Happy New Year from Moseley Lib Dems

 

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Happy New Year from Moseley Lib Dems. Going into 2019, as we feel the affect of the uncertainty and roller coaster of current national politics, here’s to the community spirit, camaraderie, openness and neighbourly support that will keep us together. Xxx

School Road Closure – latest

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Following my last blog on this matter (see post November 1st) I made further representations to the Council Officers, and to Councillor Jenkins, calling for a full consultation to take place and an updated traffic impact statement to be prepared before the experimental scheme is put in place (see copy email I sent below).
Residents have now received a letter from our Councillors regarding the experimental closure:
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It is disappointing that no formal consultation will take place
I welcome the proposed drop in engagement event on Friday 11th January and that the matter is now being progressed, but I am disappointed, as are many residents, who have contacted me since, that, despite multiple representations and earlier promises , a more formal consultation has not been conducted to involve the wider community who will be affected by this.
I will ask that the information be made available at other events, for example via Moseley Forum or at the Moseley Exchange as not everyone is going to be in a position to attend on 11th January or have access to the online documents.
I will also continue to call for an up to date traffic impact assessment to take into account the affect on surrounding roads especially near to the schools.
You can access some information on line  here
You can also send your comments to connected@birmingham.gov.uk
Loss of School Crossing Patrols
A further concern that needs to be considered is the Council’s proposal to withdraw funding for the remaining School Crossing patrols in Birmingham. This will include patrols at both Moseley and Kings Heath. You can see more about this proposal and comment on it in the recent council budget, which is out for consultation. (See page 41).
Petition:
A local resident has started a petition calling for better consultation for Moseley and Kings Heath residents about the School Road proposal and traffic management in general.
You can view and sign it if you wish here:
My email:
From: Izzy Knowles 
Subject: Re: School Road Traffic Issues
Date: 4 November 2018 at 00:03:00 GMT
To: Councillor Kerry Jenkins 
Cc: Joe Green  Gill Brook 

 

Dear Joe & Gill
I would like to make some representations please and I also have some more questions:
Firstly:
Consultation:
On reading your update I was surprised when you said no formal consultation will take place prior to the experimental order, and instead it would be an ongoing consultation during the implementation of the scheme.  Since I communicated your recent update to residents a number of people have expressed their concern to me that they feel this scheme is being pushed through without  their having been given the chance to formally comment on the proposals. I believe that the Councillors have also received similar emails.
I have now looked back through previous correspondence and re-read the letter Gill emailed in July which I circulated to some residents at the time (I attach for your info). The letter clearly gives the impression a formal consultation was to be held after the summer holidays. (It also places the closure in a different place which has also caused confusion although Gill did clarify that in a later email). Therefore mixed messages are being sent out here.
I am still very concerned, as I have been since the beginning of this process, that there are many residents who live in roads that will be directly affected, but who are still unaware of the proposal because they don’t use email or social media. Your proposed letter notifying them of the implementation of the experimental scheme will be the first they will be informed of what is happening. I anticipate some will not be very happy at not having been formally consulted, and the scheme being experimental will not appease them.
Therefore I would urge you to please re-consider and conduct a formal consultation scheme prior to the experimental scheme beginning.
Secondly:
Traffic Impact studies:
The scheme is being implemented in order to stop dangerous driving in School Road between Prospect Road and Valentine Road. The main issue is when drivers meet each other head on, due to parked vehicles and the narrow road and vehicles are driven onto the pavement or road rage incidents occur. This is a real problem and I totally support the School Road Traffic Issues residents in their desire to make this road safer.
The proposed scheme to close off part of School Road further down past Greenhill Road will undoubtedly reduce traffic on the entirety of School Road as it will no longer be used as a a convenient alternative route between Kings Heath and Moseley, especially at peak times. Traffic is more likely to be local residents moving in and out of the immediate area.  However traffic is still going to be able to travel two ways along that section of School Road. Having stood and watched traffic this evening , even at a quiet time of a weekend the same problem of  cars not being able to pass each other is still occurring. What guarantee do we have that there will still not be incidents where cars meet each other on that section of road?
There is also the issue of where the displaced traffic will head at peak times, I would suggest the most likely routes will be Billesley Lane and Oxford Road. These roads are not so narrow as School Road, but have suffered from safety issues in the past, including a fatal accident in Billesley Lane ,before traffic calming measures were put in, so residents are understandably concerned at the impact of an increase of traffic.
Although the proposed scheme of closing School Road will be experimental, the outcome will hopefully be that it does the job and becomes permanent. Otherwise a lot of time and money will have been wasted.
Therefore I urge that an impact study be undertaken before the closure, to measure vehicles traveling along that section of road and to consider the displacement on both the nearest likely commuter roads (Billesley Lane and Oxford Road) and the adjoining residential through roads, (Ashfield, Greenhill, Blenheim, Prospect & Cambridge Roads) This would not only reassure residents but also provide a benchmark to measure against during the experiment.
 Other questions I have been asked:
How will the road be closed? Will it be a physical barrier such as bollards or will it be traffic regulation signs? If the former will emergency vehicles have access and how?
When is the experimental order likely to begin?  Can we please have a proposed timeline.
Thank you for your time and efforts with getting this right.
Very best wishes
Izzy

