The next public meeting of the Erdington District Committee is on 25/11/2014
in Committee Rooms 3 and 4, Council House, Birmingham 11am
Beech Road has new lamps
- certainly that road is much brighter at night now - might be TOO bright for
residents now though! I've put some leaflets through doors along there to see
what opinions come in.
The next public meetings of the Erdington Ward Committee;
24 September 2014 at St Margaret’s Church, Jarvis Road at 7.30pm
Outside 234 and 238 Goosemoor Lane are loose paving stones on the pavement
Poor Sycamore Road Camber - at the junction with Goosemoor Lane on the
even side of Sycamore Road it floods in heavy rain due to a poor camber.
Beware That Conkers Are Falling
That time of the year again, the crusty outer shell can fall with a bit of a
thud to the floor and then break open to reveal the conkers. Just make sure you
aren't walking underneath at the time. We've got such trees along the walkway
leading from Goosemoor Lane to Gravelly Lane by the Rose And Crown, in parts of
Wylde Green by the shopping centre, and along Hawthorn Road in Kingstanding.
A no-waiting post at the junction of Sycamore Road and Chester Road has
been knocked down and is at an angle - is being fixed
Action Plan for Erdington - by Erdington Conservatives Cllr Robert Alden has teamed up with Cllr Gareth Moore, Tyburn
campaigner Clifton Welch and Kingstanding campaigner Andy Rudge to launch their
Action Plan for Erdington and Kingstanding. Have your say on the future of our
local area by filling in the petition below and help decide what will help make
our home even better for local residents -
More Diseased Trees
on Goosemoor Lane now have removal notices on them due
or structural faults. Another one has
already now gone (a second of the large brick-foundation
ones right at the junction with Court Lane which dates from the 1930's and is in
pictures on the History Page from that time).
The Council does plant others in their place, but it is sad to see some
notable ones go.
"At last we have a start date for building work to begin
- August 26th. We have been fortunate in rraising a large part of our total money
needed and can amalgamate some of the phases. So in three months there will be a
transformation to the building. The picture shown is what we are aiming for, but
the front trees will be smaller, and signage on the side wall will be larger and
bolder. There is already someone sitting on the proposed community seat near the
Will the "Garden Tax" affect the leaves
collection? - I'm assuming with fewer Green Waste collections occurring now
that we'll have a bigger problem than usual when the leaves fall in the Autumn?
Sycamore Road Floods At The Goosemoor Lane Junction In Heavy Rain This is caused by a poor camber rather than a blocked drain etc -
I'll report it.
Missed Refuse and Recycling Collections -
Goosemoor Lane - Update
(A strike meant the recycling
boxes were collected from the odd side but not the even side on Monday 18/8/2014. Staff on the reception
at Erdington Neighbourhood Office didn't even know there HAD been a strike - and
the 303 phone service didn't know what if anything was on the website)
I finally managed to track down this official
"Despite extensive talks with representatives from
Unite, the City Council has been unable at this point to reach an agreement over
issues that have been raised by the Trade Union about terms and conditions of
employment for refuse collection staff.
The Council is continuing to talk to the Union with a
view to reaching a resolution, but regrettably, there will be some industrial
action that will lead to disruption of collection services on Monday 11th and
Friday 15th August. There is also a temporary ban on overtime working.
Residents who are due to have a rubbish, recycling or
green waste collection on the above dates are asked to put their bin, sacks or
boxes out for collection as usual. If these have not been collected by the end
of the day, please take the bins/sacks/boxes back onto your property and
re-present them for the next scheduled collection (one week for rubbish and 2
weeks for recycling collections). Please do not contact us to report that your
collection has been missed as this will not result in a quicker service.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the strike
action and assure residents we are doing our best to resolve the Trade Union
Oil on Gravelly Lane car park - "A
skip hire truck driven every day by one of the residents of the pavilions
housing estate is making a mess of the car park. It has had some kind of oil or
fuel leak which has been left to soak into the ground and spread across the car
New Traffic Lights At Salford Circus/Spaghetti Junction - better now?
Let it be known if these new lights solve the problems, or make it worse.
Certainly at evening rush-hour on weekdays the traffic was often backing up
along Lichfield Road to Aston Railway Station (massively delaying the 65, 66 and
66A buses amongst everything else even given the bus-lane in some stretches
along there). The seeming cause was traffic on the island trying to enter the
crowded M6 and mingling with all the traffic entering the island from Lichfield
Road which was trying to enter the M6 too or travel up Gravelly Hill or Slade
It will probably be hard to make a proper judgement until the kids go back to
(The walkway underneath seems hardly used)
The "pinch-point"" problem at the junction of Gravelly Hill and Kingsbury
Road out-of-city remains. I think there are plans for there too, but nothing has
happened yet - I always suggest putting in modifications which block right-turns
from Gravelly Hill onto Kingsbury Road, but allow right-turns from Gravelly Hill
onto Wheelwright Road where the lights are. Presently, paused traffic
out-of-city halts everyone, but that new idea would leave one lane open whenever
traffic has to stop before making a right-turn.
On the pavement down by
the shops at the Gravelly Lane/Station Road junction in Erdington there's an
uprooted phone-box and mail-box next to it also uprooted, there were workman
taking the phone-box away
That was indeed the result of a car mounting the pavement and striking them both
(late on Sunday 13/7/2014). Somehow the car missed the bus-shelter very nearby.
The driver was ok apparently.
Would be serious impact to knock over a phone-box and mail-box too.
Recent Street-Lamp News Lamp 2 Jarvis Road is out
Lamp 23 Witton Lodge Road is out (by The Ring) - reported
(The lamps on Beech Road are being upgraded)
Lamp 12 Bowling Green Close is out - reported
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;
Boldmere Road/Church Road junction shut after collision involving a lorry and
Boldmere Road was closed in both directions and West Midlands Fire Service
advised residents to avoid the road at the Church Road junction. West Midlands
Fire Service, Police and Ambulance were at the scene and although no-one was
trapped,a female is being treated by paramedics onsite suffering from a chest
At 1.47pm on Friday June 27 in 2014, West Midlands Fire Service were alerted
to the incident by the Ambulance Service and sent crews from Perry Barr and
(Historically that junction has been dangerous. Motorists coming out of
Church Road can only see a few yards down Boldmere Road in the direction of
Chester Road - though I don't know if that was the actual cause in this case)
ix My Street - Uneven and dangerous
pavement. Sutton Road and Chester Road junction, outside the Sutton Road
The report -
"The pavement here on the corner of Sutton Rd and Chester Rd, outside the
Sutton Rd Surgery is extremely uneven and dangerous. My elderly father had a
nasty fall here after tripping for which he can sue."
Some Workman Were On The Land Between The Jarvis
Road And Topcroft Estates The area is ear-marked
for housing, and a few workmen have been spotted doing some sort of preliminary
work there. I can't find any Planning Applications for that land though. Watch
Recent local planning applications;
- 87 Court Farm Road, Erection of single
storey front extension
- 10 Somerset Road, Erection of single
storey rear extension
National Express - "The 66A will be changing route in Erdington and will run the
other way around to current. This means it will serve the same bus stops as the
66 on buses going towards Perry Common."
(Certainly on the way to Erdington High Street now the 66A doesn't go up
Station Road anymore but follows Gravelly Lane up on to Summer Road and under
the bridge - I think the 66 does the same thing)
View and download PDF timetable for service 66 from Tuesday 27th May 2014 -
A number of issues have been sent in, my comments are underneath each in
"Somerset Road - There are a number of front garden walls which look
like they are leaning towards the pavement at a worrying angle and there is one
in particular which looks ready to collapse at any moment. I don't know if there
is an inspection of walls in Birmingham, but it does raise the question of
preventing injury to folk walking by."
(I've checked some of these walls - yes some lean out slightly but none are
actually in any danger of toppling over it seems. Each is only about a yard high
too - a danger to cats and poodles if anyone).
"Gravelly Lane - I reported this one to a PCSO twice within the last 2
years and even paid a visit to the Police Station. There is a large black cable
of about 18 inches outside a garden wall which snakes along the pavement about
an inch or two from the wall. It seems like it is only a matter of time before
someone trips and hurts themselves."
(This is a botch job by Virgin Cable when leading the cable from the pavement
to a house etc. In theory it is a tripping hazard to someone who is partially
"Metal rails by steps at the start of the gully between Somerset Road and
Jarvis Road have been missing/stolen for about 2 years also. These rails were
invaluable to the older folk, especially in the bungalows, who have difficulty
walking as this is the main route to get to the shops on Gravelly Lane."
(I assume the metal railings in that alley have been nicked the same way that
everything metal is nicked these days. Replacing them with something
non-metallic is one idea).
"Another thing I have noticed is the sound of Police, Ambulance and Fire
Brigade Sirens around Erdington which have increased 1000 fold I feel, in recent
years and has definitely made a huge noise impact on the ambience of the area
day and night. I am not disputing that these are emergency vehicles perhaps on a
life or death incident, but I do wonder why the huge increase? You can almost
guarantee meeting one of these vehicles rushing by on every trip or outing you
make in this area, especially at the Chester Road junction with New Summer Road,
in fact it does make that junction very dangerous due to the frequency and
perhaps a road sign could be put up regarding this danger spot, as the road into
Sutton has been narrowed into a two into one lane as you turn left at the lights
going into Sutton, this junction gets very busy at rush hour and I have
witnessed emergency vehicles going in different directions from two approaches
at this time."
(We are not far from Erdington fire station and Erdington police station, so
will always have them rushing about the area - I'll try to find out if the
sirens are louder now though. I have noticed the 2 - fire and police - trying to
both cross junctions in a rush at the same time in the area and getting in each
other's way - such as at the Station Road/Sutton New Road junction - but I don't
know what can be done).
Missing Bus Stops And Wobbly Bus Stops - Update There is now a new 66A bus-stop post by the electricity substation on Goosemoor Lane
from the Erdington to Sutton way. Some of the existing bus-stops posts on Goosemoor Lane are wobbly.
Reported to Centro - response;
"Thank you for your email received the 5 February 2014, regarding the bus stops
on Goosemoor Lane. We are aware that the flag which was originally installed on
a lamppost on the 66A route travelling towards Erdington is missing, and are
looking to rectify this. The bus stop at this location has 'And Opposite'
arrangement in place, meaning that bus services should stop on both sides of the
We have however received feedback from passengers that this is not always the
case, and that on occasions drivers have not been stopping on the opposite side
of the road. It is therefore our intention to install two new stops at this
location, meaning the bus stop flag would no longer be installed on a lamp post.
Prior to a bus stop being installed we have to ensure the location meets with
the Highways Authority's strict road safety criteria and hence need be located
in a safe environment for passengers to board and alight vehicle. Therefore we
have arranged for a member of our team to carry out a site survey to find a
suitable location for the stops to be installed.
Whilst I cannot give you a confirmed decision at this time I can advise you that
we will endeavour to install stops here as quickly as possible, subject to
receiving highways approval.
I hope this information helps, and thank you for taking the time to contact
Motorcyclist sent 'flying through the air' in Erdington crash
A motorcyclist had a lucky escape after witnesses described him ‘flying
through the air’ following a crash on Short Heath Road early on Monday evening
(19/5/2014). The bike collided with a car at the junction with Turfpits Lane
just before 6pm.
New Pavement Bin In The Area
On Court Lane by The Spinney, between the 2 Witton Lodge Road forks and on
that side. By the 66A bus-stop
Vegetable plants for sale at Court Lane Allotments
"We have a large selection of vegetable, fruit and herb plants for sale through
the shop at Court Lane Allotments. The plants have been grown from seed by our
own plot holders. They are in the netted area near the main car park by the
shop. The shop is open to everyone on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.
Please come along and help to support us to raise funds for our site.
There was a car accident on the junction of Chester
Road and Church Road during the night of Thursday 8th May
The car mounted the pavement and demolished the brick wall
of the house on the corner of Chester Road and Church Road in Boldmere. There
was a spillage of engine coolant on the path which was also littered with broken
glass, and pieces of broken car bumper.
Potholes on Goosemoor Lane -
at the Bowling Green Close junction, Sycamore Road junction, outside 142,
and outside 124 - fixed.
Dog Fouling - More
The Council have put up a dog-fouling warning sign by the Court Lane
junction. A resident on Goosemoor Lane opposite the Amber Court junction has a sign on
their gate about dog-fouling on the pavement outside - and another resident have
a sign up by The Inset too. There is dog dirt on the pavement along Goosemoor
Lane if you check. Here is the general Council info about it;
"The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act requires any person in charge of a dog which
fouls on designated land, to remove the dog mess immediately. Almost all land in
Birmingham is designated. Offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice
If you are issued with a fixed penalty notice this will include details, where
and how payment of the fine can be made. Failure to pay will result in
prosecution and, if the matter goes to court, may result in a fine of up to
The dog wardens affix appropriate signs to lamp posts and distribute educational
leaflets and posters to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets."
(Wed 7/5/2014) Goosemoor Lane was closed between Sycamore Road junction and
The Inset They were fixing the subsidence there. Was done by the afternoon.
Points of Light: May 2014 winners;
Mary Harvey (Birmingham). Mary has for years been an important part of her
local community. She is a member of the local Community Watch in Perry Common,
Birmingham and set up a ‘Duckling Watch’ scheme - amassing an army of local
children to become junior community wardens, tackling anti-social behaviour and
helping local wildlife.
From Erdington Conservatives; "From previous leaflets residents will be aware
we have been working to secure the former Leopard Pub on Jerry's Lane. The pub
was sold at auction, earlier this year, and since then has remained empty and
accessible. We are delighted to confirm that the pub has now been secured. The
owner has sealed all the windows and installed a gate to the rear.
We are now working with the police to find a long term solution to the building
both security wise and what the site will be used for in the future.
We will update residents with more information as and when we receive it. If in
the meantime you find more issues or ASB occurring at the Leopard Pub site
please do ensure you ring the local Police Station to record it and ask for a
log number. This will ensure that it is recorded on the Police database and even
if the Police do not come out and attend at that point, it will ensure the
Police allocate even more resources to the area to tackle the site.
Conservatives; "We have
contacted the Council demanding that the Spinney on the corner of Witton Lodge
Road and Court Lane is cleared up (below).
The site is owned by the City Council Housing Department
and so they have an obligation to keep it clean. It is in desperate need of
being cleaned up and so we have asked them to send a cleaning crew down to clear
Erdington Conservatives letter to the Council; "I have been contacted by a
number of residents regarding the state of the Spinney on Witton Lodge Road at
the junction of Court Lane. I have been out to look at it and once again it is
been used as a dumping ground almost. The site is full of litter which has been
thrown over the fence. As this land is owned by the City Council housing
department please can we get a cleaning crew out on site to get it cleared up
for local residents. In addition part of the fence has been damaged please can
we look at this and see if we can get it repaired as well please."
A report has been sent to Fix My Street by
"A property on this road has a fence with barbed
wire on top of it. That's not a problem of course,
but in one section the bracket has fallen over
meaning the barbed wire is hanging over the public
footpath. A tall person may not see it and it is low
enough to injure them. The owner of the building
needs to put the barbed wire back in place."
Accident - Goosemoor Lane Bend - Car Upside Down! More
(The car's speed and then the sound of the crash
actually woke me up and I live by the Kirkwood Avenue
5.30am - 28/2/2014. A car (small grey or silver
hatchback) travelling at speed down Goosemoor Lane (in rain) from the direction of the
Kirkwood Avenue junction towards the notorious bend on
Goosemoor Lane went completely out of control on
that bend - and ended up on its roof! Lamp 14 was
I've no idea
of injuries etc but I could soon hear sirens - nearby people
were already there within minutes.
gone through the fence into the kids play area (was by
the Anstey Field junction) - luckily no kids were in there at that early
That bend is
notorious for crashes and the issue of the nearby kids
play-area and the new housing development there was
repeatedly raised with the Council beforehand - planning
permission was still granted though.
The car had been
removed by around 10am.
Erdington MP Jack Dromey "Under-Age Sex" Row
This issue is now being widely reported nationally. I have no further
information beyond that, here are the mainstream media links about it;
(When Labour finally got a leader capable of winning general elections after 18
years notice how he either quickly dumped or sidelined Harman, Abbott, Short,
Livingstone and Dobson etc - and from cases like this you can see why. Who would
the crucial Essex swing-voter support in this big row - the mindlessly stubborn
Harman or The Daily Mail?)
Water leak fixed - Goosemoor Lane
- by the Inset and Sycamore Road junction,,
was on both sides of the road, gushing a bit. Severn Trent spent several days fixing it.
Alley Between Jarvis Road An Somerset Road Cleaned
From Erdington Conservatives;
`Last month saw local residents, our popular local Cllrs Robert Alden, Bob
Beauchamp and Gareth Moore, join with members of St Margaret's Church to carry
out a clean up around the Alley between Jarvis Road and Somerset Road and the
land on Jarvis Road around the Church. Robert said "it was great to see so many
people from the local community come together to help clean it up and show pride
in our area. Thank you to everyone who took part and to the Council for taking
the 40 plus bags of waste collected away!"'
Small holly trees pruned in Short Heath park - by the car-park. Seems
to be a move against anti-social behaviour given the other small bushy holly
trees have been left alone.
Mini Power Cut - Goosemoor Lane This was 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.
I do list them when they occur in the area, here are the ones from the last few
years that I know of;
Power Cut - Gravelly Lane - Monday 3/2/2014. It affected one side by the
junction with Station Road (the off-licence, grocery store, Chinese takeaway,
lamp-posts and nearby housing for about 6 houses up etc). An electricity van was
there with workers digging up the pavement. I don't know if that was the cause,
the repairers, or arranged beforehand. An odd time to do it deliberately if that
was the case.
Electricity Power Cut - Goosemoor Lane - 4.50pm on Thursday 1/8/2013. Was out
for about 1 hour.
Power cut on Monday 5/3/2012
Power cut on the night of 4-5/10/2011
Power surge on Tuesday Night/Wednesday Morning 21/22 December 2010
Power cut - New Year's Day 2009
A WARNING has been issued to pet owners following a fire in Glendon Road in
Erdington involving a naked flame
The blaze was started by an animal knocking a candle on to curtains at a three-bedroomed
property in Glendon Road in Short Heath - Wednesday, February 5. Fire crews from
Erdington and Perry Barr were called following a 999 call at 10.22pm reporting a
house fire at an end terrace house. Two fire officers using breathing apparatus
entered the two-storey home and extinguished the fire in a rear bedroom.
The ambulance service also attended and gave precautionary checks to the four
people in the property but none were taken to hospital.
