Bob, Robert and
Gareth are delighted to
announce that the
overdue speed warning
signs for Goosemoor Lane
and Gravelly Lane have
now been installed. Bob
"Residents will be aware that we secured the funding for these along time ago and since then the Council transportation department has dithered and taken far to long to install them.
However we are glad that these vital signs are now installed. Both these locations are prone to speeding traffic and hopefully the signs will help discourage people from breaking the speed limit. We are continuing our campaign for improvements to the junction at Station Road and hope to update residents soon".
Summer Road Micro Park Campaign
Resdients will recall that Bob, Robert and Gareth took matters into their own hands earlier this year when residents got in touch about the appalling state of the waste ground at the junction of Station Road and Summer Road. Following this Bob has been leading a campaign to have the area turned into a "micro park" so that it is properly maintained and is an asset to the local community rather than a blight on the environment.
"We have been working
hard and meeting with
department to get
permission to do work to
the site. We now have
that permission and so
are working on schemes
to see if we can secure
the required funding to
get the work done."
Erdington Conservatives - www.facebook.com/people/Erdington-Conservatives/1151875226
Find the Cheapest
Petrol In The Area
Petrol Prices (enter your postcode to find the cheapest garage), www.petrolprices.com
Sign - Goosemoor Lane
We have a 30 mph speed-limit along the road of course, and a new electronic sign is now by The Woodyard indicating the speeds of vehicles heading towards the Bend, a notorious accident black-spot. See if it makes any difference.
We do get these every so often now, I don't know what the problem was this time. The electricity went off around 10.30pm in the Goosemoor Lane area on Monday 5/3/2012, and came back on around 11.15pm that same day (someone working the generators who doesn't like Jeremy Paxman?)
It was only localised, certainly the Topcroft Estate power stayed on.
Goosemoor Lane Resident
Graeme Croton (Project
Aspie) - On The Alan
Watch online here - www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=311684 - about 38 minutes in, during the Philip Schofield interview about the Princes Trust.
(I recognise that back garden he's in!)
Lord Corbett Of Castle
Vale (And Erdington MP
From 1983 - 2001) Dies,
Aged 78, After Cancer
From the Birmingham Mail at www.birminghammail.net
`FRIENDS have paid
tribute to Lord Corbett
of Castle Vale, the
former Birmingham MP who
has died aged 78. Lord
Corbett of Castle Vale,
Erdington as a Labour MP
for eighteen years, from
1983 to 2001. He was
also a former
journalist, working for
the Birmingham Mail and
later the Daily Mirror.
He died on Sunday at 8am with his wife, Val, and family present. He had been suffering from cancer.
Jack Dromey (Lab), the current MP for Erdington, said:
"Robin was truly a great
man, loved and a legend
in Erdington. He leaves
a remarkable legacy of
achievement and it was
typical of him that,
service to the people of
Erdington, he went to
the House of Lords as
Lord Corbett of Castle
Lord Corbett was born in Fremantle, Australia, on December 22, 1933, and attended Holly Lodge Grammar School in Smethwick. After his national service in the Royal Air Force in 1951, he became a journalist. After a career in newspapers, he became deputy editor of Farmer’s Weekly in 1968. He was elected Labour MP for Hemel Hempstead at the October 1974 general election, losing the seat in 1979 but returning to parliament as a Birmingham MP in 1983.
Lord Corbett was a senior figure in the Labour Party in opposition, serving as a party whip from 1984 to 1987, shadow home affairs minister from 1987 to 1992 and a shadow culture minister from 1992 to 1994. He later served as chairman of the influential Commons Home Affairs Select Committee from 1999 to 2001, until retiring from the Commons to join the House of Lords.
There, he was chairman of the all-party British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom and chairman of Friends of Cyprus.
He was a supporter of local employers as an `ambassador' for Advantage West Midlands, the government agency set up to support the economy.
Mr Dromey said: "He never lost touch with the people he served so well. He will be sorely missed but forever remembered."'
Erdington MP Jack
Dromey Sorry For Failing
To Declare Almost
£30,000 In Wages
From the Daily Mirror at www.mirror.co.uk
`Shadow Housing Minister
Jack Dromey yesterday
apologised for failing
to declare £30,000 of
wages from the Unite
union. The former Unite
deputy general secretary
told Parliament in June
2010 he was giving up
his old job and salary
after becoming an MP but
he stayed there
part-time until October.
Mr Dromey - the husband
of Labour deputy leader
Harriet Harman - said he
had made an honest
mistake by forgetting to
update the register of
He told the Commons in a statement: "I failed to update my initial registration. I want to apologise unreservedly for this."
The Standards and Privileges Committee said Mr Dromey had failed to give an accurate picture of his relationship with Unite but it also noted he apologised and co-operated fully with them'.
POLICE Investigating The
Death Of A Woman In
Erdington Ruled Out Foul
The body of the 37-yearold, named locally as Claire Brown, was found at a house on The Hurstway, Erdington, on Thursday evening (5/2/2012). A 53-year-old man from Harborne was initially arrested by police.
However, following the completion of a postmortem examination, they are no longer treating the death as suspicious.
"Although further tests are being conducted, officers can confirm the death is not suspicious,'' a spokesman said. "A 53-year-old man has been released without charge. The file has now been passed to the coroner."
