Posts Tagged ‘ Birmingham City Council

December Events at Stanhope Hall

Where: Stanhope Hall Community Centre, Ketley Croft, Highgate, B12 OXG

Being a good neighbour doesn’t just mean looking out for those those in your immediate vicinity, but supporting the areas neighbouring Digbeth too. Highgate’s Stanhope Hall is a fantastic and well-used community centre, offering a much needed service as well as some fun events too!

Monica Lee who looks after Stanhope Hall would like to extend an invitation to anyone wishing to attend the events at the community centre in December:

Elders Christmas Lunch
When: Thursday 11th December, 12:00-13:00

This free lunch is open to anyone wanting to come along to enjoy good food and good company.

Theatre Performance
When: Monday 15th December, 14:30-15:30

Women & Theatre welcome you to a free performance of The Christmas Box featuring seasonal songs, storytelling, laughter and good cheer!

For more information about either event, please contact Monica at Stanhope Hall on 0121 446 5389 or

Nechells Ward Committee – November 2014

When: Thursday 20 November, 18:00
Where: Small Heath Baptist Church, 14 Jenkins Street, Small Heath, B10 0QH

This quarter’s Nechells Ward Committee meeting takes place next Thursday in Small Heath.

These meetings are an opportunity to meet your local Councillors, to raise local items and to hear reports on general City Council services and local issues.

Please see more information on the poster below, and put the next meeting on 22 January 2015 at Nechells Green Community Centre in your diaries now – we believe that the Digbeth tram will be discussed at the January meeting so would like to encourage as many residents and supporters of Digbeth to attend!

Bradford Street Environmental Improvements

Please see below for a letter sent from Birmingham City Council to residents of Digbeth earlier this week. The original letter can be found here.

As a part of its strategic objectives for the city core and its wider programme for the development for the City Centre, Birmingham City Council is proposing to improve the quality of the public realm along Bradford Street.

We are seeking to implement the following works early 2015:

  • Installation of new Street Lighting
  • Footway re-surfacing with blue brick pavers and replacement of tactile paving where required
  • Construct all vehicular footway crossings with pink setts
  • Installation of new pink Granite/Conservation Kerbs

The Council would like to hear your views on these proposals; we would be grateful if you could give us your feedback no later than 31st October 2014. Your response can be sent to or via

Plans for Digbeth

Birmingham City Council has made some important decisions regarding the future of Digbeth recently, with development plans for currently unused buildings being approved.

Harrison Drape

An application for the refurbishment, conversion and extension of the former Harrison Drape building on Bradford Street has been accepted. The new development will include a total of 313 residential dwellings, along with a retail opportunity.

If built, the developers will contribute £252,956 towards public realm improvements in Digbeth, such as improved street lighting, way finding and landscaping of public space. For more information about the development, click here to see the planning application, or here to see the plans for the site.

Ladbrooke House

Developers has initially hoped to turn Ladbrooke House on the corner of Bordesley Street and Meriden Street into a hotel. However, a new application now includes a banqueting suite in the basement, along with a four-storey, 51-bedroom hotel with a swimming pool, gym, spa and 25 parking spaces.

Click here to see the the planning application in full.

I for one hope that these projects do go ahead, as the redevelopment of fallow buildings (providing it is done sympathetically) can only benefit Digbeth. As far as we’re aware, plans have not yet been submitted for the recently cleared Connaught Sqaure site, but we will keep readers up to date with any changes.

Award Winning DRA!

John Gordon with our award

Earlier this year, Digbeth Residents Association were – completely unexpectedly – recognised by Birmingham City Council.

Chairperson John Gordon attended the Ladywood District event to represent DRA, and was presented with the pictured placard by Councillor Yvonne Mosquito as part of the Proud People Proud Places awards. It’s safe to say we remain fiercely proud of Digbeth!

We would like to extend our thanks to Birmingham City Council and Councillor Yvonne Mosquito for their recognition of Digbeth Residents Association, and assure all our members and supporters that we will continue to work towards our mission of bringing the community together while building a vibrant place to live in Digbeth.

Thank you!

20 is Plenty

Residents of Digbeth should have recently received a postcard outlining proposals to cut speed limits on most of our streets from 2016. This is the latest stage in the council’s consultation on the 20 is Plenty plans to make roads more pedestrian friendly and reduce accidents.

The consultation is open from now until 17 October, after which plans will be finalised. More information is available on the Birmingham City Council website, but if you’d like to see the plans in person, who can do so at the following places/times in and around Digbeth:

  • The Irish Centre
    14-20 High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LN
    During normal opening hours until Friday 17 October
  • Stanhope Hall Community Centre
    Emily Street, Highgate, B12 0XJ
    Thursday 25 September, 15:00-19:00
  • Birmingham Council House
    Victoria Square, B1 1BB
    Saturday 11 October, 11:00-15:00

Transforming Place – Neighbourhood Strategy in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council released its new neighbourhood strategy, entitled Transforming Place: Working together for better neighbourhoods, in spring 2014.

The strategy has been included below, and you can download it in full at this link.

Chamberlain Forum have created a website to discuss this new neighbourhood strategy, along with its background and previous approaches; click here to visit their Transforming Place website.

Ward Meeting Feedback

Birmingham City Council’s Districts and Public Engagement Overview and Scrutiny Committee are undertaking a public city-wide consultation into Ward Committee Meetings.

Committee Meetings are regularly held for 40 wards across Birmingham, offering local residents the opportunity to meet with Councillors. Digbeth Residents Association regularly attends the Nechells Ward Committee, which is often held at Stanhope Hall Community Centre in neighbouring Highgate.

The Council is interested in hearing your views as to whether these meetings fulfil the needs needs of residents, or if you don’t attend, why not. Please take the time to complete this short online survey to feedback your experience of Ward Committees.

The consultation is open until the 30th September 2014; please click here for more information.

Nechells Ward Meeting – June 2014

When: Thursday 19th June, 18:00
Where: Phoenix Hall, Tow Path Close, Bordesley, B9 4LS

The next Nechells Ward Committee meeting will take place this coming Thursday at 6pm in Bordesley. This is the one meeting where residents from Nechells Ward (which encompasses Digbeth) can publicly hold their Councillors accountable for their actions, and share their concerns.

  • Do you want Councillors to support plans for fewer shisha lounges in Digbeth?
  • Do you think there is too much litter/not enough street cleaning in Digbeth?
  • Are you concerned about plans for development?

This is the meeting to share the above concerns or anything else. For more information, please see the poster below, or contact Kay Thomas at Birmingham City Council at

Final Reminder – Parking Around

When: Saturday 14th June, 12:00 and 15:00
Where: Eastside City Park, Curzon Street, Digbeth

Meet the power walkers,
Ice cream van stalkers,
Determined hill hikers and pose strikers,
All getting grass between their toes, relaxed and unbound, just PARKING AROUND

Parking Around, a visually striking piece of circus theatre, following the weird and wonderful characters met in the park, will be played out through aerial circus, dance and physical theatre at noon and 3pm this Saturday at Eastside City Park.

Witness 17 performers hanging high in the skies above, lifting, throwing, and balancing each other, and dancing away to an eclectic sound track of music and poetry.

Come and support the 12 local participants who have been training alongside RoguePlay’s professional performance team. The performances are completely free and followed by free participatory workshops for adults and children alike. So come along and get parking around!