Local Issues update December 2003

Burglary Reduction Initiative on the 3 Estates in Kings Norton

Government-funded New Deal for Communities are paying for a Home Security Advisor until September 2006. 

Advice can be offered on home security, identifying bogus callers and fire safety (amongst other things) and practical safety measures – such as door locks, door chains, window alarms and smoke alarms – can be fitted.

The Home Security Advisor is booked up until February 2004 but, if you need more information or wish to arrange a home visit for a later date, please contact Kings Norton 3 Estates CDT on 464 7112/464 7114 or via e-mail at Kam@3estates.co.uk.

TETRA Telecommunications Mast – An Update

The application for a TETRA radio mast (http://www.lynnejones.org.uk/mobiles.htm) on Kings Heath High Street was refused by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Department but the applicants have appealed against the decision and this has now been scheduled for Wednesday 5 May 2004 at 10.00am.

The appeal will be held at the Dickens Conference Room, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS.  An Inspector from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will hear representations from the appellant and the Council and there will also be an opportunity for other interested parties to put their views.  Anyone who has an interest in this matter can attend and take part (at the Inspector’s discretion).

You Are Your City – Clean and Safe

Residents in Selly Oak and Kings Norton will hopefully have noticed some improvement to their local environment recently as a result of the Council’s You Are Your City Campaign.

The Council’s clean up teams are to visit every ward in the City (Selly Oak was visited in November and Kings Norton in December).  Clearance fly-tipped waste from public and private land is scheduled for February 2004 in Moseley ward and for May 2004 in Bournville. Clean-ups are followed by enforcement action against those who seek to continue fly-tipping.

The Council, West Midlands Police and Fire Service, have also produced safety packs as part of this campaign (available from 303 9999 or the Council’s website: www.birmingham.gov.uk/cleanandsafe) detailing measures you can take to make your home and car safe, ways to address various environmental issues as well as contacts at the Council and other helpful organisations.

Moseley Takeaway Planning Application

Members of the Moseley Society (www.moseley-society.org.uk) will no doubt already be aware of the application which has been submitted for a change of use at 86 St Mary’s Row from a retail establishment to a hot food takeaway.  Local residents, who already have to put up with a surfeit of public houses are now looking at the possibility of a further takeaway when, in the near vicinity, there are already three such establishments and numerous restaurants as well.  I have opposed the application on this basis and the Council’s Planning section have acknowledged my opposition which will be taken into account when the application is decided.

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