulted on any potential sites. 
Restoration of Stirchley Baths: the associated 106 agreement will result in significant funds (a six figure sum) being made available for improvements to Stirchley Park.
Pershore Rd ironwork: some of the rattling manhole covers and gratings have been fixed.
Co-op Vicarage Rd: consent has been granted for the installation of an external ATM; the local Post Office has now submitted an application for an external ATM.
River Rea walkway: the condition of the footpath leading to Bewdley Rd has been reported to the Parks department but this stretch of the Rea walkway is not currently within their maintenance schedule. 
Cotteridge Brook: the maintenance of this waterway comes within the facilities management service of Lifford House.
Stirchley Park: since being reported to the Area Parks Manager there have been no further sightings of the stray bollard.
Chairman’s report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of the death of Jerry Walls, the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for Stirchley, and offered his condolences to the family.
Monday 1st October: held a committee meeting to discuss the upcoming AGM.
Tuesday 2nd October: attended a meeting of the steering group for the new Community Centre.
Peter updated the meeting on the recent Stirchley Fun Day: the SNF raffle raised £529 and receipts from stall bookings totalled £178, the stall bookings money, will go towards next year’s event.  Feedback from both visitors and stallholders was overwhelmingly positive, with many planning to return for the Christmas Lights switch-on on December 5th.  Peter thanked Karen Stevens, the local councillors and volunteers who helped organise and set up the event, and also those who donated prizes for the raffle; a full list can be seen on www.stirchley.co.uk.  Karen Stevens added her thanks to all the volunteers who helped out on the day.
Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice
Jen Boilestad outlined the work of the Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice; further information is available at: www.bsmh.org.uk.
Planning update
ASDA/Arvin Meritor Site: this has been refused, but ASDA are likely to lodge an appeal.
68 Hazelwell St: the application to convert the ground floor retail unit into residential accommodation was recently refused but an appeal has now been lodged.
Stirchley Community Centre/Tesco: BCC will be offering vacant possession of the Community Centre on 31st March 2013; it is likely that SNF meetings will transfer to the Stirchley Community Church.
Any other business
Diversion of the No.76 bus during reconstruction of Dogpool Lane Bridge: a local resident expressed their concern that this will leave elderly residents of the Pineapple Estate isolated and unable to access local shopping facilities in Kings Heath as well as medical facilities at the QEH.  Councillor Huxtable reported that two possible solutions (an extension to the diverted route and the provision of a shuttle bus) had been rejected by National Express and Centro as uneconomically viable as only a small number of houses fall outside the access standards; he was however willing to continue pursuing this issue with the relevant bodies.
In response to a query about rat-running through the Estate, Councillor Huxtable was able to inform the meeting that “Access Only” signage would be installed at the entrances to Ashbrook, Derwent and Lyndworth Rds, although these would not be enforced; in addition double yellow lines will be painted on the junction of Cartland Rd and Riverbrook Drive and signage warning people of the closure is being put up as far away as Cotteridge. 
Availability of bus passes in Stirchley Village: it was reported that Stirchley Newsagents’ request to issue and renew bus passes had been rejected by National Express, despite there being no local agent; Councillor Huxtable will investigate.
Newlands Rd: Councillor Huxtable agreed that the new road surface is poor and will follow this up with AMEY.
River Rea walkway: it was reported that one of the timber bollards was missing from the Fordhouse Ln entrance to the River Rea walkway; Councillor Huxtable will investigate.
Hazelwell Park: the Park Rangers are planning to lop the trees overhanging the path leading to Newlands Rd.
Ashbrook Rd: a local resident reported that the newly laid paving slabs were already being cracked by vehicles parking on the pavement. 
Dad’s Lane Chip Shop: it was reported that the bin had recently been overflowing; Councillor Sealy will monitor the situation and suggested that it may require more frequent emptying.
Upcoming events
The Stirchley Christmas Lights Switch-on is on Wednesday December 5th at 3.30 pm.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be the AGM on Monday November 12th, 7.30pm at Stirchley Community Church; the guest speakers will be Peter Wright (Development, Planning and Regeneration Manager for Birmingham South) and Karen Cheney (District Service Integration Head for Selly Oak). 
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #52 on: February 07, 2013, 09:53:40 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the meeting held on 14th January 2013, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Ken Burt (Severn Trent), Archie Montgomery (Delcour McLaren), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling, Karen Stevens, PCSO Sal Stor and 23 others.
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 10th December 2012 were circulated and agreed as a true record. 
Ripple Road / Cartland Rd Flood Alleviation Scheme
PW introduced Ken Burt, Senior Solution Engineer for Severn Trent Water, and Archie Montgomery of Delcour McLaren, a land and planning consultant working with Severn Trent.  KB outlined and illustrated the main issues affecting this area, where flooding has been a problem for decades, and stated that the distress and losses that this caused to householders and local businesses was unacceptable.  The cause of flooding is the overloading of sewers with surface water during heavy rainfall, causing them to back up.  Work on the current Flood Alleviation Scheme started in 2010; working with BCC and the Environment Agency the situation has been modelled and solutions proposed; these will cost approximately £2 million and comprise:
•   East side of Rea: upsize the sewers (both foul and surface) in Newlands Rd and create a new outfall into the river for surface water
•   West side of the Rea: install two new pumping stations to pump surface water into the river  - one to be located on open space outside the Perfection snooker club, the other on Twyning Rd.; in addition to the underground pumping station there will be a small control kiosk above ground.
KB acknowledged that implementation of this scheme is dependent on securing the relevant planning permissions and funding agreements from Severn Trent.  Collaborative working with outside agencies will consider traffic management on the Pershore Rd, disruption to the use of Hazelwell Park, any environmental impacts on the river as a wildlife habitat and also the reinstatement of the Pershore Rd micro-park. 
Timetable: Feb 2013 – Feasibility, Feb to Oct 2013 – Detailed Design, Dec 2013 – start construction with completion in July 2014. 
A local resident raised their concern that the low height of the bridge on Cartland Rd would continue to hinder the flow of flood waters; KB stated computer modelling had demonstrated that water would not flood back up the sewer system.
A resident of Lewis Rd reported that problems extended further up the hill, as the drains here coped poorly with heavy rainfall; KB will investigate this and another report of poor drainage in Beilby Rd which he hoped the works downstream would alleviate.  KB also noted the report of flooding in the back garden of no.206 Fordhouse Lane.   
