Post Offices on the move

I’ve received word from Post Office Ltd that two of our local Post Offices are on the move to new locations, albeit just a short distance away from their current homes.

The Heath Way branch will move just a few doors up from 209 Heath Way to the Costcutter supermarket at 197-199 Heath Way, with effect from 19 March.  The office will be open from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, providing the same wide range of services available at the previous branch, but with the addition of a Car Tax service.  Some Post Office products will also be available from the main shop counter, each day of the week (including Sundays) from 6am to 11pm.

Meanwhile, the Lea Village branch will be crossing the Kitts Green Road and relocating to the Loco store, opposite its present location.  Post Office products and services will be provided from the main retail counter each day from 7am to 11pm, with effect from 23 March.

Enjoy a Welcome Change!

There’s a whole range of activities for people of all ages at the Welcome Change Community Centre and Cafe on Ownall Road. 

Please take a look at their programme of winter activities by following this link.

Shard End is active!

Active ParksActive Parks 2

Christmas and New Year refuse collection

A number of  residents have contacted me regarding arrangements for collecting refuse over the festive period. I’ve had an email from the Council setting out the details, which I’ve reproduced below.

I hope all residents and readers have a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!


Subject: Refuse and Recycling Collections over Christmas and New Year

Dear Councillor

I am writing to you to let you know about the collection schedule for refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

As usual, scheduled household collections will not take place on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. All other collection dates will remain unchanged.

Refuse Collection

  • Collections due on Thursday 25th December will be made on Thursday 1st January 2015
  • Collections due on Friday 26th December will be made on Friday 2nd January 2015

and weekly thereafter.

Paper and mixed recycling collection

  • Collections due on Thursday 25th December will be made on Thursday 8th January 2015
  • Collections due on Friday 26th December will be made on Friday 9th January 2015

and fortnightly thereafter.

Household Recycling Centres

  • The five Household Recycling Centres will be closed only on 25th and 26th December.

Wheelie Bins

It is recognised that additional waste is produced by many residents over the Christmas and New Year period (and other Festive periods) and side waste may be presented by households for collections between Monday 29th December and Friday 9th January.

Yours sincerely

 Tommy Wallace
Director of Fleet and Waste Management

Annual Police Report

Our Shard End Ward Police team have published their annual report.  Click here to download a copy.


Christmas comes to Tile Cross

Following successful Christmas lights events in Shard End and Lea Village, this week the festive spirit is coming to Tile Cross.  Hope to see you there!

Bell Lane Xmas Lights

Help brighten up Bell Lane!

The new Tile Cross Residents Neighbourhood Forum have arranged a Bulb Planting Day for this coming Sunday, 12 October, at the Tile Cross shopping area on Bell Lane.  See below for details. Hope to see you there!

TC Bulb Planting

Support and help for Birmingham’s carers

If you’re a carer and looking after someone who lives in Birmingham, then the Birmingham Carers Hub is here to help you.  

The Hub provides advice, support, information, training for carers, together with the vital Carers Emergency Response Service.  To find out more, please visit their website by following this link.

Carers Hub

New Neighbourhood Forum for Tile Cross

Residents in Tile Cross have joined forces to set up a new Neighbourhood Forum, which was officially launched at a meeting at St. Peter’s Church in September.

The team have a packed programme of events and ideas to improve the area and they’re keen to welcome new members.  To find out more about their plans and how to get involved, take a look at the leaflet below!


Ward Meeting at the Mackadown Sports & Social Club – 7pm TONIGHT

The September meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee takes place this evening, starting at 7pm, at the Mackadown Sports and Social Club, Mackadown Lane, Tile Cross.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Updates from our local police team
  • A presentation about the new Active Parks scheme
  • Details of the proposals to expand the Lidl store on Mackadown Lane

All residents are welcome.  Hope to see you there!


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