Monthly Archives: October 2011

New ‘interim’ constituency boss for Erdington

Mike Davis starts today as boss of the Erdington constituency (Tyburn, Erdington, Stockland Green and Kingstanding), following the retirement of Chris Baker at the end of last week.
The full title of the post is ‘interim constituency lead manager’. Interim suggests ‘temporary’, in view of possible re-organisation and cuts in the way that the council runs its ten constituencies. Critics of the system say that the ten constituencies could be cut down to four. Mike Davis will be Erdington’s third ‘interim’ boss. Previous postholders Chris Baker and Sally Potter were both interim appointments.


Download: “Trick or Treat No Thanks” cards

“Trick or Treat No Thanks” cards to display in windows can be downloaded from the new West Midlands Police Flickr site. The new site can be found at

Police cordons in City for EDL protests

Access to Victoria Square will be restricted tomorrow (Saturday) due to a planned demonstration in Birmingham city centre. The English Defence League will be holding a protest in Centenary Square, whilst a separate community event will be held in Chamberlain Square. As a result of the policing operation for both events, access to Victoria Square will be restricted with police cordons in place around the square.

Red route plans for Kingsbury Road to Asda Minworth

The City Council Transport Department will be presenting its plans to the public for a red route along Kingsbury Road between Asda at Minworth and the Tyburn Road/Kingsbury Road junction.
The Council hopes to stage the public consultation event on 22nd November between 9am-4pm at Spitfire House in Castle Vale High Street.
A red route is designed to make sure the main arterial routes to and from the city centre run as efficiently as possible, a spokesperson said. The route will be marked with a mixture of single and double red lines by the kerbside. Double reds mean ‘no stopping’; single reds mean ‘no waiting’. The plans will also include minor junction improvements and some widening of carriageways.

1,000+ sign Callum crossing petition

Over 1,000 people have now signed the e-petition to get a pedestrian crossing on Farnborough Road near to the spot where 10 year-old Callum Henry was killed last month. Callum’s uncle, Matthew Henry, set up the petition on the Birmingham Council website.
Click here for petition website

Volunteer Olympic helpers wanted for Brum’s USA and Jamaican training camps

Olympic Games organisers have launched a new website for people who would like to volunteer to help out at the training camps for the track and field athletes from the American and Jamaican teams who will be based in Birmingham in 2012.
The Americans will train at the Alexander Stadium, and the Jamaican camp will be based at the University of Birmingham.
The website is:

City plans emergency rehearsal

Police, firefighters, ambulance and hospital staff will take part in an emergency planning exercise in Birmingham next Sunday (October 30) to assess how well prepared the City is in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident.
The emergency staff will be joined by 100 volunteers playing the part of injured and uninjured survivors.
Some will be put through a decontamination procedure and taken to hospitals or survivor centres – just as they would should a real emergency occur.