We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We Asked

This consultation has now closed

You Said

13 responses where received

We Did

Contact admissionsconsultation@birmingham.gov.uk with any questions.

We Asked

It is proposed that the Local Welfare Provision for ‘white goods’ and furniture is reduced. The proposal will leave the crisis element for food and utilities at its current level. The Service has managed the previous reduction by working with voluntary suppliers of ‘white goods’ and furniture to supply goods in the first instance and will continue to signpost to those organisations. White goods from voluntary suppliers are all subject to a charge and some also charge a reduced amount for furniture.

The available fund will reduce from £783k to £479k for 2019/20 and further reduce to £323k for 2020/21.   

You Said

All responses received were collated and fed back as part of the consultation process 

We Did

The Council have decided not to reduce funding for Local welfare Provision and to keep the level of Provision at £783k   

We Asked

We asked for your comments on the proposal by the Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School to change the age range of Al-Hijrah School to become a primary school.

You Said

A total of 1013 responses were received from parents, pupils, school staff and governors and local residents/community. 583 of these responses contained written comments.

A summary of the results and key themes are attached at the bottom of this webpage: Al-Hijrah Statutory Consultation Results Summary.

We Did

The School Organisation Team of Birmingham City Council looked at the comments in detail and produced the consultation results document that is attached at the bottom of this webpage. 

Personal data has been removed from the detailed responses (redacted). All redacted comments and a copy of the results summary will be shared with the decision makers for consideration. Birmingham City Council is the decision maker for this change being proposed by the Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School.

Determination (Decision):
Birmingham City Council, as the Local Authority, in exercise of the powers conferred on it, has determined that the proposal be implemented as detailed.

This proposal was approved for implementation on 31st January 2019 by: The Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture; and, the Director for Education and Skills.

The letter of determination is attached to this consultation webpage.

The decision report can be found here: Birmingham CMIS.

 

We Asked

For comments/views in regard to the draft Statement of Gambling Principles.

You Said

Responses will be collated and reviewed and will contribute towards a report for the Licensing and Public Protection Committee to consider.

We Did

The results of this consultation will form part of a report which will be heard and approved by members at a future Licensing and Public Protection Committee.

We Asked

We asked for your comments during the informal consultation on the draft proposal to change the age range of Al-Hijrah School.

You Said

We received 607 responses in total.

Please see the "Results" section of this webpage and the attached analysis of the informal consultation.

We Did

All responses to the informal consultation have been collected and analysed by the School Organisation Team of Birmingahm City Council.

The analysis has been shared with the Interim Executive Board (IEB) and relevant officers of Birmingham City Council. The detailed comments have been sent to the IEB, with any personal information removed (names, contact details etc).

These comments will be considered before making a final proposal for formal consultation.

We Asked

For your views on three proposed Sprint public transport routes.

You Said

Consultation responses are summarised in a report, available on the Transport for West Midlands website.

We Did

The feedback from the consultation will allow further refinement the design of the schemes and look at alternate solutions where appropriate.

Updates on the schemes are expected in March 2019.

We Asked

As part of Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) we consulted on the third tranche of cycle parking within the City Centre; focussed along the two new major cycling routes on the A38 and A34. It also included other locations that identified with a strong demand.

It is proposed to provide the following cycle stands within the 40 locations identified:

•           99 No ‘M’ shaped stands

•           45 No Cycle hoop stands

This would support the other measures proposed within the BCR programme including the new key cycle routes along two of the City’s major arterial roads.

The proposal would see new cycle parking around the areas of Balsall Heath, Bournbrook, Highgate, Newtown and City Centre.

You Said

62 responses were received to the formal public consultation. Overall, the proposed cycle parking was well received by various stakeholders and consultees.

A number of respondents also commented that although the scheme improved the amount of cycle parking in the city centre it could be considered only suitable for short term cycle parking. There was concern that there were some areas missing especially around New Street, New Street Station, Council House, Corporation Street and other areas further from city centre. It was also felt that opportunities to provide more covered areas would also be beneficial. Some of the general comments received:

“I'd like to see more cycle parking in the city centre. I applaud the increase of cycle parking generally across the city, but all council premises should have ample cycle parking.”

