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

Wednesday 27th April 2016 Edition

Additions? Comments? Queries? Corrections? email Gary O'Brien at gary_obrien_99@yahoo.co.uk

 

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Fun Day event on 14th May – 12 noon until 4pm in Short Heath Park, Erdington
This is the only source for this, notices in the area don't have one - https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:fzTaTMvYbLcJ:https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite%3Fblobcol%3Durldata%26blobheader%3Dapplication%252Fpdf%26blobheadername1%3DContent-Disposition%26blobkey%3Did%26blobtable%3DMungoBlobs%26blobwhere%3D1223598220659%26ssbinary%3Dtrue%26blobheadervalue1%3Dattachment%253B%2Bfilename%253D927506---MINUTES-_ERD_HLB_------_WEDS__---17_FEBRUARY_2016__-__Copy.pdf+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

The missing cat Belva has been found

Reference Number: 10871
Date missing: 16-04-2015
Missing from: Erdington B24 9DY

Cat name: Belva
Colour: Grey
Sex: female
Age: young adult
Size: small
Neutered: No
Microchipped: Yes
Collar detail: Yes

More - www.cataware.co.uk/missing-cat-blog.php?ID=10871#.VxZd6I-cHIU

TUSC anti-austerity meeting - Erdington
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) anti-austerity meeting. 7pm on Thursday 28th April at Highcroft Community Centre, Erdington.

More;

brum.sp@hotmail.co.uk
http://www.tusc.org.uk/events

Perry Common Festival

Dumped Fridge/Freezer - Gravelly Lane

Photo of this report

"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."

More - www.fixmystreet.com/report/801811

Click here to read the magazine - http://erdingtonhighstreet.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/56454-Erdington-Mag-April-final-final.pdf

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.

More - http://tyburnmail.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/15-4.pdf

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."

More - www.erdingtonconservatives.org.uk

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 - www.birmingham.gov.uk/streets or ring 0121 303 6000 or email - streetlighting@birmingham.gov.uk

 

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.

Read more: www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/Derelict-pub-site-new-lease-life-council-approves/story-28943942-detail/story.html

Missing

Tink the cat, missing since Friday 11th March

Please CONTACT: 07508 100 267

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."

More - www.erdingtonconservatives.org.uk

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 of 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

More - www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningapplications

Online videos - Erdington District Committee meetings

26 January 2016 - http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/207664

24 November 2015 - http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/199696

(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.

More - https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/5688

(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 emailingreviews@lgbce.org.uk 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 https://northbirminghamtogether.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/sign-our-petition-to-save-our-local-communities/

Missing black cat - Chester Road North - www.cataware.co.uk/missing-cat-blog.php?ID=9832#.Vq-EkY_XLIU

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 -  www.vethelpdirect.com/vetblog/2013/02/14/urban-foxes-attacks-on-cat/

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

Dumped Rubbish on Pavillions Car Park - Chester Road/Gravelly Lane junction - www.fixmystreet.com/report/745508

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!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corylus_colurna

http://tcpermaculture.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/permaculture-plants-hazelnuts-aka.html

(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 - www.fixmystreet.com/report/741026

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.

Keep Left Signs Update
(Some of this damage may be accidental/high winds, not vandalism). 2 keep left signs uprooted on the Bend - reported

New Number 15 bus timetable;

15A - http://nxbus.co.uk/files/NXWestMids/current_timetables/2016-Timetables/B015_03Jan16.pdf

15C - http://nxbus.co.uk/files/NXWestMids/current_timetables/2016-Timetables/B015_03Jan16.pdf

Win a holiday to Portugal by shopping at One Stop on Jerrys Lane
Fill in your details below to enter into our prize draw across our stores nationwide to be in with a chance of winning a holiday to Portugal!