 

Izzy Knowles 
Moseley Liberal Democrats

National Day of Action 8th December

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Join Izzy & local people from EU in Brum to show your support for a Peoples Vote on the Brexit deal.

Meet outside Waterstones, Bull Ring between 11am and 3pm Saturday 8th December

This event is going to be big- and it needs to be, as it’s the final weekend before Parliament votes on the Withdrawal Agreement drawn up by Theresa May and the EU. We know all too clearly that the Withdrawal Agreement will badly damage the West Midlands in so many ways, leaving us poorer with less money for essential public services.

We are a country divided, but leaving the EU under these terms will not bring us together and will continue the arguments for years to come.

Many people have changed their minds on Brexit and Birmingham as a city would now vote to remain. Check your post code here to see more

THIS IS THE EVENT TO COME TO IF YOU WANT YOUR VOICE TO BE HEARD!

 

What is your experience of the new bus routes?

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How are the new bus routes working for you?
Do you think the National Express bus routes and timetables introduced in July are better than before or is there still room for improvement?
The bus company is consulting with Councillors on Wednesday 5th December and I’d be interested to know comments from Moseley bus users which I will pass on.
The main changes in Moseley were to:
The No 1 route, which saw the addition of a no 1A to the QE Hospital but reduced the frequency to Five Ways.
The no 2 & 3 so they now both go along Stoney Lane
The no 5 re-routed from Springfield Road / Stratford Road to Wake Green Road / Yardley Wood Road and then Showell Green Lane
A reminder of the changes can be found here

 

Land at rear of Moor Green Lane/ Cadine Gardens

Birmingham City Council are consulting local residents about the demolition of six garages at the end of Cadine gardens, off Moor Green Lane. The letter mentioned a development on the patch of council owned land which boundaries on to 276-284, Moor Green Lane, Cadine Gardens, Moor Green Primary School & Seaton Grove, but gave no further details.

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Following enquiries we have established that there are no current plans to sell the land but it is being considered as a site for affordable housing, to be managed by the   Birmingham Municiple Housing Trust

The council are aware that the site is heavily infested with Japanese Knotweed, which has spread into some neighbouring gardens. An appraisal has been done and it is planned to treat the knotweed over the next 12 months.

Moor Green Primary School have permission to use part of the land as a Forest School, however they have been asked not to go onto the site until the knotweed is fully eradicated.

You can find copies of  the following documents here which give more information about the site:

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Map / Aerial plan showing ownership by committee. Blue is Housing land, Yellow is Education and Green is Leisure.

