Better Parks Please

02/07/2019 at 11:55 am | Posted in Green Spaces, Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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What are the main problems in the parks and green spaces of Balsall Heath?  What changes would make them more attractive and useful for everyone ?

These are questions that BHIOP is looking at in 2019 and 2020. We have received a small grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to involve local people in finding some answers. I have been appointed as Project Officer John Newson bhiop[at]jericho.org.uk

I hope to meet you at the Commonwealth Carnival in Pickwick Park, St Paul’s Road, on Saturday 6th July from 1 pm to 4.30 pm. We shall collect people’s ideas, using a simple survey about “Better Parks Please”..

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Path beside the River Rea

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Cyclists take over town

09/06/2019 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | 1 Comment
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Birmingham City Centre was filled with thousands of cyclists, as streets were closed off for us on 9th June for the Let’s Ride event. At least two group rides went in from Balsall Heath, following the Rea Valley Route. We found the Queensway,  usually filled with noise and fumes, to be quiet and family-friendly. Children of all ages were happily riding alongside their parents. Maybe it should be like this every Sunday, as in some other European cities ??

It was also the official opening of the blue cycle path along the Bristol Road from the University into town.  It is amazing… and again not like the Birmingham we have known, with this main road offering cyclists a protected ride every day.

We were told that long promised cycle stands for our area are definitely on the way. Also that Birmingham’s Walking and Cycling Strategy.is about to launch with its consultation, asking for your comments on more routes to come. You can sign up for updates from the Birmingham Connected  mailing list: connected@birmingham.gov.uk

 

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Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan

01/06/2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Green Spaces, Streets, Train station, Walking | Leave a comment
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We have put up a display in the library for people to learn more about the Neighbourhood Plan. It runs through June.

You can see designs to improve the streets for pedestrians, re-open the station and make better use of the green spaces. It was all based on extensive public consultation, but comments sheets are there for you to add your own ideas for the future of the area.

The library is next to the Baths. Exhibition is free during library opening hours

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Plant and Play in the Park

23/05/2019 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Cycling, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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Everyone is invited to some fun in the 3 parks over the holiday. So, just come along from 12 to 3pm: there will be family fun, games and bikes with Active Communities. People will get the chance to say what they would like to see in their local parks. Tuesday 28th May at Brunswick Road next to Nelson Mandela. Weds 29th May Trafalgar Rd pocket Park. Thurs 30th may Pickwick Park on St Paul’s Road.

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Crimes of Grime

07/05/2019 at 3:04 am | Posted in Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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Dumping waste from building or other work is  a menace in Balsall Heath.

George Street Park has mounds of rubble and broken furniture at its entrance, while more builder’s waste is dumped further inside. Park users are being disrespected and the city council has to pay for it to be moved, eventually. It looks like no one cares and it makes the park feel less safe especially for children  Such crimes should be reported, and they say that they will prosecute and fine, where they have evidence of who is responsible. A list of people who have been prosecuted appears here.  A way to report fly-tipping  incidents is on the Council’s website

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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

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