The visual impact of the control kiosk was questioned; these will measure 2 by 3m prompting a suggestion that artists could be commissioned to decorate them.  KB acknowledged that the kiosks were a focus for graffiti.  AM reported that they were generally painted grey or green, and suggested that a photomontage could be produced showing the kiosk in-situ.
The success of the flood gates in Ripple Rd was reported. 
PW thanked Severn Trent for attending the meeting; KB and AM will continue to update the forum as the project progresses. 
Planning Update   
Stirchley Baths: the official period for public consultation has now closed, but it is not too late to comment.  There are two applications, one for listed building consent (2012/08200/PA) and the other for planning (2012/08199/PA).  Cllr Huxtable reported that a planning gain contribution of around £47,000 has been requested for Stirchley Park.  The possibility of creating a new community open space in Hazelwell St should also be explored.   
Policing Update   
The next tasking meeting will be on 23rd January at Stirchley Community Centre.
Any other business
River Rea walkway between Cartland Rd and Dogpool Lane: a local resident questioned who was responsible for the maintenance of this land, as they had filled 10 refuse sacks clearing it themselves; they also reported large quantities of debris in the river itself.
Cllr Huxtable reported that Quadron hold the grounds maintenance contract with BCC; he has received similar complaints and will report the situation to the Area Parks Manager.  Maintenance of the River Rea is the responsibility of the Environment Agency; they have a contract with BCC Highways who will take immediate action if the river is blocked.  Another resident reported that a number of the bankside reinforcement cages have fallen into the river beyond Dogpool Lane.  Cllr Huxtable will pass on these concerns. 
Overflowing bin on Dogpool Lane outside chip shop: Cllr Huxtable will contact Fleet and Waste Management as they are responsible for emptying bins on highways. 
Local wardens: in response to the proposal that a network of volunteers could be formed to report litter, look after the elderly etc. it was reported that the Street Champions Scheme was still running, but suffered from a lack of support.
Hazelwell Park: the footpath adjacent to the bottom entrance to the allotments has become very muddy.  Cllr Huxtable will contact the Area Parks Manager although he warned funds are extremely limited; FOHP are aware of drainage issues and have long term aspirations to address the situation.  Further tree planting was suggested to alleviate the problem.
Kwik Save car park: the absence of a bin at the bus stop was reported to be causing littering.
Stirchley Community Centre: the Indoor Bowling Club has submitted a request to extend their use of the facility; this is being considered by Tesco’s Board and would require a deed of variation to the legal agreement with BCC.   
Vehicular access to rear of Ashbrook Road: a resident questioned who was responsible for the maintenance of this driveway, as it has deteriorated significantly.  Cllr Huxtable stated that BCC Housing was responsible but that they prioritised housing over paths; the fee paid by AMEY for use of the adjacent green space for a site compound has gone to BCC Parks.
Canal towpath: Cllr Huxtable will report the section of collapsed towpath near Mary Vale Rd and the poor condition of the emergency locks by Bournville train station to the Canal Trust.
Projector screen for meetings: as people indicated a preference for visual information to be displayed on a screen rather than a monitor Mick Jones will purchase one for future use.
Upcoming events
Love Stirchley More: Stirchley Prospects and the Lifford Business Association are looking for people to take part in their alternative Valentine Day’s celebration – more information at http://stirchleyprospects.wordpress.com – rehearsals are on January 23rd, 30th, February 6th and 13th, 7.00 – 8.00 pm in the Ingot Building, 95 Charlotte Road. 
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 22nd January in the café at Rowheath Pavilion.
Friends of Hazelwell Park: 23rd January, 7.30 pm in the Community Church.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday 11th February 2013, 7.30 pm at Stirchley Community Church; Stirchley Prospects and Rob Grosvenor of the LBA will be presenting their agenda for Love Stirchley More.
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #53 on: March 23, 2013, 06:05:50 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the meeting held on 11th March 2013, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Suzanne Carter (Birmingham Conservation Trust), Tom Cahill-Jones (Stirchley Happenings), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling, PCSO Sal Stor and 28 others.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 11th February 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Lifford Business Association: in response to a query, Rob Grosvenor was able to confirm that progress was being made with developing a heritage trail for Kings Norton.
Chairman’s Report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF:
14th – 16th February: together with Margaret Walker, PW attended a number of events in the Love Stirchley More Festival, and reported a particularly good turnout for the Love Boat.
20th February: attended a meeting hosted by the Chamberlain Forum, focussing on Neighbourhood Forums and how they can become better connected and more influential.
20th February: attended an invitation only meeting organised by Steve McCabe MP, which gave local residents an opportunity to question Tesco executives about the proposed Stirchley store.
25th February: Margaret Walker and Brenda Thomas attended a Stirchley Baths programming sub-group meeting.
25th February: attended a meeting of the Lifford Business Association. 
26th February: attended a meeting of the Dogpool Lane bridge opening committee
Stirchley Baths
Suzanne Carter of the Birmingham Conservation Trust talked about the 3 year programme of activities that is being developed for Stirchley Baths as part of the Stage II Heritage Lottery Bid.  SC explained that the activity plan was a significant element of the bid, and that it would be developed in conjunction with local residents, schools and community groups.  The meeting split up into groups to explore the possibility of setting up a local history society; this was met with considerable enthusiasm, and the groups reported back their ideas about which aspects of Stirchley’s history merited further research, and what skills and resources would be required.
SC introduced Jamie Dunn from Podnosh, who are running the project’s social media presence; Jamie thanked Mick Jones for his regular retweets.  In addition to the twitter feed and website, there are also displays in the library, community centre and district office, and there will be a stall at the Community Market.  A number of events have been organised; these will culminate in “Hands around the Baths” on April 6th at Stirchley Library. 
SC set out the timescale for the restoration: the planning application will go to committee on March 21st; the Stage II bid will be submitted in June, with a decision by September and work on the Baths to begin in October 2013; the Baths will reopen as a community centre in October 2014. 
SC thanked Brenda Thomas and Linda Chew for the information they had provided, and asked if anyone had any knowledge of the mikvah, sauna or dancing at the Baths. 
