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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #75 on: July 07, 2015, 11:08:18 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th June 2015,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:    36: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Arthur Tsang (BCC), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey
Apologies:   0
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 11th May 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: planning for this annual event has commenced; the Forum have submitted an application for a temporary event notice to BCC.
Bournville Lane: the faded yellow lines have been reported to BCC.
Arthur Tsang (BCC)
Arthur Tsang, Place Manager for Bournville Ward, explained BCC’s new holistic approach to solving issues affecting local communities such as anti-social behaviour and fly tipping. Mick Jones questioned whether the separate contact details displayed on the www.stirchley.co.uk website for reporting problems were still relevant; AT confirmed they were. Some residents had experienced problems in accessing the online system; AT recommended using Google Chrome.
Another resident queried the procedure for dealing with persistent flytippers; Arthur explained they would be flagged up to their local Place Manager who would issue a warning where necessary. A trial scheme on the Masefield Estate has seen residents offered support with clearing up front gardens. Green waste bags are stickered rather than collected as this simply encourages people to dump more bags.
A number of issues were reported locally: asbestos dumped on private land, incomplete street cleaning of Twyning Road following the recent works by Amey, dumping of green waste on the park to the rear of Ashbrook Rd; AT will pass the details on to the relevant departments. Cllr Sealey reported an increase in incidences of missed waste collections; AT explained that individual issues can be reported online but encouraged residents to contact him if it was a wider problem affecting whole streets.
The continuing problem of queuing traffic on Lifford Lane was raised: Arthur will report these to BCC and update the Forum next month. Residents suggested a survey of the situation at peak times to demonstrate the severity of the problem.
Louise Deakin
Louise Deakin, local resident and blogger for Stirchley Baths, reported that a Heritage Officer has now been appointed. LD has been tasked with putting together a new time capsule: there will be a drop-in session in Stirchley Library on Saturday 11th July from 10 am until 1 pm for people wishing to contribute ideas and even artefacts.
LD is also setting up a Local History Group which will be involved in preparing an information booklet about the Baths. LD invited anyone interested in joining the group to attend a drop-in session at P Café on Tuesday 16th June from 6.30 until 8 pm. LD will be hosting Stirchley Hour this week (Wednesday 8 – 9 pm); the topic will be the Stirchley History Group.   
Planning update
Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document (SPD): this document, which sets out planning policies for Stirchley, is about to be published; there will then be a 6 week consultation period in which local people will be able to make comments. Concerns were raised about the nature of the consultation process, which is online, and how meaningful it would be. It is planned to make the SPD the topic for an upcoming Stirchley Hour. There will also be an opportunity to review the SPD at next month’s Forum meeting; the discussion will inform the Forum’s response to the document.
Pershore Road Scrapyard: this has recently changed hands and a local resident expressed their dissatisfaction that the area designated as scrapyard has been expanded to include an adjacent unoccupied plot. The proposal to open an MOT garage on the site also raised concerns.
Dogpool Hotel: there are plans to convert this into an HMO.
Cllr Huxtable explained that both the scrapyard and Dogpool Hotel are outside Bournville Ward, but stated that he would assist local residents opposed to these plans if the Selly Oak councillors were happy for him to get involved.
Police Update
There was no representative of WMP at the meeting but Bournville police did host Stirchley Hour last week.
A local resident has reported feeling unsafe in Stirchley Village in the area around the brothel on Hazelwell Street; if anyone else shares these concerns they are encouraged to raise the issue with Bournville police.
Tesco Update
There was no update this month but Cllr Huxtable reported that Tesco were now aware of the fly tipping and graffiti and have contacted a contractor to deal with it.
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Social media surgeries: introductory sessions in twitter and blogging are being held at P Café on June 30th, July 28th, August 25th and September 29th from 5.30 until 7 pm. Anyone wishing to take part should register online. 
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th July, 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, n ot 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 #76 on: September 08, 2015, 11:27:47 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2015
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:    37: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Liz Jesper and John Richardson (BCC Planning) and Cllr Huxtable
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th June 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
New Dogpool Hotel: Liz Jesper confirmed that the planning application to convert the pub into an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) had been rejected by BCC.
Stirchley Community Group
Chair of Stirchley Community Group (SCG), Sunanda, updated the Forum on the project to refurbish the Baths. The building will be run by BCC for the first year, then if the SCG is deemed a viable organisation, operation of the Baths will be transferred to the SCG through a Community Asset Transfer.
Sunanda thanked BCC and local councillors for ensuring the money raised from the sale of Stirchley Community Centre to Tesco was being spent on the Baths, and also for their efforts in seeing the project through to completion. 
Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
Liz Jesper, Planning and Regeneration Officer for Birmingham City Council, presented the draft Stirchley SPD which is now open for public consultation. The consultation process has included an exhibition in Stirchley Library, notices in the press, letters to statutory consultees and information on BCC websites. LJ explained that the consultation period lasts 6 weeks and is scheduled to end on August 3rd. Members of the public can participate in the consultation via the Be Heard website www.birminghambeheard.org.uk – a link has been posted on www.stirchley.co.uk. Written responses will also be accepted.   
LJ explained that the SPD adds detail to citywide planning policies and will replace the 1994 Stirchley Framework (revised 2002) when it is adopted. The SPD sets out BCC’s aspirations for Stirchley and will assist in attracting outside investment into the area. Key aims are the revitalisation of the shopping area, improvements to the public realm and access to public transport, protection and enhancement of industry and employment uses and the preservation of open space and heritage assets. 
Local residents questioned where the investment would come from: LJ explained that the SPD could only create conditions in which both existing businesses and outside investors would have the confidence to invest in Stirchley. LJ added that the Tesco 106 agreement would see some additional investment in the public realm and highways. Cllr Huxtable expressed his disappointment that these improvements would not include shopfronts, and noted that BCC had reduced the demand for 106 monies from £200K in 2004/5 to £150K in 2013. Many residents felt the plans envisaged by the SPD were too dependent on Tesco. The likelihood of Tesco ever being built was raised, together with the need for a contingency plan should the project be cancelled. John Richardson (BCC) repeated Tesco’s assurance that they still intend to build; LJ added that the planning consent is valid until 2016.
Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Forum, asked whether BCC would consider an alternative use for the site, should Tesco decide to sell up. LJ confirmed that any scheme would have to have a retail element as it is within the shopping centre, and would have to be considered in line with citywide policies. SC suggested the SPD expressed BCC’s aspirations for Stirchley rather than those of the local community, and suggested it was time for local people to contribute their thoughts. The impact of local responses to the SPD was questioned, and whether significant community support for alternative uses would influence any future decisions about the Tesco site. LJ stated that a smaller retailer, such as an Aldi or Lidl, could provide the retail element of a mixed use scheme.
In response to a question about traffic, JR explained that any proposals in the SPD related to citywide policies.
The relationship between the SPD and the proposed Lifford Business Improvement District (BID) was raised: LJ explained that these were two separate exercises running concurrently, but that the SPD supported initiatives such as Business Improvement Districts.
The plans to expand the St Andrew’s healthcare facility were raised, as these are mentioned in the SPD. JR stated that St Andrew’s still intended to develop the site.   
A local resident expressed their frustration with BCC planning: they felt they were consulted regularly, but that their views were rarely taken into consideration. JR explained that BCC could only consider comments that were relevant in planning terms. A member of the committee suggested that local people were disadvantaged by a lack of specialist knowledge, which meant their opinions were frequently discounted, whereas large businesses such as Tesco were able to make their views heard more effectively, enabling them to influence local decisions to their advantage. LJ reassured the Forum that significant weight is given to local people, and especially established groups; JR encouraged everyone to take part in the consultation.
Residents of Fordhouse Lane questioned whether the SPD made any provision for a 20 mph limit on their road, to match the newly introduced limit on the Pershore Rd. They have already submitted a petition with over 500 signatures calling for traffic calming measures. Cllr Huxtable pointed out that the “20 is plenty” consultation had attracted considerable support for extending the 20mph zone to side streets but that BCC had not acted on this.
The accessibility of an online consultation to all sectors of the community was challenged. It was suggested that BCC should make more effort in engaging with people. LJ explained that BCC no longer had the budget to contact residents by letter, but that they had organised an exhibition in the library. The reporting of comments made during conversations with BCC staff at the exhibition was questioned: LJ explained that comments could not be submitted on someone else’s behalf. A number of residents expressed their irritation that BCC had organised a public exhibition but had not informed local people: this could have been advertised very effectively via the Forum’s networks. Cllr Huxtable noted that BCC regularly hand deliver information to local residents, and that with better co-ordination between departments the details of the consultation and exhibition could have been attached.     
A resident questioned whether comments submitted were available to view during the consultation period, as this might stimulate participation. JR stated that this was not possible, as the website was only a reporting database. SC suggested that people share their comments on websites or via twitter; she added that the Forum was also interested in comments that were not specifically related to planning issues. JR reported that all comments received would be included in the final consultation report. SC added that the questionnaire was not particularly easy to fill out, as there was considerable crossover between questions, there was no reference to specific sections of the SPD and the plans were difficult to understand.
The presence of the Lifford BID manager at the library was questioned: LJ stated that BCC have no control over who attends a public exhibition.
As the SPD extends beyond the ward boundary, concerns were raised as to whether Selly Oak residents were aware of either the document or the consultation.
Following discussion about local awareness of the consultation, it was agreed that the consultation period would be extended until Friday September 18th. This will enable the Forum to collect comments from local people at both the Late Summer Bash and review the submission at their September meeting.
