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Birmingham City Council

Ladywood District

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Welcome to Ladywood District

This page may be referred to as www.birmingham.gov.uk/ladywood

Ladywood District is made up of four wards: Aston, Ladywood, Nechells and Soho.

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Cllr Yvonne Mosquito


District Services - Who we are and what we do

Welcome from the Local Executive Member Councillor Yvonne Mosquito and District Service Integration Head Lesley Poulton.

The Ladywood District Committee is determined that local residents will have access to good quality public services and facilities in their communities, and will act on their behalf to ensure that all public services are held to account for the services they provide and the way they use their resources in our area.

We will also seek to bring together all the different council services and other agencies working in our neighbourhoods, so that they can work more effectively to improve our estates and public areas.

Ladywood District Savings Proposals 2015/16

The City Council began discussing its future budget strategy with local people and other stakeholders in 2013 when a series of "Green Papers" were issued (see www.birmingham.gov.uk/servicereviews).

The resulting plans for the future of the City Council, showing how we can continue to work towards our objectives with far less money, are outlined in a White Paper "Planning Birmingham's Future and Budget Consultation 2014-15" (see www.birmingham.gov.uk/budgetviews). Consultation on the proposals finished on 10 January 2014.

The outcome is that the District Committees have been asked to identify savings totalling £5.85m in 2014/15 rising to £8.25m in 2015/16 - out of a controllable budget of £37.6m. The savings have been allocated between the ten Districts taking into account population numbers and deprivation (as measured by the nations Index of Multiple Deprivation).

District Committees manage a range of local services including Community Libraries, Neighbourhood Advice Services, Community and Play and they now have to consider how they will achieve the savings required by reviewing all the services they have responsibility for against the recommendations in the Green Papers (particularly "Developing Successful and Inclusive Communities"), whilst also taking into account local needs and priorities.

The Ladywood District share of the savings is £1.3m in 2014/15 rising to £1.8m in 2015/16. The proposals to achieve this level of savings are set out in the attached fact sheet, along with the proposed budget allocation for each service area.

The Savings Proposals will be discussed at the Ward Committees as follows:

Ladywood Ward Committee - 20/01/14, 7pm at Ladywood Health & Community Centre
Aston Ward Committee - 21/01/14, 6.30pm at Broadway Academy
Soho Ward Commitee - 28/01/14, 7pm at Soho Community Hall
Nechells Ward Committee - 30/01/14, 6pm at Nechells Green Community Centre

Please send any comments back via e-mail to Ladywood@birmingham.gov.uk or post to Ladywood District Office - Summerfield Community Centre, Winson Green Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 4EJ.

The closing date for comments is 28 February 2014.

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You can contact the Ladywood District Team at:

Ladywood District Office
Summerfield Community Centre
Winson Green Road
Winson Green
Birmingham
B18 4EJ
Telephone: 0121 464 9464
Email: ladywood@birmingham.gov.uk

Important Notices

Closure of Bloombury Library

Due to a complete breakdown of the heating system, Bloomsbury Library will be closed from Monday 28 October 2013.

Books can be returned to any other Birmingham library. The nearest libraries are:

Aston Library: 0121 464 1184
Library of Birmingham: 0121 242 4242
Small Heath Library: 0121 464 6155

Our Priorities for 2013/14

Ladywood District Map

Environment

  • Reduce fly tipping and graffiti
  • Encourage street champions
  • Promote local pride through community initiatives
  • Engage with private landlords and Registered Social Landlords to improve the quality of the local neighbourhoods
  • Enhance the street scene and green open spaces
  • Monitor the impact of the Better Environment steering group action plan
  • Secure funding for environmental improvement interventions

Children and Young People

  • Create a forum for young people within each Ward and engage young people in decision making
  • Support partners and stakeholders to work together to enhance and sustain holiday and after school activities for 5-11 year olds
  • Encourage partners and stakeholder to work together to promote opportunities for youth enterprise, and provide a platform for positive programmes

Older People

  • Consult with hard to reach vulnerable groups such as senior citizens by engaging with them to identify their community needs and concerns

