Goosemoor Lane News
(Unofficial news for Goosemoor Lane, Short Heath, Erdington, Birmingham B23 United Kingdom)

Thursday 27th April 2017 Edition

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Quiz night at Oscott Social Club, Witton Lodge Road. Friday 28th April. It's £2.50 per person and a maximum of 6 people in a team. 7.30pm to register your team and the quiz kicks off at 8pm -

Missing Dog - MURPHY

Male Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Brindle And White (Age: Adult)

Missing from Brookvale Park, Erdington Birmingham B23 on Saturday 22nd April 2017

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Erdington Adult Education Centre - Upcoming Courses

101 Sutton New Road, Erdington, Birmingham B23 6RE - Course Enquiries: 0121 464 6190

            Course costs    
Course titles Day Times Start Finish Standard Discount Concession Entry enrolment
Woodwork Techniques - Beginners & Intermediate Mon 10:00 - 12:00 24/04/17 26/06/17 £72 £32 £32 Yes
Cooking - Sponges & Cup Cakes - Beginners & Intermediate Mon 10:00 - 12:30 24/04/17  26/06/17 £100   £50 £50 Yes
Cake Decorating & Sugarcraft - Basic Modelling Mon 13:00 - 15:00  24/04/17 03/07/17  £81 £36 £36 Yes
Spanish - Beginners Mon 16:00 - 18:00     24/04/17 17/07/17 £110 £55 £33 Yes
Study Skills and French Mon 16:00 - 18:00     24/04/17 17/07/17 £10 £10 £10 Yes
Cookery - Summer Cooking Mon 18:30 - 21:00 24/04/17   22/05/17 £45 £20 £20 Yes
Woodwork Techniques - Beginners & Intermediate Mon 19:00 - 21:00 24/04/17  26/06/17 £72  £32 £32 Yes
Floristry - Summer Wedding Designs - Beginners Mon     19:00 - 21:00 24/04/17 22/05/17 £36 £16 £16 Yes
Sewing Workshop - Beginners & Intermediate Mon 18:30 - 21:00 05/06/17 10/07/17 £68 £30 £30 Yes
Floristry - Summer Celebration Designs Mon 19:00 - 21:00    05/06/17 10/07/17 £54 £24 £24 Yes
British Politics - The Period of New Modernity (1989-1997) Tue 10:00 - 12:00 25/04/17 11/07/17 £110 £55  £33 Yes
French - Advanced Conversation & Culture Tue 10:00 - 12:00  25/04/17 11/07/17 £110  £55 £33 No
Calligraphy - Beginners & Intermediate Tue  13:30 - 15:30 25/04/17 20/06/17 £72 £32  £32 Yes
Floristry - Summer Celebration Designs Tue 10:00 - 12:00 25/04/17  13/06/17 £63  £28 £28 Yes
Floristry - Summer Wedding Designs - Beginners Tue 10:00 - 12:00  25/04/17 23/05/17 £45  £20  £20 Yes
Access to Higher Education Diploma - Health Level 3 Tue/Wed 09:30 - 15:00 25/04/17 25/04/18    - Price on Application     - No
Indian Cookery - Beginners & Intermediate Wed 18:30 - 21:00 26/04/17  24/05/17 £63 £38 £38 Yes
Summer Cooking - Beginners & Intermediate Wed 18:30 - 21:00 07/06/17 05/07/17 £63 £38 £38 Yes
Drawing & Painting - Beginners & Intermediate Thu    10:00 - 12:00  27/04/17 06/07/17 £90 £40 £40 Yes
French - Post Intermediate Thu 10:00 - 12:00 27/04/17 13/07/17 £110 £55  £33 No
Cookery - Summer Cooking Thu 10:00 - 12:30 27/04/17    25/05/17 £63 £38 £38 Yes
Floristry - Contemporary Funeral Designs - Advanced Thu 13:30 - 15:30 27/04/17  25/05/17 £45  £20 £20 Yes
NCFE Entry Level 3 Award Sewing Skills Thu     13:00 - 15:00 27/04/17 06/07/17 £30 £30 FREE Yes
Sewing Workshop - Beginners & Intermediate Thu 10:00 - 12:30 27/04/17   22/06/17 £90 £40 £40 Yes
NCFE Entry Level 3 Award Floristry Thu 10:00 - 12:00   11/05/17 20/07/17 £30 £30  FREE Yes
NCFE Entry Level 3 Award Catering Thu 13:15 - 15:15    11/05/17 20/07/17 £30 £30 FREE Yes
Floristry Workshop - Contemporary Wedding Designs - Advanced Thu 13:30 - 15:30 08/06/17 06/07/17 £45 £20 £20 Yes
Tai Chi - Beginners & Improvers Fri 09:30 - 11:00   28/04/17 21/07/17 £81 £36  £36 Yes
Basic IT Skills Fri 10:00 - 12:00 28/04/17 09/06/17  £64 £39  FREE No

