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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 !!


Get your stamps from the Post Office. They have promised to order a load, and this is just the sort of present that Children will love when the grow up. A reminder of 2017 for all time, and the most … Continue reading

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Barrio Fiesta 2017

Here is Jess R. singing so beautifully at the Sandwell and Birmingham Barrio Fiesta. She has enormous range and a truly amazing gift. The Barrio this year suffered from being the same date as the one in Woodgate Valley, and … Continue reading

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Lightwoods Park

A brilliant job done here by Sandwell Council. BIrmingham City decided some years ago to give Lightwoods Park – building and land- to Sandwell where it got the required love and attention. They have turned it into a beautiful asset … Continue reading

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Representing Birmingham CC

With the Lord MAYOR of Manchester, Councillor Newman, and his lovely daughter who is the Lady Mayoress for six months until her mother can replace her. We were at the Manchester School for Girls and the very prestigious and interesting … Continue reading

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Jess R.

Jessica was brilliant singing today, with an immense range. I really hope she does well in her appearance at the Voice Kids tonight when, as part of team Pixie, she will be singing “Somebody to Love”. Wherever there is no … Continue reading

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Birmingham City University

We all welcome the appointment of Professor Philip Plowden as Vice Chancellor, who will take the University forward to new heights. In the meantime we must raise the profile of the University in areas where there is a great demand … Continue reading

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This is a beautiful centre to Weoley Castle Square, but you will see the broken tree stump of the 10th. Tree that I have planted on there. What mindless vandalism. Someone does not want a central part to be noted … Continue reading

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