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Northfield Ward Forum Meeting

Northfield Ward Forum Meeting @ Rose Meadow Nursing Home • 7pm Thursday 17th October • Your chance to be involved in your area • Come along and join in the discussions and hear updates on housing, refuse collection, Quarry Lane & Meadow School Parking .

 

AGENDA

1. Notice of Recording
To advise the meeting to note that members of the press/public may record and take photographs.

2. Waste Collection Service
the Cabinet Member for Street Scene will be attending

3. Homelessness & Housing Crisis & Council Response

4. Meadow School Parking Update

5. Quarry Lane Build Update

6. Residents News/Updates

———- NOTES FROM LAST MEETING ———-

VENUE: YMCA, Bunbury Road B31 2DL
DATE: 19 September 2019
START/FINISH TIMES: 6.30pm – 8.10pm
NOs OF ATTENDEES: 6
COUNCILLORS: Olly Armstrong
OFFICERS IN ATTENDANCE:
Marie Brown, Local Engineer
Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager
Apologies: from Richard Burden M.P. / Sergeant David Lamerton

MATTERS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING:

  1. Homelessness & Housing Crisis & Council Response

Councillor Armstrong said that in response to requests from residents regarding the homeless crisis he had invited the Cabinet Member to the meeting but unfortunately she had not attended and therefore the item would be deferred to the next meeting.

It was suggested that flats above the shops on the High Street or empty properties be put into use as housing. Councillor Armstrong referred to the cost associated with such a conversion but undertook to put the suggestion to officers.

A local resident referred to issues raised with the Cabinet Member that had not been addressed, such as;

  • The number of empty properties in Northfield was above average
  • The process by which empty homes were brought back into use needed reviewing to improve the length of time taken to get the property occupied
  • Empty properties caused nuisance to neighbours therefore an improved process was beneficial to all
  • Improved enforcement against owners/landlords of empty properties would bring revenue into the council which could be used to bring more empty properties into use

Councillor Armstrong undertook to look into the points raised and feedback to a future meeting.

  1. Highways Update

Marie Brown explained  she had taken over from Glenn Smith who had retired and provided contact details for use by residents –

Marie.brown@birmingham.gov.uk  or 0121 303 5386

Councillor Armstrong thanked Marie for attending and providing contact details.

Meadows School – Councillor Armstrong commented on the frustration felt by residents as money had been set aside for highways measures around the school for a decade and still the most recent plans did not include all of the agreed changes.

He would be requesting both Meadows & St Laurence Schools to be included in future exclusion zones. Residents advised that cars were parking in private parking spaces at the apartments around the school and that the bollards had to be removed as they were repeatedly damaged and residents could not afford to keep replacing. Councillor Armstrong agreed that traffic calming and additional crossings were needed to make the area safer.

Grass Verge Parking – Hanging Lane and roads off had a particular problem and enforcement was called for enforcement. It was noted that there had been a successful enforcement operation in neighbouring Longbridge & West Heath ward and Marie undertook to investigate and see what could be done in Northfield. It was noted that parking on the verges around the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital was particularly bad and needed to be addressed without causing a ‘knock on’ effect to surrounding residential roads. Grass verges along Bristol Road, out of city side by the George pub/One Stop were also used for parking and needed addressing.

Highway re-surfacing – Bristol Road South, Tessall Lane & Hoggs Lane had been re-surfaced approx. 3/4 years ago but the surface was now breaking up and pot holes were appearing when the road surface should last considerably longer. Numerous HGV’s used Tessall Lane and this did not help the road surface issues. The lorries should be prevented from using a route through a residential area.

Marie advised that Amey would continue until 2020 when a new contractor would take over. A list of roads with poor road surfaces was being compiled. 

The junction of Jervoise Road/Hanging Lane was also particularly poor.

Rectory Road One Way System – it was noted that build outs had been put in by the church but motorists were still ignoring the one-way signs and driving the wrong way.

  1. Waste & Bins Update

Unfortunately the Cabinet Member had not attended but Councillor Armstrong undertook to invite him to the next meeting.

There were still numerous and repeat missed collections across the ward and the situation was not improving. It was reported that Meadow Gate & School Close were having a recycling missed collection every month that were not collected even when reported. Reports associated with apartments could not be made on-line and therefore had to be made via the telephone which had long waiting times.

  1. North Worcestershire Golf Course Update

Councillor Armstrong reported that there had been no further updates. He had requested a meeting with Bloor Homes but had not received a response. Bloor had not yet purchased the land so it was still the responsibility of the golf club committee.

Reference made to appeal lodged by Canterbury Council in respect of a similar application that had been successful therefore Birmingham could follow suit. A reduced level of development with the remainder of the land given to an urban woodland should be pursued but residents and ‘nature’ organisations needed to get involved to ensure a robust challenge was made.

  1. Quarry Lane Build Update

Councillor Armstrong advised that further demolition had occurred and building on the green which he had reported.

  1. Victoria Common Parking Update

Councillor Armstrong reported that the proposal was for a 50p per hour parking charge with the money collected going back towards the upkeep of the park and car park.

  1. AOB
  1. St Laurence Church – Reverend Janet Chapman advised that an application had been made for Heritage Lottery funding to put on a Heritage Festival to help promote the church/Conservation Area and ‘join up’ the ward to instil some community pride. She asked Councillor Armstrong for his support and he undertook to write a letter of support, as did residents.
  2. The George V Pub – no current update, more information to be sought for next meeting. Residents expressed their concern at the condition of the building, which was listed and a valuable community asset that was being left to deteriorate.  
  3. Longbridge Police Station – Councillor Armstrong said that there had been no planning application submitted but there was a problem with black bags of rubbish being dumped. He had spoken to the shop keepers and reported the rubbish dumping. Residents queried the proliferation of take away premises in the area, the impact on childhood obesity and how the 10% limit could be applied. Councillor Armstrong undertook to have a future item on this and betting shop applications.
  4. Velo Race 2020 – request made for this event to be abolished or for better communication across the city and with people affected by the route. Councillor Armstrong said he had raised this at an Overview & Scrutiny Committee as he did not feel it was a constructive event that involved the city. 

Date

Thu 17 Oct 2019

Time

7:00 pm

Location

Rose Meadow Nursing Home
96 The Roundabout, Birmingham B31 2TX
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