Please sign this petition calling on the Council to bring back the litter bins they have recently removed from the streets of Acocks Green. Our Labour run Council, has recently taken out several bins from our streets, arguing that this was necessary to reduce fly-tipping, which they say the litter bins encouraged. We disagree. Fly-tipping is not caused by litter bins and their removal doesn't stop it. The attached photo was taken at the former location of a litter bin in Acocks Green. As it shows fly-tipping has continued there following its removal. What is clear is that when the bins were removed, littering increased making our streets even dirtier:
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.
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.
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.
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."
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