We are setting up a local Army Corps group for young people in Brandwood area.
Please read the flyer and telephone me, Nigel Williams 02476 854975 or EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information
We’ve launched our Birmingham City Council budget consultation 2018+.
Our plans for allocating the total budget we have to spend on services for 2018 have been published and we want to hear your views on them.
The consultation runs until 15 January 2018. Please have your say and help shape the future of the council here http://bit.ly/brumbudget2018
As many of you may know, the West Midlands Pensioners’ Convention have for some time been talking to Transport for West Midlands to try and negotiate a pre 9.30 am reduced fare for users of the Pensioners’ Concessionary Bus Pass.
I am pleased to confirm that the pre-9.30am £1 Concessionary Fares on National Express Buses has now been agreed and will be introduced from Monday 8th January 2018 and covers all National Express Services operated by National Express West Midlands including those operating into adjoining districts to the West Midland County Area – It will also be available to users of the National Bus Pass visiting the West Midlands or having access to National Express West Midlands Bus Services in adjoining areas.
As the lead operator it is expected that other smaller companies will shortly offer a similar £1 fare facility some of which like Diamond already do.
The pre-9.30am start is not time limited and will prove especially beneficial for those needing to travel by bus fairly early – hopefully it will facilitate low cost access to hospital or similar appointments or early morning travel that would otherwise require use of a car including journeys to work for just £1.00 per day.
The Final Scheme has taken quite some time to work-up and is much better than originally anticipated when first raised by your WMPC Transport Group thanks to the co-operation of National Express and Transport for West Midlands officers and the assistance of our good friend Cllr Richard Worrall Chair of the TfWM Transport Delivery Group.
The Full details will be publicised shortly in the media via Press Release for which a promotional photo shoot took place a few days ago – see photo.
Details will also be circulated to Branches and via our usual information feeds shortly plus included in the January Edition of the West Midland Pensioner
I would take this opportunity to thank the WMPC Transport Team for all their enthusiasm, interest and practical support on Public Transport which is so important to the Senior Citizens we represent over the past year and the officers at TfWM who have been so helpful and given so much thought to the practical presentations and following up on the issues we have raised and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Transport Group Secretary – West Midlands Pensioners Convention
0121 733 8081 mobile 07818 091501
Brandwood Forum Festive Xmas Gathering and last meeting 13th December 7-8.30pm
This is our last meeting at Monyhull Church so I’d would like to thank Liz and Vince White who have provided an amazing meeting space, good cheer and refreshments for the last two years.
Local residents will be bringing some festive fancies along and we hope to hear about the Druids Heath Master Plan for the Regeneration of Druids Heath.
The way we tackle ASB in Birmingham has recently changed. Anti-social behaviour powers were reformed in October 2014 meaning changes to the powers available to us to assist victims of anti-social behavoour . The new powers ensure that the victim is at the heart of the response to anti-social behaviour and that professionals have the flexibility needed to deal with the many different situations that ASB presents.
As well as new powers, the reform includes the introduction of a new measure called ‘The Community Trigger.’
The Community Trigger gives victims the ability to hold statutory agencies to account for the way they have tackled ASB.
The Community Trigger can only be used when the threshold has been met. The threshold is:
Definition of hate crime:
*Hate crime is defined as any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their actual or perceived disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation, which is a factor in determining who is victimised. A victim does not have to be a member of a group and in fact, anyone could be a victim of hate crime.
The monthly Brandwood Forum meeting is on tonight Wednesday 22nd November 7- 8.30 at Monyhull Church.
This is our regular meeting during which residents can raise issues or concerns about the local Environment, Police & Community Safety Issues, Planning Applications and find out about local events .
One of our local Councillors should be in attendance so if you have any concerns to raise or praise then come along!!