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All Members Meeting 10th December

Fair Deal for

“Birmingham is facing the end of Local Government as we know it”, said Albert Bore as he exposed the sheer scale of cuts to the City Council’s funding. In what are the biggest cuts in Local Government history, high need, high unemployment Birmingham faces the loss of £600 million. And to add insult to injury, Eric Pickles is penalising Birmingham, treating our City unfairly. Every Brummie loses £166. Wokingham in the leafy Southern shires but £9.

Labour was elected to stand up for Birmingham. We knew times would be tough because of Government cuts. Now we know things are even worse. The previous Tory/Lib Dem administration not only failed to stand up for Birmingham but has also left a terrible financial legacy. Their silence is now deafening.  But we will speak up for this City. We will fight for a Fair Deal for Birmingham. And we will ensure that the blame for any cut is hung around the neck of those who are responsible, the Tories and the Lib Dems.

The All Members Meeting on 10th December will launch our campaign to mobilise our members and the people of Birmingham for a Fair Deal. The meeting will take place on Monday 10th December in the CWU Regional Office, 46-48 Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3TH, commencing at 7.00 p.m. and concluding by 9.15 p.m. Put the date in your diary now. And be there! The Party and the City need you to play your part.

Thank you.

Mahmood Ahmed on behalf of the Birmingham Party; Albert Bore on behalf of the Councillors; Jack Dromey on behalf of the MPs

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Play facilities for HG?

Local councillor Barry Bowles has been concerned for some time about the lack of play facilities in Hall Green. After discovering that the Ward, where one in four people are under 16, only had  one small playground, he felt duty bound to try and do something about it.

Currently, the only playground facilities available are in Marion Way, but these facilities are themselves in need of renovation and are vastly inadequate to meet the needs of the 7,000 children and young people that we have living in the Ward.

As Ward Chair, Cllr Bowles has been in discussions with council officers in an attempt to provide more facilities and draft proposals for both a playground and basketball court at Newey Park were presented at a recent Ward meeting.

First look at the plans show that a great deal of time and thought have been put in to produce a creative and well thought out plan for these facilities and a full consultation will be held across Hall Green over the next few months.

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Planning proposals will take the green out of Hall Green

Cllr Sam Burden and Cllr Barry Bowles are both very concerned about the coalition plans to relax planning controls and the impact that this may have on Hall Green.

The Government intends to consult on a three year relaxation of planning rules on extensions for both residential and business premises. This proposals would mean that extensions of 6 metres could be built without any planning permission required. For the leafy suburb of Hall Green, this could have disastrous effects and potentially destroy the local area and cause misery to residents.

Although the Lib Dems have in the past appeared to value the local environment, Nick Clegg seems to be in full support of the Tory proposals.

Our councillors will be writing to the Local Communities Minister, Eric Pickles to set out their concerns on behalf of Hall Green residents….watch this space

 

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