Daily Archives: August 2, 2011

“£26,000” of drain covers lifted from Vale in past two weeks


33 drain covers have been stolen from roads in Castle Vale in the past two weeks.
A cast-iron cover costs £800 to replace, Councillor Mike Sharpe says. Amey, the company who look after Birmingham’s road network, are planning to replace all cast-iron drain covers with cheaper plastic versions in an effort to cut down on the thefts, according to Councillor Sharpe.
Police say that they have found no evidence that scrap metal traders are responsible for the thefts. “We are stopping every scrap metal van on the estate and we have found no evidence that they are stealing the covers,” said Sergeant James Nix of Castle Vale Neighbourhood Police team.

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Nothing to do in the school holidays?


A cooking session at the Sanctuary today between 1-4pm today is one of a number of activities on offer for youngsters during the second week of their school holidays.
Today, there’s also:

  •  a bus and train trek between 1-5pm at a cost of £5 per person, organised by the Astral Centre.
  • A play centre from 7am till 6.30pm at Castle Vale Play centre,
  • a trip to Kingsbury Water Park from the Sanctuary between 10.30 and 4pm at a cost of £2,
  • Olympics between 9am-4pm at the Performing Arts College (secondary school on Farnborough Road),
  • a soccer academy between 9.30-3.30 at the school
  • a radio project at Switch Radio in Topcliffe House.

A range of events and activities for youngsters goes on throughout August. Booklets listing the activities, giving times, dates and any costs, are available from The Sanctuary.