Residents take action on School Road traffic chaos

There has been a long history of traffic problems on School Road, mainly caused by inconsiderate, often dangerous, drivers. It now looks as if some relief may be on the way for local residents.

In November 2016, local people set up a Facebook page to begin gathering evidence to present to Birmingham City Council (BCC). The aim was to get action to protect local residents, particularly pedestrians.

The area of greatest concern is the stretch from the roundabout near Kings Heath Primary School down School Road itself. There are frequent reports of cars mounting the pavement to pass other cars, even forcing pedestrians to get out of the way. In some cases, residents report that drivers ignore the presence of small children, so keen are they to get past as fast as they can.

Comments on the group’s Facebook page detailed incidents in which

  • a car mounted the pavement close to a mother and child walking home from school
  • another child was almost hit by a car on the pavement
  • a four-year-old on a scooter was within a metre of a car that had mounted the pavement
  • a woman was walking her child home and was abused by a driver because she objected to him driving his car at her and her child
  • a woman pushing a baby buggy on the footpath found three cars trying to get past her on the same footpath.

With the support of Councillor Claire Spencer and Councillor Lisa Trickett, the group has been putting pressure on BCC to find a long-term solution to the problems. In January 2017, residents were told that BCC was going to undertake a formal traffic survey on School Road. In addition, money had been set aside to try to come up with a solution to the problems. This was followed in March 2017 with news that a budget of up to £40,000 had been allocated.

Now a set of proposals is being put out for consultation. They will be sent to residents of School Road while anybody else who wishes to comment will be able to do so. It is understood that, at present, the proposal is to make School Road one-way from the roundabout near Kings Heath Primary School to Blenheim Road.

Councillor Spencer will be in the area of School Road on Sunday 25 June 2017 gathering information.

The School Road Traffic Issues Facebook page can be found here

Encouraging young cricketers

On Sunday next (25 June 2017) there will be an Edgbaston Foundation Community Open Day at Edgbaston cricket ground. Gates open at 10 am.

The day will be free and is intended to inspire local youngsters to get involved in cricket.

The Foundation aims to give away up to 500 cricket bats to local youngsters aged 12 and under. They will also be put in touch with the club nearest their home that is part of All Stars Cricket, a new entry level national cricket programme for children.

There will also be a chance to meet members of the Birmingham Bears cricket team and to watch them in an open training session.

Ravi Masih, Head of Community Engagement at Warwickshire CCC said, ‘Parents simply need to register for the Edgbaston Foundation Community Day and attend on the day to receive a bat, ball and regular cricketing opportunities for their child.’

Children under 16 years old will need to be accompanied by an adult to get into the ground.

More information and a link to the registration form can be found here (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the link to the registration form).

 

Changes ahead for Kings Heath and Moseley schools?

Seven local schools that are currently operated by Birmingham City Council (BCC) are considering forming a multi-academy trust. The schools in the group are:

  • Kings Heath Primary School
  • Park Hill Primary School
  • Wheelers Lane Primary School
  • Kings Heath Boys School
  • Queensbridge School
  • Swanshurst School
  • Wheelers Lane Technical College

All are reported as being rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.

Love Brum Schools is an action group that is opposed to the plans. The group is not affiliated with any political party, nor to the Kings Heath Residents’ Forum but education is an extremely important subject for many residents. For that reason, the Residents’ Forum is publicising the group to make residents aware of the plans. The group’s website is lovebrumschools.com. Their site includes a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section that deals with many of the central issues.

This is clearly, and understandably, a very emotive subject and residents will undoubtedly want to know more about the pros and cons. Searching the web with a search term such as ‘academy schools pros and cons’ will produce a list of websites. Two that seem to provide relevant information are published by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) (pdf, 412kb) and specialist education publisher MA Education Ltd.

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.

Competition for young social entrepreneurs in B12, B13 and B14

Flyer for competition for young social entrepreneurs

Change it! is a competition for young social entrepreneurs, and is being organised by Moseley Community Development Trust and Moseley Post Office.

The competition aims to help young people (aged 18–30) launch ventures that can change the neighbourhood where they live for the better. Entrants should live in Balsall Heath (B12), Moseley (B13) or Kings Heath (B14) and their business idea should benefit one or more of these neighbourhoods.

There’s a chance to win 12 months co-working membership (worth over £1,000) at the Moseley Exchange.

You can find out more at an event on 30 April 2014, starting 6pm at the Moseley Exchange, 147 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8JP.

In the meantime, visit moseleycdt.com/changeit to read more about the competition and download the guidance notes.