Planning consultation for Saint Dunstan’s RC Church

Birmingham City Council Planning and Development have opened a consultation for a planning application at St Dunstan’s RC Church on Kingsfield Road. The proposal is for:

“Reordering works to include the demolition of the original linking porch between the church and the church hall and its replacement”

The above application was accepted by the Council on 24 April 2018. The Council are inviting comments on the application until 18 May 2018.

To view the application details and to submit your comments, visit the Council’s Planning website. The application reference number is 2018/02665/PA.

Planning consultation for land use off Woodthorpe Road

Birmingham City Council Planning and Regeneration have opened a consultation on a proposal for land use at the rear of 154–174 Woodthorpe Road, Kings Heath. The proposal is for the “retention of sale and storage of vehicles, timber shed office building and two gates”.

The Council accepted the application on 17 January 2018 and are inviting comments from the public, preferably before 14 February 2018.

More details are available on the Council’s website:

Full lineup of community groups for networking day 7 October 2017

Kings Heath Residents’ Forum is organising a networking day on Saturday 7 October 2017. The purpose is to give residents a chance to meet local organisations and individuals who can provide advice, help and support in the area. The full list of participating groups is:

For more information about each group or individual, click on the name.

There is no charge for the networking day – all you need to do is to walk in, join in and benefit from all the information that will be available.

Event information:

Date: 7 October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 2pm

Location: Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Road, Kings Heath, B14 7DB

Travellers banned from Swanshurst Park

Birmingham City Council has been granted an injunction banning travellers from pitching camp in Swanshurst Park. Travellers who park their caravans on the park in future could be found guilty of contempt of court. This could lead to them having assets seized or even to them being sent to prison.

The action follows a number of occasions on which travellers set up camp in the park. Local residents found their presence intimidating and the travellers usually left large quantities of fly-tipped rubbish behind when they were moved on. The cost of cleaning up after these camps had to be met by the city council.

Councillor Karen McCarthy was quoted in the Birmingham Mail, saying “The court order was only made possible because residents were prepared to make statements, provide the evidence so the council officers could make the case.”

Free bike application process open

Residents can now apply for a free bike as part of the Big Birmingham Bikes programme. Birmingham City Council has announced that 2,000 adult bikes will be given away. The announcement says that priority will be given to families who plan to cycle together. A child’s bike bank will be launched later in the year.

In order to qualify for a free bike, people must live within an eligible postcode. You can check whether your postcode is eligible here. (There is a postcode checker at the bottom of the page.) The page also explains the other requirements that must be fulfilled before you can qualify for a free bike.

The application form can be accessed from here.