Greenwood Academy to be re-built on new site

Greenwood Academy has got the go-ahead for a complete re-building.

Birmingham Council has agreed in principle that the new site for the school will be on the paddocks, on Farnborough Road.

The plans will now be put before the city planning committee and are subject to  their approval, to public consultation and to final legal consent from the Council.

If all goes to plan, detailed design work and construction of the new building could start as early as 2015.

The procurement process has already begun, after a feasibility study was carried out to determine the best location for the new building. One alternative was to rebuild the school next to its current site. But the lack of space and potential disruption that this would cause, has led planning consultants to prefer the paddock site.

Job Advert for Castle Vale Library

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Castle Vale TRA (Tenants and Residents Alliance) are looking to recruit the following:

Tyburn Library Community Development Manager – £27,000 – £31753 (depending on experience) 2 years initial contract (but the expectation is it that it will be ongoing after the two years subject to continual funding)

The TRA  say: “We are seeking to employ an experienced and enthusiastic community development manager who has extensive experience of engaging with people, knowledge of the Tyburn Ward and Castle Vale is essential, the post holder will develop and transform Tyburn Library into a unique venue where people will come to access a variety of services whilst carefully ensuring that the Library remains the central focus to users of the venue!”

“We are looking for a very special person for this role; so if making the “impossible possible” appeals to you and you want to work for a unique organisation take the first step and find out more by visiting and down load the application pack.

For further information please contact Raymond Goodwin on 0121 747 5932.

The closing date for all applications will be midday 26th September 2014.

Interviews will take place week commencing 29th September 2014.

Labour Leader’s paint-job is waste of public money, says Erdington Councillor

An Erdington councillor has expressed his dismay that Sir Albert Bore’s office is being repainted for the second time in two years and just one day after the Labour Council Leader announced a further 6,000 job cuts.
Robert Alden, deputy leader of Birmingham Conservatives, said that he was shocked to see the furniture removed from Sir Albert’s office today ready for the  repainting.
“You don’t need to repaint your office at public expense when the budget is tight,” said Councillor Alden.
“Sir Albert’s office was repainted just over two years ago when Labour took control of the Council. You should not be spending money in this way when you are taking jobs away from street cleaners.”

Ticking time-bomb of financial disaster means Birmingham will continue to decline: Sir Albert

Birmingham Council will have just 7,000 employees by 2018.

Four years ago, there were 20,000 employees with the Council.

There are now 13,000.

More staff cuts are on the way. Another 6,000  jobs will go in the next four years.

Sir Albert Bore, the Leader of the Council, delivered a stark message yesterday. He described the financial plight of the city as ‘a ticking time-bomb.’

Birmingham’s Labour leader blames his cuts on central government, run by Conservatives and Lib Dems.

Birmingham’s job-freeze in recent years means that it now  employs just 36 people under the age of 20.

“Whilst the city has a growing young population, the council is not doing enough to employ this age group and we need to restore this balance,” said Sir Albert.

But he warned that a decline in services will follow as more cuts take effect.

“We cannot continue with anything like the range of activities we have delivered in the past,” he warned.

Castle Vale Cubed: the art story that runs round four walls

A spectacular work of graffiti art will run round the four walls of the derelict building beside  Castle Vale Stadium. 

The art, named CV³ ( Castle Vale Cubed), has been made by Birmingham aerosol artist Mohammed Ali, and inspired by Castle Vale youngsters’ impressions of their own neighbourhood.

It is set to be unveiled this Saturday afternoon (20th September) at a special ceremony of the Castle Vale Festival.

Last Leaf sculpture set for spring growth, not autumn fall

The Last Leaf Project in Castle Vale has been delayed until March 2015.

The metal sculpture, with each leaf engraved with the name of a contributor to Castle Vale, was to be launched later this month.

The sculpture will eventually be installed at the side of the CVCHA building in Castle Vale High Street.

Body in Yardley Park: not suspicious, say police

Police say that the death of a man in Gilbertstone Recreation Ground in Yardley this morning is not being treated as suspicious.

The case has been referred to the coroner.

Emergency services were sent to the scene at around 7 o’clock this morning.

A team of forensic experts had set up a white tent around the body while the site investigation was taking place.