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May Day and and Monday 29th May Bank Holiday Bus Services -

London Midland Trains May Bank Holiday Travel Summary -

End of an area - the last of the 5 brick-based trees by the Court Lane junction has gone. There were put in during the 1930's but one by one over the last 40 years or so have gone.

The Rose And Crown pub is now called Rosey Macs -

Erdington Town Centre magazine - April 2017 -

Alley Boarded Up
Both ends of the alley on Goosemoor Lane alongside the church has been boarded up - might be temporary whilst the new houses are completed off Jarvis Road

The Great Get Together : a community event that will be held on the weekend of the 17 - 18 June to mark the anniversary of Jo Cox's death. Asking people to throw a get together - it could be big or small, a street party or just sharing cake with friends and neighbours - and to use it as a chance to enjoy being together and celebrate what we have in common. We hope this can be a chance to bring our communities closer together. Jo's killing was designed to divide us and we can think of no better response than an anniversary that brings us closer together to celebrate all that we have in common. 

If you'd like to get involved, please take a look at the flyer and visit the website to pledge your support -

Dog fouling reported on Abbeyfield Road - - and Dean Road -

Clean up requested of Dean Road, Oliver Road, Johnson Road -

New 65 bus timetable  -

Perry Common regeneration enters final phase
A major project to regenerate Perry Common has taken a step nearer completion with the beginning of the final phase of the development.

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The Tories have got new lamps for Jarvis Road/Norfolk Road and had a clean up of The Ring/Witton Lodge Road. They have organised a local survey as well -

Missing Dog - TAGIRA
Female Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Age: Adult)

Missing from Erdington High Street, Birmingham B24

CONTACT: 07821 480 481

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A small group of residents are keen to try to keep the building as an Arts and Community Centre for the people of Erdington - run by the community for the community.

Please take a moment to complete this survey to help us see if this is possible -

Freed swan trapped on Erdington building site in Dovedale Road could have ‘starved to death’

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(Many of the roads in Perry Common are named after birds - so a nice coincidence there)

AUTIS is a community charity group to support & spread awareness of Autism
Support meetings are held on Tuesdays from 9.30 -11.30, all welcome including children

Highcroft community centre, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7NG

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There are two potholes next to each other just after the lights on Gravelly Lane travelling towards the Chester Road. Cars are swerving into oncoming traffic to avoid the potholes making it very dangerous for road users -

Constant parking on yellow school zig zags on Witton Lodge Road outside of Storey wood school. Also blocking driveway -

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There is a mattress and other rubbish in The Spinney -

From Erdington Conservatives;

"We have recently been informed that the Labour controlled City Council are putting together proposals to build on yet more of Erdington's green open space. The area they are looking to build on is the public open space between Kirkwood Avenue and Littlecote Drive. This area is where Birmingham trees for life have planted tress in recent years.

Robert on a recent visit to the public open space off Kirkwood Avenue. We have made it very clear that we oppose any such plans to build on our green space, which is a valued local facility. The Council's house building body, Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, has expressed an interest in building houses for potential sale or rent - we do not believe that this is appropriate. Therefore we have set up a petition to demonstrate to the City Council the strong feelings we have towards this proposal."


Birmingham Trees for Life,

Might be linked to this - Travis Perkins says 600 jobs at risk amid branch closures -

The December edition of Tyburn Mail is now available here -

Gravelly Lane gym denied Planning Permission for longer opening hours -

Road accident - Goosemoor/Sycamore junction
Tue 18/10/2016 around 3.50pm. A white van was heading along Goosemoor Lane towards Court Lane. It got to the mini-island and slammed its brakes on (due to the usual confusion at that island probably) and was rear-ended by a car. No injuries it seems.

