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About douglasosborn

He has been a Councillor for 17 years representing Weoley Ward, including the western side of Bournville Village Trust, 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 for 20 years. He played Rugby for Kings Norton RFC for 5 years, sometimes in the 1st. XV. 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. This enabled him to be the Chairman of Birmingham Conservation Trust where he was able to help with the famous "Back to Backs" project, and conduct the negotiations for purchasing the "Coffin Works" with Advantage West Midlands. Therefore he was then chosen to be Chairman of Birmingham City Planning Committee from 2008 to 2012, until the change in administration, but he 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 was a Governor of Bournville College for 15 years, and is still one for the Victoria Federation. He serves on the West Midland Combined Authority Mayoral scrutiny panel. He is still Birmingham's 'Heritage Champion', a trustee of Moseley Art School, and Chairman of Shencare Community Transport, which is located in Bournville Ward. He has never claimed any expenses in the 17 years he has served on the City Council - perhaps because the forms are too complicated.

Hippo drone

This is the new, low cost, West Midlands Police Drone. It is funded by the proceeds of Crime Act, which gives a project the right to be funded in this way, provided it is not for typical expenditure, or staff … Continue reading

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Birmingham 2022

Celebrating the handover from the Australian Commonwealth Games organisers to Birmingham, we gathered in Victoria Square as a diverse city to make a song and dance about it! Figured from the top left is the drone which took photographs of … Continue reading

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Dangerous Tree

This is a Canadian Pine in Fradley Close. It will be reported as a potential hazard to the neighbouring houses, and hopefully the owner will be required to cut it down.

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Pussycat on my shoulders!

In all my forty years of canvassing I have never been fully befriended by a cat! I talked in cat language to “Foxey” who lives in Kipling Road. An exceedingly good cat! She jumped up on a fence, then across … Continue reading

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Duncan Cadbury at the Pavilion

Duncan Cadbury, a scion of the family, and present chairman of Bournville Village Trust gives the slogan to which we must aspire to fulfill, talking to Peter.  No one should be forced to live in a place where they cannot … Continue reading

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Sajid Javid at Rowheath House

The Minister stopped to meet some of the residents at Rowheath House, who were very pleased that he had taken time off to see them. Rowheath House is a residential facility, backed by a small estate of Bungalows which cater … Continue reading

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Sajid Javid at Rowheath

The Minister for housing communities and local government came to see the magnificent Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville, part of the Bournville Trust Estate. Especially well run by Catherine (talking to Saaj) this is one of the finest social facilities in … Continue reading

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