Newsletter 2015 – Zafar’s Report back June 2015

As you will already know Jess Phillips was elected to Parliament. We can all be proud of the team effort put into the campaign. Jess is opening an office in Yardley Constituency where her staff and caseworker will be available to deal with constituent’s problems.
She can be contacted on 0121 622 1942. Her surgeries are at:
Acocks Green Library Shirley Road, Birmingham, B27 7XH Saturday 6th June & Saturday 4th July 10am
Sheldon Heath Community Centre, Sheldon Heath Road, B26 2RU Friday 12th June & Friday 10th July 5.30pm
St Edburgha’s Church, Church Road, Yardley, B33 8PD Saturday 20th June & Saturday 18th July 10am

I can report that I have attended all the Ward tasking meetings with our Neighbourhood Police, taking up resident’s issues on crime and anti-social behaviour. I am working with Bierton and Rich- mond residents on anti-social behaviour problems. I meet regularly with residents from the Gil- bertstone area at the Peachy Keens pub to hear about issues in the ward. Residents reported prob- lems with increased prostitution and sex workers on the Coventry Road.
Working with the police and council staff these problems have been reduced. I work closely with members of the Friends of Small Heath park in combating crime and anti-social behaviour in the park as well as.

On the Oaklands, Phases 1,2 & 3 have ended. As a member of the Oak- lands Steering Group, having attended all their meetings in the last 3 years and I have brought resident’s suggestions to the group. Phase 4 will take a year to complete. I have tried out the new ‘State of the Art’ Skate Park, please forgive my, ‘where’s Waldo’ hat!
Concerns over a shortage of school places is something I have been working on, supporting addition- al places at Bierton School and the new Perry Beeches V school, next to ASDA on the Coventry Road. Golden Hillock and Oldknow schools are now under the ARK Academy Trust and I advocate for resident representation on their governing bodies. At the stakeholder meetings with Oasis Academy on the Hob Moor Road, I have pushed for their community facilities to be open to resi- dents at a reasonable cost.

Some residents had concerns about wheelie bins, and the council did have teething problems with the introduction. These have now been solved and residents are overwhelmingly in favour of the new system. We still have problems with fly-tipping and rubbish dumping, which we are dealing with these as they arise. We have used the ‘community pay back’ scheme to clean the Small Heath Highway. As soon as an issue is reported to me, I contact the council and have it dealt with.
I am still undertaking community clean ups, most recently on the Kingfisher Project with Hay Mills Residents Association. I am wherever possible engag- ing with resident groups and neighbourhood forums, to undertake clean up events in the ward.

I have been a member of the East Side, Special Educational Needs Group. If any parents have issues with SEN they can contact me.

I have launched the A dream project for Focus Birmingham, young disa- bled people into jobs and I have also worked with BVSC’s Talent Match project, having launched it last year with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

I took part in the BUPA 13 Kilometre half marathon, the Morrison’s 10K run, and it was a privilege to take part in raising funds for the St Basils Charity, one of the Lord Mayor’s Charities for 2015, by taking part in the Big Sleep Out last November.
I have been working in the council, along with planning on local issues, highways on resident’s is- sues, Education and Fleet and Waste Management. I have been a Chair of Scrutiny over the year, producing a report to council on physical activity in the city, Ward Chair for South Yardley moving the meeting around the Ward to encourage greater attendance. We managed to allocate a small amount of funding to local initiatives in the Ward. We effectively ran the Community First Project allocating all the funding to worthwhile projects. I have Chaired the Birmingham Mela bringing to- gether all communities in Birmingham for a fun event. I am working on making this years Birming- ham Mela the biggest and best so far.

Within the Labour Group at the Council I have been helping address the severe and unfair cut backs to funding to the City. We are having to use funding as effectively as we can and prioritising such things as Child Protection. The Conservative Government is again making additional cuts to the funding for the city. As Labour we will strive to protect the most vulnerable and those with the greatest need in the city.

To contact me telephone: 07956154246 email: zafar.a.iqbal@birmingham.gov.uk to leave a message call 0121 303 2039 My surgery times are:

Every Friday 5pm to 7pm at AJ House, 22 James Road Tyseley Birmingham B11 2BA Second Saturday of the month 11am to 12 noon at the Vibe Centre, Holder Road Yardley

 

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A warm welcome to our new Labour member of Parliament For Yardley Jess Phillips

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A warm welcome to our new Labour member of Parliament For Yardley  Jess Phillips

Temporary Surgery times for jess phillips mp and places for June and July 2015

These are the surgery times and places for June and July – we’ll come back with some regular ones in due course:

Acocks Green Library Shirley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands B27 7XH
Saturday 6th June & Saturday 4th July 10am

Sheldon Heath Community Centre, Sheldon Heath Rd, Birmingham B26 2RU
Friday 12th June & Friday 10th July 5.30pm

St Edburgha’s Church (Old Yardley Church), Church Road,Yardley, B33 8PD
Saturday 20th June & Saturday 18th July 10am

Gilberstone Primary School, Clay Lane, B26 1EH
Friday 26th June & Friday 24th July 6pm

Culture, Learning and Skills Overview and Scrutiny Committee – 12 February 2015

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A means to an end – increasing participation in sport and physical activity

zafar-mbeLast Tuesday, 3rd of February I presented a report to the meeting of the Full Council. As chair of the Culture, Learning and Skills Overview and Scrutiny committee I wanted to see what could be done to increase participation in sport and physical activity. Most of us know that physical exercise is good for us.

