Edgbaston HLB Drive-About



Lovely weather for the Edgbaston Housing Liaison Board drive about today – looking at issues and potential solutions on the Priory Estate. Cley Close & Spey Close, plus Richmond and Hampton Courts.


Boundary Changes – Second Consultation

The Local Government Boundary Commission of England has today published its revised draft boundaries for Birmingham.

As far as Edgbaston is concerned, there are three changes from the previous draft:

They have moved the western boundary from Harborne Park Rd back to Metchley Lane thereby not including in Edgbaston the chunk of residential Harborne which they were previously suggesting should be moved into the ward.

They have moved the eastern boundary to include the Edgbaston County Cricket Ground, Priory estate and nearby roads in Edgbaston ward (as they are now).

They propose keeping their proposed changes to the Northern boundary (i.e. moving the boundary south to the Hagley Road) but they suggest changing the name of the new ward north of the Hagley Road to North Edgbaston instead of Summerfield.

You can explore the maps and make your comments at http://www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk

The new consultation runs until June 20th 2016 and the new boundaries will not come into force until 2018.


Edgbaston – Conservative Hold



Delighted to have been re-elected yesterday to represent Edgbaston Ward for another two years (all out elections are due in 2018).

Seventeen years an Edgbaston Councillor and still counting! It was a close result (majority was 76) but a win’s a win! Thank you to everyone who voted for me and who worked for me. Fantastic team!


Polling Day!

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Thanks to everyone who has helped in the Conservative local election campaign in Edgbaston Рespecially my ward colleagues Cllr Matt Bennett and Cllr Fergus Robinson, and my agent Hon Alderman James Hutchings.  You are a wonderful team!

Thursday May 5th is Polling Day and the polls are open from 7.00am until 10.00pm.

Vote Conservative!




Help From An Old Friend!

076Great to see former Councillor and agent Mark Hill joining one of our two Edgbaston canvassing teams this evening – all the way from St Albans!

Many thanks to Mark and everyone else out on the doorstep for the Conservatives in Edgbaston tonight!



What A Waste Of Money!

048Approximately two weeks ago, the Council spent time, trouble and money painting cross hatching, a large yellow bus stop marking, and numerous white cycle signs on the pot-holed carriageway the length of Arthur Road, Edgbaston (as part of a new cycle route they are trying to publicise).

And then, this weekend, that same Council ripped up the entire road surface to relay it. Tonight the road is closed while the new brand new surface is laid.

Just the one damaged cycle drawing remains (see above). All the rest of the brand new markings have been ripped up – just a couple of weeks after they were put in.

Remember this utter waste of public money the next time you hear a Labour Councillor or candidate bleat that Birmingham City Council is short of funds.  Labour clearly cannot be trusted to spend the money which they do have wisely.


Labour Target Benmore Play Area Again


Birmingham’s shambolic Labour Council has let the cat out of the bag regarding their plans to axe local play areas. How? By writing to Councillors telling them about the removal of the play areas in their wards – during the election campaign.

This week I received a letter from a senior Council officer which states, and I quote “In the Edgbaston Ward, 1 play area has been identified for removal, this is located at Belgrave Road/Murrell Close.”

The letter invited my comments – and so I duly (and immediately) sent back a furious email. This play area serves the Benmore Estate. The estate has five tower blocks, which are NOT surrounded by grass. Indeed the largest of them is right next to the Middleway. The play area is just about the only place where the young children from these flats can safely play. And Labour wants to axe it. We all know savings have to be made, but taking away a play area from young children who live in tower blocks of flats is the cruellest cut of all. In fact I think it’s completely despicable.

Labour tried to axe the Benmore play area a couple of years ago, but we fought a campaign to save it – and won. Then came this week’s letter.

Other Councillors across the city have received similar letters, and Conservative and Lib Dem Councillors have started campaigning on the issue (not surprisingly – we are now only 10 days away from the local elections.)

And so Labour – presumably terrified they might lose votes – have obviously panicked. At lunch time today (Saturday) the same senior officer sent round an email telling us all the “consultation” has been “paused.”

What does that mean? Paused till after the local elections? I’d love to think our play area is safe, but I don’t feel very confident. The Labour Councillors running Birmingham have presided over a complete shambles (again). But let’s be clear, if they were prepared to announce this two weeks before Local Election Day, we should all be very worried about what they might do afterwards – if they are still in control come May 6th. Frankly, they don’t deserve to be.