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daily online at: tyburnmail.com November 2015 Issue 47 H&M Balmain fashion with Taylor PAGE 6 Hard

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Hard times for housing staff

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Roadworks nightmare:

Read Sarah’s Letter on Page 4 and your online comments Page 23

Roadworks nightmare: Read Sarah’s Letter on Page 4 and your online comments Page 23

Music with Brookly: it’s Hello, again, Adele Page 8

Music with Brookly: it’s Hello, again, Adele Page 8

PROGRESS AT THE POOL

Castle Pool has been run by volunteers for almost a year. The Partnership is now ready to take their next big step

Alec Reid demonstrates his lifeguard skills at Castle Pool. A torpedo buoy is attached to
Alec Reid demonstrates his lifeguard skills at Castle Pool. A torpedo
buoy is attached to his shoulder, for helping swimmers in distress.
Alec is a volunteer, and one of the Pool Partnership’s trustees.

Castle Pool

success story.

For years it was doomed to closure as city council cuts loomed. Two years ago, that clo- sure seemed a whisker away, until the arrival of a skilful and determined team of volunteers, who have taken the pool off the council’s hands, and now run it themselves.

Almost a year after the Castle Pool Partnership took control of the site, they are preparing to appoint a full- time manager on a salary of £26k per year. The seven volunteer members of the

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Pool partnership have had a lot of things to learn during their first ten months. The pool, the local library and Farn- borough Fields have all presented problems as they have been brought into community ownership. Castle Pool has probably been the most dif- ficult project of all. The pool bills have been far higher than they expected. Gas and electric- ity bills for heating have been huge. And there are plenty of other over- heads that they have had to cope with. The Partnership has had to train its own lifeguards on a course cost- ing £2,000. Public liability insurance is also a hefty fee. But the unpaid team have made mas- sive savings, not least on staff sala- ries. When it was run by the council, salaries alone cost around a quarter

of a million pounds per year. Those have gone. So who benefits from the hard work of the volunteers? Children from around 21 primary schools visit the pool every week dur- ing term time for swimming sessions and lessons. The schools are mainly from Tyburn and Erdington, but also come from Hodge Hill and Sutton Coldfield. Castle Pool also hosts classes for chil- dren with special needs, and each

Saturday morning the Little Ducklings take to the water. That’s a group of around 50 children in an age range from 1 -15 years. Local swimming clubs, in particular Kingsbury Swimming club, also use the pool. Kingsbury are one of the members of the Pool User Group, along with Boldmere. The partnership gets no money from the council - except for the Be Active subsidy providing free swimming ses- sions - so they have had to find other

free swimming ses- sions - so they have had to find other funds. The Castle Vale

funds. The Castle Vale Endowment Trust Fund has supported them financially, and they have had money from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All. But they have also had to earn their own in- come. They charge for public swimming ses- sions, and a range of groups who use the pool and upstairs facilities also pay for the use of the facilities. These include the scuba diving club, the scouts, Tae Kwondo, a local church, and family parties. The Partnership are hoping for suc- cess from bids for more funding. Sport England might be persuaded to help out. They have registered the site as a training centre and hope that it can soon be used for first-aid training and for other sporting events. Meanwhile, the volunteers manage the pool on a shoestring budget, and roll their sleeves up and get on with many of the tasks themselves. Clean- ing, life-guarding, admin work, staff- ing the reception desk, and so on. Castle Pool is some way from break- ing even financially, but it has sur-

vived its difficult first year against all odds. The appointment of a manager will help the long-term aim of opening the site for longer hours for the public.

It will also create more opportunities

to raise its own money, and should take some of the burden off the shoulders of the volunteers. The job advert has attracted appli- cations from London, Nottingham, Leicester and more locally.

Interviews for the job will be held in late November or early December, for

a January start.

The new manager will be there in time to celebrate the Partnership’s first year in charge. 15th January. It’s a date etched on the minds of the Partnership team. After so much legal wrangling, heart searching, business plan writing and risk assessment, that was the day in 2015 when they finally got the keys to Castle Pool and were told: It’s yours. Last month, they were presented as Volunteers of the Year at a Castle Vale Awards ceremony. They are making progress in leaps and bounds - or should that be in dives and strokes. In the past twenty years, Castle Vale has had a number of success stories in housing and planning that have earned regional and national recog- nition. Castle Pool deserves to be added to that list.

Page 1 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Page 1 Tyburn Mail November 2015

CCTV must pay for itself Castle Vale’s extensive network of cctv cameras must pay for

CCTV must pay for itself

Castle Vale’s extensive network of cctv cameras must pay for itself or will become a victim of the cuts, Pioneer boss Peter Richmond warns.

sations who benefit form the surveil- lance provided by the cameras will be invited to contribute to their upkeep. Some major local organisations that have in the past contributed to the cctv provision have in recent years lapsed in their contributions. CVCHA took over the running of the cctv system of over 70 cameras from Merlin Venture in March 2011. Merlin had been monitoring the sys- tem since 2002.

The surveillance system must prove its worth and be able to operate at a commercial level within the next two years. The cameras have provided some important information and evidence for police in crimes on the estate in recent years. Their presence has also been seen as a deterrent, and a contributor to Cas- tle Vale’s reputed low crime figures.

The announcement follows a review into services provided by Pioneer (formerly CVCHA). Local shops, businesses and organi-

In for a Penny

Birmingham Council Leader contest

Can the Erdington outsider beat the men?

Stockland Green council- lor Penny Holbrook will be hoping to become leader of Birmingham Council af- ter a secret Labour ballot on 23rd November. The leader gets a £50k allowance on top of the £16k that every city coun- cillor is given as their ba- sic allowance.

The leader gets a £50k allowance on top of the £16k that every city coun- cillor

All 78 Birmingham Labour council- lors will be casting their vote for the replacement to Sir Albert Bore, who stands down as Labour leader of the city next month. Penny Holbrook is the only female candidate for the post. There are four male candidates: Ian Ward, John Clancy, Barry Henley and Mike Leddy. Ms Holbrook was the last of the five to nominate herself.

She is one of the outsiders for the post, but will be buoyed by Labour’s recent history of electing outsiders for major posts. The leader of the Labour councillors will become the leader of the largest city council in Europe. Given Labour’s huge majority in Birmingham, the job is going to be secure for several years, if it can avoid being taken over by central government. Poor performance by the Council in recent years sparked a government inquest that resulted in the damning Kerslake Report. Sir Bob Kerslake savaged the perfor-

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know what it’s like when life is tough, because I’ve been there.

The Council I lead will never, ever forget that you judge a society, not by those at the top, but by how it stands together with the most vulnerable. Economic growth is vital to getting Birmingham back on its feet, but growth that isn’t shared with everyone, is just another missed opportunity.

extract from Penny Holbrook’s Leadership bid statement (November 2015)

mance and culture of the Council in his lengthy document, published al- most a year ago. He and his team have been unim- pressed by the Council’s response. Change has been too slow and too

meagre, they feel. Central government is edging closer to their threat to take Birmingham out of local hands and run it them- selves.

Want to see plans for Erdington’s new sports and leisure centre?

see plans for Erdington’s new sports and leisure centre? NOTICE OF PRE-PLANNING APPLICATION PUBLIC CONSULTATION Plans

NOTICE OF PRE-PLANNING APPLICATION PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Plans for the development of the new £6.5m Erding- ton Sports and Leisure Centre will be unveiled at two pre-planning applica- tion drop in sessions.

by Phil Stevens Design Manager Western Construction ISG

by Phil Stevens Design Manager Western Construction ISG Erdington Public Library will host the first session

Erdington Public Library will host the first session on Novem- ber 26th between 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Orphanage Rd, Erdington, B24 9HP. Erdington Leisure Centre will hold the second session on November 27th between 2:00pm and 6:00pm at Ma- son Road, Erdington, B24

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Members of the public are invited

to attend the drop in sessions to see the emerging design propos- als and provide feedback. The sessions will be hosted by representatives from Birmingham City Council, Serco, ISG Con- struction and the architects Cal- derpeel. Further information relating to these proposals may be obtained from Mr John Jowitt of PJ Plan- ning Regent House, 156-7 Lower

High Street, Stourbridge DY8 1TS or by email john.jowitt@ pjplanning.com

The new £6.5million centre is planned for opening in summer 2017. Its pool will have 6 x 25 metre lanes, sauna and steam facilities, community room, work- out facilities, gymnasium and learner pool.

Page 2 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Page 2 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Hard times for housing staff as cuts hit Pioneer

Several staff at Pioneer (formerly CVCHA) are fac - ing the axe before Christ- mas as the housing as- sociation looks to make huge cuts.

