Community Action

Would you like to influence local NHS services? Become part of the Patient Council!

by Claire Spencer

The Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is recruiting ten local people to be part of a Patient Council, which will enable local people to influence health service commissioning across Birmingham. These Patients Reps will have an important role in involving local people in developing and improving services, as well as ensuring that the voice of patients is heard when health services are commissioned across the city.

The only criteria is that you need to be registered with GP practice which is a member of the CCG. In Moseley & Kings Heath, the following practices are members:

  • All Saints Medical Practice;
  • Poplar Primary Care Centre;
  • Wake Green Surgery;

Chamberlain Forum, who are helping the CCG to set up the Patient Council have produced a nifty summary of the Patient Council’s responsibilities:

  • Attending bi-monthly (2 hour) patient council meetings;
  • Attending a bi-monthly training and development session (2 hour) or as required;
  • Providing your views from a patient perspective to inform and to assist the CCG to commission health services;
  • Collective working to generate ideas and solutions to inform commissioning plans;
  • Championing the voice of patients and carers, particularly those who are seldom heard;
  • Building a common understanding about the health care needs of patients;

If this seems like something you’d like to consider, the CCG and Chamberlain Forum are holding an Open Evening on September 10th to explore what the role involves – click here to book yourself a place. Alternatively, you can email Paul Slatter from Chamberlain Forum (paul@chamberlainforum.org), who will happily answer any questions you might have.

The deadline for expressing an interest is 17th September – so get applying!

Will the sale of BCC land affect railway stations in Moseley & Kings Heath?

by Claire Spencer

Over the last few weeks, questions have been raised over whether the sale of Birmingham City Council land near Bordesley railway station will have an impact on plans to reopen railway stations in Moseley and Kings Heath, as well as in several other locations around Birmingham. Some residents have been worried that the sale will act as further disincentive to reopen the stations.

Local Labour Party members – including the councillors – are in favour of reopening the stations in Moseley & Kings Heath. I haven’t yet met a resident that isn’t, come to think of it. So before the Cabinet made their decision to sell the freehold, Councillor Martin Straker-Welds had several discussions with Birmingham Property Services, to find out what impact it would have.

Firstly, let’s establish the site we’re talking about. The wider site is located along Bedford Road and is bounded by Trinity Terrace and Camp Hill. The Council freehold ownership is indicated by an arrow:

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Prior to the sale being agreed, the site was let on a 75 year lease with effect from 1976 with 38 years left to elapse. The land is already developed and in use. The tenant – Sulzer Dowding and Mills – had indicated to their landlord (the current leaseholder) that they would have to relocate to find a site that was more suitably configured, unless the landlord was able to reconfigure the current site. The landlord was unable to borrow the required funds against a 38-year lease – hence their request to BCC to purchase the freehold.

The second part of the map above shows the current line and the potential new line (marked in green). This indicates that – in order to realise the new connection – that other land (which already belongs to the same landlord) would need to be compulsorily purchased anyway if the reopening of the stations was to go ahead. 

Birmingham Property Services have summarised the two possible scenarios thus:

1. The Council retains its freehold land: Any scheme would still need to compulsorily acquire the long leasehold interest. It would also then need to acquire the Council’s freehold interest (voluntarily or by compulsory purchase order (CPO)), then acquire by CPO the required land from the landlord’s freehold interest on either side.

2. The Council sells its freehold interest: Any scheme would then seek to place a CPO the required land from the landlord. There would no longer be a need for BCC to be included in the CPO order for that land.

If the Council had held onto the freehold, they would still be unable to control or influence that land for another 38 years. In order to end the lease earlier, they would have needed to negotiate with the landlord.

So in the short term – and while there is still uncertainty as to when the project could go ahead – it makes a lot of sense to safeguard the jobs that that site supports.

For us in Moseley & Kings Heath, our task is to focus on getting our railway stations. Centro indicated in their draft strategy that the West Midlands Regional Rail Forum wished for the Camp Hill chords development to commence in the next control period (2014-2019), and to continue into the subsequent control period (2019-2024).

If you would like to find out more about this – and what the next steps for any local campaigns might look like – Chris Tunstall, Director of Sustainability, Transportation and Partnerships (BCC) and Toby Ratcliff, Rail Development Manager (Centro) will be taking questions at the next Moseley Forum meeting on July 1st (7pm; Moseley Exchange). These meetings are open to the public, so please attend.

Moseley Big Plan returns to the community

by Claire Spencer

Back in 2010, Moseley residents, visitors and businesses were asked to imagine the sort of place that they would like Moseley to become. Not as an idle daydream, but to feed into the Moseley Big Plan – a set of aims and objectives to judge developments by. Since that time, the Moseley Regeneration Group has been working in partnership with Birmingham City Council to turn those insights into a ‘supplementary planning document‘.

So I was really pleased to hear today that Birmingham City Council has agreed that the latest draft is now allowed to go out to public consultation. Given that local people helped to create this plan, it is very important that they help Birmingham City Council to ensure that this plan meets Moseley’s ambitions.

We’ll put up the approved draft when it is released – but until then, here are some consultation dates for you to put in your diaries:

  • June 12th – Moseley & Kings Heath Ward Committee – 7pm – St. Columba’s Church
  • June 14th – Moseley Exchange (time TBC)
  • June 27th – The MAC (time TBC)
  • July 2nd – Moseley Co-op (time TBC)

Get a Fair Deal for Brum – sign the petition today

Birmingham has been short-changed by this government. The Tory-Lib Dem government has starved Birmingham of cash, whilst increasing money to the leafy Tory voting areas. Every man, woman, and child in Birmingham has had £168 each taken from the money given by the government in grants to provide our services. In Wokingham in Berkshire they lost just £19.

That isn’t fair.

But Labour in Birmingham are not giving up. So sign our petition, and help us to keep pushing for your services – a Fair Deal for Birmingham.

5-11s can have a Summertastic August with Highbury Orchard CIC!

by Claire Spencer

Every so often, we like to highlight local initiatives that people in Moseley & Kings Heath might find useful, interesting or fun. Summertastic – Go Wild! is a summer holiday outdoor programme for children and parents based in and around Highbury Park which encourages family fun and learning together.

The programme has an overarching woodland theme but there will be different activities on each of the five days: making dens & shelters, using tools and crafting with wood, creating stories, songs or poems, as well as orienteering and mapreading.

You can join in on all or any of the days between August 27-31 (10am-3pm). The cost is £5 per person per day. An adult must accompany any children (no more than three children per adult), and one of the group must be aged 5-11. Siblings who are slightly older or younger are also welcome.

To reserve your places, please contact Liz on 0121 628 2680 or 07752 435 714; or email hoccic@gmail.com.

When the booking is confirmed, download a booking form and complete the details. Make your cheque payable to HIGHBURY ORCHARD COMMUNITY CIC. Send it with your payment to:

Highbury Orchard Community CIC, 73 All Saints Road, Kings Heath B14 7LN.

 

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