Author Topic: Notes Minutes of the last meeting  (Read 72731 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #60 on: March 10, 2014, 01:12:53 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th February 2014, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   28: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Jenni Northcote (BSCCCG), Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey and Karen Stevens.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th January 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Expansion of St Andrew’s Healthcare and associated flood alleviation works: Cllr Huxtable reported that there was no further news on the development; he suggested that the newly appointed chief executive should be invited to a future meeting to update the Forum. 
Severn Trent flood alleviation works: work has now commenced on the green space adjacent to the micro park and is progressing well.   
1551 – 1553 Pershore Rd: BCC Planning have visited and informed the owner that a change of use is required for the takeaway to expand into the adjacent unit.   
Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group
Jenni Northcote, Lead Partnership Manager at BSCCCG, explained the workings of the group and answered questions from the floor.
A local resident wanted to know when the cut-off date was for opting out of the Complete Care Record scheme. JN was unsure but reassured them that permission would always be sought before the record was accessed, and explained that this was a different scheme from the one which would see anonymised data shared with research companies.
Another resident suggested that the CCG was unnecessary as it was replicating work being done elsewhere in the NHS; JN explained that CCGs were put in place to increase competition and accountability by separating commissioners and providers within the NHS.
Selly Oak District budget cuts
Karen Stevens, Ward Support Officer for Selly Oak District, presented the budget savings proposals for 2014/15 and 2015/16; these envisage a 50% cut to district funding. Cllr Huxtable stated that all the local councillors were concerned about these proposals, and had made a number of suggestions as to how they could be minimised. 
Planning update
TASCOS: Sandra Cooper informed the meeting that she had commented on the proposed refurbishment of the TASCOS club on behalf of the Forum; this has been approved subject to conditions relating to the regularisation of sound equipment, although local residents remain concerned that the reopening of windows in the upper floor will create a noise nuisance. Cllr Huxtable questioned exactly what conditions had been applied, and cited the example of the Hazelwell Public House, which had strict restrictions on the opening of doors and windows included in its licensing application. Local residents could apply to have the premises closed down if it proves too noisy.
Warren Rd: a planning application has been submitted for the subdivision of a house into two flats. Following discussion, the Forum opted to oppose this application as it might lead to problems with noise and parking. Cllr Huxtable informed the meeting that BCC were consulting on plans to limit the proportion of HMO properties in a zone surrounding Bournbrook to 10%; although this area does not include Stirchley Village he suggested that this should be included in the restricted zone. The Forum agreed and SC will submit a response.   
Policing update
A local resident observed that there have been no representatives of WMP at recent meetings; PW explained that PCSO Sal Stor had been unable to swap shifts to allow her to come to the meetings.
Local residents were warned about a phone scam in which a courier is dispatched to collect bank cards once the holder has handed over their security details.
Cllr Huxtable stated that in future police tasking meetings would rotate between Stirchley Community Church and Rowheath Pavilion, and no longer take place at Cotteridge Church Centre or Masefield Community Centre, where turnout was much lower. 
Any other business
Stirchley Baths: Louise Deakin announced that she would be taking over the blog for the Stirchley Baths project. PW invited Louise to update the Forum at any time.
Missing bollard: there is a large hole in the pavement opposite Ward’s where a bollard has been knocked over.
Fordhouse Lane pedestrian crossing: a petition with 200 signatures was presented to BCC in January by Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey on behalf of the residents of Fordhouse Ln. Cllr Huxtable thanked the residents for their efforts in gathering the signatures and stated that the petition required an official response, although none had been received to date.
Fireworks shop: BCC Environmental Health have visited the site and are satisfied that there is no exposed asbestos in the metal sheets that have been dumped there.
Pershore Rd zebra crossing: in response to a report that the crossing lights are not working, Cllr Huxtable reported that the internal light units had been stolen.
Local Sustainable Transport Plan: Cllr Huxtable reported that this had been delayed as a result of the large number of queries raised during the consultation period but reassured the Forum that the proposed changes for the Pershore Rd would be carried out this calendar year.
Stirchley Park: initial concept plans for improvements to the Park were agreed at a meeting attended by the Friends of Stirchley Park, BCC Parks Department and Cllr Huxtable & Peter Walker for Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum. These comprise: resurfacing the footpaths, more trees, benches, restoring the flower beds and a second noticeboard. Cllr Huxtable suggested the plans were emailed to everyone on the Forum’s Mailing list.
Hazelwell Park: the entrance to the allotments from the River Rea cycle route remains very muddy. A resident reported that this has been a problem for over 3 years, since a tractor churned up the ground while accessing the allotments; Cllr Huxtable will raise this with the Area Parks Manager.   
Upcoming events
Police tasking meeting: 12th February, 6.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 10th March, 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #61 on: April 07, 2014, 01:23:33 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

