Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas & New Year refuse collections

Quite a number of residents have contacted me over the last few days asking about the arrangements for collecting refuse and recycling over the Christmas period.  

I’ve checked with the Council and have been told that refuse and recycling collections on Tuesday 27 December, Monday 2 January and the rest of the Christmas period are scheduled to continue as normal.

On Monday 26 December there will be black bag collections only – households due a recycling collection that day should put it out on Saturday 31 December.

You can also take your waste to any of the city’s five Household Recycling Centres, which will remain open every day except 25 and 26 December.  The Centres are open between 8am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 4.40pm at weekends.

While green recycling collections have been suspended for the winter and are not due to recommence until 6 February 2012, the Council is setting up special Christmas tree disposal points in its parks throughout January.  From 6 January  to 29 January disposal points will operate adjoining the visitor centres at Lickey Hills, Sheldon, Sutton and Woodgate Valley country parks.

I hope this helps, but if you have any problems or questions, please do let me know.


Help win funds to upgrade local CCTV scheme

The CCTV cameras covering Lea Village, Kitts Green and the Glebe need an urgent upgrade – but it’s down to the votes of local people to help us win the funds to get the work done!

Birmingham East Local Policing Unit is currently holding a public vote to determine where to spend money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act.  The Act was passed in 2002 by the then Labour Government and allows police officers to recover money and other assets gained by offenders through their crimes.  The money can then be spent on community improvements.

Three projects from the Hodge Hill Constituency, including the Lea Village cameras, have submitted a bid for these funds and its now down to a public vote to decide who wins!  Please spare a moment to cast your vote by visiting the police website here.  Every vote will count, so make sure you tell your friends, family and neighbours to have their say too!

Pedestrian improvements proposed for the Glebe junction

The Council’s Highways team have just published plans to improve access for pedestrians at the junction of Glebe Farm Road, Kitts Green Road, Audley Road and Church Lane.

The proposed improvements include:

  • “Build outs” at the junction of Glebe Farm Road and Church Lane.  These will include dropped kerb crossing points and tactile paving.
  • Bollards on Kitts Green Road and Church Lane.
  • Parking bays on Kitts Green Road.

You can view a plan of the proposals by clicking here.

The Council is currently consulting with local residents about these plans.  If you have any comments, please email them to

Join Switch Radio’s Christmas Extravaganza

107.5 Switch Radio is a community radio station that broadcasts to over 100,000 people in north east Birmingham.

On Tuesday 20 December Switch will be broadcasting a Christmas Extravaganza between 10am and 4pm.  It’s designed to be a celebration of community life in north east Birmingham in the run up to Christmas.

The team at Switch are keen to give local organisations the chance to get involved in the day.  If you’ve got a Christmas event coming up that you’d like to promote, now’s your chance to get some coverage on the radio.

For groups staging Christmas Carol concerts, Switch Radio may also be able to come and record your event. For schools breaking up on 16 December, Switch may even be able to invite your choir in to the studios to pre-record a few carols!

The Christmas Extravaganza is also a chance for local charities and community groups to promote their festive good causes.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact Mary Everill at Switch Radio on 749 1343 or e mail, with the following:

  • the details of your event – date, time, location, etc
  • the name of your group / organisation
  • name and contact details of who the Switch team should speak to make arrangements.

99 bus service to go hourly?

I’ve received notice from Centro that they are proposing to change the frequency of the 99 bus service, which connects Lea Village with Acocks Green.

The 99 is a daytime only service and currently runs on a half hourly basis. Under Centro’s proposals, which are likely to take effect from the end of February, the service will run once every hour.  They also propose to change the route in the South Yardley area and run the service through Clay Lane and Gilbertstone Avenue, before moving on to cover the Lyndon area, including Melton Avenue, Hobs Moat Road and Coventry Road.

As someone who relies on the bus to get around, I know from my own experience how changes to services can cause real problems.  I’m keen to know what local residents who use the 99 think about this plan, so please tell me your views – use the links on the Contact Me page to get in touch!

December Ward Committee Meeting

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.

Pump to host College Open Day

South Birmingham College are holding an Open Day at The Pump on Wednesday 7 December, between 3:30pm and 7:00pm.

The event is a chance to find out more about the range of short courses that the College will be delivering at The Pump, in partnership with local employment project Wish.

For more information, please click here.


Community Lunch to raise funds for St. Richard’s Church

St. Richard’s Church, on Hallmoor Road, is a hive of community activity, providing a home to local groups and activities for old and young alike.  But the building itself is still recovering from the impact of an arson attack and there is a desperate need to bring the whole of the Church Centre site back into use.

There’s a chance to help this worthwhile cause on Sunday 11 December, between 1pm and 4:30pm.  The Church will be launching their Fundraising Appeal with a Community Lunch and a Celebration, which will also feature a Christingle and a visit from Father Christmas.

Tickets for the lunch (beef casserole and desserts) cost £1.50 per person and are available from the Reverend Paul Bracher and other user group leaders.  I’ll be joining residents to support this worthwhile cause and hope to see you there too!

See Sleeping Beauty for £3!

Residents of Shard End Ward have the chance to see Birmingham Rep’s Christmas production of Sleeping Beauty for the bargain price of just £3 per ticket!

The Rep is the official “arts partner” of the Hodge Hill Constituency and this great offer is part of their “Hodge Hill Nights” programme, which gives local people the chance to enjoy a night out at the theatre at a price that won’t break the bank.

Well known for their fabulous Christmas shows, The REP brings a fun and refreshingly quirky take on the familiar fairy tale Sleeping Beauty that’s guaranteed not to make you yawn! As grisly as a Roald Dahl story and as “Grimm” as any of The Brothers’ fairytales, this version of Sleeping Beauty is told from the point of view of the mischievous old Fairy Goody, a grubby, smelly old sprite who casts a spell that sends Princess Beauty into a deep, deep sleep…

Please note Sleeping Beauty is recommended for children aged 7+.

The tickets are available for performances starting at 7:30pm on Saturday 3rd December, Saturday 10th December and Friday 16th December.  However, availability is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. You’ll need to quote HODGE HILL NIGHTS when you book.  You can book tickets by calling The REP’s Box Office, The BOX on 0121 236 4455, or come to The BOX counter which is located in the Central Library foyer.