Everybody Loves Bin News!

Some habits are hard to break, and even though it’s almost a year since I was a Neighbourhood Warden I can’t resist sharing the ‘Christmas Bin Schedule’ with this blog (now it’s back!)

Residents are being reminded of this year’s Christmas and new year waste collection arrangements with less than one month to go until festivities begin.

As is normally the case, the council’s crews, who work on all other Bank Holidays, will not operate on Christmas Day, Boxing Day (or any Bank Holidays when either of those two particular days are at the weekend).

This year that means there will be no collections of refuse or recycling on Monday 26th December and Tuesday 27th December.

That means anyone with collections on those days will have their household bins picked up one week later and their recycling bins will be collected two weeks later.

All other collections remain unchanged, including those on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January 2017.

It is recognised during the festive period that many households produce more waste. For those with wheelie bins, reasonable amounts of household waste will be collected if presented in bags at the side of the bins.

Excess paper and card recycling will be collected if bundled securely with string and presented alongside the recycling bin.

Residents’ support in helping to keep the streets of Birmingham litter and rubbish free over the busy holiday period is greatly appreciated.

Please note: The city’s five Household Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Sunday 25th December and Monday 26th December) – but will be open on all other days. For more details visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/tips

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KINGS HEATH AND MOSELEY ON THE MOVE – meeting report

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Kings Heath and Moseley On the Move meeting on the 19th September  – we had over 50 people there!

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We had a great panel made up of:

Councillor Lisa Trickett

Helen Rehman, Neighbourhood Innovator

John Carrigan & Graham Lennard, Birmingham Cycle Revolution

David Harris, Road Safety

Helen Jenkins, Green Travel District & 20 is Safer Campaign

Amelia Murray, Place Manager

Tom Tierney, Kings Heath Residents Forum

Sgt Anna Wilson and PC Thomas Byrne, Moseley & Kings Heath Neighbourhood Team, West Midlands police

Below please find the notes of the meeting with a couple of photographs.

Welcome & Housekeeping – Helen Rehman welcomed all to the meeting and advised that it was intended to form an Action Group as an outcome to the meeting and encouraged residents to sign up. Comment sheets were available around the room.

 

Updates and Information from the Panel

Councillor Lisa Trickett said that from this meeting it was hoped to work with the            community to shape a coherent plan and shape the next steps for transport across the Ward. As the City grew so did its car journeys, many of which were less than a few  miles. Creating a Green Travel District for Moseley & Kings Heath would facilitate investigation into movement across the ward and also into Selly Oak, a popular destination for residents. A business case for the opening of Kings Heath Station had been accepted but the campaign for the station needed to continue.

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As the Cabinet Member with responsibility, Councillor Trickett undertook to deliver on the Clean Air Zone. Kings Heath did not meet current permitted health levels and there were more children crossing King Heath High Street than any other in the City therefore radical action needed to be applied.

 

With regard to parking Councillor Spencer had taken on a number of issues which would be picked up over the next few months. All streets off the High Street had to be considered as dealing with one or two only would merely serve to move the problem on. Reference was made to evidence provided by local residents re School Road.

 

Residents Concerns

 

Tom Tierney made the following points;

He was making points concerning the Kings Heath part of the Ward – matters relating to Moseley would need to be added.

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Air quality – Kings Heath High Street had been identified as one of the most polluted streets in Birmingham and although there had been a slight improvement in the last year there were still concerns, especially over diesel emissions which were now considered to be more dangerous than petrol emissions, particularly for young people and children. Serious action was needed, in particular to address diesel pollution in view of the numbers of school children coming into the ward.

HGV’s – associated not only to air pollution but also road safety. Along the A435 the risk to the safety of cyclists and pedestrians from HGV’s was great. HGV’s were not designed to travel into residential areas and therefore some restriction was required. There had been a number of deaths associated with HGV’s on the A345 but due to the frequency it had not been highlighted.

Roads & pavements – query the future of DIY Streets

Support for a Green Travel District and 20 is Safer zones

Pedestrian Crossings – there had been a number of deaths on/near crossings due to visibility/confusion so there was some work to do around this.

Pavements – congested with cyclists, skaters, bus stops, A-boards – need to regain pavement space for pedestrians.

Cycling Safety, especially for children.

Station – welcomed but thought needed to be given to access.

Cycling

Graham Lennard outlined the BCR programme to 2018. From the consultation there      had been support for proper cycle lane segregation but this conflicted with available space. There was a plan for the Alcester Road but it was a difficult route so currently the Council was concentrating on the Bristol Road and Walsall Road as a model. There was a Highbury Park route and views on the plans were sought. Safety for cyclists was a major issue so the GTD and 20mph zones would be helpful and a campaign was currently being undertaken with the Police around passing distances around cyclists.

 

John Carrigan reported on his role in promoting behaviour change to encourage more people to cycle through the Big Birmingham Bike Project. Volunteers were currently being recruited as ride leaders/ride instructors, anyone interested should contact John. Data was being collected from the bikes that had been given out and this would be used to inform future infrastructure investment and the health benefits of bikes.

