Acocks Green Claimant Unemployment falls 23 to 695

by rogerharmer on December 20, 2014

Acocks Green’s Claimant Unemployment fell by 23 to 695 in November. This is a fall of 263 over the past year, reducing the claimant rate from 7.3% to 5.3% in that time. The level of long term unemployed fell by 25 to 265 and the number of youth claimants also fell by 25 to 155. […]

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Acocks Green Station’s New Lifts Open Today

by rogerharmer on December 19, 2014

Its been a long time coming, but at last we have the news that the new passenger lifts at Acocks Green Station are opening this afternoon. Its great news for the disabled and those with buggies and pushchairs who will now have level access from the car park and the booking hall to the station […]

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Christmas Refuse and Recycling Collections

by rogerharmer on December 16, 2014

Despite the  change to wheelie bins, the Christmas collection arrangements are basically the same as before. So there will be no collections on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, with the refuse collections due then taking place on New Year’s Day and Friday 2nd January respectively. If  you were due to have your recycling collection on […]

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Acocks Green’s Claimant Unemployment level falls to 718

by rogerharmer on November 14, 2014

Acocks Green’s Claimant Unemployment fell by 32 to 718 in October. This is a fall of 282 over the past year, reducing the claimant rate from 7.7% to 5.5% in that time. The level of long term unemployed resumed its downward trend, falling by 10 to 290 and the number of youth claimants also fell […]

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The Fox Hollies Neighbourhood Forum held a public meeting last night. The major agenda items were: 1)     A presentation by Citysave, Birmingham’s largest Credit Union: Citysave was set up in 1987 and has 10,000 members, who own it. It lends between £500 and £10,000 (average loan size £870) at a typical rate of 3% per […]

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Tackling Surface Water Flooding

by rogerharmer on November 9, 2014

The usual autumnal storms have brought what seeks like a larger than normal spate of localised surface water flooding. This may be due to blocked road gullies, with the normal leaf fall augmented by uncleared green waste this year. It may be something more fundamental with the storm water drainage unable to cope with the […]

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Two Trees Planned for Removal

by rogerharmer on October 16, 2014

Just a couple of trees planned for removal in the latest notification from Amey, both in the Hall Green end of the ward: 1) Opposite 522/524 Fox Hollies Road – reason given as ‘Structural Integrity’. 2) Outside 54 Edenbridge Road – reason given as ‘New Planting Failure’. If anyone is unhappy with these plans, please […]

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Acocks Green’s Claimant Unemployment level fell to 750 in September. The figure was down 26 on August and down by 282 on a year ago. The level of long term unemployed in the ward bucked the trend; rising by 2 to 300, though it is still well down on the year. Meanwhile, the level of […]

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Acocks Green Post Office Campaign gathers pace

by rogerharmer on October 11, 2014

It is clear that there are strong concerns, from across the community, about the proposals to relocate Acocks Green’s Post Office branch. I share these concerns and am supporting the developing campaign to stop the proposed move. Initially this has involved setting out the case in a joint letter of objection written by Acocks Green […]

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Tackling Hedges Overgrowing The Pavement

by rogerharmer on September 30, 2014

Hedges which grow to the point where they take up most of the width of the pavement (or less in the case of narrow sections of pavement) are annoying to pedestrians and potentially dangerous. Most obviously they cause a hazard for those with poor sight, but those with buggies or in wheelchairs can be forced […]

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