Minutes of the meeting held on 10th March 2014, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   31: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Councillor Huxtable, Councillor Sealey, Councillor Walkling and Karen Stevens.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 10th February 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Chairman’s report
12th February: attended Police tasking meeting 
19th February: attended a Travel Plan Review
26th February: attended meeting of the Friends of Stirchley Park to discuss how the £50K of 106 monies would be spent on improvements to the park.
5th March: attended Stirchley Baths sub-committee meeting. Work on converting the Baths into a new community centre has now begun; the 4 trees removed to allow access will be replaced with 8 trees. PW was delighted to report that there has been considerable interest in the post of heritage officer to research the history of Stirchley.   
6th March: attended closing event for Stirchley Community Centre; although this was a sad event, local people can now look forward to having a fantastic new centre in the Baths. 
Stirchley Baths/Community Centre update
As part of the 106 agreement, £5K has been made available for an art project in Stirchley Park to extend the graffiti wall.
Karen Stevens, Ward Support Officer
Peter Walker presented KS with flowers and a card, and thanked her for all her hard work over the last 6 years, supporting the Forum in its activities, especially the Fun Day. Cllr Huxtable, speaking on behalf of himself, Cllrs Sealey, Cllr Walkling and former Cllrs Bird and Dawkins, offered their thanks and wished her every success in the future. KS thanked everyone and offered to help with the duck races if she was still around!
Birmingham Communities and Neighbourhoods Resilience Group
Paula Aubrey updated the Forum on the work of the Birmingham Resilience Team; local people are encouraged to sign up for the alert service at www.birminghamprepared.gov.uk.
Policing update
Representatives of WMP will no longer attend the Forum, but will focus their activities on the police tasking meetings; it was noted that these are not early as well attended as the Forum.
Planning update
Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Forum, ran through the guidelines for responding to planning issues; these are followed when time constraints do not permit discussion at a meeting. The meeting then debated these, and voted to retain the following policies:
1. Limit the number of hot food takeaways by opposing all applications for conversion to A5 use. It was suggested that this should be extended to new restaurants, and possibly cafés, as there were too many. There are also a number of unused units that have A3/A5 consent, and it was proposed that these should lapse when the business closed. Cllr Huxtable explained that the Shopping and Local Centres SPD limited the number of takeaways to 10% of units; the Forum noted that Stirchley has a large number of relatively small units.
A resident praised the success of one-off takeaways such as the pop-up cafés at Loaf, and hoped these would continue; it was suggested that local businesses should use the Forum to share information about such events.
2. Oppose all applications that seek to convert retail units to residential use. SC raised the concern that this may not be assisted by the division of Stirchley into a primary and secondary shopping area by the SPD. The major concern was the parking problems created on adjacent residential streets.
3. Object to applications for both the erection of new advertising hoardings and the renewal of existing ones. It was noted that there have been no applications for either recently.
Following discussion at a previous meeting (10/02/2014), the meeting then debated the Forum’s stance on the conversion of houses into flats with a view to developing a new policy. Although residents like the mixed nature of the local community, many expressed the opinion that the conversion of terraced houses into flats caused noise and parking problems for neighbours. This was particularly true for student lets, many of which are operated by absentee landlords. This viewpoint was challenged by some residents, who suggested that Stirchley’s proximity to the university and good public transport links made it an ideal location for young professionals, and that planning policies should not be discouraging them from moving to the area. It was pointed out that many young people can only afford to rent a property with a group of friends, but this did not prevent them from being active residents. The positive contribution made by groups such as Stirchley Happenings, Stirchley Community Market and Loaf was acknowledged. 
SC thanked Mick Jones for posting planning applications on the www.stirchley.co.uk website. 
Any other business
Stirchley Baths: plans to create a two-way entrance to the car park have stalled as the Co-operative and BCC cannot agree a lease on the land owned by the Co-op.
Friends Meeting House: the Co-operative is developing plans to convert the building into flats. Although a formal planning application is yet to be submitted, local residents have already raised concerns: the plans represent a loss of community space, and the development of residential accommodation adjacent to Stirchley Baths might limit evening activities in the new community centre. The lack of parking and noise from the proposed children’s play area were also mentioned.
Hazelwell Street illuminated 30mph sign: this needs turning round (again)
Tesco development: following a query about progress from a local resident, it was reported that ground surveys are now being carried out on the site. PW stated that Tesco were still committed to opening the store by Christmas 2015.
Graffiti: the heritage trail plaque on Hazelwell Street has been heavily graffitied, as has the bridge on Lifford Lane.
Stirchley micro-park: a resident praised the fine display of snowdrops and crocuses.
Whit Marley site: Cllr Huxtable explained that the owners were likely to have cleared the site to avoid paying rates, and stated that no formal planning application had been submitted.
Dogpool Lane wetland project: anyone interested in getting involved with the project should contact Wendy Pearson or Pete Walker.
Upcoming events
Art SOAK: this annual celebration of creative talent is taking place across Selly Oak District this weekend. Full details available at: www.artsforumsellyoak.wordpress.com
Hazelwell Park work day: 15th March with Ranger Jan, everyone welcome to come along for a park tidy up.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #62 on: May 05, 2014, 05:15:35 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14th April 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   33: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Paul Edwards (AMEY), Tom Holness (BikeRight!), Jake Woodall (Health Exchange), Cllr Huxtable, Cllr Sealey and Cllr Walkling.
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 10th March 2014 were circulated and following 2 corrections were agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Forum’s position on the conversion of houses into flats: the debate continued after the last meeting, with some residents concerned that any new policy could unbalance the successful mix of young professionals and families living in the area. PW stated that the Forum is only opposed to the conversion of houses into HMOs/bedsits.
Paul Edwards, AMEY
Paul Edwards updated the Forum on the flood alleviation works being carried out by Severn Trent in Stirchley. Work started at the end of January, and is progressing very well; in the coming months there will be a number of road closures to enable the upsizing of sewers:
   Ripple Rd: May – July
   Twyning Rd: July – August
   Cartland Rd: July – early September
   Newlands Rd: end May – August, starting at the Cartland Road end.
ST will be knocking on doors, and the customer bus will visit the area to inform people of road closures: it will be in Ripple Rd on May 6th and Newlands Rd on May 7th, between 16.30 and 19.30. ST will issue press releases with relevant information for local businesses including those on the Pershore Rd that park on Ripple Rd.
A resident of Newlands Rd questioned how their waste would be collected: PE (AMEY) explained that they were working with refuse services and that only a 30m section of the road would be closed at any one time; access will be maintained for residents.
A local resident expressed their concerns about contractors’ vehicles causing an obstruction on Pershore Rd; PE assured them that ST would move any offending vehicles.
In response to a question about the workings of the scheme, PE explained that the tank on the Pershore Rd will hold the overflow until levels within the sewage system subside and it can be pumped back in. The upsizing of sewers and the installation of a surface water pumping station on Ripple Rd will further reduce the risk of flooding in the area.
Tom Holness, BikeRight!
Tom Holness presented the work of BikeRIght!, which has been commissioned to deliver the cycling element of the Smart Network Smarter Choices scheme. BikeRight! offers cycle training to encourage people to get back into cycling; the scheme is open to anyone aged 16 and over who lives or works in Stirchley. 
A local resident asked whether the scheme would teach people to ride on the road and not the pavement; TH explained that it was the fear of busy traffic that caused them to use the pavement and that the training would give them the skills and confidence to ride on the road.
Cllr Sealey suggested that car drivers should also be trained in how to share the road safely with cyclists; TH stated that BikeRight! are working with driving instructors to develop a training module.
Another resident questioned the law about cycle bells as these were essential to alert pedestrians on shared routes such as along the River Rea; TH explained that bells were not a legal requirement, and that the River Rea cycle path did have signs reminding cyclists to “share with care”. Another resident suggested that cyclists should be required to wear high visibility vests; TH replied that these did not increase visibility during the day, but that they were used for training sessions.
A local resident proposed that the best way to increase cycling would be the creation of separate lanes, although they acknowledged that this was very costly. They also questioned the focus of the scheme on the over 16s, as they felt the bikeability training available through primary schools was insufficient, and would not enthuse young people. TH explained that the funding for the scheme was aimed at adults and particularly targeted at commuters.
In response to the suggestion that all cyclists should carry insurance, TH explained that 70% of cyclists had public liability insurance through their specialist bike insurance or home insurance; the fact that this was offered free with home insurance suggested that cyclists caused very little damage.
Jake Woodall, Health Exchange
Jake Woodall invited local people to join Health Exchange’s walking programme: in addition to led walks, they can also help with route planning and training for walk leaders.
Policing update
Quad bikes: a number of residents reported quad bike riders in Elm Tree Rd and Wickes’ carpark.
Ashbrook Rd: a blue Ford Focus was spotted driving dangerously fast; the registration number will be passed on to WMP
River Rea: two cars have been dumped in the River Rea by Hazelwell Park in recent weeks; the recovery truck has churned up the grass on the river banks.
Newlands Rd: there have been a number of attempted break-ins.
A local resident commented on the infrequency of police patrols and questioned how easy it is to contact them, pointing out that Bournville Lane police station is some distance away. 
Planning update
2014/02160/PA: reserved matters application covering the appearance, scale and landscaping for the proposed Tesco superstore on Pershore Rd/Hazelwell Lane. Forum Planning Officer Sandra Cooper requested that residents take a look at the plans and give feedback via the online forum on www.stirchley.co.uk. SC reported that Tesco now own TASCOS and will take vacant possession of the remaining properties facing onto Pershore Rd on August 31st 2014. Construction is expected to start in 2015 with the store opening in the summer of 2016. PW announced that Simon Petar of Tesco will be the guest at the November AGM.
In response to a question about the TASCOS club, Cllr Sealey stated that the planning consent was for refurbishment rather than demolition and replacement.
Cllr Huxtable explained that the development of the additional buildings on the site, such as the office block and new retail units, would be the subject of a further reserved matters application. The exact design would depend on whether displaced businesses wish to be relocated within the site boundary.
Friends Meeting House: a local resident requested an update on the proposal to convert the building into flats: Cllr Huxtable stated that no planning application had been submitted.
Kwiksave: activity in the car park was noted. It was explained that it is being used as a site compound by contractors working on Stirchley Baths. Cllr Huxtable suggested that the AGM would be a good opportunity to question Tesco about their plans for Kwiksave.
Any other business
Lifford Lane: a local resident reported council waste collection vehicles driving down the wrong side of the road to avoid the queues outside the household recycling site. A number of people stated their opposition to the £35 fee for green waste collections, including Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey. One resident suggested more people were now having bonfires making it impossible for their neighbours to hang out washing; providing compost bins to all households was proposed as a more environmentally friendly solution.
Fireworks shop: this remains a dangerous eyesore, and although BCC have taken some steps to make the building safe they will not secure the site. Cllr Huxtable will continue to pressure BCC to take action. The building is owned by a private landowner based in London.
Lifford House: office workers are parking inconsiderately on Fordhouse Lane; Cllr Huxtable will speak to the site manager.
Ten Acres wetland: Wendy Pearson invited local residents interested in this biodiversity project to join her at a meeting with the Environment Agency on Thursday at 1.30pm.
Dogpool Lane: delivery lorries are using the Park by the chip shop to turn round, this is ruining the grass, especially when the lorries get stuck and need to be towed away. A local resident would like to see bollards installed. Cllr Huxtable suggested trip rails; he has also requested that the service road be resurfaced.
Upcoming events
Police tasking meeting: 15th April at Masefield, 14th May at Stirchley Community Church
River Rea Cycle Egg Hunt: 19th – 21st April
Hazelwell Park Easter Event: 26th April, with biking activity and face painter.
Cannon Hill Spring into Summer: community event from 24th May – 1st June
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #63 on: May 29, 2014, 03:02:53 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 12th May 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   30: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Jon Hayes (Centro), Cllr Huxtable, Cllr Sealey and Cllr Walkling.
Apologies:   8
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th April 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Stirchley Flood Alleviation Scheme: members of the committee visited the new sewage tank under construction next to the Pershore Rd micro park.
Lifford House: staff parking cars inconsiderately on Fordhouse Lane are continuing to cause a problem for local residents.
Centro update
Jon Hayes, Centro Area Manager for Birmingham and Solihull, set out the changes to the numbers 45 and 47 bus routes; these have been introduced to improve punctuality and reliability whilst maintaining access to key services. The huge response to the public consultation meant that these changes were not introduced until April: the 45 service has now been extended to Cofton Hackett to cover the new residential development there and now terminates at the same bus stop as the 47. The 45 service will also run later in the evening, with a final departure time from the city centre of 00:20; this was previously 23:48. JH left leaflets summarising other changes to local bus services.
A local resident questioned why the 45 service now went up Masshouse Lane rather than the Redditch Rd, meaning that the bus no longer passed outside the Kings Norton surgery; JH was unable to explain the change but will look into this.
In response to another resident’s question about the validity of older persons’ bus passes on the 00:20 service out of the city centre, JH was fairly sure that they would be valid.
Concerns were raised about the possibility of individual bus companies failing to follow proposed changes, resulting in multiple routes and a reduced frequency of service; JH explained that bus companies tended to follow the same routes to get more passengers.
Cllr Huxtable raised the issue of bus companies running elderly buses on suburban routes, as they do not meet the minimum environmental standards required to enter the city centre; he suggested that this was causing more air pollution on routes such as the 11, and particularly in traffic hotspots such as the junction of Fordhouse Ln and Pershore Rd. JH replied that there is a voluntary multi-lateral agreement in place, encouraging operators to upgrade vehicles; if members of the public are concerned about a particular vehicle, they can report it to VOSA who are able to check emissions levels.
Cllr Huxtable was also concerned about the reliability of the 27 service, despite the reduction in frequency from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes. JH stated that Centro jointly funds a civil enforcement officer with National Express, and that they can be dispatched to areas where illegal parking is causing delays; additionally the 27 is automatically tracked and this information can be used to identify traffic hotspots. JH also explained that each member of the local transport authority has an “adopted” bus route, in order to focus attention on improving particular routes.  Real time information boards are not yet available on the 27 route, but travellers can use the smartphone app; RTI boards have been prioritised for busier routes, although JH conceded that these might be more useful on quieter routes.
Planning update
Friends Meeting House: plans have been submitted to BCC to convert the building into student accommodation. Although one local resident spoke up in support of the scheme, a number of residents were opposed to the scheme citing the following reasons: the proposal does not include any car parking, the scheme represents a loss of community space, and the creation of residential accommodation adjacent to Stirchley Baths may result in limitations on the new community centre’s hours of operation. In response to the suggestion that the Friends Meeting House should have been incorporated into the plans for the new community centre, PW explained that the Co-op owned the building; office accommodation was also suggested as a more appropriate use. The lack of car parking spaces was questioned, but Cllr Huxtable stated that the Co-op was likely to have had substantial pre-application advice before submitting the current plans. A previous scheme for 4 self-contained flats had floundered as agreement with BCC over the provision of parking spaces in the new community centre car park could not be reached. Residents are able to comment on the plans at www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningonline application number 2014/02928/PA.   
Tesco: the comments submitted by Sandra Cooper, Planning Officer for the Forum, on the recent reserved matters application by Tesco are available to view on www.stirchley.co.uk
Policing update
There have been a number of distraction burglaries and thefts from sheds in recent weeks. Cllr Huxtable announced that shed alarms are available from WMP.
The derelict homes on Hazelwell Lane are increasingly being used by squatters; local residents are also concerned that the properties are being used for dealing drugs.
Ten Acres wetland
Wendy Pearson updated the Forum on her recent meeting with the Environment Agency about the Ten Acres Wetland, which lies behind Pershore Rd between Cartland Rd and Dogpool Ln. WP is looking to develop links with other local environmental groups and raise awareness of the site; anyone interested in getting involved should get in touch with Wendy.
Any other business
New crossing on Pershore Rd: the crossing outside Stirchley School is due to be upgraded through the Sustainable Transport Fund; the existing halo beacons will be relocated elsewhere in Stirchley. No date has been set for the upgrade yet.
Stirchley Christmas Lights: Cllr Huxtable reported that there is no longer any funding for hanging baskets or Christmas lights from the Community Chest; Cllr Sealey suggested that significant savings could be made if lights were procured through an external supplier.
Newlands Rd pavements: a local resident expressed their dissatisfaction with the quality of the new pavements that are currently being laid; the contractors were also reported to be unaware of the works to upsize the sewers that are due to start at the end of the month. Cllr Huxtable reassured residents that BCC would not sign off the works unless they were absolutely satisfied.
Refuse bags: a local resident reported the use of BCC grey bags for household waste; Cllr Huxtable stated that any colour bags may be used, including green waste bags, but that these particular grey bags were for use by street cleaners and were not for domestic use. 
Fly tipping on Hazelwell Lane: Cllr Huxtable explained that the responsibility for clearing up lay with the landowner which in this case was Tesco.
River Rea cycle route: a local resident commended Cllrs Sealey and Huxtable for getting the “share with care” signs installed in the cycle path. Simon Cooper, the Area Parks Manager, is taking voluntary redundancy in August; it is hoped that measures to stop cars being dumped in the River Rea, such as bollards to prevent vehicular access to the cycle route, will be in place before this.
Upcoming events
Police tasking meeting: 14th May at Stirchley Community Church
Charlotte Road Big Lunch: June 1st on the space outside Travis Perkins. Local residents are invited; please bring food, drink and a garden chair.
Charity Fashion Show: Stirchley Community Church, Saturday 21st June. Please bring any donations of pre-loved clothes and shoes to the Church before the event. Tickets are £8 including a £5 clothes voucher; the profits will be split between St Mary’s Hospice and the fund to refurbish the lower hall in the Church. 
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th June, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church with guest speaker Tom Baker from Loaf Community Bakery.
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.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2014, 03:10:46 PM by Mick Jones »
www.stirchley.co.uk

