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Further to the Evening Mail story today, Liam Byrne held urgent talks with Ofsted, City Council officials, the office of Michael Gove and Department for Education officials.
Commenting after the talks, Liam Byrne said:
“Our community will simply not tolerate any nonsense that interferes with first class teaching of our children.
“Both Saltley school and Park View have delivered outstanding results over the last few years and we will simply not put up with anything that threatens those high standards.
“These are deeply disturbing allegations which is why Ofsted was been called in. I have demanded that the second we have results from those inspections, both the city council and the Secretary of State take immediate action.
“We can’t have a kangeroo court for a matter as sensitive as this but if there’s been wrong-doing then we must and will have decisive and immediate action.”
Hodge Hill Ward
Crime figures and detail
Date range: 27th Feb – 6th March 2014
There has been one burglary and one attempt this week. Both were in the same block of flats on Washwood Heath Raod. We will be linking in with the housing trust about the security issues there.
Advice – Please ensure you secure your property at night and when you are not present. Lock patio and porch doors and do not leave the keys in them or near them – as this provides an easy escape route once the thieves are inside.
One vehicle was stolen this week – a new transit van where the owner had dropped the keys and the suspect picked them up and took the van. This was on Drews Lane. Two vehicles have had number plates stolen and a drill was taken from a van.
Advice – Please be aware of your surroundings when locking your vehicle. Park in well lit areas.
There have been two robberies one was a business robbery where a motorbike was stolen from near to the Hunters Moon – a male is in custody for this. The other relates to a suspect pretending to want to buy a phone from someone on Gumtree – who has then had the phone and other items stolen. There are lines of enquiry with this and arrests will be made soon.
Advice – Please remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Try not to make yourself vulnerable to being targeted.
The team have been concentrating their patrols around Bromford Drive and the tower blocks this week and we have conducted a letter and leaflet drop to every flat in WarstoneTower. We have been doing regular walk throughs to combat anti-social behaviour from the local youths.
There have been a number of meetings in relation to other civil interventions – joint visits and meetings with youths in relation to anti-social behaviour issues.
We are working with BCC in relation to a group of travellers who have moved on to Berrandale Road.
We would like you to follow us on Twitter @HodgeHillPolice
If you have any information about crime or ASB in your area contact us on: 101 ext 7601 6392 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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Please use the link below to read my Liam’s Latest newsletter for February 2014.
It’s a great read with pieces on the Hodge Hill Funders’ Fair, Birmingham Labour Party Policy Review latest and an update on my campaign to make better use of our Health Centres.
News from Liam Byrne MP
This Friday 28 February – Liam Byrne and Big Lottery team up for the Hodge Hill Funders Fair
Liam Byrne MP and the Big Lottery have teamed up to deliver another Funders’ Fair for local groups seeking to raise much needed cash.
Over nineteen big funders will come together including; Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery, Sport England and Barclays Bank, to brief local charities and community groups on how to get their hands on their cash.
Over the last few years these Funders’ Fairs have helped deliver big sums for local groups including, the £1 million BIG Local fund for the Bromford and Firs, and the Heritage Lottery Fund/ Veolia deal for the new St Margaret’s Church and community centre in Ward End.
This year’s Funders’ Fair will include top tips on:
- Writing successful bids
- Funders Marketplace where you can meet and mingle with funders
- Workshops with funders on hot topics
Liam Byrne said:
“With only days to go this year’s Funders’ Fair looks like it will be our best ever.
I am delighted that we have so many brilliant funding organisations confirmed as well as so many local charities and community groups. The idea of the Fair is simple; to bring together local expertise and passion with the people who hold the cheque-books.
These Funders’ Fairs have seen literally millions brought into Hodge Hill over the years and I cannot wait to see the projects and investment that will emerge from our time together on Friday.”
Notes to editors:
Date: Friday 28 February
Location: Norton Hall, Ralph Road, Birmingham B8 1NA
Timings: 10:00 – 13:00
Please do get in touch if you would like further details or an invitation. You can contact me via email at email@example.com or via telephone on 0121 789 7287.
