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New Community Facilities on Taylor Wimpey Development off Weaver Avenue

Suggestions are being sought from residents for the content of the alternative community facilities which will replace the previously proposed YMCA between Weaver Avenue , Horsfall Dr, Signal Hayes Rd and Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club. 

You will have heard that the YMCA is not going ahead, and some of you may have been at the Open Meeting in November where we discussed the potential uses of the area.

How would you like to see this community area developed? The only predefined features are that there must be a building of some sort (size not specified so far) and grassed playing pitches; the rest of the site could be laid out as open space, low maintenance gardens.  

Suggestions already put forward vary from sensory garden to outdoor table tennis tables.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for how this land can be used, please send them in to us  walmleyra@outlook.com or to your local New Hall Ward Councillors at davidbarrie@birmingham.gov.uk, ken.wood@birmingham.co.uk or alex.yip@birmingham.gov.uk

WRA news update 24 February 2018 (Amey).

The Court of Appeal has found in favour of Birmingham City Council and against Amey in a long running and occasionally bitter highways dispute, rejecting the company’s “ingenious new interpretation of the contract”. This judgement reinstates a previous adjudication in favour of B’ham CC which was initially overturned by a High Court judgement in 2016.

Amey was contracted in 2010 to carry out a 25year PFI contract for the city but the two parties fell out from 2014 onwards when it became clear that the company was not carrying out basic works the council felt it was obliged to do.

Amey consider that they have already “delivered significant investment in the city’s road, which has seen considerable improvements to the network. We have resurfaced 500 miles of carriageway – over one-third of Birmingham’s roads”.

Information taken from “Highways” magazine 23 February 2018.

So can we now look forward to substantial resurfacing (not just isolated pothole “repairs”) in our local roads – including Webster Way, Fox Hollies Road and many others in Walmley?

David Cooke (Cha

WRA news update, 24 February 2018.

 

 

A)    Highway improvements to Weaver Avenue -- to complement the junction widening works at Thimbleend Road, we have been pressing B’ham CC to provide the following features:-

1)      Parking restrictions within the widened junction, otherwise the widening works will be ineffective. This will require a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to provide double yellow lines on the Thimble End Park side of Weaver Avenue from the “Give Way” markings and up to the entrance to the Park.

2)      A pedestrian barrier along the kerb at the existing pedestrian access to the Park (to prevent children running onto the roads when the gate is left open).

3)      A sign near the entrance to the Park, advising visitors that parking is available on Horsfall Drive, ie. on the new houses access road – a layby has been constructed to accommodate about five cars, but visitors seem unaware and continue to park on Weaver Avenue.

4)      A sign at the layby (above) to designate visitor parking for Thimble End Park. This will be better used when the new access is provided into the Park from Horsfall Drive, ie. when the Taylor Wimpey show homes and landscape area are incorporated into the Park.

5)      Better screening of the electricity substation at the junction of Weaver Ave3nue and Horsfall Drive.

     The cost of all the above works is already covered by monies paid to B’ham CC by Taylor Wimpey as part of their Section 106 obligations. The works will be carried out by B’ham CC but they seem to be waiting for the junction widening works to be completed.

B)  We have been pressing B’ham CC to install an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing over Fox Hollies Road at its junction with Foxes Meadow. At present (and for many years), the footways to Foxes Meadow terminate short of the junction and pedestrians are obliged to walk around the trunks/roots of large trees over rough ground then cross to the footway on the far side of Fox Hollies Road. I have suggested a likely location for the crossing and the necessary accommodation works. We are advised that B’ham CC have monies allocated for such highway safety improvements within the New Hall Ward but no progress appears to have been made.

C) We had asked B’ham CC to install a kerbside pedestrian barrier at the Fox Hollies Road exdit from Jones’ Wood – to prevent children running onto the road. This is now in place.

D) Suggestions are now required for the content of the alternative “community facilities” which will replace the previously proposed YMCA between Weaver Avenue, Horsfall Drive, Signal Hayes Road and Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club grounds. The only predefined features are a building of some sort and grassed playing pitches; the rest of the site could be laid out as open space, low maintenance gardens. What do residents want?

E)  The Annual General Meeting of Walmley Residents Association will take place on Tuesday 24 April – time and venue to be confirmed (notices will be posted).

David Cooke (Chairman).