Food Bank/Debt Surgery Starting At Bethany Church On South Road In Erdington
"We are starting a food bank up in our church, if you know of anyone who is
giving away some good shelving please let me know. Also we are seeking donations
of food from those able to help. On Tuesdays at 11am we are now running a debt
surgery - all the information is on our web page -
Topcroft North Maisonette Block Door Finally Fixed
Took a few
months, but it locks again now. Had been bust open for some time.
(North Block is the one nearest Goosemoor Lane - coined by this website to
tell them apart).
Substation On Court Lane Renovated
By the car-park in Short Heath Park. The old timber at the front of it has
been replaced with new wood
Road Accident - Chester Road/Sycamore Road Junction<>
A resident reported that there was a road traffic accident on the
corner of Chester Road and Sycamore Road at about 7.15am (Wednesday 11th
December). The accident involved a car and a motorcycle. The police and
ambulance service attended the scene. Traffic was restricted to one lane causing
some tailbacks in both directions but by 8am traffic conditions had returned to
(The Birmingham Mail mentioned that the motorcycle rider injured their wrist and
was taken to hospital as a precaution)
Jack Dromey MP Fuel Expenses Row/Jack Dromey MP Proposed Increased Salary
Row/Jack Dromey MP Twitter Row<>
I say that the `huffing and puffing' voter of Salford pretty much makes
all of this sort of thing irrelevant in the safe Labour seat which Erdington is
(the Salford voters totally swore blind to get rid of expenses cheat Hazel
Blears MP - but then simply re-elected her when given their first chance to
chuck her out).
Here are all the recent `scandals' anyway, but I say Jack Dromey will be
re-elected the Erdington MP in 2015;
As ever Jack Dromey is offered the right of reply on these 4 issues, any
response which will be placed as prominently on the website as this original
notice. He may choose to only respond on his own website though -
Conservatives - Leisure
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Renee Spector MBE, a Labour councillor for the Erdington Ward from 1986 to
2007, has died aged 84
"Sycamore Road was partially blocked for an hour last night (Thu 10/10/2013) due
to a broken down car at the junction with Chester Road. The wheel had broken
clean off the vehicle as it entered Sycamore Road from Chester Road. The RAC
were called and the vehicle was recovered by 10pm."
Councillors Reject Plans To Put School For Troubled Teenagers On Gravelly
Councillors have rejected plans to put a school for troubled teenagers in
an empty office block on one of Birmingham’s busiest road junctions. The
council’s planning committee criticised the scheme for a special education unit
at Stuart Court in Erdington and asked the developer to come back with more
information. They were outraged that not only is the office block on the busy
junction of Gravelly Lane and Station Road but it also lacks any outdoor play
area for the teens – who would be children recovering from emotional and
physical abuse or with behavioural problems.
Road Signs By The Bend - Changed On the run to The Bend (in both directions) on Goosemoor Lane
there were a caution triangular-shaped sign each way warning of the bend ahead - but
they were out of date because they didn't include a warning about traffic emerging from
the new Anstey Fields road onto the bend. I reported them for updating and they
have been updated.
Planning Permission Application - Land at Dovedale Road, Perry Common,
Birmingham, B23 5BP Erection of 59 two - four bedroom houses for social rent with associated
highways, parking and landscaping works - Approved
(That is not the first fatal road-accident in living memory at that location. They'll be
official statistics held somewhere. The nearest pedestrian crossing is about 100
yards away serving Perry Common Recreation Ground and crossing over to the Maxted Road junction).
Permission For Small Mosque Approved - Station Road - Cllrs Approve It On A 1
Year Temporary Basis To Allow Assessment Of Any Impact On Residents
Big Road Accident - Gravelly Lane! (No-One Badly Hurt)
This serious incident where a VW hatchback car
overturned occurred on Gravelly Lane on Monday 15/7/2013 around 6.15pm.
Amazingly the driver (the only occupant) only suffered a cut elbow and no-one
else was hurt! Police, fire service and ambulance all attended. Obviously the
road was blocked for a time.
The VW was travelling on Gravelly Lane towards
Station Road (having gone past the Norfolk Road junction) when it hit a parked
car. It flipped over onto its side and slid across and down onto the other side
of the road - but didn't then mount the pavement on the other side - it nearly
e.g. note how the number plate is yellow - because
that is the BACK of the car. It was heading towards Station Road and got knocked
right across onto the other side of Gravelly Lane.
(See the mixed-race guy in the blue jacket behind
the car in the pics? That is me! I was walking along towards Station Rd when I
heard the big bang behind me and looked around saw the car coming right at me
sliding along on its side! I ran of course, but thankfully it never came onto
the pavement etc. It slid about 50 feet right across the road diagonally
A lucky escape
A resident sent the pics to me.
(There is a long-standing issue on that stretch of
Gravelly Lane of loads of parked cars on that busy road because front gardens
are too small to have any cars in them. You can see front-drives for cars on the
other side but as I say the car was travelling towards Station Road and it a car
on that side of Gravelly Lane).
Littlecote Drive Right Of Way Dispute This letter was in the Sutton Observer last week;
"Bordering on the dangerous. MYSELF and my
neighbours live in an apartment block which borders the Chester Road and
Littlecote Drive Over the recent years we have been plagued by dozens of adults,
both male and female and their children, using our private gardens as a shortcut
to and from the Chester Road.
Myself and my neighbours often stop and point out to these people that they are
trespassing in someone's garden, but usually all we get back in response is a
stream of abuse. We are subjected to litter, dog faeces and people walking
though and making noise late at night often after 11pm.
All of this despite the fact that the footpath and garden is gated and the land
is marked 'Private', 'No Public Right of Way' on three separate signs. The
single wide footpath runs from our car park around the side of our block past
several bedroom windows and finally past a bathroom window. There are several
female residents, including myself, who live in the block of six apartments.
I feel we no longer have any privacy because of these
J Wilson, via email."
That is a series of botch-jobs from the developer of that 1980's estate - e.g.
gas emerging from the ground has to be monitored (it is an old rubbish tip) and
the public green space become boggy and unusable for days after any rain.
Some years ago I suggested bringing together
residents and Vesey cllrs etc to resolve the right-of-way dispute, but instead I
got a threatening letter from a known resident of the Littlecote Drive apartment
block in question - one of whom was bleating to you last week. I passed the
threatening letter to the police, but they did nothing (so Rupert Murdoch lives
in that apartment?)
With at least one new Vesey cllr these days, a
certain Dr Pocock might want to resolve all the long-running disputes and
problems on that estate? Good luck.
Summer Road By The Railway Bridge Still Floods In heavy rain the dip in Summer Road by the Railway Bridge still floods
despite the many drains there. Traffic and pedestrians either can't pass or get
stuck etc. The drains do eventually clear the water but it takes time.
Goosemoor Lane/Baldmoor Lake Road Conjoined Alley - Clogged With Rubbish -
Latest There is a gated alley at the back of about 100 - 158 Goosemoor Lane
(shared with some houses on Baldmoor Lake Road) and it was reported to me about
all the rubbish in there some time ago but I couldn't get in there at first. I
managed to get in there recently though and can confirm all sorts of stuff is in
(Even a cat's remains are in there! Giving you some idea of how long that
dead animal has been lying there!)
It used to be wide enough to drive a car down from one end to the other -
you'd struggle to do that now with all the dumped stuff and overgrown bushes etc
clogging it up. Even the Council can't always get in there to fix the lamps (it
does belong to the Council)
Some residents want to make it nice again - but don't really know how. They
have suggested arranging a sort of Community Day for residents to do it, or
getting the Council to do it - or both.
(With at least one dead animal lying in there though it might not be a good
idea for residents to clear all the stuff?)
Burglars have been known to enter that gated alley to then gain access to the
back gardens too - it being clogged with dead cats etc might deter them - so
think about that before reaching any decision over clearing it!
From Erdington Tories;
`Re: Fly-tipping in Alleyway - Goosemoor Lane
"Further to my previous correspondence, I have now received a response from
Environmental Health, a copy of which I have enclosed for you. I have been
informed that some of rubbish in question has been arranged for removal. I am
aware that there may be further rubbish located within the alleyway itself which
will be problematic to remove. Should you still have further concerns about this
rubbish, please do let me know and I do what I can to get it moved.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding this matter and should
you have any questions or would like to raise another issue, please do not
hesitate to contact me."
Response from Environmental Health;
"Re: Fly tipping in rear access way leading from Goosemoor Land to Top Croft
Road, Erdington, Birmingham B23. I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry of 2nd
May 2013 written on behalf of residents of Goosemoor Lane concerning fly tipping
in the rear access way leading from Goosemoor Lane to Top Croft Road. I visited
Goosemoor Lane on 8th May 2013 and my survey revealed that there is a pile of
builder waste approximately half a skip near the access way between 98 Goosemoor
Lane and 17 Top Croft Road . I have photographed the waste and will arrange for
the rubbish to be cleared by way of the City Council's Your City Your Birmingham
Initiative. I will let you know once the waste is removed."
Plan For Moslem Prayer Hall - Station Road
application (20L3/03259/PA) has been submitted to the Council for 22-24 Station
Road, Erdington to allow;
"Additional use of ground floor as Islamic prayer hall in addition to
existing permitted use as ground floor education centre".
This is the site of the old Scuba diving shop. Residents have raised with us
a number of concerns relating to traffic and parking issues this is likely to
cause for the Station Road area. As you will be aware the Road is the only route
east - west across the railway line within Erdington Ward and as such is vital
it remains moving. The location of this shop for a prayer hall is very
unsuitable for such a use, lacking any parking. Indeed the plot is surrounded by
a crossing and yellow lines so there is nowhere close that could be used for
dropping users off. We also feel it would be open too early (4.15am) and late
(11pm) with the times causing residents a real disturbance in a heavily
In addition to writing to the planning department we are collecting a
petition to demonstrate the strength of residents objects.'
"Speeding On Court Lane - We have been contacted by
a number of residents asking for us to lobby the Council for action on speeding
cars in Court Lane following the tragic events over Easter, where a young child
lost their life.
We have therefore launched a petition calling on the Council to take action in
Court Lane and do something regarding the speeding traffic."
"Former Court Lane Allotments Site - The Labour
Council has recently decide to restart plans to build on the old allotment site
between the Topcroft Estate and Jarvis Road, bordered by Goosemoor Lane and
Court Lane. The current allotments site is not at risk. They are still planning
to build a road from the site onto Jarvis Road running between the first tower
block and the rear of Cookes furniture store. However now instead of the
previous plan which would have seen part of the homes been private for sale and
part rented by the Council they are making the whole site rented but not by the
Council. This means that the properties will not be managed by the Council in
We are very concerned that the Council has gone ahead and agreed to restart the
plans to build on this site, despite concerns raised by ourselves and residents
not being asked their views. Both the Labour Council and London based Labour MP
fully support this scheme. Indeed a member of the London based Labour HP's
staff said to the Council that they were `supportive to these proposals'".
Fire - Windsor House - Jarvis Road
Two people were rescued from a sixth-floor balcony at a Birmingham tower
block as flames engulfed a flat yards from where they stood. The terrified pair
took refuge on the balcony and could only watch in horror as the blaze tore
through the flat at Windsor House in Jarvis Road.
(The report is dated 26/4/2013 but doesn't say when the fire was)
new large YMCA hostel on Reservoir Road wasn't universally greeted as a
good idea by existing residents before it even got Planning Permission, and
`grist to their mill' here by the look of it now it has been built. A photo of
loads of rubbish which has been dumped from there onto the adjacent Cross City
railway line -
Note enough dumped stuff yet to cause a problem with the passing trains
(which serve stations at Gravelly Hill, Erdington and Chester Road etc), but
only a matter of time unless something is done - that report was sent to the
Council by whoever took that photo.
(If a mere over-hanging tree branch did that then it is another alarming
symptom of our "Walk On By" society. The size of low branch needed to do
that would hardly have grown out overnight and so it must have been whacking
bus after bus for weeks previously with no National Express staff,
passengers, or public etc reporting it).
Rallies To Help After
Fire Ruins Witton Lodge
Road Family Home
A KIND-HEARTED community has come together to bring Christmas spirit to a
family of five after their house was struck by a blazing fire. The incident took
place last Thursday (December 13) around noon on Witton Lodge Road, Perry
Three appliances attended the scene but the fire damaged the whole property.
Lost in the blaze were all of the Christmas presents bought for the family,
which includes a mum, her two boys aged, seven and 11, and two girls, aged 15
So moved by their loss, Kingstanding mum Toni Cave of Binstead Road, has rallied
round to gather gifts for the family in time for Christmas. Toni witnessed the
fire from her business, the Cave Tattoo Studio on Flackwell Road, in Erdington,
which she owns with husband, Lee.
"Have your say on the Future of Erdington's Walk in Centre
The NHS will be carrying out a review of all Walk in Centres in the Country
starting in December to see what local demand there is for each of them. As you
will be aware the Erdington Walk in Centre is based on the High Street and as
well as being well located for users, also attracts people to shop on the High
We feel that the Erdington Walk in Centre is well used and should therefore
continue. To help us with putting forward the case for protecting the Erdington
Walk In Centre we are now carrying out a survey and Petition of local residents
to provide evidence to back up the case we are putting to the NHS. Please fill
in the survey, sign the petition and return to us freepost using the slip on the
back. This will then be submitted to the Consultation when it is launched by the
NHS. Thank you for taking the time to support our campaign to keep Erdington's
Walk in Centre.
Birmingham Development Plan< style="font-weight: 400">
>The Birmingham Development Plan will set out
the statutory planning framework to guide decisions on development and
regeneration in Birmingham until 2031. It will set out how and where the homes,
jobs, services and infrastructure will be delivered and the type of places and
environments we want to create in Birmingham.
By 2031, Birmingham’s population is projected to grow by 150,000. This level
of growth, based on recent trends, is greater than previously considered and
presents a challenge for planning the future homes and jobs the City needs.
Firework Accident At The Jarvis Road Event On Saturday? I got this from a resident;
"I was at the Firework display at St Margarets Church at Jarvis Rd on
Saturday evening. Towards the end of the display a firework seemed to
malfunction and fired at the crowd of people in all directions. A Paramedic team
was called out as a child was injured I understand and was treated inside one of
the tower blocks. I saw another young boy with a burn to his face, although not
serious looking but it could have been his eye. I wondered if you had heard
about this incident and if there was any news on the child, a young girl I
Erdington Boundary Change Plan Is Dropped Plans to move the ward of Sutton New Hall into the constituency of
Birmingham Erdington were dropped following protests.
Girl, 5, Knocked Down On College Road Left Brain-Damaged The devastated parents of a young Polish girl who was struck in an
alleged hit-and-run in near Perry Common Library have been told that she has
suffered brain damage in the crash.
Robert, Gareth and Bob are delighted to announce that following
their pressure to Highways, the Council have demanded the owner of James Court,
Gravelly Lane/Station Road corner, remove the hoardings that had been blocking
the pavement for years.
Bob said "it was vital that the pavement was cleared so residents
could use it. In the end it took the threat of a fine from the Council for
action to be taken."
Had A Heart Attack On Saturday I had a (small) heart attack on Saturday (20/10/2012). Hence the
delay updating the page. Am back from the hospital now, one artery was
temporarily narrowed and the others were clear - all are back to normal now.
Doctors say I will be ok IF I follow their direct instructions from now on
etc - they say it is just one of those things, e.g. my Race and age (47) etc.
Parking Problems Outside Short Heath School - Streetly Road - More I've got a response over this;
This is probably an issue outside many schools across the city when parents
collect their children, but we've traffic havoc at the end of the school day,
especially if two 65 buses meet there at the time too (one travelling to-city
and one from-city), cars and buses even having to drive fully on the pavement.
The road can be widened by narrowing the very wide grass verge outside the
school, but it would cost money and we'd lose that green space with its trees.
The school have sent this in;
"Thank you for your e-mail with regards to the parking problems outside Short
Heath Primary School. We have contacted the Police and the Council and they are
aware of the issues that you mention."
`Cars Illegally Driving/Parking On Pavement' - Top Croft
Road - report on Fix My Street
"Cars are being driven at speed along the pavement on Topcroft Rd - they are
using 2 separate dropped kerbs to mount the pavement and park, they then drive
at speed along the pavement to exit. Young children frequently use this pavement
(many 4/5 year olds on their own) to cross the road and go to the corner shop
and they cannot see or expect these cars being driven at them - this is a
accident waiting to happen. Bollards need to be installed to stop this happening
as this corner piece of pavement has turned into a car park nos 29, 31, 33 and
37 worse offenders."
(That's just one report placed online on Fix My Street and I can't vouch for
how accurate it is entirely - though that photo is fairly conclusive over at
least cars being parked on the pavement. Purposely placed on the News Page
rather than the Crime Page for now. Let me know your own views)
Lorry Stuck Under Bridge - Summer Road - Erdington<>
< style="font-weight: 400">(From The Birmingham Mail) >A BUSY
Birmingham road had to be sealed off when a HGV got stuck under a railway
bridge. Police cordoned off Summer Road in Erdington after the lorry lost part
of its roof in the accident about 1pm on Thursday (27/9/2012).
(Yosemite Thatcherite - "Tear down that Wall mister Gorbachev, tear down that
Wall! - Close it, close it, close it up again!")
And yet dopey Labour got stuffed by Gillian Duffy on the topic.
Chester Road/Beggars Bush Traffic Lights - The Farce Continues
The traffic lights at this junction now often back the traffic up to the
Sycamore Road junction each day even around midday! Yet the other junctions
(Jockey Road and Kings Road) often clear on each change. Meanwhile traffic
coming towards Castle Vale on Chester Road always clears easily.
Council forever looks at it, and it was
better for a bit. Reported though - again.
I think there is a correct altering and
flexible setting throughout the day which they can be put on, the Council still
has to find it though.
Erdington Cllr Robert Alden
Has Got Married Recently
Get Well Soon Cllr Beachamp Initially, due to privacy issues, I didn't want to mention a medical
injury on the website even though Cllr Beachamp was openly on crutches, but this
then appeared in The Birmingham Mail recently, having occurred a few weeks
"HANCOCK is relieved to hear that a motorbike injury to Birmingham councillor
Bob ‘Biggles’ Beauchamp (pronounced Beecham) is on the mend. The intrepid car
and bike-mad Erdington councillor tore his achilles tendon while starting his
vintage 1936 Norton motorbike at an airfield near Shenstone."
Rutherford Road Was Nameplate Broken - Fixed One at the junction with Court Lane - fixed. One of the nameplates on
Bowling Green Close was broken and has also fixed now.
Dead Body Found In Burned-Out Car In Scrapyard - Gravelly Lane - Foul Play
Ruled Out< style="font-weight: 400">
>From the Birmingham Mail
`A SCRAPYARD in Birmingham has been sealed
off by police after a body was found in a burned-out car. Fire
crews were called to the salvage yard on Gravelly Lane just
before midnight last night to reports of several cars on fire.