Full list of Funders’ attending:
Birmingham International Airport
St Thomas’s Dole
Aston Re-Investment -ART
Social Investment Business
Social Investment Business
Unity Trust Bank
Ward End school pupils to get insight into church’s transformation
Next Thursday (27 February 2014) pupils from Sladefield Infants School in Ward End will get an insight into the £1m project transforming the previously tired and little-used St Margaret’s Church, St Margaret’s Road, Ward End, into a fantastic community hub and a heritage & community space.
There will be two visits to the church. The first will start at 9.40am and the second at 12.50pm. Both groups will first tour the site and get to see how far the construction team have progressed since the start of the project in November (2013).
They will then get hands-on opportunities to learn a variety of construction skills, including plumbing and making stained glass. These sessions will start at approximately 10.15am and 1.15pm respectively.
The interior of St Margaret’s is currently being remodelled and converted to create two multi-purpose facilities that will better serve the needs of residents of all ages and backgrounds.
One half will be turned into a community hall for events and celebrations. It will also be a local history space where people of all ages can learn about and engage with the social traditions and the history of the neighbourhood and its former residents.
The other half is being turned into Cre8 A Link, which will be the base for the provision of neighbourhood services and support. It will include office space that will be available for drop-in advice surgeries, as well for rent by social enterprises.
Funding for the first section is coming in the form of a grant of £700,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund. Funding for ‘Cre8 A Link’ is coming from The Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded a grant of £300,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund as part of its Veolia Cre8 funding programme.
Chair of the St Margaret’s Community Trust, Tim Evans, says, “St Margaret’s Community Trust is delighted to have the local school coming on site to see the progress of the building’s redevelopment. In an area of high youth unemployment we want to open our young people’s eyes to a range of professional skills and raise their aspirations as to what might be possible for them, in a creative and engaging way.”
The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “This is a great idea, as it will give local children an insight into the building of this great new centre in the heart of their community. Hopefully it will also inspire some of them to become the plumbers, builders, civil engineers and architects of the future.”
press information issued by Oliver Blackburn
tel: 01902 794669
project number: 3343
St Margaret’s Church Located on St Margaret’s Road, St Margaret’s Church is at the centre of Ward End. Opened in 1835, if has many important features including stained-glass windows by Edward Burne Jones, a Royal crest for William the IVth and a memorial to William Hutton, the first historian of Birmingham, who lived in Ward End Hall in the 18th Century.
The creation of the heritage space and Cre8 A Link will be part of a scheme to breathe new life back into the church, transforming it and bringing it back into the heart of the community.
Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund Any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage Landfill site Operators (LOs) to re-use, recycle, recover more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill.
LOs are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs).
Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax
The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects for over 16 years. Since we were established in 1997, Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc has supported us by contributions of over £55 million to 1698 projects.
We have helped fund a diverse range of projects, including the repair of woodland footpaths, the renovation of community halls and the installation of playgrounds and play areas. For more information, or to find out how to apply for funding, visit our website www.veoliatrust.org.
Veolia Cre8 Our Board introduced the Veolia Cre8 Funding Challenge in 2010 as a stand-alone grant for four creative, adventurous, exciting and ambitious ideas that will make a difference to people’s lives and best meet the following eight objectives:
● Involve volunteers ● Leave a legacy
● Bring generations together ● Benefit all sectors of society
● Involve the community ● Allow those involved to develop new skills
● Help improve health and ● Be fun!
The other successful Veolia Cre8 applicants are:
- Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre Ltd – an all terrain trail for all abilities, including wheelchair users
- Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – A barn on a Huddersfield farm run by the Wildlife Trust has been converted into the base for a community food project
· Weston Longville Village Hall – a new community building has been created to be shared by everyone living in and near this Norfolk village
My attention has been drawn to this great opportunity for young people in Hodge Hill and across the local area. The Matrix Partnership, in association with UnLtd, will be giving awards of up to £5000 to young entrepreneurs who are committed to having a social impact. Try it awards of up to £500 will be given to those looking to test out their ideas, and Do it awards of up to £5000 will be given to those looking to establish a sustainable enterprise.
Anyone who is aged 16 to 24 and has an idea for how they could improve their community or even the world should get in touch with Andrew Mullinex on his details below.