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Ashbrook Rd: a local resident requested speed bumps be installed since cars are now speeding along the newly resurfaced road
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: PW called for volunteers to help deliver leaflets and set up on the day.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th September, 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, n ot 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 #77 on: October 05, 2015, 12:19:00 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14TH September 2015
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:    35: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Karen Cheney (BCC) and Cllr Huxtable
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash
Peter Walker reported on a very successful day: the raffle took £635 (the highest sum ever) and together with the stall bookings, over £1100 was raised towards the cost of the event. PW thanked the following for their support: Mike Oakton of Oakton Estates for covering the costs of the first aiders and the fliers; Signarama for the banner, Roxie Collins and Kerry Leslie for designing the fliers, Lee Whitmore of Stirchley Community Church for the chairs and tables, DJ Dave Bostock for the music, Tony Fisher of Balfour Beatty for the generator, Brenda Thomas for the walkie talkies, Friends of Stirchley Park (FoSP) for cleaning up the Park, PCSO Jenene Tandy for drawing the raffle, UK Life Medics for stepping in at the last moment when we were let down by St John’s, committee members Ron Coley, Rowena Evans, Mick Jones and Marg Walker, and everyone else who helped out on the day. 
Stirchley Baths Update
Karen Cheney, Service Integration Head for Selly Oak District, updated the Forum on the project to restore Stirchley Baths as a new community centre for Stirchley. The construction phase is nearing completion, and the building will be handed over to BCC in mid-October for the final fit out. The centre will open for user groups on November 2nd and there will be a formal opening event in late November/early December.
KC felt there was a real “buzz” around the new centre, due in part to the fantastic community engagement work carried out by Balfour Beatty. KC thanked the local community for their support throughout the redevelopment of the Baths and called on anyone with ideas for activities and programming to get in touch. In the competition to name the centre, “Stirchley Baths” and “The Old Baths” were clear favourites, and a final decision will be announced next week via a newsletter. 
In addition to the heritage offer, to be delivered by Kate Andrews through the Heritage Lottery funding, there will be an arts and culture offer, drawing on the links through the Selly Oak Arts Forum, a learning offer with the library and adult education, an enterprise offer with 2 office spaces for start-up enterprises, a health and wellbeing offer with 2 years funding for activities, and a venue offer with ambitions to gain a licence for weddings.
In response to local pressure, the Co-op has allowed the creation of a two-way entrance to the carpark following the demolition of the modern single storey extension to the Friends Meeting House. 
Policing Update
PCSO Richard from Bournville Lane updated the Forum on changes to policing in Selly Oak: although the number of teams will be reduced, changes in shifts will improve overall cover. He acknowledged local residents’ concerns about the impact of government cuts, which will result in the loss of 75% of PCSOs over the next 5 years. Bournville’s 2 PCSOs are funded until April. The potential of new technology and smarter working did little to assuage the worries of older residents, who reported feeling more secure with a visible police presence. Crime in Bournville continues to fall.   
Graffiti in Stirchley Park: a resident expressed their disappointment that WMP had been unwilling to record the recent graffiti in Stirchley Park as a crime. Brian Sheridan (FoSP) reported that the tagging of the new commissioned graffiti had been assigned a crime number. FoSP are now working with students from Bournville College on 2 new pieces of graffiti, in a project funded by the Co-op.
Bournville train Station: a resident queried whether the broken panes of glass at the station were a matter for local police or the British Transport Police (BTP). PCSO Richard explained that local police would attend if called out, but that BTP would follow up the incident.
Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document
Sandra Cooper, Forum planning officer, outlined the feedback from the consultation.
Trading Estate: SC noted that the document allows for the creation of a new access road from Fordhouse Lane into the Estate, once the junction with the Pershore Rd is improved.
Retail core: the boundary of the retail core was questioned, as this includes a large number of vacant shops and derelict sites, and excludes the more vibrant southern and northern ends of the high street. There was also confusion as to whether the proposal to create larger units within the retail core was through demolition or the consolidation of existing units. 
Lifford House: the omission of the council offices as a place of employment was noted.
Overall, it was felt that the SPD contained many positive objectives, but there was uncertainty as to how these might be delivered e.g. attracting new industrial uses to the Arvin Meritor site. On a positive note, it was reported that the Lifford Curve site has now been cleared ready for redevelopment as a fleet car hire centre. 
Stirchley Ward Boundaries
Sandra Cooper explained the changes in ward boundaries being proposed by BCC. The number of wards will be reduced from 120 to 100 and all out elections will be held every 5 years, enabling these new wards to be a variety of sizes from one to three councillors with an average 8,130 residents per councillor. This raises the possibility of a Stirchley ward, if the boundaries of the Forum area could be expanded. Suggestions for areas to be incorporated into Stirchley included Umberslade, Gristhorpe and Cherington Roads up to Raddlebarn Road, although Cllr Huxtable stated the Boundary Commission preferred natural boundaries such as The Bourne.
The disconnect between the west and east sides of Stirchley was discussed, and the problems of advertising meetings on the Pineapple and Hazelwell Estates due to the lack of community noticeboards. Cllr Huxtable reminded the meeting that the River Rea was the boundary between Kings Norton and Brandwood wards until 1982.
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Japanese Knotweed: a local resident voiced her concerns about the amount of Japanese Knotweed in various locations across Stirchley and Bournville. Cllr Huxtable explained that it was the responsibility of the landowner to bear the costs of removal, but that BCC would give general advice and support, and could be called upon to put pressure on the landowner. BCC will treat knotweed on their own land, and have successfully eliminated large patches from the Rea Valley walkway between Cartland Road and Dogpool Lane. A further outbreak of knotweed was reported on Cartland Road by Lyndworth Cricket Club. It was suggested that the Forum should invite an expert on knotweed and its removal to a future meeting. Another resident offered their help in any voluntary efforts to remove knotweed.     
Stirchley Community Market: market manager Kerry Leslie reported that the market is hoping to move to Stirchley Baths as the current venue, the British Oak, is to be refurbished and extended.
Travellers in Hazelwell Park: a local resident suggested BCC installed bollards on Hunts Road to prevent travellers from moving onto the Park. This would save BCC the recurring costs of evicting travellers and cleaning up after them. Cllr Huxtable explained that BCC will only install bollards if there is specific funding available, such as through 106 monies.
Upcoming events
Stirchley Community Church are holding a free family event “The Bounce” on September 26th from 2 – 6 pm in the Church
The Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum will be holding its AGM on Monday November 9th, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th 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, n ot 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 #78 on: February 02, 2016, 12:08:18 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th January 2016,
Stirchley Community Church


Present:   49: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Felipe Molina, Rachel Duggan, Emma Ashton, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th December 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
River Rea Flood Alleviation plans: the Environment Agency is holding a public consultation event at Christ Church Selly Park on 22nd January from 2.00 – 8.00 pm. This is an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the plans and give feedback. John Clayton (Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum) was pleased to report the mailshot had included residents of Ashbrook Rd. Further details are available on the Environment Agency website; MJ will post a link on www.stirchley.co.uk.
Tesco: work on the new road system is due to start this month; construction of the store will commence in May.
Community art project
Felipe Molina, Rachel Duggan and Emma Ashton updated the Forum on their plans for a community art project in Stirchley. This project was developed in response to complaints about graffiti on the Tesco site. Following a consultation with local residents and meetings with Tesco, the group was offered £2500 by Tesco towards the cost of painting a mural on the hoardings. Now that construction of the store is imminent, the group are looking at a wider project involving public art at points along the high street. The money from Tesco will fund a pilot project, and the group are submitting a funding bid for the more ambitious “Weaves and Waves” project later this week. There are plans to work with a wide range of local groups including the Friends of Stirchley Park, Raddlebarn School, Stirchley School and Kushinga Community Garden. Any other local groups or individuals interested in getting involved are invited to get in touch.
Mick Jones suggested that the mural should advertise the new Stirchley United Working Men’s Club, as this was currently hidden behind the hoardings.     
Proposed changes to ward boundaries
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on the Birmingham boundary review: the Forum submitted a proposal for a single councillor Stirchley ward and this has now been put forward as a recommendation. However the proposed Stirchley ward does not follow the same boundaries as those proposed by the Forum: rather than incorporating Gristhorpe, Umberslade and Cherington Roads, the new ward would take in parts of Cotteridge to the south and Moseley to the north.
It was suggested that Ten Acres should have been included in Stirchley ward as this would bring together the areas most susceptible to flooding in one ward.
It was reported that residents of Cotteridge are unhappy that their neighbourhood is being divided in two: Cotteridge School will be in Stirchley ward rather than the new Bournville and Cotteridge ward.
Izzy Knowles reported that Moseley residents were also unhappy with the proposed changes as these would see Moseley split across a number of wards. Moseley Forum would like to see the boundaries redrawn but are mindful of the impact this will have on neighbouring communities.
The boundary changes will not affect parliamentary constituencies immediately.
In response to a question about the cost of the exercise Cllr Huxtable commented that this was what happens when civil servants from outside the area are invited to draw boundaries on a map.
The Forum would have to consider whether to expand their boundaries to match those of Stirchley ward. The consultation period ends on 8th February.
Planning update
Proposed Lidl on Fitness First site: the Forum submitted an objection but has received no response. 
1650 Pershore Road: planning permission was granted in 2007 for a change of use from industrial to residential; this lapsed and was replaced by a new permission in 2015. The site is now being cleared. 
Mosque backing onto Bewdley Rd: SC confirmed that this had received planning permission but was unable to provide further details. It falls outside the Forum’s boundaries.
Franklin Way/Mary Vale Road: an application has been submitted for the construction of an apartment building adjacent to Franklin House. Cllr Sealey felt this represented overdevelopment of the site, and suggested the scheme would cause problems for existing residents as there were insufficient parking spaces.
