Steve believes there’s a ‘nasty whiff’ about the ‘indecent haste’ with which Birmingham City Council has quietly processed a plan to borrow £4million on a project designed to convert the old Stirchley baths into council offices. He’s called for a pause in the plan until it can be determined that it’s economically viable and has public consent.



Steve visited staff, parents and pupils at Woodthorpe Junior and Infant School last week; to congratulate everyone on receiving an overall grade of ‘outstanding’ following a surprise two day visit from OFSTED.


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While Steve was there he bumped into Craig and Steve who work for Frost & Snow Cupcake Bakery, a successful social enterprise set up by the Midland Heart homeless team and cupcake baker Sarah Frost.

The residents were concerned about the planned Welfare Reform, reorganisation of the NHS and unemployment. They had a lot to say on Birmingham City Council, wheel clamping and tackling antis-social behaviour in Billesley.
The event celebrated the West Midlands involvement in the national ‘Sing Up’ project which has helped young people develop their singing skills, activity, and enjoyment through training their teachers and singing leaders.
The day started off with a singing workshop with over 40 Primary Schools from all over the West Midlands, including Cotteridge Primary School, led by West Midlands singing leaders.
The new Research and Development Centre is bringing 54 new jobs to Bournville, they will work on new products and develop the company’s existing chocolate brands.
Research and Development helps drive the growth in a successful business like Kraft. The new Centre of Excellence for Chocolate Research and Development will develop the technology to make different kinds of chocolate products which will then be commercialised across the whole world, making Bournville theglobal hub of chocolate innovation for Kraft.
The main issue on everyone’s minds was the Sainsbury’s proposals for the Selly Oak Battery Site, which has been derelict for many years now. There were particular concerns regarding the road network: especially the problems at the existing Sainsbury’s store and the risk of rat running along Gibbins Road caused by the potential new development.
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