Following an examination of the scene a body was found in one of
the torched vehicles and confirmed dead. Cordons were set up
around the site while forensic examinations take place.
A post mortem will be carried out on the
body, which has not been identified, today to determine a cause
Detective Sergeant Andy Bradley, from
Force CID, said this morning - "We are at the early stages of
our inquiry and the death is being treated as unexplained as we
try to determine how the person died, and the fire began. We are
urging anyone with information about last night’s events to come
forward and speak to us at their earliest opportunity."
Early enquiries included detectives
speaking to local residents in the wake of the grisly discovery,
a process which will continue today. Anyone with information was
asked to contact force CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on 0800 555 111.'
(This has been found to be a suicide - more details to come)
Last Pitch For Votes From Labour;
(It was sent all in capital letters)
IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE, ELAINE AND LABOUR CAMPAIGNED TO:
SECURE FUNDING FOR THE COURT FARM DAY CENTRE
SUPPORT NEW OSCOTT VILLAGE RESIDENTS IN THEIR COUNCIL TAX
REMOVE A SKIP CAUSING A LONG STANDING EYESORE AT THE JUNCTION
OF FLACKWELL ROAD AND WITTON LODGE ROAD AND FLY-TIPPING ACROSS
SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND CHARITIES SUCH AS
COURT LANE ALLOTMENTS AND JOHN TAYLOR HOSPICE
STOP IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS FROM LETTING THEIR PETS FOUL
VERGES AND PAVEMENTS - AND IN PARKS SUCH AS SHORT HEATH.
From the Conservatives
Bob and the team have secured new trees for our parks and
streets this year. Bob is pictured planting trees in Short Heath
Bob ensured that the tree planters on Goosemoor Lane, which had
fallen into disrepair, were upgraded and fixed using natural
stone rather than plain bricks as done elsewhere in the City.
Bob's Road Rescue Plan for Erdington has seen roads and
pavements improved across the ward. Bob is pictured inspecting
the new pavements in Tedbury Crescent.
During the year Bob and the team have carried out numerous
litter picks across the local area to help try and keep
Erdington cleaner, safer and greener. Here Bob is pictured
cutting weeds back on Station Road
The team support all our local school, here Gareth, Robert and
Bob are pictured on a visit to the Abbey Catholic Primary
School, holding the School Travelling Ted'. Bob is a governor at
Court Farm Primary School.
This year the team helped secure improvements to the play
equipment in Short Heath Park that have meant not just new play
equipment but also some outdoor gym equipment has been
Bob by the new speed sign on Orphanage Road, this is one of the
three the team have secured this year.
Drains on Goosemoor Lane The drains at the Top Croft junction are blocked, and
we've bad road cambers by the Gravelly Lane junction and on
the Bend which cause water to collect there, and bad cambers
doing the same at the junction of Short Heath Road and Marsh
Lane too (the very heavy rain-water was nearly flooding up
to the doorways of both the pubs there on Sunday night).
Sinking more drains under the railway bridge on Summer Road
by Six Ways has sorted the "weir" problem which used to
occur there in heavy rain. I've reported things to see if
anything can be done.
Sainsbury's Press Release - 26 April 2012
approval set to bring new jobs to Erdington. Around 400 new
full and part-time job opportunities are set to come to
Erdington following Birmingham City Council Planning
Committee’s decision to approve Sainsbury’s plans for the
redevelopment of the Colliers Motor Group site on Sutton
Sainsbury’s believes that the development will improve the
choice of places for local residents, for main groceries
shopping. It also hopes that shoppers will combine trips to
the store with visits to other shops in Erdington High
Street, to help boost local businesses and open up further
opportunities for rejuvenating the district’s centre.
The scheme includes a Sainsbury’s foodstore with a 50,000 sq
ft sales area as well as over 380 parking spaces. The
approved scheme will also provide:
A wide range of Sainsbury’s popular food products
An in-store bakery
A customer restaurant
Motorcycle and bicycle parking
A pick-up and drop-off point
Dedicated disabled and parent/child facilities
Facilities to deliver online grocery orders directly from
New trees, shrubs and other planting around the site
Three independent retail units
A public square facing Orphanage Road and Edwards Road
Safe pedestrian links to the store
Proposals for residential properties, which also form part
of the development, have also been approved by the Planning
Committee in principle.
Subject to approval from Birmingham City Council and the
signing of a legal agreement associated with the planning
decision, Sainsbury’s will also provide a number of benefits
to the local community including:
Two hours free parking at Sainsbury’s car park
£215,000 towards improvements to public areas and pavements
between the store and The Green, and within Erdington High
£500,000 towards improvements to the Six Ways roundabout
Improvements to the junction at Edwards Road/ Station Road/
A5127, including a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing
on Edwards Road
Linking the timings of traffic lights at the junction of
Edwards Road/ Station Road/ A5127 with those at the proposed
store access to co-ordinate the through-traffic along Sutton
Improvements to cycle routes in the area
A pedestrian crossing at the junction between Edwards Road
and Orphanage Road
Michael Adenmosun, Sainsbury’s Regional Development
Executive, says, "We’re delighted with the committee’s
approval and we look forward to becoming part of the
community in Erdington in due course. Our next step is to
work with Colliers to progress on the details of their plans
to relocate to Tyburn Road, as one development can’t happen
without the other. We will continue to keep the local
For further information regarding Sainsbury’s Erdington,
please call Joyce Yip on Sainsbury’s freephone: 0800 975
From Erdington Conservatives< style="font-weight: 400">
tireless local campaigners Cllrs Bob Beauchamp, Robert Alden and Gareth Moore
have been running a campaign to improve road safety across Erdington.
As part of this they have overseen the installation of new driver feedback signs
on Orphanage Road, Goosemoor Lane and Gravelly Lane and taken part in local
police led community speed watch events, like the one on Holly Lane.
Now they are campaigning for improvements to the junctions at the 'Yenton' where
Sutton Road and Chester Road meet, the Jerry's Lane and Shedington Road junction
and by the Station Road and Gravelly Lane junctions.
Bob said "both of these junctions are very busy and yet have no pedestrian phase
making them very dangerous, we have collected a petition for each and are
lobbying the Council for action. As well as all this we are also running a
Twenty is Plenty' campaign to have 20mph zones introduced around Erdington's
schools to protect local families".'
17 April 2012 - COUNCIL DELAYS DECISION ON SAINSBURY’S PLANS FOR ERDINGTON
`Following Birmingham City Council Planning Committee’s
agreement to delay making a decision on Sainsbury’s proposals for Erdington,
Michael Adenmosun, Sainsbury’s Regional Development Executive says:
"Whilst it is disappointing that the deferral decision has delayed our
application, we still remain hopeful that the planning committee members will
endorse their officer’s recommendation to approve this regeneration scheme,
which will deliver new job opportunities for local people and provide the
investment needed to boost the local economy and rejuvenate the area. In going
forward the scheme will also enable Colliers to expand its business, by
relocating to larger premises on a vacant site on the Tyburn Road."'
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
department has dithered
and taken far to long to
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
Summer Road Micro
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
"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."
Sign - Goosemoor Lane< style="font-weight: 400">
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
Power Cut - Monday
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
Goosemoor Lane Resident
Graeme Croton (Project
Aspie) - On The Alan
Watch online here -
- about 38 minutes in,
during the Philip
about the Princes Trust.
Lord Corbett Of Castle
Vale (And Erdington MP
From 1983 - 2001) Dies,
Aged 78, After Cancer
From the Birmingham Mail
`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
Jack Dromey (Lab), the
current MP for
"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
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
for Iran Freedom and
chairman of Friends of
He was a supporter of
local employers as an
Advantage West Midlands,
the government agency
set up to support the
Mr Dromey said: "He
never lost touch with
the people he served so
well. He will be sorely
missed but forever
Erdington MP Jack
Dromey Sorry For Failing
To Declare Almost
£30,000 In Wages
From the Daily Mirror at
`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
The Standards and
said Mr Dromey had
failed to give an
accurate picture of his
relationship with Unite
but it also noted he
co-operated fully with
POLICE Investigating The
Death Of A Woman In
Erdington Ruled Out Foul
The body of the
locally as Claire Brown,
was found at a house on
The Hurstway, Erdington,
on Thursday evening
53-year-old man from
Harborne was initially
arrested by police.
However, following the
completion of a
they are no longer
treating the death as
"Although further tests
are being conducted,
officers can confirm the
death is not
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."
Sainsbury's Update From
Jack Dromey MP
"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
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
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
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
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
The delivery lorry
schedule - The
application states that
the proposed development
is likely to ‘receive
around 12 daily
deliveries, 9 of which
overnight’. I am
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’ parking - The
Council must a find a
sensible solution in its
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
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
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
contribute and how and
where this money will be
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 -
Best wishes - Jack
Press Release -
Application For New
Development In Erdington
`Following two public
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
with a 50,129 sq ft
(4,658 sq m) sales
floor, a car park,
retail units and
for the site were
unveiled in May this
year. In response to
concerns raised by
Sainsbury’s moved the
service yard access to
Sutton Road, set back
the development away
reduced the height of
the development, and
added more trees and
shrubs to help screen
the development and
soften its appearance.
The submitted plans
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
The plans include:
sales area of
4,658 sq m
A car park on
top of the
store, with 383
with its own
and Edwards Road
Sutton Road to
provide a safe
to the store
at the junction
Street and the
"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
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
considered by the
planning committee in
please call Joyce Yip on
0800 975 5299.
Residents Concerned Over
Sainsbury's Superstore -
Number - 2011/08251/PA
Description - Hybrid
(Part Full and Part
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,
2) - Outline planning
On Application To Build
On The Old Anstey Fields
Site From Erdington
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
Committee. They have
however imposed a number
of conditions on the
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
In addition to Cllrs
Robert Alden and Gareth
Moore writing to object
10 residents also
objected which helped
the case we put to the
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
need for a sustainable
drainage scheme, noise
insulation to protect
residents, materials to
be as agreed, boundary
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
Cllrs Robert Alden
and Gareth Moore
attended the meeting to
be on hand, against the
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
Sutton Coldfield News
Newspaper Closes Its
Doors Originally founded
in 1869, the local free
newspaper The Sutton
Coldfield News published
its final edition last
Delivered to homes in
Sutton Coldfield and
Erdington, the paper is
one of three regional
closed by the Trinity
Group Midlands as the
company goes through a
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
“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
Other publications in
the Trinity Mirror
portfolio include the
Birmingham Post and
Birmingham Mail. Trinity
Mirror Midlands managing
overseeing the changes
and is quoted as saying
“This review of our
is vital if we are to
ensure a future for our
newspapers and websites
in the Midlands.”
organiser Chris Morley
has accused the group of
making nothing but cuts
since taking over the
reigns in 2001.
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
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
His predecessor Sion
Simon was always given
the same chance during
the Expenses Scandal,
for whatever reason he
always ignored the
Fog>< style="font-weight: 400">
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
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
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
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
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
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
Large Tree Branch Was
Blocking Pavement - Goosemoor
Lane 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;
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Young Girl Injured In Road Accident - Abbeyfield
Road 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
Conservatives< style="font-weight: 400">
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
Short Heath Car Park Resurfaced< style="font-weight: 400"> >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.'
From Jack Dromey MP
(Labour)< style="font-weight: 400"> >
"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
Backing two hundred residents of New Oscott Village
to challenge the unfair Council Tax that they're having
`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
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
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
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
Birmingham Councillor Was Offered Sexual Services
In Erdington Massage Parlour
From the Birmingham Mail at
`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
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
A spokeswoman for Fruity Spa, which is also known as
"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."'
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,
(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!)
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
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
He also faced bullying in the workplace because
of his difficulty communicating and lack of
Since being diagnosed, Graeme has dedicated his
life to helping others in a similar situation.
"I always craved one dream and wish throughout
my life to gain a cultural belonging and
Goosemoor Lane Speed Warning Signs< style="font-weight: 400"> >From Erdington Conservatives;
"As you will be aware over the last year we have been campaigning on trying
to help stop speeding cars on Gravelly lane and Goosemoor Lane. This campaign
which included petitions to the local Council called for electronic speed
warning signs for the two roads and the repainting of the slow down markings in
Goosemoor Lane. We have reported and chased regarding the markings and the work
should now be done.
We are also delighted to announce that we have secured
£6,000 funding for the electronic signs and they have now been ordered. They
take about 6 weeks to be delivered. When they arrive they will then be installed
one on each of Goosemoor Lane and Gravelly Lane."
Pensioner Dies In Fire At Erdington Housing Complex - Perry
Common From the Birmingham Mail at
`A PENSIONER died and another man is seriously
ill in hospital after fire ripped through a ground-floor sheltered housing flat
on a Birmingham estate.
The woman died in the blaze at Sycamore Court,
a sheltered housing complex run by Witton Lodge Community Association, in Buxton
Road on the Perry Common estate in Erdington. Firefighters said the blaze was
started by "smoking materials".
A man, thought to be a relative aged in his
60s, is being treated in hospital after suffering chest pains when he arrived at
the flat while fire crews were fighting the blaze at 8.30am yesterday. His
condition is not thought to be life-threatening.
Paramedics also treated another man at the
scene, aged in his 50s, for smoke inhalation. Emergency services have not named
the dead woman or the other casualties.
A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said
the woman was killed in the fire and not by the resulting smoke.
"She died in the fire itself which we think was
caused by smoking materials," he said.
Part of Buxton Road, a quiet residential
street, was closed at the height of the fire. Crews spent several hours damping
down the property and the scene was still cordoned off late yesterday afternoon.
The woman has lived at the ground flat for
about a year. Other residents at the housing development were too shocked to
talk about the incident.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service
"An elderly woman has died following a fire at
a property in Erdington. Ambulance crews also assessed and treated a man in his
50s for high levels of smoke inhalation. The casualty was stabilised at the
scene and later transferred to hospital."
The Sycamore Court complex, which was opened in
2005, houses 40 self-contained apartments. It offers non-residential care to
elderly residents. Grieving relatives refused to talk about the fire or reveal
the identity of the dead woman.'
From Jack Dromey MP - Two Issues< style="font-weight: 400">
There was a great deal of worry
about changes to local bus routes - in particular the 68 and also the 638 which
people want extended so that it reaches the ASDA. Concern was expressed about
the lack of bus transport to the Dove Medical Centre. I have a meeting planned
with the relevant authorities shortly where I will raise these matters.
The flats outside the bungalows
in Jerry's Lane were going to have security cameras but nothing ever happened. I
have been in touch with the Housing Department."
Erdington Conservatives - Two Issues `Making traffic junctions
safer - the Summer Lane and Station Road junction where Erdington Conservatives
got the Council to demolish their derelict building so that visibility at the
junction would be improved.
Bob, Robert and Gareth have managed to secure
solar-lights for the paths from the Topcroft Estate to Goosemoor Lane through
Short Heath Park.
Gareth Moore said "we fought to get these
lights so that the paths would be safer at night".
Park Lights! The new tarmac paths running through Short Heath Park now have (seemingly
solar-powered and charged during the day) lights on the ground at night! Also at
The Ring at Witton Lodge Circle. Hopefully they won't confuse passing aircraft
that it's a runway!
Damaged Car - Court
Lane - Gone A small green Ford Ka - number W 711 PDM - had been parked empty for ages
at the side of the road with serious front-end damage at the notorious accident
black-spot that is the Court Lane S-bend by The Greyhound pub. Now gone.
Former Erdington MP Sion Simon (Labour) Defends His
>From the Birmingham Mail at
`Sion Simon, the former MP for Erdington who is
now campaigning to become Birmingham’s first directly-elected mayor, said he had
received a redundancy payment like any other public-sector worker who lost their
He was one of 20 former West Midland MPs who
pocketed payments of up to £64, 766 following last year’s general election.
Politicians were entitled to payments known as
resettlement grants whether they fought their seat and lost or simply chose to
stand down, but they only received the money if they applied for it.
Mr Simon and former Black Country MP Sylvia
Heal, who represented Rowley Regis and Halesowen, spoke about the grants when
the Birmingham Mail contacted them yesterday (7/4/2011).
Others, including former Birmingham MP Clare
Short (Labour), former Redditch MP Jacqui Smith (Labour) and former Bromsgrove
MP Julie Kirkbride (Conservative), who all received the payments, did not
immediately return our calls. Payments were based on length of service and Mr
Simon, who was an MP for nine years, was eligible for £32,383 after he stood
He told the Mail:
"After nine years of the tremendous privilege
of serving the people of Erdington in Parliament, I got six months’ redundancy,
which is broadly comparable to local government or other public sector schemes.
Contrary to common perception, not all former MPs want to be directors of banks
or walk straight into other jobs. I am in Birmingham working in the community."
Ms Heal was entitled to £43,393.22 based on her
length of service in the Commons.
"It is almost like a form of redundancy, in
terms of giving people time to adjust and time to find alternative employment. I
understand people’s concerns. All I can say to that is it is part of the terms
and conditions of employment that you accepted when you became a member of
Parliament. Compared to the type of bonuses many people get, certainly bankers,
it is not so enormous."
Westminster officials have only now revealed
which MPs chose to apply for the money, after trying to keep the details secret
for almost a year.
Commons authorities released the names after
the case was referred to the Information Commissioner, the official freedom of
It emerged 220 MPs from across the country
accepted the grant and only five, none of them from the West Midlands, chose not
to apply for it.'
Proposed Car Wash - Gravelly Lane
From Erdington Conservatives;
"A planning-application to turn the garden-centre
on Gravelly Lane into a car-wash has been received by the
Council. Robert Alden, Bob Beauchamp and Gareth Moore have
submitted a petition to the Council objecting to the
(Update - the carwash is currently there now).
More from Erdington Conservatives;
"The car-wash has not yet been given
planning permission the planning department are waiting for
Network Rail to respond before it goes to a planning meeting."
Safer Routes For Schools - Osborne Road Chris Davison, Highways
attended an Erdington Ward meeting and displayed drawings of the two options
proposed for the Osbome Road safety scheme.
Option 1, one-way traffic system running down from
Option 2, two-way traffic system incorporating a
crossing-point, a table and three cushions
Consultation had taken place in 2010 and it was hoped that a
final decision would be made this week with work planned to begin in February
for completion in March.
Members and residents raised concerns which included the
A one-way scheme would not work due to parked cars
There would not be sufficient space for passing cars
There would not be sufficient space for emergency vehicles
Why were there to be three cushions?
In response to a question from the Chairman, Chris Davison
confirmed that the table would be placed at the junction with no loss of
parking. He further explained that cushions were designed for emergency vehicles
to straddle, and that the width of the road and regulations determined how many
cushions were needed.
After further consideration of the scheme, the Chairman
thanked Chris Davison for attending the meeting.