Getting people to do it is a different matter, but I know how a little exercise can transform people’s lives. So we need to encourage everyone to create the opportunity to exercise. Just taking a casual walk with a few friends will do the trick.

 

We also discovered how a sedentary lifestyle can have drastic effects on someone’s health and well-being. Sitting in an armchair for hours – or your desk at work – is bad for you. You should get up at regular intervals and have a bit of a walk around or a stretch. It is hard to believe that doing nothing could have a detrimental effect on your health, but it does. So please do try and get some exercise. And don’t sit around for long periods without getting up and moving about a bit.

 

If you would like to see the full report you can find it here; http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy/Pages/Index.aspx 

 

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Yardley District Convention 2014

  • Do you live in Acocks Green, Sheldon, South Yardley or Stechford and Yardley North?
  • Do you use services in your community?
  • Are you part of a community group?
  • Or run a local business?
  • Do you want to voice your opinions and assist in planningfuture district priorities?

Come along and speak to stakeholders about a range of topics including district planning and performance, local priorities and community initiatives within the District and much more.

Download Yardley District Convention 2014 – Poster

Change to Services at Stechford CSC

This office will cease operating from Friday 14th November 2014.

As of Friday 14th November, this office will cease operating.

 

To verify/Copy original documents for a housing benefit or council tax support claim please visit:-

Sparkbrook Community and Health Centre, Grantham Road, Sparkbrook, B11 1LU

Opening Hrs: Mon Tues Thurs 9.00-4.30pm, Wed 9.00-1.00pm Fri 9.00 – 4.15 pm

For general advice and assistance, please visit: http://birminghamadviceservices.org.uk

 

 In a homeless or other emergency situation please visit:

Sparkbrook CSC as above or

Erdington Customer Service Centre

Civic House, New Sutton Road, Erdington B23 6RE

Opening Hrs: Mon Tues Thurs 9.00-4.30pm, Wed 9.00-1.00pm Fri 9.00 – 4.15 pm

Alternatively visit our website: www.birmingham.gov.uk or for housing advice www.birminghamhousingoptions.org.uk

 

Nearest Alternative Offices and useful telephone numbers

Nearest Alternative Offices and useful telephone numbers

When Stechford Customer Service Centre is closed the nearest alternative offices are:

Sparkbrook Customer Service Centre

Sparkbrook Community and Health Centre, Grantham Road, Sparkbrook, B11 1LU.

Opening Hrs: Mon Tues Thurs 9.00-4.30pm, Wed 9.00-1.00pm Fri 9.00 – 4.15 pm

Erdington Customer Service Centre

Civic House, New Sutton Road, Erdington B23 6RE

Opening Hrs: Mon Tues Thurs 9.00-4.30pm, Wed 9.00-1.00pm Fri 9.00 – 4.15 pm

 

Northfield Customer Services Centre

Vineyard Road, Northfield, B31 1PG

Opening Hrs: Mon Tues Wed 9.00-4.30pm, Thur 9.00-1.00pm Fri 9.00 – 4.15 pm

Housing Benefit Enquiries

Housing Customer Services team

 0121 464 7000

0121 303 7410

Rent team  0121 675 2006
Repairs  0800 073 3333
Out of hours homelessness 0121 303 2296

 

 

You may be able to resolve your enquiry online at: www.birmingham.gov.uk

Launching the Birmingham and Solihull Talent Match project

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I launched the Talent Match project on Tuesday, along with Councillor Penny Holbrook and Brian Carr from BVSC.

The project is aimed at young people who have found it difficult due to their personal circumstances to get into employment. It will run for the next five years and provide unto 1,000 young people with support, mentoring and training to get them work ready and to provide work placements for them.

A-Dream Project Celebration Event

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Thank you to the organisers and contributors to the A DREAM celebration.I enjoyed meeting clients that had benefited from the project. A DREAM was a project to assist those with disability into the job market, by means of support in confidence building, motivation and improved job skills.

I was fortunate enough to have been invited to give a speech at the event, not sure if it was in my capacity  as a community advice worker or as Chair of  Birmingham City  Council’s Chair of Culture, Learning and Skills Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

I have posted a copy of my short speech at the event, I find short speeches to be best in order to keep the audiences attention, rather than bore them.

It was a pleasure to meet up with Karen Young and Megan Alexander.from BID.

The successful project was delivered by Focus, via the passion and effort of Wendy Dunn and Janet Scully.

 

Z Iqbal Speach – A Dream Project