News Update 10th February 2018


Langley SUE & Peddimore.

The Consultative Group met on Thursday 08 February to hear an update from the B’ham CC Planning Officers on the Supporting Planning Documents (SPD). I attended to represent the WRA; Jeff Gilbert was also present plus our Ward and Town Councillors. There were no representatives from Project Fields, Minworth or the local churches.

The SPD’s have been further delayed and are most unlikely to be issued for public consultation (6 week period) before the Local Elections in May. We were given an assurance that sufficient time will be available for the public consultation to be completed after the Local Elections and be acted upon before adoption by B’ham CC Cabinet Members (not the whole Council!) and before any Planning Applications are considered.

The updates we were given sought to demonstrate that our advices and concerns raised at meetings held last summer had been addressed. Regrettably, one of our major concerns (Transportation) was not discussed in detail because Transport for the Midlands (TfM) could not attend. This is likely to be the most contentious issue and we were promised a follow-up meeting with TfM before the public consultation starts. Matters discussed on Thursday comprised housing, transport, access, Sprint, infrastructure, sustainability, education, health provision, open spaces/sports, shops and community facilities. Progress has been made on these issues since last summer and further details will be issued by B’ham CC in the near future. The WRA will then liaise with members and hold an Open Meeting(s) to discuss the implications. We are promised that the public consultation will include “drop-in” sessions attended by Council Officers and Councillors to be held during the daytime and at evenings to maximise on residents’ participation.

Weaver Avenue road improvements.

One of the Planning Conditions “imposed” on the Developers/Taylor Wimpey’s housing scheme was that the junction of Weaver Avenue onto Thimble End Road would be widened to allow “right turning” vehicles to wait without impeding “left turning” vehicles. The current constraints have created substantial delays and disruption during peak traffic hours.

Those junction works should have been completed before first occupation of the new houses – over 18 months ago. The WRA, supported by our Ward Councillor, have voiced concern and requested action for over 12 months, but still no start has been made. Our enquiries indicate that the delays arise because:-

1)        Whilst the design of the junction widening was approved in June 2016, the whole process was then    delayed whilst B’ham CC agreed with Taylor Wimpey (TW) on a satisfactory means of piping a short length of the shallow ditch alongside Signal Hayes Road!! – eventually agreed in principle during June 2017. At a meeting with B’ham CC in July 2017, we were assured that the documentation would be completed for a start on site in August/September (2017!!) – clearly not achieved.

2)        We are now told that design issues have needed to be re-visited before the construction documentation can be finalised. We then have to wait until legal agreements, insurances, health & safety protocols, etc. are in place; TW then need to book road space to carry out the works. It seems unlikely that any works will start before April (which April?).

3)        We will continue to pursue B’ham CC for the earliest possible start date and we have been promised advanced notice, including details of the traffic management necessary to keep traffic moving. We will keep you updated but, clearly, B’ham CC’s performance has been unacceptable – if TW have held up these procedures, why have no enforcement notices been issued? Doubtless TW are content to continue building the houses and exacerbating the traffic problems.

 

David Cooke (Chairman of WRA).

Gardeners Corner

Have you thought about having your own allotment, where you can grow lot of fresh veg, fruit and flowers?.  Forge Farm Allotments are ideal for Walmley Residents.  They are situated in Walmley Ash Lane, down the lane past B & M although you may have to follow the diversion at the moment!!

They have over 60 allotments on the site with around 50 plot holders.  They also have plots for letting.  If you are new to allotment gardening then they always suggest that half a plot is the first step to see how you get on.  They are also hoping to have some mini plots available from around May this year.  Visit their website forgefarmallotments.weebly.com and have a look around.  You can also contact their lettings secretary via the website.

