Question Time with the Police Commissioner

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Owing to growing local concerns regarding crimes and community safety Moseley, Kings Heath and Brandwood Neighbourhood Forums invite you to our own Question Time on Wednesday 28 March at 7.30pm at Queensbridge School. It is advised to book (free) by 20 March to guarantee admission as the event is likely to attract large numbers. For details and booking process visit:

https://www.evensi.uk/question-time-wm-police-crime-commissioner-david-jamieson-queensbridge-school/250005129

The first hour will be pre-submitted questions based on concerns raised in local areas. To send questions in advance please email khresforum@gmail.com by 20 March. There will also be some time for questions from the floor. Doors open at 7pm.

Parking – Day of Action 21 October

Councillor Claire Spencer has launched a day of action on Saturday 21 October about parking locally. She has asked us to inform residents and is requesting that people actively support it by printing off a petition sheet and getting signatures on or around their own street. The petition says:

“We, the undersigned, would like Birmingham City Council to explore the possibility of a Kings Heath-wide residents’ parking scheme, to include Newport Road, as part of a collection of measures (including improved public transport and cycling routes) to reduce parking pressure on our streets.”

Claire says:

“Our parking issues in Moseley, Kings Heath and beyond stem from having more cars than there is space for cars. And while I think we all understand that public transport needs to improve for this to happen, there is no solution to these issues that does not involve people giving up (some of) their cars.

“However, streets without driveways near to the centres of both Moseley and Kings Heath are finding it harder to park anywhere near their homes, and I understand (living as I do on Addison Road) the frustration that that brings. People are increasingly telling me that they would like residents parking, and I would like to make a case to Birmingham City Council’s Highways Department that they should start to work out how that could work.

“So, on Saturday October 21st, I would like people to volunteer to collect signatures from their street to make the case for a residents parking scheme in Moseley, and another in Kings Heath.

“It will work like this:

  1. Email me on claire.spencer@birmingham.gov.uk to let me know which street (or part of a street) you plan to do, and with whom;
  2. I will let you know if anyone else has already signed up to do that street so that you can work together in such a case, and direct you to the petition sheets;
  3. On Saturday October 21st, you take your sheets and gather as many signatures as possible;
  4. Make arrangements to return them to me — either by dropping them at my house or at Moseley Exchange;
  5. I will present the petitions to Full Council in November, for the attention of the Cabinet Member and the Highways Department.”

Full information is on Claire’s blog.

Feel free to leave comments here but it might be best also to send them directly to Claire Spencer at the email address above.

Your opinions needed at our Annual General Meeting

The traditional approach to litter problems, risky pavement areas and the other difficulties that affect our streets has often  been to say that ‘somebody should do something’. In the past it seemed clearly to be the local authority’s responsibility. With major budget cuts over recent years, local authorities say they don’t have the resources to deal with these problems. So what can be done?

This question will form a major part of the Kings Heath Residents’ Forum Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 2 March at 7pm at Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Rd, B14 7DB.

The meeting, open to all, will include guests speakers from local action groups. They will explain what has been done already to improve conditions on Kings Heath’s streets and outline what is going to be done in the future.

But the important part of the meeting will involve local residents sharing their views and ideas on how Kings Heath can be improved.

Local councillors will also  be there along with committee  members from Kings Heath Residents’ Forum. They want to hear what you think so that your views can be taken into account when they’re planning ways to improve our streets.

This will also be Kings Heath Residents’ Forum Annual General Meeting and reports will be available on the Forum’s work in the past year.

For reference here is a link to the Residents’ Forum Constitution.

Forum response to Boundary Commission’s proposal for a Kings Heath Ward

We have submitted our response welcoming the draft proposal from the Local Government Boundary Commission to establish a Kings Heath Ward. However, our suggestion is that it should be based on the current area served by the Residents’ Forum rather than the area identified in the Commission’s draft proposal as we had consulted widely about that in 2011. The Commission’s final recommendations are due to be published in May and new electoral wards should be in place throughout Birmingham in May 2018.

Read the Forum’s response: