Stirchley Forum – January 2021 agenda

The Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum is back for 2021! As last year, the Forum will be taking place online on Monday 11th January at 7.30pm.

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 14th December 2020 (available here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update
  6. Planning issues
  7. Networking
  8. Any other business

If you would like to attend the meeting, please email stirchley.forumb30@gmail.com and you will be sent a link.

Following the usual forum events, there will be a short presentation from Taylor Wimpey to introduce their new Stirchley development with an opportunity to ask questions.

November update

See information about our new committee, Forum December meeting, a survey to take part in, latest COVID-19 guidance and a wordsearch!

Committee

Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Committee was elected at our November meeting (a big thank you to all who took the time to attend) and the following officials have been appointed;
Chair – Rob Morris
Vice Chair & Planning Officer – Sandra Cooper
Treasurer – Paula Aubrey
Secretary – vacant for the time being
Publicity Officer – vacant for the time being
Other Committee members are;
Julie Saunders
Marg Walker  
Heidi Murphy  
Stacey Witcomb 

Two people can be co-opted in-year so contact us If you are interested in joining the committee.

We will be holding our usual Forum meeting on Zoom on Monday 14th December at 7.30, unfortunately you’ll have to supply your own mince pies this year!

Survey

We have been asked to bring to your attention this survey. It concerns digital advert hoardings across the city. The community interest group Adblock Brum are planning to collate the findings in responding to the Council over the Local Enforcement Plan for the new Planning Laws.  

COVID-19

A quick reminder of Government Guidance currently in place. Full details can be found here.

Public spaces

In general, you must not meet with another person socially or undertake any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.

You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.

support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.

You can exercise or visit a public outdoor space:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble
  • or, when on your own, 1 person from another household

Children under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care, are not counted towards the outdoors gatherings limit.

There is further guidance on what exercise and other physical activity can continue during the period of national restrictions.

Public outdoor places include:

  • neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
  • public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • outdoor playgrounds

You cannot meet people in a private garden, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

Face coverings are required by law to be worn in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport.

Word search

As a special treat this month why not try a Stirchley word search available at this link.

The committee look forward to seeing you at our meeting on 14th December. A link will be sent nearer the time.

AGM 2020 agenda

There will be an AGM on Monday 9th November at 7.30 online. The agenda is below with links to the documents in blue.

If you would like to join the meeting, please email  stirchley.forumb30@gmail.com and we will add you to the mailing list.

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of AGM 2019
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Minutes of SGM held 9th March 2020
  6. Matters Arising
  7. Presentation of Annual Report
    1. Annual report 2019 – 2020
  8. Presentation of Annual Accounts
    1. Financial written report 2019 – 2020
    2. Financial report income/expenses 2019 – 2020
    3. Fun Day Account 2019 – 2020
  9. Election of the Committee

After the meeting there will be a short presentation by Leaf Creative Arts about the Dementia Friendly Stirchley initiative

Neighbourhood Forum AGM & updates

This is a reminder that our AGM will be next Monday (9th November) at 7.30pm online. We will send the link to you nearer the time so please look out for it.

We need 32 Stirchley residents to attend to be quorate and ensure that we get our annual grant which pays for room hire, etc. Hopefully we will soon need to pay room hire when we can meet in person.

Minutes of the AGM 2019 and SGM 2020, Annual Report and Annual Accounts will appear on our website.

The committee would love to welcome new committee members so please volunteer. We need an email from the person nominated and one from the person nominating them, giving their name and address (both need to live in Stirchley Ward) by 5pm on Friday (6th) sent to stirchley.forumb30@gmail.com

COVID Community Champions

Given the recent changes to COVID regulations please consider becoming a COVID Community Champion. It is a great way to find out what can and can’t be done and gain information that you can share within your networks (road, family, groups, etc). Further information can be found here
https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50231/coronavirus_covid-19/2256/covid-19_community_champions/3 

Selly Oak Constituency Online Mini Conference – HMO’s & the Private Rented Sector

You are invited to join an online mini conference around the Private Rented Sector organised by Councillor Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes & Neighbourhoods. There will be guest speakers along with representatives from other partner agencies to provide information and answer questions.

The event will be taking place on Thursday 5 November at 6.30pm – 8.30pm via Zoom and the link to join is below. Please feel free to share these details with anyone else you know who might be interested in joining the conference.

Link to join the conference;
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97647099343?pwd=WjluSUJHVkJXRW9mZ0hYVUF5Uks2Zz09
Meeting ID: 976 4709 9343
Passcode: 835605
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ac1FsMlOBf

Minutes from September’s meeting

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re not been able to hold our usual monthly forum meetings in public. But technology was worked out and we help our first virtual Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum recently.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting. Items arising from our last meeting (way back in March) were discussed, as well as some planning issues, antisocial behaviour and the issue with the trees in Stirchley Park that were accidentally removed by Morrisons. You can read the draft of the September minutes here.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 12th October, again online. If you would like to attend, please sign up to the news letter by emailing stirchley.forumb30@gmail.com if you have not already done so.

