Brandwood Forum Festive Xmas Gathering 13th December 7-8.30pm

Brandwood Forum Festive Xmas Gathering and last meeting 13th December 7-8.30pm

This is our last meeting at Monyhull Church so I’d would like to thank Liz and Vince White who have provided an amazing meeting space, good cheer and refreshments  for the last two years.

Local residents will be bringing some festive fancies along and we hope to hear about the Druids Heath Master Plan for the Regeneration of Druids Heath.

 

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) and Community Trigger

Anti-social Behaviour – The new ASB Bill

The way we tackle ASB in Birmingham has recently changed. Anti-social behaviour powers were reformed in October 2014 meaning changes to the powers available to us to assist victims of anti-social behavoour . The new powers ensure that the victim is at the heart of the response to anti-social behaviour and that professionals have the flexibility needed to deal with the many different situations that ASB presents.

As well as new powers, the reform includes the introduction of a new measure called ‘The Community Trigger.’

What is the Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger gives victims the ability to hold statutory agencies to account for the way they have tackled ASB.

When can you use The Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger can only be used when the threshold has been met. The threshold is:

  1. If an individual has reported anti-social behaviour to the council, police and/or a registered provider (previously called registered social landlord) three timesabout seperate incidents in the last six months; or
  2. If five individuals in the local community have reported similar incidents of anti-social behaviour separately to the council, police/registered social landlord in the last six months, and they consider no action has been taken; or
  3. If an individual has reported one incident or a crime motivated by hate* in the last three months to the council/police or registered social landlord and no action has been taken.

Definition of hate crime:

*Hate crime is defined as any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their actual or perceived disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation, which is a factor in determining who is victimised. A victim does not have to be a member of a group and in fact, anyone could be a victim of hate crime.

 

Discover more about Anti-social Behaviour:

Brandwood Forum Meeting 22nd November 7-8.30 pm at Monyhull Church

The monthly  Brandwood Forum meeting is on tonight Wednesday 22nd November 7- 8.30 at Monyhull Church.

This is our regular meeting during which residents can raise issues or concerns about the local Environment, Police & Community Safety Issues, Planning Applications and find out about local events .

One of our  local Councillors should be in attendance so if you have any concerns to raise or praise then come along!!

Birmingham Connected- cycling, HS2, Bus stops etc

Topics in this update:

 

 

Midland Metro extension

Work continues on the extension of the Midland Metro from New Street Station towards Edgbaston. This involves changes for traffic on Hill Street, Brunel Street and Paradise Street. Click for further information.

To enable tram extension works on Broad Street, inbound buses are diverted via Bridge Street and Holliday Street. Outbound buses will follow their usual route.

Bus route 126 will no longer serve the markets area of the city and will instead terminate at Colmore Row.  Click for more information about changes to this route.

A pedestrian diversion is in operation following the closure of the ramp from Fletchers Walk to Broad Street. Access is maintained via the stairs or the lift from Easy Row. An alternative accessible route to Broad Street can be taken via Holliday Street and Bridge Street. Click for further information and a map.

 

Paradise Circus re-development

Following completion of the stone paving work, Chamberlain Square pedestrian route is due to re-open on 20 October. The main entrance to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will again be accessible via Victoria Square – just in time for some spooky half term activities!

Paving work is also progressing on the Centenary Way pedestrian route, which will link Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square. This walkway is scheduled to open in November at which point Fletcher’s Walk will close.  Click for further information about the Paradise re-development.

 

Holloway Circus works

One lane is closed on the Holloway Head approach to the Holloway Circus junction between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays and some weekday evenings between 7pm and 10pm. This lane closure is expected to be in operation 24/7 for a four week period starting in November (dates to be confirmed).  We recommend travellers use public transport, walk or cycle whenever possible to minimise delays. Click for more information and a map.

Bus services 80, 80A, 98 and X64 are temporarily diverted on their journey towards Birmingham. Click for more information.

