Gritters ready to go as winter service starts

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

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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Birmingham – our city transformed

By on 28/09/2015 in Blog, Leader, News with 0 Comments

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, reflects on the renaissance of Birmingham and what it means for the future of the city. Birmingham has just seen two major milestones in the ongoing transformation of the city, with the opening of New Street station and Grand Central. But when talking about transformation, ‘ongoing’ is […]

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Final countdown to Birmingham New Street station’s big unveil

By on 18/09/2015 in Leader, News with 0 Comments

Final countdown to Birmingham New Street station’s big unveil Network Rail today (18 September) entered the final countdown to opening Birmingham New Street station after a five-year, £750m transformation. Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse – five times the size of London Euston’s – the station, which opens its doors to […]

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Why partnerships are essential for the Library of Birmingham

By on 31/07/2015 in Blog, Cllr Holbrook with 0 Comments

Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, talks about why partnerships are essential for the Library of Birmingham. First of all, let’s deal with the obvious: this year’s cuts to the Library of Birmingham’s opening hours have been hugely controversial and difficult. It is an extraordinary, iconic building and service that’s helped […]

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Birmingham Curzon takes major step forward

By on 20/07/2015 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, News with 0 Comments

The Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan is set to be adopted by the city council at its cabinet meeting on the 27 July. The masterplan, which was launched for public consultation in 2014, sets out proposals to deliver a world class integrated city centre terminus station – Birmingham Curzon – along with major regeneration across Eastside, […]

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Sutton Town Council consultative ballot – Yes vote

By on 17/07/2015 in News with 1 Comment

The Sutton Town Council consultative ballot, which forms part of a wider consultation, closed at 3pm on Thursday 16 July 2015. In answer to the question – Should a Town Council be established for the Parliamentary constituency of Sutton Coldfield with the City of Birmingham?  – close to 70% of the vote was in favour […]

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Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel progress report

By on 05/06/2015 in Improvement Plan, Leader, News with 0 Comments

A six-month report has been prepared for the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel. This provides an update on the progress that Birmingham City Council is making against each of the recommendations made in last year’s Kerslake Review. The panel is monitoring this progress and will be holding their first public meeting on 11 June in the […]

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Election 2015 – candidates lists

By on 09/04/2015 in Elections, News with 0 Comments

The list of candidates contesting Birmingham’s ten parliamentary constituencies and 41 city council seats at the 2015 elections on Thursday 7 May

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Pupils join fight against underage alcohol and tobacco sales

By on 03/03/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council is turning to the city’s schools for reinforcements in the battle against underage alcohol and tobacco sales. Trading Standards and Public Health officials are supporting the Trading Standards Institute’s ‘Create a Campaign’competition, which calls on teams of young people aged 12-15 to get creative in the fight against underage sales. The ‘Create […]

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Canal towpath users urged to Share the Space

By on 02/10/2015 in Cllr Trickett, News with 0 Comments

As the numbers of people using the nation’s towpaths reaches record levels, the Canal & River Trust, which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, is calling for the reintroduction of old-fashioned manners to preserve the peace.

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Stephen Rimmer: Our children are safer now

By on 02/10/2015 in News with 0 Comments

Whitehall Director General Stephen Rimmer is confident children in the West Midlands are safer now than they were when he moved to the region two years ago.

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Media Watch October 2

By on 02/10/2015 in Media Watch with 0 Comments

Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Trust hits back over Bournville alcohol sale row (Birmingham Mail page 7 quarter page) Article about Bournville Village Trust’s response to criticisms that it didn’t object to plans to allow a shop to sell alcohol for the first time in ‘The Dry Village’. The Trust points out, as has the […]

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Digital technology to help fight against crime

By on 01/10/2015 in Cllr McKay, News with 0 Comments

A system to help businesses report crime has been extended today by Birmingham Community Safety Partnership with the support of a range of partners

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Think Hedgehog!

By on 01/10/2015 in Deputy Leader, News with 0 Comments

Willows Hedgehog Rescue has joined forces with Birmingham City Council and other councils across the West Midlands to raise awareness of the dangers that brush cutters and ‘strimmers’ can pose to wildlife, especially hedgehogs. Many hundreds of hedgehogs every year are seriously injured, sometimes fatally, by the use of line trimmers or ‘strimmers’.  Hundreds of […]

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Media Watch – October 1

By on 01/10/2015 in Media Watch with 0 Comments

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Alcohol sold in ‘dry’ Bournville after 120 years (Extensive local and national coverage including Birmingham Post page 9 lead, Guardian page 15 lead, Daily Telegraph page 11,, Daily Mail Online, Mirror Online) Coverage of the council’s decision to grant an alcohol sales licence to Mary Vale News. Some of […]

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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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Good mental health should start in the classroom

By on 30/09/2015 in Blog, Cllr Hamilton with 0 Comments

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

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

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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