Pioneer are aiming to shed 14 jobs as they try to adjust to cuts

in the company’s income. They aim to save £373k by cut - ting the number of jobs, and will save a further £459k by chang- ing the way the company oper - ates. Pioneer will also cut its funding to Compass Support (formerly CVCRS at The Sanctuary) by

£75k.

The dramatic shake-up sees job losses and a major re-organi- sation of the way the company operates. Community co-ordinators will take the place of housing officers and community wardens. The Neighbourhood Partnership Board (NPB) manager’s job will be cut. The NPB project officer will sur-

vive the cuts. Bonus payments and the use of agen-

cy staff to cover sickness will also be

reduced.

Pioneer bosses felt that they could not expect the surviving staff to take on the extra workloads of those who will leave, so they have had a com- plete overhaul of the way they work. The change in structure means changes in job and departmental ti- tles. Current staff are being invited to ap- ply for the new posts, and there are bound to be casualties in the run-up to Christmas.

A number of staff meetings and in-

dividual consultations prior to job interviews have been taking place throughout November. Pioneer blame several factors for the redundancies that will come. Government has cut the rent of so- cial housing tenants by 1% each year for the next four years. This will help central government to cut its housing benefit bill, but it will have a big im- pact on housing associations. Pioneer

feel that this government action w cost them £1.6 million per year un

2020.

The government is also introduci a right to buy scheme, similar to t one which the Thatcher governme introduced in the 1980s. Margar Thatcher’s plan enabled people buy council houses on the cheap. very popular short term measure h left councils with too few properti to meet the needs of vulnerable pe ple. The current government has pr posed a right to buy policy for soc housing tenants. This will be popul

with tenants, but will cut the nu ber of properties, and therefore t amount of rent, received by housi associations. This has been the reason for Pi neer’s expansion into areas beyo Castle Vale - described by Pioneer an ‘ambitious’ plan, and now likely come under close scrutiny by loc residents who will be keen to see th Castle Vale services are not cut.

READY TO ROCK

Here are three stars of Greenwood Academy’s upcoming production of Camp Rock. The musical will be staged each evening from 24th-26th November, with a cast of over 80 per- formers from Years 7 -13. If the rehearsals are anything to go by, this will be great fun. And Greenwood’s reputation for productions in Birmingham is quite simply second to none.

Dejean Edwards Kaisey Reilly
Dejean Edwards
Kaisey Reilly
Lyndsey Geraldo
Lyndsey Geraldo

floor of the Community Campus building offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere, with free use of the 9 public computers for library members and free wi fi access to all. We offer a low cost printing and photocopying service and serve tea coffee and bis- cuits at very reasonable prices. You could join one of the groups that regularly make use of the library; the Crime Reading Group meets on the first Monday of each month from

Loving the library

by Ian Bingham

Library Manager

Since formally taking over on 1st February this year, things have changed at the library and we are no longer the worst perform- ing library in Birmingham by a long way.

Borrower numbers are up with almost 150 new members; book issues are up with over 9,000 books borrowed and visitor numbers have increased massively with all classes from Chivenor and Pegasus schools visiting the library for story telling sessions and to learn about the library; this

in addition to regular visits from St Gerards children. During the summer, children from all Castle Vale Primary Schools took part in the Summer Reading Challenge, a national reading for pleasure initiative supported by the Reading Agency, which encourages thousands of chil- dren to become avid readers every year. The aim is to get children to read six or more books from the library during the summer holidays. Everyone who signs up can keep track of the books they read and receive encouragement to keep reading throughout the holi- days. Every child who completed the chal- lenge in Castle Vale received a cer- tificate and medal at a Magic Show

celebration event held in the library. St Gerards was the top school with the most children completing the challenge and were awarded the first Summer Reading Challenge Trophy The library, situated on the ground

2:30 to 3.30pm, the General Readi Group meet on the 3rd Thursday each month from 10:30 – 11:30, the Family History Group meet eve Tuesday morning during term tim from 10:00 – 12:00 and all grou welcome new members. We will be holding our secon coffee morning and sale of d nated books on Friday 27th N vember from 10:00 to 12:30, an look forward to seeing you the

books on Friday 27th N vember from 10:00 to 12:30, an look forward to seeing you

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LETTERS

‘n’comments

Thanks to all our sponsors

Dear Editor, I was wondering If you might be able to help us out and print the at- tached picture in the next edition of the paper. It would be greatly ap- preciated and will also enable us to thank Mace Stores, Castle Vale, Pre- mier Lighting Supplies LTD, EMG Quality Car Sales and DJ Wright, who sponsor us. We play at the stadium on the Vale. Many thanks.

Simon Walker,

coach.

Castle Vale Town Under 16s

Castle Vale Town Under 16s

Many thanks. Simon Walker, coach. Castle Vale Town Under 16s Big tidy up Readers, Monday 26th

Big tidy up

Readers, Monday 26th October was the day Castle Vale Conservation Area received a BIG TIDY UP as part of Castle Vale’s Envi- ronmental Month Campaign; three hours later and over 40 rubbish bags filled we decided it was a very successful day! The event was made possible by the support and hard work from the Commu- nity Environmental Trust and its Youth Project (VYGA), local residents, Castle Vale Neighbourhood Partnership Board, Tame Valley Wetlands, Estate Services,

Partnership Board, Tame Valley Wetlands, Estate Services, Oak leaf, Cllr Mick Brown, CV Cleaners, Birmingham City

Oak leaf, Cllr Mick Brown, CV Cleaners, Birmingham City Council, Adam from the Pioneer Group and Compass Support Youth Group… an enormous THANK YOU to you all. Sarah Oulaghan, Community Environment Trust

YOU to you all. Sarah Oulaghan, Community Environment Trust Bring top jobs to Birmingham Dear Editor

Bring top jobs to Birmingham

Dear Editor In strengthening the Birmingham City Economy there should be the reloca- tion of the Department of Energ from

London Whitehall to the City Centre the council offices that we have could absorb the increase in white collar workers. There is no need for regional devolution when it is actual redistribu- tion of public sector jobs that is re- quired. Oliver Healey Leicester

more comments on Page 23

re- quired. Oliver Healey Leicester more comments on Page 23 Human cost of Tory ‘cuts’ Dear

Human cost of Tory ‘cuts’

Dear Readers, It is sad, as the Tyburn Mail highlight- ed in its recent piece that The Pioneer Group (better known to people by its previous name of CVCHA) is likely to lose up to 14 jobs across the asset management and housing depart- ments.

18 months of misery for locals from night noise at Spitfire Island

Dear Editor,

Is it possible to do an article about the hor- rendous night works us residents on the Spitfire end of Ches- ter Road have had to put with for the last 18 months.

As you can see, it is 03am in the morning and the house is rumbling, drills going and yellow lights flashing all night around the house. 16 months of hell and misery for us residents, and no compensation if you are a rent payer, only if your house is brought. What difference this makes is beyond me as I work full time like others. I am now a very miserable, tired and depressed person, who has to go to

very miserable, tired and depressed person, who has to go to work with little or no

work with little or no sleep at all the night before, and I do shifts, so in 90 minutes I am due to get up for 10 hour shift at work and have not even closed my eyes yet. I have been reduced to my sofa for months as my bedroom faces

Chester Road. But we do get Saturday night off from it, but not Sunday because that’s when the boy racers come out to play

they are

til 3am in the morning

looking forward to their extra lane being opened on the island lol) and

all my landlord can worry about (CV- CHA), is that I haven’t mowed my

front lawn

I am pretty sure I

would be using my little spare time cutting my grass. Getting some zzzzzzz’s more like.

Sorry I went on a bit Sarah Locke by email

(bet

hello,

The current review is part of a pro- cess of continuous improvement of services to tenants; and while I know personally the emotional and financial cost of redundancy, I also hope that this will occur in a sensitive and con- structive way. However, we also need to remember that this summer’s Tory Budget saw rents in properties such as those run by Pioneer Group fall by 1% a year for 4 years, which means a 12% reduc-

tion in average rents by 2021. While this reduction may be financial beneficial to some tenants, those in receipt of housing benefit are unlikely to see the benefit as the saving will go direct to this Tory Government. Either way this is likely to result in a significant reduction in the group’s in- come and could well be a factor in this extremely disappointing decision. Councillor Mick Brown (Labour)

Thanks for tampons

Dear Readers, Erdington Labour Women’s Forum would like to say a big thank you to the women across Erdington, Tyburn and Sutton Coldfield who donated tampons and other essential toiletries at our High Street stall on Saturday.