Art SOAK: 23rd and 24th March
Tom Cahill-Jones of Stirchley Happenings introduced the second annual Selly Oak arts festival.  Events include: Hinterland, a site-specific installation by Tom on Hunts Road which will be open from 1.00 until 6.00 pm on the 23rd and a Travelling Bug House screening of Take Me High at TASCOS on March 24th at 8.00 pm.   
Further information is available at: http://artsforumsellyoak.wordpress.com/art-soak/
Planning Update
ASDA: a public enquiry into the ASDA planning application is to be held at the Quakers Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, starting at 10.00 am on 8th May; it is expected to last 10 days.
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor announced that following the retirement of Izzy Knowles, Sgt Jay Kaur would fill the post until May when a permanent appointment would be made.   
Any other business
Dogpool Lane Bridge balustrade: it was brought to the Forum’s attention that the ornate balustrade, which was intended to be the centrepiece of a new picnic area, had gone missing and was thought to be in a private garden.  Cllr Huxtable will contact AMEY and request its return.   
Hazelwell Park tree planting: an edible park work day will take place on March 17th as part of the Big Dig; hedgerow plants were also available to take away, free of charge.
Wheelie Bins: a local resident expressed their outrage at the introduction of wheelie bins and suggested that the green waste charge would further reduce recycling rates. Others were concerned that wheelie bins would result in “every day looking like bin day”; another resident objected to the decision to stop providing households with free bin bags.
Both Cllrs Sealey and Huxtable voiced their opposition to wheelie bins.  Cllr Huxtable stated that his invitation to Fleet and Waste Management to send a representative to the next Ward Committee Meeting had not been accepted; they may however be able to attend the next District Meeting, at which members of the public are unable to speak.  PW added that he had also invited Fleet and Waste Management to the Neighbourhood Forum, but had received no response. 
A local resident was concerned that weekly bin collections would stop once wheelie bins were introduced; Cllr Huxtable was able to reassure them that weekly collections were a condition of accepting central government funding for wheelie bins.
Cllr Walkling was questioned about his stance on wheelie bins: Cllr Walking explained that he had voted with the BCC budget proposal, and that wheelie bins were not a separate issue.  Cllr Walking added that it was not the intention of BCC to make the city look a mess, and that anyone who was unable to cope with wheelie bins would not be forced to have them.
A local resident questioned whether failure of the pilot projects in Harborne and Brandwood wards would stop the scheme; Cllr Walkling replied that the scheme would go ahead, but would be informed by the pilot projects.
A show of hands revealed that only two people in the room supported the introduction of wheelie bins.
Stirchley Community Centre: this will now remain open until March 2014.  Neighbourhood Forum meetings will continue to be held in the Community Church.
Sergeant Knowles’ retirement: PW presented Izzy Knowles with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for all her work in Stirchley, especially in bringing police back onto the streets; Izzy thanked everyone and said that it had been an honour and a privilege to work in Stirchley.
Upcoming events
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 19th March, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Police Tasking Meeting: 27th March at Masefield Community Centre.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th April, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #54 on: May 03, 2013, 02:50:21 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th April 2013,

Stirchley Community Church
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Rob Grosvenor (LBA), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, PCSO Sal Stor and 29 others.
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 11th March 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust
Sarah Millard, spokesperson for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust (SWBHT), addressed the meeting, setting out the principles of Foundation Trust status, which SWBHT is aiming to achieve in the next 2 years, and inviting local people to become members.  Ms Millard explained that members are central to a Foundation Trust, as their input will ensure health services are more responsive to the needs of local people.  SWBHT has signed up 8000 members to date, but is seeking to recruit more: members receive regular newsletters, invitations to health events and opportunities to take part in focus groups; they may also put themselves forward to become a public governor.  Other future plans for SWBHT are the demolition of Sandwell and City Hospitals and their replacement with a single new hospital in Smethwick by 2019; this will be smaller than the existing hospitals therefore there will be a greater focus on community-based health facilities.  Ms Millard handed out membership application forms and opened the floor to questions.
A local resident expressed their concern that the new hospital is to be smaller than the existing hospitals, particularly since overcapacity at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has required parts of the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be reopened.  Another commented that the plans would reduce the overall number of hospitals in Birmingham.  Ms Millard explained that the new hospital will be bigger than the new QEH, and that its design will reduce ward closures caused by problems such as the Norovirus.  In addition the Birmingham Treatment Centre and Eye Hospital are being retained, and hospital-based services will be supported by community hubs such as GP surgeries.  Ms Millard was unable to comment on rumours that the closure of Walk-In Clinics is being considered by the incoming Clinical Commissioning Groups.   
Membership rates in communities closer to SWBHT’s hospitals were questioned.  Ms Millard explained that this varied considerably between areas, and that rates were particularly low in Ladywood, where language barriers were proving difficult to overcome; SWBHT will be working with hard to reach communities over the summer months.
Kulwinder Johal then talked about the work of the nail surgery team at the Foot Health Service in Tipton.  PW thanked both Ms Millard and Ms Johal for their presentations.
Planning Update
Stirchley Baths: Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, explained that planning permission had been granted, and that the listed building consent was to be decided in London, as this could not be granted by BCC.
Tesco: a new planning application will be submitted by the end of May; SC was unable to confirm whether this would be a full or outline application but the Forum will comment on it.  Although Tesco displayed their latest plans at a public consultation event in Stirchley Community Church on Friday and Saturday, these plans have not been made available for wider public consultation.  PW added that at the consultation a Tesco representative had agreed to come to a meeting of the Forum.  Rob Grosvenor asked that the LBA be involved in any meeting about Tesco; the LBA are currently talking with Peter Wright, South Birmingham Development Planning and Regeneration Manager for BCC, about potential 106 monies.  Cllr Huxtable stated that the 106 agreement associated with the original 2003 planning application proposed £200,000 towards improvements in Stirchley: this comprised £150,000 for general environmental improvements, £30,000 towards public transport initiatives and £20,000 for a feasibility study which has since been completed by BCC.  Tesco’s submission by of an entirely new planning application necessitates the negotiation of a new 106 agreement which will come into effect either at the opening of the store or the start of construction; BCC favour the early settlement of a 106 agreement focussing on the local high street.     
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor requested that any residents who have affected by the recent spate of anti-social behaviour at the top end of the Pineapple Estate should contact the police.     
