Monthly Archives: October 2011

Put your questions to the police

Have you got an issue you’d like to raise with the local police?  Would you like to talk to an officer about a problem in your street?

The Shard End Neighbourhood Police Team are now holding regular surgeries across the Ward in order to give residents a chance to talk to them directly about local issues or concerns.  You can view details of the times, dates & locations on their website by clicking here.



Looking for training?

Kingsbury Training are a not-for-profit company providing a range of training opportunities for young people living in Shard End Ward.  I’ve just received details of two new courses they will be running this autumn:

Employability Course
Are you 16 – 24 and not sure what you want to do? Thinking about college, an apprenticeship or a job? Then this short employability course is for you.  This course can last from a week up to 10 weeks, depending on what you want from it and includes:

  • Tasters in construction
  • English qualifications
  • Maths qualifications
  • IT qualifications
  • Employability skills
  • Job search tips
  • CV work shops
  • Personal development sessions
  • Sports sessions
  • And much more

This course starts 7th November and final assessments will be held in January 2012.

10 week Vocational Course
If you are aged between 16 and 18 and looking for a way in to an apprenticeship, Kingsbury are offering a  10 week vocational course that can help you gain qualifications in:

  • Bricklaying
  • Painting and decorating
  • Carpentry
  • ICT
  • English
  • Maths

This course starts 7th November and final assessments will be held in January 2012

If you attend either of these courses, you may also be entitled to financial support (a means tested allowance and travel bursary).  For more information, please ontact Kingsbury Training Centre on 0121 384 4040 or email  You can also check out their Facebook page here.

Council launches budget consultation

The Council’s ruling Tory/Lib Dem Cabinet has announced a series of consultations on the forthcoming Council Budget for 2012 – 13.  You can view the full details of the consultation process and the Cabinet’s initial proposals on the Council’s website here.

The severe cuts that are being made by the Government pose some real challenges for Birmingham.  £213 million is being cut from the Council’s spending at the moment.  Next year, the City Council is faced with cutting a further £106 million.  £41 million of these savings have already been signed off by the Council Cabinet, but this means they still have to find the other £65 million.  This inevitably means more cuts to local services.

As part of the consultation process, Council officials will be holding a public consultation meeting at Shard End Community Centre on 12 November, between 10am and 12noon.  If you are able to get along, please do so, as it is important that local residents get to have their say.  However, if you plan to get there by bus, I suggest that you don’t follow the travel advice on the Council’s press release, as they seem to think that we still have a 54 bus service.  I do hope their financial projections are more accurate than the bus timetable they’ve been using…

Longmeadow Park set for a facelift!

I’vebeen provided with a copy of some exciting plans to improve Longmeadow Park, which you can view by following this link.

The scheme includes the installation of some new outdoor gym equipment, new tree and shrub planting, action to secure the boundaries of the park from vehicles and an informal ball games pitch.

The plans were discussed at last night’s Ward Committee meeting and received a positive response from residents.  Council officials will also be consulting with people living close to the park about the details of the scheme.  If you have any comments, or would like further information, please do get in touch and let me know.

Come and have your say!

I’ve been out today delivering leaflets to publicise tomorrow evening’s meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee, which will be held at Castle Bromwich Methodist Church, School Lane, B34 6SJ, starting at 7:00pm.

These monthly meetings are a chance for residents to have their say about local issues and to find out about the latest developments across the Shard End Ward.  Tomorrow’s agenda can be found on the City Council’s website here and includes:

  • A report from the local police on their ongoing efforts to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour
  • An update on plans to improve Longmeadow Park
  • Decisions on the use of the Ward’s Community Chest fund.

We’re also using the first part of the meeting to identify local problems that need sorting out.  This “neighbourhood tasking” process brings residents together with Council officials, Police and other agencies to identify the problems and draw up an action plan to put things right.  The officials have to report back on the action taken at the next meeting – or explain to the community why they’ve not done as they promised!

All residents of Shard End Ward are welcome to attend.  If you can’t make the meeting and there’s an issue you’d like to raise, please use the Contact page of this website to tell me about it!