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Lib Dem campaign priorites continue to puzzle

Lots of people in Hall Green have been contacting us about the choice of issues that it seems our local Liberal Democrat Councillor is currently leafleting about.

These leaflets, distributed on behalf of Cllr Paula Smith, focus on a wide range of issues from attacking facilities time for trade union representatives to continued campaigning against additional facilities for children and young people in Hall Green.

It goes without saying that we find this choice of campaign priorities puzzling at a time when there are residents in Hall Green, struggling to make ends meet as a result of the draconian welfare reforms brought in by their coalition buddies in April this year. And at a time when there are 76,000 young people in the West Midlands without employment and when Birmingham has been short changed by £79 million by central government.

Birmingham Labour and Hall Green BLP continue to focus on the issues that matter.

What are your priority issues for Hall Green and for Birmingham?

If you receive any leaflets from Cllr Smith please do let us have a copy of them. You can email them to campaigns@hallgreenlabour.co.uk or request collection using the same email address.

Petition against new play facilities?

Hall Green’s Lib Dem Cllr Paula Smith presented a petition to full council yesterday that appeared to exclude any mention to the fact that the proposals being opposed are for the installation of play facilities to be enjoyed by the children and young people, families and communities across the Ward.

The actual wording of the petition presented:

I the undersigned wish to keep the open green space known as Newey Goodman Estate the way it is presently and use it as a village green which it has always been intended for and has always been the case. We object to any change proposed by the council to place equipment upon our open green space. Save our village green.

There is no doubt that whoever may have signed this petition did so in good faith but who might, in retrospect, and given the real detail of the proposed play area, actually agree that the retention of green open space and the installation of a play area are not at odds. Other references referring to the space as being a ‘village green’ are also very misleading.

Please watch the webcast and let us know if you hear any words that refer to children, young people and play facilities….you will have to skip right through to 04:39:51

Hall Green BLP, alongside the Labour councillors,  will continue to campaign for additional services and provision for children and young people across the Ward.

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