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Friday, 12 November 2010

Thursday 11th November 2010

This evening was another opportunity to engage with local communities within Yardley Constituency. I wanted to hear and voice local community concerns with serving councillors. The councillors and residents were in attendance with a high calibre of community activists. In preparation to stand as a local candidate for the Conservative Party in the Birmingham local elections; I was keen to learn more about the local community projects in place and actively pursued and authorised from the Community Chest Funding 2010/2011. 

The Longley Crescent Improvements, security gating near Victoria Park to tackle anti social behaviour and prostitution in Small Heath and neighbourhood areas were some of the preventative measures in place amongst other concerns raised at the meeting . The active residents raised their views and approved the project on Fleet and Waste Management Proposed changes to refuse and recycling collections. I was also keen to hear how the budget allocation was shared amongst current and future projects and the progress made by the sheer determination for change addressed at the forum.

Community Empowerment in Action

The Oakland recreation grounds to keep it maintained in a positive state and the Christmas festive lights were ready for Yew Tree finally after months of preparation. 

Local Devolution in Birmingham Matters 

Birmingham is the largest Unitary authority in Europe, serving the population of more than 1 million people. The local necessity to ensure devolution takes place in the heart of the communities, I certainly aspire to take the challenge for my residents, currently we work closely with serving councillors to see this happen. It is time to innovate and empower local people to be involved and engage with community concerns. This will not only help run better facilities and local services whilst influencing key budgets, decision making and regeneration plans for a better place to live and improve the quality of life in the locality.

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