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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!

Shard End Ward Meeting – 29 July

The next meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee will be held on Monday 29 July, at the Shard, All Saints Square, B34 7AG.

Items to be discussed include the upkeep of All Saints Square, illegal parking on the verges and an update on the work that residents of Brownfield Road have been doing to address this issue.  We’ll also be getting reports on the review of traffic calming in Cole Hall Lane and our regular update from the local policing team.

You can download a copy of the agenda and other papers by visiting the Council’s Democracy in Birmingham website.

All residents are welcome.  Hope to see you there!

February Ward Committee Meeting

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!

December Ward Committee Meeting

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!

Ward Committee meeting set for 29 October

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!

Ward meeting at Mackadown Social Club

The next Ward Committee meeting will be held at Mackadown Sports and Social Club, Mackadown Lane on Monday 17 September, starting at 7pm.

Items on this month’s agenda include:

  • Updates on local road safety issues
  • Youth services
  • Reports from the police
  • The latest on the former Tile Cross Residents Club site

All local residents are welcome.  Come along and have your say!

Next meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee

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!

First meeting at the Shard!

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!

Ward Committee heads to Shirestone

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.

Putting communities in control

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.

Resourcing Devolution debate part 1

Resourcing Devolution debate part 2

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