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

Tuesday 30th June 2015 Edition

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LOST CAT - £100 reward

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

HUGO is Male, black on white with a big fluffy tail, a white front and a smudge under his nose that looks like a moustache. He has a red sparkly collar and bell and is micro chipped. £100 reward (for his safe return). Lost since 21st July from Anstey Fields, Erdington

Call - 07882 007 851 OR 0121 293 6953

Kirkwood Avenue has been re-surfaced - at the Goosemoor Lane junction

Rats - Osborne Road
Numerous rats seen in the undergrowth (gated area at back of houses and side of Osborne school playground) between No13 Osborne Road and house on corner of Wilton road also seen running across the road.. Noticed over the past four days.

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Lease the Rose and Crown pub - this was in the Birmingham Mail;

"This Rose and Crown is considerably older than this Birmingham boozer that bears the same name in Gravelly Lane, Erdington. Its origin lies in the fact that Edward III used a golden rose as a personal badge and his sons, John and Edward, used the red and the white rose. The battles between the pair's descendants were knows as the War of The Roses. The combined red-and-white Tudor rose, often crowned, has been a symbol of the monarchy since the 15th century. This urban pub near Spaghetti Junction occupies a large space with lots of parking and could be ripe for development. It has two bars, a garden and accommodation above. It is available for lease. Offers are invited through Christie & Co on 0121 456 1222"

From Erdington Conservatives - DUMPED RUBBISH - Osborne Road
Gareth, Robert and Bob have reported the dumped rubbish on the junction of Osborne Road and Station Road for clearing and for the rubbish source to be investigated to ensure that this fly tipping does not continue. Bob said;

"It is totally unacceptable for people to think they can dump rubbish like this, making our area untidy. We will keep pressing the Council for action on this".

Villa are 5000/1 to win the Premiership (yes really)
The new football season hasn't even started, but already it seems prepare for doom and gloom in the West Midlands if the Bookies are anything to go by. Here are the pre-season odds from Ladbrokes;

WBA to win the Premier League - 2500/1
Aston Villa to win the Premier League - 5000/1
Wolves to win the Championship - 14/1
Birmingham City to win the Championship - 33/1
Coventry to win League One - 20/1
Walsall to win League One - 33/1

Cable box was busted open - Goosemoor Lane - fixed
On the pavement outside Travis Perkins builders merchants - fixed.

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

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

Streetlife is a social network for local communities. We have a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours and sharing practical information, advice and resources -

(I got a letter inviting me onto the Short Heath section - so I'm Gary O on there)

£500 Community Award On Offer
Do you help run a group, club or charity that benefits older people? Could your organization do things better with a £500 award?

An annual Community Award is available to registered charities or not-for-profit organisations working on projects within the UK that support and enrich older people’s lives.

Of particular interested are projects that provide practical and emotional help, keep older people active or give them a chance to meet up with others. It may be a friendship group, a lunch club, a telephone befriending service, an exercise class or even a special interest group – anything that helps older people feel less isolated and part of their community.

There are 2 awards of £500 available – one for projects that operate within Somerset, and a national one for projects outside the county.

Applications close on the 3rd of August 2015.

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Spinney Bushes And Trees Being Trimmed
The Spinney wooded area at the junction of Court Lane and Witton Lodge Road is being trimmed and pruned.

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

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

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

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

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

Power cut on Monday 5/3/2012

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

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

Power cut - New Year's Day 2009

Poorly phased traffic lights at Salford Circus at night
When the Aston Expressway is closed at night, forcing all traffic through Aston, the traffic light phasing for vehicles coming onto Salford Circus from the Lichfield Road needs to change. 10 seconds is not enough, and causes massive amounts of traffic & delays all bus routes!

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Wheelie Bins Have Been Allocated In The Area

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(For some reason the recyclers came a day late on Friday last week)

TV Shows To Look Out 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
Raised By Wolves Channel 4 10pm Sitcom set in Wolverhampton
Road Wars Pick TV 10pm Cameras follow police
World's Untold Stories CNN 5.30pm Off-beat tales
Road Wars Pick TV 10pm Cameras follow police
Man Utd v Aston Villa 2014/5 MUTV 12am Old game
Man Utd v Aston Villa: 2012/3 MUTV 7:30pm Old game
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).

Aston Villa Flag Count - I saw just one in the road - and that was mine! (So more flags up than shots on goal or corners by the actual Villa team then). There were some up by the Yenton and over in Kingstanding apparently.

Here is the iTunes link for the unofficial Aston Villa cup final song called Loving it At Wembley -

Here is the Sutton Observer link - Aston Villa fan from Erdington writes song to celebrate team making it to FA Cup Final at Wembley -

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Pavement re-layed up by the park - I think the roots from adjacent trees in the park have forced it to be done

Recent Street-Lamp News
Lamp 170 Witton Lodge Road (by The Spinney) baseplate was off (looks like a car hit it) - fixed

Lamps 4, 10 and 19 on Somerton Drive all have some drama or other with them - I'll detail each case to the Council

Street light number 11 on Turpits Lane been out for 2 weeks -

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 -


Traffic chaos in Erdington after a lorry hits the Summer Road railway bridge - again!