Matters arising from the minutes
Stirchley Baths: Mick Jones announced that the www.stirchley.co.uk website now features a dedicated section on Stirchley Baths, including the plans. 
Dogpool Lane Bridge balustrade: Cllr Huxtable reported that there was no news about the missing balustrade. 
Any other business
Hazelwell Park: a local resident reported that water from the park’s natural spring is flowing down the footpath next to the allotments and across the River Rea cycle path.  Paula Aubrey of the Friends of Hazelwell Park informed the meeting that a drainage channel would be created running parallel to the path to carry excess water into the Rea.  Cllr Huxtable suggested that Severn Trent Water could undertake this project in conjunction with the flood alleviation works already planned for the park.
Zebra crossing: PW reported that the lines on the zebra crossing outside the Constituency Office needed repainting. 
Pershore Road ironworks: BT reported that a number of these are still rattling; Cllr Huxtable explained that the problem of establishing responsibility hindered repairs.   
Canal towpath: no one could confirm whether any repairs had been made to the towpath. 
Signage at junction of Warwards Lane and Pershore Road: a local resident observed that the temporary sign on the traffic island has been moved, reducing visibility for drivers: Cllr Huxtable will report to AMEY.
Lifford Lane: the continued problem of articulated lorries attempting to use Lifford Lane was raised; Cllr Huxtable will speak to the constituency engineer, but explained that over reliance on satnavs caused drivers to ignore the additional signage that had been installed.
Upcoming events
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 19th March, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Police Tasking Meeting: 24th April at Cotteridge Church.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th April, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
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Minutes of the meeting held on 13th May 2013, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Karen Stevens, Rob Grosvenor (LBA), Damian Alexander (LBA), Jayne Murray (Place Prospectors), PCSO Sal Stor and 22 others.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 8th April 2013 were circulated and following an amendment to the item about the proposed drainage channel in Hazelwell Park were agreed as a true record.
Chairman’s report
Peter Walker informed the meeting of his recent actions as chairman of the SNF:
15th April: met with John Clayton (Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum) and Richard Timothy (AMEY) to discuss the possibility of an opening ceremony for the new Dogpool Lane Bridge.
15th April: attended a meeting of the Lifford Business Association (LBA) at St. Nicolas’ Place.
16th April: PW together with a number of committee members attended a Stirchley Baths sub-group meeting.  Planning permission has been granted and news of the second stage Heritage Lottery Bid should be known by mid-June. 
1st May: attended a Bournville Ward Committee meeting; topics discussed included wheelie bins and Stirchley Baths. 
Matters arising from the minutes
Dogpool Land Bridge: it was reported that the missing balustrade had not been located.  In response to a query about a missing “cyclists dismount” sign, Cllr Sealey reported that as the bridge was due to reopen imminently this was unlikely to be replaced.
Canal towpath: Cllr Huxtable reported that BCC has submitted a bid for a cycling ambition grant, part of which would see improvements to the towpath along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal; new cycle stands at Bournville Station were another element of the bid.  The possibility of providing a new access point by the Country Girl pub on Raddlebarn Road was also being explored. 
NHS community first responders
Local resident Diane Johnson talked about her role as the area’s Community First Responder (CFR).  CFRs are medically trained and are dispatched by West Midlands Ambulance Service if they can reach a life threatening situation quicker than an Ambulance Crew.  CFRs are all volunteers, and Diane’s training was funded by the charity Fast Aid and her defibrillator provided by her employer National Express.  CFRs work in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation and offer free workplace training to staff; CFRs are also able to provide first aid cover for community events.  Fast Aid would like to recruit and train more CFRs.
Diane welcomed Tony Fox’s offer of sharing a database of at risk Selly Park residents drawn up as part of emergency planning strategies.   
In response to concerns raised about the closure of Selly Oak’s ambulance station, Diane explained that the nearest ambulance station would be at Longbridge, and that this would be supplemented by ambulances on standby throughout the local area.
Hazelwell Fun Day
Rowena Evans updated the meeting on the funding bid to the Big Lottery Awards for All submitted by herself and Keely Huxtable on behalf of the Forum.  The bid was successful and the Fun Day will be able to go ahead as usual in September.  Rowena presented the results of the community consultation that supported the bid which demonstrated significant local backing for the event.  This also revealed demand for more live entertainment in the arena: Damian Alexander of the Lifford Business Association offered help in booking acts, the Selly Oak Arts Forum will be asked to put out a call for performers, and a member of the committee suggested two local Morris dancing groups that might be interested in performing.  A judo demonstration by Bishop Challoner School cannot be accommodated as there will be no suitable surface.
Another request that emerged from the consultation was for a children’s sports day with traditional races:  Karen Stevens has plenty of sports equipment and the LBA suggested running it as an inter-school sports event.  Although this will be difficult to organise, as the Fun Day takes place just after the start of the autumn term, there was enthusiasm for such an event.  Paula Aubrey mentioned the success of the mini pump track that had been set up in Hazelwell Park to coincide with the Easter Egg hunt: this had cost £75.
The possibility of inviting one of the local markets to the Fun Day was also discussed: Stirchley, Bournville and Kings Norton’s markets were all suggested.
In response to the suggestion that the Fun Day could be extended it was decided that this was not possible as the event relies on volunteers to set it up and pack away.  Peter Walker called for local residents to help deliver leaflets or set up on the day.
Stirchley Baths: Sink or Swim
Jayne Murray of Place Prospectors told the meeting about the “Sink or Swim” balloontastic event that will be taking place in Stirchley Park on Saturday 8th June from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm.  The title “Sink or Swim” reflects the pivotal stage which the project to restore the Baths is currently at: participants will be invited to take home a weight modelled on the hand of a pupil at Stirchley Community School, and the event will be supported by a specially convened group of cheerleaders called the Stirchley Shakers.  A link to the event will be provided on the www.stirchley.co.uk website.
Planning Update
Sandra Cooper informed the meeting that ASDA are due to appeal the rejection of their planning application later this month; the results will not be known until July or August.
Representatives of Tesco will be coming to the July meeting of the Forum: Rob Grosvenor requested that the Lifford Business Association also have a presence. 
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor updated the meeting on the issue of anti-social behaviour on the Pineapple Estate: a number of local youths have been given ASBOs and the problem appears to have been dealt with effectively.   
