Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham city council’

Pannel Croft Retirement Village in Newtown

Posted on 24th November 2010 by

500 People attend Newtown Retirement Village Information Day This Week

500 older people and their families from Birmingham’s Newtown viewed plans and shared views at a major community information event featuring the £22m Pannel Croft Retirement Village which began initial construction works this month.  The event was hosted by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Council as part of an ongoing consultation process to help ensure the Village meets local peoples’ needs and aspirations.  The event included: 

  •       Plans of the completed Village, including details of homes and communal leisure facilities
  •       Opportunities for visitors to talk to City Councilors, ExtraCare support and activity staff and      residents from existing ExtraCare villages.
  •     Feedback areas for questions and comment
  •      Activity areas which include free health checks, benefits advice and entertainment 

If you are over the age of 55, living in Birmingham and would like to register your interest in the Village application process please phone, 0870 777 4800

Pannel Croft Village opens in Spring 2013 and will provide 180 affordable homes for rent (80%) and part-purchase (20%).  Properties will surround a community-based Village Centre with a wide range of facilities including a gym, restaurant, craft room and woodwork area.  Care will be available in the Village for those who need support. 

The Village will create over 50 ExtraCare jobs and an additional 36 funded-apprenticeships, on site during construction with house-builders Frank Haslam Milan. Other partners who have contributed to the scheme’s development are Urban Living (£2.4m), The Homes and Communities Agency (£6.4m) and The Department of Health (£3.2m). 

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:  “I am delighted to be able to share our plans for the City’s second retirement village for our older people in Newtown, one of five planned for the City. The event will provide an opportunity for prospective residents, their families and friends to meet with ExtraCare staff and residents of other villages to see what village life can offer.

 “The Village will not only provide new homes but provide much needed training and employment opportunities for local people in this difficult time”

Pannel Croft is the second of five planned villages across the City, a £200m development partnership between Birmingham City Council and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust.  The first 260-home Village, New Oscott (developed with Midland Heart), opened in March 2010 and is now oversubscribed.  A third 241-home village, off the Hagley Road in Harbourne, is awaiting the outcome of a planning submission.      


Newtown Village Centre will provide a social hub for local older people – especially those who suffer isolation or have limited means. This Village Centre requires £2m funding through ExtraCare’s Smile Appeal – an appeal which is helping to fund five ExtraCare Village Centres, regenerating older peoples’ involvement in community life across the City.  For more information about The Smile Appeal, please contact Alison Whittingham on 024 76 506011.


Dumped in Handsworth

Posted on 13th November 2010 by


I have had a few complaints recently about Austin Rd and went up to check it out and found to empty areas of land and some car park space where people have just thown in litter and dumped some really quite large items…like the arm chair above.

Birmingham City Council offers free bulk waste collections for up to six items, 3 times a year for each household on 0121 303 1112 or book online through Birmingham City Council webiste.

So you do wonder why people just leave such big items? If you see items like this help us to keep the neighbourhood clean and report on the number as above.

This week Environmental Partnership at Be Birmingham issued the most recent Environmental Survey for Handsworth. The surveys are done to provide an indication of overall street cleanliness and help track progress for areas to reach the city target for litter of 3.50%. Despite all the work locally the survey data continues to show that litter cleanliness in Handsworth is way above the city target throughout 2010-1022 between 25-28%. This is very disappointing!

On the bright side next week we have three community litter picks & planting session planned as part of the local plan to get more people involved in looking after their neighbourhood. These activties will take place on:

Wednesday 17th Nov @ Handsworth Triangle, off Hamstead Rd with Groundwork, Welford School Primary School & Street Champions Team.

Friday 19th Nov @ St John Wall Secondary School, led by Environmental Wardens, Fleet & Waste Management, Groundwork & Street Champions Team.

Saturday 20th @ Community litter pick around Albert Rd led by Sonia Hyman and the Street Champions.

Watch this space for photos!

Neighbourhood Plan for Handsworth Prioirty Neighbourhood

Posted on 9th August 2010 by

I was appointed as neighbourhood manager in September to co-ordinate delivery of neighbourhood management in Handsworth up until 31st March 2011.  Handsworth as benefited from having a neighbourhood manager as part of Birmingham City Council’s first pilot for the citywide neighbourhood programme.

 What this means is that in priority neighbourhoods there is a dedicated resource through a neighbourhood manager whose job it is to focus work on improving key issues that impact on the lives of local residents e.g. environmental issues.

 It is a fantastic opportunity to work with local residents and service providers to try and find some local solutions to local problems. As part of this work since September I have been out and about around Handsworth talking to local residents and services to map out a neighbourhood plan.

 The plan has been produced to set out how, through neighbourhood management, we aim to improve the quality of life of residents in Handsworth up to the March 2011 and sets out a vision for more sustained change. Engagement and feedback from local residents is really important to this process to ensure that  we achieve some real improvements.  

 This plan is based on what local residents and service providers have told us are the important issues in Handsworth.  Part two of the plan sets out a  programme of activities to be delivered by a range of identified partners.  The programme of activities will be reviewed and updated regularly, with the support and involvement of residents and service providers.

Feedback and thoughts about this plan, local issues and progress in Handsworth is welcome this can be done by attending one of the Resident Network meetings held each  month or by contacting me on 303 3401 or email

Handsworth Neighbourhood Plan Part 1 2009-2011

Handsworth Neighbourhood Plan Part 2

Reporting local street issues

Posted on 18th July 2010 by

Many residents complain about dumped rubbish, missed refuse collections and abandoned cars. You can now reporting these local street issues thourgh the Birmingham City Council website.

It is easy to use and you can skip adding personal information if you don’t want to provide this. You can also track your request which is useful tool too find out what has happened.

Victoria Jubliee Allotments

Posted on 17th June 2010 by

Great news too see that the VJA  were finally opened last Saturday with lots of members of the public turning up to stake their claim. The VJA are right next to Handsworth Park and part of Birmingham City Councils allotments. I am amazed at just how popular allotments are in Handsworth and how hard local residents have fought to get these allotments.

Well done to you all! I hope you now enjoy lots of fun growing stuff on your allotments. I am looking forward to a visit in the next week to get some photos.

See some photos of the day and read more about the campaigners long fight to get the allotments at Democracy Street

Raising Awareness Campaign-One Stop Shopping Centre

Posted on 18th March 2010 by

The Environmental Health Department is holding a “Raising Awareness” campaign at the One Stop Shopping Centre, Perry Barr on Thursday 25th March 2010 between 10am to 2pm. The purpose of the campaign is to promote the services provided by the Environmental Health department, and also to engage with the community.

The campaign will take place by the entrance door near Sports Direct and The Job Centre, inside the shopping centre. If you are interested please come along.

For more information please contact Ida Li on 3039900.