Monthly Archives: April 2013

Off Road Motorbikes

The use of off road motorbikes continues to cause real problems in parts of the Shard End Ward.  Together with my two colleagues, I’m continuing to work closely with the police to try and tackle this pressing issue.

At Monday evening’s meeting of the Shard End Ward Committee, the local police team provided residents with a copy of their information leaflet: Off Road Motorbikes – ASB, Safety & the Law.  For those of you who weren’t able to come along, you can download a copy by clicking here.

Don’t forget, if you have any information regarding the misuse of off road motorbikes, please contact the police by calling 101 or report the incident on-line via


Shard End is all set for St. George’s Day

Delighted to see that there’s some great festivities planned to mark St. George’s Day on Tuesday.  Look forward to seeing you there!

St Georges Day 2013

Social Breakfast Interview

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Team #wearetheonemil meets Councillor John Cotton (FULL VERSION) from Social Breakfast on Vimeo.

Social Breakfast is an excellent, Birmingham-based social enterprise working to get young people more involved in local decisions and making change happen in our city. 

Last week, they put me in the hot seat for their regular “Big Interview”, which you can view by clicking on the image above.  We covered a whole range of topics, from my work as a Shard End Ward Councillor and as a Council Cabinet Member through to my sci-fi and music preferences!

To find out more about the work of Social Breakfast, take a look at their website here.

Under Scrutiny

On Tuesday I appeared before the Council’s Social Cohesion and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee to take questions on the work I’ve been doing as a member of the City Council’s Cabinet.

Despite being interrupted by a fire alarm during the middle of proceedings and having to evacuate the Council House for a short period, we managed to cover a wide range of topics, including the city’s Social Inclusion Process, the impact of welfare reform and how we can hand more power and control to local communities.

The meeting was live streamed on the internet and you can view a recording by clicking here.