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February’s Newsletter

Welcome to my latest Parliamentary newsletter.

Space prevents the newsletter covering all of what I have been doing over the past month. However, hopefully it provides a flavour of some of the local issues I have taken up as well as my actions in Parliament. You’ll find updates on North Worcestershire Golf Club, local government funding and other issues. As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on these or any other issues.

Best wishes,


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Funding for local charities and community groups

Local charities and community groups in the Northfield area have the opportunity to apply for funding between £500 and £20,000 raised by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Today the latest funding rounds for the People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community Trust have opened for applications. Between 14 and 28 February 2018, charities are being urged to submit an expression of interest in the funding, which requires basic details about the organisation, as well as a short description of the project they are proposing.

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North Worcestershire Golf Club

Residents living close to North Worcestershire Golf Course will know that in August 2017 a renewed application by Bloor Homes to build 950 homes on the site of the old golf course was rejected by Birmingham City Council.

Bloor Homes have now lodged an appeal with the government, in an attempt to overturn this decision

If you submitted comments to Birmingham City Council when the planning application was in front of them, those comments will be forwarded to the Planning Inspector. However, you can also submit comments direct to the Planning Inspectorate – regardless of whether you have already sent in comments to the City Council and I would urge you to do so. You can do that by entering the application reference number 3192918 on the Planning Inspectorate website here –

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Local Government Funding

Government funding to Birmingham City Council has been cut by almost £650 million since 2010. This is the biggest cut in local government history and is more than 75 per cent of the City Council’s current net budget.

To make matters worse, due to unfairness in the way local government funding has been allocated by the Conservative Government, Birmingham is £100 million a year worse off than if cuts were made fairly.

Yesterday I asked the Government that all local authorities are treated equally in terms of the level of cuts made annually. That would mean that Birmingham City Council receives the extra £100 million extra funding it deserves.

You can read the full Hansard report here –…/6863…/LocalGovernmentFinance

Damage caused to Daffodil Park

I have been concerned by the damage that has been caused to the grassed areas of “Daffodil Park” which runs alongside the River Rea and cycle route, off Tessall Lane.

This has been caused by emergency repair works being undertaken by Network Rail, in liaison with Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency, on the River Rea to prevent the river from impacting on the railway.

Several constituents have been in touch with me about the condition of the park and my office, along with Councillor Brett O’Reilly and local Labour campaigners Carmel Corrigan and Olly Armstrong, have been in contact with Network Rail to raise concerns regarding the state of the park.

Network Rail have promised to restore the affected area of Daffodil Park as soon as possible once the works are complete. It is important these works are completed in a timely manner in order to restore the park to its original condition so that local residents can enjoy the park.…/network-rail-vow-to-make-good-longbrid…/