`ERDINGTON councillors and police have flatly rejected a
proposal to make Osborne Road one-way. That was one of two traffic-calming
schemes put forward by Birmingham City Council's Highways Department for the
street, which connects Station Road and New Street and is close to Erdington
police station, Erdington railway station and Osborne Primary School.
The second option is for 'speed-bumps' to be added, at the
Station Road end.
It was suggested that traffic be prevented from entering
Osborne Road from the New Street end. After hearing unanimous objections to the
idea from residents and police officers, Coun Robert Alden told Wednesday's
Erdington Ward Committee meeting: "It's safe to say that everyone [agrees]
one-way won't work."'
Alley Alongside The Blocks Of
Flats On Jarvis Road< style="font-weight: 400">
Patrick Canavan, Housing and Constituencies attended an Erdington Ward meeting
and responded to previous concerns relating to the Jarvis Road walkway, which
had become overgrown. He explained that a team from Community Payback would
undertake the work.
Local Road Resurfacing< style="font-weight: 400">
>From Erdington Conservatives;
"Pavements to be resurfaced this year;
Witton Lodge Road
Roads resurfaced this year;
Roundabouts on Holly Lane by Orphanage and Grange Roads."
A Wild Alsatian Dog Was Running Loose A large German Shepherd (Alsatian) dog was frantically running
loose in the area on Sunday 20/3/2011 around 2pm. It was spotted on Witton Lodge
Road, then it ran up to Court Lane and then onto Goosemoor Lane - dodging in and
out of traffic all the way. Very lucky not to either cause a road-accident or be
hit by traffic.
It was eventually apprehended (after many pedestrian passer-by and motorist
attempts) by a motorist by the Goosemoor Lane/Kirkwood Avenue junction. The dog
had a collar but no identification was attached!
He bundled it into his car with the intention of handing it in to the police.
New Pop Band Named `Court Lane'! A Sutton Coldfield boy-band has been formed called Court Lane, and
yes they are named after our Court Lane. Website -
`The City Council proposes to close six Neighbourhood
Offices and relocate another nine Neighbourhood Offices, as well as reducing
their opening hours.
With fewer locations and a reduction in opening
hours, it is likely that you will have to travel further to access your service
and it is likely you will have to wait longer for an appointment - it is already
taking up to 3 weeks to get an appointment!
Your Neighbourhood Office will no longer be
your local community-based office.
You will face:
A future of fewer interviews with an advisor -
Because the Council will force you to seek to resolve more of your queries over
the telephone or via the Internet.
A future of fewer staff to see you - Birmingham City
Council are proposing a 25% reduction in staff as fewer offices will be open for
A future of longer travelling - If your office is moved
further away from where you live, you will have to travel further to see an
A future of longer waiting times - Because there will be
fewer offices and fewer advisors there will be fewer appointments.
A future of limited choice - Because more of your
queries are dealt with electronically or over the telephone, you will get an
inferior service as you will be talking to inexperienced staff reading from a
These proposals will make it more difficult for you
Avoid losing out on benefit entitlement
Stop the risk of paying bills late
Get your benefit documents verified
Have a letter or bill explained
Reply to an urgent letter
Report as homeless
Sort out a housing issue
Deal with bailiffs
We believe you should have the chance to shape the
future of the service that you, your family and your friends use.
We believe that not all of your enquiries can be
resolved over the telephone or over the Internet.
We believe that you would still like the real
option of meeting with an experienced and trained advisor when you need to.
We want our role to stay focused on helping with your
Write to your Local Councillors or attend their advice
surgeries and let them know what you think about the proposed changes.
Plan To Close 9 Ticket-Offices On
The Cross-City And Other Local Railway Lines From train-operator London Midland;
"There are some ticket-offices where the sales
are very low and so it makes commercial sense to target our resources where our
customers most need them. We are proposing the closure of nine ticket-offices:
Adderley Park, Bescot Stadium, Cheddington,
Duddeston, Jewellery Quarter, Lye, Small Heath, Witton and Wythall."
Send the below message on a postcard to the address given;
"Dear Passenger Focus,
As a regular user of London Midland services, I am writing to
you to request that Passenger Focus objects to London Midland proposals to close
nine ticket-offices and reduce ticket-office opening times at over 70 of! their
London Midland has received over £260 million in public
subsidy since November 2007 and has seen passenger revenue increase in the
period to 1st January 2011.
Replacing trained ticket-office staff, who are best placed to advise rail
users about their best and cheapest travel options, with ticket-machines will
reduce the quality and range of services available to passengers.
Passengers will have to queue longer to purchase tickets
Machines do not offer the full range of available tickets
Seats can't be reserved using a ticket-machine
Machines can't deal with damaged or mis-purchased tickets
Machines are not always conveniently located
Machines are all too often subject to vandalism
Yours sincerely ........... "
Passenger Focus Freepost (RRRE-ETTC-LEET) PO Box 4257 Manchester M60 3AR
(More freepost protest-forms can be gained from the Erdington and Chester
Road Station ticket-offices)
`Move sends the wrong signals -
LONDON Midland Trains has made an application to the Department of Transport to
alter the hours of operation of station ticket offices in the West Midlands form
These proposals include plans to reduce the early morning and evening opening
times of the Erdington and Chester Road train station ticket offices. Myself,
fellow Erdington Conservative councillor Bob Beauchamp and local Conservative
campaigner Gareth Moore are campaigning to stop these changes.
We have made the following points to London Midland:
Erdington and Chester Road stations have many more than 12 people an hour
getting on trains in the evenings;
These stations are vital for the local community, especially for those
without a car. To remove the office from them, and thereby the ability to be
able to buy the right ticket in a practical and helpful manner, is a disgrace
and will surely only worsen the situation of numbers using the trains in the
Loss of help to passengers who are mobility-impaired;
A possible negative impact on attempts to regenerate the area and a negative
impact on the promotion of public transport.
The most important point is that the stations are in secluded areas raised up
away from houses. They can, at night, be very dark and intimidating places for
The manned ticket office therefore provides a very valuable source of
protection and puts off people from doing any anti-social behaviour or from
They are vital for all users of the train, even ones who already have a train
pass or ticket and for local residents around stations that rely upon them being
manned to keep them safe.
This, of course, also encourages customers to use the train which helps
London Midland and stops things from being damaged at the station, thereby
saving London Midland money.
We are collecting a petition against these changes. If you would like to add
your name, please do so by calling 07810 291 302 or email
We also urge as many people as possible to also make their feelings heard by
replying to the consultation before it closes.
Councillor Robert Alden, Erdington.'
Chat Room For Goosemoor Lane
A website called @ Birmingham has set up a chat-room for
every road in the city! Here is our's;
Take the usual common-sense precautions if using it of course
- it could be Bin Laden asking if Lamp 2 ooon Bowling Green Close has been fixed
Linda Burt Death - Trident
Close, Erdington - West Midlands Police Pay Damages<>
>From the Birmingham Mail website at
"THE family of a Birmingham teaching assistant
who died in police-custody has received damages and costs from West Midlands
Police following a seven-year battle for justice.
Teaching assistant Linda Burt, aged 49, was
arrested for an alleged breach of the peace after an argument with her elderly
mother at her
home in Trident Close, Erdington.
She suffered a cardiac-arrest shortly after
being handcuffed and was taken to Good Hope Hospital, where she died, on
September 27, 2003. Her family waited six agonising years for an inquest.
Finally, in October 2009, a coroner’s court
jury at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall concluded that a catalogue of police
failings, combined with an undiagnosed heart-condition, led to her death.
Ms Burt suffered pain while being restrained by
the arresting officer and began to experience breathing difficulties, the
The jury found the arresting officer was not
justified in handcuffing her and officers did not act quickly enough to help
And when her condition had been acknowledged,
police officers continued to make failings by allowing a member of the public to
help, resulting in Ms Burt being placed in the wrong recovery position.
The jury’s findings contradicted those of the
Independent Police Complaints Commission which ruled no officers should face
disciplinary action over the incident.
Neither West Midlands Police nor Linda Burt’s
family would reveal the amount of damages given.
Solicitor Iftikhar Manzoor, acting on behalf of
Linda Burt’s family, said the out-of-court settlement was reached shortly after
the defence was filed late last year.
A police spokesman said:
"Any death is a tragedy, and West Midlands
Police regrets the fact that Linda Burt died whilst in our care. We have taken
time to carefully consider the extensive narrative verdict of the jury to
establish if lessons can be learned from Linda’s tragic death."
Power Surge On Tuesday Night/Wednesday
Morning? I suffered an Electricity surge, and so did
someone in Great Barr too (reports from Kingstanding too). The night of 21/22
December. It destroyed some of my electrical stuff and put other stuff out of
action for a bit, and actually blew their TV up!
(Just as well they were still up since their TV was actually set on fire!)
I switch my TV off at the wall each night.
Were others affected?
Fatal Road Accident - Chester Road (by Pype Hayes Park) From the Birmingham Mail website at
`TRIBUTES have been paid to an “inspirational” art teacher
killed in a road accident. Ian Preston, aged 39, died after his Ford Focus was
crushed beneath the back of a parked lorry in Chester Road, Erdington, just
before noon on Thursday (16/12/2010).
Mr Preston was also chairman of Erdington Arts Forum and worked with a group of
artists at The Cube in the area.'
"A WOMAN was taken to hospital with neck
injuries after a three-car smash in rush-hour. Police were called to the
junction of Chester Road and Fernwood Road, in Sutton Coldfield, at about 5am
yesterday (Monday 13/12/2010).The road was closed off for a short time as the
34-year-old casualty was dealt with.
No-one else was was injured."
Electricity Substation Was Open - Goosemoor Lane
Either by careless workmen or by (very dangerous)
trespassing, the electricity-substation opposite Bowling Green Close had been
left open at the back.
Path Alongside The Erdington New Testament Church Of God,
Goosemoor Lane - Cleared Again
From that Church earlier;
`We (New Testament Church Of God - Erdington)
have been in correspondence with the Probation Service recently, and as part of
the work we will be doing with them we arranged for the "walkway" alongside the
church to be cleared.
As well as the bushes etc. encroaching over our
fences, we are also aware a lot of residents use that path as a shortcut from
Jarvis Rd. The path should be a lot clearer now; free of the overgrown grass,
cans, broken bottles, needles etc - for the time being at least - so a little
bit safer to negotiate!!'
Gareth's road rescue plan for Erdington has seen Station Road,
Chipstead Road, Cossington Road and Flackwell Road be resurfaced
already this year.
In addition we have also contacted the Council and asked that
Johnson, Norfolk, Somerset and Anderson Road's are resurfaced as
soon as possible.
Speeding cars on Goosemoor Lane
We have been contacted by residents regarding a number of traffic
accidents on the bend in Goosemoor Lane from cars speeding. We have
contacted the Police to monitor the speeding. We have contacted the
Council regarding the possibility of having some kerb treatment to
prevent cars mounting the pavement and smashing into the street
lights, trees, telegraph-poles and pedestrians who maybe walking
past at the time of a crash. We have requested that the slow down
warning on the road is repainted as it has started to fade.
We have also launched a campaign to have a speed warning
installed on Goosemoor Lane to warn people of their speed. We will
keep residents updated with the campaign as it progresses."
Road Accident - Goosemoor Lane
From West Midlands Fire
"At 17:12 hrs yesterday
(Tuesday 26/10/2010) Fire Control received an emergency-call to
attend an RTC (road-traffic crash) on Goosemoor Lane in Erdington,
Crews from Erdington Fire
Station attended the scene that involved a vehicle in collision with
a telegraph-pole. One female was released from the vehicle prior to
the arrival of fire-crews.
Fire-crews made the vehicle
safe whilst West Midlands Ambulance Paramedics assessed the
The incident was made safe at 17:35
Serious Road Accident - Gravelly
Lane/Summer Road Area
(This might have been a Crime since excessive speed was cited) Sunday
22/8/2010 around Noon. By the bridge and the South Road junction a car crashed,
one occupant had to be cut out.
Community Fun Day - Pictures
Leaning Parking Restriction Post -
Gravelly Lane Opposite the Trident Close junction. Reported.
Local Heron Birds From resident Gina Mair;
"I live in Kirkwood Avenue and have taken a keen interest in
the antics of herons who seem to have a regular schedule for perching on top of
a conifer bush/tree at the back of Goosemoor Lane at regular intervals during
Does anyone know where they ‘live’, i.e. in marsh land or by
the side of a pond/pool/lake etc.
I do know that neighbours have lost fish to
these herons, and they are particularly active at the moment, so watch out if
you have just re-stocked a pond in your garden.
They are, of course, the largest bird native to Britain and
are so majestic in flight, it would be a great pity if they become extinct -
although I do sympathise with those who have lost their expensive fish to these
birds of prey!
Lionel Felton - in
younger and happier times with his wife Irenees with his wife Irene
Kingstanding community-activist Lionel Felton passed away at his home from a
heart-attack on Saturday 3rd July 2010. Born in June 1948, he was 62.
An agoraphobic, I rarely (if ever) knew him to leave his house where he lived
on Finchley Road with his family - he leaves a widow Irene, children, and
That said, his illness never halted his enthusiasm in assisting the area and
people of Kingstanding.
I came to his attention (via my community activities in the Short Heath area
of Erdington) in December 2008. He asked me to become involved in Kingstanding
community issues, and I was happy to oblige - and have done so ever since.
It was his idea to gather a petition over the planned release of Darren
Bardsley for the hit-and-run killing of Justin Murphy, which was later delivered
by me, Justin's mother Theresa Murphy and his uncle Larry Murphy to Downing
Street earlier this year.
The bane of several local Kingstanding politicians in an area where ultra
safe-seats are indicative of a wider Political malaise and forever brings about
little hope of overall change amongst residents, Lionel was seen by many locals
as their only chance to get things done.
So it is with great sadness that I acknowledge that Lionel is no longer with
He sent me an enigmatic message via Facebook on Saturday at midday. But
thinking it wouldn't be long before we spoke again anyway - I never responded to
his enigmatic message.
So here is that final Facebook message from Lionel Felton to me;
accept this gift -- I got it just for you! I hope you like
With a picture of a strawberry and rose.
(Makes me think of that song "Hello - This Is Joanie" - remember that one?
During the Winter Of Discontent it was a hit of course - December 1978/January
They famously chose Elton John's Candle In The Wind at Princess Diana's
funeral in 1997 of course - but I always think Sheena Easton's 1981 album track
Don't Send Flowers triumphs hands down at times like this;
"Carry on to the other side,
Have some fun on the other side
You were always trippin' on your feet
'Round the wrong way down the one-way street
Since the day when you found your wings,
You awake to much better things
Now you'll never get the chance to see,
What's been goin' on inside of me
Don't forget all the love I gave you on your way
Don't send flowers, just give me some hours
Just a minute of your time, would really make it shine, so think it over
Don't send flowers, from ivory towers
I just wanna see your face, forever and always, please think it over
Find your way through uncertainty,
Then one day, please come back to me
I'll be waiting in the wings for you
If you find you don't know what to do
Darling, come back to me forever, but till then
Don't send flowers, just give me some hours
Just a minute of your time, would really make it shine, so think it over
Don't send flowers, don't send flowers, don't send flowers."
Don't Send Flowers - The opening track from the 1981 album
Take My Time, by Sheena Easton;
I always think it should be played at every funeral where
mawkish emotion threatens to overshadow the ongoing need for the rest of us to
carry on with life and get things done and make decisive changes - as at
So indeed, I'll be carrying on with my community activities in
Kingstanding - Lionel Felton would want that.
Loads Of Broken Glass On The Land
Between The Topcroft And Jarvis Road Estates From Fix My Street;
"Massive amounts of broken glass and rubbish -
had to rush my son to hospital and he needed an operation after falling onto
A Car Was Stuck Under Chester Road
Wednesday 9/6/2010 around 7pm. A
car broke down on Chester Road, the to-Streetly way, right under the railway
bridge. It was stuck in gear and an automatic etc so was stuck solid and could
not simply be pushed into nearby Knipersley Road etc, so traffic chaos was quick
in coming! A passing police patrol car was alerted. Don't know for how long that
car was stuck there though.
Road Accident - Witton Lodge Road Wednesday 2/6/2010 around 6.30pm. At the Flackwell
Road junction, two small cars collided. Didn't look like anyone was hurt.
"A TEENAGER was airlifted to hospital on
Wednesday (26/5/2010) after being injured in a traffic collision.
The boy, who is thought to be 15 years old, was
hurt in an accident with a car on Streetly Road, Erdington around 4pm. He
suffered back and leg injuries. The driver of the car was uninjured.
The Midlands Air Ambulance airlifted the boy to
Birmingham Children's Hospital, where staff were on standby."
The 65 bus service was diverted due to that road being blocked
for some time. One bus driver then tried to make up time later on - and simply
caused ANOTHER road accident by colliding with a car at speed on Slade Road!
No-one hurt in that one.
(Less haste - more speed).
Road Accident - Station
Road/Gravelly Lane Junction - Friday 14/5/2010 - More< style="font-weight: 400">
>From the Sutton News;
"A car and a taxi collided at a
notorious blackspot in Erdington last Friday. Police and paramedics were called
to the traffic lights at the junction of Gravelly Lane and Station Road a about
10pm. A Sutton Coldfield police spokesperson told The News there were no
serious injuries to either driver."
Road Accident - Witton
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>A major road accident blocked Witton Road in Aston at the junction with
The Broadway, Thursday 6/5/2010 around 6.30pm. The road was blocked for some
time in both directions whilst the Fire Service cut a person (or people) free
from a car.
Several 7 buses were held
up in a long line, so if you were waiting for ages for one in Erdington that
evening - that's what happened.
I have no more details
about the road accident itself, it was a very serious one though.
Woman Cut Free From Car After Erdington Crash< style="font-weight: 400">
>From the Birmingham Mail website at
`A STRICKEN motorist was cut free from her car
after it flipped onto its side in a collision with another vehicle in
The woman was trapped in the wreckage until
firefighters cut her free following the crash near to the Cross Keys pub in High
She was immobilised with a spinal board and
taken to Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield for back injuries. The male
driver of the other car was not injured in the accident at about 7am yesterday.
The road was not closed.'
<>New Gates - Top
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You may have noticed more new iron gates
surrounding the Large Island
www.goosemoor-lane.com/largeisland.htm, this from Erdington Conservatives;>
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"Over the last two years we have managed to get gates on alleys in Dunvegan
Road, Fern Road, Orchard Road, Mason Road, Hart Road, Holiday Road, and Topcroft
Finally! Some Stuff From The Labour Party
Do you reckon there is an election coming? Well Labour have now sent some
stuff in to the Website at last! Here's the relevant local bits;
"On the Lyndhurst Estate, residents say they were
promised by a Labour Council complete re-development and a better quality of
life within 5 years. The Tories then captured and ten years later only painfully
little progress has been made."
