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

Tuesday 24th November 2015 Edition

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Home Page Things Police Don't Understand Re Moslem Trouble


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

TV Shows To Look Out For This Week

  Channel Time Synopsis
Inside Africa CNN 5.30pm Profile
CNN Marketplace - Africa CNN 1.45am Profile
CNN Marketplace - Middle East CNN 5.45pm Profile
Your News News 24 11.30pm Viewer's news stories
Road Wars Pick TV 10pm Cameras follow police
South Bank Show Sky Arts 5am Birmingham singer Laura Mvula
Time of Our Lives - Aston Villa Sky Sports 3 5pm Discussion - the 1982 European Cup final
World's Untold Stories CNN 5.30pm Off-beat tales
Road Wars Pick TV 10pm Cameras follow police
A & E - When Patients Attack Channel 5 10pm Havoc at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Citizen Khan BBC 1 8.30pm Sitcom set in Sparkhill
Newswatch BBC News 24 8.45pm Examination of BBC News coverage
Road Wars Pick TV 10pm Cameras follow police
Daily, Mon-Fri, Sat-Sun etc      
World News Today BBC 4 7pm International news
Learning Zone BBC 2 0.00am
Community Channel - -
4 Learning Channel 4 0.00am
Central News ITV 1 6pm
Midlands Today BBC 1 6.30pm
BBC Local TV - -

(See the Games Page for more community broadcasters' details under the Radio/TV section).

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

Black bags need collecting - 430 Chester Road

Photo of this report

Rubbish bags from multiple occupancy property not collected for a fortnight.

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Leaf Fall rail timetable - Cross City Line
The autumn timetable runs from Monday 19 October to Saturday 12 December. The key feature is that not all trains will stop at every station. Although the total number of trains running on the route will remain unchanged, it’s important to check that your train actually stops at the station you need.

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Parcel Hero Everyday Heroes Awards
Heroes walk amongst us unnoticed every day; selfless, giving and 100% genuine. Whether they’re helping friends, family, or members of their community, often they will ask for no recognition and seek no reward. Here at Parcel Hero we want to help you give something back to your Everyday Heroes and award the good deeds they perform.

Help us find the Parcel Hero Everyday Hero 2015 and they could be jetting off around the world with a pair of flights to a destination of their choice. We also have a selection of other great prizes for our top category winners, all they need is your nomination for a chance to win. So don’t delay, simply fill out the form on this page and tell us who you consider an Everyday Hero.

Submissions close on November 22 -

Public Meeting - Erdington
Birmingham residents are invited to have their say about the future of Council services at a series of community workshop events across the city next month.

11 November, 18:30 – 20:00, St Barnabas Church, Erdington

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Online videos - Erdington District Committee meetings
30 June 2015 -

27 October 2015 -

(The agendas are on the right of the screen)

Contact Sarah Stride - 0121 303 0709 or 0121 464 4243

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

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

Recent Street-Lamp News
Lamp 8 Goosemoor Lane was out - fixed

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 -

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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Female Chihuahua Cross dog (Age: Young Adult)

Missing from Turfpits Lane, Short Heath, Birmingham B23 on Thursday 8th October 2015

Wearing a fleas brown collar

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Central Erdington Parking Scheme
This consultation has been extended to Friday 30 October 2015 and additional information has been provided in response to feedback received so far. Between Monday 3 August and Friday 30 October 2015, the Council are consulting on parking controls in Erdington. If you live or work in the area, you can respond to the consultation online.

About the scheme - Erdington is one of Birmingham’s busiest and most vibrant local centres. There is a high demand for parking which impacts on residents and other visitors to the area. We want to ensure provision of parking for a wide variety of users including residents, shoppers, workers and visitors.

A consultation was first held in 2012, where 69% of respondents were in favour of parking controls across the area. We have reviewed the issues raised and we now have the opportunity to carry out further informal consultation to understand what people who live, work and visit Erdington think about the current parking situation and what proposals they would like to see.

The map below shows the area covered by the parking scheme. Detailed plans for each of the numbered areas are included in the documents attached below.

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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This reported LOST CAT has been found!

