Forward City Consultation At The MAC

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The Council has devised an interactive display called “Forward City” for residents to see where the Council’s money comes from, the areas it is spent and how spending decisions are made.

The first stop at the display’s tour around the city was at the MAC in Cannon Hill Park today where I met up with Cllr Robert Alden (Opposition Leader on the Council).


Campaigning In Dudley


Birmingham’s Conservative Shadow Cabinet out campaigning with our friends in Dudley today for their local elections in May. (This year there are no local elections in Birmingham). Good support on the doorstep for our hard working Tory candidates.

Birmingham Council Budget Day

Yesterday was Birmingham Council’s budget day. Rather predictably (sadly)….




Blue Plaque Unveiling

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Today I was delighted to be invited to the unveiling of a blue plaque at the Edgbaston Community Centre.

The plaque commemorates Ida B Wells, an American human rights activist who stayed at a house (66 Gough Rd) where the Community Centre now stands, during her lecture tour of the British Isles in 1893.

Birmingham’s Lord Mayor Cllr Yvonne Mosquito did the honours and pupils from the Woodview Oasis Academy presented poems and music in honour of Ida B. Wells.

Winter In Touch


Edgbaston Conservatives delivering our Winter In Touch newsletter this morning. Staying in touch all year round – not just at election time.

Labour’s Broken Promise – Rubbish Collections Going Fortnightly


Despite Labour saying before the 2018 elections that “no ifs or buts”, they were not moving to fortnightly rubbish collections – now we have a strike situation, that is exactly what is going to happen.

The Council has announced plans for the duration of the strike – which include fortnightly collections carried out on each householder’s RECYCLING day.  The Council also states that while they hope to take the household waste and recycling separately, on occasions they may be mixed. We all know this has been happening already as many residents have seen it. No wonder our recycling figures are going down.

As yet, the Council have not announced a start date for the fortnightly collections, so for the moment the advice is to leave out as normal and check the Council website for further updates,


Recycling Left


Birmingham’s bin staff are currently on a work to rule.

This week a large part of Edgbaston has not had its recycling collected. The Council is aware of this, but staff are unable to say when it will be collected. The Council advice is to leave it out until collected, or alternatively recycling (and rubbish) can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre at Lifford Lane.

More news on the strike situation when I have it.