"Just look at the Dove Medical Centre, would
that have ever happened under a Tory Government? Would the North Birmingham
Academy, formerly College High, be looking at a complete rebuild under the
Dean Road Cleaning Issue
From Fix My Street;
"I have lived in Dean Road for 22 years & there
has never been a designated street cleaner. The road is heavily used as a cut
through to Erdington town centre & is always heavily littered. Johnson Road
which runs adjacent to Dean Road & is a much quieter road has always had a
designated street cleaner. Please can a street cleaner be assigned to Dean Road
for a weekly clean?"
Grit Bin For Jerrys Lane From Erdington Conservatives;
"Jerrys Lane can be very dangerous in the snow and so we
are delighted to have secured this extra bin for the area."
Court Lane Death - Foul Play Ruled
Out From the Birmingham Mail website at -
`DETECTIVES investigating the death of a woman
in Birmingham have ruled out foul play.e ruled out foul play.
The body of the 54-year-old, who has not been
named was found in her Erdington flat on Friday evening when worried neighbours
raised the alarm after not seeing her for several days.
The block of flats on Court Lane was cordoned
off for much of the weekend while scenes of crime officers in white suits
carried out a fingertip search for clues.
However, a post-mortem examination found she
had suffered injuries consistent with a fall.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said that her
death was no longer being treated as suspicious and added that the case had been
referred to the city coroner.
Shocked neighbours yesterday told the
Birmingham Mail of their sadness at her death. She had lived here for about 15
or 16 years and was very quiet but always said hello and smiled when she went
past, said one neighbour.'
Gravelly Lane - Erdington Businessman Claims He Lost Out On
£4,000 Takings Due To Roadworks
From the Birmingham Mail website at
`A BIRMINGHAM businessman wants compensation
after the city council started roadworks at just 48 hours’ notice.
Ken Thompson, who runs Square Deal Car Spares,
on Gravelly Lane, Erdington, said he has lost up to £4,000 in takings since
Birmingham City Council closed the road for resurfacing work over the last two
All lanes were closed off by workers between
9.30am-4.30pm every day since February 2 and work is expected to finish today (Feb
Businesses were given two days’ written notice
of the disruption, but a council spokesman today insisted this was due to the
work being subject to an "emergency reschedule".
Mr Thompson, who has run the store for 18
years, said access issues caused by the roadworks meant small traders on
Gravelly Lane were hit hardest.
"The council’s attitude and the way they have
dealt with us has been pathetic," the 63-year-old said.
"We only had two days’ notice, so I didn’t have
time to tell my customers what was happening, so I’ve probably lost nearly
£4,000 because of this."
He said stock deliveries had not reached him
since work began, and that trade had slumped at his busiest time of year.
He said: "I will be writing to the Council to
give them my thoughts and I’m going to ask for compensation. This could damage
repeat business, because if people have trouble reaching us, then they can
easily go elsewhere."
A council spokesman said: "We apologise for the
short notice. We usually like to give people two weeks’ notice, but in this case
the programme of works was subjected to an emergency reschedule and became a
larger project due to the recent bad weather."'
"Someone is dumping all sorts of rubbish from
car seats to the latest item, a fireplace surround and general rubbish being
dumped behind wooden fence and on path. Now I'm sick and tired of ringing
contact Birmingham to firstly ask whether these items have been booked for a
bulky waste collection (they never have) I must have rang up over 10 times and
have advised contact Birmingham that it might be worth putting up some signs or
posting leaflets through the flats doors as suspected where it's all coming
Contact Birmingham doesn't seem interested and
have done nothing to deter whoever is consistently fly-tipping there, they do
get it removed in quick time but why should I have to ring up every time to get
rubbish removed when the lazy person who dumps it could make one simple phone
call to get it removed on a bulk waste collection !??
Please investigate as it's getting worse now."
From Erdington Conservatives - more info on 3 recent topics;
1. Gravelly Lane Roadworks There are local signs giving more details, buses are diverted too -
look on the stops. There seems no official info online about the closure.
2. Tarmac Damaged By Cookes The road surface by Cookes is really turfed up now - especially by
the entrance nearest Gravelly Lane. Reported for repair.
3. Belisha Beacon Out On the Gravelly Lane
zebra-crossing - fixed.
From Erdington Conservatives;
"We have been campaigning for for the damaged parts of Gravelly Lane to be
resurfaced and for the Zebra Crossing on Gravelly Lane by Jarvis Road to be
repainted and repaired ....... the Council will then repaint the Zebra Crossing
markings. We will continue to push for repairs to the poles of the Zebra
Crossing if they do not complete this work as well."
Suspected Suicide - Jarvis Road -
25/1/2010 From the Birmingham Mail
`HORRIFIED residents have spoken of the moment
they found the body of a mother-of-one who died after plunging 80ft from a
Birmingham tower block.irmingham tower block.
Flowers and a candle marked the spot outside
Stokesay House on Jarvis Road in Erdington where the 20-year-old was found lying
on the grass, at 8.30am on Monday.
The Birmingham Coroner’s office have named her
as Jolanta Wielgus, who was believed to be Polish. Neighbours said she was a
lovely woman with a young daughter.
Dorothy Burrows, aged 63, was first on the
scene when the woman fell from the ninth floor balcony of her two-bedroomed
The grandmother-of-six said:
"I heard a scream and I looked out of the
bedroom window and saw her lying there. It was as though she was asleep on her
tummy. She wasn’t moving and was just about breathing. She was completely white.
I asked her brother to take off his coat and wrap her in it. A lady from the
first floor threw down a blanket. The cleaner called an ambulance."
Crews from the Midlands Air Ambulance battled
to save the woman but she was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 9am.
Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.
Ms Burrows, who is also vice-Chair of Jarvis
"I’m still in shock. People all knew her in the
block because she was a mom and there are other mothers here. I didn’t know her
name. She was a very, very nice lady and spoke good English. She wasn’t married.
She had been in the flat for two or three years and her daughter was getting
ready for infant school. I think she worked as a carer but don’t know for sure."
A number of other tearful residents said they
were too traumatised to talk but all said she was a wonderful woman.
Jarvis Road was cordoned off for most of Monday
and a police tent was erected above the spot where the woman was found.
Helen Chambers, aged 53, who lives in the
neighbouring Berkley House, said:
"Suddenly there was a lot of commotion and we
had all sorts of flashing lights from the police and ambulance."
A force spokesman said: "Police are
investigating the death and the Coroner has been informed."'
`FED-UP Birmingham residents have declared war
on noisy Rag and Bone men who have been waking them up on a "daily basis" from
The city council has written to at least 18
registered scrap collectors after Erdington residents started demanding action
over the racket created by the modern-day Steptoe and Sons.
The new nuisance was blamed on the increase in
scrap collectors who are thought to be cashing in on the higher value of metal.
Erdington councillor, Robert Alden (Con), said:
"It has become a daily occurrence. You can hear
the noise echoing around the constituency as early as 7am. The rise in the price
of scrap metal, coupled with the current economic climate is probably making it
more lucrative. The real problem is the noise they make. The issue was raised at
our last meeting by a number of residents who were fed up. They have advised by
the environmental health officers that there are powers available. Officers
urged residents to take down the registration details of the vehicles."
A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said:
"Over the last two years we believe there may
have been a increase in scrap metal dealers plying their trade in north
Birmingham. We have received an increase in complaints. However, this does not
appear to be a citywide problem. The majority of the 18 vehicles identified to
us recently are registered in the Walsall area. People should report the
complaints and provide as much information as possible. Environmental health
officers will investigate the complaint and take action if necessary. If they
are using amplification, then the Control of Pollution Act 1974 makes what they
are doing an offence. However, if they are just calling, shouting out, or using
unamplified musical instruments, then there is no obvious criminal offence. We
are currently collating complaints. Letters will continue to be sent to all
scrap collectors as they are identified."
Erdington MP Sion Simon added:
"I always support enterprise and business. But,
we have to ensure this does not impact on the lives of residents. If this has
increased to the point when people are being woken up early in the morning on an
almost daily basis, it is important the council uses legislation to tackle these
College High School Becomes "North Birmingham Academy" From the Birmingham Mail website at
`OUT with the old and in with the new! Pupils
at a Birmingham school will start the year in a new environment - without moving
out of their existing classrooms.
Youngsters at the former College High School in
College Road, Erdington, are to start 2010 as students of the new North
Birmingham Academy, which opens its doors on January 6.
The academy is the third to be sponsored by the
Edutrust Academies Charitable Trust following those at the former Shenley Court
Arts College in Selly Oak and The Heartlands High in Nechells.
All three have been taken out of local
authority control, with three other Birmingham secondary schools earmarked as
academies under different outside sponsors.
Pupils of the new North Birmingham Academy will
be based in the existing buildings, but will move to purpose-built accommodation
Extensive improvements have already been
carried out while designs for the new building take shape.
Former College High head, and now North
Birmingham Academy principal Kim Popratnjak, said:
"I’m delighted to be opening as a new academy.
We have worked hard to prepare for implementing the new changes. This is an
opportunity for us to provide an exceptional learning experience."
The academy will have a new school uniform,
including the new academy logo which students helped to design.
Edutrust manages eight academies, including
ones in London, Sheffield, and Leeds, with more due to open next year.
Director General Sir Bruce Liddington said:
"North Birmingham will join our other academies
focusing on our vision of delivering educational excellence for all. Developing
a new academy will make a real difference to the future of the students, as well
as providing excellent new facilities to benefit the students and the wider
community for decades to come."
Birmingham’s academy programme, which also
includes two new 14 to 19-year-old institutions specialising in engineering and
the performing arts respectively, is still being opposed by the Anti-Academies
`THE pub that was owned by shamed TV presenter
Ashley Blake when he attacked a teenage customer has been bought by the garden
centre next door for £1million.
Blake, 40, was jailed in September after being
found guilty of hitting teenager Greg Jones in the face with a large wooden pole
outside The Place 2B, in Sutton Coldfield.
He was given a further six months in prison for
attempting to pervert the course of justice, by throwing the pole into the
garden centre next door, in Chester Road.
Mr Jones, who was 17 at the time of the
incident on January 25, needed ten stitches and now has a permanent scar from
his lip to chin.
The attack happened after violence broke out at
the end of an 18th birthday party at the pub, which Blake co-owned at the time
with his partner Jessica Hayes.
The pub was taken on a short term lease after
the couple left, but there was another tragic incident nearby in July, which
resulted in the death of one man and serious injuries to another.
The venue was put on the market by Punch
Taverns and has now been bought by the family business that runs the garden
centre next door. Robert Hall, senior partner of Hall’s Garden Supplied,
confirmed he had taken possession of the keys this week and that it would be
turned into a Christmas spectacular next year.
Mr Hall added: "The pub had been on a long-term
lease to Ashley Blake and his partner Jessica. Acquiring The Place 2B will allow
a natural progression to our current site adding both undercover showroom area
and outside display space. The new addition to the garden centre will initially
be open to the public in April with a new coffee shop, while other areas of the
building will be opened later."
Blake, a former BBC Midlands Today and Watchdog
presenter, had his challenge to his two-year prison sentence rejected by the
Court of Appeal last week.
His legal team argued before sentencing that he
had already suffered a severe punishment by losing his job. He was convicted of
attempting to pervert the course of justice by throwing the pole away into the
garden centre in an attempt to conceal it from the police.
He later admitted to lying to officers on a
number of occasions. He was dismissed by the BBC following an internal inquiry.
The pub was built in the 1920s and named The
New Oscott Tavern. Hall’s Garden Supplies moved next door in the 1950s.'
`ERDINGTON residents fear the Council’s cuts in
youth spending will see the return of anti-social behaviour to their streets. At
the Erdington Constituency Committee, which met at Stockland Green School on
Monday night (14/12/2009), they dismissed the case made for the Council’s
decision by the Head of Youth Service, Harry Fowler.
A full-time Youth Work post at the Malcolm
Locker Centre will go and be filled by two trainee youth workers.
The Pype Hayes Community Focus will also close
this month. Elsewhere a 17.5-hour-a-week post at the Green Door project, on
Wyrley Birch, will end in April.
Linda Hines, chairman of the Kingstanding
Neighbourhood Tasking group, warned Mr Fowler the cuts were a mistake.
She said the Green Door worker had helped
reduce anti-social behaviour to five incidents a week from 40 a year ago. The
"Be prepared. If anti-social behaviour
increases other services will have to come in to deal with it."
Area youth officer Jim Shand said in a report
handed to the meeting:
"Staff will endeavour to do everything to make
the required level of savings and to minimise the impact on services to young
"Dunhill Gardens" By Kirkwood Avenue If you look in the Birmingham A - Z, you'll see
reference to "Dunhill Gardens" over by Kirkwood Avenue. However you'll see too
if you actually go to that specific area that it doesn't actually exist! In
reality it's merely a continuation of Kirkwood Avenue.
The answer to that mystery, from A-Z themselves;
"The name Dunhill Gardens is one of our
copyright signatures which assist us in establishing copyright infringement.
This name will be removed in future editions."
Goosemoor Lane Bend - Speeding
Vehicle Demolishes Anstey Wall - Yet Again! For the THIRD time now a vehicle has again mounted the
pavement and demolished the Anstey (Goosemoor Lane Playing Fields) brick wall
where that has then been hit.
Same place (a few metres further along) that the same wall was hit a few
weeks back. You can see the THREE separate places now along that stretch of
It's only a matter of time before a pedestrian is hit along there I reckon,
and with the force clearly enough to knock down a brick wall - oh dear.
The Council have inspected the Bend and have said the traffic-calming there
is ok, I beg to differ though - and so does that brick wall knocked down 3 times
Road Accident - Chester Road - Police Appeal For Witnesses By the railway station, Friday 27/11/2009 at 5.25pm. Call 0121 606
Erdington Community Chest Grant Approvals - 2009/10
Erdington Town Centre Partnership - Erdington In Bloom
Court Lane Allotments
Springthorpe Green Car-Park
Erdington Town Centre Partnership - Erdington
Bethany Community Outreach
Machin Road Car-Park
The Cube In The Square
Alive And Kicking Club
Turfpits Lane Residents Group
Rookery House (Restoration) Ltd
Number Plate Found - Handed In To Police< style="font-weight: 400"> >The front vehicle number-plate W 384 PJA was found
on Station Road, handed in to Erdington Police Station.
Bus Drivers Urinating By The Spinney At The 7/65 Terminus< style="font-weight: 400"> >Probably caused by the fact there are no public
toilets anymore, and Winter is coming so this will get worse! There's some pub
or garage facility etc along the 2 routes which drivers can be arranged to use?
Tree In Park Collapses< style="font-weight: 400"> >So a lucky escape here, has fallen
over in a little used part of Short Heath Park - at the rear of the electricity
substation on Court Lane, the corner by the car-park.
I do report trees in the Park that are obviously a danger,
difficult to check each tree for sure though since there are so many and with
some it isn't obvious.
Birmingham Flat Blaze Man Dies After Being Rescued< style="font-weight: 400"> >From Birmingham Mail website at
`A MAN died after a flat fire in Birmingham,
despite attempts by paramedics and doctors to save him. Firefighters carried him
from a second-floor flat of a four-storey block, at Swan Gardens, in Erdington,
at about 4pm yesterday. Sep 23 2009.
The man was taken to Good Hope Hospital, Sutton
Coldfield, where he later died. West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:
The man was brought out of the building by firefighters and we immediately
started advanced life support.
He was then taken on blue lights to Good Hope
Hospital but was sadly confirmed dead shortly after arrival.
Today, fire investigators were probing the
cause of the blaze.'
Pot Hole - Station Road<>
>At the Wesley Road junction, insulated wiring is exposed - either from
street lamps or traffic lights. Reported.
Holes On Pavement Outside 58
Goosemoor Lane And At The Amber Court Junction Both fixed now. Amber Court has only
been in existence 5 minutes, so holes in it's pavement already suggest slip-shod
building work. The Council should ascertain the standard of initial work done by
the developer before agreeing upkeep of it's road and pavement at public
`A caring community group in Perry Common is looking for
volunteers to help stop water birds being killed and nests being destroyed at an
urban beauty spot.
The newly-formed Friends of Witton Lakes is seeking new
members to assist with a number of initiatives at the site between Perry Common
and Wyrley Birch, starting with a 'Duckling Watch'.
Their aim is to enhance the natural habitats formed at the
lakes, which were previously drinking water reservoirs.
The new watch, which runs from February to September, aims to
patrol Witton Lakes in a figure of eight route to provide a visible presence to
deter those who either inadvertently or deliberately endanger the water birds.
The watch members will wear high visibility waistcoats with
the 'Duckling Watch' logo and will be armed with cameras to record any
Deputy chair of the Friends of Witton Lakes, Linda Hines MBE,
said: "It is a crime when one swan is killed and this is a way the residents can
do something for themselves.
"The frequency of the watch will depend on how many volunteers
The friends group hopes to get more islands built to attract
more birds to the lakes.
Park manager John Biddle said a lot of people were upset when
nests were destroyed and he welcomed the new scheme.
"It is difficult to have a 24-hour presence on the site," he
"Sometimes nests are destroyed naturally by things such as fox
attacks, sometimes it is people's ignorance.
"We welcome the initiative. It is good for the park, it is
good for the wildlife."
The Friends of Witton Lakes are seeking new members to help
with their Duckling Watch initiative.'
Mysterious Iron "Drain" At The Spinney< style="font-weight: 400"> >All the recent rain has unearthed some puzzling
iron thing on the floor by The Spinney. If you stand at the 7/65 to-city
bus-stop, there's a grass verge of course. About 5 yards from the Cable box,
part of the verge has sunk. An iron grated drain is actually there you can now
see - was hidden under the verge.
Unclear how stable that area now is, the iron-grate has holes large enough
for (children's) feet to become stuck in (kids do play on that verge - often
when waiting for a bus - they could fall onto it too as it's presence is still
not that obvious), and it's unclear what it's original purpose was or is - the
pit below it MIGHT be deep, that's unclear too.
I've contacted the Council, so they can get to the bottom of it - excuse the
Court Lane Speed Indicator
Installed Wasn't aware there was a problem
there, but an electronic speed indicator has been placed on Court Lane near the
Jerrys Lane junction. For traffic heading towards Short Heath Road.
From Erdington Conservatives;
"Local Conservative Councillors ....... have been campaigning against
speeding traffic on Court Lane."
Area Behind The Woodyard - Still Appalling Drainage This large
grassed area is supposed to be for public open space, but after any rain it's
still useless for days, you sink to your ankles. Should be like Short Heath
Park. Can the drainage be improved? It has never been right in that regard since
it's creation in the 1980's.