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #64 on: July 08, 2014, 10:18:57 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th June 2014, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   32: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Tom Baker (Loaf), Adam McCusker (Birmingham Friends of the Earth), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey.
Apologies:   1 (Cllr Walkling)
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th May 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Centro Update: PW reported there had been no further information on the installation of a Real Time Information board on the bus stop outside the Co-op on Umberslade Rd. 
Ten Acres Wetland: Wendy Pearson is awaiting a management report for the restoration of the wetland from the Environment Agency.
Loaf Community Bakery
Tom Baker, director of Loaf Community Bakery, updated the Forum on some changes that have taken place in the shop. Stirchley Stores has moved out, to make space for the expanding bakery business, but still exists as a buying group. The shop is now open from 12.00 – 6.30pm Tuesday to Friday and from 8.15 am to 1.00 pm on a Saturday. Bread ranges in price from £1 to £3 for a loaf, and the shop offers a loyalty card which gives 1 free loaf for every 12 purchased. Light lunches, tea and coffee are now served during the week.
Loaf also runs a cookery school with courses ranging from bread making and butchery to foraging and preserving – see www.loafonline.co.uk/cookeryschool/ for more details. So far the courses have attracted people from all over the country and even Australia and Brazil.
Loaf is run as a social enterprise and is in the process of becoming a workers’ co-operative with all members of staff being directors of the company. Nearly all the staff are local and walk or cycle to work.
Friends of the Earth “Let’s Get Moving” Campaign
Adam McCusker from Birmingham Friends of the Earth outlined the aims of the Clean Air Alliance, which is calling on BCC to set a target for cycling to be at least 10% of journeys by 2025, and to commit to an active travel investment fund of at least £10 per person per year for at least 10 years in order to achieve this. Sustrans and Pushbikes are supporting this initiative.
AM explained that over the next 18 months BCC would be investing £24 million on cycling infrastructure and the Clean Air Alliance want BCC to continue spending at this level, whilst ensuring that improvements such as new cycle lanes are properly segregated from other traffic and not just painted lines. AM circulated action cards for people to sign.
A local resident suggested that increasing the number of traffic wardens on the Pershore Rd would have a greater impact on pollution than promoting cycling, as it is stop start traffic that causes the greatest problem. As many people park illegally to avoid walking any distance, they felt the goal of increasing journeys by bike was unachievable in the short term.
Policing update
PC Paul Rimell of the Bournville Neighbourhood Team alerted the Forum to a number of local issues: recently there has been a spate of fraudulent phone calls requesting bank cards under the pretence that details have been stolen. Anyone receiving such a call should phone 101. Following widespread publicity there have been none reported in the last month.
The spike in shed thefts has abated but vehicle crime is now on the rise; PC Rimell cautioned residents against leaving any valuables in cars. On the night of the June 5th, 7 vehicles were damaged in an isolated incident.
The Police are focussing on parking issues this month, and in particular in areas around schools where they are encouraging parents to “park and stride”. Parents at St Josephs and St Francis primary schools are being directed to use Rowheath car park. Cars parked illegally or inconsiderately will be leafleted.
The summer drink driving campaign is underway, with late night drinkers being reminded that they may not be safe to drive the following morning. A mobile speed camera will also be deployed in side streets; anyone found speeding is likely to be invited to an education course rather than having points on their licence.
In response to a request for more regular police updates at the Forum, PC Rimell explained that this was beyond his control. There was also a call for more traffic wardens in Stirchley: although parking enforcement is largely the responsibility of BCC, police patrols will deal appropriately with parking violations, or other offences such as using a mobile phone whilst driving.
PW reported an incident in which a police car failed to stop a car driving the wrong way up Elm Rd; PC Rimell stated that if members of the public were unhappy with the actions of the police they should take the number plate and make a complaint.
A number of residents reported persistent instances of vehicles being parked on pavements: these include the corner of Milhaven Avenue and Hazelwell Crescent and Hazelwell Fordrough. PC Rimell will follow these up and speak to the offenders. Cllr Huxtable suggested the DVLA repeat the recent exercise in which they removed untaxed cars from the Hazelwell area; a resident of Ashbrook Rd called for similar action. Residents were reminded that they can report untaxed vehicles directly to the DVLA.
In response to reports of a “weedy waft” in the area, PC Rimell reported that a cannabis factory had recently been discovered and resolved; residents can report suspicious activity to Crimestoppers or by phone or email to Bournville police station.   
Planning Update
Friends Meeting House: the Forum has submitted comments on the planning application.
Piri Piri Chicken: it is believed that the units have been sold on without planning permission.
Wickes: permission has been granted for the snack bar in the car park.   
Any other business
Alterations to the Pershore Rd: work will commence this month and includes a new pelican crossing outside Stirchley School, widening sections of pavement, new bus stops and the end to tidal parking; the work must be completed by the end of March 2015.
Hazelwell Lane: Tesco are yet to deal with the fly tipping on their site.
Newlands Rd: a local resident expressed their continued dissatisfaction with the quality of the “improved” pavements; the works to upsize the sewers are also preventing the collection of recycled waste. Cllr Huxtable stated that this would be collected at the same time as the regular waste as of next Monday.
Lifford Lane traffic chaos: a number of residents expressed their anger at the congestion around the Lifford Lane tip caused by the recent introduction of charges for green waste collections. The temporary central reservation is preventing cars from turning round further exacerbating the problem. Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey are very aware of the problem and have raised it with the relevant Cabinet member. 
Hazelwell Park: the area used as a site compound during the reconstruction of the Dogpool Lane Bridge is flooding because the new turf was laid on hardstanding. Black bin bags have been dumped by the Newlands Rd entrance.
Green recycling: a resident of Ashbrook Rd needs an unordered wheelie bin collected. A resident of Elm Tree Rd has paid for green bag collections but this has not happened in weeks; Cllr Huxtable reported that these would be collected tomorrow.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash: following a successful application to the Tesco Community Fund the annual fun day will be taking place again, albeit with a smaller budget of £1500. This year it will be held on Saturday September 6th in Stirchley Park; the change of venue was necessitated by the ongoing flood alleviation works that are limiting access to Hazelwell Park. The smaller size of Stirchley Park is also better suited to the reduced budget.
Hazelwell Road: the interpretation board is completely obscured by graffiti.
Cartland Road: residents of Newlands Rd are using the Cartland Rd service road for parking during the works on their street. This is causing some tension with Cartland Rd residents who wrongly believe they have sole use of the service road for parking, and are leaving letters on cars. Parking on Newlands Rd is being further limited by a static JCB which Severn Trent had wished to keep in the park, but were refused by BCC. Cllr Huxtable will speak to the constituency engineer.
Stirchley School: Japanese knotweed has been found and reported to BCC but no response has been received; Cllr Huxtable will get BCC to contact the school.
Tesco/Stirchley Baths update: A local resident expressed their disappointment that the meeting had focussed on traffic issues and that there had been no mention of Tesco or Stirchley Baths. PW explained that this was because there was nothing new to report from last month; a brief update on both projects was then given by Cllr Huxtable. PW announced that Tesco had been invited to the AGM in November and that there would be more to report on the Baths after the next steering group meeting.
Upcoming events
Police tasking meeting: 18thJune at Rowheath Pavilion
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th July, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church with guest speakers from the Environment Agency, Severn Trent and AMEY to provide an update on the flood alleviation works.
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

