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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We have a Plan

02/07/2018 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Green Spaces, Streets, Walking | Leave a comment
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Visitors to Balsall Heath Carnival on Saturday 7th July will be able to learn about some cunning plans to get our streets moving and to re-open the local rail station. A stall and display by BHIOP and the Forum will be there to explain how the Neighbourhood Plan can take these matters forward, and to take your comments, so we can feed them to the planners. Remember, if we don’t ask, we won’t get….

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Fun and Games The day will also be a lot of fun for all ages, from 12.00 to 4pm, with schoolchildren in costumes and flags , to represent the many countries of the Commonwealth .  There will be our own Games to watch , well ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This Carnival  will not be as noisy as some previous ones, I am advised and there will be tea and cake also a lineup of stalls and activities.

Venue; St Paul’s Road will be blocked off for the event ,which is in Pickwick Park opposite Clifton School B12 8LS

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Free Cycle Check

28/06/2018 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | Leave a comment
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Cyclists have been gathering on Moseley Road in Balsall Heath to have an on-street bike check. People do not always understand their bike or how keep it well maintained and this is one factor that puts people off cycling, even when the weather is fine and the evenings light. Fabio is the new cycle mechanic at the Old Print Works, opposite the swimming baths, and he offers to diagnose faults for free, and do minor adjustments of gears and brakes . Fabio is there every Tuesday 2pm to 6pm and the café if open as well, so you can have a cuppa while the bike gets some attention. At other times contact Fabio

More Good News – Council secures further £1.3m boost for cycle and pedestrian improvements. It will be used to implement new safety measures at the junction of Pershore Road and Priory Road, where a cyclist was killed by a lorry  in 2017.  More here 

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Brightening the street

24/06/2018 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Gardens, Streets, Wildlife | 1 Comment
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A wonderful pop up garden has appeared in front of the Wesleyan Holiness Church on Cromer Road, Balsall Heath this year, thanks to voluntary effort, led by Tessa Lowe.  Passers by comment on how much better the site looks, having only been grass before. The amount of litter dropped has dropped off as well, since people see the church offering an attractive sight and someone obviously taking care of it. This shows the importance of corner sites in gardening the neighbourhood and in encouraging people to walk..

Flowers include lupins and foxgloves, which are great for feeding the bees, as well as for summer colour, so we could call it another Bee Garden.

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Cyclists Take Over (for a day)

12/06/2018 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | Leave a comment

Who says that no one cycles in Birmingham? Cyclists are not just young, or white, or male, or especially fit. When it is safe to do it, everyone cycles!!

Let’s Ride Birmingham was a fun cycling festival  organised by British Cycling. They blocked the Pershore Road last Sunday 10th June for a free ride of 5 kilometres from the city centre to Calthorpe Park and the Cricket Ground, then the return. It seems that there is a lot of spare road space on a Sunday, and a lot of people wanting to ride, if general traffic is shut out. Making safe cycle routes and getting people to cycle may be a lot easier than we have thought…  More about the event

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People in the Road

25/04/2018 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Streets, Walking | Leave a comment

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People take over Moseley Road

23/04/2018 at 9:57 am | Posted in Streets, Walking | Leave a comment

All motor traffic  was shut out of the Moseley Road through Balsall Heath on Sunday 23 April. The sun shone and stalls lined the road. The “We Are Balsall Heath” event had people of all ages and backgrounds meeting and enjoying games, dance, art, food and learning about local projects and the future of the many interesting old buildings that make up the centre of Balsall Heath.

Balsall Heath Is our Planet and Balsall Heath Forum ran a stall and display, asking for views about some of the proposed changes in the Neighbourhood Plan, including a town square, railway station and making the river more natural and accessible. People also gave views about about housing and transport. The daring experiment on the day got everyone thinking about how our lives are dominated by road traffic and what can be done about this. More about Neighbourhood Plan

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Street Market to Close the Moseley Road

20/03/2018 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets, Walking | Leave a comment

On Sunday 22 April 2018 permission has been given to MELA enterprises to close the Moseley Road through Balsall Heath for a We Are Balsall Heath  intercultural street market . Thousands of people are expected to attend 11am to 4pm and they will see what we can do when the neighbourhood is not being cut in half by a river of traffic. and parked vehicles. It will mean some diversion of buses and drivers, but traffic is light anyway on a Sunday.

Local people and organisations are being invited to book stalls and come to display their goods or services . Inquiries can be made online here 

Balsall Heath is our Planet and Balsall Heath Forum will be asking people at the market what they think about the way the street operates, what they want from their streets and how to implement the Neighbourhood Plan for the area. Give us your ideas!!

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Note that local people are also supporting a Balsall Heath Carnival in July, so if you want to look ahead and support it see the details here

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