Monthly Archives: December 2010

Monday rubbish collections worst hit


INDUSTRIAL ACTION AND SEVERE WEATHER have caused a backlog in Birmingham rubbish collections. Households relying on Monday collections have suffered most, admits the Council, who say a team of 100 casual workers drafted in for the holiday period will be trying to catch up with collections by working on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
Relations between the binmen and the Council deteriorated this week after two refuse collectors were suspended, prompting a walkout by colleagues.
Tommy Wallace, Director of Fleet and Waste Management for Birmingham City Council, said “Contrary to some reports, it is not true that residents may go up to a month without a collection.”
Rubbish bags are piling up outside many Castle Vale homes. The Christmas period is expected to generate an extra 30% of rubbish.

Bad year for benefit cheats


566 BENEFIT CHEATS have been prosecuted by Birmingham’s Benefit Counter Fraud team since April 2010. The Council says that it has recouped a quarter of a million pounds as a result of their tough stance. One woman was forced to repay money by selling her car which she had bought with falsely obtained benefits.

New Year fireworks


CENTENARY SQUARE is the place to see the five minute firework display in the City at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Broad Street will be closed between Paradise Circus up to Sheepcote Street from 11pm-12.30am. Holliday Street up to Berkley Street will be closed from 11.45pm-12.15am.

Wrap up your rubbish


POLICE ARE URGING residents to wrap up their rubbish, so that any homes with expensive Christmas presents cannot be identified by burglars who are on the look out for potential targets. MP3 players, mobile phones and other electrical goods come in packaging that should be broken down or covered if it is to be left outside for collection.
Rubbish collections have been disrupted across Birmingham by difficult weather conditions and by union action over pay and conditions.
The nearest Household Recycling Centre to Castle Vale is in Tameside Drive, and is open from 8am-9pm.

Let us prey


Reverend Gregg Mensingh, Vicar at All Saints Church and PC Richard Potts with the recovered eagle.

POLICE HAVE FOUND a bronze statue of an eagle stolen from an Erdington church in a local scrapyard.The eagle had been snatched last month from All Saints Church in Erdington. A 26 year old man has been charged with burglary and a 32 year old man has been charged with handling stolen goods.

ANPR success for police


WEST Midlands Police say their annual automatic number place recognition system (ANPR) operation has been a success despite the poor weather conditions. They have made 58 arrests from vehicles stopped for a variety of offences, ranging from people wanted for robbery, domestic violence, theft and possession of drugs. One ANPR “hit” led to the recovery of a firearm from a car in the city centre.
In another incident, officers recovered 50 wraps of heroin from three people. A further search of an address connected to them led to the recovery of a further stash of drugs, and £50,000 suspected to be the proceeds of crime.
The operation has also seen 98 cars seized for offences such as lack of insurance.
Officers have also dealt with minor road infringements such as removing illegal tints from windows.

Happy Christmas