Kings Heath library

Consultation on future of Birmingham libraries

 

Posted by Kate Wilcox:

Birmingham City Council (BCC) has outlined plans for the future of Birmingham’s community libraries. The plan is now out for consultation and everybody has the chance to comment on it.

The key point is that all the city’s libraries have been classified in one of four tiers. Kings Heath library is in Tier 1.

The good news is that it is expected to remain open. It will also be open for the same number of hours each week as now.

Overall the proposals mean Kings Heath library will:

  • be open for 35 hours a week (the same as now)
  • remain in its current building
  • move towards more self-service systems (details are not yet known)
  • be used to deliver other services such as benefit verification

More details about the consultation are available at the following links:

If you want to have a say in the consultation, you have until 27 January 2017 to make your views known. You can do it in two ways:

If you have any interest in Kings Heath library it is important that you are part of this consultation. Please fill in the form and send it to BCC.

Photo credit: Kings Heath library by Tony Hisgett (CC BY 2.0)

Proposed new Police powers to combat nuisance in Kings Heath

There are various nuisance behaviours which have been giving concern on Kings Heath High Street and in Moseley Village. Currently these areas are part of an Alcohol Restriction Area. The City Council and Police are proposing to replace this with a new Order under recent laws to pick up a wider number of problem behaviours. This Public Space Protection Order would give the Police additional powers to stop harassment, verbal abuse, threats of violence, carrying open bottles or cans of alcohol, possessing or using “intoxicating substances” (mainly drugs) and making graffiti. Views from the public are being sought  by Friday 11 March 2016.

The widening of Police powers to intervene under this Order is likely to be warmly welcomed by the Forum. However, there is concern at the drafting of certain sections. We are likely to suggest some changes to make it clear that it does not prohibit peaceful gatherings and peaceful protest, that “verbal abuse” is defined, that it does not prohibit the collection of empty cans, that it does not prohibit “authorised” graffiti and that reasonable cafe style outdoor drinking on privately owned spaces or organised events (e.g. the Hare and Hounds, the Village Square, Street Fair, etc.) is not prohibited.

The public have to be consulted before this Order can be made so your views are important.

To have your say in support or against this Order by Friday 11 March 2016, go to the Birmingham Be Heard website.

Also see more information about the consultation and the full details of the Order (pdf).

Please feel free to let us know your views in comments on this blog, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Ken Clayton and Tom Tierney

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:

Amey consultation event 14 January 2015

This event is an opportunity for residents to meet Amey and see what their planned works are for footways, pathways and cycleways over the next five years. You’ll be able to discuss the proposed footway and road programme with Amey contractors and local councillors.

The event is on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Road, B14 7DB and starts at 6pm.

Kings Heath Community Arts Centre public consultation

Kings Heath Walk of Fame are campaigning to turn the former Ritz Ballroom site on York Road into a new community arts centre. The site, which was used most recently by Cash Converters, was destroyed by fire in March 2013.

Ideas on how such an arts centre could be used include a Birmingham Pop History Museum and cinema, with performance and rehearsal space for music, comedy, theatre and dance.

At this stage, Kings Heath Walk of Fame are looking for the thoughts of local residents, businesses and organisations as to what the arts centre should do. They would also like to find out who may be interested in getting involved.

You can let them know by completing this very short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R98H3YM

To find out more in the meantime, you can email them at info@kingsheathwalkoffame.org.uk or contact them via Facebook and Twitter.