Planning permission applications;

377 Witton Lodge Road Erdington, Birmingham B23 5LH - Erection of two storey side extension & porch canopy to front - 2016/08369/PA

252 Gravelly Lane, Erdington, Birmingham B23 5SB - Change of use from A1 (Retail) to A5 (Take-away) and erection of fist floor side and two single storey side extensions - 2016/07100/PA

Our local Tory cllrs are opposing that second one -

The estate being built between Jarvis Road and Baldmoor Lake Road will be called Erdington Gardens,

The whole of Maxted Rd including Hurstwood Rd has potholes from start to finish over the length -

Start Again Multi Sports Poster-page-001

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Fly tipping - Abbeyfield Road

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Nextdoor phone app - free, private social network for your neighbourhood. It is the best way for you and your neighbours to hear what’s happening in your local community.

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The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community. We want you to submit a local community project and tell us what a difference these much-needed funds could make. Get enough votes from your friends, family and supporters and you could reach the finals, where our judging panel picks the winners and awards the funds -

There was a Tuesday power cut in the B23 area from around midday to 2.15pm

Power Cuts - past list
I do list them when they occur in the area, here are the ones from the last few years that I know of;

Jaffray Road had a power cut - 13/7/2016. Back on the same day

Goosemoor Lane. This was on Saturday 5th June 2015 from around 9.50am - 10.35am.

Spread out over a few minutes round about midnight Sunday 15th February 2014 and Monday 16th February 2014 - on/off, on/off, on/off etc.

Power Cut - Gravelly Lane - Monday 3/2/2014. It affected one side by the junction with Station Road (the off-licence, grocery store, Chinese takeaway, lamp-posts and nearby housing for about 6 houses up etc). An electricity van was there with workers digging up the pavement. I don't know if that was the cause, the repairers, or arranged beforehand. An odd time to do it deliberately if that was the case.

Electricity Power Cut - Goosemoor Lane - 4.50pm on Thursday 1/8/2013. Was out for about 1 hour.

Power cut on Monday 5/3/2012

Power cut on the night of 4-5/10/2011

Power surge on Tuesday Night/Wednesday Morning 21/22 December 2010

Power cut - New Year's Day 2009

A YOUNG boy has died following a collision with a bus in Erdington
The eight-year-old was cycling along Wilton Road at around 3.15pm on Monday (August 15) when he was in collision with a bus. Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward and anyone with information is urged to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

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Erdington District Committee meeting video - Tuesday 26th July 2016

It lasts 1:24:45 -

(There are some intermittent sound issues - I think microphones were being switched on and off at the wrong times)

Round Up
Virgin Media cabinet knocked over at the junction of Jerrys Lane and Raford Rd - reported. A replacement roundabout sign is on Lamp 21 Goosemoor Lane by the Sycamore Road junction. Lights now put in the alley leading between Goosemoor Lane and Gravelly Lane (they have no numbers - I'll raise that when one fails). Pelican crossing put in on Gravelly Lane by the Rose and Crown pub. The electricity substation on Goosemoor Lane by Short Heath Park has new railings.

Three piece suite dumped - Abbeyfield Road -

Erdington was on TV - BBC Panorama - Why We Voted to Leave: Britain Speaks
At just under 19 minutes in, Erdington is featured. I don't know that very opinionated guy and I've never supported an open door policy with Poland etc either, but I say this - the demise of Erdington high street is mainly down to the Fort and Beggar's Bush and the Internet etc. All those shops at the Six Ways end were boarded up before the Poles had them

Football executive Greg Dyke, over his efforts with organisers to modernise TV football - "Old men are dangerous. They always want the past - and the past doesn't exist anymore."

John Major clearly meant that in the Referendum, he should have said it actually.

A small post office has opened in the One Stop shop on Jerrys Lane
27 - 31 Jerrys Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands B23 5NX

Keep Left Signs Update
(Some of this damage may be accidental/high winds, not vandalism). A keep left sign was uprooted on the Bend - fixed

Vandalised Swing In Short Heath park

From Street Life;

"Hi - just reported the tyre swing to the council clearly been vandalised it has been noted and one of the local rangers should be out soon .... stay safe people"

Large Recycler Box Gone - Gravelly Lane Junction
The very large blue Recycler Box is gone for some reason at the Goosemoor Lane/Gravelly Lane Junction. It was emptied once a fortnight and was always full by that time