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #65 on: August 27, 2014, 11:52:54 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 14th July 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   53: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Mike Adams (Environment Agency), Claudia Sequeira (Severn Trent), Colin Jukes (AMEY), John Clayton (Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey.
Apologies:   5
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 9th June 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
River Rea Flood Alleviation Scheme
Mike Adams, a flood risk advisor for the Environment Agency (EA), updated the Forum on the work of the River Rea Partnership to develop options and explore funding opportunities to reduce the risk of flooding along the river.
MA set out the EA’s new approach for funding: schemes receive a proportion of the costs dependent on cost-benefit analysis, with the shortfall being met through contributions from partners such as local government, local businesses and communities. The River Rea Partnership already includes BCC and Severn Trent, and this is expected to grow in order to deliver any proposals. Around 50% of the funding would have to be raised from partners to deliver the River Rea scheme in its entirety.
The River Rea has a large catchment area stretching from Longbridge to Nechells, and within this there are currently over 2000 properties at risk of flooding in a 100 year event (1% chance of happening every year). However the opportunities for introducing new flood alleviation schemes are limited by a number of constraints including high levels of urbanisation and the presence of pre-existing infrastructure such as sewers running parallel to the river.
MA explained that a computer model had been devised to test a wide range of options, and although none had been developed in detail, around 15 had shown considerable potential. MA presented a map showing the likely impact on Stirchley: this demonstrated significant reductions to the flood risk faced by residents in Selly Park South, and the areas around Ribblesdale, Ripple and Twyning Roads. Central to the Selly Park South scheme is a bund in Hazelwell Park to hold back flood water; this has been developed in conjunction with St Andrew’s Healthcare’s plans to expand their facility on Dogpool Lane.
There was considerable confusion about the impact of this proposal on properties on Ashbrook Rd, with a number of residents expressing their concern that their homes were being put at risk for the benefit of a private business. It was noted that the park has never flooded in living memory. MA explained that the proposal was to move the flood risk from Selly Park South to the park, which does not contain any homes. John Clayton (Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum) added that the 2008 flooding had affected over 100 properties north of Dogpool Lane, and that many residents had been out of their homes for more than 6 months. The current proposal being developed with St Andrew’s would protect 280 more homes in the area. JC added that he did not wish to pit communities against one another. Local residents were very disappointed that no one from St Andrew’s had been able to attend the meeting and hear their concerns; it was explained that this was due to illness. It was reported that St Andrew’s would hold another meeting with local residents when the plans were developed further.
Questions were also raised about the height of the bund, and whether its location would prevent residents from using the service road that runs to the rear of their homes. MA explained that the proposal was at a very early stage, and that any detailed design would ensure this was not the case. He also reassured residents that the park would only be flooded in a 100 year event, and that the water would only remain for a few hours, before draining back into the river once the floodwaters subsided. Many residents are dissatisfied with the state of the service road, and it was suggested that the proposed flood alleviation works presented local residents with a good opportunity to have the road improved. Cllr Huxtable added that he had contacted BCC Housing (the department responsible for the road) with their concerns every month since January but was yet to receive a reply.
One resident questioned the effect of the extension to St Andrew’s on the water table; MA responded that new developments were not allowed to impact negatively on either the water table or existing water courses. Many local residents were concerned that the plans would increase their insurance premiums; MA reassured them that the flood plain would not encroach on their homes, and that if any problems arose, the EA would provide their insurers with a letter to that effect.
A resident of Ashbrook Rd reported poor drainage in the area of Hazelwell Park that was used as a site compound during the works to replace Dogpool Lane Bridge; MA reported that this issue was being addressed with AMEY, and that it did not preclude the area from being used for the temporary storage of floodwater in the future.
Pershore Road Flood Alleviation Works
Colin Jukes (AMEY) and Claudia Sequeira (Severn Trent) gave an update on the current works to alleviate flooding in the area around Cartland, Pershore and Ripple Roads. Large storage tanks have been installed next to the Pershore Rd and Ripple Rd, and works are now ongoing to upgrade pipework in the local area: work in Ripple Rd will be completed by July 18th, Newland Rd will have stretches closed for another 5 weeks and sections of Cartland Rd will be closed for 8 weeks, to coincide with the school summer holidays. Access to properties along all roads will be maintained throughout the closures. Local residents and businesses are being contacted to keep them informed; Centro and National Express have also been consulted about diversions, which will only affect the 27 stop by Riverbrook Drive. In response to a concern that the storage tanks would increase flows into the Rea, it was explained that water would only be pumped into the river once any floodwaters had subsided. The new pipework would increase capacity of the system whilst separating foul and surface water.
A local resident expressed their surprise that temporary traffic lights were being proposed for the junction of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Rd during the road closures, as they had previously been informed by BCC that traffic lights were not feasible in this location.
CJ reassured residents that constant monitoring of progress would enable resources to be targeted to prevent any overrun and extension to road closures.
There were appeals for regular updates on progress, and residents of Selly Park South requested additional signage or police presence to prevent their streets becoming rat runs.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash
This will be a smaller event than in previous years, due to budget constraints, but the Late Summer Bash will still largely be free, with all the usual stalls, kids’ entertainment and raffle. It will take place in Stirchley Park on Saturday September 6th from 11am until 4pm; this is the park behind Stirchley Baths, accessed either by the drive between Farmfoods and the Co-op or from Ribblesdale Rd. PW introduced Peter Evans and Brian Sheridan from the Friends of Stirchley Park to the Forum, and put out a call for volunteers both to deliver flyers and to help out on the day.
Any other business
Travellers occupying empty sites and open spaces: following a number of recent incidents, a local resident asked if this would become a regular occurrence; they suggested that gates should be installed on the service road to the rear of Ashbrook Rd to prevent illegal occupation of Hazelwell Park. Cllr Sealey proposed this might be a good use of the money paid by AMEY for the use of the park during the Dogpool Lane Bridge works; local residents would be consulted before any such decisions were made.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner: the Forum expressed their sadness at the sudden death of Bob Jones.
Upcoming events
Meeting to discuss landlords in Selly Oak: 18th July, 7.30 pm at Christchurch, Selly Park.
Stirchley Baths meeting: 23rd July, 7 pm at Stirchley Community Church. Local residents with an interest in helping run the Baths after the proposed community asset transfer are invited to attend.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th September, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church. The Forum will be hosting the AGM of the Stirchley Community Group.
Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
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