Planning Applications

The WRA has been notified of the following Planning Applications:-

have received details of the following major planning applications for comment:-
  1. Land to the rear of 29 – 39 Reddicap Heath Road – demolition of 33 – 35 Reddicap Heath Road and erection of 10 dwellings to replace existing and occupy rear gardens. Details attached, comments before 19 May.
  2. Deanery C of E Primary School, Fox Hollies Road – construction of new all-weather running track and playing pitch to replace existing grassed area abutting No.s 22 – 30 Hidcote Ave., Kinver Croft and 2 – 10 Harvington Way. Details attached, comments by 07 June. The application states the following considerations:-
    1. To convert part of the waterlogged school playing field (which cannot be used by our pupils for approx.. 6 months of the year because it is too wet and muddy) into an artificial grass multi-use games area (MUGA) with running track around the perimeter. The artificial grass will be green and the running track lanes will be red with white line markings. There will not be any fencing or lighting around the MUGA.
    2. No vehicular parking is included.
    3. There is no flood risk; a sustainable drainage system will be used (no details submitted).
    4. The area is not designated as a site of biodiversity importance.
    5. There are no important habitats or other biodiversity features adjacent to the site.
    6. Hours of use have not been stated.
    7. The site area is stated as 3,300 sq. metres – plan attached.

 

Questions:-

  1.  
    1. Is this assertion correct? Will this use of brightly coloured artificial “grass” be a significant visual intrusion to nearby residents?
    2. No comment.
    3. The playing field does nor lie in a designated flood zone; presumably, rainwater run-off from the artificial grass will simply flow onto adjoining grassed areas and create more waterlogging of those perimeter areas – or will they use permeable paving?
    4. Are we sure?
    5. Is this true of Jones Wood?? – I will copy F of JW.
    6. Additional noise/hours of use could adversely affect nearby residents – subjective.

 

Full application details are available on the Birmingham Planning Portal. A copy of each Planning Notice and Site Plan will be posted on the Walmley Community Hall notice board.

 

 

Birmingham Post News

The following items were mentioned in the Birmingham Post and are provided for your information

 

1)        Up to 32 acres of “unwanted” or “unused” Birmingham parkland, playing fields or public open space could be sacrificed to make way for much-needed new housing. Council officials are busy drawing up a list of sites for redevelopment and are asking councillors and communities to suggest suitable patches of land. Once confirmed, the sites will be used to build council houses. But the city council has said it will publish its list of proposed sites in March and is refusing to reveal which patches of field or scrubland are under consideration despite demands from councillors.

2)        A cash-strapped police force is planning to sell off its key Sutton Coldfield site to raise money to plug a funding gap (further details in last week’s Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer).

 

General Points of Interest

We have received a Police Alert regarding another telephone scam. Several residents are receiving threatening and intimidating phone calls from unknown persons telling them to purchase large quantities of iTune vouchers. The caller then gets the resident to pass over the access codes for the vouchers, which the scammer then cashes-in. Residents should hang up on the initial call and contact the police on 101.

Don’t leave anything metal on your front drive!! I watched “a man in a white van” cheekily take two old rotary clothes driers from my front drive earlier this week. They were not easily visible to passers-by because my car was parked in front of them – but nothing stops these resourceful “collectors”. I had left them in front of my garage doors to take them to the recycling centre later that day – too late!! Walking around our estate, I see several children’s bikes simply left on driveways – more so now that most are on holiday. My message – secure it or lose it!!

We are supporting a “Sutton in Bloom” event to be held outside Jeff’s shop in the village from 2.00pm on Friday, 25 August. Alan Gardner (our local celebrity gardener) and others will be there to discuss the Town’s entry for next year. This is our best chance to influence what is to be provided from the Town Council’s funds – so we need a good attendance.   

Walk In Clinic for Birmingham Healthy Minds

Are you struggling to keep up with the constant demand of the modern world? Do you need help managing your moods? If yes, help is at hand.

Birmingham Healthy Minds (BHM) is a free NHS primary care talking therapies service that works closely with Birmingham GPs and aims to improve access to psychological therapies.

Birmingham Healthy Minds, walk-in services are available at specific times and venues, except on bank holidays.  You can be screened on the same day with no need to book an appointment.  You will be seen on a first come first served basis. The clinic is open from 9am to 11am every Friday morning at Walmley Health Centre, 8 Walmley Rd, Sutton Coldfield B76 1QN

They can offer you advice, information and brief psychological therapies on a number of issues including:

* stress and anxiety

* Low confidence or self-esteem

* Low mood and depression

These are just a few of the difficulties that we they can help you with.  Any of these problems can be caused by day-to-day challenges relating to family, work and personal problems.

They aim to make you feel supported in learning to manage and deal with your problems in an environment that is not only caring but confidential too.

For more information please speak to your GP or call 0121 301 2525  between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday or check out the website

www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/our-services/birmingham-healthy-minds/walk-in

 

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