A neighbour of the woman, who asked not to be named, said: "I knew her to say hello to but that was all. I would see her going to the shop. I just can't believe she's dead, I only saw her a few days ago. It's such a shock."
"Most of you will know that Sainsbury’s are applying to build a store on the piece of land which currently is occupied by the Colliers Motor Group and the Honeywell building near to Erdington High Street.
The proposed development does have real potential benefits for Erdington but brings with it genuine problems, and concerns as well. I have met with hundreds of local residents to ensure I represent your concerns properly.
The final planning application has now gone in and it is clear that real progress has been made. Sainsbury’s have agreed to move the loading bay access from Orphanage Road to Sutton Road so that lorries and traffic do not come down residential streets. They have also changed their normal recruitment process to put local people first. On the High Street, they have now committed to playing a central role with local retailers and a reinvigorated Town Centre Partnership to put the heart back into Erdington High Street.
The planning application is complex (you can find my summary here) but in it I have found a number of points which continue to concern me which I have written to the Council about:
The delivery lorry schedule - The application states that the proposed development is likely to ‘receive around 12 daily deliveries, 9 of which are typically overnight’. I am surprised that Sainsbury’s believe that 9 deliveries will be required overnight to service the store. This cannot be necessary and I fear this will blight the lives of local residents.
Residents’ parking - The Council must a find a sensible solution in its parking consultation, including consideration of Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs), prior to any construction if the development goes ahead. Local people must be able to park outside their own homes.
Car parking - One of the main concerns that was raised by local retailers throughout the Sainsbury’s consultation period was the issue of linked visits to the High Street, encouraging those who shop in Sainsbury’s to go on to shop in our High Street. We need a minimum of 3 hours free parking not just 2 as the application currently states.
Investment in the High Street - Sainsbury’s have said they will invest in the High Street. The Council must ensure that there is clarity about the amount Sainsbury’s will contribute and how and where this money will be used.
Any potential development must help, not harm the High Street which is why I have taken such an interest in the progress of this application. I would be grateful for your views on my submission – please click here to let me know - www.jackdromey.org
Best wishes - Jack Dromey"
Press Release -
Application For New
Development In Erdington
`Following two public consultations earlier this year, Sainsbury’s has submitted its application to transform the Colliers Motor Group site and create up to 400 jobs in Erdington. The plans, which have received full support from 75% of respondents to Sainsbury’s recent consultation, feature a Sainsbury’s foodstore with a 50,129 sq ft (4,658 sq m) sales floor, a car park, retail units and housing.
Original proposals for the site were unveiled in May this year. In response to concerns raised by nearby residents, Sainsbury’s moved the service yard access to Sutton Road, set back the development away from adjacent residential properties, reduced the height of the development, and added more trees and shrubs to help screen the development and soften its appearance.
The submitted plans feature further amendments in addition to those made to the original proposals. The service yard ramp is now covered to reduce noise, and barriers have been added which will be locked when the store car park and service yard ramp are not in use.
The plans include:
A Sainsbury’s store, with sales area of 4,658 sq m
A car park on top of the store, with 383 spaces and accessible from Sutton Road
Three independent retail units
15 three-bedroom residential properties, each with its own parking
A public square facing Orphanage Road and Edwards Road
New trees, shrubs and planting
Relocation of the existing signalised crossing on Sutton Road to provide a safe pedestrian link to the store
Improvements for pedestrians at the junction between Edwards Road and Orphanage Road
Utilisation of existing pedestrian links between Erdington High Street and the development
Michael Adenmosun, Sainsbury’s Regional Development Executive, says;
"We’re very pleased with such a positive response from the local community, and I’d like to thank everyone who took part in our public consultation.
We’ve been working hard to design a scheme which will create new jobs for local people, help regenerate this part of Erdington and improve shopping choice whilst addressing some of the issues raised by residents near the site. We look forward to the application being considered by the planning committee in due course."
For further information regarding Sainsbury’s proposals, please call Joyce Yip on Sainsbury’s freephone: 0800 975 5299.
Residents Concerned Over
Sainsbury's Superstore -
Application Number - 2011/08251/PA
Development Description - Hybrid planning application (Part Full and Part Outline) comprising:
1) - Full planning application for a retail superstore (Class A1), 3 no. retail units (Class A1, A2 & A3), cash point (ATM's), car parking, public realm works, landscaping and associated works
2) - Outline planning application for approximately 15 residential units
3) - Demolition of existing buildings 1-41 Sutton Road, Erdington, Birmingham
Applicant - Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
Agent - Turley Associates, 25 Savile Row , London W1S 2ES
Erdington Residents Concerned Over Sainsbury's Superstore - email@example.com
Planning Dept website - www.birmingham.gov.uk/planning
On Application To Build
On The Old Anstey Fields
From Erdington Conservatives;
We are saddened to report that the above application to build on the land off Goosemoor Lane has been approved by the Council at this week's Planning Committee. They have however imposed a number of conditions on the applicants.
The Planning Committee took into account our petition of objection with 150 residents having signed it (it was the only petition handed to the Council objecting to the planning application). In addition to Cllrs Robert Alden and Gareth Moore writing to object 10 residents also objected which helped the case we put to the Planning Department.
Cllr Robert Alden said "Thank you to everyone who completed our petition and survey, wrote to object and displayed a poster objecting. The planning department have imposed conditions on the applicant regarding; need for a sustainable drainage scheme, noise insulation to protect residents, materials to be as agreed, boundary treatments, landscaping, ecological enhancements, tree protection measures, new public open space as part of the final scheme, a safety audit both before and after construction of the entrance to see if further safety measures are needed at cost to the developer".
