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Stirchley Ward Forum Meeting

Stirchley Ward Forum Meeting 7pm Monday 21 October 2019 Stirchley Baths Community Hub. Residents come and meet your local councillor and join in discussions on local issues, including the Clean Air Zone & update on the new Hazelwell Station

AGENDA

1. Notice of Recording
To advise the meeting to note that members of the press/public may record and take photographs except where there are confidential or exempt items.

2. Apologies

3. Clean Air Zone – Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment, Councillor Waseem Zaffar will be attending

4. Update on Hazelwell & other new Train Stations – representative from West Midlands Rail Executive will be attending

5. Any Other Business/ Residents Issues

———- NOTES FROM LAST MEETING ———-

VENUE: The Grace Church, Dell Road
DATE: 25th June 2019
START/FINISH TIMES: 7pm – 8:55pm
NOs OF ATTENDEES: 16
COUNCILLORS: Mary Locke
OFFICERS IN ATTENDANCE:
Doug Lee, Development Planning Manager
Stuart Cross, Amey Highway Steward
Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager

MATTERS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING:

  1. Section 106 Proposals

Doug Lee outlined the S106 monies available to the ward. In response to questions he advised there was no news regarding the Severn Capital sites as the planning application had not yet been determined but undertook to let Councillor Locke know as soon as information was available that could then be passed onto residents.

Susan McLean, Chair, Stirchley The Way Forward, set out a proposal for the Tesco S106 funding on behalf of traders and residents in Stirchley, adding that Stirchley in Bloom was also part of the group. The main shopping high street was the focus for improvements to enhance the area for the benefit of residents, traders and visitors. Improvements currently being considered were planters, additional bins, shop frontages taking heritage of the area into account. Susan said that she was working with the local street cleaner to look at numbers and locations of new bins. In response to questions regarding shop frontages the meeting was advised that it was not intended to remove trader’s individuality but to encourage use of open shutters, illuminating shop fronts and generally promoting Stirchley as a destination. Traders had 20 years of blight and now wanted to be able to make Stirchley a better place.

Stirchley Forum undertook to forward comments on the proposals and invite Susan to a future Forum meeting.

In response to comments about new bins it was queried whether there was any scope for recycling bins, improvements to bus stops and pedestrian crossings. It was advised that the funding was not intended for traffic related issues but it was acknowledged that safer crossings were needed eg by Stirchley Baths and that consideration could be given to such things in due course.

Ideas from residents were welcomed and could be sent to Susan or Councillor Locke.

Doug Lee advised there was £19k Community Infrastructure (CIL) available to the ward which was more flexible than S106 and Councillor Locke proposed that ward plan priorities be used to help determine spend and that there be further discussion at ward forum meetings and residents groups.

  1. Ward Plan & Priorities

Councillor Locke outlined the contents of the ward plan and circulated copies. With regard to the environmental budget she added that some had been earmarked for flooring at Windsor Road flats. Councillor Locke advised that she had applied to make Stirchley a Pioneer Ward and was working to also make it a dementia friendly ward. With regard to the previous discussion on planters etc the intention was to ‘green up’ the entire Stirchley ward and Councillor Locke welcomed suggestions on how this could be achieved. 

It was suggested involving Stirchley School with the planters and growing vegetables etc.

In response to a query regarding S106 funding Doug Lee advised that the proposals for the High Street did fit the criteria for environmental improvements and that the money was time limited for spend to 2023. 

Councillor Locke said of the priorities – fly tipping, graffiti, litter & the environment – she was hoping to work with Bournville & Cotteridge councillors to organise training on graffiti removal, especially for businesses. Consideration was also being given to ways of improving the appearance of empty shops. 

It was agreed that the draft plan be circulated to residents.

There was some discussion regarding clean air and how encouragement could be given to more use of public transport rather than additional parking spaces and this should be included in the plan. On behalf of traders Susan McLean said that shoppers car parking was lacking in Stirchley and that according to a survey undertaken it was the top priority for shoppers, visitors and traders. On street parking was limited and this affected deliveries and the collection of goods. It was however acknowledged that it was important to improve air quality and one of the High Street proposals was to provide cycle parking. It was suggested that under priority 3 of the ward plan an item be included on ‘Cleaner, Greener’ and that enquiries regarding the location of the nearest air monitor station to Stirchley. Doug Lee undertook to investigate.

Councillor Locke said that the ward plan was an organic document and that it would be revisited in the New Year when achievements could be removed and new priorities added.

With regard to becoming a Pioneer Ward residents said that one of the main achievements was the start of becoming a dementia friendly ward that had been pioneered in Stirchley and was something that could be shared with other communities.

  1. Police Issues

Residents raised the following issues; 

  • Drug dealing & drug paraphernalia at Lifford Reservoir 
  • Dangerous & inconsiderate parking on the High Street

Noted and residents advised to send photographs of parked cars, with details to the local police team email address and tickets would be issued.

  1. Sleep Pod Charity

Justin Deveraux, founder of the Sleep Pod Project outlined the purpose of the charity to produce sleep pods for the homeless street sleepers. It was a not for profit organisation founded in response to concern at the number of deaths among the homeless due to hyperthermia and exposure. The pods were manufactured by volunteers and a recent volunteer weekend had resulted in the production of 100 pods. They had been welcomed by Stirchley and were looking to work with more community groups and encourage more volunteers, interest, offers of help, advice & funding. It was suggested an article was included in the Explore in Stirchley newsletter and an invitation was extended to attend Stirchley Framers Market to spread information and seek volunteers.

  1. Highways

Stuart Cross introduced himself and outlined his role.

The following issues were raised;

  • Potholes Cartland Road, reported 6 months ago & had been marked but no repairs yet undertaken
  • Stirchley High Street – pavement outside opticians in need of repair
  • Bournville bridge – drains required cleaning as flooding occurred under bridge when rained. There was an issue with run-off from Mondelez car park and silt and sand running into the drains from the embankment. It had been reported and residents advised that cleaning had been undertaken but flooding was still occurring. Mondelez had cleared drains in Franklin Way where a similar problem had occurred.
  • Pedestrian crossing Fordhouse Lane (by firework shop) – lights very slow to change (resident to report via council website)
  • Pedestrian crossing by Stirchley Wines only worked when no traffic (Councillor Locke to take up)
  • Re the Birmingham half marathon councillor Locke advised that marshalls brought in for the last event to direct traffic etc did not know the area and had been directing people incorrectly. Stuart said that there was an organising meeting arranged and he would bring this up and report back to Cllr Locke. It was requested that air monitoring equipment be installed before the race (Cllr Locke to take up)
  • Bournville Lane, near to station cover missing from manhole
  • Hazelwell Street & at exit from Stirchley Baths – more signage required regarding speed & one way system.

Stuart Cross to visit issues mentioned above and take up.

Date

Mon 21 Oct 2019

Time

7:00 pm

Location

Stirchley Baths
Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane, Birmingham, B31 2JT UK
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