WooHoo the train is getting closer!

Moseley Overhead

Consultation is now open for the re-opening of the Camp Hill Line between Birmingham New Street and Kings Norton with new stations at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell to offer passengers journeys of less than 15 minutes into New Street station.

Transport for West Midlands and West Midlands Rail Executive invite the public to view and comment on the proposals online between 13/11/2018 – 14/12/2018 – you can access the survey here , or in person at one of the drop-in sessions below.

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Council Budget 2019 – Have your say

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Birmingham City Council has opened it’s budget consultation for 2019/20.

You can view the proposals and make your comment here

The council needs to make additional savings of £86 million , on top of the annual savings, totalling about £690 million that the Council has already made from 2010/11 up to 2018/19. This will mean that they will have reduced spending on services to residents and businesses by total annual savings of around £775 million over a twelve year period.

The council propose an increase of 2.99% in Council Tax in 2019/20 and 1.99% in later years. In addition they propose to raise a “Social Care Precept” by increasing Council Tax by a further 2% in 2019/20 to provide extra funding to meet the costs of social care. This would result in a combined increase in Council Tax of 4.99% in 2019/20

Clearly the council are in a difficult position. However there are still a number of questionable priorities. And your say is important in helping get it right.

One proposal for example includes a 25% cut in the budget of the flytipping team by £300,000. They will only investigate where there is a high likelihood of prosecution, which in reality means they will leave themselves with little choice but to pick up all dumping without investigation.  In contrast the settlement following last year’s waste strike means another £2.5m has to go into basic waste collection services.

 So we will have the crazy situation where you cannot overstuff your wheelie bin but if you dump it in bags round the corner it will be collected.

Please make your comments. It is important we all make our voices heard.

Birmingham Liberal Democrats lead the way for remain.

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Izzy Knowles with members of EU in Brum presenting the petition at Birmingham Council House
Yesterday Birmingham City Council formally approved a motion to support a People’s Vote with an option to Remain in the EU, provided a) that any deal reached by the Conservative government was rejected by Parliament and b) that there was no possibility of a general election being called in this scenario.
A petition of almost 2000 signatures, from all parts of Birmingham, collected by local campaigners, EU in Brum , was presented to support the motion, which was tabled by Birmingham Liberal Democrat councillor Jon Hunt.
The motion initially called for the City Council to commit to a People’s Vote with an option to Remain, but the Labour leader of the council, Ian Ward, called for the inclusion of the provision of a general election. The compromise was enough to secure the votes, illustrated by a show of hands in the Chamber, of a majority of the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green councillors in the room, after a series of passionate speeches from voices such as Mike Ward, Morriam Jan, Paul Tilsley, Julien Pritchard, Sir Albert Bore and Martin Straker-Welds
You can watch the debate on Birmingham City Council’s streaming service here  Go to no 10 on the agenda – the debate starts at 04.38hrs into the meeting.
This vote is symbolic because this is the largest local authority in Europe and because this is a local authority which very narrowly voted to Leave in 2016.
It follows on from Channel 4’s programme on Monday evening, hosted live from Birmingham that revealed a new Survation poll which showed that if the referendum question was asked now, Remain would win 54% to 46% Leave. Drilling into the detail, it shows that Birmingham would now vote to Remain too: you can see for yourself  https://www.survation.com/what-does-the-british-public-now-think-about-brexit/
Moseley Liberal Democrats played a big part in helping the Birmingham Liberal Democrat group to bring this motion to the Council.  Once again Liberal Democrats are at the forefront of making things happen .
We would like to thank every one of you who signed the petition, everybody who helped Izzy tirelessly to get signatures, Councillor Jon Hunt for putting the motion forward and Councillor Fred Grindrod for helping to develop cross-party support for the People’s Vote principle.
Now, we must move on to persuading other Birmingham MPs and our Metro Mayor: already, we have seen Yardley MP Jess Phillips joining the People’s Vote campaign, and our own MP Roger Godsiff in Hall Green also calling for a Peoples vote
This again is a symbolic action, because Mr Godsiff becomes the first MP who supported a Leave vote to support the idea of a People’s Vote. But it shows he is responding to the level of campaigning and concern from his constituents.
Izzy is organising a non party affiliated Hall Green Constituency Peoples Vote group. Join her and other campaigners at The Village Pub, Moseley on Thursday 15th November from 7pm or contact her izzyknowles@gmail.com
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Campaigners with Cllrs Mike Ward, Carl Rice & Roger Harmer

BREXIT: Sign the petition – before it’s too late!

