Edgbaston PACT Meeting

Tonight was the Edgbaston Police PACT meeting at the Hallmark Hotel on the Hagley Road.

Around 40 – 50 residents were there and various issues were raised (some in the ward and some from areas outside the ward).

The police explained that reported crime was up 5.8% on last year. However vehicle offences were down. One person said that they didn’t see the point in reporting crimes but the message from the police was clear – do report any crimes which take place. There are many ways to do it – by phone or email, or you can contact Crimestoppers.

The meeting was also shown one of the new VAS (Vehicle Activated Speed) signs which will shortly be going up in the area to act as a deterrent to speeding vehicles. Several people also criticised the new 20 mph speed restrictions which Labour introduced just before the election as so many people do not adhere to them and it is dangerous when those people then speed past vehicles which are attempting to keep to the advertised speed limit. Wellington Road and Augustus Road were two roads where this problem was highlighted.

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Ward Forum At Martineau Gardens

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Many thanks to all the Edgbaston residents who came to our Ward Forum meeting at the beautiful Martineau Gardens this evening.

It was the first of these meetings for this municipal year, and it was the first time we have visited this venue for a Ward Meeting.

The gardens were looking pristine, we had almost a full house, and a lovely room complete with wood burning stove. Topics discussed ranged from the proposed new development on the Edgbaston Country Ground car park (which was the main item on the agenda), Labour’s proposed Clean Air Zone, the Pershore Road junction, and a damaged wall, to bus changes in the area.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and to Martineau Gardens for hosting the event.

 

When Will The Council’s Bin Deal Be Implemented?

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This evening I was on BBC One Midlands Today and the Paul Franks show on Radio WM – asking why the Council’s bin deal isn’t being implemented on Sept 1st as promised by the Labour Leader of the Council at the June Council meeting.

The Council struck a deal with the Union which ended the strike back in late November 2017. The deal they agreed was to be implemented in January, then March, then after the local elections…

At the June Council meeting, Conservative Group Leader Cllr Robert Alden asked when exactly it was going to implemented – and the Labour Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, replied that they were working towards implementing it on Sept 1st.

That’s tomorrow – and there has been no confirmation that the binmen’s new rosters (which are supposed to move them from a 4 day working week to a 5 day week, and introduce a new role for some crew members) will come into force on Monday.

This means that the deal struck at the end of last year has STILL not been implemented – which really matters to Birmingham residents because every single month that goes by when it is not implemented costs the Council an extra £300K (that’s the Council’s own figure not mine) – and this at a time when the BCC is apparently strapped for cash.

Bus Gate Works

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Further to the consultation carried out earlier this summer, I have been notified by the Midland Metro Alliance today that the work to install the bus gate at the junction of George Rd and Islington Row Middleway will begin on Monday September 3rd, and will last approximately three weeks.

During this time the junction will be closed to all vehicles and diversions will be in place. Public transport services will not be affected (not least because the buses are currently going down Wellington Rd until the bus gate is in place.)

This is all part of the mitigation works which are needed because of the ongojng work to bring the Midland Metro down Broad Street (part of the Birmingham Westside extension which will eventually run from Grand Central to the Hagley Rd.)

Cycle Parking Consultation

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A consultation is currently taking place about proposed cycle parking around the new A38 cycle route. Two sites in Edgbaston ward are proposed, both on the Woodview estate. One is on Spring Rd at the junction with Stone Rd, and the other near the Edgbaston Community Centre on Woodview Drive.

Have your say by completing the on-line survey by August 27th. It’s on the Be Heard Birmingham City Council website – Birmingham Cycle Revolution – Cycle Parking 2018. (The two Edgbaston sites are included on the Highgate map.)

 

Cycle Works On A38

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Message from Bham Cycle Revolution – if you have any queries relating to the new A38 cycle route, pop along to a drop in session – held every Wednesday morning 10.00am – 11.00am at the contractor’s compound on Spring Road (next to McDonalds). Access is via a pedestrian gate on A38 Bristol Road.

Conservatives At The Croquet Club

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This afternoon Edgbaston Ward Conservatives held a very successful fund raising event at the Edgbaston Croquet Club in Richmond Hill Rd. Lots of good games and a delicious tea! Many thanks to everyone who helped organise it.