Cllr Huxtable noted that the scheme would result in the removal of a number of trees within a conservation area. He also raised concerns about the additional pressure on school places and the absence of any 106 monies. It was suggested that a development of 1 and 2 bedroom flats would be unlikely to have a significant impact on school places. In response to a query about the 106 agreement for 1650 Pershore Rd, which includes family houses, Cllr Huxtable explained that the 2007 106 agreement had been used as a precedent for the 2015 agreement; in 2007 there was overprovision of school places locally therefore there was no requirement to make a contribution towards increasing provision. A local resident questioned why Cllr Huxtable had not mentioned pressure on school places when the Forum discussed the residential proposal for the Arvin Meritor site in November 2015; Cllr Huxtable assured them that he had addressed this issue after the meeting.
Policing update
PCSO Richard Hayes reported an increase in the incidence of burglaries locally and cautioned residents to keep doors and windows locked.
Sgt Matt Crowley will be attending next month’s meeting.
In response to a question about reporting parked car drivers smoking marijuana, PCSO Hayes confirmed that it was appropriate to phone 101 but advised that the call would be responded to in order of priority. If anyone wishes to make an anonymous report they should call Crimestoppers on 0800555111. 
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Christmas Bash: local resident Corey raised £80 for a local cancer charity, including £46 from the sale of leftover selection boxes at last month’s meeting; his total to date is £833.
Fordhouse Lane: works to lay new gas pipes have affected local bus stops; as there are no temporary stops some residents are having to walk considerable distances to catch the bus.
Wheelie bins: there were numerous complaints about waste collection since the introduction of wheelie bins.
Friends Meeting House: SC will investigate the sale. 
Stirchley Hour: SC encouraged local residents to take part on Wednesday evenings from 8.00 – 9.00 pm.   
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th February, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.


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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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #79 on: February 03, 2016, 09:53:28 AM »
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #80 on: March 08, 2016, 06:57:06 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th February 2016, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   41: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee and Councillor Huxtable
Apologies:   7
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 11th January 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
River Rea Flood Alleviation plans: John Clayton of Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum updated the meeting on the project. Appraisal of the scheme by the Environment Agency (EA) continues. The consultation event was well attended by residents of Ashbrook Rd; feedback will be taken into consideration by the Design Team.
Tony Fox of Cannon Hill Park Friends reminded the meeting of the EA’s responsibility for water quality, and encouraged residents to report any instances of dead fish to them, as it could be the result of pollution.
Boundary commission consultation: a submission has been made on behalf of the Forum by Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer.   
Community policing
Sgt Matt Crowley of Bournville Police outlined the changes to community policing that are taking place. The old shift system has been replaced by new rota which ensures a neighbourhood police presence every day from 8.00 am until midnight: twitter, email and phone calls are also monitored centrally between these hours, ensuring a more immediate response. The twitter handle for Bournville Police is @BournvilleNHT. Sgt Crowley reassured residents that police officers are on duty throughout the night to respond to any incidents. 
Bournville ward has seen a reduction in crime every month since Sgt Crowley was appointed; he attributes this success to an “old fashioned” approach to policing based on effective intelligence management, operational planning and partnership working. This model of policing is now being rolled out across Selly Oak constituency and is being adopted by Edgbaston and Northfield.
Priorities for Bournville ward include: ASB in green spaces, traffic and drugs offences. Off road bikes continue to be a problem and Sgt Crowley called for residents to report any information about bikes being stored or driven.
PCSO redundancies have been postponed for 1 year, but it is still likely most will have been lost by 2019; WMP needs to plan for this reduction in manpower. A local resident questioned whether there were still plans to replace PCSOs with volunteers; Sgt Crowley stated that he had heard nothing more about this proposal.
Mick Jones, Forum IT Officer, reported his VW van stolen in November 2015, but is still waiting for the police report: Sgt Crowley will investigate.
In response to a question from a local resident, Sgt Crowley agreed there may be a link between a national rise in crime and the loss of frontline police, but added that this rise was also down to new types of crime, such as internet fraud and grooming, as well as more widespread reporting of domestic violence.
Following a number of incidents of distraction burglary in the vicinity of the Co-op, Sgt Crowley confirmed that 2 suspects had been identified.
Local police are working with schools to tackle the recent spate of bomb hoaxes.
A resident reported 4 burnt out motorbikes along the River Rea; Sgt Crowley explained this was the result of their crackdown on off road bikes – as it is no longer safe to store them at home, their young owners are dumping them.
John Clayton (SPSNF) reported a rise in the number of probation hostels in Bournbrook, as student landlords lose tenants to purpose built accommodation. Cllr Huxtable explained that no permissions were required to convert a property from a student HMO to a hostel. BCC is currently consulting on HMOs and is aware of the problem in Bournbrook; the issue has been discussed by Selly Oak district and a paper will go to BCC Cabinet later in this month. Sgt Crowley stated that Bournbrook is one of three priority areas in Selly Oak district; the new sergeant for Selly Oak ward is Scott Edwards.
The new international supermarket on the corner of Pershore Rd and Ivy Rd is applying for a 24 hour licence: WMP will oppose this although the low local crime rate will count against their objection. PW added that the 24 hour licence granted to the Select and Save on the Pershore Rd had never been used because the permission imposed a number of costly requirements.
Residents of Ivy Rd reported their concerns about illegal activity on adjacent derelict land; Sgt Crowley confirmed that there was Class A drug use in the area, but that it was being managed and was not as visible as in other parts of the city.
Planning update
2016/00664/PA Lidl: manager Matt from PSL Bowling requested the support of the Forum and local residents to oppose the planning application to demolish both the bowling alley and gym and replace them with a supermarket. There was overwhelming opposition from local residents to this proposal and Sandra Cooper announced that the Forum would make an objection to this application on the grounds that it would result in the loss of a valued community asset and exacerbate traffic congestion. Cllr Huxtable stated his opposition and suggested there are a large number of brownfield sites in Stirchley better suited to supermarket development. He is now trying to ascertain what was discussed at the pre-application meeting between BCC Planning and Lidl, which influenced the submitted plans. The proximity of the scheme to the River Rea was raised by a number of residents.
SC explained that the most effective means of opposition was to make an individual response online rather than signing the petition being organised by Fitness First.
Tesco: the whole site should be cleared within 8 weeks. Pest control will be eradicating rodents prior to the demolition of the remaining buildings. Breaking up the hardstanding has caused a noise problem for residents of Twyning Rd, with the letter warning of the work not arriving until the day after it had started. Any complaints or queries should be addressed to fflur.sheppard@uk.tesco.com
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Arvin Meritor site: the advertising hoardings on Fordhouse Lane have been blown down and present a danger to passers-by. A local resident has reported this twice to CBRE but to no avail; Cllr Huxtable will report to Environmental Health.
Crossing patrols: BCC is consulting on a proposal for schools to take over funding for individual crossing patrols. Cllr Huxtable is campaigning against this proposal.
River Rea route: many of the lights are out along the cycle path through Hazelwell Park and the lane to the Fordrough; Cllr Huxtable will report this to the relevant department.
Hazelwell Park: the noticeboard adjacent to the play area has fallen down; Cllr Huxtable confirmed that a replacement noticeboard is being made.
Parking chaos: in response to complaints from local residents, Sgt Crowley will send a school liaison officer to Selly Park Girls’ School.
Stirchley Community Market: resumes after the winter break on March 1st at Stirchley Baths.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th March, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church


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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.
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Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #81 on: April 05, 2016, 10:19:15 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14th March 2016, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   51: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Mike Hinton (BCC), PCSO Richard Hayes, Councillor Sealey and Councillor Huxtable
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th February 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
River Rea Flood Alleviation plans: these are available to view on the Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum website www.sellyparksouth.org.uk.
River Rea route: all lights are now working in Hazelwell Park.
Hazelwell Park: Cllr Huxtable reported that the new noticeboard is due to be installed shortly. 
Arvin Meritor site: the hoardings have been placed in a safe location but not removed.
Parking chaos around Selly Park Technology College: this issue has been passed on to the Selly Oak ward councillors.   
School crossing patrols: all jobs have been saved for another year; BCC is setting up an educational trust to make up the shortfall in budget.
Stirchley Market fliers: these have the dates for this year’s Forum meetings on the reverse. A straw poll of the meeting revealed few residents have received their flier: PW will follow up. 
Japanese Knotweed
Mike Hinton, expert on Japanese Knotweed for BCC, explained the situation and set out the strategies for dealing with this extremely invasive and destructive plant.
Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) spreads by an underground stem (rhizome) rather than seeding; this method of natural spread is particularly well suited to transport corridors such as rivers, canals and railways. Along rivers intermittent flooding breaks off stems and transports them downstream where they are able to re-root and grow.
The invasion of knotweed has also been accelerated by human interference: fly-tipping, composting schemes and the use of flail mowers on affected land have also spread the plant to new areas. Knotweed can regrow from a 1 cm section of stem, and will grow up to 10 cm each day. Knotweed thrives on attack, and cutting the rhizome simply causes it to develop more shoots. Rhizomes grow up to 7 metres long and may be 2 – 3 metres deep, making it very difficult to dig out.
The established method of treatment is to spray it 3 times during the growing season; this can eliminate the plant within 2 – 3 years. Injecting the plant is another proven treatment. For homeowners wishing to deal with knotweed themselves, MH recommended using heavy duty glyphosate and waiting until the plant is 0.75 – 0.9 m tall as this will increase the amount of pesticide reaching the roots.
There are no natural enemies of the plant in the UK, although scientists are looking to develop biological controls such as introducing non-native species that will inhibit its spread.   
Knotweed is now so widespread across the UK that Defra no longer classifies it as a notifiable weed. However knotweed can be dealt with under the 2014 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act: Local Authorities can take legal action to compel landowners to deal with knotweed if it is causing a nuisance to neighbours. BCC are looking to test this legislation in the near future.