The Referendum Result
Ward Remain Leave Total % for Leave
Erdington ward 4,467 6,217 10,684 58.19
Kingstanding 2,857 7,038 9,895 71.13
Stockland Green 4,233 5,087 9,320 54.58
Tyburn 3,222 6,793 10,015 67.83
Sutton Four Oaks 7,629 7,519 15,148 49.64
Sutton New Hall 6,023 7,510 13,533 55.49
Sutton Trinity 6,859 7,916 14,775 53.58
Sutton Vesey 7,485 6,991 14,476 48.29

The full result across Birmingham -

(Across the city essentially the chiefly multicultural areas and the very affluent areas voted Remain - and everywhere else voted Leave)

Led light out again, South Grove (off Gravelly Lane) -

Pot-hole in Goosemoor Lane in the road outside 124 (near the Bend) - fixed


Click here to read the latest Erdington High Street magazine -

Hole Opens Up In Erdington Garden

Susan Bree in her Erdington garden where a 12ft hole has appeared

An Erdington mum has spoken of her shock after a huge 12 foot HOLE opened up in her garden - after she prodded the earth with a shovel.

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Fatal road accident - Court Lane/Goosemoor Lane junction - police appeal for witnesses

A pensioner hurt in a car smash in Erdington on Sunday (May 15) has died in hospital. The 84-year-old was a passenger in a white Hyundai i10 turning out of Goosemoor Lane on to Court Lane just after 3pm when it collided with a white Seat Leon. The impact resulted in both vehicles mounting the pavement and striking a lamppost. The woman suffered serious head and internal injuries and she was pronounced dead in hospital

Officers arrested the Seat Leon driver on suspicion of dangerous driving; the 29-year-old man, from Erdington, has been bailed till a date in July pending further enquiries. A 50-year-old woman who was driving the Hyundai at the time remains in hospital in a stable condition having suffered multiple fractures.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log reference 1354 of 15 May 2016.


Help stop the closure of Erdington Methodist Church Pre-School

Furious parents have slammed a decision to close a popular preschool in Birmingham which has been running for over 40 years. A petition has been launched to keep the Erdington Methodist Church pre-school open.

House On Church Road (Boldmere) Struck By Lightning - 7/5/2016 (no-one hurt)

(So obviously this is the Church Rd by the football ground not the one off the High Street) - a family’s home in Church Road, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, was plunged into darkness as the roof went up in flames. Around 25 fire-fighters were sent to the scene at around 7pm on Saturday

The damaged roof in Church Road, Boldmere.


This appeared on an online forum;

"As well as this house, all the electricity and phones went off at the retirement apartments

Lots of older people were left stranded - no lifts and no one on site to sort the mess out

Mother in law who is 89 still has not got her phone on

The automatic locks and lifts failed

It was chaos and worrying that Churchill failed to have a plan in place

BT were a disgrace and due to their automated system we could not report it or find out if they even knew about it

They would only send an engineer to a specific flat at the charge of £129.00

So we tried Open Reach - what a farce they kept cutting the calls

Of course the out of hours emergency care is via Careline - telephones so not much use with no electricity to run the system"


Local Election Result

Party Candidate



Conservative Bob Beauchamp (winner)

Green Joe Rooney 122
Labour Keith Heron 1,701
Liberal Democrat Philip David Mills 103
TUSC Joe Foster 30
UKIP Steve Cooling 462

Fly tipping along Enderby Road (off Witton Lodge circle). Continuous fly tipping occurring along Enderby way, broken glass, rubbish bags, rubble etc -

Numerous pot-holes on the mini roundabout with Goosemoor Lane and Sycamore Lane -

Petition to save the Boldmere Adult Education site from developers -

Dumped Fridge/Freezer - Gravelly Lane

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"This fridge freezer has been there for a week now. It could be waiting to be picked up but surely it is dangerous to leave it there with the doors still attached, a child could climb in and be trapped."

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NO again to High Street shops plan
Plans to demolish five historic shop buildings in Erdington High Street have again been refused by the Council’s planning committee. The plans were first turned down in early January, and came back to the committee unchanged for a second attempt. But they were given a short shrift. Councillor Gareth Moore described the plans for the new building as “hideous and out of character with the rest of Erdington High Street.” Councillor Bob Beauchamp described the proposed new building as an abomination.

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From Erdington Conservatives;

"NEW SIGNS ON STREETS POP UP - Residents had been in touch with the local campaign team Bob, Gareth and Robert to ask what the black poles appearing in a number of roads across Erdington were for. Bob said "the Council has installed them for directions on a number of new cycle routes across Erdington Ward".

