Monthly Archives: November 2012

Youth work update

The November issue of the East Birmingham Youth Service update is out now and its good to see that work in the Shard End Ward again features prominently in its pages!

You can download a copy by clicking here.


Moorfield Hall Community Asset Transfer

Moorfield Hall closed earlier this year for an extensive refurbishment.  There have been some unfortunate delays in getting the work started, but I’m pleased to confirm that efforts to ensure that the Hall is made fit-for-purpose are now underway.

The Hall has been part of community life in Shard End for generations, hosting a wide range of events, activities and celebrations over the years.  Once the refurbishment is complete, we have a chance to put the Hall back at the heart of local life.

That’s why the City Council is now taking steps to start the Community Asset Transfer process for Moorfield Hall.  This will allow a community or voluntary organisation to take over the management of the Hall once the refurbishment is completed and deliver a programme of local activities.

Consultation has identified the Hall as a prime location for facilities for older members of our community, so the Council are keen to transfer to an organisation that has a focus on working with older people.

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Sharon Thompson on 0121 303 9211.  You can also find out more by downloading these documents:

Letter inviting organisations to submit an Expression of Interest

Expression of Interest Form

Heads of Terms

Expressions of Interest need to be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 3 December 2012, via email to

For more information on Community Asset Transfers in Birmingham please visit this website, which gives you all the info on the process, together with case studies of other successful projects across the city.

Have your say at the Highways Roadshow

Birmingham’s Highways Maintenance and Management Service are holding a Public Consultation Roadshow for residents of the Hodge Hill and Yardley Districts this coming Wednesday, 28 November.  

The session takes place at the Tesco Superstore at the Fox and Goose, Coleshill Road, Hodge Hill between 3pm and 7pm and is a chance to find out about the highway improvements that are planned for the next two years in the Hodge Hill and Yardley areas, including Shard End Ward.

The Highways team are keen to hear residents’ views on road and pavement improvements, including the change from paving slabs to bituminous materials, street lighting and trees on the highway.  Do try and pop in if you can!

Building a community that cares

Do you live in Shard End Ward?  Are you keen to get more involved in local decisions and influencing what happens in the community?

Our area is currently one of the national “Community Budget” pilots.  This is an initiative designed to give local communities more control over how money is spent locally and a stronger say about priorities for the neighbourhood.

As part of the pilot, there will be a special training session for residents on Wednesday 28 November, at The Shard.  Please click on the poster below for more details.  It’s a great chance to get more involved in the decisions affecting our community!

Cole Hall Lane traffic calming update

The traffic calming scheme on Cole Hall Lane has been the subject of considerable debate since it was put in place following the construction of the new road bridge last year.

Both my colleagues and I have received a number of comments and complaints from residents and other road users over the past few months, which led us to ask the Council engineers to take a fresh look at the situation.

The engineers have carried out a review and identified a series of different options for addressing the issues raised by residents.  They’re now seeking local views on these options.

You can read the full details of the options by clicking here.  If you have any comments, please email them to by 30 November 2012.