Recent events in Parliament and in the news have highlighted the cost of these products and from our conver- sations with local foodbanks we know that such items are as basic as food. The contributions will be distributed to our sisters in need by Erdington

Foodbank and Castle Vale TRA. Our local foodbanks offer vital sup- port to residents going through dif- ficult times and we are honoured to support them in any way that we can. Elaine Jackson Chair, Erdington Labour Women’s Forum

them in any way that we can. Elaine Jackson Chair, Erdington Labour Women’s Forum Page 4

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Adele is back in the music in- dustry hitting us with her new album 25! On October 18th a sneak peak of her single ‘Hello’ was previewed on X Factor whilst on a commercial break. A few days after that preview she made a statement saying “My last re- cord was a break-up record, and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. “Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. “25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long but, you know, life happened.” Our ballad queen is back in busi- ness! Adele’s music is known just like Taylor Swift’s as depressing, and all about break ups.

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  But the Big Mac burger boys are not to be brushed aside. They have
  But the Big Mac burger boys are not to be brushed aside. They have
  But the Big Mac burger boys are not to be brushed aside. They have
 

But the Big Mac burger boys are not to be brushed aside. They have renewed their request and claim that many of the people who would use the burger bar in the small hours are peckish emergency service teams from the nearby ambulance station. Looking for healthy foods, no doubt. The restaurant currently has to close between 11pm and 6am. The community would benefit be- cause the new arrangements would create 15 more jobs, say the agents. And the local public are in favour, ap- parently. “There has been high levels of sup- port locally and high levels of enthu-

siasm for the proposed development,” says the new application, from Savills, on behalf of the McDonalds chain.

McDonalds: should it be allowed to open through the night?

a

high proportion of customers us-

ing the drive thru facility during night

time hours are emergency service staff, taxi drivers or shift workers. “These customer groups do not trig- ger issues relating to amenity or anti social behaviour,” says the plan. West Midlands Police had originally raised objections to the plans because of potential noise and disturbance to local residents. The original application was turned down so that a Noise Impact As- sessment and Site Management plan could be submitted.

ound the clock opening t McDonalds on Chester oad will not disturb resi- ents, claim the burger ompany’s agents.

They are hoping to persuade the councillors on the city planning com- mittee to change their mind and grant them a 24/7 opening licence. The councillors had said NO to the fast food chain’s request last May.

Is aircraft noise on the increase?

A Pype Hayes resident has complained to Tyburn Mail about the noise from aero- planes using Birmingham airport.

The resident says that the problem of aircraft noise over the Pype Hayes area has increased this year, especially at night time. The flight path used to be clear at nights, he claims, but is now being used heavily. Tyburn Mail has contacted the airport

services, but has been told that indi- vidual complaints from residents must be directed to them via email, with full details of times of flights.

A report on the proposed increase of

air traffic at Birmingham airport pub- lished last year indicated that the amount of air traffic is set to double It wants Birmingham airport to expand and have a second runway. Birmingham airport currently has

around 9 million passengers per year. It could cope with 18 million, and with

further developments, even with a sin- gle runway, could accommodate 36 million passengers, says the report.

It makes no reference to the environ-

mental impact of this expansion, but does see fit to urge that HS2 is built to speed up train services. However, despite suggesting that Bir- mingham airport could take four times its current passenger numbers, the re- port makes not a single mention of air- craft noise and disruption to the lives

of the local residents.

It urges the UK to compete with China, which intends to build 70 new airports in the next five years.

UK to compete with China, which intends to build 70 new airports in the next five

Page 10 Tyburn Mail November 2015

NEWS

and views from

Castle Vale Community Housing: 11 High Street, Castle Vale, B35 7PR

0121 748 8100

Housing: 11 High Street, Castle Vale, B35 7PR 0121 748 8100 repairs 0121 748 8101 (24
Housing: 11 High Street, Castle Vale, B35 7PR 0121 748 8100 repairs 0121 748 8101 (24
Housing: 11 High Street, Castle Vale, B35 7PR 0121 748 8100 repairs 0121 748 8101 (24
Housing: 11 High Street, Castle Vale, B35 7PR 0121 748 8100 repairs 0121 748 8101 (24

repairs 0121 748 8101 (24 hrs) contactus@cvch.org.uk

Digital Hub Opening Times – Winter 2015

From 30 th November 2015, the Digital Hub will be open for 3 days a week instead of 4. The Tuesday afternoon session will not run after Tuesday 24 th November.

Timetable from 30 th November

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

2015

Morning

Open Session 9am to 1pm Digital Hub, Topcliffe House

Open Session 10am to 12.30pm Digital Hub, Topcliffe House

 

Afternoon

Introduction to Digital 2pm to 4pm The Sanctuary, Tangmere Drive

 

Open Session 2pm to 7pm Digital Hub, Topcliffe House

Evening

   

Job Club 5pm to 7pm Digital Hub, Topcliffe House

The Hub offers free internet access and support for all residents who want to get online. The Digital Hub is located in the basement of Topcliffe House (step access on the right of main entrance, next to Tyburn Mail offices. Level access from driveway next to Topcliffe School)

Changes at CVCH

Following on from last month’s articles about changes at Castle Vale Community Housing, the Operational Board agreed a programme of cuts and changes to the staff structure at the end of October. Staff who are affected are now having formal consultation meetings. There will be a reduction in the number of staff employed in the new structure so staff are considering options around applying for posts and redundancy. There will be a further update in the December Ty- burn Mail, but it is likely that the full new structure will not be known until mid December 2015.

new structure will not be known until mid December 2015. Page 11 Tyburn Mail November 2015

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NEWS FROM CASTLE VALE COMMUNITY HOUSING

What is Domestic Abuse?

The Government defines domestic abuse as “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gen- der or sexuality.” This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called ‘honour killings’. How will I know it is happening to me? Some people don’t necessarily know they have are being abused by someone. It is normal for them to live in fear of physical and psy- chological abuse. Sarah’s story highlights this point:

- chological abuse. Sarah’s story highlights this point: *Sarah’s story Sarah and her daughter Maria experi-

*Sarah’s story

Sarah and her daughter Maria experi- enced 7 years of violence from a man who Maria thought was her dad. Sarah suffered beatings, sexual violence and was repeatedly raped, threatened with a machete, and was recorded on film. The man used the films to control Sarah, to isolate her from her family by threaten- ing to show them the film if she left him. To everyone else he was charming, ap -

proachable and friendly. Sarah lived two separate lives - a mother to Maria by day, and living in a world of violence by night. Sarah and Maria moved 14 times in three years to try to get away from him. He always found them until one day he raped Sarah at knife point. Sarah and Maria were supported by so- cial workers and charity workers who pro- vide support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse to:

•Make a statement to Police •Give evidence in court

•Access services to recover from the abuse Maria doesn’t have nightmares now – she became aware of the violence at 4 years of age. Maria thought all dads were an- gry and violent. Sarah is going to study at University. They volunteer and work for abuse relat- ed charities to help other victims of Do- mestic abuse.

*names have been changed

Fact:

According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 4.6 million women or 30% of the adult female population have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16 (Office for National Statistics (ONS), (February 2015) Chapter 4: Violent Crime and Sexual Offences - Intimate Personal Violence and Serious Sexual Assault)

If this was applied to Castle Vale, this could mean that 1,300 women have experienced some form of Domestic Abuse. Alarming figures aren’t they?

Fact:

• One in seven children and young people under the age of 18 will have experienced living with domestic violence

• In England and Wales two women on average are killed

each week by their partner or ex-partner (Office for National Statistics (ONS), (2015), citing the Homicide index from the Home Office, Figure 2.5)

Are you experiencing Domestic Abuse?

There is help – even if you can’t leave, or want information, it is accessible. The telephone numbers above are manned by staff who can offer advice and

support to help you cope in your situation. Victim Support birminghamasb@victim-

support.org.uk

work with you to get Visual Evidence for

Victims - VEV.

This means that evidence

such as photographs of cuts and bruises or things that are broken can be taken at the time you access their service, in con-

tel 0845 30 30 900 will

fidence, without taking any action, which can be used later if the victim decides to report their abuse. CVCH’s Domestic Abuse Policy has been developed so we can help sign post vic-

tims to the right help at the right time by the right people. We will:

• Keep all contact and information confi-

dential - we won’t tell a partner you have

accessed our services, meet off Castle Vale, or set up support so you are not alone

• Refer you to other agencies who can

continue to work with you.

• Take action to stop the abuser accessing the home by:

- obtaining possession of properties.

-Applying for an injunction without notify- ing the abuser– which we can get to court within 24 hours, to stop the violence, threats of violence to you by any member of the household, or visitor.

-Where we terminate a tenancy or a mem- ber of your household leaves the dwelling as a direct result of domestic violence, the party guilty of inflicting the violence may be evicted and will not be eligible for the tenancy of any other CVCHA property.