 

A38 cycle route update

The death of Suzanna Bull is a tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. We would urge any witnesses to contact the police with information to assist in their investigation.  Through our Birmingham Cycle Revolution, we are committed to making Birmingham a more cycle-friendly city and, as part of this, we will be building a two-way, fully segregated cycle way along the adjacent A38 from Selly Oak to the city centre.   Work to build the route was due to start this summer, but a legal challenge on whether we had followed the right processes when approving the legal orders needed before work could begin means we now hope to start work on the route in January 2018 and expect to finish by late summer 2018. As part of this scheme, new pedestrian crossings will be installed on all arms of the Bristol Road and Priory Road junction. At the time of this tragic incident, a feasibility study was already under way to assess how the junction of Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road can be made more accessible to all road users and pedestrians. This work is currently ongoing.  In the meantime, the council has also been working with partners on a wide range of activities designed to educate all road users on the importance of road safety.  Click for further information about the A38 cycle route.

 

HS2 preparatory works

To find out more about HS2 construction in the Washwood Heath area of the city, a drop in event is being held on Thursday 19 October from 4pm to 7pm. HS2 Ltd and their contractor (LM) will be sharing all the latest details about plans for traffic management, noise insulation, the depot, demolitions and more. The event will be at Leigh Primary School, Warren Road, B8 2YH.  HS2 Ltd is keen to work with those living or working along the route and their community engagement strategy can be viewed here.

 

New Street Station works

Improvement works to upgrade signals leading to smoother and more reliable services will take place between 21:30 on Saturday 23 December 2017 and 04:00 on Wednesday 3 January 2018. During this time a reduced service will run with replacement buses on some routes. Please plan ahead for travel and note that this may affect your journey if you are returning to work on Tuesday 2 January. More information about these works will be provided in our next update.

 

Road Safety Week (20-26 November)

Road Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to train staff and share information to help raise awareness of life-saving road safety messages. The theme this year is ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’ – find out how to get involved on the Brake website or click here for more information about the ‘Slower is Safer’ scheme in Birmingham.

 

Birmingham business survey: improving air quality

The deadline for responses to this survey has been extended until 31 October 2017. By sharing your views you will help develop an understanding of how Clean Air Zones could affect businesses in the city and the additional support which might be required. Click for more information and to complete the survey.

A toolkit is available to help businesses consider their delivery and service activities and how changes can be made to improve efficiency, reduce costs as well as reducing emissions. Click to download the Delivery & Service Planning toolkit.

 

Bus stop suspension trial

Transport for West Midlands are seeking feedback on the trial closure of bus stops on routes 8A, 8C, 45, 47, 50, 63 which began on 1 October. For more information and to share your views click here.

 

Smart Routing App

If you have an Apple iOS device and are a public transport user, you may be interested in taking part in a project to explore how Smartphones can act as a means of sharing transport data. If so click here or email digital@birmingham.gov.uk for more information.

 

Re-surfacing works

Amey will be carrying out re-surfacing works on the following routes. Please plan your journey accordingly. Diversions will be in place.

–          Five Ways underpass into city 16-25 October, 8pm-7.30am

–          A452 Chester Road (from Kingsbury Road island to Tyburn Road island) ALL DAY 20-30 October

–          Lancaster Circus Queensway roundabout, 22 October-2 November, 8pm-7.30am

 

Events with traffic restrictions

12 November 2017 – Remembrance Sunday city wide events

 

Information about journey planning and tickets can be found at www.networkwestmidlands.com . Walking or cycling can often be the easiest and cheapest travel option. Many popular destinations in Birmingham are accessible via off road routes such as the canal network. Click for more information about walking or cycling in Birmingham.

 

We urge everyone to be vigilant and immediately report anything they find suspicious or concerning.

–          British Transport Police text 61016

–          Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

–          In an emergency call 999

 

With kind regards,

On behalf of the Birmingham Connected Team

Part of the Economy Directorate of Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Connected is the vision for the future of transport in Birmingham, working towards a safer, healthier, greener city with a reliable integrated transport system which supports our growing population and economy. Find out more at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected

Twitter: @bhamconnected or @bham20mph or @BCRbirmingham
Facebook: @bham20mph or @BirminghamCycleRevolution

 

Winter Conservation Volunteers days in B14

Winter Conservation Work days 2017-2018.

