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Trees for the Chop

by Roger Harmer on 15 November, 2017

Amey have published a new list of trees to be cut down across Acocks Green in the next few weeks. The reason for each case is given below. If you think they have got any of them wrong, please let me know as soon as possible: Outside 285 Olton Boulevard East – Dead tree Outside […]

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£6.6m cost of the Bin Strike

by Roger Harmer on 14 November, 2017

Many residents have been asking about the cost of this year’s bin strike. The answer, according to figures issued by the Council recently, is £6.6m. This is made up of: 1) £2m for agency staff. 2) £1.6m for outside contractors and temporary redeployment of internal staff. 3) £1.3m of extra landfill tax based on an […]

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Lib Dems Pledge More Money for NHS

by Roger Harmer on 7 May, 2017

Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise £146.8m extra for Birmingham The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign. The tax would raise an additional £146.8m for Birmingham, with £108m […]

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Crime Down 7.7% in Acocks Green

by Roger Harmer on 25 January, 2016

Crime has fallen 7.7% in Acocks Green, when comparing the period April 2015 to this January with the same period a year ago. This fall represents 120 fewer crimes. In terms of some of the different types of crime the figures are: Criminal Damage: Down 12% (31 fewer crimes) Robbery: Down 7.1% (3 fewer crimes) […]

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Speed Cameras to come back to life

by Roger Harmer on 11 December, 2015

As many people are aware, the old speed cameras in Birmingham haven’t been operational for a while. They were an old, pre-digital design that was expensive and time consuming to operate. Now Birmingham City Council, working in partnership with Solihull MBC, West Midlands Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, has bought a new Digital […]

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Proposed Minor Highways Works for Acocks Green

by Roger Harmer on 26 September, 2015

I have received the following proposal of projects from the Council’s District Engineer for spending of the Acocks Green ward minor highways works budget. If you have any comments please let me know: 1. Roberts road near junction of Oxford road – Double kerbing to prevent parking on grass verge. 2. Bus cage markings on […]

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One Day Road Closure – Gospel Lane

by Roger Harmer on 22 September, 2015

A section of Gospel Lane will be closed for a day towards the end of October (likely to be one day in week commencing 26th October) for lining works. The closure, which will affect the section between Olton Boulevard East and Thornfield Road, will take place during the daytime, between 9.30am and 4pm.

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Consultation is currently being held on proposals to improve the Stockfield Road from (and including) its junction with the Warwick Road to its junction with Mansfield Road. These proposals would be funded by two different schemes. The first is a Local Safety Scheme (LSS) for the Warwick Road / Stockfield Road junction. The second is […]

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Unemployment Update August 15

by Roger Harmer on 12 August, 2015

Seasonally adjusted claimant unemployment fell in Birmingham last month to 29,199 or 5.8%. This is now made up of JSA claimants and Universal Credit claimants, with UC being introduced for new claimants since May. Unfortunately ward based information currently only includes JSA figures and this will steadily become a smaller portion of claimant unemployment. As […]

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New Ward Boundaries for Birmingham in 2018

by Roger Harmer on 29 July, 2015

In 2018 Birmingham’s ward boundaries, which have been in place since 2004, will change. While this might seem unimportant, its actually pretty key to the context in which local decisions are taken. You can have your say about where the new boundaries will be, with the consultation period running until 28th September. The Boundary Review […]

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