Blocked Drains - Goosemoor Lane/Gravelly Lane/Summer Road<>
>The recent heavy rain is showing where major blockages are;
On Goosemoor Lane at the junction with Top Croft Road, that big drain STILL
blocks up. Work is forever done there and still fails to solve the problem.
On Gravelly Lane opposite the Mona Road junction, a blocked drain causes a
HUGE puddle in heavy rain.
Just further up on Summer Road, under the railway bridge, passing cars
sometimes get stuck in a big water pool that forms in that dip in the road -
blocking traffic of course. The drains do clear the water eventually, but not
quickly enough. So another drain needs putting there under that bridge - there
are 3 big ones already but it's not enough.
Missing Kitten Cleo - Found 8 months old female, was lost on
Monday 25/5/2009, black with white splats on lower black, micro-chipped. From
"Just to let you know we have found Cleo, one of our neighbours took her but
she has come home. Thanks again for your help."
Found Cat A resident has sent this in;
"We have a cat who is black, with a white underbelly, and bottom of all four
legs are white. He is not our cat but he or she comes here and spends all day
here. We do feed it, but were wondering if anyone owns it?"
(Yes - the found cat sounded like the missing cat Cleo above - but it isn't
her it later transpired).
Community Chest Grant Approvals - 2009/10
Description Of Project
Life Education Centre
Health and Drug Education Programme
North Birmingham Community Club
Repairs to roof, purchase of new
Gym in Holly Lane
National Play Day in Short Heath Park
National Play Day - 5/8/2009
Erdington Town Centre Partnership
Town Centre Managers Post
From 1/4/2009 - 31/7/2009
Jarvis Towers Ltd
Summer Gala Day
Summer Gala Day
Local Road Repairs/Litter
Removed Erdington Conservatives tell me they
have asked for pot-holes in the following local roads to be fixed;
And removed litter from Johnson Road, Dean Road and Oliver Road.
And fixed trip-rails around verges on Gravelly Lane.
And have placed a bin in the alley between Jarvis Road and Somerset Road.
And fixed the railings around the Park play-area.
The Spinney News From Erdington Conservatives;
"We have reported The Spinney at the junction of Witton Lodge Road and Court
Lane to the City Council. We have asked the Council to clean up the inside, cut
back the bushes that have become so overgrown it is now difficult to see out,
and for the damaged fence sections to be repaired."
Dog Bins Proposal - Another Appeal A resident suggested dog-bins for Goosemoor Lane and
I was trying to move things along but heard nothing more - and where? The only
place I can think that isn't by housing, shops and would be emptied easily is in
Short Heath Park along it's stretch with Goosemoor Lane (by the Sub-station).
That way it could simply be emptied with the others in the Park but would be by
the pavement on Goosemoor Lane.
Major Road Accident - Gravelly Lane
Thursday evening 30/4/2009, by the Oliver Road junction, road was cordoned off.
No more details available I'm afraid.
Goosemoor Lane Bend - Speeding
Vehicle Demolishes Wall A vehicle has mounted the pavement and demolished the Anstey
(Goosemoor Lane Playing Fields) brick wall where that has then been hit. You can
still see the tyre tracks leading up to the wall!
Same place that a lamp-post was hit a few weeks back.
On the odd side of the road, as traffic speeds down from the direction of
Court Lane and meets the roughly 70 degree bend. Often happens that vehicles
leave the road there. Traffic-calming has been put in over the years - still not
So another dangerous incident, given that a brick wall has been demolished
this time (Monday night I think - 27/4/2009. Probably in all that rain/hail we
The Council officially records only injury accidents, so the lamp-post and
now the wall being hit might officially count as "no accident" if no-one was
Bit of a farce if so, since lamp-posts and walls being hit and knocked down
will soon be a person if nothing more is done.
<>Hazard - Gravelly Lane Junction Problem - Still Happening
>< style="font-weight: 400">(This problem probably not unique to
this type of junction). There is a small traffic island at the junction of
Goosemoor Lane and Gravelly Lane. 3 plastic keep-left signs are on that island.>
< style="font-weight: 400">Sometimes traffic coming down Gravelly Lane
(from Chester Road towards Station Road) ignores them (or doesn't see them) and
turns onto Goosemoor Lane on the WRONG side of that small island (i.e. using the
first gap instead of the second).>
< style="font-weight: 400">Then running head-on into traffic leaving
Goosemoor Lane onto Gravelly Lane (completely surprising both sets of
< style="font-weight: 400">Happened around midday on Friday 25/4/2008 -
but I'm now told it happens lots. e.g. Happened again on Sunday 19/4/2009 around
< style="font-weight: 400">The 3 keep-left signs are either too small,
or no-entry signs need to be put where appropriate at that junction.>
Jarvis Road News
News sent in by a resident re Jarvis Road, when I've looked into it all I'll add
"Just to mention that new large litter bins have appeared on
Jarvis Road, they seem to look out of place to me, there's even one in the
alleyway to Somerset Road.
The unofficial car space outside Alnwick House had metal
railings put around it today, this seems a thoughtless move as this area has a
shortage of car parking spaces and this will only add to them, can't help but
wonder why they did not leave it as it was. The workers had to park their truck
astride 3 parked cars in proper bays, thus proving the need for increased
parking facilities. There is always lots of work being done by council workers
and other service providers in this road which adds to the problem.
Considering Jarvis Road has a regular bus service up and down
every 20 minutes or so, cars which have to park next to the kerbs risk having
wing mirrors broke off or worse as the road has curves and is awkward and
difficult for the bus drivers to navigate.
There should also be the addition of parking bays for the
bungalows along this road as it gets more difficult for health workers such as
Nurses, Doctors and Social Services to get to provide the services they need,
there is plenty of room outside the bungalows for this work.
I have seen Ambulances and Fire Engines struggle to make their
way along Jarvis Road with all it's obstacles and cannot understand why the
Council does not improve parking facilities.
As we are now in Summertime it seems that children and adults
think it is fine to play football outside the flats in this area, pounding the
wall of the tower blocks and hitting cars parked nearby."
(There is a plan to build a park on the land between Jarvis and Topcroft,
more on that as it comes in).
Speed Check On Chester Road
Now Almost certainly in response to the recent fatal
accident (see Crime Page) a speed checker is now near the Lakehouse Road
Planning Boss Nearly Arrested
After Visit To Erdington Islamic School Site - Station Road From the Birmingham Mail website at
`BIRMINGHAM’S planning chief was almost arrested for causing an obstruction
during a visit to the proposed site of an Islamic school and education centre.
A police community support officer took Coun Peter Douglas Osborn’s name and
threatened to move him on as the Council planning committee chairman hosted a
site visit to Station Road in Erdington.
The committee was viewing traffic and parking congestion in the area before
considering proposals to convert vacant shops into an Islamic school and adult
education centre for up to 30 pupils.
The councillor’s claims that it was an important public meeting cut no ice
with the PCSO who wanted to clear the highway.
Coun Douglas Osborn (Con, Weoley) said: "He objected to us having a meeting
there, but I felt the obstruction was a minor problem and it was an important
that people could have their say."
The meeting was soon wrapped up and the small crowd allowed to disperse.
And planning committee members felt the obstruction and gridlock caused by
their arrival in a minibus showed that the road could not cope with up to 30
people coming and going to attend classes, despite assurances from transport
officers that it would not add to traffic problems.
The committee unanimously overturned the official advice and decided they
were minded to refuse the application.'
Oscott College Dangerous Trees Around the perimeter of the Oscott College (especially
on Chester Road), over-hanging branches are falling into the road and onto the
pavement in rough weather.
Tarmac Worn At The
Kirkwood/Goosemoor Junction On Kirkwood Avenue at the junction with Goosemoor
Lane, the tarmac has worn away. Reported for repair.
The Bend Is Tough For Lorries
- Sat Nav Can Re-Direct Them?&llt;
Articulated lorries find The Bend in Goosemoor Lane VERY difficult to negotiate,
but we have Cookes and Travis Perkins having to accept such deliveries of
course. Can Sat Nav be altered so that when directing lorries to those two
premises it's via the Court Lane end (Travis Perkins) or the Gravelly Lane end
(Cookes) and The Bend is therefore avoided?
(Although thinking about it - when they've unloaded wouldn't they have to go
round The Bend THEN to drive off - so IS there an overall solution? At least an
empty lorry would find The Bend easier to drive round though).
`Controversial plans to erect a 15-metre high phone mast on land near to a
busy road junction in Perry Common have been approved. Fifty incensed residents
put pen to paper and signed a petition calling on Birmingham City Council to
throw out Orange's plans to install the mast at the junction of Witton Lodge
Road and College Road.
But yesterday members of the planning committee gave the green light with
They ordered that the mast be in the style of a mock telegraph pole, and that
the number of cabinets be reduced from five to one and painted in anti-graffiti
paint to combat vandalism.
Gary Sambrook, who lives in Plumstead Road, visited scores of homes asking
people to sign the petition. He expressed anger at the committee's decision.
He said: "There are already enough phone masts in the area. We started a
petition three weeks ago and this was handed in to the council. It is
disgraceful that this phone mast has been allowed to go ahead, however we will
be making sure they do not break the conditions of the permission."
The mast is expected to provide 3G coverage to the Perry Common, Upper Witton
and Short Heath areas of the city.
Erdington ward councillor Robert Alden had supported the protestor's
campaign. Speaking after yesterday's planning meeting he said: "We are glad that
alterations have been made so that vandalism should be combated, however we are
concerned that the committee, following planning legislation, isn't allowed to
consider the health impact of a mobile phone masts."'
Fatal Road Accident - Perry Common - Police Appeal For Witnesses<>
>(This will be moved to the
Crime Page if dangerous driving etc is later proved).
`A man died after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic accident in
Kingstanding today (Thursday).
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to College Road shortly after
An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles and the Warwick and Northants Air
Ambulance were dispatched to the scene where the 27-year-old was lying in the
road with multiple injuries to his head, chest and leg.
A spokesperson for the ambulance service said the man was involved in a
collision with a vehicle and needed treatment at the scene before he was taken
to hospital, where he later died.
West Midlands Police closed Witton Lodge Road, Hawthorn Road and College Road
around College High School while inquiries were made at the scene.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information is urged to contact the road
policing unit at Castle Vale on 0845 113 5000.
Some initial reports from emergency services - including those received
before the January 23 edition of the Great Barr Observer went to press
this afternoon - suggested a child had been involved. That information was
The issue of traffic safety on College Road between the Beggars Bush and the
One Stop Shopping Centre does keep arising at various meetings etc.
"Chester Road Baptist Church has a new minister, the Reverend David Dewey.
Rev Dewey's induction service will be on Saturday at 2.30pm in the presence of
the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham. Also present will be
councillors, representatives of local churches and friends from Rev Dewey's
The induction service will be led by a member of the church, the Rev Edwin
Boddington, and the sermon will be given by the Rev Clifford Fryer. The Rev
Andrew Millns, regional minister from the Heart of England Baptist Association,
will perform the induction ceremony.
Rev Dewey has been a minister for nearly 30 years and was previously minister
at Chelsea Community Church. He has been features editor of the Baptist Times
and has written for the Scripture Union, as well as writing several books on the
Bible and faith."
`A dedicated community worker who has helped tackle crime and
improve housing in Perry Common has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New
Year's Honours List.
Linda Hines, who is director of Witton Lodge Community Association, was
awarded the MBE for her work in the community in north Birmingham.
Mrs Hines was named in the prestigious roll of honour for her steadfast work,
which includes playing an integral role in setting up Perry Common Community
Watch, which last year received praise from Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The award is also in recognition of her work at Witton Lodge Community
Association, a non-registered Housing Association which owns rented properties
on the Perry Common Estate including an extra care sheltered scheme at Sycamore
Court in Buxton Road.
Commenting on the honour, 57-year-old Linda, said:
"It is quite an honour it has been the hardest secret to keep as I have known
about the MBE since November. When I received the letter I read it about 10
times to make sure it was correct. It is 18 years since I became active in the
community and I have not won this award on my own, so many people have supported
and helped me. I love a challenge and thrive on challenges. I do not know who
nominated me but when I find out I will give them a big hug."`
Power Cut - Happy New Year<>
>The electricity went off across a wide area on New
Year's Day! From around 1.20pm - 2.30pm. The last one in this area was February
2008 - is that too many in too short a space of time? I'll keep an eye on it.
Damaged Bollard - Gravelly
Just by the corner shop (junction with Goosemoor Lane) on the pavement is a
snapped stone bollard, will be repaired.
Court Lane Rubbish Strewn About After Binmen Collections<>
>The Council are aware
that rubbish gets strewn about by both binmen and the recyclers when collecting,
the emptied plastic boxes are thrown everywhere too. Court Lane affected badly
each week, and other roads affected too.
If you are elderly/disabled you can be put on the Assisted List whereby the
collectors know to come into your front garden to collect stuff if you can't
carry it to the pavement each week.
The Council is arranging so that the street-cleaners come AFTER the
collections and NOT before, so any rubbish left is quickly swept up.
If the problems fail to improve, can you let one of our Cllrs know please;
Health and drug education for children and parents
Tree Pits In Douay Road
For planting trees in
Erdington High Street Christmas Lights
Lamp-posts in Berkswell Rd, Ayre Rd, Allman Rd, Ewell Rd
Court Lane Allotments
Secure storage unit for produce
Malcolm Locker Youth Centre
Jarvis Road Electrical Rewiring Faults<>
>Cllr Compton recently
took possession of a petition from residents of Jarvis Road objecting to the
quality of rewiring work carried out on their properties.
The Mystery Of The Small Water-Mains Cover Outside 118 Goosemoor Lane Sometimes it's
there, sometimes not and there's a hole in the pavement! Even those at 118 don't
know why it vanishes and then re-appears!
(One possible explanation is it keeps being nicked - it is metal - and Severn
Trent keep replacing it. How they know it keeps vanishing to replace it I don't
The Hanging Baskets Of Station Road From Erdington
Conservatives member Cllr Robert Alden;
"I was especially keen to see hanging baskets along the Sutton New Road and
from Erdington train station to the High Street so residents and visitors could
follow the flowers to the High Street."
`The Princess Royal officially opened a 'state-of-the-art' adult care centre
in Perry Common yesterday (Thu 9/10/2008), accompanied by dignitaries from
Her Royal Highness visited the Perry Tree Centre in Dovedale Road, the first
of four pioneering care centres set to open in the city this year.
The princess was shown around the centre by manager Mike White and then met
residents and their families, along with staff and partner organisations.
Princess Anne ended her visit by poignantly planting a perry tree in the
award-winning landscaped gardens.
"The Princess Royal took a genuine interest in what we are achieving here in
Birmingham," said Mr White.
"As patron for the Princess Royal Trust for Carers since 1991, she is working
towards the same goals that we are – to support older people and their carers to
remain independent for as long as possible."
The princess visited a rehabilitation and in-patient area on the upper floor,
which were provided by Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust.
Director of strategy and redesign for the trust, Tony Ruffell, said: "It was
a real pleasure to be able to demonstrate these new facilities to the Princess
"They will make an enormous difference to people in east and north Birmingham
who need our support to help them regain their independence."
The centre is at the cutting edge of support services for people with
dementia and boasts assistive technology, rehabilitation services, a gym and
Residents are accommodated in 64 en-suite bedrooms, including long-term care
The centre's gardens, which are specifically designed to help people with
dementia, won the special award category in the Celebrating Construction Awards
Councillor Sue Anderson, cabinet member for adults and communities said: "Our
care centres will enable us to deliver a much higher standard of care to older
people in Birmingham.
"They are also unique in the country and it is wonderful that Her Royal
Highness is with us today to help celebrate all the hard work that has gone into
making our vision a reality," she said.'
(Repton House is the tower block with red brickwork at the top)
"An Erdington man is recovering in hospital after being rescued from a blaze
in his seventh-storey flat.
The man, believed to be in his 60s, suffered a heart attack after breathing
in fumes from a severe fire at his home in Repton House, Baldmoor Lake Road in
the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 16/9/2008).
He was resuscitated by the ambulance crew and taken to Good Hope Hospital.
The fire brigade was alerted to the scene about 1am after a neighbour heard
an alarm and reported smelling smoke.
Another man in his 30s was treated for minor smoke inhalation."
`Plans to extend the car park at Chester Road Railway Station have met with
fierce opposition from neighbouring residents – but councillors have welcomed
The proposal is to build 38 new spaces behind numbers 16-24 Green Lanes and
includes the addition of five, six metre high, lighting columns and two CCTV
cameras which neighbours fear will be focused on their back gardens.
Vesey ward councillor Alan Rudge said while more spaces are needed, residents
must be protected.
"We have to practice what we preach and I think this will give more people
the chance to use the trains," he said.
"However, we have to be absolutely sure that measures are taken to protect
residents and ensure the lighting and cameras do not interfere with their
In letters of opposition, residents say a bigger car park will also add to
traffic chaos and will not be used to full capacity.
But Councillor Rudge argued that the demand is there.
"Already more people want to use the station than there are spaces and they
park all around it," he said.
"There are steep hills which make access to the station difficult for people
who live even half a mile or a mile away.
"The car park will need good security and lighting but conditions have been
put on the application to protect residents and it is important, if it goes
ahead, that these are adhered to."
Conditions also state that the existing 'anti-climbing' mesh fencing and
thorny shrub border be extended to stop potential intruders clambering into the
The application goes before planners this week and has been recommended for
Undaunted by the impact the credit crunch is having on the housing market,
Graham Cooke of Cookes Furniture unveiled an extension to their flagship store
on Goosemoor Lane, Erdington on Tuesday (September 16).
"So many people are here because we've heard so much doom and gloom in the
last six months every time we turn on the TV or see the papers it's there," he
told a crowd of business associates at the official opening.
"We all know what trade is like and I'm so delighted we've seized the
opportunity to do something positive so that, when it does come back up, we'll
be here ready to go," added Graham, who officially took over ownership of the
business after the death of founder, Ted Cooke in April.
The new extension has seen an increase in Cooke Furniture's more contemporary
product lines, improved the alarm system and installed shutters to minimise
potential damage should a fire ever hit the site.
"In '97 we said this would be the last extension to Goosemoor Lane - but I
also said that in '92," Graham added.
"This is definitely the last time, we can't go any further here."'
Overflowing Bins On Jarvis Road
The bins on the bus stops on Jarvis Rd are not being emptied and rubbish is
flying about the road and gardens as the containers are full - can the Council
sort this please?