Hundreds of new trees have been planted this winter across Erdington by Birmingham Trees for life, including on Kirkwood Avenue Park.

A planning application for the Leopard Pub on Jerry's Lane has been submitted. Sadly the application is to turn the site into flats with a large extension to the side. Previously they had permission to build houses, which would have been better for the area. Robert has objected to the application to the Council."

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Recent Street-Lamp News
Bowling Green Close is getting a new set of street lamps - work has already started.

Lamps 5 and 7 Littlecote Drive are out - from the Council - "Lamp columns at the above location are not on land which is Highway Maintained at Public Expense (HMPE) and does not form part of the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service. I have therefore referred your enquiry to the Highways Team at Birmingham City Council to establish ownership and responsibility and they will respond to you"

Lamps 4, 10 and 19 on Somerton Drive all had some drama or other with them - fixed except that Number 19 still has a bushy tree obscuring it

Lamp 3 Amber Court blinks - reported

Lamp 1A Jerrys Lane is still out

Unnumbered lamps on St George Avenue still out

Didn't take long, one of the solar park-lights has had oil poured over it. Still works though.

Lamp P6 on the Top Croft estate (by what is coined the North Maisonette Block) is still out, reported again.

Lamp PAA1 (or something) at the side of the South Block on Top Croft - is missing it's head!

At the bottom of Court Lane between Short Heath Road and Marsh Lane is an alley with a lamp obscured by shrubbery etc. Reported.

The specific Council webpage for reporting broken lamps etc is - or ring 0121 303 6000 or email -

Derelict Erdington pub could get new lease of life if council approves plan

The Leopard Public House, in Jerry's Lane, could soon be renovated to make way for housing.

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From Erdington Tories;

NEW CROSSING FOR GRAVELLY LANE - Gravelly Lane will be getting a new crossing outside the Rose and Crown pub as part of a series of improvements that will also see the alleyway between Gravelly Lane and Goosemoor Lane. The alley will be resurfaced and have lights added. Bob said "We have requested that the lights have covers added to protect the neighbouring houses from any light invasion. Hopefully the new crossing and resurfaced alley should be a benefit for local residents"

CRANLEIGH AND REPTON HOUSE WORK ALMOST COMPLETE - Bob, Robert and Gareth have been tracking the work over the last year work on Cranleigh and Repton Houses on the Toperoft estate to improve the energy efficiency of the tower blocks for local residents. The scheme is providing external wall insulation, Ecopod communal heating systems and new windows for both towers. Gareth said "the blocks are looking really great."

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Recent local planning applications;

2016/00176/PA - Church Of Christ, Goosemoor Lane B23 5PN - Erection of single storey rear extension and conversion of existing room to toilet block.

2016/00723/PA - 15 Oliver Road B23 6QD - Installation off step lift to front

2015/09462/PA - Baldmoor Lake Road, Land to the rear Former Court Lane allotments - Non Material Amendment to approval 2015/03116/PA for the re-siting of windows (staircase/ landing) on front elevation to Plots 58, 59, 81 & 78, amendments to Plots 17-21 (Blocks 51 & 52) to allow a widened side access and bay window to Plot 21 (Block 51) and alterations to car parking bays together with the installation of a sub-station to the south eastern part of the site.

2016/00409/PA - La Fitness, 366 Gravelly Lane B23 5SB - Application for Lawful Development Certificate to confirm opening hours 0630-2200 hours Monday to Friday and 0800-1600 hours on Saturday and Sunday in association with Gymnasium.

2015/10315/PA - 56 Jerrys Lane B23 5NX - Erection of single storey rear and two storey side extension

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Online videos - Erdington District Committee meetings

26 January 2016 -

24 November 2015 -

(The agendas are on the right of the screen)

Contact Sarah Stride - 0121 303 0709 or 0121 464 4243

X Marks The Tree - lots of trees in the area now have blue crosses sprayed onto them - presumably to signal to workmen the ones to be pruned.

More new trees - and a park bench - we've more new trees in the park and and on the land at the back of the woodyard - and a bench has appeared alongside the path in the park

Proposed New Council Ward Boundaries In Erdington - More
Birmingham residents: have your say on new council ward boundaries - We are asking local people and organisations to comment on our draft recommendations for new ward boundaries across Birmingham.

