June’s Forum meeting and update from Councillor

It is that time of the month again. Here is the notice for the June Forum meeting which will be in person in Stirchley Community Church and online via Zoom.

The meeting will take place on Monday 13th June at 7.30pm. You can attend in person at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, Stirchley or online using Zoom. To join the Zoom meeting, click here.

AGENDA

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 9th May 2022 (minutes available here
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Commonwealth Games Marathon
    There will be a session at Stirchley Baths on 13th July where full updates will be given. Here is a link to the relevant page of the Commonwealth Games website for Marathon details.
  6. Police Update
  7. Planning issues
  8. Networking
  9. Any other business
    The next Stirchley Forum meeting will be on Monday 11th July 2022.

Councillor Mary Locke has sent her apologies for not being present at the meeting. She has requested if there are any questions, please email her, or the Forum (who will pass on the message). She has provided the following updates from previous meetings.

  • Enterprise still issues re parking I believe they have secured parking opposite near Balti Hut this will cause issues for flats above shops and businesses 
  • Wickes and parking this has been resolved 
  • Lyndworth cricket club:  it appears part of Seven Capital called Seven Homes are pursuing this. Earlier letters went to residents of Lyndworth road in regards to compulsory purchase.  It appears two are interested others not. The club have to find new play area in city that is bring pursue with Sport England.
  • Aldi site is progressing well 
  • Cooperative housing development also will be progressing soon also 
  • Jubilee Events: The events I attended here during Jubilee bank holiday were excellent Ascension church, Pitleasow close, stirchleycircle22 afternoon tea was excellent thank you to all who organised and the hard work involved 
  • Councillor advice surgeries will begin again on first Friday of month at Stirchley baths 10:30 -12 noon. Plus Third Saturday of month at Ascension Church on Pineapple Grove from 10:30-11:30
  • Mobile recycling centre 17th June Pineapple Road, opposite Ascension church Pineapple Grove 7am until 12 noon 
  • Mary’s councillor-led ward meeting is on 6th July at Stirchley baths 7pm  

Stirchley Forum April 2022 meeting agenda

The April meeting for Stirchley Forum takes place on Monday 11th April, at 7.30pm. This meeting will be a hybrid one, meaning people are welcome to attend in person or online.

The in-person meeting takes place at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, Stirchley – just opposite Bournville Lane / Stirchley Baths. For those wishing to join remotely, the meeting will also be hosted on Zoom via this link.

The agenda for the meeting is;

  • Welcome
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of meeting 14th March 2022 (posted on website here)
  • Matters Arising
  • Police Update
  • Planning issues
  • Networking
  • Any other business

The next Stirchley Forum meeting will take place on Monday 9th May 2022. It is hoped this too will be a hybrid meeting, however this will depend on the Covid situation.

January 2022 agenda

Happy New Year to all our fellow Stirchley residents. The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting (Monday 10th January 2022) is available below, along with the minutes from the last meeting.

The meeting tomorrow will be online, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and problems with the IT at Stirchley Community Church. To join the Zoom Meeting, click here.

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 13th December 2021 (posted here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update 
  6. Planning issues, including Aldi application for retail store at Hazelwell Lane – Ref 2021/10881/PA
  7. Networking 
  8. The future of Stirchley Ward and High Street – follow on from December discussion
  9. Any other business

The next Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meeting will take place on Monday 14th February 2022. We will be monitoring the situation and advice in terms of whether it is safe to gather in person and will let people know if it will be online only or a hybrid meeting, as trialed last year.

If you would like to be informed of upcoming Stirchley Forum meetings, please email stirchley.forumb30@gmail.com

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.