How to enter:

Enter the first 13 digits of the barcode from your receipt
Fill in your details below & click submit

More - www.onestop.co.uk/winaholiday/

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

More - www.erdingtonconservatives.org.uk

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 :- www.erdingtonconservatives.org.uk/news/conservation-zone-petition

Unofficial cones placed along the curbs restricting parking along Witton Lodge Road - Thursday and Fridays - www.fixmystreet.com/report/718558

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 - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/harry-kirkham-inquest-road-tragedy-10353205

Faulty Traffic Signs - Latest Ones Reported For Repair
Uprooted keep-left sign was on the bend of Goosemoor Lane - fixed

On Lamp 22 a Give Way sign was twisted round so no longer facing oncoming traffic - fixed

On Goosemoor Lane near the junction with Hawthorn Close the lamp on a Give Way sign had gone out
- fixed

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
Robert.Alden@birmingham.gov.uk
Bob.Beauchamp@birmingham.gov.uk

£8million homes plan in Erdington given the go ahead - land at rear of Jarvis Road - www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/undefined-headline/story-27862335-detail/story.html

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

www.rsb.org.uk/get-involved/biologyweek/flying-ant-survey
https://twitter.com/hashtag/flyingantday
www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/11779941/Flying-ants-everything-you-need-to-know.html

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.

Read more: www.greatbarrobserver.co.uk/people-rescued-Perry-Common-car-engulfed-flames/story-27981680-detail/story.html

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.

More - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/erdington-crash-biker-thrown-100ft-10184735

(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.

Source - www.facebook.com/thetraveltom

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, www.centrepointprint.co.uk
Kimbellino’s Coffee Shop (cafe), 302 Short Heath Road (junction with Streetly Road), Erdington www.Kimbellinos.co.uk
Darrel Vince Photography, 36 Jerrys Lane, Erdington, B23 5NX, www.dvincephotography.co.uk
Inspirational Gallery, 394 Boldmere Road, www.inspirationalgallery.co.uk
Pizza Bay, 181 Gravelly Lane, www.pizzabayerdington.com
Cinderellas Beauty Salon, 24 - 26 Kingfisher Road (Witton Lodge Circle), B23 5DH, www.cinderellasbeauty.com
Hall's Garden Centre/Garden Room, 211 Chester Road (opposite the Court Lane junction), www.hallsgardencentre.com
Square Deal Car Spares, 182 Gravelly Lane, www.squaredealcarspares.co.uk
Shape Property, 71 Gravelly Lane, http://shapeproperty.co.uk
Erdington Market, Barnabas Road, www.barnabasroadmarketerdington.co.uk
Allie Cakes, Perry Common, www.facebook.com/AllieCakesBirmingham
The Booksmith (book shop), 3 Marston Road (by Chester Road Station),
www.thebooksmith.co.uk
CG Computing, Florence Road, www.cg-computing.co.uk
Royal Oak Public House, Marsh Lane, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Royal-Oak-Public-House/165469615639
Net Perry Common Pentecostal Church, Erdington, www.thenet-church.co.uk
Club Umoja (members-only club for African Caribbeans), Slade Road, Stockland Green, B23 7RJ, http://clubumoja.com
North Birmingham Social, www.meetup.com/meetup-north-birmingham
Friends Of Witton Lakes (FOWL), http://wittonlakes.weebly.com
Stockland Green Ward, www.birmingham.gov.uk/StocklandGreen
Stockland Green Community Leisure Centre, www.birmingham.gov.uk/stocklandgreenclc
Stockland Green History Group, www.facebook.com/groups/596396837116894/

Action 4 Bullying (works with young people aged 11 - 19 who are affected by bullying), http://action4bullying.org
Bromford private members club, www.facebook.com/pages/the-bromford-club-Ltd/177506302288981
St Chad's Church Centre, www.stchadserdington.org.uk
Erdington Market, Barnabas Road, www.barnabasroadmarketerdington.co.uk
Pens of Erdington (creative writing), http://pensoferdington.wix.com/pens
Friends of Spring Lane Playing Fields, www.facebook.com/FriendsofSpringLane

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 - www.erdingtonconservatives.org.uk

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."

More - www.jackdromey.org/save-our-bus-service

The new timetable - http://nxbus.co.uk/files/NXWestMids/current_timetables/2015-Timetables/Birmingham-service-changes-30th-August-2015/B015A_30Aug15.pdf

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."

Orchard Road, Erdington B24 9JD (
mob) 07557 287 435 Gareth.moore@birmingham.gov.uk Robert.Alden@birmingham.gov.uk https://twitter.com/@erdingtontories

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