At the meeting Cllr Bob Beauchamp, a member of the Committee, who voted AGAINST the application, said "This application is totally unacceptable for the local area. I have deep objections. I really think more needs to be done regarding the dangerous. junction and if it is to be approved feel we need a better safety audit carried out".
Cllrs Robert Alden and Gareth Moore attended the meeting to be on hand, against the application on resident's behalf. Cllr Gareth Moore added "It was very disappointing to see the application approved; they did at least impose some conditions to help local residents on the applicant. We will now be working to ensure that if/when the developer builds on the site they meets the conditions imposed on them."
The initial Planning Committee report - www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy/Pages/AgendaDetail.aspx?AgendaID%3d63209
A plan of the proposals is below.
We had large amounts of water gushing from the grass verge into the gutter on Goosemoor Lane. Outside number 201 (so by the Bowling Green Close junction and on that side). Was running down into the drains at the Sycamore Road junction.
Obviously from a broken water-pipe under the ground.
I reported it to Severn Trent Water. It is fixed now. Reference 2000 499 289
At The Zebra-Crossing -
Improvements to the zebra-crossing at the junction of Goosemoor Lane and Gravelly Lane were taking place. Done now
218 Jerrys Lane - Erection of conservatory to rear
63 - 63A James Court, Gravelly Lane - Change of use from office space to bedsits and associated parking
8 Johnson Road - Conversion of single dwelling into 2 self-contained flats
50 Somerset Road - Erection of single-storey rear extension
Planning Dept website - www.birmingham.gov.uk/planning
Sutton Coldfield News
Newspaper Closes Its
Originally founded in 1869, the local free newspaper The Sutton Coldfield News published its final edition last week.
Delivered to homes in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington, the paper is one of three regional publications being closed by the Trinity Group Midlands as the company goes through a restructuring process.
The restructuring of the group could result in the loss of up to 50 editorial posts across the Midlands region despite turning around a £7m loss in 2009 to an operating profit of £3.2m in 2010.
Speaking on the loss of the paper Cllr Philip Parkin said,
“I am very sad to hear that the Sutton News is being axed. I would like to wish the best of luck to everyone involved with the paper.”
Other publications in the Trinity Mirror portfolio include the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror Midlands managing director Steve Anderson-Dixon is overseeing the changes and is quoted as saying
“This review of our organisational structure is vital if we are to ensure a future for our newspapers and websites in the Midlands.”
NUJ Midlands organiser Chris Morley has accused the group of making nothing but cuts since taking over the reigns in 2001.
For now the website is still live though - http://icsuttoncoldfield.icnetwork.co.uk
Erdington MP Jack
Dromey Accused Of Not
Declaring Union Salary
Read More www.birminghampost.net/news/politics-news/2011/11/09/birmingham-mp-jack-dromey-accused-of-not-declaring-union-salary-65233-29743248/#ixzz1dihqhAth
The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1. As at 31st October 2011 - Jack Dromey's online entry - www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/111031/dromey_jack.htm
The same rules as always with this - Jack Dromey has the chance to put his own view forward here on the website - which will appear unedited and as prominent as this initial report.
He's not obliged to take up this chance to explain himself directly to his Constituents of course, and may choose to do it only on his own website - www.jackdromey.org
His predecessor Sion Simon was always given the same chance during the Expenses Scandal, for whatever reason he always ignored the offer.
Given recent events on The M5 motorway, a timely reminder of a little local weather pattern we have which is patchy fog banks appearing only about 50-100yds long on the Bend at night, caused by the Anstey (Goosemoor Lane Playing Fields), a bit of a hazard. It sometimes surprises motorists taking the Bend. It happens to a much lesser degree caused by the Park too, Court Lane and Goosemoor Lane affected there. No bends there though of course.
Community Against the Cuts!
"Campaigning locally against the cuts in public services. We are in the process of setting up a Community Group in Erdington to oppose the ConDem government's savage program (sic) of spending cuts which have started to wreck the lives of millions of ordinary working people, devastating our jobs, pay, pensions, NHS and other services. We believe that we will not stop the cuts (cuts no one voted for) without co-ordinated local campaigns involving communities and the Trades Unions.
We played no part in the banking crisis, which was created by the bankers themselves, so why should we be made to pay for their costly mistakes while they take home millions in bonuses? Come along to the launch meeting of Erdington Community Against the Cuts and have your say.
Launch Meeting - WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER. 7:30pm at Erdington Methodist Church Centre, Gresley Road*, off Station Road, (opposite the Railway Station) B23 6TX
Come and share the effects the cuts are having on your life and suggest ways that we could organise to fight against them.
Bring your ideas and suggestions to the launch meeting of Erdington Community Against the Cuts or, if you can't make it on the night, mail in questions or ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
On November the 30th many public sector workers will take industrial action in defence of pension rights and to stop these unnecessary cuts. They are fighting for our services. They deserve our support."
(* Er, that should be Wesley Road, from John Wesley, the actual founder of the Methodist faith?)
Yet Another Power-Cut On Goosemoor Lane
The night of 4-5/10/2011 this time, off again for a couple of hours. Happens every few months now. The electricity company never says what it is.
