Freedom Of The City – RAF Cosford


Delighted to be invited to the ceremony today to confer the Freedom of the City upon RAF Cosford, a decision which was resolved by the City Council on July 11th 2017.

After the ceremony in Victoria Square, RAF Cosford exercised their right and privilege to march through the streets of the City with drums beating, bands playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed. It made a wonderful spectacle as the pictures show.





Cycle Way & Cricket Ground

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Cllr Matt Bennett and I had a busy morning today first meeting with Council officers and residents regarding on-going concerns which residents have about the knock on effect of the Bristol Rd cycle way on traffic in various other parts of Edgbaston – including particularly exiting Pavenham Drive, and the banning of right and left turns into Priory Rd (going up the hill) from Bristol Rd which will have a massive effect on traffic flows in Edgbaston.

From there we went to the Edgbaston County Cricket Ground to meet with representatives from the club and their development partners Patrizia to view their plans for development on part of the club’s car park (pictured).

The exhibition of plans is on view in the reception area of the club until 7.00pm tonight (May 18th). Please go along if you are able. I know a number of residents plan to visit during the course of the afternoon. For those who can’t, there will of course be opportunities to comment when the planning application is submitted.

Lee Crescent Meeting

The District Engineer and I met with residents from Lee Crescent this evening. We’ve already managed to secure the funding for parking regulations  there and in nearby Ryland Road and these are due to be advertised shortly. Tonight’s meeting led to a few small tweaks in the design at the residents’ request.

As this picture from earlier in the year shows, something needs to be done not least so the recycling wagon can access the top of the road as this is a regular problem.

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All Change In Harborne!

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Good to meet up with Peter Fowler, (centre), Harborne’s new Conservative Councillor, at the Harborne Farmers’ Market yesterday.

At the election, John (my husband) stood down as a Harborne Councillor having done 33 years and 2 months service! He was elected in March 1983 at a by-election, and served until 2012 when he lost his seat. He was then re-elected in 2014 and served until 2018. Some record!

Great that John’s been replaced by another Conservative Councillor – Peter Fowler – who was hard at work yesterday, talking to residents and businesses in the High Street.


Calthorpe Business Alliance In Greenfield Crescent

Good to catch up with people at the Calthorpe Business Alliance meeting in Greenfield Crescent yesterday lunch time.

The event was held in the upstairs newly refurbished office buildings (looking very different from how they were when Edgbaston Conservatives were based in the road  20 odd years ago!).

As well as a lovely lunch, there were talks from Neptune and Loki. Good to hear about the new businesses coming into the Edgbaston Village area and look forward to welcoming more in the not too distant future! It’s a great place to live and work!

Conservatives Re-Elected To Serve Edgbaston!


I’m delighted that my ward colleague Cllr Matt Bennett and I were re-elected to represent Edgbaston Ward for the next four years, and with a greatly increased majority of 496 between the 1st placed Conservative and the nearest Labour candidate (who was in 3rd place).

Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to our marvellous team of supporters (one of whom, Amil Khan,  is pictured with us here) who have worked so hard to make it all possible! We are eternally grateful to you all.


Polling Day – May 3rd


Thursday May 3rd is Polling Day!

If you live in Edgbaston Ward you have two votes – please use them to re-elect your two Conservative Councillors Deirdre Alden and Matt Bennett.