ACOCKS GREEN POLICE STATION CLOSURE THREAT - AGAIN: Faced with ongoing cuts from the government, the police have proposed closing some 24 buildings across the force area to save some £5 million a year in ongoing costs. That will include Acocks Green police station.
Cllr Fiona Williams and I want to hear what you think about this.proposal.
This has been at the heart of the community in Acocks Green for more than a century. This is the base for our local neighbourhood team - ...it matters where your police are based.
The background, of course, is that the police service has lost 25% of its funding since 2010 - which translates to a cut 2092 officers and 429 PCSOs. The LibDems supported these cuts in government—something that they want you to forget now.
The police do great work, but we’ve all seen that there just aren’t enough of them around. They can’t tackle anti social behaviour, speeding and dangerous bikers like they used to—the problems you tell us about. Cuts have consequences.
As usual, the Tories don’t even give us a fair deal—they hold back £40 million due to the West Midlands. That would have kept dozens of officers on duty, keeping us safe - and kept our police station open. The Tories promised to keep funding—but they’ve kept cutting.
Remember— Labour in government put an extra 14,000 police onto our streets and crime fell. The Tories and Lib Dems cut all of them—and more.
So, let me know what you think.
STRATFORD ROAD FIRE: After the serious fire yesterday, the road is likely to remain closed into Monday as I understand that demolition work is going to have to be carried out on the buildings. This was in what used to be the Vale-Onslow buildings. Stratford Road is closed between Long Street and Bordesley Middleway Camp Hill Roundabout. Buses are being diverted from the normal route and you can expect heavy traffic on other roads.
At the height of the fire, 10 crews, including a hydraulic platform were at the scene. The first crew arrived just 182 seconds after the first 999 call at 1:52pm on Sunday.
KEEP 'EM PEELED: Officers investigating a number of burglaries in Acocks Green want to speak to this man in connection with a break in at a home earlier this month.
It is believed the man tried to gain access to the property in Shirley Road at around 11pm on 9 January, but was disturbed so he drove off in a blue Ford C Max.
Officers are keeping an open mind whether this is connected to a number of burglaries in Acocks Green where Asian gold has been taken....
Properties on Pool Farm Road, Fox Hollies Road, Circular Road, Shirley Road and Oakhurst Road have been targeted - with seven homes broken into in total. Anyone with information can call PC Andrew Barker-Ellis, from Force CID at Stechford on 101.
SAINSBURYS/MORRISONS UPDATE - As you may know, the lease on the Sainsbury's store has ended and Morrisons have decided to take it back. The current store will close on April 10 for about ten weeks and will then reopen as a Morrisons store - they own the whole site.
Morrisons will remodel the inside of the store and the car park.
In-store, they will create their Market Street, with the specialist butcher, baker and fishmonger and they will also have a barista counter to serve... fresh coffee.
The outside of the building will be reclad, have new windows installed and new signs. There's an artist's impression below.
As part of the plans, the Red Lion pub will be demolished so that they can expand the car park and improve the junction with the Warwick Road.
- Widen the junction onto Warwick Road
- Add a dedicated left turn lane which can accommodate more cars and allow vehicles turning right to flow through and
- Install a pedestrian refuge island to help people crossing the junction.
ROADWORKS UPDATE: To add to the traffic delays caused by the gas main replacement work on Yardley Road, Severn Trent have chosen this week to carry out some work on a valve further along Yardley Road by Wynford Road, also under traffic light control. I’ve checked with them and they intend to have their site clear early next week.
BINS UPDATE - There will be crews working across Friday and the weekend to clear the backlog of bins uncollected. This applies where there are whole streets uncollected.
Leave your bins - household and recycling - outside ready for collection across the weekend.
I am assured that everything is being done to get things back to normal. Please keep me informed so that I can feed back to the senior officers and the cabinet member in charge of this.
BINS - I've been made aware that a number of collections have been missed over the past few weeks. I've raised this with the councillor in charge of the service and also with the chief executive of the city council. We're used to delays caused by Christmas and also by the extra volumes in the post-Christmas period, but this pre-dates this period.
As soon as I get some answers as to how this is to be resolved, I will let you know.
In the meantime, I'm sorry for any missed collections - do make sure that you report them and keep me up to speed.
Police & Crime Panel Report
One of my roles is lead member for Birmingham on the Police and Crime Panel. This is a group of councillors from all the metropolitan councils that make up the West Midlands Police force area. We meet to hold the Police & Crime Commissioner to account for his performance in his job.
Here are my notes from the most recent meeting - all errors are my own....