Monthly Archives: January 2013

More good news for Kingfisher Country Park!

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Work starts next month on measures to restore the water quality of Babbs Mill Lake and the River Cole.

The project is community-led and will help to further improve the environment around Yorkswood and the Kingfisher Country Park.  A partnership between the Friends of Kingfisher Country Park, Birmingham and Solihull Councils, the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the Community Service Volunteers will be delivering the works.

The scheme includes:

Creating a reed bed system to filter polluted water before it enters the lake from the channel adjacent to Yorks Wood.
The reed bed system will involve creating a large, shallow pond planted with Common Reed (Phragmites) to form a wetland area.  This will filter pollutants and silt from the water before it enters the lake.

Removing the concrete channel and “renaturalising” the Yorks Wood stream.
The concrete channel which runs adjacent to Yorks Wood has been a constant problem and a target for fly-tipping, as well as being the main source of pollution to the lake.  The plan is to remove the channel and allow the stream to be moved over into the scrubland in a natural meander, improving the habitat value as well as helping to aerate the water.  It will also help to reduce the fly-tipping into the water course.

Creating a shallow-water shelf in the lake, allowing a second reed bed to establish naturally.
This will be created by recycling material excavated from the new pond.  The shallow area will be colonised naturally by Common Reed and Reedmace (typha) which are already established around the lake edge.  This second reed bed will provide a further filter for the water from both the brook and the inlet from the river.

One of the main causes of pollution has been plumbing misconnections further upstream, which have resulted in washing detergents and other waste entering the stream rather than the sewage system.  Work will be carried out as part of this project to trace some of these misconnections and put things right.

This is great news for the neighbourhood and should help to further improve the fantastic green spaces we have at the heart of the Ward.

Works planned for Kitts Green Road

I’ve just received notice that part of Kitts Green Road is set to be resurfaced, in the next phase of upgrades and repairs to our local roads network.

Work on resurfacing the stretch of road that runs from Lea Village roundabout to The Meadway is expected to start during the week ending 1 March 2013 and will take up to ten nights to complete. The team have to work on this road at night because it would cause congestion or access problems if it were to be closed during the day. They will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum but inevitably the work will cause some disruption.

Whilst surfacing operations are being carried out the section of road affected will be entirely closed to ALL traffic. If you require access for medical/personal reasons, please contact 0121 303 6644 (option 2), to discuss how access can be arranged. Pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access for emergency vehicles.

The team also need to ensure that vehicles are not parked on the road during these hours. Any cars left on the road will be removed by the City Council Parking Enforcement Team, which could include a cost to the owner. They will help you with access where possible if you contact them prior to the works starting, by calling 0121 303 6644 (option 2).

Local police are now online

Just a quick post to remind residents that our Neighbourhood Police Team have a very useful webpage, which you can access here.

The page includes contact details for the officers covering each of the neighbourhoods within the ward, together with local news and other useful info.

You can also follow the team’s day to day work across the area on Twitter: @ShardEndPolice.

Meadway to be resurfaced

The Meadway is set to be resurfaced at the beginning of February, in the latest phase of the roads maintenance and repair programme.

Resurfacing of the carriageway between the junctions with Kitts Green Road and Garretts Green Lane is due to start in the week ending 8 February 2013.  The work will take place at nights, between 7pm and 6am and should take around 15 days to complete.

Whilst surfacing operations are being carried out the section of road affected will be entirely closed to ALL traffic. If you require access for medical/personal reasons, could you please contact 0121 303 6644 (option 2), to discuss how access can be arranged. Pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access for emergency vehicles.

Community activities at St Richard’s Church

If you live in the Lea Village or Kitts Green areas of the ward, you might like to know about the tremendous range of community activities taking place at St. Richard’s Church, on Hallmoor Road.

Take a look at their weekly programme by clicking here.

Lea Village – the movie!

The team behind the Reawakening Lea Village project have put together an excellent short film about their work to date and their future plans.

You can take a look by clicking here!

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