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Stirchley Ward Forum Meeting

Stirchley Ward Forum Meeting on Wednesday 19th February at 7pm at The Grace Church, Dell Road.

Residents come and meet your local councillor and join in discussions with the Cabinet Member for Street Scene & Parks and an update on the ward plan

AGENDA

  1. Notice of Recording  

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

  1. Waste Management Update

Councillor O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene & Parks will be attending the meeting to answer your questions.

  1. Ward Plan Update
  1. Police Street Watch
  1. Residents & Councillor Updates/news/local issues
  1. Date of Next Meeting

21 April at 7pm at The Church of the Ascension, Pineapple Road

———- NOTES FROM LAST MEETING ———-

VENUE: Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane B30 2JT
DATE: 21 October 2019
START/FINISH TIMES: 7pm – 8:50pm
NOs OF ATTENDEES: 20
COUNCILLORS: Mary Locke
OFFICERS IN ATTENDANCE:
Stephen Arnold, Head of Clean Air Zone
Gavin Smith, West Midlands Rail Executive
Sergeant Sam Bonehill, West Midlands Police
Daniele Dennis, Neighbourhood Network Co-ordinator
Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager

MATTERS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING:

  1. Clean Air Zone

Steve Arnold explained the reasons why the CAZ was needed, how it was going to be tackled and delivered. He made reference to the poor air quality in the city contributing to 900 deaths, resulting in the government mandating a number of cities including Birmingham to take action. The CAZ was not a congestion charge and would only target the most polluting vehicles and was a part of a wider transport strategy. A series of exemptions would be put in place to help and support those in need living and working within the zone. There had been a delay in the introduction of the CAZ due to a delay in access to the DVLA’s data base, therefore the scheme would start next summer. 

Residents then asked the following questions/raised concerns;

  • Restricting access to the city centre for cars could adversely affect local roads in the vicinity of train stations as people drive to the stations, especially the new stations planned for the area that did not have car parks
  • Concern expressed for the effect on taxis and taxi journeys into the city centre
  • Journeys to join the M6 from the south side of the city should be exempt as there was no viable alternative or alternative routes to the M6 needed to be greatly improved.
  • How would the charge be levied?
  • How much money was thought would be collected?
  • Concern over the effect on small local businesses
  • Would anything be done regarding the air quality at New Street Station?
  • What other measures were to be introduced to support the CAZ?
  • Issue of ice cream van, rangers vehicles etc that used diesel idling in parks

Steve Arnold responded with the following comments;

  • Local parking schemes for areas just outside the CAZ were being discussed and Steve welcomed further discussion with residents on this matter
  • The CAZ was not intended to penalise people but to improve Birmingham’s air quality and improve the health of those living and working in Birmingham
  • Taxi drivers were being offered financial help to retro-fit their vehicles if they were non-compliant
  • This was an attempt to encourage alternative forms of transport away from the car and free up parts of the road for alternative means of transport
  • Payment of the charge could be made prior to making the journey or car registration details would be captured via an ANPR camera and a bill issued
  • The money collected (estimated £100m over 4 years) had to be reinvested into transport policy.
  • Discussions were currently being held with city centre businesses and help was being offered to small businesses.
  • The CAZ had been introduced around the ring road as this was Birmingham’s hot spot for air pollution. Other cities had introduced measures according to their priorities for reducing pollution. 
  • New Street Station air quality was poor but the council did not have the powers to tackle. Discussions were underway however with DfRA. National Express had advised that the majority of its fleet, 300 buses, would be compliant by next year.
  • Further measures such as a workplace levy were being discussed but no decisions had been made
  • There was a ‘No Idling’ campaign
  1. Update on Hazelwell & Other New Train Stations

Gavin Smith outlined the scheme for the Hazelwell Station and briefly spoke about the Kings Heath & Moseley proposals. It was proposed to run 2 trains an hour on the cross-city line and the timetables had been sorted out to be signed off in November. The planning applications for Hazelwell & Kings Heath had been submitted last week and would be open for consultation/comments 30 October and residents were urges to comment. Plans had not changed for Hazelwell and Kings Heath Stations from the public consultation displays. The key issues from the consultation had been impact on local traffic and parking, tree loss and noise/disruption during consultation. 

In response to those concerns the meeting was advised that;

  • Hazelwell Station would have a pick up/set down area for 8 cars on the bathroom showroom site that the council would enforce re parking tickets
  • Safety issues along Cartland Road at the bridge had been acknowledged and kerbing etc would be installed
  • There would be a dedicated cycle rack for 30 bicycles
  • Parking restrictions would be introduced in roads around the station to prevent commuter parking but this would be consulted upon with residents before anything was approved.
  • Modelling had showed that 76% of commuters would travel to the station by foot or bike. The situation would be monitored with BCC every 6 months 
  • It was acknowledged that during construction there wold be additional traffic but there would be a site compound on the site of the bathroom showroom
  • It was not planned to have parking restrictions on Newland Road but it was noted that parking issues already existed on that road due to school parking
  • It was acknowledged that 24% of people would arrive by car according to the modelling but the stations were providing an alternative to accessing the city centre and numbers would offset those driving to Bournville Station as they would be able to walk to a local station.

Gavin encouraged residents to comment on the planning application so that all points of view were captured.

Residents made the following comments which Gavin undertook to take back;

  • Pineapple Road & Lyndworth Road service road suffered from existing parking problems and a request was made for those roads to be included in a residents parking scheme
  • Dads Lane Community Association expressed concern about the 2 hour parking limit as this could adversely affect the activities in the community centre. The association would also like to help at the station. 
  • Blue badge spaces should be provided
  • Part of the grass space in front of property directly behind the bathroom shop. Gavin to arrange more detailed discussion with home owner.
  • The name Hazelwell was not popular locally with residents preferring Stirchley Station 
  1. Any Other Business/ Residents Issues
  1. Neighbourhood Network Scheme – Daniele Dennis explained her role as NNS co-ordinator and as part of this she had been working on making Stirchley dementia friendly with schools, police, businesses and the community. She announced that Stirchley had just become designated as the first dementia friendly community. A launch day was being arranged for 4 November at Stirchley Baths. This had been a priority in the ward plan. In response to questions the meeting was advised that there would be further workshops arranged for businesses & residents and traders could also take part in an on-line workshop. Councillor Locke extended her thanks to Daniele and to all those who took part.
  2. Police Update – Sergeant Sam Bonehill reported on new street watch groups, explained what they did and encouraged residents in Stirchley to get together to set up a group. Neighbourhood Watch members expressed an interest and the sergeant undertook to take details at the conclusion of the meeting.

In response to concerns regarding lorries travelling the wrong way on Bournville Lane the sergeant said she was aware and was taking action but asked residents to report any incidents. Residents called for road changes so that lorries were unable to access the road and Sergeant Bonehill said she would be supportive of changes and would welcome a walk about with the local engineer.

Disclaimer: Event information is via individuals or organisations – we recommend that you check for changes / cancellations – especially around holiday times – before attending. Return to Main Calendar

Date

Wed 19 Feb 2020

Time

7:00 pm

Location

The Grace Church
Dell Road, B30 2HZ
Birmingham City Council

Organiser

Birmingham City Council
Website
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk
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