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Following the announcement by Tesco at the start of March that they will no longer be building a store in Stirchley, local MP Steve McCabe and Councillor Mary Locke have been going door to door to ask Stirchley residents what they think should happen to the site in future.

 

They’ve already spoken to hundreds of residents who are angry and dismayed after putting up with all the disruption for so long. Steve and Mary are determined that local people should have their say in any future plans for the site.

 

Steve McCabe MP is asking the Government why there is no money to save Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath despite announcing that over £320 million worth of funding will be available for new grammar schools in the budget.

 

The announcement was made ahead of tomorrow's budget where the Chancellor is expected to confirm funding of £320million for new free and grammar schools and £216million to refurbish existing schools.

 

The GP Practice which serves people across Druids Heath and the Maypole areas is run by South Doc Services who requested that Birmingham South Central CCG (responsible for South Maypole Surgery) agreed to terminate the contract and close the surgery because of financial difficulties. It appears that questions were first raised about the surgery’s viability in November last year but patients were not told until February after the final decision was made at the end of January.

 

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The future of Baverstock was first plunged into doubt in June last year, but the Department for Education assured the local MP that a sponsor would be found to rescue the secondary school. However, the Department for Education restarted their consultation into closure in January this year. The consultation ends tomorrow.

 

Speaking at Education Questions in the House of Commons, Steve McCabe MP said:

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The Department for Education have formally responded to a petition Steve McCabe MP presented to parliament with over 1,500 signatures calling for the Government to Save Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath. But the local MP is still yet to hear from the Education Secretary who has so far refused to discuss the desperate situation with the MP.

 

Main purpose of Job: Constituency Assistant

Location: Birmingham

Salary: 20,000

Hours: Full time

Fixed Term contract for 9 months commencing on Monday 13 March.

 

Main responsibilities for the Constituency Assistant will be:

-          Assist constituency office in providing advice and support to constituents and stakeholders

-          Liaise with external agencies to resolve matters on behalf of constituents and others

Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) has hit out against the Government’s decision to re-open the consultation into the closure of Baverstock Academy, despite repeated assurances that the Department for Education were looking for a sponsor to save the school.

 

Information emerged this morning that the Government is now planning to re-open a 4 week consultation period into closing the school.

 

 

Steve McCabe MP has been demanding that the Department for Education and the Regional Schools Commissioner honour their promise and find a new sponsor to save the school.

 

Steve McCabe MP said:

Steve has made it clear that people should know their rights and not be intimidated by bailiffs who aren’t following their code of conduct.

Steve McCabe MP said:

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Steve has been working with the Save Baverstock Group, made up of parents and local residents, to fight for the school’s future. Together they have collected over 1,500 signatures all calling for the Government to save the school.

 

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