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #66 on: October 07, 2014, 01:10:47 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th September 2014, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   56: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey.
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 14th July 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
PW announced the sad death of Bill Bird on Wednesday and expressed his condolences on behalf of the Forum.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash
PW reported a most successful event which raised £900. He thanked Cllrs Huxtable and Sealey for publicising the Bash in the Conservative newsletter.
Forum News
Brenda Thomas, Vice Chair of the Forum, announced her retirement from the group as she is moving away from the area. PW thanked Brenda for her hard work and support and wished her well in her new home. The Forum presented Brenda with a gift of garden centre vouchers.
Stirchley Community Group AGM
Brenda Thomas also stood down from Stirchley Community Group (SCG) after 35 years. Paula Aubrey (SCG Chair) thanked Brenda for all her hard work and presented gifts. Brenda outlined the work of SCG, which saw the construction of the Stirchley Community Centre, and expressed her delight that Stirchley Baths were now being restored to provide an even better community space.
Nominations were then invited from local residents wishing to join the committee of the SCG: this is the charitable body which will bid to run the new Baths as a community asset transfer. Paula emphasised that this process would be supported by BCC.
Paula stood down as Chair but will remain a member; the following new members were also appointed: Jess Allen, Sunanda, Rosie, Chris Swann, Ruth Harvey, Kate Andrews, Genevieve Pearson, Tom Cahill-Jones, Sue Jones and Katie Young.     
Friends of Hazelwell Park AGM
Matt Reeves, acting Chairman of FoHP, also thanked Brenda for her work to improve Hazelwell Park. FoHP are looking to recruit new members, and appoint a new Chairman, anyone interested should get in touch with MR or Felipe Molina. FoHP are continuing to work with the parks department and in the last 12 months they have taken part in conservation days and tree planting, attended the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum and run a very successful Easter event which included bike activities; they would like to hold one more cycling event this year. A long term ambition is the construction of a pump track adjacent to Hunts Rd. An application to Veolia for funding to create a drainage ditch beside the allotment footpath was unsuccessful.
Any other business
Tesco development: residents expressed their doubts that the superstore would ever open, as the completion date has once again been set back, this time to 2017. There were concerns that the empty sites are attracting fly tippers and squatters are moving into the derelict houses on Hazelwell St. PW announced that Simon Petar of Tesco is scheduled to attend the Forum’s AGM in November. Cllr Huxtable reported that Simon Petar has undertaken to deal with the houses and fly tipping, although much of this is on the TASCOS site which is owned by Stirchley United Working Men’s Club (SUWMC). Cllr Huxtable stated that Tesco remain committed to developing the Stirchley site: the proposal has been reviewed several times and Tesco has invested too much in the project to date to pull out.
The Secretary of SUWMC was able to update the Forum on Tesco’s plans for Hazelwell St and the affected retail units on the Pershore Rd: the latter will be vacated by September 22nd, demolition will commence on October 30th and should be completed by December 29th. 
A local resident questioned whether the land could be sold on to another developer. Cllr Huxtable suggested that since BCC had assisted Tesco in acquiring the land through Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs), it might be illegal for the site to be sold on for a different use such as housing. This would also be contrary to the Stirchley Framework of 2002 in which the land was designated for retail use. Although there was considerable support for housing development on the Tesco site, it was pointed out that there are already a number of sites within Stirchley with residential planning permission that have failed to attract developers e.g. 1650 Pershore Rd.
Fly tipping of garden waste in Hazelwell Park: Cllr Huxtable to follow up.
Street cleaning on the Pineapple Estate: a resident of Ashbrook Rd reported leaves collecting in the drains as people were no longer sweeping up pavements and verges since the green waste charge was introduced. Cllr Huxtable will arrange for Fleet and Waste management to deliver coloured bags specifically for clearing up the public realm.
Lifford Land: long queues waiting to get into the tip continue to cause problems for residents. The legality of the road works signs questioned; Cllr Huxtable explained that the plastic cones to prevent overtaking constituted road works therefore signs were required at each end. Cllr Huxtable expressed his dissatisfaction with the situation and offered to invite the relevant cabinet member to a Forum meeting.
Ivy Road: local residents requested signs reminding dog owners to clean up after their pets; Cllr Huxtable will speak to the enforcement team. Dog fouling is also a problem at the top of Fordhouse Lane.
Residents of Ivy Road were also unhappy with the state of the Whit Marley site which is currently being used to store cars and vans. Cllr Huxtable explained that the site has been referred to planning enforcement but they are unable to take action as no breach of planning regulations has taken place. He accepted a petition from residents calling for the site to be improved and suggested planning could be contacted again if they believed vehicles were being traded from the premises. It was reported that the landowner is considering residential development of the site in the long term. 
Hazelwell Road: the heritage information board is covered with graffiti again.
Lifford Curve site: overgrown shrubs are spreading onto the pavement; inconsiderate parking by a local garage is further reducing the pavement width for pedestrians.
Hazelwell Estate: there were reports of cars being parked across dropped kerbs. Cllr Huxtable to meet constituency engineer and will suggest painting H-bar lines; police will also be informed.
Stirchley Park giant blue graffiti: as the landowner it is the responsibility of the Co-op to remove this; the Friends of Stirchley Park have reported it as criminal damage. FoSP have launched a fund for a new piece of graffiti art in the park.
Stirchley, Cotteridge and Bournville BID: Matt Powell, former Town Centre Manager for Stirchley, set out the Lifford Business Association’s plans for a Business Improvement District. Matt will be working with local businesses over the next 12 months to develop a BID.
St Andrews Healthcare: no new developments were reported; residents were reminded that St Andrews has undertaken to consult with them prior to any further submission.
Ashbrook Road service road: Cllr Huxtable was delighted to report that BCC Housing has agreed to resurface this road.
1551 – 1553 Pershore Rd: it was reported that the owner is now trying to sell up; previously there were concerns that the shop was expanding into the adjacent unit, although this did not have planning permission for use as a fast food takeaway.
Licensing hours: a local trader questioned why they paid for a 2am licence when a large number of businesses with 11pm licences remained open until 2am without penalty.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 13th 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #67 on: January 10, 2015, 08:31:40 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 8th December 2014, Stirchley Community Church

