Monthly Archives: February 2009

JKS a mile ahead, but Moore misery for Vale


A shock 5-2 home defeat this afternoon at Farnborough Road has knocked Vale FC down to fifth place in the premier division of the Midland Combination. A second half hat-trick for Moore gave the visitors the points. Carter and Simeon Smith netted for Vale.
Better fortune awaited Vale JKS, whose 1-0 victory at Mile Oak ensures that they stay top of division one, two points ahead of the nearest chasers and with games in hand.

Sutton Coldfield Cottage hospital to reopen


Sutton Cottage hospital, which was closed as a rehabilitation centre in December, will reopen on 1st March.
It will provide treatment in physiotherapy, orthopaedic and pain management services, and wound care, diabetes and continence clinics. There will also be a range of children’s services, including helping children with special needs, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) services, special assessment for autistic children and adoption and fostering medicals. These services would be accessed either via GPs, school nurses, health visitors or hospital paediatric team.
The rehabilitation facilities have moved to Perry Tree Care Centre in Perry Common.

Skylark premises ‘becoming dangerous’


debris, including broken glass and burnt wood with protruding rusty nails, on the pavement in front of the Skylark pub

debris, including broken glass and burnt wood with protruding rusty nails, on the pavement in front of the Skylark pub

The Skylark, derelict since it was sold to a mystery buyer last July, is becoming a safety hazard, according to Community Wardens. The premises are not secure, and a small fire was started in the building last week. The gates to the back of the premises are unlocked and open; the back yard is littered with debris, discarded furniture and broken glass. A swostika and NF slogan have been chalked on the front walls adjacent to the car park which is also littered with broken glass. The shed, once the storehouse for barrels of beer, is open. Burnt and broken lengths of wood, with rusty nails protruding, litter the pavement nearest to Farnborough Road. The downstairs windows and doors are boarded up, but the upstairs is not secure.
Wardens have been called to deal with youngsters who have been playing on the roof of the building on a number of occasions in recent days.
fire damage near the Skylark roof

fire damage near the Skylark roof

The Skylark, Vale’s last remaining pub until its closure early in 2008, was put up for sale at £350,000. Since the sale, there has been very little evidence of development, despite assurances from the Agents, Fleurets, that the premises were likely to continue to be used as a public house, and that the unidentified new owner is ‘not short of money’.

Earth hour


World Wildlife Fund's poster for Earth Hour

World Wildlife Fund's poster for Earth Hour

On Saturday 28 March 2009 at 8.30pm, people, businesses and major buildings around the world will switch off their lights for an hour – WWF’s Earth Hour. The aim is to do something globally to conserve energy and highlight the issue of global warming.
Alicia Grande Cristobel of Castle Vale’s Environmental Trust will be promoting the event with local schools.

more details of the global event can be found at: wwf.org.uk/earthhour

Drainpipes, flares and Elvis this Friday


Elvis tribute band Shelvis are appearing at the Residents Club this Friday for a night of music nostalgia (8-11.30pm).
Tickets are available from the Club or at the door, at £2.
There is a prize for the best dressed person in 60s or 70s style.

Brum: not enough roads, and too little money spent on transport services


Birmingham’s roads and transport services are amongst the worst in the country, according to a report published today.
The second city comes 11th out of 12 major UK cities featured in a research project called Transport Friendly Towns’, started in 2003 and updated annually by property consultants GVA Grimley.
The report says that Birmingham “has a transport imbalance due to the low level of road network per head of population as well as local authority transport spend toward the lower end of the range of the 12 cities. Transport improvements have been delivered but tended to be more regionally focused rather than on the city itself with the city based improvements taking longer to achieve.”
Top of the table comes Cardiff, which has had significant rail improvements in recent years; second comes Sheffield, a city with a well developed tram system, and third is Glasgow, which has had a number of road and public transport improvements over the past five years.
The 12 cities, which do not include London, were chosen because they had originally planned significant transport developments, many of which have failed to materialise, says the report.
Dr Jim Whelan, the report’s author, warns that councils may cut transport spending during the recession, but advises that they should see it as an opportunity for cities to improve their transport systems. He says: “The recession….. will reduce the pressure on the transport systems allowing cities to tackle transport deficiencies for when the markets return. The delivery – or non-delivery – of the proposed schemes is likely to affect the competitiveness of these towns for the future.”

Light damage estimated at £1,000


The damaged security light in the Farnborough Road car park has been made safe by City Council engineers. The shaft has been cut off a metre from the base, and the exposed section has been taped over.
A spokesperson for the Council has said that there is no immediate prospect of replacing the lamppost or restoring it to working order. Damage is estimated at around £1,000. The light was hauled down last week by vandals within days of being set up as a crime deterrent.
One source has said that the level of petty crime in the car park area is very high in the evenings, especially amongst young people. Even as the council engineers were originally erecting the light, the teenagers were behaving anti-socially around the area, oblivious to the presence of adults, he said.
One lady out walking her dog, on seeing the damage, remarked that the problem was the lack of things for young people to do in the area.