Category Archives: environment

CTC and Grace Academy both flooded out


Thunderstorms have caused flash flooding across the Birmingham and West Midlands area. Grace Academy in Chelmsley Wood has been closed for the day because of a serious roof leak. The CTC in Kingshurst has closed this morning because of serious flooding. It will remain closed tomorrow. Smiths Wood School also closed for the afternoon because of flooding.
The A38 Aston Expressway was closed at lunchtime because of flooding. The Met Office says that rain will clear later this afternoon. Friday’s weather will be more settled.

Waste collection: new schedule from July


The City Council is sending out postcards to all homes indicating the days on which their rubbish will be collected each week, as from the start of July. As the map below indicates, half of Castle Vale will have a collection on Wednesdays, the other half on Fridays.

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YES to 20mph speed zone in Castle Vale, according to early responses from locals



Almost two thirds of residents are in favour of having a 20mph speed zone across the whole of Castle Vale, according to initial responses received by the Council.
61.7% of the responses received said YES to the 20mph limit; 26.6% said NO; 11.7% were returned with no comment.
Some of the comments against the proposed speed zone suggested that the 20mph limit would not be feasible around the whole estate and should be imposed only near the schools.
The proposal for the 20mph speed zone must now go through a formal process of consultation before a decision is made. The Council says this will take place in May/June though no specific dates have been identified yet.
Work on the proposed zebra crossing in Farnborough Road will begin in mid May.
82% of residents said YES to the zebra crossing; 5% said NO and 13% offered no comment.
The Council received 94 responses for the zebra crossing and for the speed zone proposals.

Grease is the word for manhole thieves


Thieves who steal manhole covers and grates from roads in Birmingham will find themselves under the ultra-violet spotlight in future.
The metal road covers in Birmingham are now being treated with a grease that leaves an indelible mark on people who handle them, visible under ultra-violet light.
Amey, the contractors who look after the City’s roads, are marking the covers with RedWeb grease, which has been approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Amey are also trialling the use of manhole covers that are made from a cheap composite material with no resale value.The grate can be sealed in with silicon sealant to prevent theft or vandalism. The composite material is considerably lighter than traditional concrete or metal materials and can be fitted by one person.

Road Safety Group open meeting


Castle Vale Road Safety Group are holding their first public meeting this Wednesday (22nd February) from 7pm at the Swimming Pool in Farnborough Road. The group are campaigning for road safety measures including a pedestrian crossing adjacent to the swimming pool, and a 20mph zone across the estate.

Gritter alert


Gritting teams are again on standby with more snow and ice forecast across Birmingham and the West Midlands in the next few days. During last weekend’s snow the roads were gritted four times in just over 24 hours. After a mild first half of the winter, Birmingham’s roads have been gritted 16 times in the last two weeks.

Snow joke


Police were called out on Sunday night during the heavy snowfall to remove a giant snowball that was blocking traffic going along Tangmere Drive. The makers of the snow ball had put a face on one side of it.