Labour candidates Fred Grindrod and Liz Clements have written to the Conservative West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street and the leader of the Conservative Group on Birmingham City Council, Robert Alden, asking them to condemn remarks made by the Conservative candidate for Bournville and Cotteridge at yesterday (Thursday 27th April) evening’s hustings in Bournville and Cotteridge.
Cllr Mary Locke recently met with Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and staff from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to discuss ways of improving traffic congestion in Cotteridge.
This week, Cllr Mary Locke (left in photo) and Bournville Labour Party volunteers have been out talking to people in Cotteridge and Bournville to better understand the issues – both local and national – that local people are most concerned about.
We’re planning to be out most weeks in the run up to Christmas so that we can gather feedback from local people in Bournville, Cotteridge and Stirchley. We’ll then use this feedback to set out our priorities for the local elections in May 2018, so that we’re focusing on the issues that really matter.
Here’s some of the things we’ve learned so far.
Birmingham City Council launched a consultation on implementing a 20mph speed limit on many roads in our area
During the last consultation, Stirchley and Bournville and Cotteridge wards had some of the highest levels of support for limits of 20mph on most roads. This new consultation contains specific road-by-road proposals.
You can read full details of the report, including official statements, maps and a Frequently Asked Questions section here.
The proposal contains several exceptions. For example, some roads will remain at the 30mph and 40mph limits. You can read about this in the link above. However, they promise this rollout of a 20mph speed limit won’t shorten journey times. They aim to reduce noise, accidents, and a number of other issues, printing to other cities where this has been tested.
Bournville Labour has worked with Cllr Mary Locke for the past year on traffic and congestion issues, particularly in Cotteridge. In our weekly conversations with residents across the ward, we often hear that major changes are needed. Many of you supported implementing a speed limit to make the Cotteridge double roundabout safer when asked.
If you want your views heard, there’s a form to fill in here by 21 August.
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.
Christmas is a really tough time of the year for some families in our community but thanks to the generosity of local people Cllr Mary Locke has been able to donate over 1,000 gifts to local children in need this Christmas.
On Saturday Cllr Mary Locke and Bournville Labour Party volunteers supported Small Business Saturday UK 2016 by shopping at local small businesses in Bournville, Cotteridge, Stirchley and the Masefield estate.
Cllr Mary Locke will be supporting Small Business Saturday UK again this year by shopping at local small businesses throughout our ward.
Over the past month Councillor Mary Locke and our team of volunteers have had a great response in-person to our campaign to tackle congestion in Cotteridge. We’ve now created an online version of our survey to allow more people to have their say.