Present:   46: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Rob Grosvenor (LBA), Matt Powell (Revive and Thrive), Sgt Matt Crowley (WMP), Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey,
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th October 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
Free Argos tablets: a resident reported that this scheme is now ending.
Committee member positions
PW announced the election of committee members to the following positions:
Chair:         Peter Walker
Vice Chair:      Sandra Cooper
Secretary:       Rowena Evans
Treasurer:      Paula Aubrey
Planning Officer:    Sandra Cooper
IT:             Mick Jones
Distribution:      Ron Coley
Meet and greet:   Ann Newbold and Margaret Walker
Christmas lights switch-on
PW reported on a very successful event which made a small profit for the Forum through donations. He thanked Diane Johnson for her help in booking the sea cadets and All Star choir.
Lifford Business Association BID
Rob Grosvenor (LBA Chair) and Matt Powell (Revive and Thrive high street regeneration specialists) presented their plans for a Business Improvement District covering Stirchley, Cotteridge, Kings Norton and Bournville. MP was the Town Centre Manager (TCM) for Stirchley and Cotteridge from 2009 until 2011.
MP explained that every business in the proposed BID area would vote on the proposal in July 2015; a majority YES vote would see a BID established by September/October. Each business in the BID area would then pay an annual contribution based on a % of rateable value. For most small shops in Stirchley this would be around £200; large businesses such as Cadbury (and Tesco if it opens) would have their contributions capped at £10,000. MP suggested that the BID would bring in £250K each year. BCC will manage the vote and will be the accountable body for the BID. A BID lasts 5 years, with a further vote required for continuation. MP set out the benefits of a BID:
*   a democratic voice for local businesses
*   improvements to local businesses
*   local businesses more engaged with the local area and community
*   shopping areas will be safer: a BID will expand initiatives such as the retail radio scheme
*   shopping areas will be cleaner
*   better transport links, car parking and traffic management   
*   better promotion of shopping areas both locally and further afield – increase footfall
*   website, awards schemes, training, networking and events to boost local business
*   the additional levies offset the lack of investment from BCC
A BID is run as a not-for-profit company with a board of 18 – 20 members representing businesses from all four areas; the board will also include 2 representatives from BCC and a representative from WMP. MP then opened the floor to questions:
MP confirmed that contributions from eligible businesses were compulsory and enforceable. In response to a resident questioning the projected BID income, MP explained that it was based on a levy of 1.75% of rateable value, capped at £10,000; MP pointed out that there are a number of larger businesses in Stirchley such as the British Oak and PSL Bowling which would pay considerably more than the £200 levied on most small retail units.
Another resident queried the four centre approach to the BID; MP responded that although this was unusual, it had been successful in other areas.
In response to a suggestion for tackling traffic congestion on the Pershore Rd, MP suggested that a BID could work with local businesses to co-ordinate deliveries during less busy periods; collective contracts for waste collections would also reduce vehicle numbers.
Residents questioned the benefits of a BID for the many restaurants and takeaways in Stirchley. MP responded that Stirchley has a mix of restaurants and shops, and that many of the latter attract visitors from a wide area. The proprietor of Stirchley Music Exchange expressed his support for the BID.
MP confirmed that the BID would support new businesses; during his time as TCM he supported LOAF and the Bike Foundry in establishing their businesses. 
MP stated his support for the proposed TESCO development as it would bring more people to Stirchley. A resident voiced their concerns about the demolition works and the loss of local businesses and historic buildings.
MP stated that a BID could help bring in external regeneration funding by supporting bids from local groups such as the Forum; BIDs can also attract private sector investment.
Engagement with local residents was raised: MP explained that BCC would be represented on the BID, and that this would provide a direct route for residents wishing to raise any issues. Cllr Huxtable added that the BID was also subject to the local planning regime.
In response to the suggestion that the BID might become the mouthpiece of big businesses, MP stated that they could be represented on the board, but would only have 1 vote. Furthermore, big businesses would not be guaranteed a place; if more businesses apply than there are places on the board, a vote will be held.
Planning update
1377 Pershore Rd: the application for conversion from takeaway to dentist has been approved subject to conditions.
Friends Meeting House and Stirchley Baths: the application to widen the car park entrance to allow 2-way traffic is being considered by the planning committee on Thursday.
Stirchley Baths: plans to replace the disabled ramp at the front of the building with a disabled access through the café have been submitted. Forum Planning Officer Sandra Cooper felt this was an improvement as the ramp had detracted from the Baths façade, but concerns were raised that disabled people would no longer share the same entrance.
1260 Pershore Rd: the Forum will object to the application to convert Curtis Carpets (on the corner of Twyning Rd) into a restaurant; the consultation period ends tomorrow.
Policing update
Sgt Matt Crowley updated the Forum on the latest policing issues and initiatives in Bournville ward. ASBOs and crime rates are low and falling; there were 91 fewer victims of crime this year than last. Despite budget cuts there have been no reductions in staff in the local team.
Over Christmas, WMP will be running a drink driving campaign and also increasing foot patrols to counter any increase in business crimes such as shoplifting.
Instances of mini motorbikes along the River Rea have decreased, but residents were asked to continue to report any problems or share information about where they may be parked up.
A number of allotments have been targeted by thieves: allotment holders should check their sheds are secure and store high value items elsewhere.
Drivers were reminded not to defrost cars by leaving them unattended with the engine running; 4 thefts of defrosting cars have been reported in the last month.
A local resident reported a spate of illuminated “keep left” signs being vandalised.
Any other business
Damian Alexander (LBA) asked the Forum committee why they had turned down the offer of an illuminated decorative tree for the Christmas lights switch-on. The tree had been paid for through donations from local businesses, including some in Stirchley. The LBA had organised the fundraising initiative at very short notice having found out that there would be no money from BCC for Christmas lights. The Forum responded that they had already agreed arrangements for the event, and had felt that a large artificial tree would overwhelm the natural tree which was the focus of the switch-on; the Forum had suggested that the tree could be placed elsewhere in Stirchley. Robert Grosvenor (LBA) stated that the tree had been displayed outside PSL bowling. The LBA were unhappy with the Forum’s response. Cllr Huxtable expressed his surprise that the LBA had only been given 5 weeks’ notice that there was no funding for Christmas lights, as the Bournville councillors’ newsletter had reported the abolition of Community Chest funding in the spring. RG stated that he had no knowledge of this decision. 
Upcoming events
Travelling Bug House Christmas film double bill: 13th December 4.00pm at Stirchley Community Church (The Holly and the Ivy followed by the Muppet Christmas Carol) 
Christmas for Stirchley production: 19th December 7.00pm and 21st December 10.30am at Stirchley Community Church
Date of the next meeting
Monday 12th January, 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.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2015, 08:33:25 PM by Mick Jones »
www.stirchley.co.uk

Offline Kwacky

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 270
    • Tankslap
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #68 on: January 12, 2015, 04:55:41 PM »
Thanks for the notes.

The tyre tracks all over the park by Hazelwell Road suggest it's still as popular as ever with the motorbikes. 

Offline villan

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 275
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #69 on: January 12, 2015, 10:07:02 PM »
So the MP still supports Tesco....even though they won't say when they will build. He says it will bring more people to Stirchley....can't argue with that if its ever built, as they do their shopping and drive home again with no benefit to the existing shops, and that's if they can negotiate the Pershore Road debacle. Never mind, in the mean time we can all look at one of the most valuable sites in the area sitting empty.

Stirchley and its residents have been let down over this whole affair by Tesco, BCC and the MP.

