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:


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.”


  •  SAM BURDEN (Labour)4994
  •  DAVID AGAR (Conservative)2923
  •  PAULA SMITH (Lib Dems)2029
  •  BOB HARVEY (Independent)1003
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.

Birmingham came 9th in the Rough Guide to Top Ten Cities in the world

We know Birmingham is a great city and the Rough Guide seems to as well.

See below a link to videos of all ten cities including Birmingham.





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


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

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.


We need a Labour government to improve living standards


David Cameron is on a lap of victory. The Tories are busy congratulating themselves over a measly 0.8% economic growth, after three years of stagnation, and are convinced that we have turned the corner. However, the reality for many people in Birmingham, and across the country, is that life does not feel much easier for them. The government assures us that things are getting better, yet this is not a recovery for everyone; the government is still concerned with the few, rather than the many. Only a Labour government would ensure a recovery that is made for the many and improves the living standards of ordinary people.

Since Ed Miliband’s barnstorming conference speech nearly six weeks ago, the debate about living standards has been focused on energy prices. Instead of taking action to reduce the burden on consumers, Cameron simply stands up for the energy companies, defying even the former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major. That’s why we, along with other Labour Party branches across the country, will be out this weekend explaining how a Labour government will freeze energy prices for twenty months from May 2015. Labour is on your side, working to improve the lives of ordinary people by making bills more affordable, rather than defending vested interests and remaining blissfully ignorant of the struggles faced by the majority of Britons.


Importantly, Ed Miliband announced a second vital policy regarding living standards: his plans to incentivise businesses to pay a living wage. When prices are rising four times faster than wages, and have done so for 39 months of Cameron’s time as Prime Minister (see above), in addition to the average family being more than £1,000 worse off under this government, a pay increase for those on modest incomes is essential for improving living standards and making work pay. The government has a diabolical record in this area; despite promising that their welfare reforms and a growing economy would ‘make work pay’, it has not worked. Only Labour can deliver better living standards and a recovery built for the many, not for the few.

Come and see us tomorrow (Saturday 9th November) outisde the Co-Op on Stratford Road in Hall Green to find out more about Labour’s energy price freeze promise and how we are working hard for Hall Green residents.

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