We have an open mind about further suggestions from local people to change and improve these recommendations. We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of Birmingham or just a part of the city.

Below, you can see our proposals for new ward boundaries. You can compare our proposals (in red) to the existing boundaries (in blue) and search across the whole of Birmingham, even down to street level. You can also click on any ward to find out how many voters are included in it and how many councillors we propose should represent it.

You can submit comments to us or upload a document by clicking on the 'Have your say' link at the top of the page. You can also draw your own boundaries and annotate the map by clicking on the button.

There is plenty of information to help you make a submission in the 'Useful links' section at the bottom right of the page.

This consultation closes on 8 February 2016.

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(You can see that Goosemoor Lane would `move' into the newly created Short Heath ward. Some of the top end of Court Lane would `move' from the Kingstanding ward to join us in Short Heath. Goosemoor Lane wouldn't be in the same Ward as Erdington High Street anymore - which would stay in the Erdington ward)

North Birmingham Community Together;

We write asking you to support our alternative proposals to the boundary commission for the layout of the Council wards in the North Birmingham area. As you may have seen in the papers, the Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCE) are proposing to break up local wards in our area. We are a local group of residents putting through an alternative proposal with the support of community groups, more than 10 so far!

Our proposals would keep Goosemoor Lane in Erdington.

The new wards they suggest have no relation to the actually local community/area. For example they propose a Perry Common Ward that does not include the Court Farm area off Witton Lodge Road, but does include Wyrley Birch which requires you driving through 4 wards to get to the rest of the proposed ward! While in Erdington they are proposing to remove the area around Station Road and Gravelly Lane. This would mean Erdington Police Station, Erdington Railway Station, Erdington Abbey, Erdington Royal Mail Sorting Office, Osborne School and the old Erdington Cottages would all be taken out of Erdington! In Pype Hayes, they break the link with Birches Green and include part of Erdington round the Yenton and they split the Gravelly Hill Community across two wards.

We are contacting local community groups to ask for your support in getting the LGBCE to adopt our changes that only affect the area north of the M6 and south of Sutton Coldfield.

What we are asking you to do:-

1) We are asking community groups to back our proposals, and allow us to list them as supporting us on our website.

2) We are asking groups to write in support of our proposals, to the LGBCE by and stating you ask them to change their proposals for the north Birmingham area to be:-

A Pype Hayes Ward including Birches Green, a Castle Vale Ward, a two member Erdington Ward, a Perry Common Ward, a two member Gravelly Hill Ward, a two member Kingstanding Ward, a Stockland Green Ward and a two member Oscott Ward.

3) To sign our petition at

Fox attacks cat - Streetly Road
A report came to me from a cat owner in the Streetly Rd area of Erdington whose animal was being attacked/menaced by a fox at night recently in their garden. Such attacks are rare but there are ongoing studies and advice etc -

Dropped Kerb
A dropped kerb has been put in on both sides of Goosemoor Lane at the Court Lane junction

Dumped Rubbish on Pavilions Car Park - Chester Road/Gravelly Lane junction -

New Young Trees On Goosemoor Lane - the labels are confusing though!
(Google can't make up its mind if Corylus Colurna or Corylus Columa is the correct name - the label on one tree says Corylus Columa but Google when entered suggests Corylus Colurna. It'll become clear when it grows up!)

(I think that lower website has simply mis-spelled the tree name)

Request for more tarmacking of the grass verge - Short Heath Road near the Court Lane junction -

Lorries in the area
The new estate being built by Jarvis Road has led to loads of lorries trundling along Jarvis Road and along Topcroft Road onto Goosemoor Lane. I'll keep an eye on it but we'll probably have to put up with it - the estate won't build itself.

New Number 15 bus timetable;

15A -

15C -

Win a holiday to Portugal by shopping at One Stop on Jerrys Lane
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From Erdington Conservatives;

Robert, Gareth and Bob (pictured left with a local resident on Perry Common Rec) have had travellers, which had broken onto both Perry Common Recreation Ground and Pype Hayes Park in recent months, moved on. Your campaign team contacted the Council quickly to have them moved on and then get the sites cleared up and demanded they are secured. Bob said "they left behind dozens of bags of rubbish. It is disappointing that Council contractors failed to lock the gate at Pype Hayes and left a hole in the fence at Perry Common Rec (which is behind Turfpits Lane) enabling them access".

