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 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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Reopening of our stations

19/11/2018 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Streets, Train station | Leave a comment
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At long last…. Local people are being asked for their input into the designs for new rail stations at Moseley,  Kings Heath and Hazelwell (all closed in 1941). There is now funding to build them.

Below are the times of consultation events, beginning this week, when you can see the designs for the new stations.

Not Balsall Heath station, however, because although it  was strongly supported at the Street Festival and the Carnival and is in the Neighbourhood Plan, and has been surveyed, according to WM Rail Executive, and a feasibility study is currently underway, there is no funding to build it in the current programme. Therefore from 2022, two trains an hour will go through Balsall Heath, but not stop.  Unless the case is made and money can be found some other way. However, we should all benefit from fewer  journeys and less congestion on the Alcester/ Moseley Road when stations are open.

Consultation on the designs are open for anyone to call in to view information on the station proposals, talk to the team and share views.

  • Wednesday 21 Nov – St Mary’s Church, Moseley (1-8.30pm)
  • Thursday 22 Nov – Moseley Exchange (1-8.30pm)
  • Thursday 29 Nov – Kings Heath Library (2-6pm)
  • Thursday 6 Dec – Kings Heath Library (2-6pm)

You can also share your views online at www.tfwm.org.uk/stations

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More green cars to share

18/07/2018 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Streets | Leave a comment
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The local car club is offering more cars to drive and most of them are now hybrid or electric. They say that “they own the cars, so you don’t have to” . I have read that private cars are parked 97% of the time., so our streets are full up. In a car club 12 people can share one car.  Co-Wheels car club has a Toyota Aygoone in St Pauls Road, Balsall Heath and a 7-seater Toyota Verso at the bottom of Park Hill. (£7.25 per hour). More at Co-Wheels site

This is surely going to become a more attractive option as the city council moves to charging older diesel cars £10 a time to drive into the city centre. Birmingham has to implement a Clean Air Zone in the next few years and charging seems certain to be part of the plan. You can find out about this and have your say at public consultation is open

 

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Clean Air Day – the Kings Heath experiment

08/01/2018 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Air pollution | Leave a comment

On December 1st, 2017 a Clean Air Action Day took place in Kings Heath, mainly on the High Street/Alcester Road. Measures included removing on-street parking and changing the way the traffic lights functioned, for just one day.

Enlisting the help of enthusiasts and sceptics from the local community, BBC TV staged the first ever large-scale experiment of its kind: using people power to try to bring about a quantifiable improvement in air quality for a single day., and to measure the results.

The results are broadcast on Wednesday 10th January at 9pm on BBC2. Watch again on iPlayer

 

 

 

 

Tree Survey of Calthorpe Park

06/06/2017 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Air pollution, Trees | 1 Comment

Can you help us ?
We are looking for local people to
• Learn about different kinds of trees and how to recognise them,
• Help us to make a map of the trees in the park,
• Suggest trees that could be planted in the park in future.

Saturday 17th June 2017

Meet 2pm at Calthorpe Wellbeing Hub, Edward Road corner Cheddar Road limited car & cycle parking, bus 35 or 45
This activity organised by Balsall Heath Is Our Planet and Birmingham Trees for Life. Please let us know if you are coming. Reply to bhiop@jericho.org.uk John Newson 0121 647 1960
Not suitable for small children

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