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Grass roots campaigners from EU in Brum have launched a petition to Birmingham City Council to support a Peoples Vote on the final Brexit Deal with an option to remain in the EU.

It’s not too late to sign the petition – click HERE

Pressure has paid off and  Birmingham City Council will debate the motion on Tuesday 6th November. 

Moseley Lib Dems are calling for more signatures to the petition which will be handed over by Jon Hunt, Lib Dem leader at the Council, who has put forward the motion.

Many Moseley business owners are extremely worried  about the uncertainty of  the Brexit deal, and especially how they would be affected by no deal or by leaving the single market.
It will also negatively affect a large number of the Moseley Farmers Market traders.

This is really important. We won’t get another chance. To show the strength of feeling is from all over Birmingham, we really need you not only to sign the petition, but PLEASE EMAIL your local Councillor (find them here) to ask them to support the motion, and specifically to support a People’s Vote, with an option to remain.

If you can collect paper signatures from people who don’t go online, please email me (Izzy ) at izzyknowles@gmail.com and I’ll send you a printable GDPR compliant form to use.

If you would like more information on how you can get involved in the Birmingham People’s Vote campaign please get in touch izzyknowles@gmail.com

Over 30 councils across the UK have now backed calls for a People’s Vote and another 20 have debates scheduled, including Birmingham City Council, where leave won the referendum result by the tiniest of majorities.

Now we know the full extent of the harm that could be inflicted to the city by Brexit, it is absolutely essential that the British People, and the people of Birmingham, who only voted to leave by the narrowest of margins, and are the youngest and most diverse population in the UK,  get a chance for a meaningful vote to ratify or reject the final Brexit deal and an option to remain in the EU.

School Road Closure Scheme gets closer

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NB: THE PROPOSAL TO MAKE VALENTINE ROAD ONE WAY (IN THE DIAGRAM)  IS NO LONGER GOING AHEAD 

I previously posted in this blog on the School Road closure scheme  ( see Sept 11th, July 20th & Jan 29th).

Following an update from Cllr Jenkins to Moseley Forum on Tuesday 29th Oct I  wrote to the Council for  some clarification.  I have copied below a reply I have received from Joe Green of the Transportation & Connectivity Team.

I’ve also had previous confirmation that the letters will be sent to residents along the entire length of School Road, any road that leads directly off School Road (and roads leading off these), Valentine Road and Cambridge Road. Also (after I made some representation) it will now include Oxford Road between St. Mary’s Row and Billesley Lane, and  Billesley Lane between Wake Green Road and the junction with Cambridge Road/ Southlands Road.

From: Joe Green
Sent: ‎31/‎10/‎2018 16:48
To: Izzy Knowles; Gill Brook
Cc: Councillor Kerry Jenkins
Subject: RE: School Road Traffic Issues

Hi Izzy,

I sent some further information across to Cllr Jenkins this morning, on the back of a request from discussions at last night’s Moseley Forum meeting.The meeting you mention was requested by School Road Traffic Issues Group to provide them with an update, and was attended by Phil Edwards and myself.

Further answers to your questions are included below:

Please can you confirm whether an engineer has been allocated to the scheme yet and if so who it is?

Yes, this project has now been approved and funding allocated. It will be overseen by Natalia Haberko in our Infrastructure Delivery team. Gill and I are currently in the process of handing everything across to Natalia for taking things forward, but we will continue to be involved to support the communication and engagement elements of this scheme.

Will there be any formal consultation either before or during the experimental period?

A letter drop of the local area is being organised to inform residents of what is happening. It is envisaged that this will be sent out week commencing 12th November.

It is not necessary to hold formal (statutory) consultation for an experimental traffic order, other than with the emergency services who are in the process of being contacted.

There will be ongoing consultation while the experimental traffic order is in place, and any views or comments submitted during this period will be recorded to help inform future decisions.

How long do you envisage the experimental period to be?

The maximum length of time that an experimental traffic order can remain in place for is 18 months, after which point it is either progressed to a permanent intervention (pending formal consultation) or removed. It is generally seen as good practice to keep an experimental traffic order in place for a minimum of 6 months, but there is scope to remove it sooner than this if deemed necessary.

There is scope for the scheme to become permanent if it is deemed that the experimental road closure has been successful. However this would be subject to a formal consultation process – and this would need to have been completed within the maximum period of 18 months for an experimental traffic order for there to be no break in the provision of this intervention.

What traffic surveys are planned to  take place before and during the experimental scheme?

Natalia will be developing monitoring arrangements for this scheme, which will include traffic counts before and during the experimental closure.