Cadine – holding by committee aerial 20 11 2018

 

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Plan showing the easement for the sewers, highlighted yellow. This is the land which cannot be built on in the event of Severn Trent accessing the sewer. The proposed modules are shown along the boundary and in the middle

The council has identified the potential for modular homes along the boundary with the school and in the space between the two sewer pipes but  would provide further information for consultation when these have been finalised.

Some information can be found here about the likely design of the modular homes being considered Birmingham City Council modular housing plan

If you have further questions let me know and I can try to get answers for you.

Alternatively the Senior Housing Development Officer, Simon Felton is happy to answer questions as is the lead officer on the project Claire Carr. You can contact them on 0121 303 5722

simon.felton@birmingham.gov.uk 

Claire.Carr@birmingham.gov.uk

It is important to note that nothing has yet been finalised and no planning application has been made. There will be a full consultation before anything is agreed.

If you have any signs of Japanese knotweed in your garden I advise you to inform Simon Felton.  It is illegal to allow it to spread. You can find government information on identifying and approved methods to dispose of it here 

If you should see Japanese knotweed in local parks or open spaces you can report it to the council here

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Key identifying features of Japanese knotweed

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 to passenger services,  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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Further update to the School Road closure proposal

Further to my previous posts on this (January 29th & July 20th 2018) I  received the below email from Gill Brook in answer to queries I raised. I have written back to ask that both Billesley Lane and Oxford Road residents are included in the letter to be sent out.  

From: Gill Brook <Gill.Brook@birmingham.gov.uk>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 at 10:16
Subject: RE: School Road Traffic Issues
To: Izzy Knowles <moseleylibdems@gmail.com>
Cc: Joe Green

Hi Izzy, thank you for your email. The information on the School Road Issues Facebook page was taken from a direct response to an email they sent in to our assistant director. The response was as follows:

Dear School Road Issues group

Thank you for your email of 13th August in response to the message sent out by Gill Brook on 19th July. I would like to respond to the points you have raised as follows:

  1. I can confirm that the experimental closure is still proposed for between Cotton Lane and Greenhill Road. There appears to have been a discrepancy between the information that was shown at the meeting in January 2018 and what was passed on from this. Apologies for any confusion, this has now been clarified.
  2. Before any scheme can be implemented, we need to take the proposal through the city council’s project management process, to obtain approval and release the required funding. The paperwork for this has been written, and is due to be taken through the first stage of this process on 10th September. With regards to the letter drop, this is not to formally consult on the experimental order but to make local residents, businesses and schools aware of what is being proposed as a matter of courtesy. There are many local people who would be affected by an experimental closure of School Road, and we need to make sure people in all local streets are informed of the proposal.
  3. Once the project management process is complete, and letters have been distributed across the local area informing people of the proposed experimental closure, the management of this scheme will be handed across to the local engineer. They will make the necessary arrangements for the implementation of the scheme. It is hoped that the timescale for this will be in the next couple of months. I am happy to look to arrange a meeting with yourselves along with relevant officers and local Councillors if you feel that this would be useful for further clarification and discussion. 

With regards to the questions you have asked:

  • The 64% figure refers to the total responses we received, including those from the meeting, and those we received after the meeting, including those that you kindly forwarded to us.

The total number of responses we received was 109.

This was made up of :

3 in favour of Option 1

1 in favour of Option 2

7 in favour of Option 3

28 in favour of Option 4

70 in favour of Option 5A/5B

  • We will be sending the community wide letter to the entire length of School Road, any road that leads directly off School Road (and roads leading off these), Valentine Road and Cambridge Road. The area will be bounded to the north-east by Oxford Road and to the east by Billesley Lane (but will not include these roads).
  • The public meeting was a resident led initiative, and therefore this is something that you would need to speak to the organisers about.

I hope that the information above answers your queries.

Kind regards, Gill

Gill Brook  BA (Comb Hons)

Senior Transportation Officer – Transportation Behaviour Change

 

Moseley (mostly) goes from Hall Green to Kings Heath. Constituency Boundaries Report released.

