Follow up letter to Ward End Residents Meeting – 12th May 2014

by Liam Byrne | 12.05.14 | in: Communities, Constituency news, Geography, Local campaigns, Local News, Residents Meetings, Uncategorized, Ward End


Dear friends,


Please see below my letter to residents following our recent Ward End residents meeting:

                                                                                                        12 May 2014

Dear Friend


Ward End Residents’ Meeting Follow-up


Many thanks indeed to everyone who came to my recent residents’ meeting, together with our excellent local councillors – and thanks to all who returned surveys.


I write, as promised, with the follow-up actions on the priorities we agreed.


1. Parking. There are real crunch points around parking across the area, especially around the school, and some streets have a severe problem with parking on verges. I have now met our police commander to discuss this and I will take three steps:

  • We will flag hot-spots to the police, for random ticket issuing
  • We will meet with Highways, to discuss medium term changes to road lay-outs, to stop on pavement parking
  • I will work with the schools to see if they will introduce a scheme that has apparently worked very successfully elsewhere, where children design the car-parking tickets to get across the message that dangerous parking puts their safety in jeopardy


2. Anti-social behaviour. I have agreed with police that we will survey the area (see your survey enclosed) to build an intelligence picture of where the problem is concentrated, so that the police can target action. Please fill in the survey and return to me!


3. Rubbish. Lots of concerns were raised about street sweeping and green waste. I’ve now discussed this with both my fellow MP’s and the council leadership. As you know Birmingham City Council has been cut by the government TWICE as hard as the average council, so difficult choices have been necessary. There are no easy answers here – however, this is obviously a real concern.


So: I will help organise talks with other MP’s and the city council to try and find a way through. I apologise that I can’t present a solution immediately. But – would rather be honest with you about what can and cannot be done immediately – and promise to try and hammer out a better way forward.


In addition, we discussed two other issues:


1. ‘Open trucks’ leaving the old LDV site, allowing dirt and dust to drop and blow everywhere. I will speak to the City’s environmental health team to see action we can take, and if necessary to the site owners.


2. Local schools matter – specifically the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ allegations. My view is that our teachers are doing a really good job – but allegations have been made – by staff and former staff – which are serious and need investigating. These allegations triggering the investigation were made BEFORE the so-called Trojan Horse letter appeared in the media. So, the investigation has to be done ‘by the book’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (Ofsted).


But I am deeply frustrated that Ofsted has taken so long to report – and that some people have chose to ‘play politics’ with the issue. As some-one of faith myself, I believe that ALL faith is important and needs celebrating. Equally, we need great teachers in our class-rooms.


So: my focus is simple. Get the ofsted reports completed. Get them published. Take whatever action is needed to get things sorted.


I have also enclosed a questionnaire to help us inform the police about drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour hot-spots, plus a handy note of my contact details for you.


If you would like to receive my regular eNewsletter, then email me at


Yours sincerely


Birmingham Hodge Hill

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