There is some existing data from traffic counts carried out at locations in the area last year that can potentially be used, and we will work with the local engineer to identify locations for any further counts; they have already suggested that the junctions of Oxford Road/St Mary’s Row and Billesley Lane/Wake Green Road should be included.

I hope these answers are useful, we are keen to keep local residents informed of what is happening and shall continue to seek to do so.

Please do get in touch if there is anything else you would like to know at this stage. Regards, Joe

Joe Green, BA (Hons)

Transportation Behaviour Change Manager

Transportation & Connectivity – Economy Directorate

Birmingham City Council

 

From: Izzy Knowles [mailto:moseleylibdems@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 2:26 PM
To: Gill Brook
Cc: Joe Green
Subject: Re: School Road Traffic Issues

Hi Gill & Joe

I learned from Cllr Jenkins last night at a Moseley Forum meeting that a meeting has taken place with the School Road Traffic Issues group and the funding has been approved for the experimental scheme. There was also a suggestion that as it is an experimental scheme no further consultation will take place following the letter,  which is still to go out to residents.

Please can you confirm whether an engineer has been allocated to the scheme yet and if so who it is?

This scheme is going to cost a lot of money to implement so it is important we get it right, otherwise it will be money wasted. I am concerned that the decision to carry out this experimental closure has been made with very little consultation and there are still people who will be directly affected who do not know it is taking place.

Will there be any formal consultation either before or during the experimental period?

How long do you envisage the experimental period to be?

I’m also concerned that proper measures need to be taken to correctly survey the amount and speed of traffic on these roads and potentially affected roads, both before and at periods after the experiment, so that the scheme can be properly evaluated.

What traffic surveys are planned to  take place before and during the experimental scheme?

Are you able to please update me on these points?

Best wishes

Izzy
Izzy Knowles
Moseley Liberal Democrats

 

 

 

 

Improving the junction of Pershore Road/Priory Road/Edgbaston Road – Have your say.

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Birmingham City Council are consulting on their plans to improve the safety and efficiency of the junction of Pershore Road, Priory Road and Edgbaston Road, and to provide a cycle route between the new  A38 Bristol Road cycle route  and the  National Cycle Network Route 5 at Cannon Hill Park.

Moseley Liberal Democrats support these proposals, especially with the pending developments at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the hotel opposite and Pebble Mill that will all add to traffic in the area.

You can see and comment on the proposals  here    Consultation closes on 9th November.

It’s not too late to get the bus to London tomorrow. #peoplesvote

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Local grass roots pro EU group EU in BRUM  have organised coaches for local people to travel to London on Saturday 20th October to take part in the Peoples Vote march.

Buses will be leaving from Brunel Street, City Centre or opposite Goose pub, Kings Heath.

They still have a few seats left including free places for students and people who otherwise would not be able to go. You can book them here:  Bus tickets to London

E Mail  euinbrumbus@g.mail.com for details of free tickets.

Liberal Democrats and the Greens are the only parties that have consistently championed Britain’s membership of the European Union. We believe that Britain’s best chance to succeed is within the EU.

While we respect the outcome of the referendum held in June 2016, we believe that Britain is a more prosperous country when we are part of the world’s largest economy, working in partnership with our closest neighbours and allies to tackle the biggest challenges.

We believe that free trade is a good thing. It creates jobs, increases prosperity and helps pay for things like the NHS, schools and public services.

Our livelihoods are improved because of free trade – including through our membership of the Single Market. That is why we are fighting for Britain at the very minimum to remain a member of the Single Market.

It is becoming more and more clear that the final deal will not deliver any of the promises made by the Leave campaign prior to the referendum,  which is why we are also calling for the government to give the British people a vote on the final deal that they negotiate with Europe.

The terms of Brexit will have a huge impact on jobs, security and the opportunity to travel and live abroad, and the Tory Brexit government should therefore be made to put their deal to the British people before it is finalised.

Waste collection service changes – warning disruptions ahead!

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Birmingham City Council Waste Collection Services have re modelled their methods of collecting waste. This is to implement their agreement with the Trade Unions to move the crews from a 4 day x 10 hour shift to a 5 day x 7.5 hrs shift pattern. As a result the rounds and crews have been changed. This may cause some disruption as the new crews will have to get to know the quirks of the new rounds.

If you experience a missed collection report it on line  here 

If it still isn’t collected after several days,  or you experience repeat missed collections contact  Izzy at moseleylibdems@gmail.com  or local Councillors and we will chase them for you.