Any other business
Cyclists along the River Rea footpath: a member of the committee raised their concerns about the speed of cyclists passing through Hazelwell Park adjacent to the children’s play area: signage, speed bumps and temporary chicanes were some of the measures proposed to reduce the risk to pedestrians.  Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey will discuss this issue at an upcoming meeting with the Area Parks Manager.  The LBA suggested that they could add take care and “use your bell” alerts on the map of local cycling routes that they have recently produced. 
A local resident reported that a timber bollard preventing vehicles from accessing the footpath from Hazelwell Lane had been removed during recent repair work.
Green Revolutions Car and Cycle Club: Peter Walker congratulated Sandra Green for being awarded development funding by the Birmingham Post Business Growth Fund. 
HGVs using Charlotte Road: a member of the committee raised the problem of large vehicles causing damage to parked cars, and refuse trucks taking up the limited on street parking whilst drivers enjoy a Selco breakfast: the smell is also an issue in the summer.
Trees in Oakley Road: a local resident questioned the removal of trees along Oakley Road.  Cllr Huxtable reported that when trees were removed, either one or two trees (depending on the reason for removal) had to be planted in the immediate vicinity, but that the season for tree planting was from October to March.  The £2000 cost of replacing trees was also questioned by another resident: Cllr Huxtable explained that this was the lifetime cost of a tree and was the sum paid by developers.
Proposed improvements to Rowheath Park: Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey were able to confirm that there were plans to improve the sports facilities at Rowheath Park, and that these were being developed in conjunction with Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College, local residents and the Bournville Village Trust; it is hoped that part of the 106 monies associated with the redevelopment of the Bournville College site will be made available for this project.
Upcoming events
Police Tasking Meeting: Rowheath Pavilion, 29th May.
Cannon Hill Spring Fair: June 1st – 2nd.
Sink or Swim: Stirchley Park, 8th June.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th June, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #56 on: August 11, 2013, 09:57:02 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th June 2013, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Karen Stevens, PCSO Sal Stor and 30 others.
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 13th May 2013 were circulated and following a discussion about the item on the signage for the Dogpool Lane Bridge were agreed as a true record.
Chairman’s report
Peter Walker reported that the Sink or Swim event to support the Heritage Lottery Bid for Stirchley Baths had been very well attended and had achieved its aim of raising the profile of this project locally.
There is no further news on the ASDA appeal which is on-going.
Sandra Green, director of Green Revolutions Car and Bicycle Club, has agreed to pay half the printing costs for the Fun Day leaflets in exchange for an advertisement on the reverse.  Volunteers are needed to deliver the leaflets, especially in the areas outside the village.
Matters arising from the minutes
Oakley Road: there is no further information about the removal of a number of trees from the street.
Emergency Resilience Champion Training
Paula Aubrey reported on a recent talk by the British Red Cross about preparing for emergencies; volunteers can register their interest and any relevant skills via the Red Cross website.  Volunteers would not require CRB checks.
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor reported that the new sergeant for Bournville should be in place by June 20th. 
The problem of anti-social behaviour on the Pineapple Estate has largely been resolved through the issuing of a number of acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs) and 2 ASBOs.  Councillor Huxtable reported that a youth detached project had been funded through the ward Community Chest.  Residents were requested to report any further trouble.
A local resident noted that the Love Seat in Stirchley Park was attracting graffiti.  The Friends of Stirchley Path reported that the notice board has been destroyed by vandals: a new one is to be installed on the street outside the park.  The area will be patrolled by police to monitor the situation.
Hazelwell Fun Day Update
This will be taking place on Saturday 14th September, 12 noon to 4 pm.  The Forum are still waiting for the funding to come through from Awards For All.  Demand for stalls has been good and Damian Alexander (LBA) has kindly offered to help with the arena acts and also a mini school sports day which Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College are interested in running.  Damian is looking for local businesses to provide prizes or money towards trophies.  Cllr Huxtable suggested that Mondel?z International might be interested in supporting the event in a similar way to the Bournville Village Festival where there is a discounted chocolate stall. 
Any other business
Stirchley Baths: in response to a question about progress, it was reported that the Heritage Lottery Bid will be submitted in June 16th.  Cllr Huxtable explained that the replacement bowls facility would no longer be on top of the Tesco superstore; this had been the original plan but was both impractical and illegal under European legislation.  A member of the LBA suggested that representations were made to Kraft foods for funding towards this project.
River Rea walkway: Cllr Huxtable will report the overhanging trees between Cartland Road and Dogpool Lane to the Area Parks Manager.
Hazelwell Park: the rope bridge between the rocks has been burnt.  In response to reports of graffiti on the Rea footbridge, Cllr Huxtable stated that WMP were putting extra resources in to tackling the recent epidemic of graffiti in the area. 
Stirchley Park: Cllr Huxtable announced that the Park would be receiving £48,500 through section 106 monies: some of this could be spent on tackling graffiti and other improvements suggested by the Friends group.  CCTV was suggested by one local resident; another suggested a dedicated graffiti wall for local youth.  It was observed that the Sleeping Child graffiti art painted last year has remained largely untouched.  Cllr Huxtable reported that a similar approach was being devised for the Worthings Tunnel, involving local youth in creating an art work.  Members of the committee were involved in running a consultation with local residents on either side of the tunnel to gauge support for such a project. 
Friends Meeting House: Cllr Huxtable reported that as this building was in the ownership of the Co-op, they were responsible for maintaining the building in a safe condition and removing any graffiti.  Planning consent would be required for any change of use.  Councillors had suggested that the Friends Meeting House could form part of the plans for the new community centre but the Co-op were unforthcoming.
Dogpool Lane Bridge: a local resident reported that as the site of the works compound has been restored by covering the hardstanding with topsoil, this will become a mudbath if it rains.  Cllr Huxtable stated that Amey were bound by a legal agreement to restore the site to its original condition; he will speak to the Area Parks Manager.  A local resident reported that the balustrade of the old Dogpool Labe Bridge had been destroyed.  The Friends of Cannon Hill Park had planned to incorporate it into a new picnic area but there were no funds available for its removal and installation.  The resident expressed their disappointment that additional funding could not have been secured to preserve this heritage feature.
Local History Books: Wendy Pearson, author of local history books on Kings Norton, Cotteridge, Selly Oak and Bartley Green, announced her plans to produce a new book “Stirchley through time”.  This will contain photographs of Stirchley’s past and present for comparison.  Wendy is looking for old photographs of Stirchley, especially those depicting local life and activity.  Peter Walker will send out a request via the Forum’s mailing list.
Upcoming events
Woodworking Group Day Trip: On 24th August the local woodworking group are visiting Westonbirt Arboretum to see a display of chainsaw sculptures. There are 6 spare seats on the coach and the trip will cost £15.   
NHS Listening Event: 12th July 4.30 – 6.00 pm at the Clarendon Suites.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th July, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church: representatives of both Tesco and the Lifford Business Association will be attending to discuss the proposed Tesco superstore.
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #57 on: September 24, 2013, 08:05:48 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th September 2013,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling, Karen Stevens, PCSO Sal Stor and 23 others.
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting held on 10th June 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Trees in Oakley Road: Cllr Huxtable stated that more appropriate replacement trees should be planted in the autumn/winter.   
Overhanging trees on River Rea walkway: these are still causing a problem; Cllr Huxtable to report to parks department. 
Proposed changes to Pershore Road
An engineer from BCC Highways had been due to address the meeting but withdrew at very short notice as the public consultation period had ended; this ran from 11th to 30th July.  The Forum expressed their disappointment that BCC Highways had not sent a representative to either this meeting, or the meeting held in July, as there were many concerns about the proposed changes to the high street.  It was generally felt that the consultation had been too short, and inadequately publicised.  The LBA had succeeded in securing a 2 week extension, but details of this were only sent to local businesses.  Rob Grosvenor (LBA) stated that they met with BCC Highways and they did appear to be listening to criticisms.   
Various concerns about the new road layout were raised: loss of on street car parking will impact negatively on businesses and increase parking in side streets; switching the pelican and zebra crossings outside the school and Wards seems unnecessary; vehicle emissions will increase with a 20 mph speed limit; widened pavements opposite junctions will cause problems for HGVs turning; the location of bus stops was also questioned.
Cllr Walkling agreed that the consultation period over the summer had been inadequate and suggested the Forum request an up to date copy of the plans; these are yet to be ratified by the Cabinet.  In response to a question about the funding for the scheme, Cllr Walkling confirmed that this was coming from Centro, and that Cotteridge was receiving more money than Stirchley (£180K compared to £120K) because it had a more complex infrastructure. 
In response to the suggestion that the side streets to the west of the high street should be included in the 20 mph zone, Cllr Huxtable agreed that this would be a more economic proposal in terms of both capital investment and maintenance costs.  A local resident observed that the plans would make the junction with Warwards Lane even worse for HGVs.
Planning Update
Tesco: no new information on the progress on the planning application.
Charlotte Road Health Centre: A local resident was concerned about the future use of this building as they had heard it was to be refurbished as a “drop-in centre”; Cllr Huxtable stated that he was unaware of any planning application but will investigate.
Stirchley Baths: PW attended the site meeting with the board of the HLF; a decision on the stage 2 funding will be announced shortly. 
Three Horseshoes Pub/TASCOS: Both buildings have been suggested as possible locations for the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club (SUWMC).  Cllr Sealey reported that Tesco had no plans to acquire the TASCOS club, and Cllr Huxtable suggested that as SUWMC require a street frontage, they are unlikely to want it.  Neither building is listed.
Policing Update
PCSO Sal Stor reported that there had been a spate of burglaries in the Little London area; police have been making extra patrols and there have been no further incidents. 
A meeting has been arranged with the managers of the Arvin Meritor/ASDA site to discuss the problem of shops backing onto it being broken into.
An allotment holder reported that £2000 of equipment had been stolen from the shared store, and that a number of individual sheds had been broken into.
The problem of scrap metal vans was discussed; Cllr Sealey and Huxtable felt they should be subjected to tighter regulation.
A local resident reported vehicles parking in his disabled bay; PCSO Stor explained that no enforcement action could be taken as it was a “courtesy” bay.
There were reports of drinkers at the Highbury pub parking on side streets to avoid attracting attention when drink driving; PCSO will pass on the information.  Another resident expressed their dissatisfaction at the lack of enforcement of cars parked on the pavements along the Pershore Road.  PCSO Stor stated that police are reluctant to ticket people using local businesses; Cllr Huxtable added that traffic wardens are able to issue tickets to cars parked on pavements when the parking is against the restrictions on the adjacent stretch of road.
A resident of Charlotte Road had witnessed a number of suspected drugs deals going on outside Travis Perkins; PCSO Stor requested that any further instances be reported to 101, and for people to note down the make and VRM of any cars, and a description of those involved.
A resident of Ashbrook Road reported regular occurrences of a “maniac” young Asian man driving dangerously in a dark grey Honda.     
Fun Day Update
PW called for volunteers to help set up on the day from 7.30 am onwards; as the Scouts are unable to attend they also need help litter picking at the end.  He was delighted to announce that 56 prizes had been donated for the raffle.
Any other business
River Rea Cycle Path: Paula Aubrey (Friends of Hazelwell Park) called for signage reminding cyclists they share the walkway with pedestrian; Cllr Sealey has asked the parks department to look into this.
Stirchley Gyratory: there were several reports of vehicles turning right out of Farmfoods; the signage was felt to be inadequate and there were calls for a one way sign to be installed opposite the exit.
Manhole cover: a concrete manhole cover opposite Wards was reported as being in a very dangerous state of repair; Cllr Sealey will pass this on.
Green Waste Wheelie Bins: in response to a question from a local resident, Cllr Huxtable confirmed that when the green waste collection recommences in the spring, green waste wheelie bins will only be made available to those households that pay the £35 charge.
Sign in Hazelwell Park: a local resident pointed out that this was incorrect since Malvern and Snowden are not in the same direction.
Upcoming events
Police Tasking Meeting: Masefield Community Centre, Wednesday October 9th.  Following a request from the LBA, PCSO Stor will try to hold the November meeting in Cotteridge.   
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th October, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they 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 #58 on: December 02, 2013, 01:39:37 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14th October 2013, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Leslie Howell (Centro), Rob Grosvenor (LBA), Karen Stevens and 24 others.