If you have been affected by any details in this article, please con- tact us in confidence – we want to hear your views.

Page 12 Tyburn Mail November 2015

NEWS FROM CASTLE VALE COMMUNITY HOUSING

Social Value Activity Grants

We received a number of applications for our activity grants which are to help residents from Castle Vale either set up new projects or get involved in new ac- tivities. The aim of the grant is to provide opportunities for one off activities to take place that are organised by residents, for residents of Castle Vale. One of the conditions of the grant is to provide a photograph or ‘selfie’ and we have a great example below:

Hi Becki Centre Stage and Mini Movers travelled to Liverpool for the week- end to visit the Interna- tional Slavery Museum and to see Hairspray at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. 46 residents

attended and parents acted as volunteers and chaperones. The group worked ex- tremely hard to raise money from shows to fund the weekend, however the grant be-

ing accepted from CVCH meant that we could keep costs down and get some fab hood- ies to attend the trip as a uniformed group. This trip gave the group the time to build

stronger relationships through socialising and enabled them to work better as a team, they also gained expe- rience of seeing live theatre inspiring them to chase their dreams,

it also educated them about barriers and the difference in lifestyles that have been over- come.

Thank you once again from all of Centre Stage & Mini Movers.

Due to limited funding we are unable to accept applications if you have already been successful in securing one previ- ously. If you would like to find out more, please email rebeccabe@cvch. org.uk or call Becki on 0121 748 8134.

rebeccabe@cvch. org.uk or call Becki on 0121 748 8134. Do you live in the B35 area

Do you live in the B35 area of Castle Vale?

We have garages available to rent

We currently have a number of garages avail- able for rent within the Castle Vale area.

The areas are:

Bicester Square Croy Drive Filton Croft Heyford Way Innsworth Drive Locking Croft Luce Close

Martlesham Square Montrose Drive Park Lane Ruislip Close Sumburgh Croft Turnhouse Road Upavon Close

The cost to rent a ga- rage is £23.72 for ten- ants and £28.46 for non tenants.

In order to be considered for a garage, you will need to meet the following registration crite- ria:

•Live within the Castle Vale area which holds a B35 postcode •Can provide proof of ownership of a car, a small van or a motor- bike •Have no debts owed to CVCH, including garage rent accounts

Garages must only be used for storage of a motor vehicle. If there is low interest from B35

applicants, garages will be ad- vertised for market rent.

Garage availability is subject to repairs being completed.

If you would like to rent one of our garages, please com- plete an application form. Application forms are avail- able in our Reception or con- tact the Community Housing Team at Castle Vale Commu- nity Housing on 0121 748

8100.

Page 13 Tyburn Mail November 2015

@ The Sanctuary 0121 748 8111
@ The Sanctuary
0121 748 8111
@ The Sanctuary 0121 748 8111 We are now part of the Birmingham Business Charter for

We are now part of the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

Greenwood Academy and Compass Support: Taking Futures in the Right Direction “It is critical for
Greenwood Academy and
Compass Support: Taking
Futures in the Right Direction
“It is critical for students
to develop key ‘soft skills’
needed for employment
to complement the quali-
fications they leave the
academy with” says Nick
Cheese (CIAG Coordinator
at Greenwood Academy).
To support students in
doing this Greenwood have
now timetabled a lesson every
week where form tutors de-
livery a variety of activities to
help students develop their
social and emotional intelli-
gence. There have also been
a number of outside speakers
who have come into the Acad-
emy to share ideas and expe-
riences. This has ranged from
talks on drug abuse and men-
tal health awareness to sexual
Micky Bushell gave an inspiring talk
to students about overcoming issues
they may face in life.
health and relationship guid-
ance provided by the team at
Compass Support. There has
also been a visit from Micky
Bushell, a medal winning Par-
alympian who gave a motiva-
tional talk about overcoming
life’s challenges.
The team from Compass Sup
port has been invaluable i
supporting students to mak
the right decisions for the
next steps. So far, persona
interviews with over 100 stu
dents have been conducted t
make sure that they are give
impartial advice and suppor
The team are also still workin
with those students who le
this summer and need ongo
ing support.
With trips to different Un
versities, the Skills Show an
different business location
planned for the year the acad
emy aims to give every stu
dent the best possible chanc
of successfully achieving the
aspirations.
Should you need any advice o
support in helping your chil
ensure they have the righ
pathway then please contac
Dood at The Sanctuary or M
Cheese at Greenwood Acad
emy.

Young Leaders 2.0

Leading the way for the next generation

Young people are being given the skills and con- fidence to take the lead through a specialist train- ing programme. Following a successful funding bid to the Community Safety Partnership’s Mobilising Com- munities fund, October half term saw the delivery of the second Young Leaders Train- ing Programme; this was a weeklong course that took place at the Castle Vale Sta- dium.

Ten young people signed up and successfully completed the programme which was delivered by members of the Youth Team, with additional support from young people who already completed the course in August 2015. The young people completed sessions on leadership, pro- ject planning and outcomes as well as taking part in an intro- duction to safeguarding train- ing session and then taking a leadership role in a consul-

ing session and then taking a leadership role in a consul- tation event in Nechells that
ing session and then taking a leadership role in a consul- tation event in Nechells that

tation event in Nechells that looked at emotional well being services for young people. With the festive period fast approaching the group has started organising a Christ- mas Hamper Project for local older people at risk of being alone over Christmas, are in the process of booking a Pae- diatric First Aid training course and helping organise a group Residential trip in December. Following the ongoing suc- cess of the programme there is another course planned for February 2016.

Ageing better in Tyburn

Ageing better in Tyburn

Birmingham has won Big Lottery funding of £6mil- lion to help make the city a place where older people are valued, supported and have a continuing contri- bution to make. We are starting a new movement of volunteers in communities who want to make Birmingham the best place to grow old. We want people to have more social and community connec- tions and to be able to access more community led support and activity. We believe that building upon the strengths and skills of individuals and groups will help to create sus- tainable change within com- munities. We want to empower and enable older people to par- ticipate in the project in ways that they want. Tyburn is one of the priority areas for the Ageing Better

programme and a part of thi is to create min hubs whic will create an opportunity t promote Ageing Better lo cally and encourage, suppo and enable people to becom actively involved in this pro gramme. Compass Support will deliver mini hub and will be activel working with older resident across the area to enabl them to get involved in thi opportunity. If you would like mor information or would b interested in getting in volved in our mini hu then please contact th Health Team at The Sanc tuary on 0121 748 8112.

in our mini hu then please contact th Health Team at The Sanc tuary on 0121

Page 14 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Christmas Pressies - How much are you spending?

People in the West Mid- ands will spend on aver- ge £433 each on Christ- mas presents. They will be buying 17.4 ifts each, on average.

he amount people in the Mid- ands will spend is lower than the ritish average (£489.04) but the umber of presents is higher than he British average (14.8). ntertainment (64%), clothes 56%) and food & drink (51%) will be their most popular gifts urchased in the Midlands. eople in the West Midlands are he most likely in Britain to buy ntertainment (72%), toys (50%) nd vouchers (47%) as gifts. Over two-thirds (68%) will fi- ance Christmas gift purchases rom their monthly income, while early half (45%) will dip into avings

 

KAY’S HISTORY

 

Photos on show

A monthly series of ancient facts by local history enthusiast Kay Hunter who lectures on his subject in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Kay also broadcasts on 107.5 Switch Radio

Kay Hunter who lectures on his subject in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Kay also broadcasts on

by Rebecca Bembridge Digital Inclusion Officer CVCH

 
 

LAUGHING

  LAUGHING CVCH’s Digital Inclusion project secured some fund- ing from The Butterfly Ef - fect

CVCH’s Digital Inclusion project secured some fund- ing from The Butterfly Ef- fect to host a photography project.

The funding has enabled us to run an 8 week course for local people with a local artist, Ming De Nasty support- ing the group and sharing her skills, the group have also been fortunate enough to receive masterclasses from other local artists and residents who have volunteered their time. The group will be holding their exhi- bition ‘Castle Vale through a lens’ on Monday 30th November from 2pm- 4pm @ The Sanctuary. The preparation is a real community affair with residents providing the artwork and Upcycle kindly donating frames for us to exhibit the photos. The exhibition is open to the general public, so we would invite anyone to pop in, join us for a cuppa and have a look at how the local community have captured the local area.

HANGMAN

Laughing John Hooper was originally employed

with a pruning knife. Hooper also carried out a severe whipping on Katherine Pember.

as a turnkey at the notori- ous Newgate Gaol.

