House with no Fuel Bills

30/08/2016 at 10:04 am | Posted in Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment
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Once again it is time for Open Day at the Zero Carbon House in Balsall Heath. On Saturday 10th September people are invited to see how the house works to produce its own heat, electricity, water and food. We can’t all live in such a house, but we shall be inspired and Balsall Heath Is Our Planet will be there to help people Making a Change in their own life with practical lessons about how to move to a Low Energy and Low Carbon.
Details of the event which starts 11am and finishes 4pm are at the website
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Faiths Support a Low Carbon Future

05/08/2016 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power, Walking | Leave a comment
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People from a variety of local faith groups will be walking through Balsall Heath and Moseley on Sunday 14th August 2016 to see what has been done to cut carbon emissions and conserve the atmosphere. They will start at 2pm at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, and visit Balsall Heath Church Centre, the KSIMC mosque Clifton Road, then the Zero Carbon House.
A greta opportunity to see what has been done and hear what inspired people to make these buldings into examples for the wider community. Details of the walk are at Footsteps (Faiths for a Low Carbon Future) faith groups in Birmingham respond to the challenge of a low carbon future. Details at Footsteps site
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A Pocket Park for Balsall Heath

16/06/2016 at 9:56 am | Posted in Cycling, Gardens, Walking | Leave a comment
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This summer we shall see a new Pocket Park appear, and work has begun. The location is right in the centre of Balsall Heath, where Moseley Road and Haden Way join together. This was where the Highways Department wanted to start a huge south Birmingham expressway, but were fought off by combined residents’ groups 20 years ago.
The BH Neighbourhood Plan identified this as the natural centre, which could become something like a Town Square. The Pocket Park is the first step.
Now Balsall Heath Forum has a grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government to re-model it. The work is being done by Jericho Foundation, a social enterprise. Features of the design by local architect Joe Holyoak retains all the trees on the site and adds a coloured paving design, flowers and herbs in planters and seats. Yes, pedestrians will be able to sit down! Cyclists will be separated as part of a new cycle route.
The overgrown shrubbery has already been cleared away (along with the rubbish and the rats). The children’s nursery Little Care Bearz behind is now much more visible and will have a better setting.
Various artists are interested in contributing to the project. An Opening Ceremony/ Event will be held later in the summer. Let’s love and protect our Pocket Park.

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Let’s Enjoy our Front Gardens

05/05/2016 at 11:05 am | Posted in Gardens, Trees, Water, Wildlife | Leave a comment

In spring and summer the front gardens of Balsall Heath offer beautiful colour to our streets. So, a big thank you to all the gardeners. Sadly many houses have tarmacked or slabbed entirely, to park cars on. This adds to drainage problems because the drains cannot cope with sudden rain that no longer sinks into the ground. Without any shade the streets will get very hot, and we still remember the damage of the Birmingham Tornado which was triggered in July 2005 by the high temperatures.
Fortunately there are alternative surfaces that allow people to park their cars, but still have a surface that drains and also looks good. The Moseley Society website has provided some good advice
“The law now requires you to seek planning permission if you wish to lay impermeable driveways of more than five square metres that do not provide for the water to run to a permeable area. However you will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally. The Government has produced an excellent Guide on the Permeable Surfacing of Front Gardens explaining how this can be done link here
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Inner Birmingham Walk

24/03/2016 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Walking | Leave a comment
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It’s the Inner Birmingham Walk ! We have the chance to join others in walking part of the route for the proposed Inner Birmingham Walk, that will join Balsall Heath to neighbouring areas. Saturday 2nd April Start time: 9.00 am for 9.15 depart. Meeting point: Junction of Ladypool Road and Highgate Road B12 8DP .
Distance: Approx 1.5 miles, 3 for return walk, but we can continue with Edgbaston walkers who will end 1pm at Hagley Road. bus return
Contact John Newson on 0121 647 1960 office hours
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Waste Isn’t Rubbish

03/03/2016 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment

On Saturday 5th March people will be gathering at 11am at the Old Print Works on Moseley Road to celebrate its coming back to life. Balsall Heath Is Our Planet will run two workshops and a stall to show that ‘Waste Isn’t Rubbish’, focussing on the waste of households and businesses. What can you recycle? what can you compost? The building is an example of community action restoring a historic building that was disused. There will be a programme of talks and demonstrations of practical skills and crafts, some suitable for children. More details

Also on Saturday 5th March, the Moseley Road Swimming Baths built 1907 will have its open day starting at 1.30pm with tours and stalls of the history of this nationally-important building, and discussion of its future. Details hereMoseley Road Baths pic

Love Food Hate Waste

26/02/2016 at 10:29 am | Posted in Recycling, uncategorised | Leave a comment
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Love Food Hate Waste – A Quiz night will be held on Monday 29th February 7pm start at Balsall Heath Church Centre, Mary Street corner of Edward Road ALL Welcome.
Healthy food will be served. Learn 5 key ways to waste less food – you could save up to £700 a year.

An event of Balsall Heath Forum supported by BHIOP and Big Lottery

Keeping Everyone Together

26/01/2016 at 2:43 pm | Posted in uncategorised | 1 Comment
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Balsall Heath’s great record in working together to improve the area could be threatened by proposals from the Boundary Commission to cut us into two wards for local authority purposes along the Moseley Road. Many people are very concerned that we do not have to go to two sets of meetings and relate to councillors whose wards include other neighbourhoods. The Neighbourhood Plan will be much better implemented if the whole area sits within one ward. These are the arguments that Balsall Heath Forum say they will be making to the Boundary Commission Many other neighbourhoods would be broken into small wards dividing established neighbourhoods of Birmingham. There is a petition to sign that asks for them to halt and give time for community organisations to make their case Please see the link
To see the proposals and make your own comments by 6 February go to Boundary Commission

The Future of Waste

21/12/2015 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment

Residents of Birmingham can have their say on the way that our City Council collects, recycles or disposes of their waste. But hurry, since it ends on 4th January 2016. The survey is quite long, but you do not have to answer every question. The results will feed into the new Future Waste strategy which they have to produce to replace the 25 year contract under which all our waste has belonged to Veolia, a large multinational corporation. What should we do with it in future?
Take the survey HERE

Save on winter heating

26/11/2015 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Home Energy saving | Leave a comment

The best way to save on heating is to only heat the space you need, as much as you need and when you need it. So that means insulation to slow heat loss from your home and getting control over your heating system. I have updated the Energy Advice page of this website with some useful links Go to page

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