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.

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Labour Target Benmore Play Area Again

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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.

Boundary Commission Announce New Consultation

Leaflet 005The Boundary Commission have today announced  that they are making some significant changes to the ward boundaries previously consulted on.

The new changes will be published on May 10th, to be followed by a new six week consultation which will run until June 20th.

The Boundary Commission say they have considered every submission and weighed them against the rules they follow when they draw up new boundaries. They further state that in several parts of the city they propose to change their recommendations in response to local evidence about community ties.

This announcement is hopefully good news for those residents in North and East Edgbaston who would have been moved out of the ward under the last proposals, although I emphasise that the Boundary Commission have not yet announced what changes they are making and/or to which parts of the city. But it does give hope that those areas of Edgbaston may be included in the ones which are being re-thought.

I hope the Boundary Commission will also have decided against the ridiculous idea of lumping a part of residential Harborne into Edgbaston – which is one of the reasons why so many current Edgbaston residents were then having to be moved out.

Following the new consultation, the final boundaries will now be announced in September 2016 and will still come into effect at the Local Elections in 2018.

 

Campaigning In Edgbaston

Great campaigning session in Edgbaston tonight with Les Jones – the Conservative candidate for West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner. CgWYSxWW8AA1YuS

Celebrating For The Queen

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It was great to be invited along to Holmpark on the Hagley Road this afternoon for an event which is part of Anchor Homes’ celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

An Anchor resident is cycling the length and breadth of the country collecting signatures for a special birthday card for Her Majesty and this afternoon he arrived in Edgbaston.

It’s an amazing journey by him, and Holmpark residents and staff certainly gave him a very warm welcome on his arrival! Many thanks to Anchor for inviting me along to join in the fun!

 

Christmas Rubbish Collection Arrangements

There will be NO rubbish collections on Friday December 25th or Monday Dec 28th.

Edgbaston Ward is now covered by a Monday collection, so this affects our ward. Please note that there will no collection on Dec 28th, and therefore Edgbaston residents will miss both the rubbish and recycling collection (as recycling would normally have been due that day).

The next rubbish collection will be on Monday January 4th – and weekly thereafter. The next recycling collection will be on Monday January 11th – and fortnightly thereafter.

Please don’t put out recycling on Jan 4th. It will NOT be collected.

Many thanks!