John or Jack Hooper, was ap- pointed hangman in 1728, and continued in office until 1735. Whilst in the course of his duty,

It is regarded that Hooper’s be- haviour would not have been tol- erated by the authorities. However, there are contemporary reports that it was. Personal collection.

Hooper habitually cheered and laughed at the condemned while writhing his face at the amused onlookers. Hooper carried out a mutilation on Japhet Crooke, severing both his ears, and slitting both nostrils

Japhet Crooke, also known as Sir Peter Stranger, was a notorious forger in 18th Century England. He was sentenced to stand for an hour in the pillory (pictured right) where his nostrils were slit and his ears cut off

 

Nuisance

 

TV team at beauty studio

Arts team annual meeting

Active Arts Castle Vale (AACV) will hold its Annual General Meet- ing at the Sanctuary in Tangmere Drive, Castle Vale, at 6.30pm on Wednesday 9th December. The AACV team have been behind several high profile local arts events in recent years, including the Butter-

neighbours?

Can you sort it out between yourselves?

Desirees Studio in Cas- tle Vale recently had a production company for Channel 4 visit

Desirees Studio in Cas- tle Vale recently had a production company for Channel 4 visit for the filming of a documentary of their client Sam Barton.

Owner Pamela Liburd and her team opened the doors for filming of a new documentary about self image.

The camera crew recorded Sam Bar- ton from Sutton Coldfield getting his hair extension done for a new docu- mentary. After opening in July 2015 Desirees Studio has gone from strength to strength and has worked hard to put Castle Vale on the map. Pamela Liburd has previously done work for MTV’s Judge Jordie and is

currently a finalist for the Phonexics Newspaper Awards in the lifestyle and beauty category to be hosted on 5th December 2015. Pamela has been on the board of di- rectors for Compass Support based at the Sanctuary for the last 18 months helping to shape and maintain ser- vices available to the local community.

So you have anti-social neighbours who play loud

fly Effect events, Knits and Pieces, and

succession of Castle Vale music arts and drama festivals.

a

music at 2am, smoke drugs and dump their soiled mat- resses on the kerb side.

Roads are rubbish, but the canal

Who ya gonna call

?

Ghostbus

no,

maybe the police, the housing officer,

he council

or maybe you could solve

he problem by having a peaceful cup

f

tea and chat with your neighbour. project that brings neighbours face

o

face to discuss disputes and argu-

ments is coming to Castle Vale. xperts from the The Restorative Jus- ice Centre are holding a workshop at he Sanctuary between 2pm-4pm on hursday 19th November. hey are working on a project that elps neighbours solve their differ- nces, cure the harm that has been aused and agree on a positive solu- ion. ocal MP Jack Dromey will be there, nd he’ll be joined by officers from CVCH, West Midlands Police, the City Council and other housing providers.

towpaths are getting better

A £3million programme of work aims to improve cycle routes along canals in Bir- mingham

The scheme, part of the wider Birming- ham Cycle Revolution initiative, cov- ers sections of five canals across the city – and follows two earlier phases of canal works, approved in December 2013 and May 2015 (worth a combined

£8.175million).

 

Advertise in Tyburn Mail and reach 24,000 readers

Call Frank Kennedy on 07770 895413

Almost two miles of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in the Tyburn and Sut- ton New Hall Wards will benefit. The section between Hansons Bridge Road to Cottage Lane and Wiggins Hill Road will be improved.

A

new balustrade will be put in to ac-

cesses at Hansons Bridge Road, Forge Lane, and the path linking to Old Kings- bury Road, and Wiggins Hill Road. The estimated cost of the work in this section is £600,000. Construction work will be delivered for the council by the Canal and River Trust.

Page 15 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Green clean-up Andrew Johnson (11) and Natasha Hall (14) armed with litter pickers and heavy-duty

Green clean-up

Green clean-up Andrew Johnson (11) and Natasha Hall (14) armed with litter pickers and heavy-duty bin

Andrew Johnson (11) and Natasha Hall (14) armed with litter pickers and heavy-duty bin liners, ready for the clean up of the Conservation Area

There was no shortage of helpers for the big clean-up of Castle Vale’s conservation area during their environment month project. Dozens of youngsters from local primary and secondary schools on their half-term break enjoyed the autumn sunshine, armed with bin liners and litter picking tools. Sarah Oulaghan and Ben Kasper from the Community Environment Trust directed the operations, with help from the Neighbourhood Partnership Team and youth workers. The green clean-up team filled a small mountain of bin liners with debris, rubbish and litter.

STINKING

WILLIE

Stinking Willie, or ragwort as it is more commonly known, looks beautiful when in flower.
Stinking Willie, or ragwort as
it is more commonly known,
looks beautiful when in
flower. But it’s classified as a
poisonous weed and can be
harmful to animals. It is re-
garded as high risk if it grows
within 50 metres of horse-
grazing land.
Ragwort thrives in the Cas-
tle Vale Conservation Area.
Sackfuls of the weed (pic-
tured left) have been re-
moved from the area this
autumn.
Ragwort is one of only a few
weeds that remain poison-
ous even after the roots and
stems have died.

Page 16 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Happy 11th birthday Here’s the car keys

Parish Councils? Good idea, says departing Sir Albert

Jag sets up driving lessons for 11-17 year-olds

Jaguar are launching driv-

ing courses for 11-17 year-olds, starting in Jan- uary 2016.

The big car manufacturer whose F Type headquarters in Castle Vale runs alongside one of the main boy racer routes in the West Midlands, is planning to teach youngsters fresh out of primary school how to drive safely. There will be no crashing gear clutches - the lessons will be giv- en in cars with automatic gear boxes. And there won’t be any high-oc- tane speeding. Even after a few lessons, the maximum speed for the youngsters will be 40mph. Jaguar say they hope to promote safe driving in a ‘realistic on-road environ- ment.’ Courses start at £45 and the young- sters will drive a 2.0-litre, 180 PS diesel XE with automatic transmis- sion, the most advanced and efficient sports saloon car that Jaguar has ever

produced, claim the makers. Lessons will be delivered by govern- ment approved driving instructors in Jaguar XEs featuring dual controls. Lesson content will mirror on road lessons for those with provisional licences, but will take place on spe- cially designed private road systems at the following venues including Edg- baston Cricket Ground and the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Once they’ve mastered the basics, youngsters will be able to progress to driving in two-way traffic, deal- ing with junctions and roundabouts, master turning and steering through slaloms and practice bay and reverse parking. At some venues, there will also be areas where drivers can safely experience the handling of the car at higher speeds of up to 40 miles an hour. Jaguar say that research has shown that learning to drive responsibly from an earlier age lowers the risk of accidents. “Four hundred people are killed each year in the UK in accidents involving

young drivers, and one in five newly qualified drivers will crash their car within six

young drivers, and one in five newly qualified drivers will crash their car within six months of passing their test,” said a JLR spokesperson. “By extending the period of learning with a qualified instructor, and by in- troducing the concept at an age when they’re more receptive to safety mes- sages, this figure can drop by more than half.

“Jaguar First is about introducing young people to the concept of re- sponsible driving, helping them in turn to become safer drivers, and also raising their awareness of safety as a pedestrian or cyclist. The XE is a great car for this, as it offers the very latest in technology and innovation, and is also ideal for helping teach young people about environmentally responsible driving.”

Birmingham may be ready to create more parish councils.

The strong hint that Brum is ready to devolve more power to local commu- nities came from departing leader Sir Albert Bore, following the decision to allow Sutton Coldfield to establish its own parish council. The announcement comes almost eight years after Castle Vale was de- nied the chance to establish its own parish council. During that campaign, Birmingham Council opposed Castle Vale’s bid, which was eventually turned down by the Labour Government. Speaking today at the annual confer-

ence of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in Birmingham, Sir Albert Bore said: “We want to work with the government and with organi- sations such as NALC to take forward this agenda, as we develop our Future Council vision for 2020. One approach might be to develop devolution deals within the city, unleashing the creativ-

Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Experiential Marketing Director, said:

 

ity

and ideas in our communities.

