Category Archives: Local Council, Committees and Management

Volunteers needed to check on police cells

West Midlands Police Authority is looking for volunteers to serve as custody visitors. Custody visitors make random surprise visits, in pairs, to police cells. They talk to people who are being detained by police, and then write a short report on their visit for the Police Authority. The purpose of the visits is to ensure that decent standards are being maintained, and correct procedures being followed.
Volunteers attend a one day initial training event. They then conduct a one hour custody visit every six weeks.
Custody visitors must be more than 18 years old and live in the West Midlands. No special skills are required as full training and support is provided. They are expected to be good listeners, non-judgemental and capable of making unbiased observations.
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Paul Norton on 0121 626 5685 or email The closing date for applications is Friday 13th July.


Castle Vale School: academy public meeting tonight

AET (Academies Enterprise Trust) will be consulting with the public tonight about their proposals to run Castle Vale School as an academy. The meeting starts at 6pm, in the school hall.

No more sex in Moseley churchyard

Moseley village people are celebrating the award of a Section 222 injunction – the same type of injunction that aimed to put a stop to boy racers on Fort Parkway. The injunction in Moseley village aims to stop begging, drinking alcohol in public places, urinating or defecating, exposing their genitalia and having sexual intercourse in public. The sexual acts have been taking place in St Mary’s churchyard. 28 residents were ready to provide evidence to secure the injunction, after ten years of anti-social behaviour.

Callum crossing: work starts Monday

Work starts on a new pedestrian crossing in Farnborough Road on Monday 25th June. It will be adjacent to the swimming pool and Chivenor School, near the spot where ten year-old cyclist Callum Henry was killed by a motorist last September. The work is expected to take five weeks.

Waste collection: new schedule from July

The City Council is sending out postcards to all homes indicating the days on which their rubbish will be collected each week, as from the start of July. As the map below indicates, half of Castle Vale will have a collection on Wednesdays, the other half on Fridays.

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Castle Vale School: academy consultation starts today

The formal stages of Castle Vale School’s bid for academy status with Academies Enterprise Trust starts today. The public meeting will be held at the school on Wednesday 27th June.

Fundraising event at Sanctuary