Green Travel Districts & 20 is Safer

Helen Jenkins reported that the response from Kings Heath residents at the start of the 20mph process had been the highest and as Kings Heath was a special area with 12 schools, high traffic volume and a well-used shopping centre it had been the first pilot area. The speed limit would be legally enforceable on 10 October. Officers were currently working with communities to educate and reinforce the message.

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With regard the Green Travel District Kings Heath was being looked at as a destination together with Moseley and commissioning work was being undertaken based on the census information. This was with a view to facilitating movement into Kings Heath Centre and reducing the number of car journeys. Officers were also working with Asda to change delivery times to reduce congestion, noise etc. The intention was to take forward the Green Travel Plan lead by the On The Move action group.

Residents then made the following comments;

The current situation re speed limits was confusing for drivers and therefore motorists were ignoring all of the speed limits. Would the 20mph be enforced?

 Councillor Trickett advised a joint protocol was being devised with the Police for residents to report via a portal, motorists in breach of the limit and this would help to monitor problematic areas. Residents scheme would also be in place to record speeds, engage with the police and target action as had been the case on Oxford Road. Sergeant Anna Wilson advised the police were ready to take targeted action where resources allowed as soon as the speed limits were enforceable. Police would work on enforcement and education and involve residents. There had been an extensive amount of work with schools, community events and a media campaign and it was also hoped that residents would help spread the word. Councillor Trickett agreed that leaflets/letters might have to be sent to some roads where there had been confusion but said that it was up to all to publicise.

 Group Discussion

Residents divided into 3 groups to discuss and come up with priorities for Moseley &   Kings Heath as follows;

Table 1 – priorities – marketing, sustainability & street design. Street design was of most concern as the local roads were too narrow for the amount of traffic etc, although it was stressed that ‘one size did not fit all’ for all roads leading off the High Street. Enforcement was also key to improvement to prevent pavement parking, parking on double yellow lines etc – consideration should be given to creating a by-law to prevent pavement parking. Joint patrols between police and traffic wardens had been seen as a positive. Residents were encouraged to report parking issues via 101 so that hotspots can be identified for further work.

Table 2 –  priority – 20mph speed limit – enforcement was the key and once motorists adhered to the limits road safety would be improved. However publicity was needed to make the community aware – suggestions of bumper stickers, poster campaign, advertising on buses and taxis, not just information by email. Cycle provision at traffic lights was also a priority.

Table 3 – priorities – railway, congestion in School Road, active streets, air quality, reducing car usage and enforcement. Queried the resources available at a local level to help make things happen. Active Streets – people needed to talk to be able to solve problems and feedback to the Council. Better communication was key. ‘DIY Residential Streets Groups’

Other points raised via the flip charts:

Suggestions of a council tax rebate for good driving

Leaflets and hard copy publicity needed as well as social media for traffic & speed initiative’s

Broader and safer access to public transport needed

More ramps and double yellow lines needed for mobility vehicles

Parking and pavement parking issues should be given a higher priority

Community networks are vital in spreading traffic messages

Councillor Trickett spoke of the success of Active Streets not only in improving the       environment but in dealing with community tensions, involving new comers etc.

Enforcement was a key issue – what could be done?

David Harris outlined BCC powers to enforce TRO’s (Traffic Regulation Orders). With regard to parking issues residents parking schemes had been considered ie Addison Road but it was acknowledged that streets could not be dealt with in isolation as this would merely ‘move the problem on’ so the area as a whole needed a scheme. This took time to process and objections had to be taken into account but where schemes had been introduced elsewhere they had been a success. There were powers available to ban pavement parking and this was being trialled in the east of the City.

Much of the problem was to do with behaviour – there were actions that could be taken but behaviour was the key. Citizens had rights but also had responsibilities and the City Council needed to be better at engagement and getting that message across.

Policies /framework were being put into place to affect behavioural change and work was taking place with resident champions and through community events and schools. Bumper stickers could be provided and adverts would be displayed on fleet & waste management vehicles and by National Express.

Bill boards at the Brighton Road junction and Sainsbury bill boards could be used to publicise the 20mph campaign and A-boards along Moor Green Lane.

Word of mouth was important in spreading the message.

The Reddings Road/ Alcester Road junction was very dangerous but the introduction of double yellow lines on the corners could make an impact on road safety. Councillor Trickett made reference to shared funding arrangement with Moseley Hall Hospital and Councillor Spencer confirmed she had met with the Hospital in view of the effect on the local community and safety issues and she would take the request forward.

Moseley Public Realm Group (formerly Shared Space initiative) referenced the work of volunteers in making Moseley Village a shared space rather than a place travelled through and requested that this work be recognised. The meeting was assured that the work around ‘shared space’ was ‘on the radar’ however, it was not being progressed at the moment.  Once heavy freight traffic is diverted to use alternative routes into the city, the idea could be looked at again, but at the moment such as a scheme would be too dangerous.  Other factors in the future might make shared space a viable opportunity such as the opening of Marks and Spencer’s or the station.