Bob and the team have had the mini round-about and approach to the junction of Court Lane, Anderson Road and Somerset Road, resurfaced and repaired.

The demolition of the former Clover Hotel site on Chester Road has nearly finished with building work for the new care home due to start in the new year.

Robert, Gareth and Bob have reported the broken bollard on Jerrys Lane, by the junction with Sheddington Road for repair

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Some of the drains in Goosemoor Lane and Top Croft Road have been cleared, but some reason not all of them

White van on Goosemoor Lane by the alley leading to Gravelly Lane
White van registration FD 53 YHX - seems like an abandoned vehicle - heavy damage to the front left wheel - reported for investigation

From Erdington Conservatives - petition for an Erdington Conservation Zone

The Conservation zone would be focused on the historic (mainly) Victorian heart of Erdington that built up either side of the railway station and if possible will be extended to included the arts and craft homes built interwar as Erdington expanded. The area will cover at least around Gravelly Lane and the roads off, down Station Road and then around the Edwards, Orchard, Arthur Road area including the roads off, running down the High Street to the area around Church Road/Trafalgar Road.

Popular local Councillor Bob Beauchamp said "Erdington has lost too many historic and beautiful buildings over the years. It is vital that we make sure what is left is protected and preserved. A conservation zone would help this happen".

To support Robert, Bob and Gareth's campaign for an Erdington Conservation please fill in the petition :-

Unofficial cones placed along the curbs restricting parking along Witton Lodge Road - Thursday and Fridays -

A grit container has appeared in Kirkwood Avenue near the Goosemoor Lane junction

Harry Kirkham inquest: Erdington road tragedy involving police car was ‘unavoidable’ jury concludes -

From Erdington Conservatives - the former Court Lane Allotments site - update;

"The Council has announced clearance of the former allotment site will begin in the next week or so (this will not affect the currently open Court Lane Allotments site). This will take till Christmas at which point the work on the new houses will begin. The Council are building 116 homes of which 58 will be for sale. Of the 58 Council houses being built, we have secured agreement that 12 of them will be bungalows to help the growing elderly population locally in Erdington. There will be no flats as part of this development. While we raised many concerns with the plans, as residents asked us to, we have also worked with the Council to ensure that if the plans did get approved they would at least be the best possible deal for Erdington. Therefore in addition to the bungalows we have secured agreement that the houses will be built in a similar style to the original Victorian/early 20th Century style that is prevalent round Erdington. Therefore the properties will be well proportioned for families, with bay windows and stone frames round the doors and windows. The roofs will be pitched and have chimneys as well. This means residents should at least get a very high quality development. As part of the plans there will also be a new public open space for residents to enjoy. We are currently working to have the street names and site branding reflective of Erdington's local history. Attached overleaf is the design layout. When we have more information we will update residents again."

Yours Sincerely

Cllr Gareth Moore
CIIr Bob Beauchamp
Cllr Robert Alden

£8million homes plan in Erdington given the go ahead - land at rear of Jarvis Road -

Predicting "Flying Ant Day" in Erdington
With my usual obsession of proving that certain previously unpredictable things CAN in fact be predicted (think Jack Straw and his Veils arguments and all that) - Things Police Don't Understand Re Moslem Trouble

Re that time of year when loads of flying ants suddenly appear - I thought such things COULD routinely be predicted by scientists each Summer (in fact though they can only give a six-week range or so) - and furthermore I reckon it is on August 17th in Erdington each year.

(I actually try to AVOID the litter critters and so started doing some nominal research each year about when they appear in the area so that I can try not to be around on that day - and I think it is annually on August 17th in the afternoon. If it rains on that day though they postpone it for a day or so).

If it turns that somehow the ones in Erdington are more predictable than elsewhere for some reason, we might be able to tempt a load of scientists and students into the area on that day each year etc - it certainly won't do the local high street and hotels any harm etc

Certainly I can narrow it down further than the present July 31st - September 7th annual forecast range which scientists seem to give

I'll raise it again nearer the time next year - see if my prediction is right

Fire - Witton Lodge Road
Three people were rescued from a fire in Perry Common after a car was engulfed in flames in the early hours of Wednesday October 14. Emergency services received a 999 call at around 1.35am after a private motor vehicle was found ablaze on Witton Lodge Road. A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service said that the fire was thought to have been accidental.