A local resident reported knotweed stems blocking the River Rea after recent heavy rainfall: MH advised reporting it to the Environment Agency as it is their responsibility to deal with it. 
In response to a question about the effects of knotweed on house values, MH confirmed that some lenders will not give mortgages on affected properties.
Knotweed on the cricket ground behind Lyndworth Rd is threatening neighbouring homes; MH will raise the issue with Sue Amey, Constituency Parks Manager at BCC.
Knotweed was also reported on the private land backing onto Sparrey Drive. The owner is currently treating the knotweed and is planning to burn it on site; residents were concerned that this would spread it further. MH recommended contacting Natural England for advice on 0300 060 1112.
Friends of Stirchley Park (FoSP)
Brian Sheridan, Chair of the Friends, updated the Forum on developments following the vandalism to the murals. He thanked the local community for their overwhelming support and addressed some negative comments, aired by a minority of residents on the internet.
In response to the suggestion that the FoSP makes decisions without a local mandate, Brian pointed out that when a letter was sent out to residents 4 years ago inviting them to get involved in the park, 5 people responded and formed the FoSP. The group holds regular meetings which are open to all residents. The consultation about the murals was carried out at the Late Summer Bash and via the Park noticeboards. Both the Sleeping Child and Stirchley History murals were created by local artists.
As for the accusation that the FoSP provoked the vandalism by painting out all other graffiti in the Park, Brian noted that BCC had ordered Farmfoods and the Co-op to remove the large scale graffiti and that the Co-op had opted to paint out all the remaining graffiti as they wished to commission new artworks.
On a more positive note, Brian reported that the Sleeping Child will be replaced and that Bournville College will be working with the FoSP to create some new murals.
A local resident suggested the money given by Tesco to paint the hoardings could be used to create artworks linking the high street to the park.
Dog fouling remains a problem in the park, and the FoSP are running a campaign to remind owners to “bag it and bin it”.     
Policing update
PCSO Richard Hayes reported that overall crime rates continue to drop, and that burglaries are falling too following a recent spike.
PCSO Hayes confirmed that Stirchley Park is covered by bicycle and foot patrols, although less regularly as they are now covering a much wider area. 
A local resident reported Enterprise workers moving cars along the pavement at night; PCSO Hayes will speak to the manager.
Another resident expressed their fears about challenging anti-social behaviour such as littering or dog fouling; PCSO Hayes recommended using common sense and assessing each situation as it arises. He confirmed that dog owners can be fined for not carrying dog poop bags.
Planning update
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, reported that there was no further news on either the Aldi or 24 hour alcohol license applications.
Lidl: Cllr Huxtable reported that he had opposed the Lidl application, highlighting the impact on traffic congestion and flood risk. He explained that the site does fall within the local centre of Stirchley, and suggested that Lidl will keep the shop floor just below the threshold for a retail impact assessment.
1650 Pershore Road: this residential development is being named Wildmoor Close in reference to the source of the sand used in the Foundry that occupied the site. Sandra Copper noted that it would have been nice if the Stirchley History Group had been consulted.
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Lifford Lane: a local resident suggested the roundabout should be reduced in size or one of the pavements removed to create 2 lanes and enable traffic to bypass the queue to the tip and access Melchett Rd. Cllr Huxtable reported that BCC will not fund any changes to the road layout on Lifford Lane. He would like to see a reuse and upcycling centre created on the site but the current traffic chaos prevents any increase in usage.
Sparrey Drive fly tipping: a local resident questioned whether the bin men could be expected to pick up black bags. Cllr Huxtable explained that it depended on the crew and blamed the increase in dumping on the introduction of charges for bulk waste collection. Cllr Sealey suggested reporting the issue to BCC waste enforcement.
Upcoming events
Conservation work day in Hazelwell Park: March 27th 10.00 am
Date of the next meeting
Monday 11th 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 #82 on: May 07, 2016, 02:17:43 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th April 2016
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   37: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Sealey and Councillor Huxtable
Apologies:   9
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th March 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Japanese knotweed: the Environment Agency has cleared the knotweed along the Rea to the rear of Stirchley Bowls. 
Stirchley Park: local year 6 pupils sent Cllr Huxtable their critical reasoning letters on the topic of “is graffiti art?” The assignment was prompted by the vandalism of the murals and Cllr Huxtable has passed the letters on to the Head of Parks at BCC. The Parks department have offered assistance to the Friends of Stirchley Park. 
Dog fouling remains a problem and the Friends have added a new mural to the park featuring two dogs named “Bag it” and “Bin it”. 
Planning update
Former Curtis Carpets shop: planning permission has been granted for a café/restaurant to operate between 8 am and midnight. The owners are now applying for a fast food takeaway licence on the basis that this is essential for the restaurant, which they describe as “high end niche”, to be financially viable. Concerns over parking meant that this was not allowed in the original permission. Sandra Copper, Forum Planning Officer, canvassed local opinion at the meeting, which was overwhelmingly opposed to the application, and will submit a letter of objection. In response to a question about the signage, SC confirmed that planning permission is not required for replacement unilluminated signs. Concerns were raised over BCC Planning’s poor record on enforcement.
Supermarket developments: there was nothing to report on either Lidl or Tesco.
Arvin Meritor site: a local resident reported a rumour that TKMaxx have bought the site; no one at the meeting was able to verify this. Cllr Huxtable stated that the new Stirchley SPD has designated the site for mixed use and that BCC Planning had been unhappy with the all residential proposal presented to the Forum in November 2015.   
Policing update
ASB continues to be a problem in Cotteridge Park: residents were advised to phone 101 and not engage with the offenders.
There has been a spate of burglaries along the Pershore Rd backing onto the River Rea. In response to the suggestion that CCTV cameras should be installed along the route, police explained that the current crime levels did not justify the expense and that they would be unpopular.
A local resident reported a letter from BVT to garage holders warning of break-ins. The police recommend fitting decent locks, an alarm and marking valuable items with the house number and postcode using a UV pen. Recording serial numbers increases the likelihood of recovery: items such as laptops, bicycles and mobile phones can be registered online for free at www.immobilise.com. Another recommended resource is SelectaDNA which is used to uniquely mark and trace property. Police now struggle to fund events promoting security measures but local residents could contact companies such as SelectaDNA and ask for advice and support.
Restrictions on the use of barbed wire were explained to the owner of a garage backing onto the Rea: it must be more than 6 feet from the ground and there needs to be a warning sign.
In response to reports of Ford KAs being unlocked without keys, police explained that criminals use locksmiths equipment purchased online; having your car serviced at a dealership and having the software updated will prevent this. 
A young family in Oxford St have been experiencing problems with youths door knock running: they should report any further incidents on 101.
In response to a query about a number of violent crimes in the Cartland Rd area, it was suggested that these may be unfounded rumours and the resident concerned was directed to the www.police.uk website which logs all reported crimes.   
Despite large numbers of “keep left” bollards being knocked over, police were unaware if this was the work of one person.
The Birmingham South Local Policing Unit (Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Northfield) will be merging with Birmingham West and Central in the next 12 months. The area will still have a dedicated team and hot spot patrols but there will be some changes: response teams will be based in the city centre and there may be some diversion of police resources as the merger is with a more demanding area. There will be no impact on the policing of major sporting events. 
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Stirchley Community Group: Su Jones and Rose Crossland-Jones reported that the group had been turned down for the Community Asset Transfer of Stirchley Baths. The group were considered too “time poor” to take over running the Baths and the contract will now go out to tender. They are still interested in facilitating groups and activities that will benefit Stirchley and are holding a drop-in session on Thursday night in St Andrew’s Church for anyone wishing to offer help or share their ideas. As part of the CAT process, SCG was awarded some seed funding which could be used to establish new groups or activities. 
In response to the suggestion that the Baths is becoming an “elitist” venue that is inaccessible to local people, Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey stated that they have expressed their concerns about the lack of community involvement in the Baths with the Strategic Director of Place at BCC. It was noted that community involvement is a requirement of the Heritage Lottery grant; Cllr Huxtable suggested the project may be at risk of losing some of this funding.
PW explained that the Forum had not moved into the Baths because it was £100 a year more expensive than the Church (even with the introductory offer), the acoustics in the main hall were very poor, and there was no flexibility to accommodate a larger than average turnout. Other concerns were the poor disabled access, lack of signage and parking chaos at larger events. It was suggested that the latter would increase when the Friends Meeting House is redeveloped and Hazelwell Street is reduced to one lane. Cllr Huxtable has raised these issues with BCC.
The conflation of the Baths with Selly Oak District office was also discussed, with one local resident suggesting this has given the building a “dubious” identity: is it a community hub with some BCC use or a council office with some limited and unaffordable community space? It was reported that the hot desking area is being used exclusively by BCC staff. PW was disappointed to receive an invitation to an event at the Baths which gave the address as Selly Oak District Office, Bournville Lane.
Cllr Huxtable undertook to invite the Director of Place to a meeting on behalf of the Forum.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: this will be taking place on Saturday September 3rd in Stirchley Park.
Waterstones History Season: a series of free events, contact PW for contact details.
Fly tipping around Oxford St/Sparrey Drive: Cllr Huxtable reported an increase in complaints about dumping since the introduction of charges for the bulk waste collection service.   
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th May, 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 #83 on: June 10, 2016, 09:32:33 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th May 2016, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   34: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Locke
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 11th April 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record following a correction to the item about the Arvin Meritor site.
Matters arising
There were no matters arising.
Update from Stirchley Community Group
Sunanda explained that SCG were no longer involved in the Community Asset Transfer process for Stirchley Baths but that they were still actively involved in Stirchley. In the last few weeks SCG has held two meetings to gather ideas for new community groups and activities. The first outcome of these meetings is a new listings website for Stirchley with details of events going on locally: www.stirchley.org.net. SCG is looking for a volunteer “events ranger” to gather information and feed it into the website.     
