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.

Parts Of Edgbaston Without Water



Parts of Edgbaston are without water this morning (me included!) after a burst water main on the Hagley Road last night, outside the Plough and Harrow Hotel.

Severn Trent operatives are on site trying to deal with the leak which Severn Trent say is a burst on one of their larger 20″ pipes.

I understand a number of people (I was told thousands) in the area are experiencing low water pressure or have no water currently, and the repair is likely to take some time with Hagley Road  (into town) likely to be partly closed all day. As my pictures show, only one lane into town is currently operational between Plough and Harrow Road and Five Ways.

Edgbaston Coffee Morning At Audley Retirement Village


There was a very good turn out at the latest community coffee morning held in Edgbaston today. Started as part of the LIF project, previous coffee mornings have taken place at The Friends Meeting House in St James’ Rd.

However today’s event was hosted by Audley at their Luxury Retirement Village in Church Rd and there were a number of people there – both from Audley and the wider area.

Edgbaston Christmas Lights Switch On

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Big crowds at the Edgbaston Christmas Lights Switch On this evening around St George’s Church, complete with special appearances by pupils from the Elmhurst Ballet School and Father Christmas and his reindeer!

November 11th 2018


Very moving to be at Birmingham’s annual Remembrance Service today – exactly 100 years to the day since the end of the First World War. This year it was held by the Cathedral which worked well and there were big crowds watching the service and parade.

Afterwards, at a reception in the Council House, the Birmingham Council Choir (pictured below) performed a very moving rendition of Keep The Home Fires Burning (written in October 1914 and a very popular song during the First World War.)


Consultation Two

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Cllr Matt Bennett and I met up with many members of the Calthorpe Residents’ Society at the second consultation event of the week last night at the new Edgbaston Park Hotel in Edgbaston Park Rd.

The Calthorpe Residents’ Society had pushed for – and got – an extra consultation event about Birmingham University’s Planning application to build approx 500 new student homes and a multi storey car park in and beside Pritchatt’s  Road in Edgbaston.

Representatives from the University were on hand to answer any questions, and the event was very well attended by local people.

Personally, I have grave concerns about several aspects of the scheme, not least the impact on traffic flows in an already heavily congested area.