Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer News - Edition Two

Carnival update and details of some summer activities...

  1. Birmingham Carnival – new noise controls
    The Carnival is being held in Perry Park on August 2nd. The procession is due to arrive at Church Road between 3.30 and 4.30pm

    A number of residents supported us in making a submission to the Licensing Committee about the Carnival so we could get new and tougher noise controls.

    The committee has now met and agreed tight restrictions on noise levels.

    It’s not to exceed 65 decibels in any nearby properties (including the flats) and there will be professional monitoring on the site. Last time sound levels reached 84db in the Perry Villa estate.

    In addition the carnival organisers have agreed to set up a hotline for residents if noise gets intolerable – and to do something about it. We did not get all the restrictions we asked for. However we have explained to the organisers that last time, very loud sound systems were placed facing down the hill in Perry Park – and this sound reflected off the big lake, leading to many complaints on the Beeches Estate.

    If you think the noise is getting too loud this time, please call the Carnival hotline 303 3008. By all means let us know also!

    We are also looking for a couple of residents to volunteer to host noise monitoring equipment on the day so the problem can be properly monitored. These are small devices which will be installed by the council’s environmental protection unit. Please call Cllr Karen Hamilton 507 1047 if you can assist.

    If you are in the usual “exclusion zone”, you should have received a residents’ access pass. Stewards should be directing carnival visitors to the official car parks around the park site and we’ve been promised the Walsall Road closure – which can cause big problems – will be better timed this year.
    The official carnival residents’ hotline is 303 3008.

    If you have additional problems, Karen Hamilton is on stand-by to assist in the run-up to the event on 507 1047. During the day you can call the following mobile number 07505 351416.

    Perry Park
    As many residents will have noticed, the contractors were ordered to “try again” after they made a hash of the area between Perry Park Crescent and the GMAC. It’s improved but we still don’t think it’s good enough.

    We also ordered, through community chest, a pair of goal posts to create a kick-about area that side of the park for local residents.

    Some summer holiday activities:
    - Open air play activities for 5-13 year olds, Mon-Fri, all day, Turnberry Park ( access from Trehurst Avenue) until August 7th. Contact 0121 675 8528.
    -Football club, Turnberry Park, daily from 10.30am, Mon to Fri, until August 28th , food provided(free) contact 07773 321568;
    -Holiday club, Beeches Chapel, mornings, July 27 to 31;
    -Thornbridge Allotments Summer Show, Saturday August 8th;
    -There are also activites at the Alexander Stadium, the GMAC(gymnastics and martial arts) and the Beeches Fitness Centre. These involve small daily charges.

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