The annual Pype Hayes bonfire is to go ahead on Friday 5th November, a Council spokesperson has confirmed this morning. Fears were expressed at the Ward Committee meeting that the event might have been scrapped for this year because there has been very little publicity and there is no mention of it on the Council website. But the Council has confirmed that it will take place in Pype Hayes Park and will be free to attend.
Upgrades to Castle Vale Stadium should begin “within the next couple of weeks”, Erdington Senior Manager Chris Baker said tonight.
The Council has agreed to spend £125,000 to carry out a number of improvements. These include replacing the stairlift, connecting the mains sewer, improving the lighting for the stadium access, refurbishing the stadium (including installing better ladies’ toilet facilities) and replacing some of the grounds maintenance equipment.
Chris Baker told the Ward Committee meeting at Spitfire House tonight that the improvements would help the stadium to attract more people and generate more income.
The Council has already spent over £50,00 this year on pitch improvements to the stadium and Farnborough Road football fields. A further £33,000 of spending – on CCTV camera systems and fencing for the new water tank- is awaiting City approval.
The money is in the hands of the Council, though it is due to be passed over to the Neighbourhood Partnership Board if it is not spent before February 2011. If all of the proposed spending goes ahead, Mr Baker says that there will be £163,283 left of the money originally allocated for Stadium by the Housing Action Trust when it folded in 2005.
Not all local residents accept these Council figures. Brian Cragg, who has been an active member of a number of local committees for many years, feels that Castle Vale is being short changed by the City accountants. He feels that the sum of money still owed to Vale after all the current round of spending should be closer to £200,000.
The financial arrangements between the Council and the Neighbourhood Partnership Board have been a source of disagreement and growing anger for many local groups. One of the most contentious points is the money spent on the paddock. It is an issue that keeps arising at committee meetings. Disgruntled residents maintain that the money was designated to be spent on sports facilities, not on developing a meadow for horses.
Midland Combination Premier Division
Two first-half goals from Mark Morris and a late strike from Lewis Cheslyn gave JKS three much needed points in tonight’s league match against Pelsall Villa
two-goal hero Mark Morris
. It was JKS’ second win of the season and, though they stay just off the bottom of the table, the 3-1 scoreline keeps them within reach of the teams above, with games in hand.
Phoenix Court Day Centre in Yatesbury Avenue is hosting a free musical entertainment session with cream teas this Friday, 1st October,from 10am-2pm. It’s one of a wide programme of events across the City to celebrate UK Older People’s Day.
A 19 year-old Castle Vale youth has pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in the Parade, Sutton Coldfield. He was fined £35 with an additional £65 costs by Sutton Coldfield Magistrates.
Sunday league Football
Neither age, nor heavy defeats can wither Castle Vale Veterans. After a morale battering start to the season, the undaunted Vets have steadily improved.
They were thrashed 10-1 in their opening match. They were hammered 8-0 in their second fixture. But, with stout hearts and undented mettle, they forged a 2-2 draw in their third encounter. And this weekend, their resilience was rewarded with a 1-0 victory over Holy Souls in the mid Warwickshire Over 35s League, their first win of the season.
Four wins from four have taken St Gerards to the top of the Festival Senior Amateur League, and Castle Vale Jaguars head the top division of the Sutton and District Sunday League. Jags are averaging over 6 goals per game… and have only conceded one goal in their three league matches.
Sutton’s top policeman Chief Superintendent James Andronov will boost a local neighbourhood watch initiative this weekend by adding his signature to ‘Valewatch’ at the annual Residents’ Conference at St Cuthbert’s Church this Saturday 2nd October.
Chief Superintendent James Andronov
Valewatch is an agreement that brings together the police, the anti-social behaviour unit and other agencies responsible for community safety. Other signatories to the agreement are Castle Vale School and Birmingham Youth Offending Service.