Steve McCabe held one of his regular Report Back events in Selly Park on Thursday 18 April at St. Stephen’s Church, Serpentine Road. It was well-attended by local residents. The meeting opened with a summary of events at Westminster and key issues in the constituency.

Steve has signed up to the Fair Trade Beyond 2015 declaration; which calls for world leaders to construct a stronger global development framework in 2015


The declaration calls on world leaders to put in place a new global development framework following the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.


The declaration will be sent, together with a list of signatories, to world leaders participating in the UN High Level Meeting of the General Assembly in September 2013.


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Steve has contacted the City Council’s Planning Department on behalf of residents opposed to an application to bring nearly 70 student beds to a quiet residential road.


Residents of Serpentine Road, a quiet residential lane in Selly Park, have contacted Steve to object to a planning application which would convert an old nursing home to a student accommodation block with 68 beds.


Steve has contacted housing associations operating in the Selly Oak constituency to ask for their views on proposed changes to anti-social behaviour legislation.


Following the publication of a draft Bill to reform anti-social behaviour legislation; Steve has asked housing association officers for their views on the proposed changes.


Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics reveal unemployment rose by 70,000 to 2.56 million between December and February, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.9%. The number of people in employment also fell, while earnings growth slowed considerably.


In Birmingham Selly Oak constituency long-term unemployment is still up 16% on last year and even worse long-term youth unemployment is up a huge 43% in the area.


I created the Facebook group ‘I support Katie Road’ back in mid-March when I first heard about a review of Walk-in Centres and questions being asked about the future of Katie Road. It currently has 230 members. I have spent the past few weeks talking to hundreds of constituents and hearing of the life and death situations which have taken them to Katie Road. Sometimes they got treatment on the spot and were able to go home relieved.

St. Stephen’s Church, Serpentine Road, Selly Park, B29 7HU

Three local Age Concerns charities have merged together to become Age UK Birmingham which will provide a range of services to support people over 50. The charity will offer services like exercise classes, a shopping service, benefits advice, carers and support groups and help with gardening.


Steve McCabe said:

TS Sherbourne is a Bournville secret just off Dell Road. This unit of the sea cadets was originally formed in 1942 and met at Sherbourne Road, off Highgate. They offer a range of activities for boys and girls aged 10-18. Opportunities include: learning to play an instrument, sailing skills, first aid and a whole range of character building activities.

Sainsbury’s have submitted a planning application for their latest plans for the former Battery Site in Selly Oak (land between Bristol Road, Harborne Lane and Aston Webb Boulevard). You can view the latest plans here:

Birmingham City Council is interested in comments from the public, preferably before 25 April 2013.

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