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Responding to the Hall Green boundary changes – Responding to the Boundary Commission proposals for Hall Green Ward

Responding to the Hall Green boundary changes – ideas for taking part in the written consultation from WeAreB28

Given that the proposed new boundaries for wards in Hall Green are just that – proposals – it is very important that every resident and member of the Hall Green community who feels strongly puts in a response. The final decision of the Boundary Commission will not change where you live, but it will change how you are represented, how your local services are shaped and how economic development works for local centres.

However, we believe that the Local Government Boundary Commission  will not appreciate having hundreds of identical responses, so WeAreB28 have created this ‘crib sheet’ of points you can select and add to your own individual points as part of your response. You can draw on any of them or all of them and please add your own thoughts, experiences, feelings. This will help the Boundary Commission to see the various points of view and will lead them to make a more democratic and informed decision.

As stated on the LGBC website “the three main considerations in conducting an electoral review are set out in legislation and are to:

  • Improve electoral equality by equalising the number of electors each councillor represents;
  • Reflect community identity;
  • Provide for effective and convenient local government”

If you have internet access, you can find the consultation webpage (including interactive map) here: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/west-midlands/west-midlands/birmingham

If you would prefer to write a letter, please send your views to the following address:

The Review Officer (Birmingham), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor Milbank Tower, Milbank, London, SW1P 4QP

There is a change.org petition to be signed specifically about the Hall Green boundary changes: http://chn.ge/1T1517z

There is also a change.org petition to be signed on Birmingham Boundary Changes: http://chn.ge/1WqyRSJ

You can email reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Reflect community identity

Point 1 – Hall Green, an area of historic interest

The Boundary Commission’s proposals for Hall Green ward is to split it up into three wards – Hall Green North, Hall Green South and Tyseley.

Hall Green’s origins date back to the 16th century. The first record of Hawe Green dates back to 1562, taking its name from a Medieval family whose moated hall stood at the junction of School Road and Fox Hollies Road.

The modern centre of Hall Green has spread along the Stratford Road. This route is of great antiquity and was mentioned in the Yardley Charter of 972 AD . For 1000 years, people have travelled through Hall Green.  For years, it was the main route into Birmingham.

Although Hall Green as a residential district is a mid-20th-century suburban development, very many residential areas in the north of the ward were built between 1910 and the 1920s. It is very proud of its Arts and Crafts buildings.

The Church of the Ascension is a Grade II* Listed building is over 300 years old dating from 1703. It remains one of the few neo-classical church buildings in the city. The streets around the church form the important Hall Green Conservation Area.

For more details on the Hall Green conservation area, see http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/schoolca

This link  includes a map that indicates the boundaries of the conservation area.

There is an argument that the almshouses and the side of School Road they abut should also be included in the ward.

There has been a Hall Green school for 300 years. There’s been a station in Hall Green for over 100 years. Hall Green United Community Church has existed for nearly 100 years. Hall Green Parade has existed for over 100 years and Sarehole Mill dates back more than 250 years.

With this in mind, a Hall Green ward boundary that does not encompass the whole Hall Green conservation area and the historic buildings mentioned is ripping apart an area with over 300 years of historical importance.

Point 2 – Hall Green – forging a community identity

Recently Hall Green has undergone great demographic changes. For many years, community organisations have been working hard  to forge good community links between the different faiths in the community and the different generations. The number of young people in the ward has grown considerably in the last ten years. It now needs a period of real stability so that the community cohesion of the area can continue to be nurtured and fostered.

The community group WeAreB28 have worked very hard to bridge the divide caused by the Stratford Road and now the Boundary Commission are intending to undo all this good work by creating Hall Green North and South – the divide being the Stratford Road.

Hall Green is composed of residents and community members who enjoy taking an active part in their community, whether the activities being offered by the various religious organisations, the schools, the Library, South & City College, Fircones, a centre providing activities for senior residents,  Beechcraft Tennis & Multi Sports club and  community events such as the Arts Festivals and various community markets as well as the annual Middle Earth Festival.

Point 3 – Hall Green – culture and economy

Hall Green has only one council asset – Hall Green Library – but it is rich in religious community buildings and also has Highfield Hall.

If the ward of Tyseley is created, Hall Green will lose South & City College, Sarehole Mill, Hall Green school, Hall Green station, Hall Green parade, Hall Green Medical Centre and Hall Green United Community church (the former Methodist church). Everyone in Hall Green will be affected by these changes.

There is also a thriving Hall Green Arts organisation.

Provide for effective local government

We have had three councillors representing the Hall Green ward for a long time and they have been of excellent calibre, mainly living in the area and being passionate about it. If one councillor was sick or on holiday, the others would take over. This will be much more difficult if Hall Green is split into single one member wards.

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

Sarehole Mill markets

Sarehole Mill market

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

wheelie bins
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

20s Plenty logo v2

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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