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The Boundary Commission for England has released it’s final report on the revision of Parliamentary Constituencies in England.

You can read the whole report here: Boundaries Review

It still has to be voted through Parliament but if approved it will be implemented at the next General Election.

Birmingham will lose one MP overall with some wards joining up with neighbouring areas. To add to confusion the changes have been based on the old council wards rather than the one’s that were introduced in the council elections of 2018.

Moseley & Kings Heath will come into a new constituency called Birmingham Kings Heath, joining up with Billesley, Brandwood & Bournville.  However anyone living in the parts of the new Moseley Council ward who were originally in Springfield or Sparkbrook, will remain in a constituency called Hall Green.

That does not mean local Councillors or ourselves will no longer represent everyone in the new Moseley ward. It  means we will have two MP’s covering different parts of Moseley rather than one.

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Time to tackle plastic pollution in Birmingham

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Birmingham Lib Dem’s are paving the way for Birmingham to phase out single use plastics by 2019. Local Moseley campaigners  have played a big part in making this happen. We are very hopeful of cross party support at full council.

This is the text of the motion Councillors Jon Hunt & Baber Baz will be bringing to the city council on Tuesday 11th September to cut the use of single use plastics.  We’ve looked at ideas from other councils introduced by parties of all hues. 

“Council is alarmed at the growing evidence of the impact of disposable plastic items on the world’s oceans, fish supplies and the litter on the streets and in the hedgerows of Birmingham.
Council notes and welcomes the success of plastic bag charging policies introduced by national governments. It calls for action at a city level so Birmingham makes a significant contribution to reducing disposal of plastics and cleaning up the environment.
Council calls on the executive to:
1. develop a robust strategy to make Birmingham City Council a ‘single-use-plastic-free’ authority by the end of 2019 and encourage the city’s institutions, businesses and citizens to adopt similar measures;
2. end the sale and provision of disposable plastic products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in council buildings;
3. . encourage market traders to sell re-usable containers and invite customers to bring their own, with the aim of phasing out single-use plastic containers and cutlery on market stalls by the end of 2019;
4. investigate the possibility of requiring pop-up food and drink vendors at large council events to avoid disposable plastic items as a condition of their contract; 
5. promote refill schemes, in which retail businesses agree to free water refills, pointing them to the apps that are available to signpost customers to refill points;
6. investigate the use of free water fountains in reception areas and elsewhere;
7. further investigate having locally branded water containers for sale;
8. work with tenants in commercial properties owned by Birmingham City Council to encourage the phasing out of disposable plastic cups, bottles, cutlery and straws.
9. Ensure the 2022 Commonwealth Games is free of single use plastic items
Council further proposes a report be brought to the relevant scrutiny committee setting out the financial costs of adopting a strategy of this kind”.
Proposer: Cllr Jon Hunt
Seconder: Cllr Baber Baz

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Moseley Litterbusters made this chart from the rubbish collected from the streets of  Moseley Village in one hour to show how much recyclables ends up in our discarded waste. This doesn’t include the waste actually put into bins. Currently all of Birmingham’s street waste goes to the Tyseley incinerator.  We would like to see the city policy change to include re-cycling bins in our parks, streets and shopping areas.

 

New Moseley Ward Meeting

Moseley Community Development Trust  have put together a new type of ward meeting combining the previous local Police and Greener Cleaner Safer Environment Groups with the Ward Councillors meetings. The aim is to work together to address community concerns in Moseley and try to find solutions to problems affecting people either locally in one particular neighbourhood or across the ward.

This is our chance in Moseley to shape how we approach problems collaboratively  and differently, and to understand and tackle barriers to getting change.

Thank you to our Councillors for their support to get this going.  For it to work people need to come along and get involved.

