Monthly Archives: October 2012

Highways Works Update

I have just received notice of the latest scheduled highway repairs across the ward.  Over the next few weeks Amey, the Council’s roadworks contractor, will be carrying out the following works:

Week ending 2 November
Patch repairs to footpath in Haywood Road

Week ending 9 November
Carriageway resurfacing in Moorfield Road and Hollyberry Croft

Week ending 16 November
Carriageway resurfacing in Hartshill Road and Panther Croft

If you have any questions about the works, please contact the Highways team direct on 0121 303 6644.


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!

Building a Fairer Brum

Back in July, I reported on “Giving Hope, Changing Lives”, the social inclusion inquiry that is being led by the Bishop of Birmingham.  You can read my original post here.

The inquiry has now published a “Green Paper”, which sets out a series of ideas and recommendations to make our city a fairer place in which to live and work.  You can download a copy of the Green Paper by clicking here.

The Bishop and the inquiry team are keen to hear the views of Birmingham residents about the proposals.  You can have your say by logging on to the consultation portal at, or by commenting on the Fair Brum blog:


New guide gives neighbourhoods the “know-how”

Earlier this month, I helped to launch a new website and Know How Guide to help people across the city run neighbourhood forums. 

The guide and website  were developed by Birmingham-based think tank The Chamberlain Forum and are designed to help residents get more involved in shaping the decisions that affect their communities.

The Know How Guide for Neighbourhood Forums in Birmingham offers advice on a variety of topics from legal and financial matters to making the most of meetings and working with community volunteers. There are also tips on how to access funding.  You can find a copy of the guide, together with information, ideas and support by logging on to

Have you got the “write stuff” for Lea Village?

The Re-awakening Lea Village project continues to go from strength to strength, with residents working alongside community filmakers Reel Access and QSR2 Solutions on this exciting local history initiative, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

One of the project’s aims is to create a community film based on the stories of life in Lea Village past and present.  To help create the script, the project team are holding free workshops every Tuesday from 5pm at The Pump on Kitts Green Road.  So, if you fancy putting pen to paper, or have stories and ideas to share, please come along.

Re-awakening Lea Village will also enable residents to create a community archive, documenting life in the neighbourhood over the years.  If you are interested in helping with the creation of the archive, please contact Reel Access on 0121 675 8391 or email

Youth work update

I’ve just received the latest issue of the Birmingham Youth Service newsletter, which sets out some of the work the service has been doing with young people in Shard End Ward and across East Birmingham during the summer months.

There’s been some great things happening.  Do take a look by clicking here.