News – Drastic Proposed Ward Changes in Birmingham divide Moseley
Latest Update 7/2/16 The Moseley Society’s letter of response to the Boundary Commission’s proposals can be read here. The map referred to in the letter is also available here. (Click to view). The map shows the distribution of the Society’s members across the two-councillor ward recommended by the combined community proposal.
If you have not already done so, we urge you all to make your own views known by writing to the Boundary Commission yourselves by the deadline of 8 February. Our Councillors have prepared the attached guidance notes on Responding to the Moseley boundary changes (click to view) including their contact addresses. Please also spread the information in this email as widely as you can to residents’ groups and your neighbours. Encourage them to join The Society and stand up for Moseley.
You can read the Notes of the Ward Boundary Public Meeting at Queensbridge School on 16.01.2016 here and see photos of the meeting here.
Click here to read our leaflet Your Moseley – Fight for it now
The Local Government Boundary Commission proposals for re-warding Birmingham can be found at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/west-midlands/west-midlands/birmingham . You can download the map there (about 15MB in size so it takes a while) or view a comparative map of the old and new ward boundaries here.
The proposal splits Moseley between five wards and six councillors but only one of those wards would have Moseley’s interests as its primary focus. The proposal is as follows:
- A small, one Councillor Moseley Ward that does not contain the Village Centre but instead is bounded by the railway line to the west (with a few squiggles may be intended to represent the edge of Moseley Conservation Area but if so are wrong); Brighton/TauntonRoad to the north; Yardley Wood Road to the East and St Agnes/Dyott/Oxford/PatonGrove to the south.
- Most of the rest of Moseley – including the shopping centre and Moseley Park will be part of a large new two councillor Balsall Heath and Cannon Hill Ward.
- Greenhill, Prospect, Blenheim, Clarence, Elmfield, Greenend, much of Billesley Lane, Northlands, Westlands etc and Moseley Golf Course will all be in a one Councillor Kings Heath Ward.
- Elizabeth Road and the lower part of Moor Green Lane will be in a one Councillor Stirchley Ward.
- The area around Moseley Bog and Moseley School will be in a one Councillor Sparkhill South Ward.
The proposal submitted by Moseley Forum on behalf of all the organisations in Moseley, including The Moseley Society and Moseley Community Development Trust, has been completely rejected in favour of balancing the numbers in surrounding Wards. The Moseley SPD area has been completely ignored, and the Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan area has been cut in two.
From the Moseley Society’s point of view this really matters. The thought of dealing with 5 Wards and 6 Councillors, only one of whom will have a sole interest for part of what we all think of as Moseley, is daunting. The other 5 Councillors are likely to be much more concerned about Balsall Heath, Stirchley, Kings Heath, Sparkhill. How will services be administered? How will police boundaries be affected? Will we once again have a parliamentary boundary through Moseley dividing us into two constituencies? The map will be on show on Saturday at Moseley Farmers’ Market.
Bringing problems to the attention of the Council via their website
You can use the City Council website to report items on public land that need their attention – from street lights not working, potholes, overflowing litter bins, graffiti, obstructions of the footpath etc. With the lack of funding that has led to the ending of the employment of our Neighbourhood Wardens we all need to report items as much as we can in order to make sure Moseley continues to look good.
The forms for reporting issues are mainly grouped in three areas of the website:
Under ‘Transport’ you can ‘Report a street fault’
allows you to report items under the following headings – each heading having a variety of sub-sections. The main headings are:
- dangerous trees;
- faulty street lighting;
- guard rails, bollards & benches faults;
- highway or pavement obstructions (and that includes hedges or branches obstructing the pavement);
- pavement and road problems;
- traffic lights, signs and signals faults.
Under ‘Rubbish’ with the heading of ‘Waste and Recycling’
you can report a variety of items including:
- Asbestos cement
- Dead animals/hypodermic needles
- Over-flowing or broken litter bins
At the bottom of the Home Page there is a link to Environmental Health
where you will find out how to seek help with a wide range of problems from bed bugs to lost dogs, noise and pollution. Some of these services are available for problems at your property and most of those are chargeable.
The Moseley Society – Caring for an historic area of Birmingham
Moseley is a diverse, vibrant suburb three miles south of central Birmingham, with fine Victorian and Edwardian housing, attractive green spaces and historic buildings. It is continually under pressure for further development, not always in keeping with the character of the area. The Moseley Society was formed to conserve and enhance the environment of Moseley and respond to development issues in collaboration with voluntary organisations and public bodies, increase understanding of Moseley’s heritage and encourage community participation. To read more about the Society, click here.
We continually monitor and respond to local development proposals and planning applications (click to view). We also maintain the historic Dovecote and Icehouse on the former Moseley Hall estate, which the Society was instrumental in preserving (click to read more). We have created an attractive award-winning 18th century style garden around the Dovecote and are keen to enlist the support of knowledgeable gardeners to help with its maintenance and further development.
The Society plays an active part in local events such as the Moseley Festival and has an enthusiastic Local History group which welcomes new members (click to read more).
If you are interested in joining the Society click here to see How to Join.