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Birmingham Mela Road Closures

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The annual Big John’s Birmingham Mela comes to Cannon Hill Park this Sunday 12th August.  Following the horrendous parking issues that occurred last year Izzy sent a report and photographs to the Mela committee, Moseley Forum and local Councillors. 

As a result the organising committee have informed us that:

A new locally based traffic management company – UK Traffic Solutions will deal with the road closures. Road closures will be from 10am to 9pm although the Mela is scheduled from midday to 8pm.

The licence is for 20,000 attendees at any given time.

Local residents should have received a letter through the door which will have their pass for their car for the day. This will also have the phone number for any complaints or compliments on the day. 

There will be three supervisors, each equipped with radios, two staff on each of the large road closures and they too will have radios.

Four Civil Enforcement Officers have been appointed to work during the peak period and cover the Edgbaston Road/Cannon Hill Road area  . They will start earlier than last year so that they can get a strong message of enforcement out earlier in the day.We are going to

Barriers will be placed along  Edgbaston Road to stop people parking on the pavement

A new company has been engaged to deal with litter after the event. More bins, skips and more people have been hired for this. 

Noise levels will be monitored during the event.

More details of road closures etc can be found here:  Birmingham City Council events

More details of the event can be found here: Big John’s Mela website

 

Police survey on ANPR

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West Midlands Police are asking for your views on their use and increase of ANPR technology (Automatic Number Plate Recognition).

Take part in the survey here

They have also produced a short film about how ANPR can be used to prevent and detect crime Watch it here

There is not an option to add a comment to the survey so I suggest if you do have individual comments you email g.chana_57666@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.
We welcome this survey as we think public consultation over use of surveillance is incredibly important. In 2010 the police and council got it terribly wrong when trying to implement ‘ Project Champion’ in Sparkbrook and Moseley.

School Road Traffic Issues- An update

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We last posted about the traffic management of School  Road, Moseley  on January 29th. Scroll down through the posts to read it. 

We have now received a letter, copied below, from Gill Brook  –  Senior Transportation Officer – Birmingham City Council.

The council are proposing a trial scheme in which they will close School Road to traffic at a point between Greenend Road and Birches Close. This is slightly different to options 5a and 5b  presented at the meeting on 24th January in that the proposed closure is further along School Road. 
Closing the road at this point will have an impact on nearby roads with a potential for  displaced traffic to find another way around.  We are supportive of a trial but the exact point of closure is important to get right.  
The council have been advised that before a full consultation takes place they should carry out a wider engagement of residents to ensure people have the opportunity to comment. It isn’t clear how that engagement will be conducted but we will make sure that residents in the surrounding area are kept informed.
Gill Brook can be contacted  by email hereGill Brook

 

“Dear resident,

I am feeding back as a result of the two resident-led meetings that Birmingham City Council Transportation officers were invited to attend to look at and discuss potential options for a scheme to address the issues of safety on School Road in Moseley and Kings Heath & Brandwood wards.

Following responses collected from the meeting on 24th January 2018 where a number of different scheme options were put forward to residents, and further responses from local residents by email, 64% of those received were in favour of the option that would involve an experimental closure of School Road for motor vehicles at a point between Greenend Road and Birches Close.

From comments taken at the meeting on 24th January, and further comments from emails received, issues relating to parking on a number of roads in the area were highlighted – including parking at junctions reducing visibility, and vehicles parking on pavements.

Part of all of the 6 options put forward included a short length of one-way on Valentine Road from the High Street. This proved unpopular in the feedback we received, and will therefore not be taken forward.

I have been advised that before formal consultation on a proposed scheme happens, we should undertake some further area-wide engagement to ensure all properties in the local area likely to be affected by the closure of School Road as a through route have the opportunity to give their opinion.

The potential costs and logistics of an experimental road closure and any parking restrictions will need to be submitted through the usual city council channels in order to get funding agreed and allocated.

It is anticipated that this proposal can be submitted within the next month, and if successful, the consultation would take place after this. As we would like to consult as widely as possible with all local residents and businesses affected by the proposed scheme, we would anticipate this consultation taking place after the main summer holiday period.