“In 2018 we will reach a watershed in

 

Birmingham’s local government when we move to smaller one or two mem- ber wards and a four year election cy- cle. By then we will have a fully estab- lished combined authority and we may also have an elected mayor for the

France’s highest medal for daring wartime hero Bill

France’s highest medal for daring wartime hero Bill

but was hunted down by mem- bers of the local air cadets, 165 Castle Bromwich Squadron. 165’s Squadron Leader Simon Jennings and Cpl Kelly-Anne Gal- lacher paid Bill a visit last week and discovered the full extent of his amaz- ing wartime performance. Bill flew with 296 Sqn as a Navigator during the war, and their primary role was to support special operations. Bill spent most of his time dropping spe- cial agents, French Resistance agents and members of the SAS into occu- pied France. Bill also took part in Operation Market Garden, the attack on Arnhem, and also Operation Overlord, the D Day landings. The Castle Bromwich air cadets were

Market Garden, the attack on Arnhem, and also Operation Overlord, the D Day landings. The Castle

West Midlands. “But it’s essential that we also develop

a

new approach to local democracy

and local services at the most local level. That will enable us to put in place a bottom up neighbourhood democracy, unique in urban Britain.

put on the trail of Bill thanks to Bill’s son Nigel, and one of their veterans, CI Mike Ward, who has served at 165 Sqn for 58 years now. Squadron leader Jennings said: “Mike brought a copy of an article that had once appeared in the Birmingham Mail. The article was in relation to Bill and as well as giving his service his- tory, it also informed us that Bill used to be the Station Commander at RAF Castle Bromwich in 1954. “Both myself and Cpl Gallacher had an absolutely fantastic afternoon with Bill. At 96, he was bright as a button and we had a great time listening to the stories of Bill’s daring operations during the War. It was also really good to speak with Bill’s son, Nigel. He had brought along a number of pictures and documents for us to look at, and I for one, was absolutely enthralled.”

Christmas market

St Mary’s Church in Pype Hayes is having a Christ- mas Market from 11am-

The picture (left) shows Cpl Gal- lacher presenting Bill with a Sqn plaque and blazer badge. He is now an honorary member of 165 Sqn. “We will keep in contact with Nigel and Bill over the coming months,” says Simon Jennings. “Bill will also be invited to our pres- entation evening. The absolute highlight of the afternoon though was the ability to handle the Légion d’honneur medal (above) that was presented by the French consel ear- lier this year.”

2pm on Saturday 28th No- vember.

There will be a fancy Dress competition for children up to the age of 11; also Christmas stalls, raffle, gifts and crafts for sale and children’s activities. Thelma Sharpe, one of the organisers, says: “After finishing your shopping you can relax and unwind by having some quiet time and prayer in the Lady Chapel, listen to the Christmas enter- tainment have a cuppa or a glass of gluhvein and pork baps.” The church is on the corner of Padstow Road and Tyburn Road.

96 year-old World War II vet- eran Bill Barfoot was awarded the Legion D’honneur, the coun- try’s top award for bravery, by the French Government for his

daring service in the RAF during World War II. Like so many true heroes, mod- est Bill made very little of his considerable wartime exploits,

   

Highway Code test Answers (see page 20)

1. It’s 50 mph

The national speed limit for lorries on single

carriageways increased from 40 mph to 50 mph on 6 April 2015.

2. There’s no limit

The £5,000 limit on fines for the most seri-

ous offences was removed on 5th June 2015.

These now carry an unlimited fine. 3. It’s the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency officers have powers to stop vehicles on all roads, in- cluding motorways and trunk roads, in England and Wales. They will attract your attention by flashing amber lights either from the front re- questing you to follow them to a safe place to stop, or from behind directing you to pull over to the side b ointin and/or usin the left in-

dicator. It is an offence not to comply with their directions. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency replaced the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency who previously had these powers in April 2014.

4. 22 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath

The le al limits for breath alcohol in Scotland

was lowered from 5 December 2014. The limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath in England and Wales. 5. 18 years old

In England and Wales, the driver MUST NOT smoke or allow anyone to smoke in an en- closed private vehicle carrying someone under 18, including motor caravans. This became law on 1 October 2015.

Page 17 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Quitting smoking would lift

30,000

Brummies out of poverty

by Geoff Coleman

Birmingham City Council

Over 10,000 Birmingham households would be lifted out of poverty if they went smoke-free.

New figures from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) show that, of the

102,000 households in Birmingham that include an adult smoker, 34,000 fall below the poverty line. If the smokers in these households were to quit, almost 30,000 Brummies

– including 12,500 children - would be elevated out of poverty.

The statistics

• On average, households that include

a smoker spend £2,158 a year on to- bacco.

• There are around 102,000 house-

holds in Birmingham with at least one

smoker.

• 34,000 of these fall below the pov-

erty line.

• If these smokers were to quit, over

10,400 households would be lifted out of poverty.

People living in these households in- clude:

• 13,500 adults below pension age

• 2,500 pension age adults

• 12,500 dependent children

• So, roughly 28,500 people would no

longer be below the poverty line if the cost of smoking was returned to the household.

Figures taken from ASH Local Poverty Calculator: http://www.ash.org.uk/

files/documents/ASH_988.xls

Birmingham Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, said: “We all know the health risks associated with smok- ing, but the financial implications are often overlooked. These shocking fig- ures from ASH highlight the financial cost of smoking to those who can least afford it. “Lifting over 10,000 households across Birmingham out of poverty would make a huge difference to so many lives in our city and our Stop Smoking Service offers FREE support to smokers who take the tough decision to quit.” Birmingham stop smoking service operations manager, Jamila Hussain, added: “If you smoke, stopping smok- ing is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and wealth. “It really is amazing how much money you can save and that can make a huge difference, especially with Christ- mas around the corner and we’re here to help. “NHS Stop Smoking Services have been shown to be four times more effective at helping you stop smoking than if you try to stop on your own.”

Autumn: when Vale turns gold

you try to stop on your own.” Autumn: when Vale turns gold It could be Canada

It could be Canada or one of the glorious USA states in the fall. In fact, it’s Cas- tle Vale, just off the busy Kingsbury Road within sight of the Cincinnati factory. This photograph was taken a couple of weeks ago, when the leaves had started to fall and before the rain had dampened the crisp carpet. Strong midday sun- light flashes through the gaps in the canopy left by fallen leaves, and glistens on some of those fallen fronds. A week later, the rains came, and the carpet of leaves lost its crisp texture and sparkle. For a fleeting few days, the scene in Castle Vale’s Yatesbury Avenue was pure October gold.

Birmingham tourism

Birmingham had 37 million visitors la year - that’s a record, and 3 million on the previous year. Visitor spend rose by £500m to billion. The tourism sector support around 68,000 jobs, that’s 5,000 mo than in 2013.

BMW Hams Hall

The BMW site at Hams Hall has trebl its number of apprentices following multi-million pound investment en bling the engine plant to produce t company’s next generation of engines. It has secured the long ter future of the site.

Changan

Chinese automotive firm Changan A tomobile is relocating its UK head offi to Birmingham Business Park as part wider expansion plans that will see 1 existing staff relocate with the wor force expected to grow to around 3 in due course.

JLR growth

Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull set for a major boost with an inves ment of a further £120 million in ord to produce its new F-Pace Jaguar SU This takes the total amount invested Solihull to £620m.

Christmas jobs

2,200 seasonal jobs will be created the region by Royal Mail and parcel d livery Firm Yodel to cope with increas workload over the festive period.

Green car boost

Warwickshire based Aston Martin a the Chinese owned Coventry bas London Taxi Company will be given £50m injection of Chinese funds to d velop new greener vehicles.

House price rise

House prices in Birmingham have ris by 2.3% so far this year. That co pares with a rise of 3.2% in the We Midlands region, and 4.2% in Engla and Wales.

Resorts World

The £150m casino and shopping co plex Resorts World has opened ne to the NEC. The 538,000 sq ft leisu and retail complex will employ 1,2 people.

Labour Leader vote

The Labour Party’s 78 Birmingha Councillors will vote for their ne leader in a secret ballot at the Coun House on Monday 23rd November. The winning councillor will succeed Albert Bore, who steps down at t start of December.

Christmas Market

The 15th annual Birmingham Germ Market will be open daily from 10a till 9pm until 22nd December. Last year, it attracted five and a h million visitors. It is centred in Victoria Square in fro of the Council House and stretch down to the Rotunda. The Craft Market is in Chamberla Square, in front of Birmingham M seum and Art Gallery and continu through to Centenary Square, home the Library of Birmingham.

