Monday, June 30, 2008

Cable boxes go green in Moseley and kings Heath

The process of re-painting all the Virgin Media cable boxes dark green in Moseley and Kings Heath Ward has started. The first lot have been repainted on Chantry Road and Alcester Road between Moseley and Kings Heath.

They are being painted dark green as an attempt to reduce the number of times Virgin Media cable boxes are graffiti tagged. Half of all reported graffiti tags are on Virgin Media cable boxes.
This decision is the initiative of Councillor Martin Mullaney. Birmingham is the only local authority in Britain where the cable boxes are NOT dark green. They are all light grey in Birmingham at the Council’s insistence.

Virgin Media prefer dark green since they find they are tagged less. Observations locally have shown the dark green BT boxes are tagged significantly less than the light grey Virgin Media boxes. It is believed, that the local graffiti taggers prefer the light grey surfaces since it shows up their black felt tip pens more.

Councillor Mullaney contacted Virgin Media to see if the cable boxes in Moseley and Kings Heath Ward could be re-painted dark green.

Moseley and Kings Heath Ward along with Springfield Ward were recently found in a Council survey to the only Wards in south and west Birmingham to be reversing the trend of ever increasing graffiti tagging.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Update on the scaffolding on St.Marys Row

Update on this scaffolding.

The owner of the Chinese restaurant was unable to find a cheaper offer to repair the subsidense.

A meeting was therefore held on site last week with Council officers, where the owner of the Chinese restaurant agreed to a sizeable financial contribution to the repair work.

A contract will now been drawn up which will lock the Chinese restaurant owner into paying this financial contribution. If this contract is not signed by Friday 27th June, then enforcement action will take place.

If the contract is signed, then work will start on the building in early July, and it is anticipated the scaffolding will be taken down two to three months later.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Councillor update on Planning Applications of importance in Moseley & Kings Heath Ward – Thursday 5th June 2008

Below is my own personal list of planning applications that I am keeping an eye on, due to residents raising concerns with me or the applications clearly being contentious.

Drawings and further details on each of these planning application is available on-line at

The planning applications

S/04743/07/FUL - 72 Greenhill Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9SU - Retention of dormer window to front and new gable roof above existing flat roof - Under consideration

S/05475/07/LBC - 582 Moseley Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B12 9AA - Removal of internal walls, first floor and repositioning of staircase – Withdrawn. Decision date - 16/05/2008

S/07766/07/FUL - 169 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8JR - Conversion & alterations to existing building & erection of single & two storey rear ext to create 4 apartments - Under consideration

S/00665/08/FUL – 35 Billesley Lane, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9QT - Erection of a single and first floor side extension, dormer and bay window, and alterations to the existing garage. - Approve – Conditions. Decision date - 06/05/2008

S/00914/08/FUL - 18 St. Agnes Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9PW - Sub-dvision of existing dwelling to create 6 self- contained flats with associated roof lights - Under consideration

S/01222/08/LDE - 25 Mayfield Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9HJ - certificate of lawfulness for the subdivision of 25 Mayfield Road into 6 self contained flats - Under consideration

S/02079/08/FUL - 25 Belle Walk, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9DE - Erection of single storey rear extension and detached store room in rear garden - Under consideration

S/02289/08/FUL - 9 Goodby Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8RH - Erection of two storey side and rear extension, conservatory and alteration to porch - Under consideration

S/02363/08/FUL - 148 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8HS - Alterations to existing shop front - Under consideration

S/02517/08/FUL - 46 Billesley Lane, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9QS - Erection of 1 No. 4 bedroom detached dwelling house - Under consideration

S/02376/08/FUL - 12 Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8RD - Erection of two-storey side, single-storey rear extensions, including conservatory at rear & installation of rear dormer - Under consideration

S/02356/08/FUL - 582 Moseley Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B12 9AA - Construction of 3 storey rear steel structures providing additional office floor space. Removal of internal walls. - Under consideration

S/02466/08/FUL - 148 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8HS - Erection of single storey rear extension to shop, with external staircase to rear - Under consideration