Monthly Archives: December 2009

New Year fireworks


A five minute fireworks display at midnight in Centenary Square will welcome the New Year.
Road closures:
11.30pm – 12.30am – Broad Street from Paradise Circus up to Sheepcote Street.
11.50pm – 12.10am – Holliday Street from Berkley Street to Suffolk Street Queensway and the whole length of Bridge Street.
Vehicle access to pubs, clubs etc. will be permitted from Sheepcote Street down to Gas Street during the event. A phased lifting of the traffic restrictions will be carried out as soon as it is safe to do so. Taxis will be at the rank by the ICC.

Caught short – Brum bars don’t measure up


90% of pints of beer ordered from a sample of 30 pubs, bars and restaurants in Birmingham were short measures, according to the annual survey conducted by Trading Standards officers in the City. Of the 88 pints bought by Trading Standards Officers only 9 drinks were a full pint.The average shortfall found was 3.94%, effectively a £0.40p overcharge on each pint of beer.
The prices for a round of three pints varied from £6.40 to £10.55, with many rounds costing almost £10. The prices had little bearing on the quantity, with some of the most expensive having the greatest shortfall.

Council to get tough on skip-hire


Birmingham City Council is planning tough measures for roadside skip users in 2010. The proposals include a 7-day limit on the length of time a skip can be left on a roadside.
The Council aims to get a tighter grip on skip-hire companies, claiming that it currently receives official notification of a mere 4% of the 80,000 skips used in Birmingham each year.

Snow warning for West Midlands


The Met office has issued a warning of heavy snow in some parts of the West Midlands over Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Frozen pitch


The Boxing Day local derby football match postponement was due to a frozen pitch at the Farnborough Road stadium. Just two Midland Combination premier fixtures survived the cold weather. Next fixtures are on 2nd January, when JKS will be at home to Pershore Town, and Vale FC away at Heath Hayes , who are in fifth place and enjoying an excellent run of form. Both matches kick off at 3pm.

Boxing Day football


Castle Vale v Castle Vale JKS in the Midland Combination premier division at the Farnborough Road Stadium on 26th December is an 11.30am kick-off.

Frankfurt market – three million and counting


The ninth annual Frankfurt Market based in Victoria Square has ended today. The City Council is claiming that a record three million people visited the event, compared with 2.8 million last year.
Calculating numbers on these occasions is hardly a precise science – the City Council seems to pluck figures out of the air at times. On a November night, even before the fireworks at Pype Hayes had started, a Council spokesperson was announcing that 30,000 had attended the annual bonfire and fireworks spectacular. Better to think too high than too low. The council’s underestimation of a crowd size almost ended in disaster this year at the free ‘switch-on’ Millennium Point concert featuring the band JLS.
Whatever the figure, and despite some bitterly cold weather during its final week, the Frankfurt Market has been a very successful attraction.