Council issues dominate Selly Oak Report Back

Steve McCabe MP hosted one of his regular report back events at Selly Oak Methodist Church on Wednesday 27 August, where he talked about the work he has been doing over the summer period, this was followed by a lively question and answer session which was dominated by Council issues.  

Steve briefed people on international events including Iraq and Gaza and the likely impact of the Scottish referendum. He also outlined work he has been doing in the constituency during Parliamentary recess which includes; working with local community and faith leaders to tackle youth unemployment, pursuing rogue landlords and cowboy builders across the constituency, his ongoing campaign to save Katie Road NHS Walk in Centre and a constituency wide green waste consultation he is doing in conjunction with local Councillors.

High on the agenda for the majority of those who attended was concern over the ongoing planning issues in Selly Oak and the lack of enforcement action by the Council to stop further unauthorised extensions. Steve acknowledged that the lack of enforcement is a big issue and has been pursuing this matter with the Council, he is also looking at how other local authorities across the country approach cowboy builders and rogue landlords.

Concerns were also raised over the Council’s green waste policy and Steve assured local people that he is well aware of this issue and has raised this with the Council and has undertaken a consultation and will present his constituents’ views to the Leader of the Council.

Speaking after the event, Steve McCabe MP said:

“I hold my report back events throughout the year to find out what issues are affecting people in my constituency, usually a number of diverse issues are raised but this particular report back highlighted just how strongly people are affected by local issues.

“Not surprisingly green waste and planning were the main areas of concern for residents and these are issues I am anxious for the council to address.”

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