West Midlands Lib Dems march to the Tory Conference

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On Sunday Lib Dems across the West Midlands will be taking part in the ‘ Bin Brexit in Brum’ march and rally in the city centre.

This event has been entirely organised and funded by local people in their own time – the grass roots remain movement ‘EU in Brum’  – to remind the Conservative Party conference participants that the Midlands do not want to leave the EU, as any kind of Brexit will hurt the region a lot.

All evidence points to the fact that the West Midlands Economy will be damaged in any scenario, but especially devastating will be a no deal Brexit. Birmingham Mail. Devastating effect of no deal Brexit

Even West Midlands Mayor Andy Street in an answer to Izzy at the recent Ask Andy event at The Prince of Wales acknowledged that leaving the EU without a deal would be catastrophic for business in the West Midlands Andy Street ‘s answer to Izzy at Ask Andy event as reported in the B’ham Mail

Local Moseley business owner George Howell of Indigo Wholefoods also describes the damage to his business by the uncertainty of Brexit.   Indigo Wholefoods and the impact of Brexit

It is becoming clearer by the day that no Government is going to be able to deliver any of the promises made by the leave campaign before the referendum. No one voted to make our region poorer and the  consequences that would result from loss of manufacturing and closure of small businesses.  There is no such thing as a ‘Jobs first Brexit’.

Come to Victoria Square from 11, the march will leave there at 12pm and return around 1pm for the rally, where we will have exciting speakers and music including Moseley band The Lost Notes.    The Lost Notes 

The touring musician industry would be especially hit by loss of freedom of movement rights and customs checks on equipment.

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Poster outside the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath

The event will finish between 3 and 4.

You can register your interest and find out more here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bin-brexit-in-brum-march-and-rally-tickets-48906010193
https://www.facebook.com/events/422114528254258/

While we want you to bring as many flags as possible,  part of the march will go along the tram lines at Corporation Street, so any flag poles should be under 2.5 meters long, and carried very carefully through this part.

If you can volunteer as a steward for the march and/or rally, or for litter picking afterwards, please get in touch with hello@euinbrum.org . Or message Izzy. Any help is very much appreciated.

See you on Sunday!          #ExitfromBrexit

Preserving our grass verges

 

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On Wednesday at The Moseley Meeting I supported residents in bringing up the issue of constant parking and driving of vehicles on the open grass verges where Stoney Lane meets Yardley Wood Road  between Esme Road and Phipson Road. 90 residents have signed a  petition  calling for trip rail or other preventative measures to prevent the parking.

The Anderton Park Residents Association have been asking for these measures for some time, they campaigned years ago to stop the  green space being built on, but since then they have seen the road become more densely used by traffic, witnessed the grass being damaged by an increasing number of cars and vans being driven and parked on it and experienced children being deterred from playing there. They have in the past planted bulbs with the school children from Anderton Park School, and they regularly litter pick to keep it tidy. At one stage the area was even costed up for trip rail, but it was never installed.

I have had email conversations with the head of the Parks Department and the District Highways Engineer  over the last six months to ask for trip rail to be installed.  Springfield Police have . been contacted to deal with the parking on the grass, which is illegal. Letters were sent by Highways to the residents and several fixed penalty tickets were issued by PCSO Peach. However this has not deterred drivers from continuing to park on the grass area. As one individual or family stops doing it another takes over. The council departments have been supportive but a more long term solution is needed and we need funding to make it happen.

I have witnessed myself numerous instances of cars and vans parking and driving across the verges.  The area does not have any other safe green space for children to play close to their homes and  children play on the greens whilst cars are parked there. If the green verges were railed off to prevent vehicles accessing them we would create a nice safe space for families and children to enjoy and the residents  could utilise the space for  other family friendly projects such as bulb planting, games and community events.

The council would not have to repair ruts, potholes and damage to the pavements caused by heavy vehicles and police time could be better taken up with other issues. The green space is also important to help reduce the traffic pollution in the area

The green verges are wholly in Sparkhill Ward, however the petition shows there is a demand for this action from residents of both Sparkhill and Moseley Wards.   There is a budget for each ward to use for verge protection and minor transport measures. This is a small budget and there will be other needs to be considered in both wards however I believe this project should be seen as a priority need. It is possible if necessary we could fund some of the cost through an application to the Active Citizens fund or other similar scheme.

I  have sent the petition, together with photos to the Councillors for both Moseley and Sparkhill wards, the Police Sergeants for each ward ,Mike Hinton of the Parks department and Garry Dalton, the Highways Engineer and I have offered to work with them to get approval and find funding for this scheme.

 

I hope to have some feedback by the next Moseley meeting in November

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