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #70 on: February 03, 2015, 03:03:50 PM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 12th January 2015, Stirchley Community Church
Present:   28: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Barry Toon, Sgt Matt Crowley (WMP), Councillor Huxtable and Councillor Sealey,
Apologies:   4
Peter Walker took the chair and wished everyone a Happy New Year. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th December 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Party wall legislation
Barry Toon (Tara Bournbrook Neighbourhood Forum) gave an informative presentation on party wall legislation, and how this can protect neighbours when building work is taking place in an adjoining property.
Policing update
Sgt Crowley was delighted to report another excellent month in Bournville ward: in December, there was just 1 burglary compared to 13 this time last year, and overall reported crimes were down by a quarter. Bournville police ran a successful pub watch scheme over the festive period, as well as 2 drink drive operations. The relatively low levels of crime meant police were able to follow up intelligence and made a number of arrests related to cannabis factories.
Bournville police are planning a joint operation with West Midlands Fire Brigade to deal with the problem of mini motorbikes; the Fire Brigade will be running cycle patrols along the Rea Valley route. There are no plans to install bollards along the route.
In response to a question about the recent spate of muggings in Hazelwell Park, Sgt Crowley reported that 3 men had been arrested.
Sgt Crowley confirmed that the new 20 mph speed limit along the Pershore Rd would be enforced. The police are continuing to visit local scrap merchants and will follow up any reports of illegal scrap dealers.
Local residents reported that the Tesco site was no longer secure, and that the rear doors of the Community Centre were open; Sgt Crowley encouraged local residents to report these security lapses to Tesco, as they are now becoming a regular occurrence. Tesco can be contacted by emailing simon.petar@uk.tesco.com. A local resident suggested a petition, but Cllr Huxtable felt individual emails would be more effective.
Planning update
Former Curtis Carpets showroom: planning permission has been granted for conversion to a restaurant; opening hours are restricted to 8.00 am – midnight. The Forum objected to this application, as did Cllr Huxtable, on the grounds that it was contrary to BCC’s Shopping and Local Centres SPD. Stirchley’s high street has recently lost several daytime businesses as a result of the proposed Tesco development, and this application has reduced the number of A1 retail premises still further.
Sandra Cooper, planning officer for the Forum, expressed her concern that the correct planning procedures had not been followed: the Forum was named as a consultee but received no notification, no signs were displayed outside the property and residents of Twyning Road did not receive letters. It was suggested that the Forum should make a formal complaint through the local authority ombudsman. There were also calls for the planning officer responsible to be invited to a meeting to explain their decision; PW stated that previous requests had been turned down.
Tesco site: Cllr Huxtable was pleased that Tesco have restated their commitment to opening a superstore in Stirchley; he was however disappointed that Tesco have not provided a timescale for the development, which includes extensive enabling works. 
Cllr Huxtable confirmed that the houses on Hazelwell Lane had not been sold back to BCC.
It was suggested that Tesco could start work on other parts of the scheme such as the smaller retail units and office block; it was felt that the SUWMC would be unhappy to move into a property that was surrounded by derelict land.
Residents expressed their disappointment with the site hoardings, despite assurances at the AGM that these would be designed with the local community. There was also a request for the barriers on Hazelwell Lane to be moved back, as they are currently blocking the pavement.
DJF Furniture: a food/sweet shop has opened up in the middle unit; the need for planning permission was raised. Sandra Cooper reported that this was not required, but that they could be referred to environmental health if loose food was being sold.
Any other business
Traffic problems: the temporary lights at the junction with Cartland Rd will be in place until February 6th. This is causing rat running along the back streets, and the roundabout outside the Co-op is frequently blocked by queuing traffic, in part because motorists are unaware of the temporary lights. There was surprise that work was not continuing at weekends.
Lifford Lane: queuing outside the tip is still causing problems to other motorists. Cllr Huxtable stated that BCC will not remove the central barriers which have been installed to prevent overtaking.
Missing bollard: AMEY will be reinstating the bollard and concrete base on the junction of Fordhouse Lane and Pershore Rd; there is currently a temporary bollard in place.
Enterprise Rent-a-car: residents of Twyning Rd are pleased that Enterprise no longer use their street for parking, but cars are now being parked on the Pershore Rd, where they are obstructing the pavement.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

Offline Kwacky

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 270
    • Tankslap
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #71 on: February 04, 2015, 09:12:54 AM »
Not all of those cars are from Enterprise.  Fridays and Saturdays sees a load of cars parked on the pavement and round the Pershore/Twyning Road junction from people using the hairdressers. 

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #72 on: March 03, 2015, 08:05:07 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 9th February 2015, Stirchley Community Church
Present:    36: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, Sgt Matt Crowley (WMP), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey
Apologies:   3
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 12th January 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising
Enterprise car hire: a resident reported via the www.stirchley.co.uk website that it was not only hire cars that were being parked on the pavement.
Fordhouse Lane junction: the bollard on the corner of Fordhouse Lane is now missing.
Stirchley Baths blog
Local resident Louise Deakin talked about her volunteer role blogging on the Stirchley Baths website – www.stirchleybaths.org – and also running the twitter feed - @stirchleybaths – and facebook page. LB would like more local people to contribute to the blog: a free social media workshop is being held in March for those new to blogging – no previous experience is required. Blog entries could be anything from history and memories to news from community groups and local events. Anyone interested should give their details to PW. 
LB then updated the meeting on recent developments in the restoration works which will include a replica clock on the front of the building. The works should be completed by August this year and the opening will coincide with the Late Summer Bash in September.
In response to a question, LB explained that the current plans for the Baths could be viewed on the Baths website. Another resident remembered the slipper bath room: this will now be the Baths café. Wendy Pearson has a copy of the original plans of the Baths which she will share with LB.
Stirchley Community Group update
Paula Aubrey updated the meeting on the group’s progress in establishing a new committee: new members are still welcome to join. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th February at 7.30pm. It is intended that the SCG will run the Baths following a Community Asset Transfer from BCC in 2016.
Policing update
Car crime: Sgt Matt Crowley reported that crime levels continue to be low and falling but cautioned that overnight vehicle crime was a problem locally: people were reminded to lock their cars and to remove all valuable possessions.
Mini motorbikes: police continue to patrol the Rea cycle route but the cold weather seems to be deterring their use.
Drugs intelligence: low crime rates mean police have capacity to follow up local reports. A recent Border Agency operation uncovered sham marriages and drugs. A local resident reported a persistent smell of marijuana outside the Pineapple Fish Bar.
Twitter: follow @BournvilleNHT for live updates on operations. Members of the public can also use twitter to report problems.
Traffic: police are enforcing the 20 mph zone along the Pershore Road. They are also working with local schools to improve parking. Three areas have been identified where antisocial parking (parking on pavements/on corners) is a particular problem: leaflets have been delivered to local homes.
Ashbrook Road rat running: Sgt Crowley reported that 5 traffic operations have been carried out in the area and committed to continuing these to resolve the problem.
Highbury pub: as this is just outside Bournville ward Sgt Crowley will pass on reports of drug dealing in the car park to the Moseley and Kings Heath neighbourhood sergeant. 
Tesco development
Local resident Emma Ashton updated the meeting on her communications with Simon Petar of Tesco: EA is keen to start a dialogue with Tesco to communicate the feelings of local residents, businesses and other agencies about the current state of the Tesco site and develop proposals as to how this might be improved. SP has responded positively and has committed to meet up once local opinion has been canvassed. SP cannot give any indication as to when construction of the store might start other than to confirm it is not planned for 2015. Following a meeting with the Forum and Cllr Huxtable last week, EA will be working with Rowena Evans of the Forum to develop a questionnaire. A blog on the stirchley.co.uk website has already elicited some suggestions and offers of help in carrying out the survey.
A local resident questioned whether Tesco had a contingency plan for the site, should the development not go ahead; PW stated that SP was not privy to such information. Tesco’s planning permission runs out in 2016 but the continued delays would not prevent it from being renewed. Sandra Cooper (Planning Officer) pointed out that Tesco cannot start work until the SUWMC has been relocated to the TASCOS site; they could however begin to dispose of the smaller sites they had acquired that are not part of the main development.
There were calls for Tesco to be compelled to hand over the site to another supermarket: Tesco had promised to create jobs for local people but the delays mean these are yet to materialise. On a more positive note, it was pointed out that the restoration of Stirchley Baths had only been possible because Tesco had bought the old community centre from BCC. RE questioned whether Tesco had completed the payments schedule: Cllr Huxtable will check.
The future of the Arvin Meritor site was also raised: Cllr Huxtable explained that as this had now been marketed without success as an industrial site it could be de-designated as industrial use, paving the way for another application to develop it as a supermarket. BCC have admitted that ASDA’s application may have been approved if they had been aware of the delays that would stall the Tesco development.   
Planning update
Co-op funeral home: a planning application has been submitted for the external illuminated sign; it was noted that this has already been installed.
Selly Oak/Bournbrook area: there has been an increase in the number of applications for HMOs as landlords attempt to beat the introduction of limits for HMOs. The Forum has previously discussed this issue and will continue to oppose large extensions to terraced properties to accommodate large numbers of single people. The Forum does not oppose house sharing by young people.
New pizza parlour next to Printigo: SC confirmed that this had planning permission.
Stirchley Supplementary Planning Document: this is about to be signed off by BCC. Representatives of BCC planning will be attending next month’s meeting to present the document. Cllr Huxtable suggested the Forum invite Senior Enforcement Officer Richard Melia to a meeting as it is a lack of enforcement that frustrates many local people.
AOB
Burglary prevention: if any local resident is interested in visiting the WMP security showhome in Walsall they should contact Peter Walker.
Local asset planning: Tony Fox (Friends of Cannon Hill Park) reported that local councillors from Selly Oak and Hall Green would be meeting with Peter Wright (BCC Planning) at Highbury to discuss local asset planning. He also invited members of the committee to attend their annual gathering of local community groups: Mick Jones will liaise.
Annual funding: PW thanked BCC for funding the Forum for another year.   
Ashbrook Road service road: a resident asked for a progress update. Cllr Huxtable reported that this had been delayed due to a change of management but a quote for the resurfacing work was now being sought. If the quote is acceptable a work order will be issued.
Missing bin: a local resident questioned whether BCC was removing bins to save money. Cllr Huxtable explained that park bins were sometimes removed if they had been set on fire.
Fly tipping: there were reports of fly tipping outside Enterprise and beside the wheelie bins by the entrance to Stirchley Park.
Woodland adjacent to Sparrey Drive: a local resident questioned who now owned this land, which was sold commercially a few years ago, as it was attracting rubbish. Although this is just outside Stirchley, Cllr Huxtable will make enquiries.
2 Elm Tree Road: the binmen have not removed a printer from the pavement; Cllr Huxtable will report.
Canalside rubbish: a resident reported bin bags being dumped by the Bournville Lane moorings; Cllr Huxtable will contact the Canal and River Trust. A variety of solutions were proposed: bin men could collect bags from the mooring; bags could be left out on Bournville Lane for collection; a chained wheelie bin could be provided, although this might attract fly tipping. Another resident asked Cllr Huxtable to speak to BCC refuse services about bin men leaving a mess and swearing. Cllr Huxtable reported that he had recently held a meeting at Lifford Lane to discuss this issue.
Daisy Glen: the death of Daisy at 102 was reported. The funeral will be held on February 25th at Selly Park Church. To celebrate her life, ox-eye daisies will be planted in 101 spots in the local area.
Upcoming events
Stirchley Community Market returns from its winter break: the first Tuesday of every month at PSL Bowling.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 9th March, 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.
www.stirchley.co.uk

