Cyclists take over town

09/06/2019 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | Leave a 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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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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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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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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Autumn planting

17/10/2018 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Gardens, Green Spaces, Streets | Leave a comment

Nice work by Edward Road Baptist Church’s volunteers who have cleared some derelict planters beside the church and brightened up their corner.

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Long ago, the council put in three concrete boxes, which are 6 sided, hexagons, like a honey comb, but long ago they stopped planting them. and they became completely overgrown.

BHIOP was happy to lend a hand with digging and plants, some brought from the BEE Garden at the Old Print Works , which is looking very splendid, thanks to Jeremy’s care and pride.

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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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