Author Archives: douglasosborn

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 !!

Leader of the Council

This is the point at which the Leader of the Council agrees to the suggestion of the member (or is it Mullah?) for Acocks Green that the report on collection needs more work doing on it!! Thus the Rubbish problem will … Continue reading

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Travelling across BVT areas, picking up in Linden Road, Bournville Lane, – areas that were promised collection last week. Bucket was used because of the state of some of the bags, and when emptied there were hundreds of Maggots. Only … Continue reading

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Someone Cares About Brum!

Lady from Carillion thanks Peter for clearing up the rubbish from the new development that used to be Selly Oak Hospital. Is there something perverse about leaving rubbish uncollected in the areas where we are trying to attract new families … Continue reading

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Bournville Petition

Nearly 1,000 people signed a petition to retain the no. 27 bus. This was presented to the Planning Committee and accepted by them. It was agreed that the relevance was due to the “travel plans” conditioned on all school developments … Continue reading

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Council Chaos

Examples of the rubbish piling up in Bournville due to the Industrial Action taking place in the Cleansing responsibilities of Birmingham City Council. The City Council is responsible, but the solution we, Councillor Rob Sealey and I, have come up … Continue reading

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I really wish to thank Councillor Mariam Khan for her hard work in chairing the Eid Mela Council Committee of Big Johns Mela. She handed over the considerable responsibility to me a few times, but she was the prime mover, … Continue reading

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Best Staff in the World

Here are the kindest and friendliest staff you could work with. They are there at the Eid Mela like all of us to make sure it is a success. It requires sensitivity and thoughtfulness to make it a success and … Continue reading

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