The next stage in the redevelopment of Paradise Circus is about to begin. Continue reading
A group of city partners, Centro, Birmingham City Council, National Express West Midlands, and the city centre’s four BIDs, launched a strategic plan – the Vision for Movement – a year ago in November 2010 to generate some ‘joined up’ thinking for getting around the city centre. On Wednesday morning, Nov 9, more than 100 key figures from the city’s business community attended the ‘Vision for Movement – One Year On’ briefing to hear how the last 12 months have seen high profile transport projects forge ahead. Two of your committee members were amongst this select gathering. Continue reading
West Midlands Police are warning local residents of a car buying scam which is running in the region.
CAR BUYERS are being warned against classified ad scams which have seen several purchasers pay large deposits for bogus vehicles. Continue reading
We had already been prepared for the possibly disruptive demonstrations in the City Centre squares on Saturday.
(If you hadn’t heard, then click here for police briefing.)
Now we learn that Birmingham Resilience are holding an emergency planning exercise in the city centre on Sunday. Continue reading
TUC is taking the opportunity of the Lib Dem Autumn conference in Birmingham to stage an organised protest through the city centre on Sunday 18. West Midlands Police have issued a statement. Click here to see it.
The police statement details the route and times of the march, which will help you either to join or avoid the event according to your preference!
The Liberal Democrat Party Conference will be held at the ICC in Birmingham from 17th to 21st September with an estimated 8,000 delegates, along with large numbers of media, expected to attend.
There are some temporary access restrictions which we all need to be aware of. Continue reading
We will soon see the first signs of work on the Metro extension in Birmingham city centre. Not dramatic signs, nor even particularly visible ones, except to the late birds amongst us, since it will be overnight work.
Centro is arranging to do some trial holes in some streets to establish the underground utilities which must be moved as the extension route is built. Continue reading
On behalf of city centre residents, I have written today to the Parking Section, of Birmingham City Council objecting to their proposals to limit on-street car parking. We have asked them to withdraw their proposals and engage with residents before introducing on-street car parking changes.
The essence of our objection is:- Continue reading
The City Council wants to change the on-street parking arrangements in Birmingham city centre. Specifically it wants to extend the current operational hours for the city centre Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) and introduce a charge for parking on the street on Sundays.
Birmingham City Council and Centro are proposing to change how transport links operate in the City centre area. These will be major changes, happening in a couple of years. Consultation and action are starting in the course of this year and we should be prepared to respond, as necessary.
Centro are creating a dedicated website at www.centro.org.uk/connectedcity giving lots of information about the proposals. However, as it isn’t ready yet – 22 March 2011 – I have written this provisional report using Centro’s material. Continue reading
Will today, Thursday Nov 11 2010, prove a genuine milestone in the redevelopment of Birmingham City Centre?
Those of us who live within the city centre are directly affected by our canals. Now the Government wants them to become a charity. Continue reading
There’s a Ward committee meeting on Thursday evening this week. (Don’t be deterred by the name – it’s a public meeting run by our Councillors.) Continue reading
You will have seen in the local press (for example the Birmingham Mail) that our attempt on Monday to oppose Boujee Rooms’ licence extension failed. We were not alone in opposing this application – we joined with the Broad Street BID, City Centre Partnership and virtually all of the individual businesses in the area. The committee accepted the application principally because neither the Police, nor any other of the official bodies (Child Protection, NHS, etc), opposed it.
The process demonstrated that the Council’s policy to make Broad Street a restricted area for lap dancing is a sham. This means that, while this policy remains in place, there is nothing to stop many such clubs from opening in Broad Street.
The only promising sign is that later this year the Council will be enabled, through a change in the law, to exercise much greater control over Sex establishments. With residents’ support, we will be pressuring our Council to apply these powers much more rigorously than it has up to now.
What would you like to see happen?
- All such establishments banned from the Broad Street BID area, or
- A limited number (for example, two) approved but no more, or
- Rely on the Council Licensing team to apply controls (effectively the status quo), or
- No restrictions.
Please let us know.
(committee member – City Centre Neighbourhood Forum)
You may have seen living walls in south European cities. Here is one in Madrid that I saw last year
Can you imagine anything similar in Birmingham city centre?
Well, they are coming . . .
After the city centre’s gold-winning success in 2009, the whole city is entering the RHS competition in 2010…… Continue reading
DO COME to the next Ladywood Ward Committee meeting- Monday 21 December, 7-9p.m. in the Council House. There’s lots of news to catch up on!…... Continue reading
You can read the latest news from the Big City Plan team in their Autumn 2009 newsletter.
Click on the BCP website link here to download it.
As we reported yesterday, Birmingham city centre’s entry in the Urban Communities category of 2009 Britain in Bloom won Gold and ‘Best in Category’.
The judges’ summarised their assessment of our entry:-
“This large Urban City Centre has become a place of horticultural excellence and an area used by the many residents who now reside within the Centre. This was amply demonstrated by members of the community and school children who take part and enjoy the facilities provided.
Floral displays and features were outstanding along with excellent sustainable planting and the quality of maintenance was generally superb. Heritage plays an important part, particularly in the canal area and also in the recognition of local historical figures such as Matthew Boulton.
