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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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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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In recent months there has been work among partners through the East Birmingham Local Community Safety Partnership to address anti-social behaviour caused by quad bikes and other off-road vehicles. This causes significant concerns for local residents throughout the year, but especially in the summer. As part of the partnership approach towards this problem, they have decided […]

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Crime and Unemployment – July15 Update

by Roger Harmer on 25 July, 2015

Claimant unemployment fell 28 to 641 (4.9%) in Acocks Green ward last month. Long term (over a year) claimant numbers were static at 230 while the level of youth (18-24) claimants fell by 10 to 105. Across Birmingham as a whole, seasonally adjusted claimant unemployment fell by 445 to 29,404 (5.9%), while nationally it rose […]

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Crime falls in Acocks Green

by Roger Harmer on 24 June, 2015

Yesterday I attended the monthly Acocks Green police tasking meeting. As usual we were given un update on the crime figures at the start. The good news is that there has been a further slight fall in total recorded crime across Acocks Green ward so far this year. There have been 2 fewer crimes, which […]

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June Unemployment Update

by Roger Harmer on 17 June, 2015

Acocks Green’s claimant unemployment level fell by 8 to 669 (5.1%) last month. Long term unemployment in the ward stood at 230 (down 15) and youth unemployment at 115 (also down 15). Across Birmingham as a whole, seasonally adjusted claimant unemployment fell by 910 to 29,849  (5.9%). The national level for this measure is 791,793 […]

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