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2 road accidents on Goosemoor Lane in the last few days;

Erdington crash biker thrown 100ft by impact - a biker injured in a crash in Erdington was thrown almost 100ft by the impact. The man, believed to be in his 20's, was left with head and leg injuries following a collision with a car at the junction of Sycamore Road and Goosemoor Lane.

It happened just after 3pm on Friday (2/10/2015).

Police officers gave the motorcyclist emergency first aid until paramedics arrived. He was airlifted to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital with a head injury, stomach pain, a fractured upper leg and knee and a suspected fractured pelvis. The car driver of the car, a man in his 60's, was shaken but unhurt.

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(Part of a stone garden wall on Sycamore Road at that junction was knocked down by that one)

An accident on Gravelly Lane was partially blocking the road at the Goosemoor Lane junction

That was on Monday 5/10/2015 at around 8.30am.

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The Goosemoor Lane pavement has been marked with white paint at several points indicating pending repairs

Erdington Websites Recently Added To The Links Page
Centre Point Print, 73 Gravelly Lane,
Kimbellino’s Coffee Shop (cafe), 302 Short Heath Road (junction with Streetly Road), Erdington
Darrel Vince Photography, 36 Jerrys Lane, Erdington, B23 5NX,
Inspirational Gallery, 394 Boldmere Road,
Pizza Bay, 181 Gravelly Lane,
Cinderellas Beauty Salon, 24 - 26 Kingfisher Road (Witton Lodge Circle), B23 5DH,
Hall's Garden Centre/Garden Room, 211 Chester Road (opposite the Court Lane junction),
Square Deal Car Spares, 182 Gravelly Lane,
Shape Property, 71 Gravelly Lane,
Erdington Market, Barnabas Road,
Allie Cakes, Perry Common,
The Booksmith (book shop), 3 Marston Road (by Chester Road Station),
CG Computing, Florence Road,
Royal Oak Public House, Marsh Lane,
Net Perry Common Pentecostal Church, Erdington,
Club Umoja (members-only club for African Caribbeans), Slade Road, Stockland Green, B23 7RJ,
North Birmingham Social,
Friends Of Witton Lakes (FOWL),
Stockland Green Ward,
Stockland Green Community Leisure Centre,
Stockland Green History Group,

Action 4 Bullying (works with young people aged 11 - 19 who are affected by bullying),
Bromford private members club,
St Chad's Church Centre,
Erdington Market, Barnabas Road,
Pens of Erdington (creative writing),
Friends of Spring Lane Playing Fields,

66/66a and 15a/c bus routes have changed. From Erdington Conservatives;

"We have been made aware that National Express (a private bus company), which runs the 66/66a bus routes, has announced changes to them to take affect from the 29th August 2015. This will see the 66a no longer operate. The 66a route ran from Sutton Goldfield, Lower Parade to Six Ways Erdington via Boldmere, Park Hotel and Goosemoor Lane. This service ran every 30 minutes. The service is being replaced by a new number 15 route which will go in a circular route of Erdington, Six Ways, Eachelhurst Rd, Penns Lane, Good Hope, Sutton Coldfield, Parade, Boldmere, Park Hotel, Goosemoor Lane and back to Erdington, Six Ways. The return of the bus route going to Good Hope hospital is welcome as we had been taking residents requests to National Express since it was removed two years ago, however National Express have decided the route will only be hourly now as well."

They have started a petition -

Labour are complaining about the 15 bus now too;

"Reducing the frequency of the new number 15 route will have a significant impact on non-car owners and the elderly. Your local Labour team have launched a petition calling for National Express to run the service every half hour instead of hourly."

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The new timetable -

WHEELIE BIN CHAOS. From Erdington Conservatives;

"Gareth, Robert and Bob have described the recent wheelie bin roll out as a 'nightmare' following many residents across Erdington having two months of missed collections and failed assisted collections. Since wheelie bins have been introduced locally Robert, Gareth and Bob have dealt with hundreds of requests for help with missed collections and assisted collections. Bob said "Robert, Gareth and I are in daily contact with the depot to try and get these unacceptable problems resolved for local residents. We continue to bring this up with the senior officers and cabinet members, demanding action for residents". Robert has been helping residents across Court Farm, eg on Court Farm Road, to get their refuse collected following the failing roll out of wheelie bins."

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Chester Road crash (by Grange Road). No-one hurt.