Monthly Archives: September 2014

Summer Reading Scheme – awards at Hall Green Library

This morning I presented awards to 30 children at Hall Green library following their completion of the summer reading scheme. The scheme requires local children to read and write reviews for 6 books during the summer holidays. Cllr Kerry Jenkins and Cllr Barry Bowles have attended similar ceremonies during this week.

280 children in the local area took part in the scheme following Community Chest funding that we agreed earlier this year and this year’s theme was the Mythical Maze.

Today’s awards ceremony was a good occasion in which children and parents took real pride.

May I offer congratulations to children, parents and especially thank library staff for their efforts in making this happen.

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Birmingham Cycling Revolution – Hall Green to Birmingham by bike via the canals!

I am half marathon training and took the opportunity to run the cycle route by the canal from Hall Green starting at Green Road ford and going via Ackers along the Great Union Canal and eventually to Brindley Place, a distance of some 6.5 or so miles.
Here are a few thoughts on the journey!
– the new cycle  routes look great with the sand coloured top, from Blackberry way towards Ackers
– the journey is fascinating but more suited to Sunday afternoon than daily commute as its not that direct
– canal paths are quite narrow in parts and geared towards a more leisurely journey due to the danger of meeting oncoming traffic!
– there are a few obstacles for cyclists and the path is quite winding in places, there is a mini slope at Ackers and then a steep set of steps. There  are also lots of bridges which are very attractive but not that easy to navigate on a bike and hard to run over!
– it was also a bit lonely – i saw only four or five other people on the Canal between Ackers and Birmingham (two of whom nearly had a heart attack as they didn’t see me coming!) a distance of circa two miles ish. I suggest if you try this route you travel with a companion.
All in all this is a great way to see some new parts to Birmingham and certainly down to Ackers the cycle route has really improved.  Past here however there is lots of work to do if this is to become  a regular cycling route.
How we do need a direct, cyclist friendly, road based route to the city centre as well.
The path under construction from Green Road.
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Sam Burden opposes 183 Cole Valley Road planning application for car sales business

Planning Committee on 18 September 2014 and if you missed it you can catch up on the council webcast library. http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/147122

The planning application for 183 Cole Valley Road for an online car sales business, which was being recommended for acceptance by the planning officer has been deferred. This decision followed representations made by Cllr Sam Burden on behalf of local residents and representations made by Kerry Jenkins based on knowledge of the local area and concerns that the District Engineer had not reported back following resident consultation.

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