Driver Crashes Car Into House - Gravelly Lane
From the Birmingham Mail;
"A WOMAN motorist was treated for shock after she crashed into the front of a house in Birmingham. The driver had to removed from the car through a hole cut into the roof by fire-fighters.
Luckily no one in the house in Gravelly Lane, Erdington, was injured in the crash shortly after 7pm on Saturday (1/10/2011).
Warning After Latest Child
Road-Accidents In Erdington
People have been urged to take care after a fourth serious collision involving a child or young adult in the West Midlands in 24 hours.
A 17-year old girl was hit by a car in the latest incident in College Road in the Kingstanding area. She was taken to hospital with serious head and pelvic injuries after the ambulance service was called to the road at about 08:20 BST on Thursday (15/9/2011).
It has advised drivers to use "extreme caution" near schools and colleges. A spokesman said:
"As schools and colleges return for a new academic year, parents and children are being urged by West Midlands Ambulance Service to take heed of key road safety messages."
A boy, believed to be aged 11, suffered foot and leg injuries when he was hit by a car at the junction of Holly Lane and Sutton Road, Erdington, at about 15:35 BST on Wednesday (14/9/2011).
Large Tree Branch Was
Blocking Pavement - Goosemoor
The high winds on Tuesday (6/9/2011) brought down a large tree branch on Goosemoor Lane which was now blocking the pavement at the Sycamore Road junction. Was reported to The Council - removed.
Harlech Tower - The
Lyndhurst Estate - RIP
The unloved tower-block (surely named after Harlech Castle in Wales) that like all the others stood as a monument to the infamous 1960's architectural error. However, its towering nature at least told you where `home' was if gazing anywhere in the city from miles around - but no more;
Harlech Castle in Wales, which will no doubt stand for far more many years yet - www.castlewales.com/harlech.html
Erdington Pensioner In Two
Year Damp Flat Plight - Lydget
Grove - Erdington (off Gretton
Read more www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2011/09/05/erdington-pensioner-in-two-year-damp-flat-plight-97319-29362245/#ixzz1X6eR4M8Z
Caretakers & Concierge Newsletter - Jarvis Road &
Top Croft Estates - August 2011
"Black Bags On Communal Landings - Could we please ask residents not to leave black bags outside their flats by the front doors. This is a Health & Safety hazard, not only to the Caretakers but to other residents.
Name Change - There are changes in the Housing Department, The department is now called HOMES AND NEIGHBOURHOODS.
Are you proud of where you live? If you are why don't you become more involved. Why not become the BLOCK CHAMPION for your block. You would only have to use up to an hour of your time a month. If you like to find out more please contact Marc Hawkes Housing Officer on: 0121 386 2392
Digital Aerials - Tomlinsons: 0121 327 2660. The change over will happen on 7/9/11 & 21/9/11 No new aerial no TV.
Welcome to New Staff - We would like to welcome some new 'members to the team Patricia Morris: is the new Housing Officer for Estate Services. We also have four new concierge who have joined the team they are Dave, John, Rob, & Pat.
Sky Dishes - We have been asked on a number of occasions if residents can put Sky dishes on their balconies, unfortunately the answer is NO.
Dog Excrement - Could we please remind residents who have dogs, that if the dogs use the balcony as a toilet it is your responsibility to make sure that the balcony is cleaned after you dog has used it. If the balcony is not cleaned it can then affect other residents as they may not be able to open their windows due to the smell, if we do have any reports, we will have not alternative but to pass the information on. This is also against your conditions of tenancy.
Cigarette Ends - We are aware that some residents don't like to smoke in their flats & smoke on the balconies, Could we please ask, those residents who do smoke on the balcony, can they please discard the nub ends in the right way & not throw them over the balcony. The lit butts are landing and hitting washing, children playing on the balconies, and other resident's window sills.
If you have any problems regarding the above contact your Concierge on; 0121 386 2336."
News From Jack Dromey MP
"I thought I would take the opportunity to update you on my latest coffee morning. Thank you to those who were able to attend. These regular sessions help me do my job better as your MP.
The main issues raised were:
1. Buses. A number of services have been reduced recently. There was particular concern about the 638 route. There was general agreement that the 638 needs to be extended to go all the way to the ASDA store. I have included a petition with this letter. If you are able to collect some petition signatures to support this service I would be grateful. I have also arranged a meeting with National Express managers. I plan to ask them how often they use the buses and challenge them to use them to get to work.
2. Local democracy. Several residents felt that the local ward meetings and constituency meetings were poorly advertised. Whilst that is the responsibility of the council I have put (and will continue to put) forthcoming ward and constituency meetings on my website.
3. Railway issues. Concerns were raised about London Midland proposals to reduce the staff opening hours of Erdington and Gravelly Hill train stations. I have set up meetings with the police to talk about the safety implications and also the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to talk about how reduced opening will affect disabled users.
4. Health. I was very concerned to hear of the difficulties that some people had had with health care in the area. It is important that we keep this under review. I have also taken up the concern of a local clergyman who has to pay parking fees when visiting the very ill and dying.
There were obviously, a number of other concerns raised and any individual queries that you spoke to me about will by now have been taken up by my caseworkers."
From Erdington Conservatives - Flackwell Road
Phone Mast Stopped
`Residents will recall that local Conservatives Robert and Gareth have been campaigning against a planned phone-mast for the junction of Flackwell Road and Witton Lodge Road.
