Voted the most influential Brummie by 61% of the trial sector, as a result of an exercise done by St. Mary’s Hospice, it seems that this great philanthropist has become an icon in the hearts of Birmingham people. He not only introduced, planned, and executed the great garden suburb of Bournville to the people of the city, but also donated the Lickey Hills for their health and wellbeing. I remember my father telling me that he and his brothers could go to the end of the tram line at Rednal and climb the hills for a great day out. I also feel that George has been almost left out of the Garden City Movement grandees, although he was on the board of Letchworth, and Welwyn Garden. I hope the ” garden city movement ” revives as a solution to the unrestricted migration of the 2000s that has put so much pressure on our housing capacity, pressure that caused an increase in the homelessness of today.
Fund raising for St. Mary’s Hospice. They looked after my great friend David McCann for many months, and their treatment was superb. The staff were wonderfully sensitive, and their caring could not be surpassed. It does take some phenomenal amount of money to run the hospice, and if you access
you can get involved.
Further Verge protection – this time on Bournville Lane. We have this finance available and, as in other places, We have been able to see the improvement in the first season. Bournville lane has beautiful properties, and leads to the Cadbury Factory, so it deserves to have this attention.
This mass of mud and dirt will soon be green grass, rather than the driven over mess that arises from cars that park inconsiderately. Kerbstone improvement is a major feature of verge protection. Being part of the Planning Committee is a great way to know that you can access the Ward transportation account for this purpose. The next detail we must address is the parking issue that gave rise to this problem in the first place. It is of course obvious that the more greenery there is the better our appreciation of life. The grass seed has been ordered, and will soon be on site!
It was brought to my attention that there were vehicles entering Linden Road from the pathway adjoining the edge of the Woodlands development. This would have been a potentially lethal combination if children were at the crossing point. Therefore I contacted the transportation department and they erected two posts to prevent it happening in future. If it saves just one life it will be worthwhile!
One minute’s silence was observed in front of the Council House to mark the horrific London Bridge Attack. We were given a daffodil each which was a superb statement of peace. We must stand with all cities against these fanatics, and their hangers on. We must empathise with the French people in their horrific experiences of being attacked by the very people to whom they have granted asylum. We should also analyse why people “flee” to this country, and whether there is an underlying, and hidden objective in some cases.
On top of the Moseley School of Art in a Hailstorm. If you look in the distance there is Old Joe! Only built just before the School of Art. We are coming to the end of a massive piece of work in making the roof safe, and then next – the means inside of making the building sustainable. It can be a community asset of considerable value providing that it is used by all members of the Community. I have the utmost confidence that the trust will achieve that!