Page 18 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Call me ‘Turnip’ the conservation area has still n been given a clean bill of
Call me ‘Turnip’
the conservation area has still n
been given a clean bill of health
garding soil contamination.
Lee’s name change for hospice charity funds
‘Uncertain’
soil risk
prompts
paddocks
re-think
The latest proposals before the pla
ning committee intend that thr
smaller paddocks will run arou
three sides of the allotments. The n
design guarantees the same amou
of space for the horses.
Between 1970 – 1972 the north e
part of the site was used for land
operations which involved commerc
and residential waste.
A
recent report (2014), with particu
New plans for the horses’
paddocks in Farnborough
Road have been sent to
Birmingham Council Plan-
ning Committee.
reference to the proposal site for t
relocation of the paddocks,the imp
to horses grazing has concluded th
the risk from soils to grazing hors
is
uncertain.
The paddocks have to be moved be-
cause of the new site of Greenwood
Academy. Two thirds of the present
paddocks will be lost to the new
school.
The site that was first proposed for
the relocation of the paddocks behind
Due to this uncertainty, and formi
part of this application, ADAS ha
been appointed as environmen
consultants and are due to carry o
soil investigation of the proposal s
for the relocated paddocks.
a
A Castle Vale charity team
have raised £3,000 for
John Taylor Hospice after
a night of fundraising at
Minworth Social Club.
One of the seven, Lee Crofts, agreed
to adopt a new middle name for the
cause.
He is now Lee Turnip Crofts. Seriously.
Lee agreed to adopt a middle name
nominated by donors to the charity
funds.
Another, Ryan Hinett, endured the
public pain of a chest and leg waxing
session.
The team of seven completed the
Great Birmingham Run last month to
raise funds for the hospice.
Kelly Greenshields says: “There was
face painting and a brilliant raffle with
prizes from local companies such as
Needle2Skin, Kick Start Academy, Bo-
jangles, Tantastic and Nandos.
“We filled the Minworth club and
smashed our target. All of the team
did a brilliant job all night and a big
thanks to Sue at the Minworth for giv-
ing us the room for free, Craig Price
for DJing for free and Sam Walters for
waxing Ryan.”
Kelly and the rest of the team are
hoping to boost the final figure as
they auction a signed shirt from darts
legend Phil Taylor
Proposals for the siting of three
smaller paddocks are in blue

Lottery

winners

of three smaller paddocks are in blue Lottery winners Castle Vale’s £50k Peo- ples’ Millions Big

Castle Vale’s £50k Peo- ples’ Millions Big Lottery win last November provid- ed the money for a lottery- themed community drama production in Centre Park. Castle Vale Active Arts Butterfly Effect were awarded the money 11 months previously, af- ter beating off a bid for the £50k from a group in Wednesbury who wanted to use the funds to help pregnant women in the first year of childbirth. So community arts beat com- munity health in that particu- lar head to head. The Castle Vale Active Arts team had promised to use the money to get local people involved in a community project.

Their local dramatic production called Where The Heart Is involved several performing arts dancing and singing

Charlotte Dodds, ex Castle Vale School, professional actress, and big star of the show
Charlotte Dodds, ex Castle Vale School, professional
actress, and big star of the show

groups. The story included a lottery win of over one million pounds, and the ef- fect the big cash boost had on friend-

Performers staged three productions in a marquee in Centre Park. The show was recorded by a team of photographers and camera operators,

mentored by professional artists. It was a typically ambitious project from Claire Marshall and her Castle Vale Active Arts team.

from Claire Marshall and her Castle Vale Active Arts team. and secondary school youngst through to
from Claire Marshall and her Castle Vale Active Arts team. and secondary school youngst through to

and secondary school youngst through to senior citizens, sa danced, acted and told a fast-movi story.

Page 19 Tyburn Mail November 2015

Know your highway code?

Try these five questions

1. What’s the national

speed limit for lorries on a single carriage- way?

a.

30 mph

b.

40 mph

c.

50 mph

d.

60 mph

2.

What’s the maxi-

mum fine for danger- ous driving?

a. £2,000

b. £5,000

c. £7,000

d. An unlimited fine

3. Officers from which

agency have powers

to stop vehicles on all roads in England and Wales?

a. Driving Standards

Agency

b. Driver and Vehicle

Licensing Agency

Standards Agency b. Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency c. Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency d. Vehicle

c. Driver and Vehicle

Standards Agency

d. Vehicle and Operator

Services Agency

4. What’s the legal

limit for breath alco- hol in Scotland?

a. 10 microgrammes

per 100 millilitres of

breath

b. 22 microgrammes

per 100 millilitres of breath

c. 35 microgrammes

per 100 millilitres of breath

d. 42 microgrammes

per 100 millilitres of breath

5. In England and

Wales, it’s illegal to

of breath 5. In England and Wales, it’s illegal to smoke in an enclosed private vehicle

smoke in an enclosed private vehicle carry- ing passengers under what age? a. 14 years old

b. 16 years old

c. 17 years old

d. 18 years old

Answers at the foot of page 17

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LOCAL DEMOCRACY PAGE

Your councillors, campaigners and candidates

‘The narrative within Birmingham and the council needs to become more positive. Birmingham City Council too often sees itself as a victim.’ Kerslake Report

December 2014

McDonalds tries again for round the clock opening

 

Improvements to highways? Drivers beware

 

The reality of Tory cuts:

a short sighted act?

 
 

by Robert Alden

 
  by Robert Alden      
   
  by Robert Alden      

Conservative campaigner and Erdington Councillor

Conservative campaigner and Erdington Councillor cy call outs and may not think to call the number

cy call outs and may not think to call the number given.

Local campaigner Clifton Welch and I have been notified that McDonald’s, on the Chester Road near Humberstone Road, have reapplied to have 24 hour opening again.

 

So the questions I have asked and received no acceptable responses:

morning. While there is a risk of more people going there after a night out which could lead to anti-social behav- iour and noise disturbance. Residents can object to the applica- tion by contacting the Planning De- partment on planningandregenera- tionenquiries@birmingham.gov.uk or by writing to Planning and Regenera- tion, PO Box 28, Birmingham, B1 1TU. Please make sure you quote the planning application number of 2015/08651/PA in both cases .

You can also comment by going online at www.birmingham.gov.uk/planning- comments again you will need the ap- plication number.

•How does the vehicle owner get in- formed? •What if you are parked outside someone else’s address? •How will people with wheelchairs and buggies get them from an adjacent street? •Who takes responsibility if the vehi- cle is damaged when being moved?

We are very disappointed that McDon- ald’s have decided to do this against local residents’ wishes. I have therefore this month, jointly with local campaigner Clifton Welch, relaunched our petition opposing the application. We are also asking residents to write into the planning department to ob- ject to the application as well. Clearly this application would place residents at an unacceptable distur- bance from noise, increased litter and smells from the kitchens. Particular residents backing onto the site will be have additional noise from cars and people pulling up to the venue late and night and early in the

Councillor Mick Brown Tyburn Ward Labour

Councillor Lynda Clinton Tyburn Ward Labour

 

Regular readers of my col- umn will know that I have a special interest in health issues being a member of both the Councils and our own local health and social care working groups aimed at both raising the stand- ard of care and improving people’s health.

You can therefore imagine my dismay when I learned recently that Birming- ham’s public health budget will be cut by over £5.5 million, as a result of cuts first outlined by the Tory Chancellor in June. The reality of this cut is that the “stop smoking” and “be active” schemes as well as services such as school nurses are all at risk as part of what is likely to be a wide ranging re- view of services. To make matters worse this comes on top of a £3.5 million cut already an- nounced by the Tory government in the size of Birmingham’s Public health budget. It does not take much thought to re- alise that cuts of this size will result in much of the valuable preventative work that occurs in Tyburn and across the city, being massively reduced which will not only affect residents per- sonally, but are short sighted, in that they will end up costing the NHS and the Council more in the long run. PS – I am again taking part in the an- nual “sleep out” on 27th November on behalf of St Basil’s campaign to focus attention on the needs of the home- less. Hope to survive to report next month!

 

According to Amey “Vehi- cles obstructing our works

•Whose insurance covers the vehicle if it is involved in some kind of impact whilst parked in the adjacent street? •Who is responsible if the vehicle is

will be relocated to an ad-

stolen from the adjacent street?

jacent street …

with

no

charge…If you need to get a vehicle to your proper- ty…….”

Whilst I applaud improvements to your area, to impose such sanctions cannot be right. Many residents will have unexpected visitors or emergen-

•Is it brought back to the place from where it was taken?

If you have experienced any of the above for reasons beyond your control then please let me know.

Either on 07727 923 071 or call 303 2039 and leave a message.

 
 

Five years of austerity: only the wealthy have benefited

 
 
   
 
 

Councillor Mike Sharpe Tyburn Ward Labour

 

The worst treatment inflicted by this cabinet of millionaires has been re- served for the weakest – the sick, the disabled, the homeless and of course, the unemployed. Cities outside London like ours have been the worst hit. Housing associations have been in the front line of Government attacks for some time - and we see the result in the announcement of 25% redun- dancies at CVCHA. The forced sale of housing associa- tion properties by the Government will force even more into the hands

of private landlords - helping to push up rents. Worse still, it will threaten the very existence of housing associations. IT WILL NOT LEAD TO ONE MORE PROPERTY BEING BUILT.