Having collected a petition against the application and handing it into the Council as well as arranging for letters of complaint from local residents Robert Alden was delighted to confirm that the application has been rejected by the planning department. Robert said "this was the wrong location and we are delighted that we have stopped it from going ahead. Thank you to all the residents who signed our petition objecting".'
Young Girl Injured In Road Accident - Abbeyfield
From West Midlands Ambulance Service;
`Friday 22nd July 2011 - A three-year-old child has been taken to hospital following a road traffic incident in Erdington.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Abbeyfield Road, Erdington at 11.50am.
An ambulance; a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Cosford were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said:
"On arrival at the scene ambulance crews found a three year old girl who had been injured after reportedly colliding with a car." The child sustained a serious head injury. The patient was stabilised at the scene by ambulance staff before she was taken by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment. The hospital was alerted to the condition of the child."'
Found Dog In Erdington On 22.07.11
Collie cross, male, black with white markings, collar, no ID
K9 Search UK
Contact 07988 433187
`Local Councillors' Robert Alden, Bob Beauchamp and Gareth Moore, recently supported the Royal Wedding Street Party on Dean Johnson and Oliver Roads - funding from Community Chest has also be awarded to help fund the day. Bob said
"Thank you to everyone who organised and supported not only this street party but also the others across Erdington".
Short Heath Car Park Resurfaced
Short Heath Park car-park has been resurfaced as part of the latest section of Erdington Conservatives plans for improving the park for local residents. The car park was funded through a grant secured by your local Councillors Bob Beauchamp, Robert Alden and Gareth Moore. Previously the Conservatives action plan has seen new paths, solar-lights and a secure fence be installed around the Park.'
Erdington Conservatives - www.facebook.com/people/Erdington-Conservatives/1151875226
From Jack Dromey MP
"Putting a stop to the pedestrianisation of the entire High Street, protecting our local shops. Working hard on the ground and in Parliament to put the heart back into the high street. Sainsbury's now wants to build a store but we must ensure that the high street is a place where people want to go, and that local streets are not clogged up with traffic.
Backing two hundred residents of New Oscott Village to challenge the unfair Council Tax that they're having to pay."
Court Lane Roadworks - Bus Info
From National Express - apologies for their mis-spellings of local roads etc. I am chasing up why the actual 66A buses have often been ignoring the below info given to users and the inconvenience caused to those passengers waiting on Goosemoor Lane for over an hour etc in the evening - though by the time that sorting out happens the road-works will probably be completed anyway;
"Monday to Friday, 11-15 July 2011 between 09:30 and 16:00 (approx.) each day. Court Lane will be closed between Chester Road and Jerrys Lane due to resurfacing.
Services 7 and 65: Contractor will help buses to turn at the Witton Lodge Road /Court Lane terminus where necessary.
Service 66: Normal route in both directions (Jerry’s Lane remains open).
Service 66A: Buses from City Centre: buses will continue along Gravelley Lane then run via Boldmere Road and the normal route.
Buses towards City Centre: from Boldmere Road buses will run via Gravelley lane to rejoin the normal route."
East Africa Crisis Appeal
Over 10 million people are at risk in East Africa due to conflict and some areas being affected by the worst drought in 60 years.
The DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal will support the work of our members in affected areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan.
Your donations can help provide life saving aid such as food, water, care for malnourished children and medical treatment;
Found Dog - Erdington
B24 on 11.07.11. Staffie, female, blue brindle with white markings, no ID
K9 Search UK
Contact 07988 433187
Goosemoor Lane Website - 10 Year Anniversary. June
2001 - June 2011
I've not done much on the website to mark the 10 years since the website started, but it is indeed 10 years now. By co-incidence it was the same month that Sion Simon became Erdington's MP.
The website began due to a public meeting held with local police (at Boldmere School) where I found that I was the youngest person there, despite young people being the main topic of conversation! So I thought a website might engage with them a bit.
It was set up that same night when I got home! (Just one page then).
The actual Games Page was added much later though.
Re the History Page research - I managed to solve a long-standing city-wide mystery over wartime media-restrictions re the air-raids on the city (via a trip to the National Archives in London in 2003 to study unclassified documents).
The Links Page began as merely a way of not pushing problems from this area into other adjacent areas and then back again - though it includes websites rather further afield than Boldmere and Perry Common now of course!
The weekly TV show list on the News Page sprang from the Lozells rioting in October 2005 (and if you check the news footage etc you'll surely see me there mingling around in the background - I became completely trapped inside a church for several hours by the carnage and was completely unaware that at some point only about 150 yds away outside that the unfortunate Young-Isiah Sam was being stabbed to death. Lucky).
I emerged from the church late at night to find a scene rather like The Luftwaffe had returned to the city - scattered rubble in the roads, some raging fires merely left to burn themselves out, broken glass, the stretched emergency-services running around everywhere.
The police had said it was "safe" to now leave the church - a relative term clearly.
I remember thinking as I made my way down Lozells Road back towards Witton - "Oh well, I'm sure this will be on Sky News when I get home". And it was. The city's reputation lost again.
One stated factor in that rioting (said in the church when I was there) was a provocative TV show which Channel 4 had naively broadcast weeks earlier (which not enough people - including myself - had realised had caused serious tension problems in Lozells).
From then on I thought a list of contentious TV shows which could cause a problem in the city might be a good of way of warning other community-activists, although the list has other stuff now too of course.
