Ward meeting – November 2021

Councillor Mary Locke will hosting the Stirchley Forum Ward meeting on Tuesday 30th November from 6:30pm, via zoom.

Join the meeting on Zoom
Meeting ID: 868 1815 7436
Passcode: 593194 

Agenda

  • Welcome & Notice of Recording – Chair to advise those participating/listening to the online meeting that a recording will be available for future record on the council’s You Tube channel
  • Covid Update from Public Health, Nadeem Mohammed 
  • Local Anti-Bullying/Self Defence Project Update from Aimran Majid
  • Parks Update from Sue Amey, Parks Manger
  • Kier Highway Update from Stuart Cross, Local Highway Steward
  • Stirchley High Street Update from Darren Share, Assistant Director Street Scene
  • Councillor Update/ Local Issues/Updates

Chair’s report 2020 – 2021

The last year has challenged all in every part of life. Some changes can be swiftly charted.  The challenges of isolation, work, poverty, skills, health, learning and active well-being remain.  The pandemic has however given them new shape and depth but we may now be clearer on what may work and what may have to change. 

Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, thanks to the informed and faithful commitment of those who have sustained and supported our work, has continued to meet and to develop what we do alongside our Councillor Mary Locke, and Karen Cheney with her City Council colleagues at Stirchley Baths.  With them and many other local partners we have welcomed and worked with the newly planned development of the former Tesco site, other sites whose use may change and the wider High Street renewal initiatives.   Corners have been turned.  More will come and be met successfully.  We continue to work with police, library, health, transport and education providers to ensure that their work responds to Stirchley’s needs.  

Our core work is of course exactly as our name says.  Forum is first and last a gathering place of experience, wisdom, needs, opportunity and action.  Our Neighbourhood Forum is utterly committed to offering this for the benefit of Stirchley’s excitingly varied residents.  We are not confined to the High Street.  Our commitment is to the whole ward including the Pineapple (Dad’s Lane) estate, housing, industrial and business areas away from Pershore Road and to areas brought in since 2018 to the new Stirchley Ward.  We have already begun to develop new work in housing especially in relation to sheltered housing and multi-occupation sites, new and old.

The future demands that we continue all this.  We want, from now on, however to explore the ways in which we might be a means, on behalf of residents, to gather together Stirchley’s many different stakeholders.  Stirchley is never short of creativity and enterprise, whether in work, business, learning, healing, culture or social change.  We are however as a Neighbourhood much in need together of a means of effective communication and where appropriate for joint working and partnership. Within all else that the next twelve months offers must be sharp focus for the sake of all who live here and all who care for its future.

My very large thanks to all who have attended meetings and supported us and especially to our Committee for their faithful work and wise insight.  Paula Aubrey our Treasurer has not only been assiduous in keeping our books straight and in enabling the Stirchley Together funds to operate effectively but also in ensuring with Pastor Matt and his colleagues at Stirchley Community Church that we have a steady welcoming place to meet.  Julie has been indefatigable on Zoom, Margaret, Heidi and Stacey give wisdom and a wide range of contacts and of course Sandra Cooper, our vice-Chair, Planning Officer and Acting Secretary has worked with assiduity, commitment and deep insight to further the Forum’s work.

It has been a great personal joy to be their colleague in the service of Stirchley.  Please join us.

Rob Morris, Chair

To read the full annual report from 2020 – 2021, click here.

Draft minutes of October 2021 meeting

Draft minutes of Stirchley Forum meeting, held on 11th October 2021 at 7.30pm online by Zoom, are available here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting. There was plenty discussed, including Clonmel Road Business Centre, former Magnet premises and plans for two Telecommunications monopoles expected to be installed in the area.

The next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting, taking place on Monday 8th November 2021.

Mobile Household Recycling Vehicle visits Stirchley on Friday 15th October

The Mobile Household Recycling Centre will be visiting the Hazelwell Fordough (B30 2RX) on Friday 15th October from 7am – 12 midday.

You will be able to 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. Building materials, white goods (like fridges), hazardous material and larger items will not be accepted.

For information on all of the council’s waste services visit birmingham.gov.uk/waste

To find out about, or book a slot at our the Council’s FREE household recycling centres visit birmingham.gov.uk/hrc