Monthly Archives: August 2013
The City Council’s budgets are continuing to shrink as a result of the massive cuts being made by the Coalition Government. Over the next few years, the budget will be effectively halved. These are cuts on a scale that has never been seen before.
The cuts mean that there will have to be big changes to balance the books in the years ahead, so we’ve started a detailed review of Council services. The changes that we will have to make will have an impact on everyone in Birmingham, so we want to discuss them with residents before going ahead.
You can get the full background on the Service Reviews, together with a series of “Green Papers” setting out some initial ideas and questions about the future of council services, by following this link to the Service Reviews webpage. The page also includes details of how you can get involved and share your comments and ideas. This is an important discussion for everyone living in Birmingham, so make sure you have your say.
UPDATE 16/8/13: An on-line presentation about the Service Reviews is now available. Click here to watch the presentation.
Regular readers of this blog will know that the misuse of off-road motorbikes is a perennial concern for people living in the neighbourhoods that make up the Shard End Ward.
My colleagues and I are continuing to work closely with the local police to try and tackle the problems caused by the misuse of these vehicles. One of the key issues for the police is getting evidence so they can identify and take action against the perpetrators.
If you’ve got any information regarding locations, perpetrators or the vehicles involved, please make sure you let the police know. They’ve set up a special on-line survey where you can leave details – you can access this by clicking here.
You can also download a copy of the information leaflet, Off Road Motorbikes, Safety & the Law here.
The redevelopment of the Shard End Crescent shops and the creation of All Saints Square has been a real boost for the area, but there are still some issues that need to be resolved as the development is completed.
At last week’s Ward meeting we had an update on a series of questions raised by residents, which are reproduced below. If you have any additional issues or queries you’d like to raise, please let me know via the contact page.
Who is responsible for maintaining All Saints Square?
Eddisons are the “managing agent” responsible for maintaining All Saints Square, including the land at the back of the new library. However, Eddisons say that they are getting formal confirmation of the land they are responsible for.
Litter picking and grass cutting
Eddison’s have confirmed that there is a 7 days a week litter picking and grass cutting programme in place. Staff doing this should be on site 8am – 10am.
Who is responsible for the planted areas in front of the housing on Shard End Crescent (just up from the Co-op?)
The landscaped strips in front of this housing partly fall within Highways (i.e. City Council) land. Barratt’s engineering manager is working with the Council’s Highways Department to “stop up” these areas, which means taking them out of the adopted highway. Once the “stopping up” order has been granted these strips will be transferred to Affinity Sutton housing association, who will become responsible for their maintenance.
Levelling the grass and tidying the space at the rear of the library
Eddisons are getting quotes for doing this work. They are also looking at levelling the gravel around the planters, which has already been done to the planters at the front.
Damaged lamp-post in front of the library
This lamp-post is to be replaced and a chrome guard rail installed to protect it.
Planters in the Square are being damaged
Eddisons are also getting quotes to replant these and are looking at whether shrubs might be more appropriate.
Will there be a Christmas event?
Local residents organisation Shard End & Tile Cross Communities are liaising with Eddisons about some help with Christmas lights.
Protecting shrubs and grass by the library
Eddisons are investigating the cost of installing bollards to prevent cars going over the shrubs and grass in this area.
Damage caused to cladding at the rear of the Co-op
This was caused by a truck. The Co-op are dealing with their insurers to get the cladding fixed and Eddisons are arranging for bollards to be installed to prevent further problems.
Final road surfacing works
These have started with the replacement of damaged kerbs and will take several weeks to complete.
Safety audit of the area
This will be carried out as soon as the surfacing works are finished.
Bushes at the corner of Ownall Road and Gorsefield Road
Barratt’s are responsible for putting these bushes in and are looking at the concerns raised by local residents that they are blocking visibility.