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th September 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Cllr Huxtable reported back on the following issues:
Arvin Meritor site: a productive meeting was held between the site managers, WMP and Richard Green (BCC) to address the problem of break-ins of shops backing onto the site.
Hazelwell Park Allotments: a new fence has been installed to improve security.
Stirchley United Working Men’s’ Club: this will relocate to the former TASCOS club building.
Hazelwell Park: the rope bridge has been reinstated.
Stirchley Park: Cllr Huxtable, Richard Green, representatives of WMP and the Friends of Stirchley Park met to discuss the problem of anti-social behaviour; vandalism is decreasing but the police will remain vigilant. Pete Evans (FoSP) thanked them for their efforts. Cllr Huxtable suggested any future 106 monies from the restoration of Stirchley Baths could be used to improve the Park further.
Pershore Rd: a local resident reported cars were still being parked on the pavement. Cllr Huxtable stated that the planned remodelling of the Pershore Rd would see the tidal parking system replaced by parking bays making it easier for both parking and enforcement. PCSO Stor has been working with Stirchley School to improve parking in the vicinity of the school.
Centro Workwise Plan
Leslie Howell, Sustainable Transport Officer for Centro, gave a presentation on the Workwise plan which provides free public transport for those returning to work.
Policing Update
There has been significant car crime in the ward recently; residents are reminded to remove all valuables from their cars.
There have been reports of two men in Royal British Legion tops going door to door asking for sponsorship; these are not genuine charity collectors.

Planning Update
2013/05703/PA Severn Trent Kiosks: a formal planning application has now been submitted.  Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Forum, noted that the plans do not include the details of any boundary treatment or hard landscaping, and questioned how local residents could influence these. Cllr Huxtable explained that this project would form part of an extension to the micropark and that BCC’s Planning, Regeneration and Highways departments would be liaising with Severn Trent on the design. SC suggested that local residents should be involved. Cllr Huxtable will forward the relevant documents to SC for comments. Tony Fox (Friends of Cannon Hill Park) proposed that Hazelwell Park should also benefit from Severn Trent’s scheme as it would be affected.
2013/06035/PA 1249 Pershore Road: permission has been granted for conversion to a taxi office; permission included the condition that taxis are not parked on the Pershore Road. SC will forward details to the online forum at www.stirchley.co.uk.
Tesco: this is due to go before the planning committee on October 17th. SG expressed her disappointment that the planning officer’s report largely overlooked residents’ concerns, and that the eventual external appearance will be determined under reserved matters. Cllr Huxtable added that his and Cllr Sealey’s views had also been disregarded, as had those of the Lifford Business Association (LBA). Cllr Huxtable reported that the 2003 106 agreement of £200K (index linked) had now been reduced to £150K. This sum will be limited to environmental improvements and would make no provision for the wider high street such as shop front improvements, town centre management or the setting up of a Business Improvement District. The 106 agreement must be signed within 21 days of planning consent being granted. Rob Grosvenor (LBA) stated that Tesco have no interest in working with them to boost local businesses through strategies such as a BID; he will be speaking at the planning committee and putting out a press release on this issue.
Fun Day Update
PW reported back on a very successful Fun Day; it was very well attended and £175 was raised from the stalls. PW thanked Karen Stevens for all her hard work in organising the event and setting up on the day. Cllr Sealey added his appreciation and also thanked Rowena Evans and Keely Huxtable for their efforts in securing funding. RE reported that the Forum would be applying for funding for 2014, but that an alternative source might have to be found; the 2013 Fun Day was supported by the Big Lottery Awards for All. 
Stirchley Baths Update
PW congratulated Stirchley Baths on their successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

Any other business
Hazelwell Park Pump Track: 60 children tried out their cycling skills on the temporary track at the Fun Day. A specialist contractor has made an initial site survey of the proposed pump track location; the next step is to determine a price and proceed with funding bids. For further information email stirchleypumptrack@gmail.com.
Car2Go: following complaints from residents it was reported that Car2Go cars should not remain in one place for more than 5 days.
Stirchley Christmas Lights Switch-on: the LBA are putting on live music acts at various points along the high street. There will also be a competition for the best dressed shop front.
Wheelie bins: these will be introduced in Bournville between August and December 2015. Only in exceptional circumstances (e.g. lack of outdoor space) will households be exempted. There was some disagreement as to whether the wheelie bins had been imposed on the city by the coalition government.
Tiverton Baths: Cllr Huxtable reported that the District Committee had recommended that the pool closes; both he and Cllr Sealey opposed this decision as there is no guarantee that the proposed 50m pool on the Gun Barrels site will be available for public use.
Green Revolutions Car and Cycle Club: Sandra Green announced that Green Revolutions’ first car is ready for use; this is a not-for-profit social enterprise. SG will forward details to MJ for inclusion in the Stirchley website.
River Rea: a resident expressed their concern that BCC spray the verges with pesticides at the height of the blackberry season.
Dogpool Lane Bridge: PW reported that he and Margaret Walker attended the opening ceremony of the replacement bridge. It was opened by 100 year old Selly Park resident Daisy Glenn.
Upcoming events
Birmingham half marathon: Sunday 20th October.
Crime prevention drop-in session: Selly Oak District Office, 22nd October 11am – 1pm.
Safer cycling workshop: Cannon Hill Park during Festival of Light, 26th October – 3rd November.
Stirchley Happenings film night: Evil Dead at the British Oak, 31st October.
Ranger workday in Hazelwell Park: 9th November
Stirchley Baths stakeholder group: 12th November 6.30 – 8pm and 30th November 10am – 2pm, both at Stirchley Community Centre.
Police tasking meeting: Kings Norton Fire Station, 14th November.  The following tasking meeting will be at Rowheath Pavilion on December 11th.
Stirchley Christmas lights switch-on: 6th December 5 – 6.15pm.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 11th October, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the 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, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forum’s meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
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Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th January 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   58: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, John Clayton (SPSNF), Alexandra Thurlby, Christine Nairne and Imogen Mortiboys (St Andrew’s Healthcare), Stuart Nelmes (BWB Consulting Ltd), Mike Adams (Environment Agency), Paul Edwards (AMEY), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey and Councillor Walkling.
