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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.


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March visitors 

15 Apr 18

People from 31 countries visited this site last month TOP POSTS o…


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Vintage Trains (Tyseley) co-operative: share offer still open 

11 Apr 18

Vintage Trains   runs Tyseley Locomotive Works (below) in Birmingham, restores and cares for its collection of historic steam engines and carriages, preserving traditional skills and ensuring steam locomotives from a bygone era remain in service for…


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Britain, as yet neither mature nor a democracy, appears to need its monarch and its mayors 

6 Apr 18

The rational case against metro mayors ably set out by local commentators, Richard Hatcher, George Morran and Steve Beauchampé, has been shattered for the writer by the media-feeding chaotic, emotion-led, vicious, counterproductive squabbling in the…


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Self-repairing roads: Birmingham engineers join a research team 

3 Apr 18

“Is it possible, for example, to have a city where potholes get fixed autonomously, before they become dangerous and expensive?” In the Financial Times* Mark Miodownik, a professor of materials and society at University College London, asks this …


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Gala Saturday 7th: Moseley Road Baths reopening 

1 Apr 18

  M oseley Road Baths CIO ( Charitable Incorporated Organisation) will be re-opening the pool on Saturday 7th April 2018 from 8:45am with public swimming sessions starting at 9am and running until 2pm.


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‘Remote killing’: city academics offer cold comfort for Yemenis 

25 Mar 18

  John Ferguson, Professor of Classics in Nigeria, the United States and England, became the first Dean of Arts at the Open University and was also President of the Selly Oak Colleges in Birmingham, pacifist, cricketer, singer and opponent of …


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WMNEG meeting: Language and politics 

23 Mar 18

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Date: Thursday 29 th March, 5pm-7pm Susan Miles, who will be opening this session, will do a brief introduction.


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Planning for the Future: 1948 – reflections 

22 Mar 18

Planning for the Future: 1948 – Reflections on What Happened and Why is a paper written for the Black Countryman , the quarterly magazine of the Black Country Society.


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Housing 30: £2bn social housing fund five months overdue 

16 Mar 18

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has not released the money.


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BRUM GREEN DRINKS: Enemy of the People? 

12 Mar 18

TUESDAY 13 MARCH from 6.00p.


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Air pollution: petition to be handed to Cllr John Cotton 

9 Mar 18

An air pollution campaign mounted by Birmingham Friends of the Earth calls on the City Council to adopt a city-wide approach to tackling air pollution which is linked to 900 premature deaths a year in the city.


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George Morran, (WMCC), Andrew Carter (Centre for Cities) and Richard Hatcher (BATC) appraise the WMCA and metro mayor 

8 Mar 18

 “ The West Midlands is beginning to get its act together under its new metro mayor”: Will Hutton Observer 18th February George Morran, Director of the West Midlands Constitutional Convention and former Assistant Chief Executive of Dudley …


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Moseley Road Baths: news on two fronts 

6 Mar 18

There is an important update about swimming timetables, lessons and prices from Karen Leach from the Moseley Road Baths Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which will be taking on the running of swimming facilities at the Baths from the start of …


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Birmingham press release as Europewide protests call for a ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta 

5 Mar 18

In Cologne Statement by the British Kashmiri Women’s Council, We Engage Birmingham Stop the War Coalition.


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GHOST STREETS OF BALSALL HEATH 

1 Mar 18

The photography of Janet Mendelsohn Presented in association with  Flatpack Film Festival 10 March – 28 April 2018 In the late 1960s American filmmaker and photographer Janet Mendelsohn spent several months documenting the everyday life of Balsall…


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2015-2018: city park, market area with trees & green space, or a fenced vista? 

27 Feb 18

The loss of Eastside Park (above) to HS2 , ‘more of a square than a park’, strengthens the case for greening Smithfield.


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Housing 30: Right to Buy disaster – terminated in Scotland and Wales 

26 Feb 18

o The stock of secure and affordable housing for people who are unable to buy or rent a home of their own has been progressively reduced by the Right to Buy legislation, passed in the   Housing Act 1980 .


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BTUC Conference: WM Economy needs a strategy for inclusive growth’ 

21 Feb 18

The West Midlands Economy: Why We Need a Strategy for Inclusive Growth’ , BTUC Conference 10 March 1.30-4.30, Unite offices, Birmingham See website for slightly clearer print.


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Mayor Andy Street and Bishop David Urquhart could begin to address homelessness 

18 Feb 18

Some time ago West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street travelled to Finland – thought to be the only country in Europe where homelessness is falling.


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Wylde Green meeting on March 8th: the possible implications of Brexit on trade 

16 Feb 18

7pm at Wylde Green United Reformed Church, Britwell Road, B73 5SW Global Justice Now formerly known as the World Development Movement (WDM), Click on the image to enlarge  The decision to leave the European Union is the biggest political choice the …