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 !!

HLF visit Moseley Art School

HLF Staff visit Moseley Art School. Ask for more information and planning. Successful visit, and means the project is on target. It is a wonderful community asset, and future generations will be grateful for the immense efforts made by Mr. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

West India Regiment

Offered to help mend the standard of the West India regiment when it came loose. Was honoured to be allowed! Used my new super concoction and did the job! It was on parade the following day. That’s good management under … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tommy’s Passchendaele

We had three performances. Two on Wednesday with the Lord Mayor coming to the later performance, and one on Thursday for the schools again. It was very moving, and superbly acted by the professionals. I loved being next to the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Save the Fairways

 On a filthy weather day, (I am under the umbrella)  many supporters braved it and protested outside the Council House at their badly handled policy of closing the Fairways. As a governor of Victoria School I recognise how necessary this … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Moseley Art School

Under the inspired leadership of Mr. Javed Arain, the proprietor of Araprint, the Moseley School of Art has applied for grants from both English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This has the welcome support of the local Muslim Community … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Half empty show designed to criticise the Ofsted, and inspectorate criticism of the “Trojan Horse” fundamentalist management. These people, who class themselves as influential, do not realise the effect they have on the impressionable mass of one community. Mind you … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LLanstephan Castle

Half term break in Ferryside Carmarthenshire. Walked dog in end of Hurricane Bryan. Got soaked! Looked out across river, and saw this castle. Decided to drive over and see better view. Very impressive example of South Wales castles, wherein the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment