Councillor Andy Cartwright (Lab) is hoping that Longbridge residents will attend a regular public meeting next week to make their views known, especially on three issues which are affecting a lot of residents:
The regular ward committee meeting is held within the ward with councillors and council officials discussing local issues. The meeting are open to the public who have the opportunity to ask questions or make their views known.
Councillor Cartwright said that there will be several representatives that people may wish to hear from and speak to about these issues at the meeting next Tuesday.
On the refuse issue, operations manager of fleet and waste management will be there to discuss recent changes and problems with collections and to listen to your views. Residents are still complaining of problems, with missed collections in Frankley yesterday and of not being informed of changed collection days.
Ian Tovey said on Twitter: “don’t supose anyone knows why rubbish wasn’t collected in frankley today??” and Karen Howells said: “our refuge collecting day changed and we didn’t receive a leaflet informing us”
Northfield council candidate Brett O’Reilly will be present – he has been campaigning with long suffering residents around Longbridge about the long standing parking issues that have only been worsened since the opening of Bournville College. Cllr Cartwright said that he understands that a 100 space park and ride car park will be being provided later in the development. He is concerned this won’t be enough as, as well as the many cars still parked in local streets, one resident told him that he had counted 287 cars on the temporary car park opposite the college one day. Although much of the Longbridge development actually falls within Northfield ward, it borders on and affects Longbridge Ward too.
Cllr Cartwright has previously highlighted and taken action on the state of Longbridge Station and has arranged for representatives from London Midland and Centro to come along and update residents.
Youth officer Jan Collymore from Birmingham Youth Service will be there to talk about ‘The Factory’, the new MySpace youth centre.
Fellow Longbridge councillors Ian Cruise (Lab) And Ken Wood (Con) will also be present.
The ward committee meeting will be held:
At : Colmers Farm Leisure Centre, Bristol Road South, Longbridge
On: Tuesday 13th March at 7pm