Since the Grenfell Tower fire Cllr Mary Locke has been working hard to ensure local residents living in high rises in Birmingham can feel confident their homes are adequately protected when it comes to fire safety. Here’s a quick update on the latest developments.
Like all of us, Cllr Mary Locke has been horrified by the blaze at Grenfell Tower in London and is anxious for the safety of all residents and tenants living in tower blocks in Birmingham. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and those who have been injured and lost their homes.
Please find below a summary of the steps Mary has taken so far in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and important information about what action the council, in working with West Midlands Fire Service, will take to make sure local people can be confident about the safety of their own homes.
Just over a week ago, Bournville Labour Party member and dedicated local campaigner Liz Clements was selected as the Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming Hall Green by-election, which will take place on 4 May (the same day as the West Midlands Mayoral election. If you can spare the time, please consider supporting Liz’s campaign.
The latest edition of Local Labour In Your Community newspaper is going out to residents in Bournville, Cotteridge, Masefield, Pineapple and Stirchley. In it, you’ll find the latest news about what’s going on in your area and what Steve McCabe MP and Cllr Mary Locke have been up to on your behalf.
Birmingham City Council rescinded Lidl’s planning application for the FitnessFirst / PSL Bowling site. This was due to the Judicial Review request, which was submitted on behalf of residents by the Environmental Law Foundation. People in Stirchley objected on the grounds that the new Lidl development would deprive the community of leisure facilities.
Cllr Mary Locke is angry at today’s announcement by Tesco that they are pulling the plug on plans to build a supermarket in Stirchley after 18 wasted years. Mary has already been in touch with bosses at Tesco and is determined to turn the anger over the pull-out into positive action to secure a brighter future for the people of Stirchley.
At City Hall on Tuesday (7 February) Cllr Mary Locke used her first formal speech as Labour councillor for Bournville to highlight the importance of social care to people’s lives and demand fair funding for Birmingham.
Yesterday (Tuesday 10 January), Cllrs Mary Locke and Karen McCarthy joined a large group of Stirchley residents outside Birmingham City Council to demand that the Lidl supermarket chain halts its plans to demolish Fitness First and PSL Bowling in order to build a new supermarket on the site.
Our dedicated team of volunteers have been busy delivering the Winter edition of Labour in the Community newspaper to residents in Bournville, Cotteridge, the Masefield Estate and Stirchley.
As many of you will be aware, this week Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee voted in favour of plans to demolish Fitness First and build a new Lidl store on the site. This decision comes just a fortnight after the same committee had voted to reject the plan.