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The committee expressed reservations about the associated student accommodation and whether there is any need for a further 340 student flats in Selly Oak. Members voiced concerns about whether the flood scheme has the capacity to cope with an additional 340 students and their water usage. There were also concerns about pressures on parking and the local community.

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission has today published its final recommendations for new ward boundaries in Birmingham. Previous drafts proposed a ‘Monyhull Ward’ which covered the small Monyhull Grange Estate and Druids Heath but despite Druids Heath having a population almost 5 times the size of Monyhull it was set to be wiped off the map.  

 

 

On 16 August the government announced that regulated rail fares in England and Wales will rise by 1.9% in January 2017, in line with July’s Retail Price Index measure of inflation.

 

This rise comes amid concerns from constituents and commuters across Birmingham about the level of service they are paying for. Constituents have told Steve that trains on London Midland’s Cross City line are often delayed and carriages are so packed it is difficult to get off the trains.

 

 

The figures show that unemployment among those eligible to work in Selly Oak constituency is up to 4.4% compared to 2.4% nationally.

 

Commenting on the figures, Steve McCabe MP said:

 

Steve has met with the Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP and demanded the full facts about the school’s finances and the role of the Education funding Agency and the Regional Schools Commissioner. Steve is working closely with local Brandwood Councillors and Save Our Baverstock Association to campaign to save the school.

 

 

Severn Trent have told Steve that they believe the water pipe was damaged by a third party and their teams have been on site working hard to isolate the leak and identify what repairs are required. Severn Trent have informed Steve this afternoon that they have now isolated the leak and the repairs are being carried out today and the flooding has now cleared.

 

 
Since July 2015 travellers have moved on to the Stirchley site, next to Hunts Road, on four separate occasions. Each time the area is blighted by dumped rubbish, green waste and anti-social behaviour. Local residents have told Steve that they are scared to walk their dogs in the park as they feel intimidated.

Last week parents, carers and students were shocked to find out that Trustees of the LEAP Academy Trust who are responsible for Baverstock Academy, in Druids Heath, are seeking permission from the Secretary of State to close the school.

 

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