Loose Bricks Around Tree Bases - Goosemoor Lane<>
>There are trees with decorative brick bases on the odd-side by the
Court Lane junction. The heavy rain has caused some bricks to become
loose/dislodged though the trees are still safe. Can the brick-work be repaired
(A glance at the 1930's photos on the History Page shows that brickwork is
historic and we have lost a couple of those trees already due to new driveways
etc. So can the brick-work be repaired in the original style too please? Would
look out of place if ordinary house-bricks were used).
Telegraph Pole Problem - Goosemoor Lane< style="font-weight: 400">
>Outside the Anstey on the Bend on that odd-side sits a
telegraph-pole. One of the lines attached has snapped. Is quite long and easily
touched but is only a phone-line NOT a power line. Reported to BT for repair.
(When people switch to Cable, BT don't disconnect the physical phone-line to
the house from their poles, so many are redundant so aren't noticed by residents
or BT when they snap).
<>Grass Verges Cut - But One Area Left On Kirkwood Avenue><>
- Council Response
>< style="font-weight: 400">The grass verges in
the area have been cut again but either by accident or design part of Kirkwood
Avenue is becoming overgrown. If you travel up and turn second right (towards
the back gardens on Highfield Drive) you'll see a tree with an overgrown verge
in the corner.>
< style="font-weight: 400">Council response;>
< style="font-weight: 400">">Further to our
response to you on 31-07-08 regarding grass cutting on Kirkwood Avenue;
We have received an email from the Service Providers who cut the grass and
they state that this area is not on any maintenance programme for grass cutting
and the area may be privately owned.
If you require any further details, or have any comments you wish to make,
please do not hesitate to contact us on: 0121 464 8728 or e-mail
Erdington Community Chest Approvals 2008-9 - From The Council Ward Report
Erdington Town Centre In Bloom
Hanging baskets and plants
Lyndhurst Summer Fayre
Tiddlywinks Play And Stay
Funding for Malcolm Locker Centre - Lyndhurst
Baptist Church New Floor
Walk Of Witness
event on Erdington High Street
Equipment for Salvation Army parents and toddlers music group
External Funding Support Officer
Helping groups find external funding
Hanging Of Tapestries In Erdington Library
Materials and labour
Driver Feedback Signs
The installation of to assist
<>Still Flooding Problems At The Top Croft Junction><>
>< style="font-weight: 400">Council have spent
all sorts of time and effort on this but EVEN now in heavy rain it STILL forms a
huge puddle! Before it was because the camber was wrong, not it's because the
drain just gets overwhelmed!>
Labour Party Survey Over Local Youth Facilities<>
>Erdington Labour Party want to know your views on youth
facilities in the area/the lack of. Here are the questions and you can email
responses to each at Sion Simon's email address below;
"Are you happy with the current level of youth services?
What extra youth facilities would you like to see?
Did you know that the Tory/Lib Dem Council spends more money in Sutton on
youth provision than they do in Tyburn, Kingstanding, Erdington and Stockland
Green put together?
Do you think that if there were more things for young people to do there
would be less anti-social behaviour/crime?
Would you prefer better Council services or lower Council Tax?
If there was a General Election tomorrow, which Party would you support?
On a scale of 0 - 5 with 5 being the highest - how likely is it that you will
vote Labour at the next General Election?
Have you ever voted Labour in any election in the past?"
Bears King George IV on it's heads-side with Britannia on the tails-side.
Coin isn't in good condition and has not yet been valued.
Full inscription as can be made out;
Heads - "Georgius IIII DEI GRATIA"
Tails - "Britannar REX FID DEF 1822"
(Seems a commemorative coin rather than currency - possibly celebrating his
Coronation. Became king in 1820 having been Regent from 1810).
<>Rats On Sunday Nights - Foxes And Hedgehogs Now Too
>< style="font-weight: 400">All sorts of wildlife is scurrying
round the bin-bags left out for Monday morning refuse collections - try to leave
putting them out until as near collection time as possible (e.g. Sunday
afternoon seems a bad idea).>
`An Erdington boy will be among a party of 300 teenagers who will today
(Friday 2/5/2008) debate major youth issues at the House of Lords.
In the hours after millions of adults cast their votes in the local
elections, Andrew Marlow, 16, a member of the UK Youth Parliament for
Birmingham, will take over the distinguished chamber. He will debate what issues
should become the subjects of Youth Parliament campaigns this year, with three
to be chosen from topics including public transport concession cards, university
tuition fees, youth representation in the media and lowering voting age.
"We are pleased that young people's issues are now being taken seriously as
evidenced by their access to the House of Lords chamber and we will continue to
support young people to get their voice heard at all levels across the city,"
said Harry Fowler, joint acting head of Birmingham City Council's Youth Service.
The debate will be chaired by Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman.
She said: "I am very pleased to welcome Members of the UK Youth Parliament
who will be coming from all over the country to debate important issues in the
House of Lords chamber.
"It is vital that we engage with young people and understand their views and
experiences in order to pass laws which are fit for the future."'
`A woman is recovering in hospital after being dragged from her burning home
at the weekend. The 49-year-old woman, who has not been named, was admitted to
the intensive care unit at Good Hope Hospital following a blaze at her Erdington
flat. She had to be pulled from the ground-floor property on Abbeyfield Road at
around 3am on Sunday after neighbours saw smoke billowing from the kitchen door.
Her condition was thought to be life-threatening when she was admitted on
Sunday, but further details were not being released to the media as the
Observer went topress.
It is thought the fire started in the kitchen after food was left cooking in
Neighbours alerted the fire brigade after smelling the smoke from her home
and then hearing her fire alarm.
"We were on the scene quite quickly, as were the paramedics," said Mick Walsh
of Erdington Fire Station.
"It was quite lucky that the neighbours smelled the smoke and heard her alarm
because of the double glazing.
"We say it enough but it really shows how important it is to get a proper,
working fire alarm installed."
A spokesperson for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "The woman has
suffered critical injuries after the house fire in Erdington. Crews immediately
started resuscitation attempts. She was taken on blue lights to Good Hope
Hospital where medics were on standby to receive her."
Fire investigations officers say they are not treating the blaze as
(As the updated headline says - this fire was subsequently fatal).
Court Lane And Madehurst Road Junction Clean Up< style="font-weight: 400"> >From Erdington Conservatives;
"Your local Conservative Team cleaned up the rubbish around the junction
..... We managed to collect more than 5 big bags of rubbish and have reported
the site to the Council so hopefully they will maintain it's current state."
"Local campaigner Jessie Holland carried out a litter pick and weed clearance
along the alley ... a large amount of plastic bags containing dog mess were
found along with a number of needles and foil.
Jessie says, `We have reported the mess to the Council Hygiene Squad ..... we
have also reported the matter to the police ..... '"
Short Heath Park Clean Up< style="font-weight: 400"> >From Erdington Conservatives;
"Robert (Alden) and Gareth (Compton) arranged for a Short Heath Park to be
given a special `deep clean' following complaints from residents ...... The
two-day clean up at the end of January has left the park looking better than it
has in a long time."
Short Heath Park Clean Up From Erdington Tories;
"The Council has agreed to carry out two special deep cleans of Short Heath
Park ....... The first of these has happened already recently when the Council
spent a day picking up litter etc. They will be doing this again in coming days
...... These are special clean ups in addition to the ones which happen normally
during the month."
Rose And Crown Alley Clean Up From Erdington Tories;
"This times it was the alley running between Goosemoor Lane and Gravelly Lane
that was the target of a clean up. Between them the Conservative Campaign team
managed to collect 12 bags of rubbish from along the alley. The rubbish ranged
from beer cans and bottles to sweet and crisp wraps but also building parts from
the contractors who have been working on the next door site. These have been
reported to the Council and we are calling on the Council to take action against
these contractors leaving dangerous items behind."
Goosemoor Lane Clean Up Again Erdington Tories;
"We have successfully got the Council to clean up the tree-root area, the
weeds in the pavement and gullys of the road along Goosemoor Lane. We have also
got the Council to do the neighbouring roads."
<>Failed Camber - Goosemoor Lane
>< style="font-weight: 400">The road-camber has failed on the odd
side of Goosemoor Lane at the junction with Gravelly Lane (so a very large
puddle forms in the rain). Reported for repair ages ago but not fixed. Reported
Speeding Incident - Goosemoor Lane< style="font-weight: 400">
>Many makes of car now have the spare-wheel
attached underneath instead of in the boot, and we have those two "tippex
islands". On Sunday night (6/1/2008) one speeding motorist decided to drive over
instead of round the one by Top Croft Road - and tore the spare wheel clean off
the bottom of the car and it bounced along the road behind the car for several
It could have been quite a serious incident. Just as well the road was empty.
They did stop and re-attached it underneath.
<>Another Phone-Mast On Cranleigh House
>< style="font-weight: 400">Abseilers were working on the outside
of it near the top some months back - Monday 18/6/2007. To do with the Mast
(installing a small one). Another one has now been added.>
`A neglected alley in Erdington got a new lease of life
last week after volunteers pulled out all the stops to get it clear. The alley,
situated between Marsh Lane and Summer Road, was dirty and neglected with litter
and rubbish strewn about the place. But last week Stockland Green and Erdington
Conservatives pulled together to make the alley - which is used by people
walking to the High Street and rail station - spick and span.
"Residents had come to me expressing their concerns
about the alley being so dirty and unsafe to walk along due to all the rubbish
building up and becoming wet and slippy," explained Stockland Green
Conservatives local campaigner Matt Bennett.
"I decided that I should ensure it was clean for the
local residents. For too long Stockland Green and its residents have been
ignored. I'm determined to ensure that doesn't continue and that the Stockland
Green residents have the quality of life they deserve. That's why I am fighting
to put the green back into Stockland Green."'
Court Lane Grass Verge/Speeding Havoc/Inferior Road
Surface - Latest< style="font-weight: 400">
>< style="font-weight: 400">More white
marker-lines have been added all along Court Lane now in attempt to better
control traffic. See what effect it has.>
Erdington Cllr Robert Alden now wants to hear from
residents about this and has started a petition;
This issue has been rumbling on for ages - by The
Greyhound pub - see the Crime AND News page for more background re past events
there etc. This from the Great Barr Observer at
`Disgruntled residents fear a nasty accident will have
to take place on their road before something is done to slow traffic down. Court
Lane in Kingstanding is a busy route used by hundreds of drivers every day, but
several blind spots mean drivers are often caught out by the sharp bends, and
crash into walls or fences. With more than 20 accidents on the road already this
year, residents say it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously
John Baldock, who lives in Court Lane, has had two cars
written off on the driveway and a car crash straight into his wall.
"It's atrocious," he said. "We have been told that
until somebody dies nothing can be done to slow traffic down - it's
John has two children, aged 12 and seven, and says he
does not even let them go to shops alone because the road is just too dangerous.
He added: "Our biggest fear is we have small children,
elderly people and disabled people on this road and someone's going to get hurt,
but the council won't do anything."
In the last six months nine houses have had to make
repairs to walls and fences. Street lights and trees have been knocked down and
One house has had a car smash through the garden
straight into a front bay window, and another resident has had three cars parked
on the driveway written off.
Kingstanding councillor Catharine Grundy said: "The
statistics are unbelievable. Court Lane is a very dangerous road, especially
when you consider that so many of these accidents involve vehicles leaving the
road and crossing the pavement. In order to get real action we need the Council
to take these into account, but currently they will only consider accidents
where someone is injured and it is reported to police, when they are looking at
their priorities for traffic calming."
Residents are calling for an island at the junction
with Fosseway Drive to slow traffic down or more signs to be put up warning
people the speed limit on the stretch is still 30mph.
Birmingham City Council said the highways department
receives many requests for highway improvements across the city and any requests
are assessed and prioritised.
A Council spokeswoman said: "Court Lane does not
currently have sufficient high priority for traffic management improvement.
"However, arrangements have been made to carry out
carriageway markings as part of the routine highways maintenance works programme
in the near future, which will help to outline restrictions in the area."'
<>Court Lane Fire - More>< style="font-weight: 400">
From the Birmingham Mail on Friday 14/9/2007;>
< style="font-weight: 400">`A woman was taken to hospital after fire
broke out on the ground floor of a house in Birmingham. The incident happened at
Court Lane, in Short Heath, Erdington at 10.06pm yesterday. A West Midlands Fire
Service spokeswoman said, "It was an incident involving a small fire in a rear
ground floor room"'>
< style="font-weight: 400">Latest - West Midlands Fire Service will be
carrying out smoke alarm tests etc in the area;>
< style="font-weight: 400">0800 389 5525>
<>Another Road Accident - The Spinney><>
>< style="font-weight: 400">(This may have involved
unlawful driving - i.e. should be a Crime Page entry - we shall see) Monday
afternoon 10/9/2007. Another accident involving a non-Travel WM bus circling the
Spinney terminus and a car coming along Court Lane (which buses pull out in
front of both lanes of). Traffic Police were in attendance suggesting at least
one person had been injured. Second accident like that there in the last few
months at least.>
<>"Punch And Judy" Update
>< style="font-weight: 400">More of this new feature. For the
first time since about 1996, the Erdington Ward has a "split" set of Cllrs (2
Labour, 1 Tory in 2006 and now 1 Labour and 2 Tory). See Links page for their
details. In the Erdington Constituency ALL three main parties are represented
now at Ward level (from all Labour a few years back). >
< style="font-weight: 400">Here I'll be updating any "punch and judy"
activity between the 3 that in my view harms Erdington's overall interests. 2
things so far, one fairly minor;>
< style="font-weight: 400">1. At the first Erdington Ward public
meeting since the "split" it seemed the 2 Labour Cllrs hit upon a ploy to make
sure one of them always chaired the meeting and the Tory never did. One simply
(and quickly) nominated the other at the very start of the meeting during the
welcoming procedure. Somebody present COULD then nominate the Tory, forcing a
vote, but that would hold up the meeting - so it seems no other nomination would
`Rubbish sparked a party political row between
Councillors at a recent meeting of the Erdington Constituency committee.
Conservative councillor, Robert Alden, trashed claims
that the constituency's Labour councillors had previously voted in favour of
weekly rubbish collections.
"None of the Labour councillors voted in favour of
weekly collections," he said, but claims he was branded a "liar" by the Labour
Cllr Robert Alden produced the results of the vote,
taken at a full Council meeting on June 5, which show how each of the four
councillors in Erdington, Tyburn, Kingstanding and Stockland Green wards voted,
(see results below).
Three councillors - two Conservative and one Liberal
Democrraat - voted in favour of weekly collections in Erdington.
Four Labour councillors voted against the motion with
one abstention and four not voting.
But Labour councillor Penny Holbrook has hit back at
the claims saying a vital amendment to the motion was not taken into account.
"Councillor Alden's claims are not true," she said. "We
fully support weekly collections but only while there is a need for them. Who
can tell what will happen in five or ten years time when recycling is at its
peak? But while it is feasible and while the public feel there is a need we will
always support weekly collections."
For retention of Weekly rubbish collections:
Cllr Robert Alden, Erdington, Conservative; Cllr Gareth
Compton, Erdington, Conservative; Cllr Ann Holtom, Tyburn, Liberal Democrat.
The remaining four Labour councillors did not vote.'
< style="font-weight: 400">(Sutton Observer tends to be more
Tory-friendly than Labour-friendly - just thought I'd point that out!)>
<>Dropped Kerbs - More>< style="font-weight: 400">
This came up some months back, the Council wanted all of those with driveways
for cars to have dropped kerbs installed on the pavement. Here is the Council
<>Minor Bus Crash - Court Lane - The Spinney
>< style="font-weight: 400">(This might have involved a traffic
offence - we shall see - so scant details here). Wednesday 13/6/2007 around 3pm.
One of the "independent" buses was in collision with a car. Police were in
attendance but I don't think anyone was injured. A very young child was aboard
<>Traffic Survey/Speed Check - Jarvis Road
>< style="font-weight: 400">(Courtesy of Cllr Alden) Police
conducted a speed check on Jarvis Road during the last week in April. Over all
they found that only approx 5% of traffic speeds could be actionable. Although
not as serious as elsewhere, they did admit that some cars were going very fast.>
<>Suspected Drunk-Driver Arrested After Large Crash On Goosemoor Lane
>< style="font-weight: 400">On Thursday night/Friday morning
26-27/4/2007 around 0.15am a driver was arrested by police after a road incident
at the Kirkwood Avenue junction in which no-one was injured. More on this after
any court proceedings.>
< style="font-weight: 400">Cllr Robert Alden is looking into
< style="font-weight: 400">(This report will be moved to Crime Page
depending on those court proceedings).>
These Issues Have Been Raised By A Resident With Cllr Alden<> -
>1. Rubbish left for weeks by the Council bin on Goosemoor Lane opposite
the Church of Christ.. This is now causing more rats in the area.
"We have contacted the fleet and refuse department regarding this and asked
that it be collected more regularly."
2. Rubbish bins being emptied at Cookes Furniture (twice a week) this is done
at 6.00am, when the vehicles reverse they are fitted with reversing proximity
bleepers, this is not a welcome noise at this hour!
"We have contacted the environmental health department and reported it as
noise nuisance. They will now carry out some monitoring."
3. What is the criteria for a residents parking scheme? Whenever there is a
"special event" at Cookes (e.g. a sale) then the road is chaotic with traffic.
"A residents parking scheme would require over 60% of the road to vote in
favour ....... It would mean that residents would have to pay yearly for a
parking permit. Schemes only guarantee ONE permit per house and therefore could
mean that you would not be able to park all your vehicles on the road."
4. More traffic calming measure in the road the as current "spot islands" are
" ..... we collected a petition on this very issue a few months ago and it is
currently being processed by the Transportation department ...... "
5. Finally can you find out what opening restrictions the restaurant has in
Cookes as there seems to be people leaving the premises very late at night.
< style="font-weight: 400">"We have contacted the licence department
regarding this to find out the details ........ ">
<>Erdington Labour Party Info>< style="font-weight: 400">
They've actually started sending me stuff (must be an election coming - oh yeah,
there is) and here is what is relevant to this area;>
< style="font-weight: 400">"We are liaising* closely
with Erdington's policing team, and have worked in partnership to provide
neighbourhood police stations in Rookery House and Jarvis Road. We also share
your concern about the often poor-quality of local street-lighting, and as a
result we are committed to upgrading street lighting wherever possible. As a
result we have recently authorised a major street lighting improvement scheme in
< style="font-weight: 400">* A word very often spelt
wrong and they did - put liasing - I've corrected it ffor them above. Our
schools are in safe hands then?>
`A middle-aged man lay dying, face-down on a grass verge at the side of a
busy main road in Sutton. He was obviously in trouble, yet dozens of people
walked on by. Their actions have sickened one of the two Sutton men who did stop
Daniel Woodward, aged 23, who lives in Boldmere, was driving down Gravelly
Lane last Monday (February 19) at around 12.30pm when he noticed a young man
trying to get assistance from passers-by. Then he saw the older man lying face
down on the ground near the junction with Goosemoor Lane and stopped in his
"I was on the way towards Erdington when I saw a man on his mobile phone
looking shocked and worried and there was an older man lying on the ground,"
recalled Mr Woodward. "People were just walking past."