Vehicle hierarchy needed to be re-prioritised so that cyclists and pedestrians took priority over cars and traffic. Plans needed to be bolder. Advised the Clean Air Zone would have an impact and there were bold plans coming forward to ensure Birmingham remained the centre of attention. 20mph zones were the first step in prioritising pedestrians.

Public transport needed to be more attractive to encourage better use

KINGS HEATH AND MOSELEY ON THE MOVE

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The Moseley and Kings Heath Community Partnership is holding an event to give local groups and residents a chance to get the latest information on a range of topics related to transport and air pollution.

This event is called Kings Heath And Moseley On The Move and it will involve key council and community representatives giving clear updates and will give the people of Kings Heath and Moseley the opportunity to question them directly about the issues that matter.

We will have panellists representing:

 

  • Cycle Revolution
  • Parking
  • HGVS & Road Safety
  • Air Pollution
  • 20 is Plenty
  • Public Transport (local buses and future train stations)
  • Green Travel
  • Kings Heath Residents Forum
  • Local Councillor

We hope this will be a productive and positive event with clear actions and improvements coming from it.The details of the event are:

Kings Heath And Moseley On The Move, Monday 19th September 6pm – 9pm

We welcome both community representatives and individual residents to come along, please share this information with anyone who might be interested in making a positive contribution.

You can let us know you are coming by ‘booking’ an Eventbrite ticket here http://bit.ly/2c3Qupt 

If you have any questions about the event or would like to request access assistance please contact helen.rehman@ashrammoseleyha.org.uk

(you don’t really need a ticket it just gives us an idea of numbers!)

 

 

 

 

Roadworks news from Birmingham City Council

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From: Rebecca Hawthorne On Behalf Of Birmingham Connected Sent: Friday, August 12, 2016 1:46 PM To: Birmingham Connected Subject: Birmingham Connected update: road and transport works for the rest of the summer holidays

 

Dear Colleague,

 

Summer Holiday Works Programme

 

As we reach the halfway point of the school summer holiday, the works in Birmingham are progressing well and ahead of schedule in some cases. In particular, Highways England do not require any further full weekend closures of M6 J6 and the A38(M), although the two lane running on the A38(M) out of city and overnight closures will continue.

 

This email sets out the planned events for the next three weeks. Remember you can also follow @bhamconnected on twitter for the latest information.

 

Key works in the next three weeks:

  • The A38(M) Aston Expressway out of city is currently reduced to two lanes during the day and closed overnight, with diversions in place. No further full weekend closures are planned.
  • This weekend, essential maintenance to Midland Metro means services will terminate at the Snow Hill stop on Sunday 14 August.
  • Holloway Head will be closed in both directions from Monday 22 to Friday 26 August and in the inbound direction only from Saturday 27 August to Monday 5 September, with diversions in place. Some work on the footway and slight narrowing of the carriageway will be in place from Monday 15 August.
  • St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels will be closed overnight (11pm to 6am) for maintenance works from Monday 22 August to Thursday 25 August.
  • The Worcester & Birmingham Canal towpath will be closed between Somerset Road and The Dingle, from Thursday 18 August until Tuesday 20 September. A further closure is planned between 10 October and 17 November. These are to allow installation of shallower, more cycle-friendly steps at University Station.
  • Small Heath Bridge remains closed to traffic (access will be maintained for cyclists and pedestrians).
  • In Sheldon: the A45 Coventry Road at the junction with Lily Road will have one lane closed out of city between 9.30am and 3pm until Friday 19 August for repairs to Gladstone subway; Church Road, between Brays Road and Stanville Road, remains closed for resurfacing works, which are expected to be completed ahead of schedule, before the end of August.
  • Works continue at Paradise with specific road and pedestrian diversions in place.

 

Full details are available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected

 

While the works above have been scheduled to minimise disruption and keep the city centre open for business, we are advising everyone to plan ahead for travel and use public transport, walk or cycle whenever possible.

Details of fantastic bus, train and tram special summer holiday ticket offers together with journey planning are available at www.networkwestmidlands.com

You can also earn rewards for walking, cycling or using public transport by using the BetterPoints rewards app – it’s free and easy to join. Go to www.betterpoints.uk for more information.

 

Don’t forget that Average Speed Cameras are now in operation at five locations in Birmingham. More information at www.birmingham.gov.uk/speedcameras

 

Looking further ahead, HS2 Ltd are seeking to raise awareness of the property-related support available to communities along the proposed new high speed rail route (https://www.gov.uk/claim-compensation-if-affected-by-hs2/overview). They are also seeking feedback on how they communicate with local communities: www.hs2survey.org.uk

 

If you are able to pass this information on to colleagues via email or social media, this is appreciated.

 

With Best Wishes,

The Birmingham Connected Team

 

Birmingham Connected is the vision for the future of transport in Birmingham, working towards a safer, healthier, greener city with a reliable integrated transport system which supports our growing population and economy. Find out more at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected