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  • Article: Aug 12, 2020

    City group leader Cllr Jon Hunt says the council has paid for overreach and failing to heed warnings from many sources.

    Cllr Jon Hunt, councillor for Perry Barr and leader of Birmingham City Council Liberal Democrat group, said: "Abandoning the use of Perry Barr for the athletes village represents an astonishing failure for the City Council. City leader Ian Ward and some of those advising him should consider their positions.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2020

    This is not an April Fool.

    We will be resisting this and fear it would be used by those using doubtful building practices and making a quick buck out of converting homes into poor-quality apartments.

    At last week's city council meeting there was across the board criticism of these proposed extensions of "permitted development" and the latest announcements suggest it could be worse than originally feared, creating a free for all across the city.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2020

    John Lewis was the "anchor" for the shopping development around the new New Street Station. This news is utterly devastating, both for the staff, the city and fans of the store.

    However we have a Council that lacks an overall plan for a revived and bustling city centre. It has been utterly complacent while it has laid plans to restrict access to the centre. Visitors have been told not to bring their cars to the city centre - but have not been told where they can put them. There is no plan for comprehensive Park and Ride as found in other cities.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2020

    The shocking state of Birmingham City Council's Complaints Process has been highlighted by a damning report being presented to the Council's Co-ordinating Overview and Scrutiny Committee this Friday, 3rd July.

    The complaints process is described by the report as "not fit for purpose" and "in crisis." It says "There is a lack of focus on the Citizen with no consistent approach, a lot of complaints go unrecorded and the volumes included in reporting do not reflect the true volumes. Duplication often occurs when different teams respond to the same complaint. In addition, failings that result in complaints are not resolved. An intervention is urgently needed."

  • Article: Jun 30, 2020

    Mr Johnson is hyping up small amounts of spending on buildings for schools and hospitals. But what about teachers and teaching assistants?

    Our experience in Birmingham is that big construction projects do not "trickle down," and they certainly do not generate funds for good services. The Prime Minister seems utterly unaware that many schools are struggling to balance their budgets and are laying off teaching assistants.

    Similarly, we have seen Labour Birmingham City Council siphon money from social services to support its big spending projects. Just the same, the Tory New Deal seems intended to support private profit rather than investment in good quality training and jobs.