Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pitt's Wood Open Day

Today, Cllr Deirdre Alden and I went along to the Pitt's Wood open day. Pitt's Wood is a piece of woodland behind Overdale Road and there are some committed volunteers who make it a great resource for local children and adults alike.

One of the volunteers was showing the kids how to make bird and bat boxes. I helped with some weeding and litter picking.

All very worthwhile, and I got to take home a bat box too! It turns out that you're supposed to face them South - the opposite direction to bird boxes. Now I all I need to do is work out where in my garden to put it...

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Welsh House Farm Off-Licence Application

Quinton's Parliamentary Spokesman Cllr Deirdre Alden, Quinton Councillor Len Clark and I met with Welsh House Farm residents yesterday to discuss an alcohol licence application from Wisley Way News. The shop has applied to sell alcohol from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week.

The residents we spoke to were very concerned that this would lead to a rise in antisocial behaviour, just when we're starting to see improvements in Welsh House Farm. We've recently improved much of the Council housing in the area. We've coated local cable TV boxes with anti-graffiti paint. And of course, Conservative activists from all over the country renovated a local community centre in the 'We Love WHF' project.

There's a petition going round to object to the proposals and I've asked the Police to consider their views on the application too.