Covid-19 Community Champions

Birmingham City Council is launching a a Covid-19 Community Champion initiative to help contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Based on a model developed by Newham Council, if you live or work in Birmingham, you can become a Covid-19 Community Champion. The council will keep champions informed of the latest advice and guidance so that they can help their family, friends and other community members to make sense of the latest facts about the virus.

By having and sharing clear information, friends, family and wider community members will be able to make informed choices and champions will be able to feedback what they are hearing in communities and to discuss any questions they might have.  

The role of the Covid-19 Community Champion;

  • To be a point of contact within your community (a street, a place of worship, a community organisation, a neighbourhood)
  • To pass on key messages in appropriate ways, providing reassurance and an authoritative voice
  • To encourage others to become Champions
  • To help your community understand what it needs to do to stay safe
  • To provide feedback to the Council and let us know what is and isn’t working

Please note that being a Covid-19 Community Champion is not an enforcement or regulatory role. While we welcome and value your volunteering as a Covid-19 Community Champion, this does not constitute a contract of employment or eligibility for internal recruitment positions.

To find out more and to sign up to become a Birmingham Covid-19 Community Champion, visit the community champion page on the council’s website.

Councillor Locke’s next advice surgery

Stirchley’s representative, Councillor Mary Locke, will hold her next advice surgery online, via Microsoft Teams, on Friday 18th September 2020, between 12.00 noon – 1.00pm.

To attend, please use the link to join the Advice Surgery on this date to discuss your issues or concerns with Mary, Stirchley’s local councillor.

Increase in vehicle crime

PCSO Jenene Tandy (Birmingham West, Selly Oak constituency, Bournville ward) has advised that the ward has experienced higher than normal levels of vehicle crime over the last few days.

Offenders have approached both secure and insecure vehicles and gained entry. Once inside, an untidy search has taken place with various items, including electrical goods and small change, taken.

Targeted areas have been Acacia Road, Oxford Street, Linden Road, Franklin Road, and Bunbury Road.

They are reminding motorists not to leave anything of value in their vehicles or on display that may tempt a potential offender.

Proposals for temporary changes to Stirchley High Street published today

Some temporary trial measures will be installed in Stirchley local centre over the next few weeks to create safer space for people and enable social distancing in this area of high footfall.

Proposed measures include:

  • Footway/pavement widening to create additional space for people and spill out activity, including through the suspension of some on-street parking.
  • Reallocation of road space on the northern side of the gyratory (Hazelwell Street) to enable people to maintain social distancing.
  • Junction improvements at Bournville Lane to make it easier for people to cross on foot, by installing a central refuge and temporary ramps.
  • Surface treatments at crossing points and on side road junctions along the high street to emphasise these locations to both pedestrians and drivers.
  • Potential for more cycle parking in the area to encourage local trips by bike (let us know where you think this is needed).

This scheme is being delivered on a temporary trial basis for the next few months, with the potential for these measures to be made more permanent if this is something people want to see happen.

Your views
We want to hear what you think about these proposals These changes will be introduced on a temporary trial basis (a condition of the funding is that the measures must be in place by the end of August).Trials will initially last for up to 6 months, giving an opportunity to see how they are working and to make any necessary changes.

We want to work with local residents, businesses, community groups and others to encourage difference uses of this space.

We can also think about how any trial measures might be made more permanent, if this is something people want to see happen – this process should be shaped by the people who live and spend their time in this area.

You can give feedback online via the Stirchley local centre section of our Commonplace site, or you can email connected@birmingham.gov.uk.

https://covidmeasuresbirmingham.commonplace.is/overview

The scheme covers the length of the High Street so please take a look at all 3 pages. Comments need to be submitted by 31st July so be quick!!

A few updates

Message from BCC – Garden waste subscriptions re-open

Anyone looking for a convenient way to recycle their garden waste can now subscribe to the city council’s paid-for service as it re-opens to new customers following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Residents wanting to now sign up can do so at the reduced rate of £30, which will cover the remainder of the 2020 collection season (a fortnightly service which ends in late November/early December). However due to the way in which the council’s contact centre is working remotely, only online bookings will be possible.

An alternative to the garden waste subscriptions and the HRCs is the city council’s bulky waste service, through which up to 20 bags of waste will be taken for a fee.

To subscribe to the garden waste service, visit:  www.birmingham.gov.uk/gardenwaste and for bulky waste collection, visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/bulkywaste. To book a slot to visit one of our HRCs, visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/hrc

Stirchley High Street Footfall Survey

We are told by the High Street Task Force that we will be expected to conduct another footfall survey as we did back in March. If you took part in the earlier survey I am keen to hear your thoughts on how social distancing can be achieved and how we can improve on the March experience. If anyone would be willing to consider taking part in the next survey please do get in touch.

Hazelwell Park BMX Track

As you may be aware BCC contractors leveled parts of the BMX Track at the top of Hazelwell Park. Normally we would invite all parties to our monthly meeting but of course this is not yet possible.

Cllr Mary Locke has arranged a meeting with BCC officers to which the Forum has been invited. Do you have any thoughts or comments you would wish us to put forward?

Planning Applications

Traditionally this is a quiet time of year but this is not an ordinary year! If any further information comes our way we will send out another Newsletter and put details on our website.

If you know of anyone who would wish to receive these newsletters please ask them to contact me on stirchley.forumb30@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list