We will try and arrange this as soon as possible after the beginning of September.

In the meantime, can I encourage you to have a look at our 20mph toolkits which can be downloaded at www.birmingham.gov.uk/20mph. These toolkits contain activity ideas and we also have a range of resources such as additional temporary signage, wheelie bin and car bumper stickers to help to bring great visibility to the reduced speed limits in the area. We would be happy to support any activities”.

Gill Brook  BA (Comb Hons)

Senior Transportation Officer – Transportation Behaviour Change

Growth and Transportation (Economy Directorate)

Birmingham City Council

1, Lancaster Circus Queensway

Birmingham

B4 7DQ

 

Police Community meeting update

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Izzy attended the Moseley & Kings Heath Police Community meeting tonight in Whitesmiths Croft, Kings Heath. (16th July 2018)

PC Byrne & PC Hobday updated us the following:

Crime update:

112 crimes have been recorded in Moseley & Kings Heath since the beginning of July. This is an increase of 3.7% compared with July 2017.

Of these – 8 were burglaries (an increase of 3 from last year) & 8 were robberies (an increase of 4). Vehicle crime is the most prolific offence and some of the robberies and burglaries resulted in cars being stolen.

Three people have recently been charged with a series of burglaries across Moseley. CCTV was an important part of the evidence assisting in identifying the offenders.

Modern cars are currently more likely to be stolen than older models due to the rise in keyless car theft where thieves can remotely steal your car even when it is locked up outside your home. See this article from Motoring Research   

Police advice is to keep keyless fobs in a metal box or specially designed signal blocker pouch which are inexpensive to buy.  The article above also suggests a microwave oven could be used (but please remember you did that!).

Using a traditional disc lock or steering wheel lock is also a good deterrent to thieves.

PSPO:

Today the police have issued a ‘Community protection warning’ to an individual who has continually breached the PSPO in Moseley village. This can be followed up with the issuing of a ‘Community protection notice’  if the behaviour continues. The notice will require the behaviour to stop and if necessary reasonable steps to be taken to ensure it is not repeated in the future. More info on Community Protection Notices.

The neighbourhood team have welcomed the recent appointment of an outreach worker by Moseley Community Development Trust and will be signposting more vulnerable individuals to her for support.

Parking offences:

The police team have continued to issue fixed penalty tickets where they see obstructive parking. Today they carried out an operation on Moor Green Lane outside the primary school and reported 16 drivers for offences of speeding and obstructive parking, including to one driver who had parked on a resident’s drive.

Community Speedwatch:

A resident asked how the community could assist the police in tackling speeding. The officers explained that the police are currently trying to put together a community speed watch programme which will run on similar lines to community street watch. There are two Community Street Watch schemes in Moseley.

Officers regularly complete speed operations in various parts of the ward, including Billesley Lane and Russell Road.  A resident requested they also target Yardley Wood Road.

Members of the public can now self report motoring offences and submit evidence for consideration of prosecution. They need to report to 101 and will be issued an evidential pack to complete.

Travellers on Sarehole Recreation Ground:

Since the tragic death of a toddler last week at the recreation ground, the  travellers are expected to leave Birmingham by Saturday. Should there be any requirement for the immediate family to remain the council will find suitable accommodation for them.

Shop theft in Moseley village:

Izzy raised the issue of repeat thefts at the three supermarkets and Boots the chemist in Moseley village. These shops are all being targeted, often by the same offenders. Security Officers have expressed frustration that  police are not keeping them updated or matching repeat crimes to offenders. A meeting will be arranged for representatives of all the shops involved to meet with each other and the police to discuss how they can work better together.

Future meetings:

Due to operational demand these will now be held bi monthly and will be hosted by the PCSO’s. The next meetings are scheduled for 10th September, 19th November & 14th January 2019. All to be held at Whitesmiths Croft, Silver Street, Kings Heath.