There were many innovative ideas and we (i.e. the judges) enjoyed a well conducted, interesting and informative tour.”
There’s was lots more detail, too, including some useful ideas for improving further. Informally, the judges also revealed that we were ‘miles ahead’ of our competition in the category (including Manchester City Centre)!
Together with the news about the Staffordshire hoard, what a couple of days for Birmingham!!
(Chair, City Centre Neighbourhood Forum)
The Neighbourhood Forum wrote to the Birmingham Post recently, protesting at the inadequate attention paid by the police to the need of residents. Here is a copy of the letters page on which the Post printed it:
So top billing on the letters page that day!
West Midlands Police briefed city centre businesses this morning on some possible demonstrations on Saturday, September 5. I attended as a residents’ representative (possibly the only one?). Continue reading
The Neighbourhood Forum’s protests to the Chief Constable, copied to others, have produced the response below: Continue reading
Our local neighbourhood policing team have noticed a recent increase in “distraction thefts” in retail premises around the area. Continue reading
The half-marathon will take place on Sunday October 11 this year.
This year’s event has a brand new route with the race starting and finishing in Birmingham city centre at Centenary Square. Continue reading
I have an invitation from the people planning the new Library of Birmingham to participate in designing how local residents and communities want to relate to this new building. Anyone interested in joining in, please read on . . Continue reading
The police have alerted us to the possibility of an ‘Anti-Islamic Fundamentalist Protest’ march in the City Centre this coming Saturday, August 8.
Apparently there was something similar a few weeks ago. Two opposing groups were involved but were kept apart. The police hope to be similarly successful again but there appears to have been wider internet publicity this time so there may be more participants.
I have no information about time of day or route, though the last protest centred on Victoria Square. If I learn more, I’ll post it here.
Chairman, City Centre Neighbourhood Forum
Our local NHS primary care trusts have issued the following updated advice regarding the swine flu outbreak:
SWINE FLU: YOUR HELP NEEDED
What is Swine Flu?
- Official name is H1N1 – new strain of flu circulating on a global level.
- Birmingham has a high number of cases with most being in Heart of Birmingham.
- Mild illness lasting up to 5 days.
Those without underlying illness recover well.
The plans for the proposed olympic-sized swimming pool in Ladywood will open to the public today. They can be seen at an exhibition at the Nelson Primary School due to be launched today. Continue reading
Our local PCT has just circulated the following information about the impending swine flu epidemic/pandemic?: Continue reading
There is to be a meeting on Wednesday evening, April 15, at 6p.m. for 6.30pm at Nelson JI School, Summerhill Rd. entrance – on the opposite side of St Vincent’s Street from the NIA Community Hall entrance. Continue reading
There is to be a public meeting at Nelson School (on Summer Hill Street) on April 15 to hear about the the proposed Olympic swimming pool on the playing fields by the school. Continue reading
The meeting on March 3 gave some local residents a chance to vent their frustrations at the City planners over the vagueness of the “Big City Plan”. It also tantalised us with the prospects – yet again – for a community swimming pool in Ladywood, only to have the inevitable doubts surface, this time about transport links. And where is the money to come from?
The City Centre Neighbourhood Forum can put pressure on the City planners on both of these issues – and others, of course.
When Forum management committee members met recently with the Big City Plan team, we discovered that they aim to produce another working document later in the year. We shall be pressing them to bring forward concrete ideas rather than the vagueness that has been the hallmark of their stuff so far.
Of the big schemes, we know that the designs for “The Library of Birmingham” will be launched at an event today, April 2. If you want to see a clip showing the scheme, click here. Also we understand that the ownership of the Pallasades shopping centre has now transferred to the City Council; this is an essential precursor to the New Street station redevelopment.
The swimming pool plan is scheduled to be submitted to senior council officers and councillors before the end of the year for the next decision. It will have to be no later if they are to meet their ambitious target for completion (namely 2012).
As we hear any more, we’ll post it here.
What should our local police be concentrating on over the next months? Continue reading
British Waterways is having a nationwide campaign called ‘Towpath Tidy’ on March 26 to 29. Birmingham city centre is joining in by tidying up the small canal basin alongside the Malthouse pub. (This is the one containing the ‘Not So Long Boat’ between the ICC and NIA.) Continue reading
You might have views on the proposal by Orange’s contractors to install a 3G mobile phone mast on St Vincent’s Street by Lighthorne Avenue. Continue reading
Our local Patients’ Network is getting together again next Tuesday and you’re invited.
The Patients’ Network meetings have two main objectives: Continue reading
The message below came from the West Midlands Police Key Information Network:-
West Midlands Police are busy signing up new talent, and they’re set to host a series of career days for potential recruits to learn more about the force and the varied opportunities available as one of the leading employers in the West Midlands. Continue reading
Our local NHS PCT (The Heart of Birmingham tPCT) currently have a project run by the Heart Team to screen family members of patients who’ve suffered a Heart Attack Continue reading
Walking around the city centre, you couldn’t fail to have seen posters about BIG CITY PLAN.
If you wondered what it was all about or, more likely, doubted that it had anything at all do with you, then think again!….