All District Committees meet at the Council House in the daytime, just to make them inaccessible?
Members of the public have the right to attend but only to speak at the discretion of the chair. The current round of meetings will be discussing the district cuts to libraries, play centres, youth facilities, neighbourhood advice, car parking, etc. These total 30% of budget this year and 30% of what is left next year! making 50% overall.
Selly Oak Thursday 30th January 11.00
Perry Barr Thursday 30th January 3.00
Northfield Friday 31st January 2.00
Districts of Birmingham City Council have started to reveal the details of how services will be cut as districts look set to lose nearly half their budgets over the next two years. What emerges from these documents is a clear strategy – re-allocate some budgets to schools and health, hope that others can become self-financing and cut orconsolidate buildings reducing opening hours across many services rather than ending fewer services entirely. Where there are reductions in staffing they will look to achieve this through voluntary redundancies. Consultation on these cuts is still to be decided by all districts.
Following last Tuesday’s meeting of Handsworth Against the Cuts and the Save Laurel Road Campaign it was agreed to hold another of our popular Handsworth public consultation meetings, this time on the issue of the decision of the council to put the Laurel Road Centre forward for a ‘Community Asset Transfer’. If you wish to learn more of the impact that this could have on the future of the Centre and other council run public services, come along and join in the public discussion and debate. See full details below and find enclosed a doc. version you may wish to print out or forward on to your contacts.
SAVE LAUREL ROAD COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTRE!
PUBLIC MEETING – ‘SAY NO TO COMMUNITY ASSET TRANSFER’
Saturday 15th February, 2.00pm
at Laurel Road Community & Sports Centre, Laurel Road Handsworth B21 9BP
followed by coffee and cakes!
Further important dates for you diary – it would be great if you get to any of these meetings as events are moving at some speed.
Thursday 30th January, 3.00pm – Perry Barr District Committee, Council House, Birmingham. (Briefing paper to be presented)
Wednesday 5th February, 7.00pm – St Augustine’s School, Avenue Road, Handsworth, B21 8ED. (Public meeting hosted by West Handsworth Neighbourhood Forum)
DON’T LET BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL
DESTROY OUR SERVICES!
NO CUTS! NO PRIVATISATION!
NO COMMUNITY ASSET TRANSFER!
7.30 pm Wednesday 15th January Erdington Methodist Church
Station Road Erdington (next to Erdington railway station)