28th. March Thursday


“Women” dressed as Suffragettes outside the Council House. A Lady whose portrait is in the Council House – Mrs. Osler – was with them. Her husband owned the glass foundry on Freeth Street, and they supplied the great exhibition with plate glass – hence the “Crystal Palace”, whose fame lived on. Peter actually operated a business from those actual premises for five years (1993-1997), when all that was left was the retort underneath a 12″ concrete floor. He managed to get Mr. Chris Hargreaves, the City Conservation Officer, to look round in case there were any interesting artifacts. Sadly there were not. The building was subsequently purchased by Advantage West Midlands, and is now an eyesore ready for the Icknield Port Development plan to come in to operation.

Picture is of the three Suffragettes and Peter – right behind them!


About douglasosborn

He has been a Councillor for 17 years representing Weoley Ward on Birmingham City Council. He has worked for, and overseen through planning, the improvements to Weoley Castle Square, and Northfield Town Regeneration. He worked in Sparkbrook as a Youth Leader for 5 years and lectured the City Careers service on the employment of disabled people. He originally trained as a Mining Engineer qualifying in 1970, specialising in Explosives and Mine Lighting. He was a member of the Institute of Minerals, Mining, and Metallurgy, and the Institution of Lighting Engineers, now Professionals. He was a member of the West Midlands Police Authority (1976-1980) and a member of the board of Birmingham Airport (1976-1981). He took a B.Th. degree at Oxford University, and gained a Master of Arts degree in Urban Design from Birmingham City University. He was Chairman of Birmingham City Planning Committee from 2008 to 2012, until the change in administration, but is still a member of the committee. He now serves on the Police and Crime Commissioner panel, and was a West Midlands Regional Ambulance Service Shadow board member. He is a Governor of Bournville College, and Victoria Federation. He serves on the West Midland Combined Authority Mayoral scrutiny panel. He is still Birmingham's 'Heritage Champion'. He has never claimed any expenses in the 17 years he has served on the City Council, perhaps because the forms are too complicated !!
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