The next meeting of the Ward Committee will be held next Monday, 11 February at The Pump, Kitts Green Road, starting at 7pm.
Items on the agenda include updates from the local police and Environmental Health Officer. There will also be presentations from local youth support organisation Fitcap and the Reawakening Lea Village team.
All residents are very welcome. Hope to see you there!
We’re heading to Guardian Angels Primary School, Hurst Lane, for the final ward meeting of 2012.
The meeting takes place on Monday 10 December, starting at 7pm. Items on the agenda include an update on the ongoing Shard End Crescent development, the Cole Valley cycle route and an update from the local policing team.
All residents are welcome. Hope to see you there!
The next meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee will be held on Monday 29 October at Castle Bromwich Methodist Church, School Lane, starting at 7pm.
These meetings are a chance for residents to find out more about the latest local developments and to have their say about community issues. The local police team will also be attending to take questions about their work in the area.
Hope to see you there!
The next meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee will take place on Monday 30 July, starting at 7pm, at Yardley & District Rugby Club, in Cole Hall Lane.
Items on the agenda include:
- An update from the local police
- The latest on the former Yardley Sewage Works site
- A report back on the work of the Midnight Bus
- The proposals for the Cole Valley walking & cycling route (see my previous blog post here for details
All Shard End Ward residents are welcome to attend. Come and find out more – and have your say!
Shard End’s brand new library, the Shard, will be the venue for the next meeting of the Ward Committee on Monday 16 April.
You can view the agenda for the meeting by following this link. In addition to the regular updates from the police and a discussion of other urgent local issues, residents will also be able to find out more about this exciting new building and the services it will offer to our community.
The meeting starts at 7pm and all Shard End Ward residents are welcome to come and share their views!
The next meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee will be held at Shirestone Community Primary School on Monday 5 March.
These meetings are open to all local residents and are a chance to find out more about what’s happening in the area and to raise any issues or concerns in your neighbourhood. You can view the full agenda by clicking here.
One of the major problems facing Birmingham City Council is its sheer size. With a total annual budget of some £3.5billion, the Council is responsible for delivering services across a wide variety of neighbourhoods, each with their own priorities, needs and challenges. All too often, the City Council has tried to address this through a “one size fits all” approach, with services designed and managed centrally. It’s an approach that simply hasn’t worked.
Back in 2004, the then Labour-run Council started a process of devolving more power out to communities through a network of Constituency and Ward Committees. The intention was to give these Committees control over a range of local services like libraries, leisure facilities, environmental maintenance and housing management. Residents and their elected representatives would be able to shape decisions about services and budgets, rather than Cabinet Members and senior officials in the Council House imposing their will from on high.
Sadly, progress over the last few years has stalled. Despite there being voices in favour of more devolution within the ranks of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, they have been stymied by a strong “anti-devolution” lobby within the administration. As a result, there is a real need to kick start the process and get back into the business of empowering local communities.
On Tuesday, the City Council debated a report entitled “Resourcing Devolution”. Drawn up by a cross party committee of Councillors, including myself, the report sets out a series of actions for putting some life back into the devolution process. You can read the report by clicking here.
The debate in the Council Chamber can be viewed by clicking on the links below. The recording is in two parts and my own contribution can be found in Part One, at 6 minutes and 30 seconds.
I’m passionate about giving control back to local communities and I think we need a radical renewal of our efforts to achieve this. The proposals in “Resourcing Devolution” , provide a good starting point, but we need to go much further. Devolution isn’t just a nice “add-on” extra. It is essential to delivering services that meet people’s needs and provide value for money. That’s why decentralising power and empowering local people has to sit at the very heart of our plans for Birmingham’s future.
The first Ward Committee meeting of the New Year will be held at Hillstone Primary School, Hillstone Road, on Monday 16 January, starting at 7pm.
We’ll be discussing a number of important local issues, including the future use of some of the garage blocks in the area, traffic speeds in Brownfield Road, local policing and public transport.
All local residents are welcome – so come along and have your say!
The final Ward Committee meeting of 2011 will be held at Castle Bromwich Baptist Church, Timberley Lane, on Monday 12 December.
The meeting starts at 7pm and all residents are welcome. We’ll be discussing some new developments in the area, including the new Community First programme and other pressing local issues. The police will also be updating us on the work they have been doing over the last month.
You can download a copy of the agenda for the meeting by clicking here.