October 1st, 2016

Councillor issues rallying call to Longbridge residents to attend meeting to discuss traffic and housing issues

Councillor issues rallying call to Longbridge residents to attend meeting to discuss traffic and housing issues Councillor issues rallying call to Longbridge residents to attend meeting to discuss traffic and housing issues
Updated: 6:22 pm, Feb 24, 2016

A RALLYING call has been made to Longbridge residents to attend a meeting to discuss issues affecting the area, including traffic problems and the controversial housing development for the golf course.

Coun Andy Cartwright wants as many people as possible at the next neighbourhood get-together at Meadows School, Bodenham Road, at 6.30pm on Thursday (March 3).

As well as councillors from Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley and Northfield MP Richard Burden, there will also be Highways officers, enforcement officers and a representative from Bloor Homes.

The developer has recently unveiled plans to build 1,000 homes, a church and a school on the North Worcestershire Golf Course site, a proposal not included in Birmingham City Council’s Housing Development Plan.

People have voiced concerns about the increased number of houses, rise in traffic and the added number of wheelie bins which it is believed the council’s refuse centre would not be able to cope with.

He added he had been a councillor for five years and the development mooted for the golf course was the biggest issue he had dealt with in that time.

“People are always asking about it, they stop me in the street to talk to me about it.

“When plans are put forward to Birmingham City Council, that is the time for people to put their views across but on Thursday they will have a chance to quiz a representative from the company behind it.

“Residents will also be able to put questions to their MP who has represented them in Parliament for more than 26 years.”

We reported in October about how traffic chaos in and around the new town centre and Factory youth centre was wreaking havoc and bringing Longbridge to a standstill on a daily basis.

There have also been issues with parking on grass verges and the enforcement officer will be able to answer questions on those issues and clarify the law – from what is illegal and what is not to what people can do about it.

Coun Cartwright said: “There are a lot of issues in Longbridge which need addressing and that is only going to happen if people put have their say on them at meetings like this.”

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