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Public Meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner

Public Meeting

Thursday 6th August
7.15pm – 8.45pm
Highfield Hall, B28 0HS

Given the recent announcement of the devastating cuts to policing of around £130 million over the next five years this meeting is a timely opportunity to come and chat to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) – David Jamieson  and Hall Green MP Roger Godsiff in relation to the impact that these cuts might have on neighbourhood policing in Hall Green and surrounding wards.

The 2,500 jobs that will be lost under the current proposals outlined by West Midlands Police will affect mainly affect PCSOs and Mr Jamieson has suggested that as a result of such losses it will be difficult to maintain a “quality” service. West Midlands Police outlined the measures – which will mainly affect community support officers – as part of its efforts to save £130m. He also suggests that further cuts of up to £30m were likely to follow. West Midlands Chief Constable Chris Sims said: “We will continue to offer the protection we currently offer but people will notice the service is delivered differently. “There will be less visibility on the streets, fewer bobbies on the beat.”

How will such proposals affect areas like Hall Green?

How will community safety be affected?

Will further reductions mean a scaling back of neighbourhood policing?

Come and have these and other questions answered.

Public Meeting – Reddings Lane Petrol Station Site Thursday 9 July 2015 at 7.30pm, Hall Green United Community Church

The former Reddings Lane petrol station has been a source of concern to your Councillors for some time.

This is a privately owned site that has been poorly maintained by the owners and as a result we have seen regular fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.  Despite the efforts of residents and the Council we are no closer to resolving this and there is no imminent likelihood the site will be redeveloped in the short term.

To improve the area we are instead looking at the scope for creating a community garden and improving this space for all.  This could help address the visual impact it has on the local area and discourage further anti-social activity.

Your local Councillors and Council officers will be in attendance to consider options and ways this could be taken forward. If this is an issue you are concerned about and would be willing to get involved please come along.

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

Honorary Alderman Michael Wilkes

We have been informed this morning of the very sad news that Honorary Alderman Michael Wilkes passed away on Friday 17th April.  michael-wilkes-3

Michael was elected to City Council on 3 May 1984-89 as an SDP (Social Democratic Party) Councillor, 1989–92 as an Independent Councillor and May 2000-12 as a Liberal Democrat Councillor, for Hall Green Ward. He became Lord Mayor of Birmingham 2009-10, Deputy Lord Mayor 2010-11 and was appointed an Honorary Alderman on 22nd May 2012.

During his time on the City Council, he served as a member on many following Committees:

Catering Committee (1984-85); Social Services Committee (1984-86); Central District Committee (1985-86); Women’s Committee (1984-85); Education Committee (1985-87); Finance and Management Committee (1987-88); General Purposes Committee (1988-89), Crime Prevention Sub (1988-89), Legislation Sub (1988-89), Motor Racing Sub (88-89), Nomination Sub (88-89), Services to Members Sub (88-89); Contract Services B Committee (1990-91); National Exhibition Centre and International Convention Centre Committee (1990-91); Budget Scrutiny Committee (2000-2001); Co-ordinating Overview and Scrutiny Committee (2001-06) – Chairman (2004-06); Council Business Management Committee (2004-05); Standards Committee (2004-05); Audit Committee (2006-08 & 2011-12); Public Protection Committee (2006-09 & 2010-11); Trusts and Charities Sub Committee (2007-09 & 2010-12) – Vice Chairman (2011-12) and also serving on the WMLGA – Regeneration Conference (2000-01).

Michael was a real champion for his community and our sincerest wishes go out to Vivienne, his family and friends.

Cllr Sam Burden, Cllr Barry Bowles and Cllr Kerry Jenkins

Sarehole Mill markets

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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.

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

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

Hall Green parade SGB

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.”

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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