20mph speed limits could be coming to Stirchley, Bournville, and Cotteridge

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.

Local Labour In Your Community newspaper out now

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.

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Birmingham City Council rescinds Lidl’s planning application

Cllr Mary Locke (furthest right), Steve McCabe MP, campaigner Liz Clements supporting local residents at the Lidl protest outside Fitness First on 11 February. Photo: Francis Clarke

Birmingham City Council rescinded Lidl’s planning application for the FitnessFirst / PSL Bowling site.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.

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Tesco pull-out: now we must put people of Stirchley first!

Tesco Criticism flickr photo by steve_l shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

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.

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Cllr Mary Locke demands Lidl halts Stirchley demolition plans

Group of Stirchley residents standing outside Birmingham City Council protesting plans by Lidl to demolish Fitness First and PS Bowling in Stirchley

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.

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Cllr Mary Locke expresses disappointment at Lidl planning application approval

Supermarket aisle

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.

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Bournville Labour Party’s first Christmas appeal donates over 1,000 gifts to local children in need

Cllr Mary Locke (third left) with Bournville Labour Party volunteers Lucy Seymour-Smith and David Barker donate Christmas appeal gifts to the Allens Croft Children's Centre

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.

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Cllr Mary Locke shops local on Small Business Saturday 2016

Cllr Mary Locke with Sally from the Break Basket bakery on Bournville Green. Sally is holding a festive yule log.

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.

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