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting and wished them a Happy New Year. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th December 2013 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Expansion of St Andrew’s Healthcare and associated flood alleviation works
Christine Nairne, Head of Communications at St Andrew’s Healthcare, set out the plans to expand the facility on Dogpool Lane, which opened in 2009. Outline planning permission was granted in September 2012 for a proposal to build 4 new buildings on the site and associated flood alleviation works including the construction of a bund in Hazelwell Park (2012/06034/PA). A full planning application will be submitted in time, with the final design being determined through discussions with the NHS. 
A number of residents of Ashbrook Road protested that they had heard nothing about the scheme, although their properties back onto Hazelwell Park. John Clayton, Flood Action Co-ordinator for the Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, stated that a public exhibition had been held on July 2nd 2012, and that on his suggestion, properties on the west side of Ashbrook Road had been added to the circulation list for leaflets advertising this event. JC and representatives of St Andrew’s attended the event, and reported a steady flow of visitors, the majority of whom expressed support for the scheme. The residents of Ashbrook Road insisted that they had not received any leaflets, and suggested there had been a major breakdown in communications; they also felt that the support shown for the scheme did not reflect local opinion. One resident asserted that local people would have attended the exhibition if they had been informed, and that signs should have been put up; he stated that he only found out about the scheme at a meeting of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum.  Residents were also unhappy with the consultation for the first phase of St Andrew’s, as they were not informed of the planning application and only found out about the hospital after construction had started.
A resident of Moor Green Lane questioned the need for the bund as he thought the severe flooding in 2008 had been caused by the addition of 2 pillars beneath the Dogpool Lane bridge, which had reduced the flow; as the bridge has now been replaced he felt the proposed scheme was unnecessary. Another resident suggested that the bridge upstream on Cartland Road was the real problem and the cause of local flooding. A further possibility was the millstream that once ran between Fordhouse Lane and the St Andrew’s site. It was noted that there had been flooding on Dogpool Lane before Christmas; JC explained that this was surface water flooding caused by the drains being unable to cope with excess run-off. He added that although the new bridge is much more efficient at transmitting water, there is still the possibility of flooding after very heavy rainfall, such as in 2012 when flood protection measures had to be deployed on Fashoda Road. JC stated that he maintained a neutral stance as a volunteer flood action co-ordinator and member of SPSNF, but believed the proposed works to be the best solution to the problem of flooding in the vicinity of Fashoda and Cecil Roads, where he lives. The construction of new drains was not an economically viable solution.
In response to a question about opportunities for local people to register their objection to the scheme, it was explained that they would be able to comment on the full planning application when it is submitted. JC asked the local councillors to make sure that all local residents are informed of this planning application; Cllr Huxtable explained that the consultation for the original planning application had met the legal requirements in terms of distance from the site, but as this had not included the residents of Ashbrook Road he had reported this as a problem to BCC planning in the summer of 2012 and hoped any future consultation would be expanded accordingly. Cllr Huxtable suggested that St Andrew’s hold another public exhibition when the full planning application is submitted. St Andrew’s undertook to work with local forums and make sure leaflets are hand delivered to all affected properties, possibly by volunteers.       
Stuart Nelmes of BWB Consulting Ltd. explained the design of the proposed flood alleviation works, which had been drawn up to test the viability of St Andrew’s expanding onto the River Rea floodplain. SN stated that the St Andrew’s proposal could almost entirely eradicate the route floodwater took across Dogpool Lane by capturing water in Hazelwell Park and holding it for several hours until peak flow had passed. SN stressed that the current plans were at a very early stage of development and that the bund may not be as high as it appeared on the drawings, its sides may be sloped much more gradually and it might be built further from the rear of the properties on Ashbrook Road. A more detailed proposal will be submitted for the full planning application and this will be tested by BCC.
SN explained that currently, flood water within the St Andrew’s site discharges into a pond and them into the Rea; the new scheme replaces the pond with a number of underground storage tanks and an area of flood plain that will cope with both existing and additional demands.
Mike Adams of the Environment Agency explained that as funding for flood defences is reduced, they are being actively encouraged to work with private organisations to deliver flood defences. A local resident advocated a more holistic approach, and suggested the St Andrew’s proposal would push flooding further upstream to the East side of the Rea where it is joined by the Bourne. MA explained he was looking at the catchment as a whole and was also considering the impact on biodiversity and the natural environment. The impact of the planned Tesco development and in particular its car park increasing run off was also raised. 
The Forum was reminded of a previous suggestion from residents to create the “Ten Acre Wetland”: this would be a cheap solution to flooding and did not rely on moving the water downstream. MA explained that the huge volume of water in the River Rea system demanded larger scale solutions to be financially viable. He also suggested that as most public open spaces upstream of the site were already subject to flooding, there was limited potential to create new wetlands. SN (BWB) noted that the St Andrew’s application does propose a small area of wetland and that they would consider combining this with a Ten Acre wetland immediately upstream.
A resident questioned the impact of the proposed flood alleviation scheme on the River Rea cycle route; SN (BWB) explained that there will be a designated route for use during periods of flooding. The scheme would also allow the cycle route to be realigned adjacent to the Dogpool Lane bridge where the solid balustrade blocks views of pedestrians on the pavement ahead.
Residents of Ashbrook Road were concerned that the scheme would affect their house insurance by creating a flood plain next to their properties. MA explained that this area was already a flood plain but added that if residents were experiencing any problems with insurance companies he would be able to provide a letter stating their home was outside the flood plain. One resident suggested BWB was exaggerating the likelihood of flooding to get residents to agree to the scheme; both MA and JC disagreed with this, MA explained that the design was based on a computer model and JC stated that the flooding of 2008 had been the worst since 1927.
Ripple Road / Cartland Rd Flood Alleviation Scheme
Paul Edwards of AMEY explained that there would be a number of road closures during the construction period: Cartland Road, Twyning Road, Ripple Road and Newlands Road will all be affected. AMEY and Severn Trent are consulting with BCC with the aim of co-ordinating road closures with school holidays. A local resident was concerned that the new storm water tanks would increase the likelihood of flooding by adding more water into the river; PE was able to reassure them that once full, the water would remain in the tank until it was pumped out.
PW informed the meeting that internal work on St Andrew’s would be starting on 20th January and was expected to last 6 months.  PW thanked everyone for attending the meeting and expressed the hope that future communications would be improved.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th February, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church. Our guest speakers will be talking about the Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group.
Disclaimer notice 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 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 in 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/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
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