Plants for your Garden

17/04/2019 at 11:22 am | Posted in Food, Gardens, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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Balsall Heaths’s own garden centre is open to the public and stocked with plants at reasonable prices every day, from Easter. Despite some rumours of difficulties, Balsall Heath Forum has invested and bought in a wide range and they are selling well. I saw tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and strawberries – why buy them from the supermarket when you could be growing your own with even a small yard or containers ?  Lovely hanging baskets and bedding plants to give colour and cheer up the neighbourhood.

Well worth a visit… just off Ladypool Road in St Paul’s Road, (next to Clifton Primary School).

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Sit down protest pays off

05/04/2019 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Streets, Walking | Leave a comment
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People need to be able to sit down in the centre of the Balsall Heath, especially the elderly, disabled, parents with small children, those waiting for a bus etc. Complaints have been going to Birmingham City Council for months about the broken benches in front of the baths and library.  They  looked awful and let the street down  Thanks to the library staff and to Councillor Shabrana Hussein and others for keeping on with the requests to get this problem fixed. If you know of something that needs doing to improve the street scene for pedestrians then you can use the reporting website FixMyStreet

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New community solar project

28/03/2019 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Solar power | Leave a comment

Well done to Community Energy Birmingham for getting up their largest solar roof to date, in time to beat the closure of the Feed In Tariff scheme on 31 March 2019. Thanks are due to all the local investors who made this possible. More details on the CEB website 

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Litterbusters

13/03/2019 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Green Spaces, Recycling, Streets | Leave a comment
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Great work by Moseley Litterbusters in their recent “raid” on Balsall Heath.  They filled many sacks with our rubbish and are looking for helpers.

Here they are as reported in our wonderful Neighbourhood News online Balsall Heath

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More cycle stands to come

05/03/2019 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | Leave a comment
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Balsall Heath, Highgate and the City Centre.are about to get more cycle stands. The Birmingham Cycle Revolution consulted in 2018 on  cycle parking at locations  showing a strong demand.  BHIOP responded in support of the all the stands proposed. We are now assured that they “will be installed in early 2019″.

These will be short stay stands to lock your bike to, not sheltered or secured for long term use. There have been thefts, for example from outside the Moseley Road Baths. It can be argued that the odd bike is more vulnerable to thieves than a row of stands with cyclists coming and going.  Insurance against theft may be part of your household insurance.

Progress can be seen on the new cycleway being built up the centre of Bristol Road to the University, which BHIOP also supported. It is taking months to finish. It was formerly the tram lines and has therefore been available since the 1960s, so we can wait a little longer…. Spring is here and people want to cycle every day. Council site is HERE

Bus User Survey

26/02/2019 at 7:10 am | Posted in Air pollution, Streets | Leave a comment

People who use buses can often feel like second class citizens, but we are now being asked about how we experience bus travel, in this survey by Birmingham City Council.

A bus holds more people than a line of 22 cars, so everyone has an interest in buses being attractive and successful. The survey closes 1st March and is here BUS SURVEY

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Green Up for Streets

05/02/2019 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Gardens, Streets | Leave a comment
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It is time to refresh the street scene, and reward people who walk instead of driving.  BHIOP has teamed up with Balsall Heath Forum to deal with planting boxes around the area which had become sad and were even collapsing. We had a list from our previous street audit.

The team worked hard and demolished eight planters along Moseley Road, Ladypool and Edward Road, relocating the soil and plants into any more sturdy boxes. Bulbs, we saved and replanted in the ground to produce spring flowers. We noticed that last summer’s  drought had killed many plants, but not the sedum, which is drought resistant, so this looks like it will be the predominant plant in future. Thanks for Sanje and Hamid and the team.

Anyone who wishes to adopt a planter in their street and look after it is very welcome to do so ….

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Energy Solutions for Baths

28/01/2019 at 7:17 am | Posted in Community energy | Leave a comment
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A group of keen energy savers went round Moseley Road Baths on Saturday 26th January. Organised by Balsall Heath is Our Planet with the Friends of the Baths;  eleven people, led by Phil Beardmore, shared ideas for making the baths more sustainable  .

Our ideas for saving gas, electricity and water will be written up and passed to the charity and the partnership which is now running the Baths at the centre of Balsall Heath.  This is a beautiful, but very wasteful building that must become more efficient if it is to be saved. We were pleased to hear that some energy features are soon to be put in because energy is a big part of the running cost and the carbon footprint needs to be reduced for the 21st century. Some of Phil’s suggestions for energy saving are on the website of Friends of Moseley Road Baths

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Energy Saving Tour of Moseley Rd Baths

19/01/2019 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Community energy, Home Energy saving | Leave a comment
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Energy Saving Tour of Moseley Road Baths, next Saturday 26th Jan. 2019

How can our historic swimming baths save on gas, electric and water? You can learn and help the Baths become more sustainable at this energy event, with expert Phil Beardmore. We will look for problems and solutions to help old buildings survive. Anyone with an interest is welcome (not suitable for children) . Free – supported by The Lottery.

Meet at 9.45 for 10.00 start on Saturday, Moseley Rd Baths. Book one of the 12 places with john Newson BHIOP[at]jericho.org.uk    0121 647 1960 office hours leave a message

Organised by Balsall Heath Is Our Planet with Friends of the Baths.

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Chance to learn to prune fruit trees

15/01/2019 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Food, Gardens, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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postponed from 16th January to 30th January.

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