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.

October Forum Meeting

The Forum committee had planned that this meeting would be hybrid (in person and online) unfortunately this won’t be possible this month. This meeting will again be on Zoom.

The Forum is aware that there has been an planning application to install a telephone mast in the Ward and another application is on its way. The Forum doesn’t at present have a view or policy on this matter. This could be discussed at the meeting.

Our November meeting is our AGM. Please consider putting yourself forward to join the Forum Committee. Further information will be available at this month’s meeting.

AgendaMonday 13TH September 2021

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 13th September 2021 (posted here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update – unfortunately PCSO Paul Blackford will not be present
  6. Planning issues,
  7. Networking
  8. Any other business

Next Forum meeting AGM Monday 8th November 2021

September’s agenda and previous minutes

In September you get two for the price of one! As well as the usual Forum meeting Karen Cheney will be leading the selection process for the first part of the Celebrating Communities Fund (info after agenda here).

For this meeting we will be trying something different in that Rob Morris (our Chair) and some of the Committee members will be in the hall whilst everyone else is on Zoom. This is to enable us to try out the technology with a view to having hybrid meetings (in the Hall and on Zoom) going forward.

There is a special item on the Agenda this month as the Forum has been made aware of a proposal to move the post office currently on the corner of Dogpool Lane further up Pershore Road to the Nisa store (almost opposite the BP garage). There is an opportunity to make your views known.

Although it is not in Stirchley we know that many Stirchley residents will be interested in (and affected by) development of the former Fitness First site. A planning application has been lodged and can be found here.

Online using ZoomJoin Zoom Meeting

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 12th July 2021 (posted here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update – subject to operational issues PCSO Paul Blackford will be present
  6. Planning issues
  7. Changing location of the post office currently in Dogpool Lane
  8. Networking
  9. Any other business

Next Forum meeting Monday 11th October 2021