Proposed Sainsbury's Supermarket - Erdington -
From the Birmingham Mail at www.birminghammail.net
`RESIDENTS blasted plans for a new Sainsbury’s store in the city at a packed meeting. More than 100 people made their views known Erdington Ward Meeting - with the vast majority hitting out at the proposals.
Residents voiced their anger at plans for a new store, parking, housing and additional retail units on the current Colliers site at the edge of the town centre between Sutton Road and Orphanage Road.
Sainsbury’s community affairs manager Bob Keyes faced the barrage as resident after resident told him the store was not needed or wanted in Erdington.
The discussion, which was chaired by Coun Robert Alden (Conservative), follows a consultation exercise in which members of the public were invited to comment on Sainsbury’s plans.
Fears raised at the meeting at St Barnabas School, Spring Lane, included noise from delivery lorries, gridlock from increased traffic, parking from staff and shoppers and security concerns regarding a proposed rooftop car park.
But Mr Keyes told the hall that the initial plans were already being revised. He said:
"Sainsbury’s policy is to consult the local community at pre-planning stage and we are taking on board your concerns. Those plans are undergoing serious consideration and amendment. When we have got to the point where we have met all of those concerns we will be coming back to the community."
Coun Alden welcomed the fact that Sainsbury’s was listening to residents.
"Until Sainsbury’s feels the community is happy with the plans they will not put in a planning application and that is positive. When that happens we will be making sure that their traffic surveys are robust and that the community really has been heard."
And he added there is still time for people to make their views known.
"We were really pleased with the turnout at the meeting and we have also delivered questionnaires to 6,500 homes so are collating their responses. If anyone has comments they can raise them with us and we will ensure they are passed on to Sainsbury’s."'
Cllr Robert Alden (Tory), C/O Council House, Birmingham B1 1BB Robert.Alden@birmingham.gov.uk
Jack Dromey MP (Labour), House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA www.jackdromey.org
Erdington Residents Concerned Over Sainsburys Superstore - email@example.com
Website - www.sainsburys-erdington.co.uk
Planning Dept website - www.birmingham.gov.uk/planning
Birmingham Councillor Was Offered Sexual Services
In Erdington Massage Parlour
From the Birmingham Mail at www.birminghammail.net
`A SENIOR Birmingham councillor has told how he visited a massage parlour to alleviate back pain - but was offered "sexual services" on the side.
Coun Roger Harmer, deputy leader of the city’s Liberal Democrat Group, said he was shocked by the proposal made to him by Thai staff at Fruity Spa, in Erdington, and made his excuses and left.
The 46-year-old father of three said he only visited the massage parlour once.
It is based in an apartment near the Six Ways roundabout in Erdington, but only reveals its full address to registered website members.
Councillor Harmer’s name was revealed in a membership list, seen by the Mail, which was sent out by the owner informing clients of a change in contact details.
The venue has pictures of its staff on the webpage dressed in their underwear, or draped across beds.
Their faces are obscured.
It says it offers Nuru massages, described on the site as "erotic", for a starting price of £40 for 30 minutes.
Coun Harmer unsuccessfully stood as the Lib Dem candidate for Edgbaston at the 2010 General Election.
He was previously a primary school governor.
And he has claimed to have a passionate commitment to the environment and works for an environmental charity.
Speaking about his experience in the massage parlour, the Oxbridge graduate said:
"I regularly get back massages because I have muscular issues and I am lazy in terms of my posture. I have had therapeutic back massage for the last 15 years or so, which has been very effective, and I’ve rarely had back pain in that time. The same guy has done it in all that time and he is very good, but occasionally he isn’t available. I either wait or I have to find somewhere else. It all looked very respectable at this place, the price for Thai massage was reasonable and I certainly did not expect anything to go with it. I had the massage and at the end of it I was offered various extra sexual services. I said ‘no thank you’ and I made my excuses and left. It is a fine line how some of these places dress themselves up as massage parlours, but may be offering sexual services. Equally, the place itself might be perfectly respectable and it’s just a rogue girl who is trying to make some extra money. It is very difficult for people like me who are genuinely looking for a massage. I had to register with them in order to get an appointment. I have obviously not been back since it happened and I will not be going back. It’s just one of those things. It’s an embarrassing thing, but that’s life."
A spokeswoman for Fruity Spa, which is also known as Myumimassage, said:
"I think Yumi has sold the business".
The woman, who did not want to give her name, added: "I don’t know who owns the business. I don’t have their name or their number. Maybe you should call back."'
Campaign re Perry Common Recreation Ground (Was sent to me all in capitals)
SAVE OUR PARK
THE COUNCIL PLAN TO BUILD 226 ONE, TWO, THREE, AND FOUR BEDROOM Flats/Houses on Dovedale, Capilano, Enderbury Road and Jonquil Close
THEY PLAN TO BUILD ON HALF OF PERRY COMMON PARK (UP TO WHERE THE CYCLE LANE IS NOW).
I DON’T WANT HALF MY PARK TAKEN AWAY –IT’S COMMON LAND.
THERE IS ENOUGH LAND TO BUILD HOUSES AROUND IT – THERE’S LOTS OF DERELICT LAND ON DOVEDALE ROAD, BUT THEY WANT TO SQUEEZE MORE PEOPLE IN, SO WANT TO TAKE HALF THE PARK TOO.
