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City council children’s services described as ‘utter chaos’

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The children’s social care watchdog committee heard the department is on course to spend its fifth year tagged as inadequate unless there is a drastic turnaround. Labour backbencher Coun Barry Bowles (Hall Green) was equally scathing suggesting: “There seems to be a reluctance from the director to attend the committee. Bad organisation doesn’t come from the bottom up, it comes from the top down If we don’t get it right there are consequences for the children in our care.”

Read the full article here – Birmingham City council children’s services described as ‘utter chaos’ – Birmingham Post.

Planning Application For Proposed Aldi Site Withdrawn

Victory for common sense and working together as a community

Local Labour Party activists, working with local residents in Wycombe Road, have secured the withdrawal of a Planning Application for the proposed new Aldi Store on the junction of Wycombe Road & Stratford Road [the old Renault Garage site].

Local Campaign Co-ordinator Kerry Jenkins from Hall Green Ward Labour Party, working with Local Ward Councillor Barry Bowles secured the withdrawal of the application when they highlighted a number of flaws in the consultation.

Local residents contacted the Labour Party and as a result those concerns were addressed directly with the developers. Following lengthy discussions over the concerns the application has now been withdrawn.

Kerry Jenkins said “This story really demonstrates the benefits of both local activism and local engagement”.

“As soon as we became aware of the important concerns raised by local residents we immediately researched the application and found numerous loopholes in the process”.

She went on to say “It was not a question of whether the development should or should not happen as local consultation should determine this. I believe all people in the area have a right to be fully consulted in such a plan that will have a huge impact on their lives. This did not happen and the planners have failed due to all of us being vigilant.”

Kerry pointed out “It was a great help to have such a pro-active local Labour Councillor in Barry Bowles.”

Councillor Barry Bowles said “I am always available to discuss the concerns of Hall Green residents.  As a community we have the right to challenge all decisions and argue for the place we all live in. This is how democracy should work and it makes me passionate about all of the people in Hall Green; the older citizens, the disabled, the young, and all of those other hard working families who make Hall Green a great place to work and live.”

Kerry Jenkins will be working on other campaigns in the Ward to improve the area and engage with local people and address their concerns.

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