Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bob's Got on his Bike!

Quinton ward resident Bob Holland is cycling all the way to France to raise money for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run a residential care home for older people in Harborne. Bob was inspired to raise money for the home after his uncle became a resident there about eighteen months ago.

Bob says, 'I have seen at first hand how, with extraordinary dedication, the nuns, their staff and team of volunteers have created a wonderful home. The quality of the surroundings and service is exceptional and I felt compelled to do as much as I could to raise funds for them.'

Bob will be taking part in the London to Paris Cycle Challenge, which takes place over three days this June. It will also be a very personal challenge for Bob, as he took up cycling only three years ago to regain fitness after surgery for cancer.

I'm very pleased to support Bob in his bid to raise thousands for St Joseph's. If you wish to sponsor him yourself, you can find out more at

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Below Inflation 1.9% Council Tax Increase - FOURTH Year in a Row!!!

On Tuesday, the Conservative-led Council passed the annual budget, setting your Council Tax increase to only 1.9% - below inflation for the fourth year in a row. This means that it's the fourth effective cut to your Council Tax in a row.

The Labour group looked thoroughly demoralised at the meeting and for the first time in years didn't even present an alternative budget. So the voters of Birmingham have no idea where they stand. What would they spend your money on? How would they pay for essential services? Would they cut or raise your Council Tax?

Why they've given up this opportunity to participate in the normal democratic process is anyone's guess, but the most likely explanation is that they're so riven with splits and divisions that they simply couldn't agree amongst themselves.

In the meantime, we'll get on with the job of running Birmingham effectively and efficiently.

Cable TV Box in Purbeck Croft / Moreton Close / Wisley Way Area

If you live in the Purbeck Croft / Moreton Close / Wisley Way Area, you might have noticed some unsightly graffiti on a cable TV box. I noticed it too and arranged for the box to get the 'green paint treatment' I've mentioned before.

The photos above show 'before' and 'after'.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

City Branch Interview

Conservative City Branch, which is the branch of the Party for Birmingham's city centre professionals, has recently interviewed me. Check it out at the following address: