Monthly Archives: March 2012

Labour’s vision for Birmingham

The local elections are on Thursday 3 May.  They are your chance to pass a verdict on the Tory/Lib Dem coalition that has been running Birmingham City Council for the last eight years.

Last week, Birmingham Labour published its manifesto for these elections. You can read the detailed document by clicking here.  It sets out how a newly-elected Labour Council will work to deliver fairness, opportunity and responsibility, whilst cleaning up the mess that the current administration have made of the Council’s finances.  It is a comprehensive, radical and responsible vision for our city.

The Tories and Liberal Democrats have yet to publish a manifesto setting out their vision and priorities for Birmingham.  This is a pretty poor show.  Birmingham has some big challenges – in terms of creating jobs, improving education and training, providing decent care for the elderly and disabled, driving up the standard of public health and ensuring that we have a transport network that is fit for purpose.  Frankly, the voters are entitled to know how all parties propose to meet those challenges.  We in the Labour Party have set out our stall.  We will wait to see whether the other parties choose to step up to the mark.

Making Hurst Lane safer for pedestrians

Tackling pedestrian safety on Hurst Lane has been an issue I’ve been campaigning on since I was first elected as a Councillor in Shard End.  

Many residents have complained about the lack of suitably safe crossing facilities close to the Morrison’s supermarket, which have left shoppers risking life and limb trying to get across this very busy road.  So I was pleased to receive confirmation from the Council that work on the long-planned safety scheme is due to start on 19 March.

The works are taking place just north of the access to Morrison’s and include the following:

  • A Pedestrian Refuge
  • An uncontrolled tactile paving crossing
  • Double yellow lines
  • Relocation of the bus stop

The works should take about three weeks to complete.  Pedestrian access will be retained throughout this time and temporary signals will be installed to help manage the flow of traffic.

Work Club at Glebe Farm Library

Community Action Shard End are holding a Work Club at Glebe Farm Library every Tuesday, between 2pm and 4pm.

The club offers free support with job searching, completing application forms, putting a CV together and preparing for those all important job interviews.  You can also access free printing and telephone facilities.

For more information, please email katieknight@castlevale.org.uk, call 0121 747 5932 or call or text 07545 118 780.

The Midnight Bus is on its way

The Midnight Bus will be carrying out youth outreach work in the area around the Heath Way shops, starting on 23 March.  

You can read the details of what’s on offer by clicking here.

I know that there have been a number of problems  in the vicinity of the shops recently and the Shard End Councillors have been working closely with the local police and community safety team to sort matters out.  Lets be clear, there is no excuse for anti-social behaviour and tough action will be taken against those who refuse to play by the rules and cause misery to residents and shoppers.

The Bus has been used to great effect in other parts of the city, helping to create positive activities for young people and I’m looking forward to seeing the team in action here in Shard End.

New era dawns for Shard End Library

The brand new Shard End Library is scheduled to open its doors to the public on Tuesday 10 April.

The iconic new building, known as “The Shard”, forms the centrepiece of the new All Saints Square and will also provide accommodation for the neighbourhood office.

The move means that the existing library will be closing on Saturday 17 March so that staff have sufficient time to pack up and move into the new building.  The Neighbourhood Office will also be closing its doors at the end of Friday 30 March so that they too can make preparations to move across.

The nearest alternative libraries available during the closure period are Glebe Farm Library on Glebe Farm Road, B33 9NA and Ward End Library, Washwood Heath Road, B8 2HF.

Changes made to Kitts Green pedestrian safety scheme

Back in December, I posted details of a proposed pedestrian improvement scheme on the Glebe and Kitts Green Road.  You can read my original article here.

The proposals generated quite a bit of debate, with residents and shopkeepers making some important points about the practicalities of the planned changes.  As a result, the Council have now made some revisions, which you can see on this updated plan.

Work is now starting on the scheme, which should help to improve pedestrian safety at this busy location.

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