Kings Heath Residents’ Forum Annual General Meeting 2018

Wednesday 18 July 2018, 7.30-9pm
Kings Heath Community Centre, Heathfield Road, B14 7DB
Open to all residents

Come and hear about the events and activities we’ve been involved with during 2017-2018, including:

  • Fighting for clean air in Kings Heath
  • Campaign to reopen Kings Heath train station
  • Police Crime Commissioner listening event

We welcome new members to join us, particularly to help with work on air pollution, traffic surveying and community engagement. If you’re interested in joining us, please come along to the meeting.

Green Travel Plan for Kings Heath – what does it mean?

Kings Heath High Street has been designated a Green Travel District. This means that the area is part of plans by Birmingham City Council (BCC) to reduce congestion and pollution caused by high volumes of traffic. Councillor Claire Spencer will explain what this is likely to mean for Kings Heath at the Forum’s Annual General Meeting.

Residents will have the chance to ask questions about the plan.

The meeting will also hear about feedback received from visitors to the KHRF consultation stall at the Farmers’ Market on 4 March.

The meeting will begin with the Annual General Meeting of the KHRF. Committee members will report on the group’s activities during the year. These include working with BCC on the Council’s strategy for road safety in Kings Heath, helping residents to get dumped rubbish removed and working with local councillors and council officers to improve the cleanliness of the High Street.

The meeting is open to all residents of Kings Heath.

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Location: Kings Heath Community Centre, Heathfield Road, Kings Heath B14 7DB

Excellent attendance at Forum AGM

More than 50 local residents gathered at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Kings Heath Residents’ Forum on 2 March 2016 to hear about the work of the Forum and to make their own views known. They heard that progress has been made on controlling litter, on road safety and on initiatives to help young people in the area. Residents raised concerns over several issues including parking, anti-social behaviour and speed limits.

The chair of the Forum, Jon Jaffa, emphasised that the group represents all residents within the area it was set up to cover. It works with similar groups in other electoral wards and helps residents to get in touch with their local councillors.

On road safety, the Kings Heath strategy has been so effective that it is being extended across the whole of Birmingham. The most recent development is the ’20 is plenty’ programme. This involves the introduction of a 20 mile an hour speed limit on Kings Heath High Street. New roadside signs have begun to appear and drivers will be reminded of the limit by signs painted on the road surfaces.

In addition, a safer cycle network is being developed.

Members of the Forum have also lobbied councillors for the return of a railway station for Kings Heath. Network Rail has been considering this proposal for some time and now the necessary development work it is included in the financial plan for the period 2019 to 2024.

Residents at the meeting raised a number of issues including the congestion caused by inconsiderate parking. This was said to cause safety issues and traffic congestion. The problem was reported to be worst in Howard Road East, outside the Royal Mail sorting office, and Addison Road.

Councillor Straker Welds (Lab) agreed to arrange a meeting with the manager at the sorting office. He will ask that staff park their cars away from Howard Road East. This will mean there is more space for people collecting post from the sorting office.

On the question of road and pavement maintenance, Councillor Claire Spencer (Lab) is working to make it easier for residents to report problems. She also suggested that it is better if residents use the City Council website to report problems with roads and pavements.

Councillor Spencer also emphasised the need for anti-social behaviour to be reported as soon as possible. If it is not reported and acted on, bad behaviour is likely to become normal. It should be reported by making a telephone call to 101. See the information on Moseley and Kings Heath Police neighbourhood meetings.

Progress is being made in dealing with litter in the area. The Greener, Cleaner, Safer Environment group is setting up agreements with schools, catering outlets and other businesses. As part of the agreements, these organisations are taking responsibility for litter in their local areas.

The efficiency of the waste collection and street cleaning services is being improved. Part of the programme is aimed at making sure that there are enough on-street litter bins and that they are emptied often enough. In addition, shopkeepers are being encouraged to use waste bins that are big enough for their needs and have lids. If they use the right type of waste bins there will be less litter blowing around the streets.

That still leaves the problem of litter dropped by people. Although Birmingham has litter wardens, there is no money available for one dedicated to Kings Heath. It was suggested that there could be random, targeted swoops during the year. Any litter louts caught could then be fined.

Dog mess is a separate problem, especially on roads leading to public parks. Residents were asked to report dog fouling, particularly if it happens at regular times. Again, there is a page on the city council website for reporting dog fouling problems.

In addition to all of that, the Cleaner Streets plan calls for targeted action. In one example, early morning street cleaning is being called for to clear away rubbish after Friday and Saturday nights.

One of the problems brought up by residents was that Amey (Birmingham’s street maintenance contractor) has been accused of leaving barriers and temporary road signs in place after work has finished. Sometimes it takes several weeks before these objects are cleared away. The city council is reported to be working with Amey to stop this practice.

The meeting was also told about two initiatives aimed at helping local young people. In one, the All Saints Youth Project helps young people to develop their confidence and to take on leadership roles in the community. In addition, Luke Holland has been working with young people from the All Saints Youth Project and from the Kings Heath Mosque. He brings the groups together to work collaboratively on community projects.

Summing up the meeting, the chair of the Forum, Jon Jaffa, said:

“It was enormously encouraging to see so many people at the meeting. Even more pleasing was that we were able to report so much positive news. The members of the Forum have worked very hard over the past year in conjunction with local councillors from all the political parties. I think the results show what can be achieved when we all pull together.”

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.

Kings Heath Residents’ Forum public meeting and AGM 20 September 2014

We will be hosting a public meeting – ‘Your generation My generation’ – at All Saints Centre (Main Hall) on Saturday 20 September 2014, 11am-1:30pm.  This will be followed by our Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 2-3pm.

The meeting is free for all to attend. The venue is wheelchair-accessible.

We are holding the meeting to give you some information about what is going on in Kings Heath for our youth and seniors. We are looking in particular at the provision of support and services in the area. This includes youth activities, lunch clubs, etc.

It would be great if you could come on the day to see what Kings Heath has to offer you (or your children, parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours).

What is happening on the day?

AGE UK will attending to provide advice and general information.

CircusMASH are on a mission, striving to drive circus arts within the West Midlands region. That’s right folks… Circus in Birmingham! A bag of fun, they specialise in developing lives by promoting the opportunity of positive change through circus arts and performance for adults and children in the West Midlands. They will be giving a presentation at 11am.

NeighbourWatch will be on hand to provide some security advice.

Sainsbury’s will show how they have been working with a local community youth group as part of their business charity work.

Kings Heath Explorer Scouts will be attending to let you know about all their activities and trips.

Councillor Lisa Tricketts has agreed to attend to answer questions or provide advice.

Following the open meeting, there will be the Kings Heath Residents’ Forum AGM from 2–3pm.

We would really like you to stay for the AGM so that you can hear what we have been doing about litter in Kings Heath, road safety, planning applications and the bingo hall to mention a few.

Paul Slatter is planning to attend to talk about timebanks. Timebanks are ways for people to provide services to others and get something back in return. They help people volunteer their time to someone else and get anything back without going into any financial arrangements. For example, someone could mow your lawn for you and you could make them a cake.

Kings Heath Residents’ Forum is run by residents for residents. We are unpaid volunteers. We are funded by a grant from Birmingham City Council.