Posts Tagged ‘Albert Rd’

New fencing is up in Albert Rd Alleyways

Posted on 4th March 2011 by

I have just popped down to the albert rd alleyway to have a look at the completed clearence and new fencing for a project that I have been working on with local residents and partners such as Midland Heart & Groundwork. It was lovely as it is so sunny today and this part of the alleyway looks so much better – much lighter.

Part of the work that has been done inculdes a new gate for residents on Herbert Rd who back on to a small section of the alleyway. Here is the new gate.


We have also helped the owner of one of the properties that run along the side of the alleyway put up a new wooden fence this looked dreadful before.

We have also helped Midland Heart clean up their garden that runs along the other side of the alleyway. This area was regulary used by young people for drinking, had high level of dumped rubbish & litter, overgrown shubs. The difficulty is that many of the gardens in Handsworth are very large, this makes it hard for tennants to manage. This type of partnership working with residents provides a really good opportunity to clean up the area by working together.  We are really grateful to staff at Midland Heart who have heldped us take this project forward.

Below is two photos I took a few weeks ago and then the cleaned up photo from today.

Groundwork have come up with some designs to help improve the actaul public footpath of the alleyway after talking to residents ; this will inculde creation of 6 mosaic tiles, painting the lamp posts and and some laser cut panels that could be fitted to metal fence. Children from Wilkes Green school will be helping design and create the floor tiles.

This part of the project will hopefully help people feel it is a nice clean space where people feel safe walking through. You can view the Groundwork design by clicking here

#Local Government Challenge coming to #Handsworth tomorrow

Posted on 16th February 2011 by

Local community or neighbourhood groups up for a challenge

Birmingham City Council has been selected to host one of the five annual Local Government Challenges. Starting in January 2011, 10 short listed contestants from local government across the country will take part in the challenges, run along the lines of the hit TV show, The Apprentice.

 Working in partnership with the Chamberlain Forum, local community and neighbourhood groups were invited to set the challenge for Birmingham. It could have been developing an action plan or business plan, researching and writing a funding bid, undertaking some local consultation, or anything else that would benefit their group.

 The two chosen winning challenges were Hands on Handsworth Resident Network and Second to None based on the Hagley Road, Edgbaston. Both challenges will take place tomorrow the 17th Feb.

We are expecting our team of five contestants to arrive in Handsworth at about 11.00. They will meet local residents who have put forward the challenge.

The Challenge: Residents are challening the contestants to help them take forward plans to improve the alleyways between Albert and Herbert Rd in Handsworth. Staff from Birmingham City Council and Groundwork will be on hand to support the team.

You can follow events during the day on hands on Handsworth twitter or the LGChallenge twitter

Consultation on Green Spaces in Handsworth

Posted on 15th February 2011 by

Earlier this year Groundwork was successful in gaining funding to deliver a project within Handsworth that aims to empower local residents to improve their local area. The focus has been on four key areas;

  • Oaklands Youth Centre – outdoor space
  • New Inns – communal garden area
  • Centenary Drive
  • Albert Rd to Herbert Rd Alleyways

Over the last few months Stephen Cook from Groundwork has enaged with local residents to work up some intial designs for improvements at these sites. I am attaching the designs below which are just a first attempt and will develop following more conversations with residents.

It is wonderful to start seeing these designs and that residents are shaping  the projects. It would be great to see some of the projects now taken forward to actual improvements on the ground. A big thank you to all have been involved so far particulary Midland Heart, Groundwork, Wilkes Green Resident Association, Beverlie Weston, Lincoln Moses and Oaklands Youth Centre.

Oaklands Design

Design for Alleyway

Centenary Drive – Initial Design

New Inns – Initial Design

If you would like to comment on these designs or get involved contact Stephen Cook  from Groundwork on 0121 430 5500 or my self on 0121 303 3401.

Albert Rd Alleyways

Posted on 19th January 2011 by

Great news work has started today to clean up and put up new fencing in the Albert Rd to Herbert alleyways. This will will take about two weeks.

Notice to residents Re: Albert Rd Alleyways clean up

We have just found out that the Albert Rd project has been selected as one of five Local Government Challenges  that will take place in Birmingham during February. The challenge is a bit like the apprentice where executives split into teams across the country and get involved in local challenges. Watch this space for more information!

Albert Rd alleyways getting a much needed clean up

Posted on 17th December 2010 by

It has taken months of planning but finally  we have now got in place a clean up of the Albert Rd  to Herbert Rd Alleyway. In January work will start to clear all the rubbish on the gardens that run either side as well as the small section that runs behind 3 houses on Herbert Rd.

Then new fencing and gates will be fitted to parts of the area where they have either been removed or need replacing. Hopefully this will help local residents feel a lot safer walking along the alleyway and improve how they look?

I would welcome your thoughts about what else we can do to improve this part of Handsworth?

Dumped in Handsworth

Posted on 13th November 2010 by


I have had a few complaints recently about Austin Rd and went up to check it out and found to empty areas of land and some car park space where people have just thown in litter and dumped some really quite large items…like the arm chair above.

Birmingham City Council offers free bulk waste collections for up to six items, 3 times a year for each household on 0121 303 1112 or book online through Birmingham City Council webiste.

So you do wonder why people just leave such big items? If you see items like this help us to keep the neighbourhood clean and report on the number as above.

This week Environmental Partnership at Be Birmingham issued the most recent Environmental Survey for Handsworth. The surveys are done to provide an indication of overall street cleanliness and help track progress for areas to reach the city target for litter of 3.50%. Despite all the work locally the survey data continues to show that litter cleanliness in Handsworth is way above the city target throughout 2010-1022 between 25-28%. This is very disappointing!

On the bright side next week we have three community litter picks & planting session planned as part of the local plan to get more people involved in looking after their neighbourhood. These activties will take place on:

Wednesday 17th Nov @ Handsworth Triangle, off Hamstead Rd with Groundwork, Welford School Primary School & Street Champions Team.

Friday 19th Nov @ St John Wall Secondary School, led by Environmental Wardens, Fleet & Waste Management, Groundwork & Street Champions Team.

Saturday 20th @ Community litter pick around Albert Rd led by Sonia Hyman and the Street Champions.

Watch this space for photos!