Trees along the River Rea, Stirchley

We have received a note from Councillor Mary Locke about upcoming works to some of trees along the River Rea route in Stirchley.

The next phase of River Rea improvement is due to start on Monday 14th March 2022. Work will take about two days.

Work will be coppicing and pollarding the mature crack willows, that are adjacent to the bridge from Hunts Road to Hazelwell Park. Willows are weak species and can fail as they reach maturity. They crack and fall into river as has happened near the footbridge and along cycle path and up to Dacer Close.  Through to Canon Hill Park. 

Coppicing will leave stump above ground level; the remaining stumps are left will regenerate shoots that provide a habitat for small animals and birds.

The aim of the scheme is to enhance the appearance safety of the River Rea corridor

The project will commence again in September/October 2022 after the bird nesting season

Photo by Elliott Brown, used under Creative Commons

Mobile Recycling Van returns to Stirchley

The Mobile Household Recycling Centre (MHRC) will be visiting Stirchley again on Friday 11th March at the car park in Morrisons (at the back near the permanent recycling bins, towards the corner or Ribblesdale Rd and Bond St) from 7am until 12 noon.

The mobile van is a chance for residents of the ward (and neighbouring wards) to dispose of any items without having to take a trip to the tip – and can be accessed without the use of a car. The MHRC features three vehicles: a regular refuse collection vehicle for waste with no other use; a van for taking away items that can be reused by charities; and a wagon with multiple compartments for recycling by material type.

CAN BE RECYCLED: Recycle any household rubbish that cannot be reused; standard recycling materials that usually go in your recycling; garden waste; bigger items like toys or small household items. Batteries, lightbulbs, small electronics etc can be recycled.

NOT ACCEPTED: Building materials, white goods (like fridges), hazardous materials and larger items will not be accepted.

Mobile Household Recycling Centre (MHRC) will be visiting Stirchley again on Friday 11th March at the car park in Morrisons

CAN BE RECYCLED: Recycle any household rubbish that cannot be reused; standard recycling materials that usually go in your recycling; garden waste; bigger items like toys or small household items. Batteries, lightbulbs, small electronics etc can be recycled.

NOT ACCEPTED: Building materials, white goods (like fridges), hazardous materials and larger items will not be accepted.

For more information on Birmingham City Council’s Mobile Household Recycling Centres, visit the website.

Stirchley Ward meeting – 7th March

You are invited to the next Stirchley Ward meeting that is taking place as an in-person meeting on Monday 7th March, at 7pm, at Stirchley Baths Community Hub, 2-4 Bournville Lane, B30 2JT.

Please note this is not a Neighbourhood Forum meeting, rather one organised by the Stirchley Councillor, Mary Locke. The Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meeting will take place as normal on Monday 14th March, this is a council-led meeting and a chance to hear from the councillor as well as updates from council officers.

Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions from the Chair
  2. Update on New Train Station from Liam Brooker, West Midlands Rail Executive
  3. Great Birmingham Run Update from Garry Peal, Events Commissioning Manager 
  4. Commonwealth Games – Sarah Boundy, CWG Team will provide an overview of the Get Set for the Games programme, how partners will be working together, engaging local residents and businesses around the venues and road events routes
  5. Update on Dads Lane Community Centre from Steve Squires
  6. Update on the Fruit & Nut Village from Rob Tilling
  7. Local Issues/Updates

For more information, please contact Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager, on email kay.thomas@birmingham.gov.uk

Commonwealth Games Celebrating Communities Fund meeting

(We have received the below message from the council)

I’m contacting you to let you know that a special meeting has been arranged for residents to hear about applications made to the Commonwealth Games Celebrating Communities Fund.

The meeting will be held online (via Microsoft Teams) on 1 March at 6.30pm. The link to join the meeting is here.

It’s important that as many residents as possible join the meeting to hear the presentations and take part in the Q&A session and vote so if you could share the details with your neighbours and group it would be really helpful.

