Birmingham, B29

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

urban street crime in middle-class B29 shock

posted by birmingham b29
There's a burnt-out car in Selly Wick Road!

From b29

Apparently the fire service were busy putting it out on Sunday evening around 6:30 PM.

Must remember to add it to Fix My Street, but in the meantime we're enjoying the NIMBYness of some of the B29 FMS entries: this person from the ever-lovely Weoley Castle posting in the "Flytipping" category clearly thinks that the race of the "youths" is relevant, though she hasn't quite grasped the precise definition of teenager ...

*UPDATE* - the car was reported to Fix My Street, and has now gone. Although we also got an email from BBC asking for the following info before they took it away:

Telephone Number
Make & Model of Vehicle
Registration Number
Colour of Vehicle
Is the vehicle taxed?
Exact location of vehicle

That seems like a lot of personal info you're required to give them before they act ... information gathering overkill?

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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Brum taxis: lottery?

posted by pindec
You may have seen the headlines on 11th Jan about the odd criteria being applied to people applying for taxi licenses in the Midlands.

The situation in Birmingham is still unclear: the Council's newsroom website reported the story as part of its Media Watch, but there is no release about it, and we've been asking for a link to their policy on twitter, which they seem to have been ignoring. (Not even a reply saying why they don't want to give it to us). Does this mean the BBC newsroom is overworked, inept, doesn't care or is trying to avoid the issue?

The Council's own site (the newsroom is a separate bit, presumably because the expensive new content management system on the main site doesn't allow them all the functionality they need) just has links to application forms - there's no mention of what criteria will actually be applied. I'd find that a bit weird if I were applying for something ... However, there is a list of prosecutions, which mainly features driving without insurance.

So we'll do some more digging ... I can't believe the Council doesn't understand that people are concerned about this, and that it *might* be a good idea to try and be a bit more transparent? Interestingly, although the Post reported the story, they didn't get a quote off BCC. Is that cos they didn't try, or is the BCC newsroom ignoring them too?

The newsroom got back to us after a few days (still no info from the BBC actual). They stated that: "Birmingham City Council Licensing does undertake Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks for all new hackney carriage and private hire driver’s licence applicants. In addition further checks are carried out every three years for the duration of a licence".

Other points were:
  • An applicant with a conviction for any sexual offence should normally be refused.
  • An applicant with a conviction for a drug related offence should normally be refused. 
  • Applicants with driving offences can only have their license reinstated after a period of time equal to the amount of their ban after getting their driving licence back (e.g .if they were banned for 6 months, they can get their taxi licence back 6 months after getting their driving licence back). If the ban was due to drink or drugs, there's a min of 2 years.
Which is reassuring :)

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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Igloo, Selly Park

posted by pindec

Brrrr proof

posted by pindec

Naturally you've noticed it's cold, but the Birmingham Selly Oak Weather station has the proof: -9.3°C on Thursday 7th Jan.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

snow snow snow snow

posted by pindec
This morning, snow at about 7/10 on the #uksnow scale morphed B29 into Narnia ...

b29 narnia-style b29 snow bench selly wick road below zero

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Monday, 4 January 2010

B29 Through The Viewfinder

posted by pindec
As I was idly perusing the Birmingham B29 flickr pool today, I came across this rather lovely construction:
Three Trees Polytypch

It's a Through The Viewfinder (TTV) picture by Pete Ashton of the actual park in Selly Park. TTV pics are often taken by aiming a newfangled digital camera at the viewfinder of a ye olde one, creating some interesting effects. Pete's also in the process of setting up a shop if this has got you slavering to purchase one, and he's got a whole load of other pleasingly wonky pics on his site too.

I also find new_folder often has some fresh takes on B29 ... anyone got any more suggestions of unusual pics of the area?

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