“Make sure there is good security. There is no point having places to lock bikes if they will just get nicked!”

“The Cycle Parking locations as proposed are all welcome, but not nearly enough.  At present there are very few cycle parking locations in the city centre and provision is inadequate. Far more provision is needed in the New Street/High Street area. Far more robust Cycle Parking is needed as proved by the disappearance of Parking Provision by Pigeon Park, presumably by vandalism. Cycle Parking must be vandal proof.”

We Did

The overall responses to the proposals were positive with the respondents welcoming the new provision. The proposed cycle parking scheme therefore is awaiting the appointment of a contractor to undertake the work and will be installed in early 2019.

The current proposals are limited at this time to increasing the provision of cycle parking on street which is more suitable for the short term stay. More secure (enclosed and lockable) facilities more appropriate for commuters will require a funded revenue stream to operate and maintain the facility. Currently BCR has no revenue funding to be able, even at a low level, to deliver and maintain a covered cycle parking.

We are looking forward to the further consultations on cycle parking in 2019.

We Asked

We asked for your comments on the proposal to amalgamate Bournville Infant School and Bournville Junior school to become a sinlge primary school.

You Said

Total written responses received: 8

Further details are in the results section of this consultation and in the decision report.

We Did

The School Organisation Team of Birmingham City Council looked at all of the comments in detail and produced a summary table of responses. Personal data has been removed from the responses (redacted). All redacted comments were sent to the decision makers for their consideration (a copy of redacted comments is availbale via the decision report linked to this consultation).

Determination (decision):

This proposal was approved jointly on 8th August 2018 by: the Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture; and, the Acting Corporate Director for Children and Young People.

Birmingham City Council, as the Local Authority, in exercise of the powers conferred on it, has determined to implement the proposal as detailed.

The letter of determination is attached to this consultation webpage.

The decision report is available from the Birmingham City Council website.

 

We Asked

Do you agree with the proposal to remove the minimum engine size restriction for private hire vehicles.

You Said

More than 80% of respondents were in favour of the removal of the minimum engine size requirement for private hire vehicles.

We Did

The results of this consultation will form part of a report which will be heard and approved by members at a future Licensing and Public Protection Committee before the requirement can be removed or amended.

We Asked

Whether you think the introduction of a penalty point scheme will help drive up standards of drivers and vehicles.

You Said

The results were split with half of respondents feeling that the introduction of a penalty point scheme will help drive up standards of drivers and vehicles with the other half feeling it will not make a difference.

We Did

The results of this consultation will form part of a report which will be heard and approved by members at a future Licensing and Public Protection Committee before any penalty point scheme can be adopted and introduced.

We Asked

Do you think it should be compulsory for hackney carriage vehicles to be equipped to accept card payments

You Said

The majority of responses were in favour of hackney carriage vehicles being equipped to accept card payments with more than 75% of responses feeling this should be a compulsory measure.

We Did

The results of this consultation will form part of a report which will be heard and approved by members at a future Licensing and Public Protection Committee before this can be made a mandatory requirement.

We Asked

For comments/views on the proposed new set of conditions attached to the licences issued in respect of Hackney Carriage Vehicles.

You Said

Almost 70% of respondents felt the proposed conditions went far enough to ensure the safety of the public.

We Did

The results of this consultation will form part of a report which will be heard and approved by members at a future Licensing and Public Protection Committee before any action can be taken by our officers.

We Asked

We asked for your views on the proposals for a residential scheme ar Perry Barr which will form part of the Athletes' Village for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and afterwards provide housing for local people.

You Said

A wide range of comments were received online and at an exhibition held in the local area.

We Did

This was part of the pre-application process - your comments will form part of the statement of community involvement produced to support the planning application wich will be submitted in July.

We Asked

We will do everything practicable to ensure that the service offered by Bereavement Services is satisfactory and meets our service user requirements.  Please tell us your comments/suggestions relating to the service.

You Said

The prices are too high.

