Monthly Archives: January 2012

What’s going on at Cole Hall Lane?

Over the next week or so, some exploratory ground investigation work will be taking place at the site of the former Yardley Sewage Works, which adjoins Cole Hall Lane.  You can see the detailed plan of the site by clicking here.

The site has been earmarked for possible new housing development in the City Council’s Core Strategy (the formal plan for guiding new development across the city).  However, before any housing could be considered, the ground has to be checked for contamination and any other potential problems.  If it is found to be suitable, there would then have to be a formal planning application from a developer and detailed public consultation.

The exploration works should be completed by 3 February and will take place during daylight hours to minimise any disruption.  Details of the works have also been circulated to all residents living near to the site and the outcome, together with any future proposals, will be reported back to the Councillors and the local community.


New training opportunities at Shard End Youth Centre

Kingsbury Training, the Birmingham-based, not for profit youth training company, are teaming up with Shard End Youth Centre to offer a new package of opportunities for youngsters aged between 16 and 24.

Starting on 7 February, the Kingsbury team will be at the Centre every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  If you’re looking for training, qualifications or work experience in mechanics, construction, painting and decorating, IT, carpentry, admin, customer service or retail, this is a great place to start.  The team are also offering a new opportunity to learn about motor mechanics, in addition to the chance to brush up on those all-important English and Maths skills.

All courses are free and run at a time and pace to suit individual learners.  To find out more, please call 0121 384 4040 or email

Strike a light!

I’ve just received details of the next set of local streets that will benefit from brand new street lighting, as part of the rolling programme to improve lighting, pavements and road surfaces across the area.  

Amey, the contractors who are carrying out the work, are replacing around half the lights in Birmingham over the next five years as part of the ongoing Highway PFI deal.  Lighting in residential areas will be replaced using state of the art LED technology that will reduce energy consumption for street lighting and help meet the city’s carbon reduction commitments.

Work will be starting over the next four weeks in the following streets: Ankermoor Close, Barlands Croft, Tyebeams, Orkney Avenue, Ridgewood, Shepherds Standing, Sheldon Hall Avenue, Spondon Grove, Tanglewood Close.

The works will take up to 30 days to complete and will be carried out Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm only.  Access to properties should not be affected, but if you do have any questions about the works, please contact the Highways team on 0121 303 6644.

Putting Shard End in the picture!

Would you or your family like to feature in a photography project documenting the changing face of life in Shard End?

The project is being funded by Arts Council for England and will create a photographic chronicle of Shard End – its buildings, its places and its people.  Photographer Tom Ranahan is coordinating the project and is looking for local people who are willing to have their photograph taken outside of their own home, business, inside the library or other public space. The photographs will be used as part of an exhibition to mark the launch of the new library in All Saints Square in June/July 2012.

To take part, please contact Tom at Shard End Library on 464 6779 or email

Advice Bureau venue change

Moorfield Hall has been part of community life in Shard End for generations.  Located next to the Heath Way shops, the Hall has housed a wide variety of activities over the years – including one of my monthly advice bureaux.

On 19 January, the Hall will be closing for several months so that an extensive refurbishment and modernisation can be carried out.  When the work is completed, we will have a much-improved additional community facility for the Shard End area.

This means that I’ve had to find a new home for my advice bureau.  So, with effect from February, the bureau I hold on the second Tuesday of each month will take place at Shard End Community Centre, 170 Packington Avenue B34 7RD.  The bureau will still start at 7pm.

I’ll also continue to hold a session on the fourth Tuesday of the month at St. Peter’s Church in Tile Cross.  Please visit the Advice Bureaux page of this site for full details.  You can also find details of the advice bureau held by my colleagues, Marje Bridle and Ian Ward, by clicking here.

Come and have your say!

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!