The Ranger service relies on volunteer help to manage sites for wildlife conservation. Covering a variety of habitats at different locations, activities and tasks vary. Helping the Rangers and Friends groups, volunteers do what they can to help. Tools and gloves are provided.

There are a number of Friends groups attached to the different parks and they work alongside the Rangers to care for our Green open spaces.

Dress for outdoor work and bring a snack to munch.

Starting at 10am, sessions are usually 2-3 hours.

Winter tasks include: coppicing, thinning out trees, tree planting, wet land management, litter picking and monitoring wildlife.

Below is a list of sites and where to meet and workdays.

For more information contact Kings Heath Ranger Service on: 0121 675 0937

Conservation sites in B14

Brandwood Pool: Meet Whittington close, B14 6JW    10am

Sunday 21st January – Brandwood Pool

Sunday 18th February – Brandwood Pool

Jasmin Fields: meet at the double gates, B14 5AL

Saturday 25th November – Jasmin Fields

Saturday 9th December – Jasmin Fields

Kings Heath Park: Meet by the main Park House, Vicarage road B14 7TQ

 

Saturday 14th October – Kings Heath Park

Sunday 28th January – Windermere Big bird watch

 

Kings Heath Forum Networking Day 7th Oct 10 – 4pm

Kings Heath Forum Networking Day 10-2pm 7th October at All Saints Centre.
The purpose of the day is to give local residents the chance to meet a variety of organisations that provide advice, help and support, whether that’s a social activity that also benefits the community as a whole or advice specific to an individual.

Chair of Brandwood Forum , Karen Osborne  will be there so come and say hello!

 

 

Draft Ward Plan for Brandwood

Brandwood Ward Development Plan and the New Ward Boundaries May 2018
At our September meeting Cllr.Mike Leddy presented the Brandwood Ward Development Plan. He has asked residents look through  and email comments/suggestions to him before 6th October : mike.leddy@birmingham.gov.uk.
Please remember that there will be new ward Boundaries from May 2108 and therefore the current Brandwood Ward will be divided: the South section of Brandwood ( below Broad Lane& Tunnel Lane through to the Lock) will become Druids Heath & Monyhull Ward and the North section of Brandwood( Above Broad lane and Tunnel) will join Kings Heath ward to become the new Brandwood & Kings Heath Ward.Therefore I would suggest that residents take account of which new ward they will joining as to the suggestions which they make.
Also to add to the confusion…!! ALL Birmingham City Councillors will be standing down in May 2018 and so at the moment we do not know which Councillors will be representing the two new Wards.

Draft Ward Development Plan
So I’d suggest that residetns ought to attend our next meeting 18th October to find out more!  Chair, Karen Osborne

Map of Brandwood South in 1838

Andy Underscore : Local wildlife photographer and Map historian check out his website https://andyunderscore.com/maps/

I have a personal interest in old maps, and the history of the South Birmingham area where I live. In my spare time I decided an interesting project would be to digitise the 1838 tithe map of Kings Norton, including the land use and names of the land parcels as they appear in the accompanying tithe book (both of these are available to view in Birmingham Library).

This map is a work in progress, and I’m doing bits and pieces as I find time. My eventual aim is to map the entirety of the Parish of Kings Norton (of which Moseley, Kings Heath, Stirchley, Cotteridge were all part of before they became part of Birmingham).

Free Bikes for Residents – check now if you are eligible!

Free bike application process open

Residents can now apply for a free bike as part of the Big Birmingham Bikes programme. Birmingham City Council has announced that 2,000 adult bikes will be given away. The announcement says that priority will be given to families who plan to cycle together. A child’s bike bank will be launched later in the year.

In order to qualify for a free bike, people must live within an eligible postcode. You can check whether your postcode is eligible here. (There is a postcode checker at the bottom of the page.) The page also explains the other requirements that must be fulfilled before you can qualify for a free bike.

The application form can be accessed from here.