0121 442 5025
07876 034 604
More details can be found on the flyer in the link below:
I have received the following note from Birmingham City Council on HS2,
Dear All City Council Members, and Birmingham Members of Parliament,
A note is attached which provides an overview in advance of the Full Council report programmed for the 4th March meeting, which will seek approval for the City Council motion to engage in negotiation and petitioning activities concerning the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill.
It is emphasised that the City Council continues to fully support HS2 and the significant benefits it would bring – this is simply a necessary procedural matter, required as part of the process to maximise benefits and minimise negative impacts of HS2 on the City.
The note is provided in advance of public notices concerning the proposed City Council motion – these notices are to be published in local newspapers from 10th February 2014 (i.e. this coming Monday).
Please get in touch if you have any queries concerning this matter.
The Transportation Policy Team
To All City Council Members, and Birmingham Members of Parliament
Date: 6th February 2014
HIGH SPEED TWO – PHASE ONE PETITIONING
|This note provides an overview in advance of the Full Council report seeking approval for the City Council motion to engage in negotiation and petitioning activities concerning the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill, including background, the report, and next steps.It is emphasised that the City Council continues to fully support HS2 – as outlined in this note this is simply a necessary procedural matter.|
|BackgroundThe High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill, covering Phase One of the planned new national High Speed Two (HS2) rail network, was deposited in Parliament on 25th November 2013. This Hybrid Bill will secure powers to implement Phase One comprising London-West Midlands including into Birmingham City Centre. The Bill includes various stages, including petitioning stages presenting an opportunity to petitioners to seek amendments to the Bill. A petition is a summary of objections to particular aspects of a Hybrid Bill, to be heard before a Select Committee of MPs.
Notwithstanding the City Council’s overall support for HS2, the City Council will need to ensure that any necessary provisions are included in the Hybrid Bill to maximise benefits and minimise negative impacts of HS2 on the City. If agreement (e.g. through discussion and negotiation) cannot be reached on specific matters it may be necessary to petition the Bill to achieve these.
The ‘High Speed Two: Authorisation to Petition’ Cabinet Report dated 20th January 2014, as available on Democracy in Birmingham, provides further details regarding the approach to petitioning the Hybrid Bill and the requirement for a motion to Full Council, which is discussed further below.
Full Council Report
Under section 239, Local Government Act 1972 a resolution of the City Council to oppose the Bill must be passed by a majority of the Full Council after giving 10 clear days’ notice (in a local newspaper) of the meeting and its purpose in one or more local newspapers, in addition to the normal notice required to convene that meeting. The requisite newspaper notice will be published on 10th February 2014.
A Full Council Report scheduled for the meeting on 4th March 2014, is concerned with a procedural matter, specifically, seeking Full Council approval for the City Council to object to the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill.
It is emphasised that, again given the City Council’s overall support for HS2, in practice this will not include the City Council objecting to the principle of the Bill (i.e. that HS2 Phase One is implemented) – rather it would provide the City Council with the ability to petition against particular aspects of the Bill to maximise benefits and minimise negative impacts as above.
Parliament is expected to publish timescales for the stages of the Bill, however it is currently understood that those petitioning the Bill will be able to do so during late Spring 2014. As agreed by the Cabinet the content of ongoing dialogue, negotiation and therein agreement and/or potential petition will be delegated to the Leader, in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive. Officers will continue to discuss, and attempt to resolve, the City Council’s concerns with HS2 Ltd and Government to minimise the need to petition.
The Government is aiming for the Hybrid Bill to receive Royal Assent before the next General Election in 2015, with construction commencing from 2017 onwards, and Phase One of the new railway opening to the public in 2026/7.
Earlier this week I secured an adjournment debate in Parliament to discuss Legal Aid for the families of those found dead in police custody.
It appears to be usual practice that the families of those who have died whilst in police custody are required to make a financial contribution to the costs of the Inquest into their relative’s death.
In modern Britain this is an affront to justice.
- You can find the official copy of my speech to the House of Commons here.
- The Birmingham Mail did a piece on my adjournment debate which you can access here.
- The brilliant charity Inquest, which provides support to those bereaved families facing an inquest, are an invaluable source of expertise and assistance on this issue. You can access their website here.