Archive for October, 2008

SITE OF THE HALLOWEEN GATHERING REVEALED !!!

Posted on October 30, 2008. Filed under: Housing News |

JUSTICE NOT CRISIS together with a number of groups are holding a Halloween gathering to protest at the council refusal to build new homes for social rent or allow housing associations to do so.

The site of the protest is on land between Varden Croft and Pershore Road and is between Edgbaston and Balsall Heath, close to Birmingham city centre. (Pershore Road between Balsall Heath Road and Speedwell Road)

For general area of Birmingham click here

For exact location click here

BUSES

45 & 47 from Birmingham along the Pershore Road goes past the site. (Bus stop immediately outside! out of town side of Pershore Road)

61, 62, & 63 along the Bristol Road. Traveling INTO the city get off by the McDonald’s at the Lee Bank Middleway.  turn right on to the Middleway then first right on to Pershore Road and the site is 250m on the left. Traveling OUT of the city get off  at the first stop after the Lee Bank Middleway by the Opal One student block of flats. Walk back to the Middleway turn right and then first right on to Pershore Road and the site is 250m on the left.

8A inner circle. Get off the first stop after the McDonald’s at the Bristol Road junction. Cross the road at the pelican crossing by the bus stop to the police station. The start of the Pershore Road is 50m to the left. Turn right into Pershore Road and the site is 250m on the left.

8C inner circle. Get off by Belgrave Road police station. Walk back a few yards to Pershore Road and turn right and the site is 250m on the left.

For those coming by car the post code for satnav is  B5 7LR

The nearest train station is Birmingham New Street. The 45 and 47 buses pass the front entrance to the station.

for more information call 07547 744 643

Councillor Lines is co-ordially invited to join us where we will be happy to discuss the crisis with socially rented properties in Birmingham.

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COUNCILLOR LINES IN HIDING

Posted on October 12, 2008. Filed under: Housing News |

In an email to JUSTICE NOT CRISIS on the 1st September John Lines wrote “come from under your stone and we’ll have a proper debate”.
 
So we emailed councillor Lines and offered to arrange a public meeting to discuss housing issues in Birmingham. The Stirrer carried the story on September 29th. We’re still waiting for a reply. Why are you so frightened to meet us John?
 
We have also emailed councillor Lines and asked him to explain some of the comments and information he gave when writing his letter to the Birmingham Mail. We are still waiting for a reply to that email as well.
 
Councillor Lines seems very quick to make comments and give facts and figures but very reluctant to answer questions when he’s questioned. Why is that John?
 
JUSTICE NOT CRISIS can only assume you have something to hide.

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WAITING LIST FIASCO

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Housing News |

JUSTICE NOT CRISIS supports councillor Leddy’s comments on The Stirrer (3rd October). We are also concerned that the council can’t even operate a waiting list.
 
The old points system was unfair so the council got rid of it. Great.
 
They replaced it with a 5 tier system with each applicant being assessed and then place in the appropriate category.
 
Now the council have scrapped this new system to go back to a point system that it said was unfair!!!
 
Are they not capable of running even a waiting list. Well obviously not.
 
One housing association has also scrapped the points system. They now operate a 3 tier banding system, Applicants can only move up the waiting list and this gives hope that eventually one will receive an offer unlike the former council system that saw applicants move up and DOWN the list depending on who had applied and how many points they were awarded. This meant that it was possible to be on the waiting list for years and never get an offer.
 
What makes the banding system fairer is that anyone can see where they are on the list and know that they can only move up.
 
The waiting list problem would be reduced if the council worked with the housing associations to build more socially rented homes in the city. Remember that £100m that could build 2,000 new homes for rent.

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