New councillor
PW introduced Labour councillor Mary Locke to the Forum and congratulated her on her recent election victory. Mary will forward details of her councillor’s advice surgeries to PW.
Policing update
PC Paul Rimell, Neighbourhood Officer for Selly Oak, updated the Forum on local crime and policing issues.
Across Bournville ward, the incidence of vehicle crime, burglaries and violent crime is higher than this time last year; ASB is lower.
Travellers have moved onto a site to the rear of Bournville Lane police station; BCC have issued a notice to leave. Police will check the vehicles for up to date insurance and MOTs; BCC will deal with any fly tipping.
A local resident raised the problem of cyclists on pavements and questioned why police appear to ignore it. PC Rimell explained that police resources were under huge pressure; he added that an offence of “furious cycling” does exist, but that the response from police to cycling on the pavement would depend on injuries caused to pedestrians. Other residents suggested more cycle routes would reduce the problem, as roads were too dangerous, particularly for young children. Cllr Huxtable expressed his disappointment that the proposed “cycle hub” at Bournville train station was abandoned. PC Rimell clarified the situation with parked cars in cycle lanes: this is permitted where the line is dashed but illegal if the line is solid.
PC Rimell reported the seizure of two quad bikes from Cannon Hill Park following reports of ASB. Problems with no response from the 101 service were raised by a resident who had tried to report quad bikes along the Rea route.
Planning update
Former Curtis Carpet showroom: Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, submitted an objection to a takeaway licence on behalf of the Forum. SC reported that the restaurant opened today and there were already two cars parked outside on the double yellow lines.   
There is no news on Lidl, Tesco or the Arvin Meritor site. Local resident Emma Ashton has just received the go ahead from Tesco for their graffiti art murals but they also need planning permission for the hoardings and additional funding for this project to proceed.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): SC attended a meeting in Selly Oak about HMOs and how to identify and oppose applications. SC raised concerns about an application for 50 Windsor Road, where a proposal has been submitted that would see a two storey extension to a 2 bed terraced house creating up to 5 further bedrooms. Another application that may create an HMO was 3 Dacer Close. SC stated that as a matter of principle the Forum does not get involved in private domestic applications. However the Forum is opposed to HMOs and SC will keep in contact with the Selly Oak group as they are experienced in this area and are able to provide support such as standard letters of objection. It was suggested that the most likely future use of the Friends Meeting House is as student accommodation.
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Friends of Stirchley Park: Brian Sheridan reported that the vandalised artworks will be replaced next month; they have had to wait some time as the artist “Title” is in great demand. There will also be two new pieces of art designed by students from a local college. Brian stated that the Friends would continue to replace the artwork if it is vandalised again. In response to a suggestion, Brian explained that the type of brickwork meant it could not be coated in an “anti-vandal” paint but suggested they may protect it with Perspex. The Friends are very reluctant to install a CCTV camera.
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Lifford Lane: a local resident questioned why the traffic barrier was increasing in height. Cllr Huxtable suggested asking next month’s speaker, Jacqui Kennedy, as she is the Service Head of the Highways Department at BCC.
Fly tipping: the increased incidence of fly tipping on garage service roads in the Hazelwell Estate was reported. Cllr Locke has reported this. Cllr Huxtable explained that it is the responsibility of private landowners to clear fly tipping, but added that garage service roads are a “grey area” and he will put pressure on fleet and waste management to clear it up. 
Stirchley Share: a new initiative inspired by a project in Frome whereby local people can borrow equipment they rarely use from a local “library of things”. More information on Facebook at “Stirchley Share”. 
Selly Oak District Office: a local resident expressed their concerns that the former District Office will be sold off as a development site.
Upcoming events
Stirchley Fete: at Stirchley Working Men’s Club on Sunday May 29th 12 – 4 pm, organised by Stirchley, The Way Forward group
Stirchley History Group: Wednesday May 11th 6 pm in the cinema room, Stirchley Baths
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th 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 #84 on: July 07, 2016, 09:48:54 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 13th June 2016,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:   51: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Jacqui Kennedy (BCC), Steve Hollingworth (BCC), Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th May 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
There were no matters arising.
Update on Stirchley Baths
Jacqui Kennedy (JK), Acting Strategic Director of Place Directorate for BCC gave an update on the project to regenerate Stirchley Baths. JK expressed her satisfaction with the restoration work, particularly the preservation of key features and the heritage interpretation. JK congratulated Karen Cheney (KC) for delivering the project on time and in budget. Stirchley Baths will be run by BCC and will be operated within the Wellbeing Service from 01/07/16. BCC will continue to work with local stakeholders to develop programme to meet local need.
JK asked the Forum why they meet in Stirchley Community Church and not the Baths; PW responded that the Church offers great service. JK was very pleased that Stirchley had two such great facilities.
Steve Hollingworth (SH), head of BCC Wellbeing, gave the Forum a brief account of the service which was set up following the externalisation of key leisure sites. Stirchley Baths is one of a number of community hubs that will deliver services aimed at combatting health inequalities across the city.
JK and SH opened up the floor to questions.
A local resident who works full time noted that a large number of activities take place during the day and questioned whether the opening hours would be extended. SH explained that it takes 18 months to 2 years to set up a new hub and stated that the opening hours would evolve in response to local demand. KC added that the Baths are open Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 9.00 pm on some days, and also some weekends. KC advised looking at the website or twitter feed for more details.
Concerns were raised about the catering kitchen which is operated by the commercial enterprise that runs the café and is therefore not accessible to the community for parties etc. KC explained that there was a second kitchen that could be hired out for community use; it was pointed out that this is equipped only with a small microwave and is therefore unsuitable for preparing or heating food.
The procedure for selecting the catering operator was questioned. KC confirmed that the contract was not put out to tender but that Change Kitchen pays some rent and runs the café. JK will take this issue away and prepare a formal response. A local resident suggested the local Co-op café did more for community cohesion than the Baths.
The future of the former Selly Oak District Office was raised; KC explained that BCC had rented the building and it had now been returned to the Education department. KC was unaware of any plans to sell it off for housing but reported that a supplementary school had taken a look at it. JK will report back on BCC’s plans for the building. 
A local resident expressed their concerns with the modern signage on the front of the Baths and questioned the consultation with Historic England. KC explained that the signage had been submitted to BCC Planning for retrospective permission. Another resident was concerned about the lack of signage and suggested the building could not be DDA (Disability Discrimination Act 2005) compliant. KC confirmed that the building met all the requirements of the DDA, including the signage. Another felt that English Heritage was oversensitive about signage and suggested they had to make allowances for the change of use which required new signs. JK will look into this issue.   
The possibility of a Community Asset Transfer for the Baths was raised. JK stated that there were no live bids following the rejection of the bid from Stirchley Community Group (SCG) following due diligence checks by BCC. If another community group comes forward with a proposal and a business plan BCC will consider it. BCC are currently assessing the CAT process which has produced 19 successful Community Asset Transfers across the city. The lack of reporting or consultation around the transfer of the Baths to the Wellbeing service was challenged. JK replied that BCC had always planned to run the Baths for the first 12 months. There will be no formal steering group to oversee development but a user/non user group could be set up to feed in ideas. It was suggested that this model of operation was a very top-down approach given the skills and activism within the local community. This comment drew considerable support from the audience, with a member of SCG suggesting the lack of consultation had left local people feeling there was no place for them in the Baths; as empowerment is key to improving wellbeing this was extremely disappointing. They suggested local people should design the service for themselves, rather than submitting ideas to BCC for them to deliver. They also felt there was too much focus on the Baths and not enough integration of the new service into an already active community. SH undertook to run a consultation/engagement piece of work. 
The costs of hiring spaces in the Baths were raised: KC explained that the hourly rate depended on whether it was a commercial or community booking and the numbers of people involved. A children’s birthday party is £50. It was reported that at least 4 people have enquired about children’s parties and been turned down because the Baths are closed at weekends. KC explained that for the first few months the Baths had been run by 2 members of staff and that this had limited opening hours. Now that there are more staff, volunteers and paid stewards availability will increase. SH explained that there would be no increase in the budget for the Baths following the transfer to the Wellbeing service but there will be more staff. A resident noted the dependence on volunteering at the heart of many community facilities and suggested volunteering can only go so far in maintaining services. 
A local resident wanted clarification of what a Wellbeing service is. SH explained that it focuses on increasing rates of activity, thereby improving health and reducing isolation.
KC stated that the Baths had been offered as a free hire to the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum. PW responded that this was the first time he had heard this offer; he added that at the Church the Forum has flexibility in the use of either the café space or the hall, dependent on attendance, and that the Church sets up the room.
A resident praised the staff at the Baths for the number of activities already being offered and volunteers involved, and pointed out that it had only been open since January and would continue to grow. A member of Stirchley The Way Forward stated that KC had offered the Baths as a free venue for the recent Stirchley Fete and explained that this was not taken up because they had already booked the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club. Kerri Leslie thanked KC for her support in re-establishing Stirchley Community Market at the Baths; KC confirmed that this free booking would be honoured until the end of the year. Jayne Murray thanked KC for her support for the Stirchley Dances arts and heritage project.   
The queues to the Lifford Lane tip were raised by a member of the Forum, with a suggestion that the road should be one-way as far as Baldwin Road. JK explained this would need a lengthy consultation and undertook to arrange a further meeting to look at the options for solving this problem. JK encouraged residents to report fly tippers.
PW thanked JK and SH for attending the meeting.
Planning update
Tesco: the latest start date is September/October with a 9 month construction period. Cllr Huxtable explained that the highway works needed to be completed first; these would involve the transfer of some land from BCC to Tesco.   
AOB
Hazelwell Crescent: a resident reported a residue left behind by gas engineers causing problems in the wet when it becomes slippery.