(Sorry for the poor quality - the laminated original pic is confusing my scanner)

HUGO - was lost since 21st July fromm Anstey Fields, Erdington - not many turn up, so some success there..

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

Rugby Union World Cup - local websites - if you want to get involved - because we clearly need a better team!
Aldridge Rugby Football Club,
Aston Old Edwardians Rugby Club,
Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club,
Birmingham Barbarians, Perry Barr,
Birmingham Bulls RFC (gay),
Birmingham Rugby (info page),
Bournville Rugby Club,
Bromsgrove Rugby Football Club,
Camp Hill Rugby Football Club, Shirley (NOT Digbeth), Solihull,
East Midlands Rugby Union,
Harborne Rugby Club,
Kings Norton Rugby Football Club,
Lordswood Dixonians Rugby Football Club, Edgbaston,
Moseley Rugby Club,
Moseley Women's Rugby,
Old Saltleians, Water Orton,
Old Yardleians RFC, Solihull,
Rugby Football Union,
Rugby Monkeys (basic classes for the very young), Streetly, Quinton, Moseley, Solihull,
Scrum Queens - England webpage (women),
Silhillians RUFC, Solihull,
Spartans Rugby Club, Sutton,
Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club,
Veseyans Rugby Club, Sutton,
Warley Rugby Club,
Wooden Spoon (children's charity),

In case anyone wants to commit `sacrilege' and play Rugby League in Birmingham, here is the club which does - Birmingham Bulldogs,

MISSING cat - Bilbo

Missing since Wednesday September 16th. He is a friendly tabby with white chest, nose and paws. We would be grateful if you could check your garden, shed or garage.

Any information, please call - 0121 350 5146

Alcohol Licence Application - Jerrys Lane Shop

Premises Name

One Stop

Premises Type

Premises Address 27 - 31 Jerrys Lane, Erdington, Birmingham B23 5NX

Ward Name


Representation Start Date


Representation End Date


Birmingham City Council - Licensing Section, Crystal Court, Aston Cross Business Village, 50 Rocky Lane, Aston, B6 5RQ

Tel: 0121 303 9896. Fax: 0121 303 9982. Textphone: 0121 303 1119 -

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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 -

Nominate for the Stockland Green Community Awards 2015 -

(There is no deadline given on that page)

Keep Left Signs Update
(Some of this damage may be accidental/high winds, not vandalism).
One on the bend of Goosemoor Lane and Court Lane is uprooted - fixed. The one at the Court Lane junction is loose - I'll report it.

The Refugee/Migrant Crisis
Here are the websites from the Link Page - personally I think Westminster's algoritthm on the topic is more about trying to wrong-foot each other rather than solve the innate problem. I'm reminded of how Margaret Thatcher kept winning General Elections against a background of mass unemployment - proving that failing to solve a key problem is no bar to winning Elections as long as you simply wrong-foot the Party Opposite. So watch that algorithm play itself out over the intractable Syria.

Aspire (assisting asylum-seekers), Birmingham,
Association for the Economic and Sociocultural Development of Africa (helping migrants etc),
Asylum and Immigration Tribunal,

Asylum Support And Immigration Resource Team, Small Heath
Asylum Magazine,

Birmingham Is Our Home (positive contributions which migration can make to our city),
British Future (identity and integration, migration and opportunity),
Cancer Equality (black and minority ethnic and refugee communities),
Celebrating Sanctuary (Birmingham refugee site),
Disabled Action Group (disabled refugees), Birmingham,
Employability Forum (employment for refugees),
Independent Asylum Commission,
Legacy WM (recording the heritage of the post war migrant communities),

Migrant Voice (developing the skills and confidence of asylum seekers and refugees etc),
Migrants' Rights Network,
National Refugee Integration Forum,
Refugee Action, Nechells,
Refugee Council,

Refugee Legal Centre, Birmingham,
Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC), Black Country,
Refugees Into Business,
Restore (Birmingham Churches Supporting Refugees),
United Nations Association UK,
Welcome To Birmingham (for asylum-seekers etc),

West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (for migrants, asylum-seekers etc),

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

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