Archive for September, 2015

Advice to tenants gives food for thought in Erdington

By on 30/09/2015 in Blog with 0 Comments

Matthew Smith is a Principal Enforcement Officer in Birmingham City Council’s Private Rented Services team and works to bring the city’s empty properties back into use.  Since April, his team has brought around 200 properties back into use, providing more affordable housing and supporting communities.  This week is Private Rented Sector Week and Matthew is […]

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Gritters ready to go as winter service starts

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Birmingham City Council’s highways partner, Amey, launch the city’s winter maintenance service tomorrow (Thursday 1st October) with gritter drivers ready and waiting for the first cold snap of the season. In the five winters since Amey started delivering the service in 2010, the fleet of 25 gritters have travelled 212,000 miles spreading salt on the […]

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Good mental health should start in the classroom

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Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, reflects on reports that a rising number of students are experiencing mental health issues.

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Reminder to landlords and tenants – new laws from 1 October

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Birmingham City Council is reminding landlords and tenants that new legislation affecting the private rented sector comes into force on Thursday 1 October. Amongst the raft of new measures are new regulations requiring landlords to install adequate smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, the introduction of a new notice to quit form (Section 21) and […]

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Media Watch –  September 30

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Top Birmingham City Council stories Bournville no longer ‘dry’ as newsagent gains booze licence (Birmingham Mail, page 2 lead): Coverage of decision made by Licensing Sub Committee B to grant Mary Vale News a licence to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. This article fails to make clear that the shop is located outside […]

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I quit smoking and so can you

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On the eve of Stoptober, Birmingham blogger Emmalene Fletcher talks about her own personal journey from smoker to non-smoker and offers advice to anyone planning to quit next month. I remember my last cigarette much clearer than my first. I remember the hacking cough and failure to inhale successfully due to a nasty chest infection brought […]

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Bournville shop is granted licence to sell alcohol

By on 29/09/2015 in News with 0 Comments

Licensing Sub-Committee B met today (29 September 2015) to consider an application, submitted by Kamal Sharma, for a licence to sell alcohol (for consumption off the premises) at Mary Vale News, 87 Mary Vale Road, Bournville, which was granted. Cllr Lynda Clinton (Lab, Tyburn), Chair of Licensing Sub-Committee B, said: “The committee has carefully considered […]

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Recyling bins come to Birmingham city centre streets

Recycling waste bins are being located across the city centre as part of ongoing effort to keep Birmingham as clean and green as possible.

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Health warning for returning Hajj pilgrims

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People returning to Birmingham from the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia have been advised to be aware of the symptoms of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

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Media Watch – Sept 29

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Praise for ‘green’ New Street development (Birmingham Mail, page 6) Cllr Lisa Trickett has said Brummies should be proud of New Street station as it is one of the greenest developments ever Cameras set to return to blackspots (Birmingham Mail, page 11 lead) Average speed cameras may soon make a […]

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