From Preet Kaur Gill MP <[email protected]>
Subject Here's your weekly update John
Date May 21, 2021 1:26 PM
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Dear John,

This week I’ve been collating the responses that more than 350
constituents submitted to the survey I shared on speeding in Quinton and
Bartley Green. 290 people responded to say that there was a daily issue
with speeding on their roads, with many others additionally being impacted
by car racing and cruising.

West Midlands Police is working hard to put in place a street racing
injunction in both the Black Country and Birmingham that will see anyone
caught handed down hefty fines and the potential of prison sentences.
Following many reports of street racing, the Police and Council have also
carried out raids in Bartley Green which following an arrest, warning
letters have been issued.

With this in my mind, I am looking to set up a local speed watch group,
with the first taking place next week. The speed watch group will be able
to take immediate enforcement action against those who drive over the speed
limit and will act as a deterrent to those who are determined to flout the
law and endanger lives by dangerous driving. I will be contacting residents
who have indicated that they are interested in getting involved early next

Following Cllr Kate Booth’s success in getting speed cushions installed
on Simmons Drive, I am also in conversations with Birmingham City Council
about the installation of averaging cameras to ensure that we start to see
a reduction in speeds at which people drive in our communities.



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Banks are a staple of our high streets that play an important role in
changing a neighbourhood to a community. After hearing from Santander, I am
disappointed that they will be closing their branch in Harborne. The
closest branch listed would mean residents would have to travel into the
city centre, which for those who are not so ambulatory, will be extremely

To me, this is a concerning trend that we are seeing. Since 2010, we’ve
seen 7,400 bank branches close and access to banking services has become
much more limited. While many may be able to use internet banking, their
also remains many who can’t or do not wish to use online services and
require in-person access to more than just cash.

I have written to the head of branch interactions at Santander and have
asked that they reverse this decision. In the meantime, I have also issued
a survey to understand how many residents this closure will affect and what
access to bank services residents require.

Over the last decade, our high streets have suffered, seeing more and more
empty units appearing. Following the pandemic, I do not want to see this
trend continuing. Harborne High Street is a source of pride to the
community, and I want to see businesses flourish. This includes the vital
services that banks provide for the betterment of local residents.


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