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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 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 Aavantage 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. He has never claimed any expenses in the 17 years he has served on the City Council - perhaps because the forms are too complicated.

BBC Rubbish

called in by BBC to remove rubbish from the A38, and get a catcall – “what you do in’? amongst all the rubbish paper and cardboard, cans and bottles, was a car headrest! (See above) As I do the A38 … Continue reading

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Holocaust Memorial Day

I am lucky to meet Mindu Hornick again for the HM ceremony in the Council House. She is now nearly 87 but survived Auschwitz with her sister, losing the rest of her family. She has lived in Edgbaston, Birmingham since … Continue reading

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Carnival committee

Dr. Andrew Hardie at the Weoley Castle Festival committee making the mature contribution he is renowned for. The Rev. Fiona officiated and there was a lively discussion on next year’s event. Plenty of suggestions that will result in a better … Continue reading

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Sylvia Nash RIP

Meeting of the Shencare Community Transport Board, pausing to remember one of our oldest stalwarts – Sylvia Nash.  Actually she was responsible for appointing Christopher Busst, our brilliant Business Manager, in the days of my predecessor Alderman McArdle without whom … Continue reading

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Moseley Art School

This wonderful gem of a place, started as a school in the 19th. Century, and now being refurbished for final use in the community! Our last meeting was conducted in the Moseley Road Baths (second down on right hand side) … Continue reading

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100 years Representation of People Act.

At the full council meeting we celebrated the 100 years anniversary from the actual date of the representation of the people Act. I was apparently the only male to wear a suffragette rosette, kindly aided by the flower shop on … Continue reading

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Anthea McIntyre hosts WM together

A very interesting display of unity across the many cultures that are present at Birmingham City University, and the schools that are associated nearby. Anthea has arranged this and there were many others associated with the campaign. Unfortunately there was … Continue reading

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