Thursday, October 25, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Labour selected their candidate, someone representing everything that's wrong with the current governance arrangements, via an opaque and uninspiring process. In contrast, the Conservatives are selecting our candidate via a series of open primaries, where anyone who's registered to vote in the West Midlands can come along and vote on the selection. You don't need to be a member of any political party - just register, turn up and vote.
Your choice is between Matt Bennett, until recently a Birmingham Councillor and Executive Member for Children's Social Care, and Joe Tildesley, a Solihull Councillor and retired police officer.
The four primaries take place as follows. All start at 7pm prompt:
- 4th July: Erdington
- 5th July: Walsall
- 10th July: Halesowen
- 11th July: Solihull
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for further details.
For more information, read the story on the Birmingham Conservatives website or have a look at Dominic Fisher's article on Conservative Home.
Friday, May 04, 2012
It's been a genuine privilege to represent the people of Quinton ward over the last four years and I hope that I may have the opportunity again some time in the future.
Now for a short holiday...
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Please Support Me Today
Whether it's protecting our parks from traveller camps, action on rubbish collections or fighting antisocial late-opening off-licences, I've worked hard for Quinton and Harborne over the past four years.
If you re-elect me today, I promise to keep working hard for you over the next four years.
Please use your vote to support me - polls are open until 10pm tonight.
Promoted by Len Clark on behalf of Peter Smallbone, both of 1 Lyncourt Grove, Quinton, B32 1DG.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
The local elections take place tomorrow, and I’m asking for your support. I’m proud of my record and proud of what I’ve achieved for Quinton and Harborne:
- I’ve delivered protection from traveller camps for all of our local parks and green spaces.
- I’ve fought against mobile phone masts – not just for the sake of it, but when they would be unsightly or pose an unnecessary risk – and I’ve been successful in two out of three campaigns.
- I’ve worked hard to resist closures of the front desks at Quinton Road West and Rose Road police stations. Eight more Officers have just been relocated to Quinton Road West.
- I’ve tackled the problem of late-opening off-licences in the area and the antisocial problems associated with them. Two applications were withdrawn after I organised petitions against them.
- And I’m not afraid to stand up to my own Council, for example about problems with refuse collections or plans to build houses on the Martineau Centre’s playing fields, if I believe it’s in the best interests of local people.
There’s still more to do, and I’d love the opportunity to keep working hard for Quinton and Harborne. If I’m re-elected:
- I will make sure that the investigation I demanded into Quinton and Harborne’s rubbish collections is completed and see that the findings are implemented – fully.
- I will fight for restrictions on antisocial drinking on local streets, where there is clear support from residents.
- I will continue to work hard to make sure that Quinton and Harborne gets its fair share of the tax we’re paying.
- I will stand up to the Council, whichever party is in charge, to safeguard the Martineau Centre and its playing fields.
- I will argue for another Council Tax freeze.
Please use your vote to give Quinton and Harborne a bright future.
Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm (not the other way round as a small number of my leaflets recently claimed!)
Promoted by Len Clark on behalf of Peter Smallbone, both of 1 Lyncourt Grove, Quinton, B32 1DG
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
A group of travellers set up camp on Highfield Farm Recreation Ground on Tuesday 23rd August. Accompanied by the Police, I visited them that evening and the following evening and demanded that they left the area. I'm pleased to say that they had left within two days and I’ve ensured that anything they left behind has been cleaned up.
Had the group kept themselves to themselves a bit more then perhaps a confrontation could have been avoided. However, a number of the group were tearing around the park and Woodgate Valley on quad bikes, which was very intimidating for local people. I have a zero tolerance approach to such behaviour and I'm very pleased that our robust stance has worked.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
- Chip pan fire demonstration
- Road traffic collision demonstration
- Rope rescue demonstration
- Stalls from partner agencies
I have successfully lobbied the Council to add extra dates to the current consultation on the Martineau Centre on Balden Road. These are in addition to the two consultation dates that have already taken place. The consultations will take place at the Martineau Centre itself, on the following dates and times.
- Monday 25 July, 10am–8pm
- Saturday 30 July, 9am–noon
- Saturday 13 August, 9am–noon
If you have any questions or comments about the Martineau Centre or any other matter, I would be more than happy to hear from you.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
- Tomorrow's and Friday's half-day strikes have been called off.
- The work-to-rule by the regular crews is also off for the time being.
- The Council will continue to deploy the casual crews as well as the regular crews to clear any backlog.
- Further talks are scheduled for Tuesday.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
A new relationship between central government, local government and local people starts today.
Like all Conservative Councillors in England, I've just received a letter from Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, with some information about the Localism Bill and Local Government Finance Settlement. I thought it would be useful to post the letter in full. Here is is.
Localism Bill and Local Government Finance Settlement
Today the Coalition Government has published the Localism Bill and announced the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for English councils. I wanted to take the opportunity to outline some key political points on these two major announcements.
Local Government Finance Settlement
Local government finance is notoriously arcane and ridden with
· This is all about how we raise and spend taxpayers’ money. Every part of the public sector needs to do its bit to help reduce Labour’s legacy of debt and the massive overdraft they left the nation. The Labour Government had been living a credit card lifestyle at taxpayers’ expense, and now it is time to pay off some of those bills.
· This is a progressive settlement – we are taking into account that some councils are very dependent on central government grants, and we are taking steps to mitigate the effect of spending reductions in those needy areas.
· The Localism Bill overturns decades of central government interference and gives power back to local communities. We are not just devolving power to local councils – we are also giving more power to citizens, community groups and neighbourhoods, to help local people shape and influence the places in which they live and help build the Big Society.
· We are giving more freedoms and flexibilities to councils, from reducing ring-fencing to bringing in a general power of competence in the Localism Bill. By cutting the red tape and
A Government press release on the Bill can be found at:
My Ministerial colleague, Greg Clark, has also today published a pamphlet on our decentralisation agenda which is available at:
Key policy initiatives in the Bill which may be of direct interest to your ward include:
· The abolition of Labour’s Regional Strategies and top-down system of planning. This legacy of John Prescott threatened environmental sustainability, and it completely failed to deliver the homes that communities wanted by fuelling resentment at development.
· A new system of neighbourhood planning to put local communities in charge of the look and feel of their locality. Parish councils and new neighbourhood forums of local people – rather than town hall officials – will lead the way in shaping their community. Incentives, such as the New Homes Bonus and a reformed Community Infrastructure Levy, will ensure that local people directly benefit from new development.
· Protection for local taxpayers from Labour’s planned tax hikes. We are abolishing Labour’s bin taxes, cancelling Labour’s planned council tax revaluations in
· New rights to protect community facilities and build the Big Society: A Community Right to Buy will give local groups new rights to protect vital community asset including local shops, pubs, libraries and leisure centres, giving them the opportunity to take over services which face closure. An accompanying Community Right to Challenge will open the door for local community and voluntary sector groups, as well as parish councils and council employees, to bid to take over and improve local council services.
We have a strong message that the Coalition Government is championing the interests of local taxpayers in difficult times, and is putting more power and responsibility into the hands of councils, communities and citizens.
Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP
Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Recycling on Barnwood Road. The Council officers are preparing a leaflet with all of the necessary information, which will go out to all properties from tomorrow onwards.