"I parked up and went over to help. We turned him over and he was blue and
had stopped breathing. I quickly realised that all the time this guy had been
dead on the floor."
Yet despite their obvious difficulties, nobody offered to help or to call an
Mr Woodward continued: "Several people walked by and two men stopped, but
when they found out he was dead they just ran off."
The ambulance arrived and the paramedics pronounced the man dead at the
Police also attended and, after interviewing Mr Woodward and the other man,
allowed the pair to leave.
Now Mr Woodward says he is 'sickened' by the behaviour of passers-by who
chose to ignore their pleas for help.
"It was absolutely sickening," he said. "If that was a member of their family
I'm sure they would like to think someone would help them.
"I've got no first aid knowledge at all but at least I tried to help.
Everyone's got a mobile phone on them nowadays so they could have called 999 at
"Even if they thought he was drunk they could have seen what the problem was
and sorted him out."
Steve Parry, spokesperson for the West Midlands Ambulance Service, confirmed
the incident, saying: "Ambulance paramedics did attend the scene at around 1pm.
"It was a male thought to be in his late 50s who had collapsed in the street.
"Paramedics certified the patient dead at the scene. It was natural causes."
< style="font-weight: 400">Now of course I wasn't there but this was
right at the end of our road. Some Press accounts had people walking over the
poor stricken man (I suspected that wasn't true). The most probable version
would be, lying on that grass-verge by Jarvis Road is NOT that unusual - and
when people saw others then helping and with a phone just left it at that. As
for people running off - that's probably paranoia about the possibility of being
falsely accused. >
< style="font-weight: 400">(The number of times I'm warned over the
website - that police might accuse me of doing the stuff I'm mentioning! And an
idiot Council employee then did of course. Famously happened at the 1996 Atlanta
Olympics too of course - a security guard found a bomb, was then accused of
planting it! The real bomber then later found). >
< style="font-weight: 400">So the area hasn't quite covered itself in
glory, not quite what appeared in some quarters though.>
< style="font-weight: 400">More from later issues of the same
`The family of a man who was left lying on a busy
street after he had collapsed has thanked the people who stopped to help him.
Cornelious Collins, known as Con, died of natural
causes on Monday, February 19 after he collapsed on Gravelly Lane, near to his
home. He was 51. Then, the Observer reported how most people walked by, but that
he was helped by 23-year-old Daniel Woodward and an unknown man.
Now Con's sister, Eileen Hatfield, has contacted the
Observer to publicly thank the people who helped her brother during his dying
"Con was a kind and generous man who fell on hard times
towards the later days of his life," said Eileen.
"But we are sure that put in the same situation he
would have been there offering assistance.
"Our family would like to thank Daniel Woodward and the
unnamed person who stopped to help our brother.
"We thought it was really kind and we just wanted them
Spinney Now Cleaned Up< style="font-weight: 400">
(The fenced off woodland at the junction of Court Lane and Witton Lodge Road -
the 7 and 65 bus terminus). >From Cllr Robert Alden
"It's not perfect but much better than before. We are asking for it to be
regularly cleaned from now on to stop it getting back to the situation it was
in. Also we will be starting a campaign for a bin to put there as it clearly
needs one for all the people getting on and off buses there."
<>Parking On The Pavement - Gravelly Lane
>< style="font-weight: 400">I got a complaint about cars parking
on the pavement between the Oliver Road and Station Road junctions (both sides).
Cars half on and half off the pavement. Very few houses there have garages. The
pavement is often obstructed to buggies etc.>
< style="font-weight: 400">This has now been passed onto police by the
< style="font-weight: 400">However;>
< style="font-weight: 400">Be aware that situation allows Gravelly Lane
at that stretech to always be clear in BOTH directions for traffic to move.
Anything that makes residents park completely in the road WILL congest that busy
<>Bulky Rubbish Collections - Free><>
>< style="font-weight: 400">If you have old fridges, beds,
cupboards etc - the Council will collect them free of charge. 0121 303 1112. You
are limited to 6 items however.>
<>Campaign To Build A Path
Through The Park >
>Another long running campaign set to succeed now. More as I get it. One
existed before (see History Page "Do You Remember?") but is now over-grown.
Gravelly Lane Car Crash Cuts
Gas To Homes<>
>(Birmingham Mail - Nov 28 2006)
"FOUR houses were left without gas when a car mounted a pavement and smashed
into a pipe.
Homes in Gravelly Lane, Erdington, were cut off at 10.35pm yesterday when a
driver lost control of his Ford Fiesta.
It collided with an external gas pipe connected to one of the properties.
The property was not badly damaged but the pipe fractured. Firefighters
performed an emergency repair job.
The Fiesta also collided with street signs and hit a parked Rover. It was
being driven by an 18-year-old man and his girlfriend was also in the car.
Police were today investigating the accident."
MP Lends A Hand With Community
Tidy-Up (Sutton Observer) The project, organised by Kelly
Fogarty from the YMCA (Fosseway Drive), was part of Make a Difference Day which
gives people the opportunity to give a day of their time to contribute something
positive to the local community.
"Make a Difference Day provides a great opportunity for people to contribute
something to their local community without having to put their hand in their
pocket," said Mr Simon
The play area has been installed beside Court Farm Primary School.
<>Another Accident On The Bend - Goosemoor Lane - More>< style="font-weight: 400">
Wed 14/9/2006 around 9.50pm. In the wet. As ever a car came down from towards
Court Lane too fast and failed to take the Bend. Mounted the pavement by the
Anstey but somehow missed everything down by there (the fence, trees,
telegraph-pole, lamp-posts, keep-left signs etc) before venturing back onto the
road and venturing on it's journey.>
< style="font-weight: 400">All sorts of traffic-calming in place
already there but not enough. A chevron-sign used to be there too and has either
fallen down or been obscured by bushes. It should be easy to get that put back
up though and I reported that - got this back from the Council though.>
"An inspector has recently visited
the location stated in your e-mail and has advised that the signs and traffic
calming are of a good standard and meet the necessary requirements for the
<>Court Lane Grass Verge To Remain - But Another Accident
>(See Crime Page for more about the stolen-car accidents there etc).
Some residents wanted this verge by the Greyhound partly removed and then used
for parking. However some want it to remain (according to the Council Ward
report). It will remain, factors in the Council decision;
The dispute between residents,
Grass verges are a valuable amenity,
Money (as ever),
Sufficient parking already,
< style="font-weight: 400">However another accident occurred there on
Sat 2/9/2006 around 2pm. Vehicles travelling too fast in the wet and skidding
when reaching the bend (is it sign-posted beforehand in both directions?) It's
worth noting that unless someone is injured (and no-one was) police usually
aren't made aware to factor it in with any later decisions. >
<>Tree Down! Goosemoor Lane - Road Blocked - Sat 2/9/2006>< style="font-weight: 400" styylee="font-weight: 400">
We had a tree blown down in Goosemoor Lane near the Court Lane junction -
blocking the actual road. It caught telegraph-lines on the way down, pulling
those down brought down guttering on some houses and brought the pole down too.>
< style="font-weight: 400">The Fire Service did NOT attend as no-one
was trapped (and no-one was) so the Council had to clear it (road was blocked
for several hours around 10pm-5pm). The Fire Service told the Council.>
< style="font-weight: 400">I was not aware of problems up by there. In
the past trees have been checked when reported by residents.>
< style="font-weight: 400">Needs to be an investigation though, the
wind was not that bad.>
<>Road Accident - Goosemoor Lane
>< style="font-weight: 400">Another minor shunt along the road as
a van hit a car, no-one injured. Sat 15/7/2006 at 11.10am by the Kirkwood Avenue
junction. Bear in mind when the road was built we didn't have as many cars,
large business premises requiring lorries, side-roads off and driveways to
reverse off, the 66 bus and people using mobile phones whilst driving etc.
< style="font-weight: 400">Hence all these little shunts along the
road. Bear all that in mind when driving along Goosemoor Lane, all sorts of
hazards along it.>
<>Station Road Bridge
Walkway To Be Widened>
(See the Crime Page for the recent hit and run there). One side of this walkway
is very narrow and widening work was scheduled to start in 2003. This has kept
coming up in Ward meetings and the campaign started in 1936! Latest plans;
Negotiations have started with Network Rail, the bridge owner and associated
land. Provision of £90, 000 is contained for detail design work. Network Rail
Have been invited prepare a contract to deliver the work.
New Wardens Provided For The Topcroft Estate<>
>(From Robert Alden - Local Cllr)
`Only a month after being elected as Councillor
for Erdington, Cllr Robert Alden, this month, announced a new clean up team for
the Topcroft Estate. It consists of 2 caretakers and 2-3 cleaners who will be
for the use of the Topcroft Estate and Jarvis Road. Cllr Robert Alden said "This
is the first time the estate has had this kind of support to help keep it clean.
The addition of this team, by the Conservative led Council, also demonstrates
how important the residents’ quality of life is felt to be by the Council".
Local campaign organiser Gareth Compton added
"this is further proof that the Conservatives keep their promises, we fought the
election on a Cleaner, Greener, Safer streets mantle and this is helping to make
sure we deliver. I ask residents can you remember this ever happening under the
old oppressive Labour administration? The answer is no because they had a no
star and failing Housing department. Under the Conservatives we have a one star
and improving department according to the independent audit Commission and we
are helping all residents of Erdington regardless of where they live".'
<>Road Accident - Goosemoor Lane
>< style="font-weight: 400">A minor shunt between two cars
occurred at the Kirkwood Avenue junction in the wet, 7am Tues 27/6/2006. No-one
hurt. (Be aware of the re-surfacing issue about Goosemoor Lane in the wet - see
stone mastic asphalt report below). >
<>Road Accident On Bend - Correction
>< style="font-weight: 400">
Morning of Sunday 4/6/2006 around 4am. Some car speeding from the
Court Lane end of Goosemoor Lane to Gravelly Lane but failed to take the Bend!
Nearly ended up in the Anstey. I ealier said narrowly missed a tree but in fact
it hit it! (Always be aware of walking by the Bend on that side as cars still
rush down to there). No idea of casualties.>
<>Car Accident - Goosemoor Lane
>< style="font-weight: 400">Evening of Monday 8/5/2006 on the Bend
(this might explain the uprooted keep-left sign there now). No-one hurt from
what I can tell.>
<>Yet Another Low Bridge Incident In the Area - Chester Road> < style="font-weight: 400">(Sutton News/Sutton
Observer) Nine cars were severely damaged by a JCB carried on a lorry which
struck the underside of the bridge and it's arm then swung out onto the cars. No
injuries. Friday 28/4/2006 at 1pm. Train services were delayed for 20 minutes.>
< style="font-weight: 400">Station Road in Wylde Green, Chester Road,
Station Road and Summer Road in Erdington all have low railway bridges with an
increasing roll-call of major accidents.>
<>Bridge Accident - Gravelly Lane
>< style="font-weight: 400">Friday 3/3/2006 at around 6pm, the
railway bridge across Gravelly Lane (by the South Road junction) was struck by a
high-sided lorry. Fire Service and police in attendance, road blocked in both
directions. I'm unaware if anyone was hurt. Fatalities have occurred in the past
at this location.>
< style="font-weight: 400">Back in November we had a pedestrian
seriously injured by a car at the Station Road bridge, and even the Chester Road
Station one has been struck in the past (I'm unaware of the record of the Wylde
Green one further along the same line).>
< style="font-weight: 400">All these low narrow bridges in the area.
The issue needs looking at in a wholistic way.>
<>College High School - City Academies Controversy
>< style="font-weight: 400">There are plans to turn some schools
into "city academies" and this is a controversial move. College High (formerly
Perry Common Secondary School) is one such school (no others in north Birmingham
are in the plan). Here is one side of the story;>
<>Paper Recycling Container
>The large container where you can put waste-paper
for recycling situated at the Gravelly Lane junction outside the Costcutter shop
fills very quickly though the Council seems to keep up with emptying it - just!
>The Beech Road Inset area has no lamps (see
Glossary). I have reported this for future consideration.
The Jarvis Road Estate; None of the side-lights illuminating the base of
Alnwick House work. None of the side-lights illuminating the base of Arundel
House work. All of the side-lights illuminating the base of Windsor House work
(compare it to the areas above to see the big lighting difference it makes to
the area around the block). All of the side-lights illuminating the base of
Berkley House work. Only half the side-lights illuminating the base of Stokesay
On Jarvis Road not far from Pertemps is a lamp obscured by an over-hanging
tree. Has been reported for pruning. When it is that lamp will illuminate an
unlit garage area too.
I'm a firm believer that if a system of street-lighting exists it should be
functioning. (I've christened the 3 Top Croft Estate maisonette blocks on my
website Glossary Page for clarity, though I'm unaware how widespread usage is;
North Block - the one nearest Goosemoor Lane.
West Block - the one stretching parallel lengthways to Short Heath Park.
South Block - the one nearest Cayton Grove).
All these have a system of 2 exterior lights on their side and 1 above both
entrances/exits. So I count each block to have 6 exterior wall lights, so 18 in
all. Only 3 work it seems, on the South Block (none vandalised it seems). If you
stand on the short side of that South Block, the short side that doesn't face
the Park, you'll see 2 side lamps on and the light given off is very good
(another is on by the entrance/exit). Multiply that by 6 by fixing all the other
exterior wall lamps that are attached to these 3 blocks of maisonettes and the
estate will be considerably lightened, especially some previously dark areas. I
have reported all of these for repair.
The lamp at the back of the Top Croft South Maisonette Block (see Glossary
page) is still off, so is the other one now!
Another at the junction car-park of Goosemoor/Hawthorn is out. This is
classed as private so no word on repair.
A lamp in the driveway of LA Gym/Pavillion Housing on Gravelly Lane is out.
The specific Council webpage for reporting broken lamps etc is;
<>Pigeons - Jarvis Road/Top
>These birds have no owner and have become a
severe pest. Some residents are being forced to fence off balconies etc. I will
speak to the Council to see what can be done.
<>Land At The Back Of The
Woodyard - For Sale?
>This rumour has been doing the rounds (Littlecote
Drive Public Open Space aka The Common). I've asked the Council and so far
nothing back. This land is part of their wider public space strategy.
>The park is cleaned weekly by a company called Service Team (tel 0121
764 3333). They use the same person as when the Council did it! He reports
things for repair etc. Nice to know someone is looking after it.
<>Calls For Traffic Calming On Court Lane (See Crime Page) - More
>(Sutton News) Some residents want traffic calming after a series of
incidents. On Monday morning 2.30am on 10/11/2003 and 10.30pm on 14/9/2003
vehicles collided with parked vehicles.
>Somerset Road/Gravelly Lane junction - Cars are parking on the pavement
and too near this junction. A Traffic Regulation Order is going to drawn up,
such as double yellow lines. However this will take time.
A resident has since emailed;
"Do you know if it is possible to get double yellow lines outside the shop at
the corner of Goosemoor and Gravelly Lane? Cars park on the bend when using the
shop and this causes disruption for cars turning left and buses turning right at
I will pass this on to the Council.
<>New Estate Planned
>This is in the very early stages but plans are
being drawn up for a new estate to sit between the Top Croft and Jarvis Road
Estates (on what is now the Court Lane Allotments etc). Updates will be here.
<>Anstey Fence Strengthened
- The Great Escape? - More Land Sought > >I'm
almost expecting to see Steve McQueen ride his motorbike round it! The Anstey is
fenced off (again and much er now) so work can start on it (the fence was
being torn down each time by some determined person(s) unknown!) This has been
bought for housing by developer Walton
Homes, subject to planning permission. Where the traffic will come out I
don't know, hopefully not by the Goosemoor Lane bend (there were traffic
problems when Hawthorn Close was being built). Originally the Anstey entrance
was on Gravelly Lane but that is part of the Alexandra building there now. It
means less open space in the area but with homes on flood-plains now being seen
as a bad idea I suppose they have to build somewhere nationally.
(Sutton News 13/6/2003) A third party is wanting to buy adjacent land that is
currently gardens on Chester Road and sell it to the developer. Hints that exit
traffic will be onto Goosemoor Lane.
<>Dodgy Lamps - List
>Since I've started monitoring this I've found the
same lamps tend to go again and again, rather than every lamp bulb having the
same "life" (it's not vandalism). They should last several years but some last
only a few months. It may be the lamps not the bulbs that's to blame! Here's the
"dodgy lamp" list for the area.
Lamp 1, Bowling Green Close (at the Goosemoor junction)<>
>Lamp 15, Gravelly Lane (just before the post office going towards
Here's the Transport Dept report on those first 3;
"From an enquiry into the street lighting maintenance system the lamp in
Goosemoor Lane had been reported faulty on 4 occasions by a member of the public
yet we have no report from our night inspectors. This may indicate a faulty time
switch that is late in switching and the lamp is operating when the night patrol
see it. The time switch will be replaced for a photoelectric cell that will
operate automatically dusk and dawn. These devices are unaffected by power cuts
and this should cure the problem. The other two street lamps in Bowling Green
Close and Gravelly Lane have each received 2 fault reports in the last 12 months
and this does not indicate a problem area. However, we will ensure they are
monitored carefully over the next few weeks."
The report on Lamp 20 bears almost no resemblance to what has been going on
with it over the last year, reported here each time it's gone off. (It was not
coming back on very late at night each time, nothing like that. Some along
Sycamore Road were doing that. Lamp 20 was being fixed within a week but going
again after a few months. How come it's bulb is much brighter now? How could
that occur if the Council report is true? It's a different bulb). The other 2
should last far more than 6 months. I will be pursuing lighting issues across
the whole city now. The present system seems pretty hopeless.
<>Learner-Drivers At The
Bowling Green Close Junction
>Specific road junctions are popular with local
driving-instructors teaching pupils how to do certain turns etc. The Goosemoor
Lane/Bowling Green Close junction is one such place. Be aware of this when near
Office sometimes slip up as they can't give very localised patterns. I now
can detect severe storms coming into the area (though sometimes only 1/2 hour
etc notice). I've wondered how to make use of this via the site. The
will be used for this. Bear in mind I won't always be able to get to a computer
always or be with my instruments, so not every storm will be forecast. Each
alert will also link to the official
Office site etc so you can see who is the more accurate (time constraints
mean I can't give a daily forecast).
<>Sion Simon MP Is Losing
>Sad news, our MP is gradually going blind. He has
a condition called choroideremia
There is no known cure or treatment so gradually over a period of years he
expects to lose his sight completely, and it has already started to happen. He
intends continuing as our MP though.