Category Archives: Tidbury Green
Some useful advice for this time of year. Information taken from the Communities and Local Government web site: http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/fire/2028896 )
Fire and Rescue Services across the country are asking people to take care this Candle Fire Safety Week and snuff out the risk of fire in their homes.
With the days growing darker and winter setting in, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening in or add some festive cheer to the season’s celebrations such as Guy Fawkes’ night, Eid and Christmas.
But with over fifty fires started by candles every day, the Fire Kills Campaign is asking people to take extra care with candles this winter.
In 2010, Reckitt Benckiser, manufacturers of Air Wick candles, reported that 70 per cent of annual candle sales were made between September and February. So it’s no coincidence that between October and February every year candle-related house fires rise sharply, peaking at more than double the summer average in December.
The most important steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe include making sure your candles are kept away from flammable materials like curtains and putting out candles when nobody is in the room.
The Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Sir Ken Knight said:
“Candles are increasingly used in many homes. But it’s important to remember that a candle is not just another decoration. Left unattended, the naked flame could result in a devastating fire.
“Over fifty fires are started by candles every day – make sure you don’t become a statistic. Place your lit candles carefully, away from curtains, pets and children and always remember to put them out when you leave the room, even for a moment.”
“Even with these precautions it’s crucial to be prepared should the worst happen. A working smoke alarm can give you the vital time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by testing your alarm regularly and practising your escape routes.”
To help you enjoy your candles safely this Candle Fire Safety Week, Fire Kills is offering some top tips:
- Never leave burning candles unattended. Put burning candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re out completely at night.
- Place your candles carefully. Make sure they are on a stable surface, out of the reach of pets and children, and keep them away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture, bedding and books.
- Don’t move candles once they are lit.
- Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare.
- Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of draughts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, soot, and dripping.
- Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder. These candles are designed to liquefy when heated to maximise fragrance.
- Fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.
- Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do if a fire should occur – practise your escape route.
I have posted my latest expense claim, to cover the period from July to November 2011. You may know that I do not normally claim for travel incurred in the borough. This claim includes travelling to Birmingham for a seminar on planning and to London for a Safer Communities Conference. Previous expense claims can be found by clicking on the ‘Expense claims’ category.
I have attached the Autumn edition of West Midlands Police Authority’s ezine for West Midlands councillors and MPs. It includes articles about the August incidents of disorder, The HMIC report ‘Adapting to Austerity’, the Continuous Improvement Programme and the introduction of the new 101 non-emergency phone number. Police Authority Autumn Ezine 2011
I have a massive interest in our children (I used to be one – my wife sometimes tell me I still am one). Seriously though, I try to put something back through being a school governor; having been at Monkspath Junior Infants School for 20+ years and the Federated Special Schools of Forest Oak and Merstone. In fact my route onto the council was through getting more and more interested in local politics via school governing meetings.
There have been too many cases of child abuse and here in Solihull it is taken very seriously. I have attached a few documents about safeguarding and how each and every one of us can get involved if we see something that we feel is wrong. If you see something that you think is wrong REPORT IT. No call is dismissed and thought of as time wasting. We would rather have too many calls than too few – a child may be free from abuse because of one call.
I have attached the Solihull Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Annual Report and a small poster that you may wish to print off and post on your work’s notice board. I have also provided a link to the council’s website where there is more information: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/staysafe/20495.htm LSCB Annual Report parentsposterA31
I chair the council’s Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Board (NSSB), which scrutinises a wide range of services delivered by the council. Waste and recycling is one of the areas were look at and yesterday I joined a handful of fellow councillors and visited Wolverhampton Council to look at how they collect food waste. I was impressed at the set up and we were also taken to see how the waste ends up at their Anaerobic Digestion plant just over the border in Staffordshire.
At this weeks NSSB we have a briefing item on Food Waste (see http://www.solihull.gov.uk/akssolihull/images/att31703.pdf) . The board has previous recognised supporting Home Composting and the ‘Love Food, Less Waste’ campaign. However, what are your thoughts? Do not be afraid to comment on this website. Alternatively, have a go at the poll – this is the first one I have done (so hope it works).
Solihull Council has recently reviewed its Winter Service Plan (for 2010 to 2015) which was approved last year. At the recent Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Board (which I Chair) held on 12 September we reviewed the plan and lessons learned from last winter. The Service Plan is posted here, together with the report to the scrutiny board: Winter Service Plan 2010-15
I have posted my submission to Solihull’s Planning Committee which will determine the retrospective planning application (2011/1020) refers – see link for application documents: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/planning/dc/ViewApp.asp. My submission is via: Submission to Planning Committee regarding Application 2010
The application seeks to get approval for creating three more hardstanding areas for caravans, in addition to the three permitted by the planning committee when they heard a previous application in October 2010 (2010/1336): http://www.solihull.gov.uk/akssolihull/images/att26691.pdf. Here, the planning committee allowed the creation of three hardstanding areas in the green belt (in spite of representations from the MP and Councillors). One of the reasons for objecting to the application last October was a fear that more unauthorised development will take place – which has proven to be the case.
This application comes at a time when Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council is undertaking a borough wide consultation into the provision of site for Gypsies. You can access the consultation via this link: Gypsy and Traveller Site Allocations Development Plan Document Options Paper via http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Attachments/DPD_GT_FINAL_for_publication.pdf
I have posted the document ‘Ward Works’ which details works being undertaken on highways within the borough over the next 12 months. Ward Works Programme 01 08 11 The document includes activities to make our roads safer (Speed Aware programme) and where roads are to be repaired (and what type of method to be used). The report is very useful in letting residents know when their area is being looked at. It has information relating to every ward in the borough, not just Blythe ward.
The links explain the rational for the speed limit review of roads within the borough. This post relates to roads in Blythe ward but all the borough’s roads subject to a review can be found within the documents. I support the review and re-classification of roads in Blythe ward, where mainly unrestricted roads (60mph zones) were recommended to be reclassified at lower speeds (eg. 40mph in most case). This is certainly excellent news for residents who reside within the 60mph stretch of Tilehouse Lane, Tidbury Green who asked me to find out if that bit of road can be made safer (see post 25 June 2011). List of roads reviewed with commentary: Highways Speed surveyDanaInfo=www.solihull.gov.uk+att25951
I am all for taking credit where it is due but you will see from the report that the report went before the Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways last September (2010) and therefore wheel are already in motion (sorry for pun). It just shows that this is where social media would have been very useful in getting information out to residents about issues in their area. See report here: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/akssolihull/images/att26014.pdf
All this will cost some money, so there will be priorities as to what roads will be done first; there has to be formal/statutory consultation and establishing of regulations. I shall urge our officers to tackle the roads in Blythe Ward as soon as they can.
Please feel free to make any comments.
The latest report from Area Three Neighbourhood Team is shown. Again, some outstanding work done by the partners and some excellent environmental projects achieved. Newsletter August 11 Also shown is a link to a form showing Sporting Activities at Willow Park, Balsall Common during August. Neighbourhood Sports @ Willow Park 2011 Leaflets A5 The sessions are for 8 – 16 years old and are free of charge.