AGENDA

Welcome and Introductions – Karen Cheney

  • Ward Allocation – £14,300
  • Round 1 Amount Approved – £1,837
  • Amount Available for Round 2 – £12,463
  • Total Round 2 requests – £44,620

Applicants’ Presentations for Funding £1,001 – £5,000

  • Cotteridge Primary School – Mural – £2,000
  • Cotteridge Primary School – Community Sporting sessions for children and families – £2,500
  • Riverside Performance Arts – Productions of “Elmers Walk” shown locally – £4,950
  • Picture This Media CIC – Community Portrait (photographs and oral history – £4,500

Applicants’ Presentations for Funding £5,001 – £10,000

  • B’ham Bike Foundry – Local Bike maintenance sessions – £7,800
  • Hipkiss & Grainey – Local outdoor activities and arts sessions – £9,720
  • Kombat Martial Arts – Free outreach martial arts for young people in Stirchley – £10,000

Q & A session to all applicants

Applicants requested to leave meeting

Facilitated discussion between remaining attendees about each proposal

Summary of all proposals and requested amounts

Invitation for remaining attendees to vote for preferred project within each fund category, votes counted by show of hands

Closing summary and end the session

Supplementary Information regarding resurfacing of Cartland Road

(This was received from the contractors, via the council)

Whilst there will be a Road Closure on the whole road, we will make every effort to allow residents and visitors including carers, deliveries etc to access addresses when possible and safe. Please speak to Traffic Management staff at the road closure points as they may ask you to wait or send you round another way. On some nights the below areas and junctions will be out of action for the reasons given in bold. We suggest you park elsewhere if possible, or leave/return before 7pm.

More information can be obtained by speaking to a site Supervisor who is identified by the wearing of a Black Safety Hat. Please use the below maps to work out if you can come & go, and if you need to turn Left or Right out of your address or Cul-de-Sac. Please do not park on the road in Cartland Road during the night. The service road is not being resurfaced, so you can park there. The road will be open as normal during the daytime. This work will continue at weekends – this is to reduce the length of time on this road.

Plane and Binder Course: 8 Nights
Nights 1 & 2 Thu 10th & Fri 11th = Red
Nights 3 & 4 Sat 12th & Sun 13th = Blue
Nights 5 & 6 Mon 14th & Tue 15th = Yellow
Nights 7 & 8 Wed 16th & Thu 17th = Purple

Civils: 9 Nights, Fri 18th to Sat 26th .
Surface Course & Lining: 4 Nights
Sun night 27th = Green
Mon night 28th = Red
Tue night 1st March = Brown
Wed night 2nd March = Blue

Anti-skid: 2 Nights – Thu 3 rd & Fri 4th Mar
Weekend: no work
Loops: 2 Nights Mon 7th & Tue 8th Mar

Descriptions of phases of road construction

  1. ‘Plane’ is the term used for grinding up the old road surface and dumping it into a truck via an elevated conveyor belt. This process is noisy, dusty and smelly, it is also when access to properties will likely be disrupted or delayed.
  2. ‘Binder Course’ is laying hot tarmac, which is then rolled flat, this then needs to cool before being driven on, usually an hour or so. This is always completed immediately after the road has been planed and in the same working day/night in order to provide a temporary road surface to drive on, often with raised ironworks that signs warn of. This process will also cause delays accessing properties and can be noisy and smelly.
  3. ‘Civils’ is the Civil Engineering of resetting or replacing ironworks such as rain gullies and manhole covers, kerbstone repairs and replacements. This process involves noise from diggers but causes less disruption to accessing properties.
  4. ‘Surface Course’ is laying the top surface of hot tarmac which is then rolled flat and must cool before being driven on, usually 2-hours or so depending on the air temperature and weather conditions. The process looks the same as Binder Course. Some noise and smells occur and access to properties will be delayed.
  5. ‘Lining’ this is when the white and yellow lines are painted back in, such as centre lines, junction markings, double yellow lines, disabled bays & H bars, pedestrian crossings etc. This is a silent process and the paint dries instantly. Access to properties is usually not affected.
  6. Anti-skid’ or ‘HFS’ is a High Friction Surface material applied over the Surface Course to prevent skidding in areas approaching junctions and pedestrian crossings. It is coloured red or buff depending on where it is used. This will involve a noisy heat treatment of the road surface prior to application and will cause disruption in these areas.
  7. ‘Loops’ are the detection pads that control traffic-lights, and these are cut into the finished Surface Course using a disc cutter which is noisy. This will cause some disruption close to light-controlled junctions and crossings.