226 HOUSES/FLATS EQUALS LOADS OF NEW PEOPLE USING OUR RESOURCES AS THESE ARE GOING TO BE 4,3,2 AND 1 BEDROOM HOUSES/FLATS.
THIS WILL CAUSE A STRAIN ON LOCAL RESOURCES – PARKING, DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS, SCHOOLS ETC.
IF YOU LOVE YOUR PARK THEN YOU HAVE TO WRITE OR EMAIL BIRMINGHAM COUNCILS PLANNING DEPARTMENT WITH YOUR CONCERNS (AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS THE PLANS ARE GOING THROUGH)
Quote reference number 2011/01330/pa and say why you do not want dwellings built on your park (and please include reference number 011/01794/pa too as this relates to the park/recreation ground)
EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: -
P.O. Box 28
From Cllr Kane;
"The land you refer to is part of a land-exchange and a new park has been created within Perry Common to the same dimensions as the land that is being built on. This has been on plan for the last six years."
Prickly Bush - Hawthornbrook Way (off Court Lane)
"The very prickly bush on the corner of Hawthorn Brook Way is growing into the path. It is especially noticeable when holding a child's hand as they are almost certain to be brushing against the bush. I would really like it to be cut back, please."
It's opposite the cemetery entrance.
(I've seen that bush and it is indeed prickly! Someone set fire to it not long back, but it's now recovered. I'd recommend residents clip bits off and plant them in their back-gardens where they think burglars might get in - the Home Office even says do things like that!)
Shelter Whacked - Gravelly Lane - Fixed
(This might be a Crime) Down by the shops at the Station Road junction a bus-shelter had been given a right whack by something, either by a bus or speeding car etc. Knocked some of the glass out and severely bent the metal structure etc. Whatever did it clearly mounted the pavement to a degree. Dangerous. Fixed now anyway.
The Conservatives (39 seats) were overtaken by the Labour Party (55 seats), which now has the most seats on Birmingham City Council following the local elections earlier this month. But the Tories retain power in coalition with the Liberal Democrats with a majority of six seats.
Councillor Alden, aged 28, said his party faces a "tough" year ahead to hold on to power but he was keen to highlight his party's achievements.
"It's key to be frank and honest and it's going to be tough to hold on to a majority at next year's elections," he added.
"We have to make sure the electorate know what a Conservative-led council has done and what it would be like under Labour. The residents are put first. Local people are given powers and money to influence their area. Community chest money, where each ward is given £100,000 to spend, is unprecedented. My role as deputy leader of the Conservatives is to make sure my party is in fighting shape. Nationally, our party did well, which showed people were appreciating we are trying to tackle the debt. But it is also important to recognise the difference between local and national elections and the massive difference a good local councillor can make to their area."
Cllr Alden said that, seven years, ago Birmingham mirrored today's national picture, in both instances a Tory-Lib Dem coalition taking over.
"Birmingham was in a mess when we took over," he said. "Over the past seven years, we have seen housing turn around, with 99.8 per cent reaching the Government benchmark Decent Home standard. There has been an absolute turnaround with improvements in education standards and a transformation in adult social care. We need to improve children's social care. There have been other changes that don't always make the headlines as well, with the work done on parks getting a Green Flag park in each constituency."
In Erdington, Cllr Alden said his party had "cautiously welcomed" the announcement of a new Sainsbury's on the present Collier car dealership site. He said he wanted the store "tied into the High Street" and reached agreement for the Honeywell Building to be demolished, as this would have been a visible barrier blocking the superstore off from the main shopping area.
Additional parking for users of the High Street at the Sainsbury's site would also be welcomed, as well as a preference of Erdington people for the 400 new jobs.
Cllr Alden is also looking for a contribution from the supermarket giant towards the High Street as he feels it is "important Sainsbury's puts something back".
He said: "I want to do the best I can for Erdington. I have got a pretty high-powered role and I have got to make sure everyone is happy."'
Caretakers & Concierge Newsletter Jarvis Road &
Top Croft Estate - April/July 2011
"Jarvis Road Sheltered Housing Scheme - We would like to welcome the residents of Jarvis Rd Sheltered Scheme in this newsletter
All the housing staff that cover the estate felt it was important to start to include residents of the scheme.
You don't have to go to a Neighbourhood Office - You can come and see the Concierge at Windsor House from 7am to 7pm (Monday to Friday)
Concierge Angela & Paul 0121 386 2336
Neighbourhood Caretaker Chris 077 66 922 466
Trainees - You may see a group of trainees doing various works on the estates. They will be painting the trip rails & garage doors on Jarvis Rd & Topcroft, and other designated jobs.
Concierge Wins Top Awards - We would like to congratulate Angela for winning a top award; Angela graduated in February with a degree in Housing
Angela was put forward for the Charted Institute of Housing National Housing Student of the year award, which she won
This is awarded to two students every year, for remote learning, and the award, which Angela won, given to a student from any of the universities across the country
Welcome to the new staff - We would like to welcome Mark to the team, he is the new Neighbourhood Cleaner & he will be covering several blocks on both estates.
We would also like to welcome Dave a new Concierge Officer to the team he will be working with us for the next few months.
Jarvis Rd & Topcroft have a New Housing Officer who is Anita Pettitt, her team can be contacted on 0121 303 7021."