Local Conservatives have a habit of pretending that this is nothing to do with them – but they are in reality, the loyal foot soldiers of a Govern- ment of vicious uncaring millionaires. Don’t forget to remind them of that.

 
 

We are now in our 5th year of ‘austerity. Re- search always shows that we are one of the richest countries in the World, but does it feel like that to you?

If not, then maybe it’s because the Country’s national debt has DOUBLED over that time – not reduced.

   

in

Castle Vale Retail Park. I have

have become blocked by leaves. I have also been reporting these to the highways contractor Amey to clear including the one on Paget Road that recently blocked.

Bring back the “Lollipop“

 

hope that at least one of these posts will be centred at a school on Castle Vale. Lo- cal residents have long told me that they want the return of the lollipop wardens and many signed a petition to bring them back which I organised some time ago. That plea was of course ignored by our Labour councillors. The safety of our children should always be paramount and I say that Castle Vale should not be second best to other parts of Birmingham. This time maybe Labour will listen and bring back the lollipop to the Vale.

 

Broken manhole cover and drains blocked by leaves

been out to inspect the drain and have reported it to the Council for urgent repair. The manhole cover is very dangerous as it has

 
 

Ann Holtom

 

a stone top which has broken in

 

If you know of any blocked drains

Clifton Welch

a number of places. The result is

or broken streets/roads that you

Lib Dem Campaigner

a serious trip hazard that is often

would like our help getting fixed or we can help you with anything else please contact myself and parliamentary campaigner Robert Alden by calling 07505745808, emailing CWELCH2@sky.com, or writing to 96 Orchard Road, Erdington, B24 9JD

According to the jobs section of Birmingham Council’s website, they are currently recruiting school crossing

According to the jobs section of Birmingham Council’s website, they are currently recruiting school crossing wardens at a number of locations across the city. I sincerely

Conservative campaigner

obscured by a puddle that forms over the top in bad weather. I have stressed to the Council that in it’s current state the cover is a trip hazard. At this time of year there are also often drains and gully pots that

 
Recently residents have been in touch to raise the broken manhole cover/drain outside the Post

Recently residents have been in touch to raise the broken manhole cover/drain outside the Post Office

Page 22 Tyburn Mail November 2015

‘n’ comments Hallelujah at Spitfire Island will be finished by Christmas, even if work on

‘n’comments

Hallelujah

at Spitfire Island will be finished by Christmas, even if work on the traffic signals is not completed. Here’s what Tyburn Mail’s readers had to say, online and on facebook:

Council have promised that the roadworks

The

Kevin Woolley: Then let the mayhem begin; there’s already been one accident this week Kane Dta: If this is true then when’s my money tree gunna grow? Warren Hadley: Well coming off the Vale with the new

layout will cause some accidents

Simon Downton: About xxxxxxx time Emma Rush: Can’t c it happening! Richard Brockington: Awful layout! It was poor before with people pulling out to see if anything is coming, now it’s like it on all approaches, and can see more accidents happening as you have to twist ur head 150 degrees to see if anything is approach- ing, in the mean time someone’s took ur front end off Lesley Ross Jinks: be a bloomin miracle, so sick of it all now Debra Kiernan: Believe it when I see it!!!. Fully agree layout is awful James Burke Whoever designed the new layout should be thrown from Bromford Bridge. I’ve seen 2 accidents already because the lane that takes you towards the bridge has a blind spot to traffic heading towards the Fort because of the dip in the road and road cones. Your view is obstructed to approaching traffic on your right . At the moment it’s worse than it was before! Simon Walker Hopefully there is a penalty clause for being 6 months over complete shambles David O’Toole About bloody time. They’ve milked it for all it was worth Stephanie Ann I don’t like it at all now. I find the new layout now even more auk- ward than before and I thought there were supposed to be traffic lights on it. Anonymous:It is about time this Junction was improved, many near misses every day.

time this Junction was improved, many near misses every day. it’s bloody dangerous And the bridge

it’s bloody dangerous

And the bridge repairs at Water Orton are going to take

several more weeks. The bridge might be back in use for

motorists by Christmas re-opening even further.

but poor weather might delay the

re-opening even further. but poor weather might delay the Andy Denham: This messes my day up

Andy Denham: This messes my day up everyday Tracy Phillips: This is driving me crazy Flowerworx Tracy Teal: Nightmare!!!! Jayne Smith More traffic, more miles for more weeks Shirl Will Omg!!! I was wondering when this will open , I’m really annoyed as it puts extra time on our journey in the mornings Linda: closing the bridge has caused a great deal of inconvience to all

And on the story about the Tyburn man who stole £270 of condoms, plenty of people had something witty to say

Great Beard of Zeus ….he must have had a sack full. Was it undercover officers who caught him I wonder ? Moriarty: Hey, give this gentleman some credit. He was just trying to play it safe!! Madman: Nothing like making a bit of a dick of yourself Louise Murray Hughes: That’s a wrap folks Luke Gillon: He was found in a safe house Mark Rogers Was his name Jonny? Mandy Webber Johnny too bad Susan Carolan Must of been a stunner

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The back page Mist, but not missed Castle Vale Jaguars’ striker Joe Lavill shows how
The back page
Mist, but not missed
Castle Vale Jaguars’ striker Joe Lavill shows how to take a penalty by sending the Holly Lane ‘keeper the wrong way to put his
team 1-0 up on this misty Sunday morning at Vale Stadium. Joe was continuing where he had left off the previous Sunday. The
Jags hot-shot had netted seven times in Jags’ 10-0 victory over fellow stadium sharers Warren Rovers.

Midland League

Midland League

Paget back on goalscoring form

Top local side Paget Rang- ers are having an up and down season in division two of the Midland League.

A 4-1 win over Rostance Edwards will

have boosted their confidence after back to back defeats in the league. Striker Mark Bellingham scored twice. Reuben Wilson and Terry Carpenter also got on the scoresheet. Mark Mor- ris blasted a penalty over the bar.

SUNDAY

FOOTBALL

Festival

League

Two divisions separate Caste Vale Concorde and Concorde Utd in the Festival League.

CV Concorde are struggling in the highest division, just one place off the bottom spot. They lost narrowly to Yard- ley Dynamo earlier this month. The game at Holly lane Sports Field was settled by a single goal. As defeats go, it was a better result than the previous week, when they were hammered 7-1 by Halfway. Concorde have lost their last five league games. But it could be worse. Spare a thought for bottom club Great Barr Rangers All Stars. After just six games of the sea- son, they have a goal differ- ence of minus fifty-one. On the opening day of this month the All Stars were smashed 17-0 by Hampton Blackwood. And in the previous week, they went down 12-0 to Harborne Harriers.

All Stars were smashed 17-0 by Hampton Blackwood. And in the previous week, they went down
All Stars were smashed 17-0 by Hampton Blackwood. And in the previous week, they went down
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Mail is online and updated daily at: ty- burnmail.com It doesn’t take much to cheer up
Mail is online and updated daily at: ty- burnmail.com It doesn’t take much to cheer up

It doesn’t take much to cheer up a long-suf- fering Villa fan.

A goalless draw agains Man City has got thou sands of Villans thinking that their team can avoid the drop. This new French manager is the next Arsene Wenger, apparently.

still look about

as likely to score as a team of Cistercian monks in Gatecrashers night club

they

Well, forgive me, but I’m going to re serve judgement until I’ve seen a bi more evidence. True, Villa played much better agains Man City than they have done all sea

son

front they still look about as likely t score as a team of Cistercian monks in Gatecrashers night club. They need to spend big money in th transfer window on a proper striker not a cast-off or a Championship plod

der. Like it or not, top strikers now cos £20 million and more.

If Villa are serious about Premie

League survival, they have to invest.

Now what about Remi Garde

ter the Man City game he sat calmly i

the post match press conference and spoke sense, quietly. He has a calm sense of dignity, un

like Sherwood who was likeable, bu

a bit chirpy and prone to throwawa

remarks designed to get a quick laugh Such as the one hours before the sack

when he was asked if he was expecting

a phone call from Villa chief executiv Tom Fox. Sherwood shrugged his shoulders and announced that he would just keep hi phone switched off. Makes you wonder how he actually go the call, doesn’t it? Remi Garde will not be like Sherwood

He has a more thoughtful and sensibl

Af

in most parts of the field. But u

?

approach. But he was a cheap option. His playing career was forgettable and his previ ous managerial experience is about a substantial as a wet bus ticket. His assistant, fellow Frenchman Regi

nald Ray, has got a mediocre cv tha would struggle to get him a job in th premier division of the Midland Alli ance. Villa have taken a huge risk. The ap pointment of Garde will be eithe

a money-saving masterstroke, or a

cheapskate piece of basement bargain hunting that will beckon relegation.

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