A new gate has been installed on a drive leading to a garage area in Wyndham Road, Edgbaston. The area has been continually used for anti social behaviour,
Following complaints raised at a recent PACT meeting, the local Police Sergeant obtained money from the Proceeds Of Crime Fund in order to gate off the drive.
This afternoon Cllr James Hutchings and I joined the police and local residents at the scene, to see the new gate. Hopefully it will make a real difference to the security of the area.
Congratulations to former Councillor Jane James who was chosen tonight as the Conservative candidate for Harborne Ward at the 2015 local elections. An experienced candidate and a very hard worker. Well done!
Harborne’s Conservative Team
After being inundated by complaints and bad publicity about the filthy state of the city, Labour have finally done a U-turn and axed their cuts to the Street Cleansing budget.
They apparently never realised that charging for green waste and large bulky items would lead to some people dumping these things on the streets (what planet were they on?) – even though the opposition Councillors told them endlessly that flying tipping would be bound to rise once charges were introduced.
They also argued that once people had wheelie bins – the streets would be cleaner because there would be no black bags to rip open. That was hopelessly naive too! Because as these pictures from two different parts of Harborne (which has had wheelie bins for over a year now) show only too clearly – just because people have wheelie bins doesn’t mean some people don’t still dump black bags on the streets (even though we all know it’s not allowed).
It’s about time Labour buckled down and started working out ways to deal with the city as it is, not in the dream world they’d like it to be – where everyone composts and takes their unwanted goods to recycling projects. Of course we all know that is ideal. Of course we know that some people already do it, and that more people can be persuaded to. But Labour need to realise that some people will not – ever – and they must have the resources in place to deal this situation, otherwise the rest of us – the law abiding majority – suffer because the place looks a tip. (Those who dumped it in the first place presumably don’t care if it does.)
So as well as keeping street cleaning at acceptable levels, the Labour Council needs to do more bag searches to catch fly tippers. But they also need to accept that there isn’t going to be any evidence of who left out a dumped bag of green waste, and therefore fining someone is more or less impossible (unless you actually catch them in the act which isn’t very likely) so they also need to scrap their hated garden tax if they want to make our city clean again.
It was great to meet up with young people from The Challenge UK this morning who joined local residents on the Waterworks Estate for a massive clear up.
Weeds, dead shrubs, litter, rubbish – all was cleaned up and put into a huge pile ready for collection by Edgbaston’s Hit Squad on Monday.
Cllr James Hutchings, Matt Bennett, Amil Khan and I joined the working party all morning – helping to make the Waterworks Estate look clean and tidy once again.
Labour won the Police and Crime Commissioner by election in the West Midland – hardly surprising when you look at the make up of the Councils in the region. However in Edgbaston Ward, the Conservatives won convincingly which was very heartening.
Comiserations to Les Jones who ran a really good campaign. For my own part, after voting first thing I spent the rest of the day and Friday in Yorkshire. It seemed really strange not to be around on Polling Day!
Today it’s the Police & Crime Commissioner by-election in the West Midlands.
Vote for Les Jones, the Conservative Candidate. Polls are open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.
Great to see the Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner Candidate, Les Jones, and Edgbaston’s Parliamentary Candidate, Dr Luke Evans, with a team out campaigning in Edgbaston Ward last Friday as part of our campaign to keep Edgbaston’s Police Station open. Our police station, at Belgrave Middleway, was ear-marked for closure, probably in 2015, by the former Labour Police & Crime Commissioner – a decision we want to overturn.