The curtains at Lodge Hill Crematorium were not working

A list of hymns should be made available to Undertakers

 

We Did

The fees for 2017 have not been increased in 2018

The curtains were repaired and fully operational within a few days

Funeral Directors have the list of hymns available at each crematorium. They also have access to an online library of music that is available at the crematoria that operate the digital music system.

Results

222 responses were obtained from the consultation.  There were a lot of positive comments in relation to the service and the overall level of satisfaction was 97% from those who responded to this question.  Any actions arising from this consultation have been put into an action tracker and will be progressed separately.

We Asked

We asked for your comments on the proposal to change the age range of St Benedict's Infant School.

You Said

There were 2 responses with comments received during the statutory consultation period (representation period). A summary analysis of the comments is attached to this consultation page.

We Did

The School Organisation Team fo Birmingham City Council looked at the comments in detail and produced the summary analysis attached to this consultation page. Personal data has been removed from teh responses (redacted). All comments were shared with the decision makers with a copy of the analysis for their consideration.

 

Determination (decision):

This proposal was approved jointly by the Leader of the Council and the Assistant Director for Children and Young People on 18th April 2018.

The Local Authority, in exercise of the powers confered on it, has determined to implement the proposal as details.

Please see attached the letter of determination and a link to the decision on the Birmingham City Council website.

We Asked

In March 2018, Transport for West Midlands, in partnership with Birmingham City Council, consulted on proposals to trial bus lanes along Harborne Road towards the city centre, between Kingscote Road and Highfield Road.

You Said

We received a positive response to the consultation with nearly 600 responses and 77% of respondents supporting the proposals.

We Did

We will be going ahead with the bus lane with associated changes to parking and waiting (yellow line) restrictions.

Following public consultation, there have been some changes to parking restrictions in the scheme, to further support bus journeys, ensure timings of restrictions are consistent and to improve visibility for vehicles turning onto Harborne Road.

The final scheme plan can be viewed at www.birmingham.gov.uk/harbornebuslane.

The scheme will be introduced under Experimental Traffic Regulation Order Powers, meaning you can make comments at any time in the first six months of the trial - to 4 April 2019. More about how to submit comments.

We Asked

The Council wishes to carry out  consultation on proposals to introduce Selective Licensing for private rented properties in Soho Ward, as part of the Councils approach to improving standards in the private rented sector. If approved it will mean all private landlord property in the designated area will have to have a licence from the Council. The consultation will run from 06 November 2017and close on 28 February 2018.

You Said

69 responses received

We Did

Contact PRS@birmingham.gov.uk with any questions

We Asked

Birmingham City Council is undertaking a consultation on a proposal to reduce the available budget for Local Welfare Provision payments from April 2018.

You Said

29 responses were received

We Did

Contact lee.overton@birmingham.gov.uk with any questions.

We Asked

As part of our informal consultation (pre-statutory), we asked for your comments on the draft proposal to change the age range of St Benedict's Infant School to become a primary school.

You Said

We received 213 responses.  73 responses contained written comments.*

We Did

The School Organisation Team of Birmingham City Council looked at all of the comments in detail.   *A summary analysis of the comments is attached to this consultation webpage.

Comments have been considered in the preparation of a final proposal document for formal (statutory) consultation.

We Asked

We asked for your comments on the proposal to expand Harborne Primary School by enlargement onto an annex at Court Oak Road, Harborne.

You Said

There were 76 responses to the consultation.  67 responses contained written comments.*

We Did

The School Organisation Team of Birmingham City Council looked at all of the comments in detail and produced a summary analysis. Personal data has been removed from the responses (redacted). All comments will be sent to the decision makers with a copy of the summary analysis for their consideration.

*The summary analysis is attached to this consultation webpage. 

Determination (decision):

This proposal was approved jointly by the Cabinet Member for Children Families and Schools and the Corporate Director for Children and Young People on 26th March 2018.

The Local Authority, in exercise of the powers conferred on it, has determined to implement the proposal as detailed.

Please see attached the letter of determination and a link to the decision on Birmingham City Council website.