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WMNEG: revisiting draft manifesto 2000 

18 Jul 18

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP The next meeting, on Thursday 26th July, will be held at the John Lewis Community Hub, from 5 to 7pm.

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Tudor Grange House conversion 

16 Jul 18

Tudor Grange House, described in The Victorian as ‘a significant Jacobean style house’, was built in 1887 for Alfred Lovekin, a Birmingham silversmith (background here ).

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Housing 33: a tale of two cities 

14 Jul 18

The Times reports that housing developments in Birmingham have benefited from billions of pounds of new investment attracted by the prospect of HS2, the high-speed rail line that is planned to connect London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds…

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Alan Clawley – a life well-lived: his less well-known contributions 

10 Jul 18

Alan was trained as an architect and lived in Birmingham for several decades, providing technical support to a wide variety of community projects.

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Award for the planting of urban orchards, nut groves and forest gardens in Stirchley 

6 Jul 18

The Heritage Lottery Fund Schedule of Decisions has recorded a grant given to a two year project which will work with local communities to establish heritage fruit and nut tree sites in Stirchley, Birmingham.

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Online course in Selly Oak: Islam and the Environment 

5 Jul 18

Woodbrooke Islam, like other Faiths, calls for stewardship of the Earth.

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LGA Conference: “Councils can no longer be expected to run our local services on a shoestring” 

3 Jul 18

After the leader of Birmingham City Council welcomed the 2018 Local Government Association Conference to Birmingham (ICC, 3-5 July) Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, spoke.

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Centre for Cities advises ‘reimagining’ boarded up shops 

27 Jun 18

In a report published this week , the   Centre for Cities , noting that many high streets are full of boarded-up shops, advises local authorities to ‘reimagine’ the space for offices, homes and leisure: “These places should focus on making …

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WMNEG political round up: local elections results. 

19 Jun 18

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Thursday 28 th June, 5pm-7pm Political round up: local elections results.

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Airport 2018 

15 Jun 18

UK aviation policy is primarily predicated on the requirements of airport operators, major airlines and the Treasury – the needs of passengers come last says Steve Beauchamp é.

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How many City MPs will campaign to stop Network Rail’s sale of railway arches? 

8 Jun 18

After publishing this post on June 2 nd and signing a letter to Chris Grayling the writer has heard that this campaign is moving to Westminster.

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A Future for All: Priory Rooms, Birmingham 

7 Jun 18


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City research: the world’s first liquid air energy storage plant, opening today 

5 Jun 18

In 2014, the world’s first research centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage at the University of Birmingham established a five-year research chair appointment under the leadership of Professor Yulong Ding.

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How will Project Condor affect Digbeth’s ‘arch’ businesses? 

2 Jun 18

CoStar reports that through Rothschild Co (Email: condor.

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The Priory Rooms’ sustainability promise 

29 May 18

Note one of their forthcoming events: A Future for All   Read more about the Priory Rooms here .

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The award-winning Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth has moved downstairs and is open again 

23 May 18

Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s building, The Warehouse, enters the final stage of its refurbishment project.

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Housing 31: reform taxation, build community housing, use surplus public land 

18 May 18

Will Cllr Ward, lauded for recent political manoeuvring , continue John Clancy’s good housing initiatives? A Bournville reader has drawn attention to a Guardian article which says falling house prices are not disastrous, ever-rising house prices …

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Medical research co-authored by Aston’s School of Life and Health Sciences lecturer 

30 Apr 18


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People Power Brum aims to put local power in the hands of citizens 

25 Apr 18

A Kings Norton reader draws attention to the events of 2015, when a coalition of self-styled independents, united by the belief that democracy needs to be revived, were elected to Frome’s town council and continue to serve the town.

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‘We Are Balsall Heath’ Street Festival 

25 Apr 18

‘We Are Balsall Heath’ Street Festival on Sunday brought together the diverse communities of Balsall Heath.

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SUNDAY 22nd: Street Festival – Balsall Heath Mela 

21 Apr 18

MELA social enterprise’s new ‘We Are’ neighbourhood campaign will start with ‘We Are Balsall Heath’ Street Festival on Sunday April 22 bringing together the diverse communities of Balsall Heath.

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West Midlands factory protest: supplying arms for Saudis morally reprehensible 

21 Apr 18

The People’s Weapons Inspectors blockaded the gates of Anglo-French arms manufacturer Roxel in the West Midlands on 7 April.

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WMNEG meeting: is council tax system no longer fit for purpose? 

20 Apr 18

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Date: Thursday 26 th April, 5pm-7pm Carol Martin who will be opening this session, will do a brief introduction.

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Housing 31 – Housing for the Many: Labour’s Green Paper. 

20 Apr 18

Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the launch of   Labour’s Housing Green Paper.

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Proportional representation: Nancy Platts 

16 Apr 18

The West Midlands New Economics blog draws attention to a message from  Nancy Platts, a Labour Party councillor, who has worked for London Fire Brigade, Daycare Trust and Consumer Focus.