River Rea: fencing has fallen into the river between Fordhouse Lane and Hazelwell Road
Stirchley Park: the replacement murals are almost finished.
Lettings boards: a resident noted the proliferation of estate agents “to let” boards in Stirchley. Cllr Huxtable explained that an agent can keep a sign up if there is at least one room available for rent in a property. Once let the agent has a set period of time to remove the board. BCC is looking to introduce a special measure for student properties/HMOs in parts of Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Harborne wards. Cllr Huxtable asked for Stirchley to be included within this area but BCC felt there was insufficient evidence of a problem.
Tesco site: a local resident questioned what could be done about dust blowing off the site, triggering allergies and asthma. Cllr Huxtable will raise the issue with Tesco and BCC Environmental Health.
BCC Planning: it was reported that Peter Wright is retiring as South Area Planning Officer and will not be replaced. 
Fly tipping: a resident of Selly Oak reported fly tipping along the right of way behind their house to BCC and was told it was their problem as it is on private land. Cllr Huxtable will mention it to the local Selly Oak councillors.
Late Summer Bash: PW put out a call for volunteers to deliver leaflets; he thanked Roxie Collins for designing them. This year’s Bash will be held on September 3rd in Stirchley Park. 
Upcoming events
Apply for a retail job workshop: 23rd June, 1 – 3 pm at Stirchley Baths
Stirchley Dances: 25th June at Stirchley Baths, launch of a new heritage artwork
Stirchley History Group: 6th July at Stirchley Baths, free talk about researching the history of your house
Date of the next meeting
Monday 11th July, 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 #85 on: September 08, 2016, 09:41:28 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th July 2016, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   34 Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th June 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Environmental concerns: Cllr Huxtable has reported the fly tipping, residue on Hazelwell Crescent, dust from Tesco site and fencing in the Rea to the relevant departments of BCC.
Lettings boards: Cllr Huxtable is planning a walkabout with BCC officers in the Bournville Lane area to discuss the problems associated with HMOs.
Update on local arts initiative   
Emma Ashton updated the Forum on the proposed art project for the hoardings surrounding the Tesco site. In May 2016 a public consultation was held in Stirchley Community Church to gather ideas for the artworks. Discussions with Tesco have been fruitful if slow and they have offered a contribution towards the costs. Following the announcement that demolition work was starting in January 2016 Tesco suggested the artwork should be located on alternative sites such as the former reclamation yard as the main site hoardings will not be up for very long. The reclamation yard presents a number of physical and legal challenges, and the group have received assistance from BCC Planning and the Culture Commissioning Team. Tesco are yet to confirm what their final plans for the reclamation yard site are, and the extent to which the community can be involved in developing them.
The 106 monies associated with the Tesco planning application were discussed: Cllr Huxtable pointed out that the £150K agreed in 2013 was considerably less than the £200K that had been allocated for environmental enhancements when permission was first granted in 2003. He explained that it was up to BCC to decide where to spend the 106 monies and suggested that Tesco should be paying for everything within the red line of the planning application (including the reclamation yard) through the section 238 and 278 agreements. Cllr Locke’s representative at the Forum pointed out that the 106 monies were now £170K as they were index linked; the current proposal is also for a smaller shop creating fewer jobs.
EA added that provisional landscaping plans for the reclamation yard had already been submitted that included 5 trees costed at £10K each. Cllr Huxtable explained the cost of the trees included 30 years of maintenance. In response to a question whether the art would be temporary or permanent, EA suggested the project would have permanent elements and should also extend beyond the Tesco site to other locations such as Stirchley Park. Initial proposals involved the various histories of Stirchley tied together by a central motif of the River Rea. EA invited anyone interested in getting involved to get in touch.
Community Activators
Keith Phillips, Community Activator for BCC Wellbeing Service, presented the programme of outdoor activities now being run from Stirchley Baths: these include adult learn to ride bike sessions on Tuesday mornings and led bike rides on Wednesday afternoons. Bikes are provided and all activities are free. They are also looking to put on after school activities like those in Muntz Park and would like to hear what the local community want and where. They are planning to introduce daily bike hire but this will require training a volunteer manager. There are no plans to have electric bikes. The community activators can be contacted via Stirchley Baths and further information is available online on the Park Lives and Active Parks websites.   
PW invited them to put on some activities at the Late Summer Bash.
In response to a question from Cllr Sealey about the transfer of the Baths to the Wellbeing Service, KP stated there were no plans for any additional staffing on site. 
Planning update
Sandra Copper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on the latest planning developments in Stirchley.
Lidl: the application has still not been determined. It was suggested that the major objections were related to the environmental and transportation impacts. In response to the suggestion that the Kwiksave site would be preferable, Cllr Sealey responded that Tesco have no plans to dispose of this at the moment, and are waiting until their new store is open.
Friends Meeting House: the latest planning application has been withdrawn but is likely to be resubmitted.
Wolsey Sausage Factory: BCC are likely to want a drop-off point for the proposed nursery. The deadline for comments is the end of this week.
Dacer Close and Newlands Road: both home extensions were approved.
Windsor Road: the proposed extension was refused on grounds of inappropriate scale.
St Andrews Healthcare: the application has been submitted and the consultation period ended on 7th July.
Arvin Meritor site: following feedback from the Forum and local consultation event, the proposal for residential development now includes more play areas and pedestrian access across the site to the river and cycle routes. A resident of Ivy Road was concerned how close the homes would be to her back garden; RE explained that it is possible to take measurements from the drawings on the BCC planning website.
24 hour off licence on corner of Ivy Rd: plans for this seem to have been dropped.
Carwash by micro park: it was suggested that this should be reported to BCC Planning as it is an eyesore. Cllr Huxtable explained that the site is leased from BCC and they would not renew the lease but landscape it instead in line with the adjacent micro parks. It is not financially viable for BCC to enforce short term improvements to the site.
Tesco: the Forum has not been informed of the most recent plans for the store. Cllr Huxtable reported that the application about to be submitted is for a considerably smaller store, 42,000 sq.ft. rather than the original 60,000 sq.ft. There will be less car parking and there are still no plans for a petrol station. It will almost certainly be approved as it is a revision to a current permission; public comments can be submitted online. The build will take 6 months with the store opening in mid – late 2017. Cllr Huxtable has asked Tesco what their plans are for the other sites they own in Stirchley.
Cllr Locke’s representative questioned how the 240 jobs would be advertised. Cllr Huxtable explained the jobs would all go through the BCC Employment Support Team to ensure the maximum local benefit. There were concerns that the jobs will be advertised across the city and that local people would not receive preferential treatment. SC suggested BCC should discuss the issue with the Forum.
Policing update
PCSO Michael Bowen updated the Forum on policing issues in Bournville ward: there have been 4 domestic burglaries in Stirchley, 12 vehicle crimes and thefts from the Co-op and Farmfoods. Cllr Sealey was concerned that crime is increasing in the area; PCSO Bowen stated vehicle crime was more a problem than domestic burglary.
Cllr Huxtable questioned why the police do not use their powers to remove travellers, but instead rely on BCC to deal with the problem. PCSO Bowen will feedback to Sgt Crowley. 
Cllr Sealey highlighted a spate of graffiti tagged with “snape”; PCSO Bowen will report back.
Scramblers and motorbikes remain a problem in Hazelwell Park; please share any information with police by emailing sellyoak@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk
On a positive note, police were able to stop someone trying to injure themselves on Fordhouse Lane.
Following reports of human excrement in Hazelwell Park, there was some discussion as to whether this had been left by the travellers. Cllr Huxtable reported this is being followed up by Constituency Parks Manager Sue Amey and will be cleaned up by the hazardous waste team. All the general waste left by the travellers has now been removed.
AOB
Late Summer Bash: the Forum is looking for volunteers to deliver leaflets for the event and help out on the day.
Travellers: PW questioned why BCC don’t put up proper barriers to prevent travellers from accessing public open space. Cllr Huxtable explained that BCC used to have a fund for local improvements such as barriers but this was axed in 2012. PW felt this was a false economy when the costs of cleaning up after travellers were considered. Another resident suggested BCC should provide more sites or at least WCs for travellers.
Upcoming events
Environment Agency drop-in session to discuss recent flooding: 20th July in Christ Church
Stirchley History Group: 7th September in Stirchley Baths
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th September, 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 #86 on: October 01, 2016, 03:29:14 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 12th September 2016,
Stirchley Community Church
Present:   53: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Sgt Matt Crowley, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 11th July 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash   
PW thanked everyone who helped out at the Bash; particular thanks went to Phil Banting for his fantastic photos of the day and Stirchley Community Group for their generous donation of £250. Despite the wet weather the raffle raised £640 which will go towards future events.   
Protecting Hazelwell Park
Travellers have set up camp in Hazelwell Park four times over the summer. One local resident noted that travellers had got onto the main area of park for the first time in 15 years. There were reports of aggressive and rude behaviour by some of the travellers, dangerous dogs running loose, human excrement and rubbish bags being left in the park. One resident stated they had been unable to let their children play in the park for the duration of the travellers’ stay.
It was suggested the travellers should be provided with bins or a skip and toilets. Sgt Crowley explained that BCC would not allow this as it might attract more travellers and was unfair to other residents who had to pay for such services.
Sgt Crowley confirmed that police do an initial check of all new camps, covering not only vehicles’ tax, insurance and roadworthiness but also travellers’ welfare and human rights.
Sgt Crowley stated police had not seen any increase in crime as a result of the travellers, other than racially aggravated crime. There were reports of cars having their windows smashed in Twyning Rd and seven garage break-ins on the Hazelwell Estate while the travellers were on the park.