Offline Kwacky

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 270
    • Tankslap
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #73 on: March 03, 2015, 08:39:36 AM »
Thanks Mick.

Shame I can't make these but I'm out every Monday.

Offline Mick Jones

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
    • Stirchley Website
Re: Notes Minutes of the last meeting
« Reply #74 on: May 28, 2015, 09:25:17 AM »
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th May 2015, Stirchley Community Church
Present:    36: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forum’s management committee, PC Sarah Siggins (WMP), PCSO Sal Stor (WMP), Cllr Huxtable and Cllr Sealey
Apologies:   2
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 13th April 2015 were circulated and agreed as a true record. PW congratulated Cllr Huxtable on retaining his seat as local councillor for Bournville ward.
Matters arising
Ashbrook Rd service road: the padlock for the height restriction bar has been replaced but the key mislaid. Cllr Huxtable is in contact with BCC Parks: he suggested local residents requiring keys get in touch with him or Cllr Sealey.
Residents are unhappy with the quality of the resurfacing of the service road: Cllr Huxtable will raise the issue with BCC housing.
Ashbrook Rd resurfacing: Residents are unhappy with the strategy of patching large parts of the road rather than resurfacing it. Cllr Huxtable has arranged a site meeting with Amey. A local resident reported that their disabled bay had not been repainted, while other redundant bays had been.
Stirchley Community Group: an Extraordinary General Meeting is being held on Thursday 21st May in Stirchley Community Church. The meeting is open to all those who consider themselves a member of the group.
PC Sarah Siggins
PC Siggins set out the role of the police in licensing events, alcohol and late night eateries. In response to a question, PC Siggins explained that an alcohol licence is not required for restaurants that allow customers to bring their own drinks, although they do require a licence if open after 11pm. Shisha lounges do not require licences, but are subject to other regulations such as fire safety and environmental health.
Policing update
Crime continues to fall in Bournville ward; once again drivers were reminded to lock cars and remove all valuable items.
PCSO Sal Stor announced that 2 drugs warrants had been executed in the past month, both as a result of local information relating to cannabis factories.
A section 59 warning was issued to a young man with a quad bike/scrambler.   
Fordhouse Lane: an accident on Sunday night resulted in damage to 6 vehicles. PCSO Stor reported that an arrest had been made, but was unable to comment further. Local residents expressed their concern that accidents are becoming more frequent along this stretch of road; at least 3 have occurred in the last 6 months. A badger was run over and killed on the same spot on Friday morning. Cllr Huxtable reminded the Forum that he and Cllr Sealey had presented a petition from residents of Fordhouse Lane calling for speed restrictions to BCC 6 months ago. He reported that the petition had been rejected as there were insufficient accidents. Cllr Huxtable will raise the issue again with BCC Transport and Highways. Police are working with BCC to address the problem of speeding, and will be running speed patrols on both Fordhouse Lane and Ashbrook Road, where similar problems have been reported. PCSO Stor invited local residents to join a community speed watch. There was concern that the 30mph speed limit was still too high for motorists to safely negotiate the corner at the bottom of Fordhouse Lane. Some residents were also disappointed that police speed checks are very visible and do not catch speeding motorists; PCSO Stor explained that the aim is to educate drivers rather than fine them. PC Siggins added that West Midlands Police no longer have any vans equipped with speed cameras, and reductions in officer numbers means they are unable to run regular speed checks.   
Following a number of recent accidents outside schools, police will patrol and encourage drivers to park responsibly.
Pershore Road: the 20mph speed limit through Stirchley was once again questioned by residents. Cllr Huxtable has proposed the whole of the Pershore Road between Stirchley and Cotteridge should be 20mph including the stretch outside Cotteridge School; this would improve road safety and reduce the cost of additional signage. 
Parking wardens: a local resident reported spotting 4 traffic wardens on the Pershore Rd at 9.30pm on a Tuesday in February and suggested their resources could be more effectively deployed during the day. PCSO Stor explained that traffic enforcement is the responsibility of BCC. Cllr Huxtable will look into the matter and feedback comments to BCC.
Bournville Lane: a resident reported a delivery van regularly parking on the double yellow lines outside the hydroponics shop and impeding the passage of the no. 27 bus. PC Siggins explained that police no longer have the power to ticket those parking on double yellow lines unless they are causing a major obstruction.
Stirchley Late Summer Bash
This year’s Bash will once again take place in Stirchley Park, on Saturday September 5th from 11 am until 4 pm. The event will coincide with the “soft” opening of the Baths as the new Stirchley Community Centre. The Forum are looking for volunteers to deliver leaflets and help run the event on the day.
Planning update
Lifford Curve site: a planning application has been submitted for the construction of a car rental and carwash facility. Although there was general support for the redevelopment of this site, which is a magnet for fly tipping, there were some concerns about noise from the car wash, parking on Fordhouse Lane and run off into the River Rea. The Environment Agency will comment on this application as it is a statutory consultee. Sandra Cooper has submitted comments on behalf of the Forum.
Tesco Update
Emma Ashton reported that over 30 people, including local artists, attended the drop-in session held at Stirchley Community Church on Saturday and shared their ideas for the Tesco hoardings. A variety of themes were proposed including the River Rea, local wildlife and Stirchley’s history. The next step is for the artists to meet up, develop a collective idea and work out a budget. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the Forum. Mick Jones thanked Emma for all her hard work.
Emma reported that there was no monthly progress report from Simon Petar of Tesco.
Stirchley Hour
Rowena Evans encouraged residents to join in with #StirchleyHour, every Wednesday from 8 until 9. Last week’s hour focused on the Tesco hoardings and generated a lot of good ideas which were fed into the drop-in session.
AOB
Guerrilla knitting: local resident Sue Jones proposed a simple guerrilla knitting project for either the Late Summer Bash or Christmas Lights Switch-on. It was suggested that guerrilla knitting would be a good topic for #StirchleyHour.
Bournville Lane: the double yellow lines are very patchy in places, prompting one resident to question whether this meant they were unenforceable. 
Ripple Road: in response to a query about the 20mph limit, Cllr Huxtable explained that this was because the surrounding roads are 20mph and it is more cost-effective to keep the same speed limit.
Date of the next meeting
Monday 8th June, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church. Guest speaker Arthur Tsang, Safer Communities Officer for BCC.
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.
www.stirchley.co.uk