Category Archives: Join In

Please complete questionnaire – closing Monday!

Please complete the Ladywood Community First funding questionnaire we described a few days ago! If you are a Ladywood Ward resident or from a Ladywood organisation, we really need to hear your opinions so we can allocate money the way our community would prefer, instead of just according to what our committee thinks. This is your chance to influence which groups and organisations receive support. What should our priorities be?

You can complete the questionnaire here.

Please fill in in straight away as we need to close it on Monday 25th February! It only takes a few minutes.

Thank you very much for your help.

Karen Caine

City Centre Neighbourhood Forum,
and Ladywood Community First Panelist

Quick Questionnaire: what are your priorities? How should funding be allocated to local Ladywood groups?

Ladywood ward was chosen to receive £50,865 from the government’s Community First initiative over four years, from 2011 up to March 2015. The funding is to help communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient. It will fund both new and existing community groups. Continue reading

More cycling news….a cycling forum

Following on from the recent article on a city centre cycling strategy, Stefan has also told us about a cycling forum. The forum aims to give updates to people with an interest in cycling, and provide a constructive outlet for dialogue, opinion and ideas.

We are told “The Forum could also open the door for the people with an interest in cycling to become more involved, offer support, develop links and aid the promotion and development of cycling.”

Its next meeting will be on Tuesday 30th October from 6.30pm to 8pm at Austin Court, Cambridge Street, Brindley Place, B1 2NP. Attendance at the forum is free but spaces are limited, so please register in advance by emailing I believe it is organised by the council’s Smarter Choices team. There is also a cycling area on the council web site.

Karen Caine

City Centre Cycling Strategy – public input

Birmingham City Council Transportation have just started the development of a City Centre Cycling Strategy, to look at the role cycling can play in the city centre within the (Middle) Ring Road, and including crossing points of the Ring Road. They want to identify priority routes for cyclists – which can include roads, public squares, towpaths, etc. They are asking for the opinions of cyclists and those who would like to cycle. Either ideas for good routes, or details of hazardous areas, would be welcome. Any matter relevant to city centre cycling can be included.

Please email comments to and put City Centre Cycling Strategy in the subject line, preferably by  Friday 19th October if possible.

(Many thanks to one of our readers, Stefan, for alerting us to this council request).

Karen Caine

Public Meeting – “Your City Centre – Looking to the Future” – Monday 15 October

The Birmingham City Centre Neighbourhood Forum ( the CCNF) is holding a (free) public meeting, on 15th October 2012 at 7pm in the Museum and Art Gallery Learning Zone. .

The agenda:

1. West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner

Police & Crime CommissionerThis new role will be filled by a prospective candidate chosen by the Birmingham electorate on 15 November. . .Many people don’t know why this is happening and what is to be achieved, so now is your opportunity to put your questions to those who should know. Four candidates will present their case for election and take your questions. The candidates at the meeting will be:

Matt Bennett (Conservative)

Cath Hannon (Independent)

Bob Jones (Labour)

Mike Rumble (Independent)


2. The new Library of Birmingham (LoB)

Library of BirminghamThis is to open in September 2013. The exterior is all but completed and inside is a hive of activity with the fitting of interior walls, staircases, cabling, etc. Then will come adaptation to the new uses of a 21st century library as well as installation of the books and archives.




Simon Dingle, Operations Director of the LoB construction for developers Carillion plc, will describe the build project in terms of Project Progress to date, Highlights so far, Work Required to Complete and the Challenges involved.

Brian Gambles, Assistant Director Culture of Birmingham City Council and Chief Executive of Library of Birmingham Development Trust, will talk of the facilities and services to be provided. .

3. CCNF AGM and Election of Committee

This brief section will report on major activities of the past year, a financial statement and election of the new Committee. There will be an opportunity for city centre residents who wish to get even more involved with improving our city centre life to stand for election to the committee at this short AGM. We need volunteers!



Light refreshments will be available at 6:45, ready for the meeting to start at 7pm. We will finish before 9pm.The meeting will be in the Museum and Art Gallery Learning Zone, which can only be accessed via the Great Charles Street Entrance….see map:

Map showing Great Charles Street entrance to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The  City Centre Neighbourhood Forum is a voluntary, non-political, organisation of Birmingham City Centre residents. To find out more about us please click About

All City Centre Residents welcome! Please come along!

Although you can just turn up on the night, it would be very helpful to us to know how many people are likely to come – please Contact Us if you can! Thank you.

Posted by Geoff Caine

Are you concerned about the lack of Peace Garden repairs? Ward meeting on Thursday!

St Thomas Church in Birmingham's Peace Garden, fenced off. Photograph by Ian Warren

St Thomas Church in Birmingham’s Peace Garden as it looked last year, newly fenced off. Photograph by Ian Warren. More recent pictures to follow soon!

More than a year after it was first fenced off pending a survey, the ruins of St Thomas’ Church in the Birmingham Peace Gardens are still fenced off, in case they are dangerous, and pretty overgrown. We are aware this is a matter of concern for nearby residents, and have asked for it to be raised at the next Ladywood Ward meeting on:

Thursday 26 July 2012 at 7pm

Ladywood Health & Community Centre,

St Vincent Street West, B16 8RP

If you share the concerns, please try to come to the meeting to help us show our councillors that resident feeling is strong! If you can’t come in person, please comment below so we can pass your message on (or write to our councillors directly  ,  , )

It seems a shame that this well known local landmark at the corner of Holloway Head and Granville St.  has been allowed to get in this mess, and seems to be being left to deteriorate further.

You may have seen this recent comment from C. Matthews on a previous story on this site,  saying:

“There has been a bit of a tidy up. Slight improvement – must do better. Look at the main exit onto Holloway Head with foot-high grass & weeds & paintwork on the ornamental metal gates peeling. Worse, the garden has become an open toilet for the dogs of local residents, many of whom have no intention of clearing up afterwards.”

Hopefully our councillors will be able to update us with the latest news on Thursday.

To save you the pain of trying to find additional details of the meeting on the council website (it took me getting on for half an hour to find them) you can read details, agenda, and other related documents here.

Karen Caine