Monthly Archives: March 2012

Road Safety Day: this Saturday

Castle Vale Road Safety Campaign Group are holding a Road Safety Day outside the Castle Swimming Pool in Farnborough Road tomorrow (31st March).Local Councillors, the road traffic collision team and officers from Erdington Fire Station will be there. The event starts at 10.00am.


Sir Albert boost makes Byrne Labour favourite for Brum Mayor

Sir Albert Bore, leader of the Labour group on Birmingham City Council has today announced that he will back Liam Byrne as Directly Elected Mayor for Birmingham.
Sir Albert’s backing is a huge boost for Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne, a former government minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
If Birmingham votes yes in the referendum on 3rd May, the Mayoral elections will take place on Thursday 15th November. Bore’s backing will make Byrne one of the favourites for the campaign, and will give him a clear advantage over other Labour hopefuls such as former Erdington MP Sion Simon, and Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart, both of whom have expressed an interest in becoming Birmingham’s first ever Directly Elected Mayor.

Cinema showing for film shot in Erdington and Castle Vale: The Casebook of Eddie Brewer

A  feature film shot at Rookery House in Tyburn will be shown at the Sutton Empire Cinema on Sunday 22nd April.
The film: ‘The Casebook of Eddie Brewer’ tells the story of a paranormal investigator, and has the supernatural and poltergeists as its main themes. Many of the scenes are filmed in the now derelict mansion in Rookery Park, using its basement and corridors to create tension and suspense. A couple of the scenes were filmed at the Switch Radio studios in Topcliffe House, Castle Vale. The Switch Studios can be seen, briefly, at the start of the¬†trailer to the film.

Academy Meeting: cancelled

The public meeting scheduled for 19th April (see post below) has now been cancelled, and will be re-scheduled for later in the summer term.

Castle Vale School: Academy consultation meeting

Castle Vale School and the Academies Enterprise Trust will be holding a public meeting at the school between 6pm-8pm on Thursday 19th April. (Meeting cancelled… to be re-scheduled)
The meeting will be part of the formal public consultation process in the proposals to grant the school academy status. This would move the school out of Birmingham Local Authority control.
If academy status is conferred, AET would become the new employers by the end of August, ready for the school to re-open as an academy for the new academic year in September.

Castle Vale School: Investigation into Union rep still a sticking point, says NAS/UWT

Meetings between the NAS/UWT and the Local Education Authority will start again after the Easter holiday in the week beginning 16th April.
Today’s proposed strike action by teachers was called off yesterday afternoon.
Union officer Anne Brimacombe says that she is not happy with the investigation into the conduct of the NAS/UWT representative, and says that her members are prepared to take further action if they feel that he is victimised. The independent investigation into the union rep’s conduct has been commissioned by the school management.
But Anne Brimacombe says that in the latest talks which managed to avert today’s strike action they wanted to keep the focus on their original dispute, namely the adverse management practices, lack of support with disruptive behaviour and the staff re-organisation. “We wanted to keep the focus on making progress in the dispute,” she said, “but the investigation into our member is still a sticking point.”
The NAS/UWT says that support for union action is still strong amongst their members, and that union membership has increased since the action began.
The union is now submitting a report on the allegations of adverse management practices to the Local Education Authority. They are expecting responses from the Authority by 27th April.

Jobless figures get worse across Birmingham

Erdington (including Tyburn and Castle Vale) has the third highest jobless rate in the City, according to figures released this month. At 23.1% it is slightly better off than Ladywood (23.5%) and Hodge Hill (23.9%). Sutton Coldfield’s jobless figure is 8%, the lowest of the City’s ten constituencies. Unemployment rose last month across all ten constituencies.