Public Invited To Have Say Over £16.5m Plan To
Improve Chester Road
From the Sutton Observer newspaper website at www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk
`A PROPOSED £16.5 million scheme to improve a key traffic route in Erdington is to be the subject of a public consultation this month.
Birmingham City Council is inviting the public to see the planned changes to the A452 Chester Road between Tyburn Road and junction five of the M6 between May 14 to May 24 at four sites in the area and to air their views.
Improvements to the major traffic route, which provides a link between the M6, A38 and A47, are aimed at assisting the traffic flow and reducing congestion while also providing improved pedestrian crossing, cycling facilities and benefits for public transport.
Changes will include replacing zebra crossings with toucan crossings, having a combined footway and cycleway, providing priority for buses from Tyburn Road at the junction with Chester Road and creating verge parking bays to enable use of the nearside lane in Chester Road.
In addition a slip road from Fort Parkway on to Chester Road would be created, signals would be added to the M6 junction five roundabout and Spitfire roundabout, a new bridge would be needed over the proposed High Speed 2 rail line and future proofing the Spitfire Roundabout would be carried out to accommodate a possible "hamburger" layout, which allows traffic through the middle.
The upgrade will also assist existing and proposed developments along the route to help bolster inward investment, the council has said, to benefit companies including Jaguar, GKN, Dunlop and The Fort development site.
A council spokesperson said:
"Accessibility in the area has suffered due to the level of congestion which prevails at most times of the day. This creates poor access, environmental problems and a lack of reliable journey times for public transport, freight operations and private vehicle users. The aim of the scheme is to provide an improved road layout which will help ensure reliability in traffic flow, and also improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. Birmingham City Council is developing the scheme and has submitted a major scheme business case and design plan to the Government for approval."
Exhibitions will be held at the Castle Vale Retail Park in Chester Road from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, May 14 and 3pm to 6pm on Tuesday, May 24, at Castle Bromwich Business Park in Tameside Drive from 11am until 2pm in Wednesday, May 18, at the Bagot Arms in Eachelhurst Road from 4pm until 7pm in Thursday, May 19 and 9am to 1pm on Friday, May 20 and at B&Q Car Park in Dunlop Way, off Chester Road from 3pm to 6pm on Monday, May 23.
City council staff will be available at the exhibitions to explains the proposals in more depth and to answer any queries.
The scheme proposals can also be viewed online by searching for Chester Road improvements at www.birmingham.gov.uk, where comments can be left. Questionnaires will be available at the exhibitions and further information can also be obtained from Saaied Manzoor on 0121 675 6520 or email@example.com '
Church Of God Goosemoor Lane -
From the Sutton Observer;
`A church group in Erdington, which launched a drive to help and inspire young people, is celebrating after receiving a financial donation from workers at a Birmingham firm. The New Testament Church of God, in Goosemoor Lane, engages with teenagers to provide support, advocacy and build up confidence. It also has plans to develop a youth centre. It received £400 from Pertemps People Development Group as part of the company's Give As You Earn scheme, which donates thousands of pounds to causes every year. Employees make a donation to the scheme each month.
Nikara Lucas, assistant local youth director at the church and an employment coach for Pertemps, said:
"There is hope within the community of Erdington, even with the downturn of the economy and the negative effect it is having on our young people. I believe we should help provide as much support as possible."
Pertemps' Elaine Brady is one of the employees whose contributions benefit causes across the city, including a youth initiative at the New Testament Church of God in Erdington, run by Nikara Lucas and Jerome Bucknor.'
The church's website www.newlife.org.uk
Local Election Result - Erdington
|Philip Mills||Liberal Democrat||279|
Latest On Goosemoor Lane Resident Graeme Croton's Asperger's Syndrome Project
From the Birmingham Mail;
MAN who battled bullies and abuse for much of
his life before being diagnosed with Asperger's
syndrome at the age of 25 has officially
launched his website to help others in a similar
Graeme Coton, from Erdington, set up Project Aspie to offer free counselling services and a chance for youngsters with Asperger's syndrome to build friendships and enhance their social skills by taking part in meet up activities.
And it went live yesterday (5/5/2011).
He said: "The message of my website is that young people with Asperger's syndrome can do positive things. It also offers advice and support to parents, carers, and family members of loved ones with Asperger's syndrome."
Graeme's hard work has already seen him named the regional winner in the Triumph category of the vinspired national awards which recognise the work of young volunteers across England aged 16 to 25.
He was also awarded a Prince's Trust community award. And this year he has won an UnLtd award and an O2 Think Big award.
Graeme said: "I have achieved more with a short space of time than I ever did through out my entire life. I am educated and passionate on my condition and I am dedicating my whole life now to helping the future of Asperger's. I want to offer Aspies, the autistic word for individuals with Asperger's, a chance and opportunities that I never had in my childhood, adolescence and early adulthood."
Graeme has also started to write the first part of his three-part autobiography on the years before he was diagnosed. During that time he faced bullying that forced him to move from school to school. He achieved just one GCSE in creative arts
He also faced bullying in the workplace because of his difficulty communicating and lack of qualifications.
Since being diagnosed, Graeme has dedicated his life to helping others in a similar situation. He said:
"I always craved one dream and wish throughout my life to gain a cultural belonging and identity."'
To see Graeme's website visit www.projectaspie.com
Found Dog - Erdington
On 27.04.11. Labrador, male, black, collar but no id.