Help plant our new community orchard in Shirestone Road

Tile Cross Orchard Flier

Tackling anti-social behaviour on the Glebe

Residents of the Glebe Farm area are being asked to share their views on plans to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order.

Public Space Protection Orders give the police additional powers to target groups of people causing anti-social behaviour, those who are under the influence of drink, drugs or so-called “legal highs” and people riding unlicensed and off road vehicles in a dangerous and anti social manner.  A similar order was recently put in place in the Shard End neighbourhood, following a series of complaints from local residents.

You can find out more about the plans and have your say by following this link.

No changes planned to 55A bus service

A number of concerned residents have been in touch regarding rumours that the 55A bus service, which provides a vital link across the Yorkswood area, is about to be changed or cancelled.

I checked this out with National Express, the bus company who run the service and have now had confirmation that there are no plans to change the 55A.  This is good to hear, especially after the fight we had to get the service introduced after a disastrous reorganisation of local bus routes five years ago.

Here’s the full text of the email I received from National Express:

From: National Express []
Sent: 19 February 2016 13:28
To: Councillor John Cotton
Subject: Our Ref NXWM/81888-12

19 February 2016

Dear John

Thank you for your enquiry.

We are not aware of any changes being made to the 55A bus route.

Thank you for contacting us.

Best wishes


Customer Liaison Officer

Another great opportunity at Shard End Youth Centre

SE Youth Centre

Public Space Protection Order now in force


Have your say on Birmingham’s budget plans

Birmingham City Council today launched its 2016+ budget consultation, setting out its financial plans for 2016/17 – 2019/20.

As well as setting the budget for 2016/17 in March, the Council is preparing a plan to ensure that it maintains a balanced budget in the future.  This plan takes account of the announcements that the Government has already made about the money available to local councils like Birmingham.  However, the Government will be making some further announcements about the financial settlement in the next few weeks.  Everyone expects that this settlement will again be a challenging one, leaving the Council having to make further spending cuts of over £250m over the next four years.

The consultation is an opportunity for everyone in the city – residents, businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations – to have their say about the budget plans.

You can read the consultation document by following this link and find out how to share your views on the plans by clicking here.

Festive fun at the Pump

Pump Xmas event

Christmas comes to Shard End


SE Xmas Event

Public Meeting at Timberley Academy tomorrow

Residents of Shard End Ward are invited to the next of our regular public meetings, which is being held at Timberley Academy, tomorrow evening (16 November), starting at 7pm.  

The meetings are another chance to find out about the work your local Councillors have been doing over the past weeks and for residents to have their say about the issues that matter most to our community.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!



Packington Avenue roadworks set for November

Some important news about forthcoming roadworks on Packington Avenue:


Packington Avenue roadworks