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It’s voting day!

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It’s election day and as you probably know, I’m up for re-election as one of your local Labour Councillors.  It’s been a real honour to serve our community and I’m keen to carry on fighting our corner!

If you live in the Shard End Ward and need a lift to go and vote, please call me on 07985 302211.  Every vote is important, so please make sure that you cast yours today. With your support, I can carry on working for local people and standing up for our community.



Christmas & New Year refuse collections

Hard to believe, but the festive season is almost upon us again, so I thought you’d like early notice of the Christmas and New Year refuse collection arrangements. 

The arrangements are as follows:

Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December: no collection
Boxing day, Thursday 26 December: no collection
New Year’s Day, Wednesday 1 January: normal scheduled collections

Those residents who normally receive a refuse collection on a Wednesday or Thursday (falling on December 25 and 26) will receive a collection on Wednesday (January 1) or Thursday (January 2).

Residents who have a recycling collection service due on Wednesday or Thursday (falling on December 25 and 26) will receive a collection on Wednesday (January 8) or Thursday (January 9).

The city’s five Household Recycling Centres will be open as normal each day, except on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, for any residents with large quantities of waste or recycling that they wish to dispose of between their scheduled collections.

Weekly Police Report

Download this week’s update from our local policing team by clicking here.

Policing update

The local policing team’s weekly report is out now.  You can read a copy by following this link.

There has been an increase in shoplifting incidents over the last few weeks.  The police team have produced a handy guide to help local shopkeepers with making their businesses more secure.  Click here to download your copy.

Local police report

The latest update from the Shard End Ward police team is now available.  Download your copy by clicking here.

Come and have your say!

The next meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee is on Monday 23 September, starting at 7pm.  This month, we will be at the Yardley & District Rugby Club, 1 Cole Hall Lane, B34 6HE.

Items on the agenda include updates on the former Yardley Sewage Works site and the refurbishment of Moorfield Hall.  The local police will be attending and you can also read the latest police update newsletter by clicking here.

All residents are welcome – come and have your say!

Weekly police report

Our Neighbourhood Policing Team for Shard End Ward is now publishing a weekly summary of crime figures and other useful information for residents.

The police will be sharing the reports with people across the community and I will also be publishing them on this website.  I think that this is a very welcome step, ensuring that residents have access to the facts about crime in the neighbourhoods that make up the Shard End Ward and the information they need to help make our area safer.  You can access the first report, covering the period 1 – 8 August by following this link.

Working together to keep our parks safe

ParkwatchPark Watch, a new initiative to help keep our parks free from crime and anti-social behaviour, is being launched at Shard End Police Station on Monday 5 August.

All residents are welcome to attend.  Please click on the flyer above for details.

New training opportunity at The Pump

Initiate it!

Speaking out against the Bedroom Tax

The Bedroom Tax comes into effect on 1 April, one of a series of ill-thought out welfare “reforms” that will affect many hard pressed families in Shard End Ward.

There are over 9,000 households living in Birmingham City Council properties who will be directly affected and a further 5,500 who are tenants of housing association properties.  Over 400 of these households can be found in Shard End Ward – one of the highest concentrations in the city.

I recently gave an interview setting out the impact that Bedroom Tax will have on people living in our community and the kind of work the City Council is doing to try and support them. You can view it by clicking on the image below.

For more information about the impending welfare changes and how they might affect you or someone you know, please click here.

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