Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Road resurfacing - Greswolde Park Road

Amey will be resurfacing the full length of Greswolde Park Road during the week beginning April 15th 2013. They expect to take up to five days to complete the work and will be working between 8am and 6pm.

Pedestrian and emergency vehicle access will be maintained, but sections of the road will be closed to other traffic during the work, as it involves laying hot surfacing material to the road bed. Width and speed restrictions will also be in force during the work period. If access is required for emergency or medical reasons, please contact Highways on 0121 303 6644 (option 2) to discuss the problem.

During the work, please don't park your car on the highway, as it will be moved by the City Council and this may incur expense on your part. Note that this might also cause access problems to Orchard Way while the work is being carried out.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bins and snow update

A quick update on the bins around Acocks Green.

All black sack collections are now up to date, although some dry recyclate collections are still outstanding. We'll be catching up with those as soon as possible.

Elsewhere in the city, we've put garden waste and litter crews into helping clear the backlog.

Crews have been issued with specialist foul weather kit, including boot chains, to help keep them working safely.

Diary Date - Yardley District Committee - Thursday 28 March 2013

Yardley District Committee
Thursday 28 March 2013 - 12 noon
Committee Rooms 3 & 4, Council House
And you can now watch online here.

Items on the agenda will be
  • Revenue Budget Monitoring 2012/13, period 11
  • Revenue Budget 2013/14
  • Local Services Performance Report
  • Tenant Engagement - Establishing a district housing panel
  • Wheelie bin, recycling and refuse collection services - district consultation
  • Birmingham Youth Service
  • Amey - Highway Trees overview
  • Work programme update 2012/13
This is a meeting open to the public and we've certainly seen significant use of the online streaming - far more have watched online than have attended these meetings in a year. 

Future meetings planned in:
6 June 2013; 18 July 2013; 12 September 2013; 21 November 2013; 16 January 2014; 27 March 2014

Monday, March 25, 2013

Planning Applications to 23 March

A couple of weeks to catch up with here and a veritable feast for the planning geeks amongst you. Incidentally - the BBC Two series "The Planners" has been an excellent insight into the trials and tribulations of how planning decisions are made. Well worth catching up with on iPlayer.

2013/01672/PA - 1098 Warwick Road, Lloyds TSB Bank plc
Display of various internally illuminated and non-illuminated signs

2013/01604/PA - Victoria Road, Archbishop Ilsley RC 6th Form College
Removal & replacement of boundary fencing to Warwick Road elevation

2013/01897/PA - 12 Langworth Avenue
Erection of single storey rear extension

2013/01971/PA - 87 Severne Road
Erection of single storey front extension

2013/01521/PA - 10 Botteville Road
Erection of two storey rear extension

2013/01975/PA - 125 Lulworth Road
Erection of a two storey rear & side extension and single storey rear extension

2013/01942/PA - 5 Charles Lane Trust Houses, Adjacent to Fox Hollies Road
Installation of 1 no. telecommunication DSLAM cabinet (BT plc)
(Within School Road Conservation Area)
A typical BT DSLAM cabinet
Note: This is not a mobile phone mast - it relates to providing fibre broadband access to properties in the area. The picture to the left shows an example of a DSLAM cabinet - not the actual site. 

2013/01941/PA - Edenbridge Road, site outside 208 School Road
Prior notification for the installation of 1 no. DSLAM cabinet (BT plc)
(Within School Road Conservation Area)
Note as above.

2013/01640/PA - 62 Yardley Road
Erection of rear detached storage building

2013/01816/PA - site outside 31 Shirley Road
Replacement and upgrade of existing public telephone kiosk with kiosk combining public telephone service and ATM service
(They keep on trying with this one)

You can find the details by inputting the reference number into the Council online database here

If you have any comments, you can submit them online - feel free to pass your comments on to me.

Dig for Acocks Green!

With Ged & Fran from AG in Bloom & Noel from Waste
Planting a fruit tree in the community garden
Last weekend, (windswept and rain-soaked) I joined the volunteers from across Acocks Green to plant trees in the community garden on Mallard Close, just by Holy Souls School. This has been created by a hard-working and dedicated community group who led last year on the Acocks Green in Bloom project and have added this to their portfolio. A small patch of grass on the corner behind a row of shops has been dug over, a small path and flower bed has been created with bricks and gravel and it is going to look great. The day before, I joined a small crew that spent time cleaning up the litter dropped daily on the roads and verges around the Green - ably supported by the local management from the City Council's Fleet and Waste depot on Redfern Road, who haven't forgotten their litter collection skills learnt before they took up managing a vital service.

I'm really proud of what these people do and delighted to be able to lend a hand from time to time. We've got some tremendous community activists in Acocks Green - but there's always room for more. It isn't political - this is about making our area that much better a place to live.