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A by-election for Hall Green

With Sam Burden standing down from the Council we will now be having a by-election in Hall Green on the 4th May, the same day as the mayoral election for the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Sam, Labour’s first councillor to be elected for Hall Green back in May 2011, said “It has been a privilege to represent the people of Hall Green on Birmingham City Council over nearly 6 years. However because of personal circumstances I am no longer able to continue and need to stand down. I have thoroughly  enjoyed working with Barry Bowles and Kerry Jenkins and would endorse their hard work during my time in office.

I am really pleased that the branch today have selected Liz Clements as Labour’s candidate in the by-election. Liz will be a great addition to the Hall Green team with her vast experience of political office and community campaigning. I am confident that she will be someone who is committed to the area and the people of Hall Green and I am pleased to pass on the baton to her.

 

 

Why vote for Barry Bowles?

Barry has been a great champion for Hall Green over the past four years and hopes that voters will support him on the 5th May to allow him the opportunity of completing another two year term.

Barry, although originally from London, has lived in Hall Green for over 30 years and raised his family here. He is passionate about ensuring that Hall Green continues to be a great place to live.

Read more about Barry here:

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Re-elect Barry Bowles

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Labour re-elected in Hall Green

Roger Godsiff and Sam Burden were re-elected on 7 May 2015.  Thank you for your support.

Sam Burden said “It is a privilege to be re-elected to serve the people of Hall Green and I will seek to do my best for local people and Hall Green ward.”

HALL GREEN LOCAL ELECTION RESULT

  •  SAM BURDEN (Labour)4994
  •  DAVID AGAR (Conservative)2923
  •  PAULA SMITH (Lib Dems)2029
  •  BOB HARVEY (Independent)1003
  •  MALCOLM MUMMERY (UKIP)980
  •  RACHEL XERRI-BROOKS (Green)390
  •  DAVID WRIGHT (TUSC)48
2015 election win

General Election 2015: Birmingham Hall Green

General Election 2015: Birmingham Hall Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Godsiff 28,147 59.8 +26.9
Conservative James Bird 8,329 17.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Jerry Evans 5,459 11.6 -13.0
Green Elly Stanton 2,200 4.7 +4.7
UKIP Rashpal Mondair 2,131 4.5 +2.6
Respect Shiraz Peer 780 1.7 -23.5

Birmingham City Council elections 2015 on 7 May 2015

Sam’s commitment to Hall Green:

•I will campaign to keep a library in Hall Green

•I will support the future running of High- field Hall as a community building for all

•I will work hard to keep Hall Green clean and tidy so that it retains its character.

About Sam Burden
I have lived in Hall Green and worked in Birmingham city centre for 15 years. I be- lieve that Hall Green is a great place to live and as a local resident myself I use all of the local services just like anyone else. When the trains are late or the rubbish doesn’t get collected quite on time I notice just the same as you do!

Hall Green library
I am a huge fan of Hall Green library and asone of the busiest libraries in the City I know how popular it is with residents and local schools. I am committed to doing all I can to retain a library in Hall Green despite the huge budget challenges being faced by Bir- mingham Council.

Keeping Hall Green tidy
From protecting grass verges to tidying up litter we all need to play our part in keeping our community tidy. I am regularly involved in local litter picks as well as highlighting damaged verges. I am currently investigat- ing the installation of a camera at a site in Hall Green where we have had regular fly tipping but it is a constant battle.

Hall Green looking cleaner with new wheelie bins

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Thursday 4 December saw the Labour campaign team meeting residents on Mapleton Road, Mapleton Close, Pitmaston Road, Redstone Farm Road, Arkley Road and Hazleville Road.
Wheelie bins have now been rolled out across Hall Green and there is a noticeable improvement in street cleanliness as a result.
In the past vermin have ripped open black sacks on collection day leaving a trail of rubbish and detritus – no more! Hall Green is definitely a cleaner place as a result of the new bins.
We spoke to many residents the majority of whom were very pleased with the new bins and agreed that they were making the area tidier.

20’s Plenty in Hall Green

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Sam Burden calls for 20 mph sped limits on Hall Green’s residential roads.

Please support my campaign for 20’s Plenty in Hall Green by signing my petition at

https://www.change.org/p/birmingham-city-council-introduce-20-mph-speed-limits-on-hall-green-s-residential-roads

Across the UK nearly 13 million people have adopted the 20’s Plenty policy to introduce 20 mph speed limits.  The aim of the policy is to slow traffic down on residential streets and it has already been implemented in a number of cities across the country. After Portsmouth introduced the change in 2009 it reported a 7% drop in average speeds across the city.

We get more complaints about speeding and anti-social driving than anything else.

20’s Plenty is being piloted in a number of areas across the city and I would like to see Hall Green added to that list at the next available opportunity.

The reduced speed limit would apply to residential areas excluding A and B designated roads and major bus routes. Roads in Hall Green would be subject to a consultation first so you could have your say before implementation

20’s Plenty

– would not apply to major traffic routes such as the Stratford Road or Highfield Road

– would apply to quieter residential roads

– can be applied outside schools at set times

is proven to reduce traffic speeds in an area

For more details on the experience see the website http://www.20splentyforus.co.uk

Sam Burden proposes cap on lap dancing clubs – October

A proposal put forward by Sam Burden for a cap to be on the number of Lap Dancing Clubs (Sexual Entertainment Venues) within Birmingham centre was backed unanimously by the Licensing Committee on 15 October.

The cap limits the number of venues to the current number of 8 and makes clear that the City opposes further proliferation of such establishments.

Sam Burden said “There are too many of these venues already present in Birmingham. I am pleased by the support of the Committee and their agreement that the number should be capped. I hope that over time we will see the number of these estab- lishments reduce”.

The Mythical Maze at Hall Green library

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Cllr Sam Burden – Labour’s candidate for the 2015 Birmingham City Council local elections

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Cllr Sam Burden has been selected to stand as Labour’s candidate in the 2015 local elections by Hall Green Branch Labour Party.

Sam was the first Labour councillor elected in Hall Green for over 60 years in 2011.

Sam said “It has been a privilege to serve the people of Hall Green over the last four years and to work alongside Barry Bowles and Kerry Jenkins our other local councillors.

The last four years have been tough for Hall Green and Birmingham due to the Lib-DemTory cuts but we have fought hard for Hall Green and the local people.

Labour has a vision for Birmingham as a vibrant dynamic city.  Since Labour took control in 2012 we have seen the introduction of the living wage, devolution of local services, huge investment in cycling and the roll out of wheely bins to name just a few headlines.

In Hall Green top priority remains Hall Green library.  We have also supported youth work, seen the opening of Newey Park and run numerous campaigns to look after the area and retain its local character.”

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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