The welcome shown to travellers at Rowheath was commended by some, although Cllr Locke pointed out the travellers there still left a mess including human excrement, despite being invited to use the pavilion’s toilets. Cllr Huxtable suggested preventative action such as barriers would be more cost-effective than repeatedly cleaning up sites; he also highlighted the reliance on BCC’s rather than police powers to remove travellers. All three councillors expressed their frustration at the time it was taking to develop a strategy for protecting local parks and open spaces.   
One local resident voiced her concern that the Forum was promoting discrimination towards travellers; PW explained the issue was one that had generated a lot of local discussion and complaints to councillors and was therefore being addressed by the Forum.
Suggestions to prevent future incursions included building a bund, although it was pointed out a gap would still be required for vehicular access. A partnership approach was also advocated, involving BCC, the police, travellers and local residents to develop a policy that would protect all concerned. Sgt Crowley stated that the travelling community has been invited to enter such talks. The lack of transit sites in the city was raised: BCC are looking at 2 potential sites in Lozells/Handsworth. In response to a question about the efficacy of such sites, Sgt Crowley stated they can work but problems sometimes arise when travellers overstay. It was proposed that transit sites were a longer term solution that barriers to prevent incursion onto public open space. Sgt Crowley explained that a permanent police presence on traveller sites was not an efficient use of their resources.   
Policing update
It has been a challenging summer with an increase in crime and reduction in officer numbers. Motorbikes in parks continue to be an issue despite numerous seizures of bikes; this problem will reduce as the nights draw in.
In response to reports of ASB in the Bilberry Rd/Windsor Rd area Sgt Crowley reminded residents that incidents have to be reported in order for police to act.
A number of residents raised the problem of long delays when dialling 101; Sgt Crowley stated this issue is being dealt with but in the meantime suggested residents use twitter or email to report non-emergencies.
A resident of Twyning Rd reported problems with cars parked on the street for long periods; in particular cars on the corner obstructing views of traffic on the Pershore Rd. They stated that a request for a residents’ parking zone had been refused by BCC due to lack of money. The police will enforce parking restrictions on double yellow lines; Cllr Huxtable added that mini cabs can be reported to BCC taxi licensing for parking offences. Cllr Huxtable has requested BCC parking wardens patrol Stirchley and Cotteridge.   
Cllr Huxtable reported that there are plans to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on the Pershore Rd by Cotteridge School, in line with the Pershore Rd in Stirchley and Cotteridge centres.
There were reports of graffiti with the tag “snape” across the area, including Stirchley Park.
In response to a request for CCTV cameras along the Rea route, Sgt Crowley suggested financial constraints and ethical concerns made such a proposal unlikely. 
Planning update
Sandra Cooper, Forum Planning Officer, updated the meeting on the latest planning developments in Stirchley.
Friends Meeting House: a new application has been submitted for conversion to 6 residential units.
Tesco: SC confirmed the plans for the proposed road layout could be viewed online or in Stirchley Baths.
Maj Raj: the application for a takeaway service has been refused.
Proposed boundary changes: the final recommendation is for Stirchley to be a one member ward; Stirchley ward will include parts of Cotteridge.
AOB
Leaf collections: BCC provide free green waste collections for residents sweeping up leaves from tree-lined streets; phone 303 1112 to order bags.
Collapsed pavement: the block paving outside the music shop on Hazelwell St is damaged. 
Fuel spill: the pavement remains a mess outside Pandora’s Box following a car accident.
Selco parking: staff were instructed to park on neighbouring streets; following an intervention by the Forum, staff are once again parking on the Selco carpark.
British Oak pub: there have been complaints about noise levels from local residents. Sgt Crowley proposed a joint visit by police and licensing officers; SC suggested BCC planning should also be involved as it was noise from the marquee that was causing the greatest problems. 
Student research: next month a student from Birmingham University will be distributing a questionnaire about local regeneration. 
Unwanted books: please donate to Stirchley Community Church for their library.
Heritage Open Day: 392 people visited Stirchley Baths.
AGM: the guest speaker is West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.
Upcoming events
Fun Palace: 1st October in Stirchley Baths; a community fun day with the theme of water.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th 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 #87 on: December 06, 2016, 11:22:48 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th October 2016
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   37: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th September 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising   
Cllr Huxtable has reported the fuel spill on the Pershore Rd and collapsed pavement on Hazelwell St to the relevant BCC departments. Residents reported that the pavement has not been repaired, and that cars cutting the corner are causing further damage.
Additional enforcement action is being used to deal with problem parking on Twyning Rd. SC, Forum Planning Officer and local resident, reported a reduction in the length of time taxis were remaining parked on the street. However neither of the 2 cars parked on the street for months have been moved, and one now has an expired MOT.
Stirchley Halloween Bash
The Friends of Stirchley Park and Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum are putting on a free Halloween event on Sunday October 30th from 3.30 until 6.00 pm. There will be pumpkin carving, creepiest costume competition, apple bobbing, conker fights and a ghost walk around the park. Tesco at Redditch has donated 20 pumpkins. PW asked for volunteers to help out on the night. 
Policing update
There was no representative of WM Police at the meeting. Residents of Newlands Rd reported a break in and theft of a car. PW requested residents submit their questions for the Police and Crime Commissioner before the November AGM: he suggested the problem of delays with the 101 number should be raised.   
Planning update
Friends Meeting House: application for conversion to residential units is awaiting a decision.
Tesco: amendment to the previous application is awaiting a decision.
Former Arvin Meritor works: application for residential development awaiting a decision; the consultation period ended in July.
The long delays in determining applications were raised; Cllr Huxtable has contacted the Area Planning and Regeneration Manager who suggested these applications would be decided at the November committee meeting, along with the Lidl application for Fitness First.
Lidl: an amended application has been submitted; this proposes a different location for the store away from neighbouring houses. The existing access will be upgraded and the pedestrian crossing re-sited. Changes will be made to the riverbank with a shearer drop to the Rea; the application states the development will not increase the likelihood of flooding. PW noted that the majority of local comment on social media was against the development. SC stated that the site was outside the Forum area but as it was so close and would affect Stirchley she was happy to make comments again on behalf of the Forum. A local resident and gym member reported that users were reluctant to renew their memberships as there was so much uncertainty about the gym’s future. They pointed out that the gym is a high quality fitness facility employing local people. Cllr Locke expressed her opposition to the development, adding that retail choice was a good thing, but not at the expense of a local amenity. There was general support for Lidl opening up in Stirchley, just not in that location. Cllr Huxtable explained that the revised planning application was made at the request of BCC, and suggested the recommendation would be to approve. SC suggested residents should resubmit their comments.
AOB
Cartland Rd/Pershore Rd junction: a local resident raised their concerns about the lack of a pedestrian phase on the traffic lights. Cllr Huxtable suggested such a phase may be introduced if the Lidl development goes ahead and the crossing is moved.
Stirchley Library: opening is being cut back to 21 hours/week.
Graffiti: on the information board at the end of Hazelwell Rd; Cllr Huxtable will report. 
Upcoming events
Bournville Ward Committee Meeting: 18th October, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Baths
Stirchley History Group: 2nd November, 6.45 pm in Stirchley Baths. Talk by Steve Beauchamp on Edwardian swimming baths, everyone welcome.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th November, 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 12th December 2016
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   32: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Locke
Apologies:   6
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 10th October 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record. PW shared the sad news that regular Forum goer Reg had died; PW will pass on details of the funeral.
Matters arising   
Halloween Bash: this was a resounding success. PW thanked Pete Evans for his epic trip to Wards to collect 10 extra pumpkins.
Problem parking on Twyning Rd: the 2 cars have now moved. Taxis are still parking on the street, but not for as long.
Hazelwell Rd: the pavement outside the music store has now been repaired; the information board is still covered with graffiti
Policing update
Tesco site: residents reported new graffiti: “Welcome to Tesco Wasteland”.
Stirchley Baths: there has been a second theft of lead from the roof. CCTV does not give a clear image of the thieves. The incidence of metal thefts is increasing as the price of metal rises again. Cllr Locke noted that the Baths will be closed for an extended period over Christmas and the New Year and hoped police will step up patrols locally. 
Neighbourhood policing: following the switch to a constituency based approach 18 months ago, ward based policing has now been reintroduced. Residents will see a greater police presence on the streets throughout the day and night.
Selly Oak flasher: no further sightings since 07/12; teams have been patrolling local streets until 4.00 am for the last 2 weeks, and ensuring students lock their doors at night.
Neighbourhood Watch: WMP are reviving the scheme and launching a new Active Citizens messaging system in January.
Parking enforcement: PCSOs can issue tickets. Problem areas identified included the pavement in front of Enterprise car hire and the zigzag lines outside local schools.
Local drug dealing: a resident reported the dealers using the top of Bond St had now relocated to the Co-op carpark.
Committee positions
Following the AGM last month the Forum committee positions remain unchanged except for Mick Jones who has resigned from the committee. MJ has kindly offered to continue to do the printing and PowerPoint presentations for meetings. Su Jones proposed a vote of thanks to MJ for all his hard work over the years. 
Christmas Bash
The Forum and Friends of Stirchley Park are putting on a Christmas Bash in the park on Saturday December 12th from 2 – 5 pm. There will be a free present from Santa for the first 100 children. PW asked for volunteers from 12 pm onwards to help set up.
Future of Stirchley Library
Sandra Cooper (SNF) and Ellie Darvill (FoSP) set out BCC’s proposals for Stirchley Library which are currently being consulted on: the online consultation ends 27/01/2017. SC attended a public meeting in Northfield Library where the principles of the consultation were explained: there are 3 tiers of library and Stirchley Library has been placed at the bottom of tier 2. This means that opening hours will be further reduced from 26 to 21 hrs per week, the weekly under 5’s storytelling will continue but there is no requirement to have a children’s library or any other social activities. It is also proposed that Stirchley Library be moved into Stirchley Baths. The current library building needs work: a new heating system and repairs to the roof. The lack of heating has seen the library closed on occasion, and the leaking roof has caused some ceilings on the first floor to collapse, making these rooms unusable. Local residents were able to raise their concerns at a public meeting in Stirchley Library on 08/12.
SC agreed that the Library service needs to change, but suggested that change should be brought about by the local community and not BCC. SC was also concerned that Stirchley Library has been placed at the bottom of tier 2, where it risks slipping into the lowest tier: she felt that if the assessment criteria had taken into account the opening hours, then Stirchley was outperforming other libraries of a similar size. SC suggested local residents show their support for the Library by joining up, or taking out a book.
ED is a local resident, actor and director; she has lived in Stirchley for 27 years and her children used the library. The Library building is Grade II listed and was given to the community by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. ED is concerned that the Library should remain a community asset, and proposed a future for the Library as a community-led multi-use creative space. ED cited examples in other cities, and pointed out how many skills and trades could be called upon within the local community to repurpose the building. ED particularly opposed the loss of the children’s library, as this is key to developing a lifetime reading habit. ED proposed a working title for the project: The Stirchley Story Factory. ED expressed an ambition to work with decision makers to develop a new vision for the building and called for anyone interested to get in touch. 
PW questioned whether the new local Innovation Fund could be used towards the costs of refurbishing the Library. Cllr Huxtable stated that this could only be used for start-up costs for a new enterprise; he will email details of a new funding pot. He also raised the additional costs of dealing with a listed building. A local resident with experience of heritage buildings suggested English Heritage now took a more pragmatic approach to restoration and no longer required such strict conservation practices. He added that the foundation of any successful project was a strong and inspiring vision.
SC confirmed the relocation of the Library would enhance the financial viability of Stirchley Baths; she added that any new offer in the Library would complement rather than compete with the Baths. As no plans have been drawn up to show how the Library might be accommodated in the Baths, SC could not comment on any further loss of community space, but noted the Baths already offered less community space than the original plans had proposed. PW commented that having waited 20 years for the Baths to be refurbished, the success of this project might eventually cause the loss of two community assets: Selly Oak District Office and Stirchley Library. A proposal to develop SODO as a small business hub is being explored by local community groups with support from BCC and local councillors. 
Planning update
Friends Meeting House: permission has been granted and works have started. A number of spaces in the Baths carpark will be allocated to this residential development.
Tesco: a number of reserved matters are currently being decided. A representative of Tesco is coming to the January meeting. 
Arvin Meritor site: this has been approved subject to conditions. There will be some affordable properties but no social housing.
Lidl: there were almost 500 objections from local residents but none from either the Co-op or Tesco. The planning committee voted 6-5 to reject the application despite recommendation to approve by the planning officer. The application has now been deferred for 2 weeks for officers to put together a valid legal argument supporting the committee’s decision. However as the application was recommended for approval any appeal would be likely to succeed so the application will probably be passed at the next Planning Committee meeting. On a positive note a 106 agreement of £50,000 has been proposed which would be spent in Stirchley and could potentially benefit the Library.   
Magnet site: Aldi have submitted an application to develop a food store – 2016/10105/PA
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River Rea between Dad’s lane and Cartland Rd: Stirchley Community Group working with local park rangers have been awarded £10,000 of funding to improve the area, cutting back undergrowth and bringing existing fruit trees back into production. They are also exploring a community composting scheme and shared shed.
New public open space in front of Stirchley Community Church: P café are interested in creating a herb garden reflecting the ethnic make-up of Stirchley. Another idea is for a living wall in front of the church. Local traders are concerned about the space attracting ASB.   
Selly Park south flood alleviation scheme: work commences this week.
Stirchley’s Christmas tree: concerns were raised that BCC plan to cut the tree down. Cllr Huxtable has contacted the relevant department and is awaiting a response. The tree has been decorated by the children of Stirchley School.
Stirchley History Group: SC invited residents to take a leaflet and try out the “Short Stroll around Stirchley”. Any feedback would be gratefully received.
Upcoming events
Stirchley Community Church: tickets are still available for the panto on Friday evening and Sunday morning, tickets are £1.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th January, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church
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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.
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Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th January 2017
, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   109: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Locke and Councillor Sealey
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th December 2016 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Tesco update   
Jessica Walker, Regional Communications Manager for the East and Midlands, thanked PW for inviting Tesco to the Forum and acknowledged the frustration felt by local people with the long delays to the project. JW explained these were due to changes in the retail environment that were causing Tesco to review their plans and open fewer stores. 
Craig Alsbury, of GVA property services, stated Tesco now planned a slightly smaller store and were hoping to receive detailed planning permission for the external appearance by February 2017 and to agree the planning conditions with BCC by March 2017. Agreement on the highways design is also outstanding; CA suggested this was due to delays within BCC Planning. A local resident proposed BCC Planning should be invited to a future meeting to answer questions about these delays.
Stuart Thatcher, Pre-development Manager at Tesco, updated the meeting on developments on site over the previous 12 months: demolition began in February 2016 and Hazelwell Lane was closed; works then stalled while planning permission for a smaller store was sought. Fly tipping has been an issue. ST stated £1.5 million has been spent on the project to date, including design fees. Acoustic fencing has been installed to the rear of properties on Hunts Rd in preparation for the construction phase.
CA then presented the current plans for the site: the store has a trading floor 15% smaller than the 2013 proposal but the car park has remained the same size; the access road is located slightly further south giving a larger plot for office development adjacent to the Co-op funeral shop.
JW outlined Tesco’s various community initiatives that could benefit local groups in Stirchley. These include: Bags of Help programme, Community Food Connection and Neighbourhood Food Collection. In addition Tesco would look to have a Community Champion based in the Stirchley store.
The floor was then opened to questions.
CA was unable to give an opening date but stated Tesco were still committed to opening a store in Stirchley; the development has been reviewed several times and passed. Once planning permission is obtained, construction will take around 7 – 8 months. In response to concerns about news reports of newly built stores being mothballed, CA explained that these had been leasehold sites; the Stirchley site is freehold. When asked to name a comparable local store, to give an idea of size, the Quinton Tesco was suggested.
CA explained Tesco were actively marketing the mixed use sites that form part of the scheme, as well as the Kwiksave unit: Tesco are not planning to develop any of these themselves; there are no restrictions proposed for any of these. When asked what would happen if the Kwiksave site cannot be disposed of, CA asserted interest would increase once the new Tesco store opens. Another resident suggested Kwiksave could be given to the community.
The impact of Aldi and Lidl coming to Stirchley was raised: ST acknowledged discount retailers would affect the store’s retail offer and profitability but stated Tesco remained committed to the site and planned to spend a further £1.4 million on design and enabling works at risk before the end of March 2017.
Local artist Jayne Murray challenged Tesco on the lack of community engagement in the design of the public realm, and in particular how the store links to Stirchley: a proposal to work with local artists and architects has been disregarded by Tesco. CA explained any redesign of the public realm presented too much of a risk in terms of timescales as planning permission would have to be resubmitted; he added the boundary with Stirchley Community Church had been agreed as a site for a local arts project. JM expressed her dissatisfaction with this response and suggested a more holistic approach to the design could also enhance the overall functionality of the site.
The secretary of the Stirchley United Working Men’s Club described the site hoardings as a Berlin Wall and suggested they were having a detrimental effect on business. ST undertook to discuss options for temporary access during the construction phase and suggested the hoardings could be modified to improve visibility from the Pershore Rd. 
The closure of Hazelwell Lane was raised by a number of local residents: this necessitates a long detour for residents of Newlands Rd and there were concerns that if the development is abandoned a vital local route will have been lost for no reason. ST explained the closure had taken place when Tesco anticipated starting construction of the store; this cannot be reversed nor can a pedestrian route be reinstated. ST assured the meeting that Tesco were not preparing the site for sale to another developer.
In response to a question about a previous proposal to include a petrol station in the development, CA revealed that discussions were ongoing with BCC about building a petrol station on the site currently earmarked for office development. As this is a discrete site, any proposal will be subject to a separate planning application. A previous proposal to build a petrol station to the rear of the site was dropped in response to negative feedback from residents of Twyning Rd. CA suggested the proposal for a petrol station had come from BCC.
With regards to cycle access across the site, CA explained there would be ramped access and secure cycle stands. When questioned about travellers camped on the open space adjacent to Hunts Rd, Tesco will work with BCC to deal with this issue. In response to concerns about increased congestion in the area, CA explained Tesco had demonstrated to BCC’s satisfaction that the road network would cope with any additional traffic generated by the store. CA added that the car park had surplus spaces and would benefit the wider retail centre. Although there were no plans to limit use, residents suggested this would soon change if commuters were found to be using it for all day parking. 
CA suggested the catchment area for the new store would be a 5 – 10 minute drivetime; Stirchley currently loses shoppers to other centres and the new Tesco will keep them in the local area, benefitting local businesses. The store will create between 220 and 240 jobs; Tesco have experience of running regeneration partnerships for the long term unemployed.
In response to a question about Tesco’s attitude to the local community and in particular the loss of the library, gym and bowling alley, CA stated Tesco work with local communities and cited their involvement in the regeneration of Stirchley baths. 
CA explained that Tesco had not opposed the Lidl planning application because they don’t get involved in the business of other supermarkets; they had however opposed the Asda application because the proposed store was almost identical in size to their own. Tesco had informed the Planning Inspectorate that they would withdraw their application if Asda were given permission to build in Stirchley.       
The store will have permission for 24 hour opening; no decision has been made as to whether this will be used. There will be restrictions on deliveries. 
The meeting closed at 9 pm and PW thanked Mick Jones and Gary Cadge for their help. 
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th February, 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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