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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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Acocks Green Post Office Relocation Proposal

by rogerharmer on September 24, 2014

We’ve known for quite a while now that Post Office Limited have been looking to replace the  Crown Post Office branch in Acocks Green with a branch based in a partner retailer. They now have definite plans which will shortly be consulted on. The staff were informed of these plans yesterday. Under their plans, Acocks […]

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Unemployment down to 776 in Acocks Green

by rogerharmer on September 21, 2014

The monthly unadjusted claimant unemployment level in Acocks Green fell by another 24, last month, to 776. This is a rate of 5.9% and represents a fall of 303 over the last year. The number of long term unemployed in the ward now stands at 298 (70 down on the year) and youth unemployment (18-24 […]

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Tackling uncut Basal Growth

by rogerharmer on September 14, 2014

For some odd reason Amey have failed to cut the basal growth of a number of trees this year. It seems to be the odd one here and there rather than every tree in a road but there are some particularly spectacular – and dangerous examples. Take a look at this one on Leysdown Road: […]

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