Community Engagement

  • Hold a District Convention
  • Organise community dialogue events within priority neighbourhoods
  • Provide support through community development and neighbourhood development

Community Arts

  • Increase number of residents accessing and benefiting from cultural and arts opportunities

How to get involved and have your say

If you live or work in Ladywood, we want you to be involved in running local services there. You can raise issues which concern you and contribute to decision making in a number of ways:

  • Ward Committees provide a mechanism for members of the public to become involved in the decisions that affect their neighbourhood.
  • If you would like to contact your Local Councillors please click on the relevant ward, Aston, Ladywood, Nechells, and Soho.
  • There are a number of Neighbourhood Forums in each ward in the district, involving a wide range of people.
  • Send your comments to ladywood@birmingham.gov.uk

Funding Opportunties

Community Chest

For 2013/14 all wards in the city receive a Community Chest allocation of £50,000. This allocation enables the wards to fund schemes which support ward and neighbourhood working or contribute to extending community engagement, cohesion and empowerment.

Projects supported through this fund must also demonstrate that they support one or more of the outcomes in Birmingham’s Council Plan 2008-2013 and Birmingham’s Community Strategy 2026.

Generally, any properly constituted organisation may submit a project proposal. You should first talk with the District Ward Support Officer to find out about what outcomes and locally identified priorities the Ward or District Committee is likely to support, and the money that it has available. For further information please contact Pat Whyte, District Ward Support Officer on 0121 303 5674.

Community First

The Community First Programme is a national programme which runs over four years until 2015. Twenty-seven Wards in Birmingham have funding through Community First. The programme is independent of Birmingham City Council and is managed by a national organisation, appointed by the Government, called Community Development Foundation. Community First funding is distributed by a Community First Panel established in the Ward. A list of Community First Panels along with other information about this programme, and how to access funding is available on the Community Development Foundation Website.

There may be a number of other funding opportunities available, such as Big Lottery Funding for example. For further information please contact Pat Whyte, District Ward Support Officer on 0121 303 5674.

Activities and Events

To find out more about events in the Ladywood District and across Birmingham, and to register your own events, visit our new and improved 'Whats On' pages.

District Facilities

Sport and Leisure
Aston Park Pavilion - Football Pitches, Cricket, Room Hire. For Further Information Contact 0121 675 4743/4746.
Nechells Community Sports Centre - Pulse Point Gym, Aerobic / Fitness Classes, Court / Indoor Activities - Badminton, Table Tennis, Netball, Basketball.
Newtown Pool and Fitness Centre - Pulse Point Gym, General Swimming.
Small Heath Leisure Centre - Pulse Point Gym, Power Point Gym, Ice Gym, Aerobics / Fitness Classes, Strokes, 5-A-Side Football, Badminton, Squash, Strokes Swimming Instruction, Women Only Swimming, Men Only Swimming, Strikes Football Academy.

Community Centres
Ladywood Health and Community Centre - Room Hire, Music Studio, Art & Crafts Room, Wood Work Shop.
Nechells Green Community Centre - Function Rooms for Hire, Sport Hall.
Newtown Community Centre - Meeting Rooms, Main Hall, Lounge, Kitchen Area, Sports Hall.
Stanhope Hall Community Centre - Room Hire, Play & Stay Sessions.
Summerfield Community Centre - Aerobics, Dance Studio, Netball Courts, Meeting Rooms for Hire, Table Tennis, Pulse Point Gym.

Play Centres
Aston Park Play Centre - After School Club, Playschemes During School.
Newtown Play Centre - After School Club, Playschemes During School.
Sara Park Play Centre - After School Club, Playschemes During School.
Small Heath Play Centre - After School Club, Playschemes During School.
Musgrave Road Play Centre - After School Club, Playschemes During School Holidays.
Nechells Play Centre - After School Club, Playschemes During School. For Further Information Contact The Centre On 0121 326 6785.

Libraries
Aston Library - Wheelchair Access, Dyslexia Information Point.
Birchfield Library - Dyslexia Information Point, Wheelchair Access, Study Space, Disabled Toilet and Baby Changing Room, Free Internet Access.
Bloomsbury Library - (Closed) Community Room, Study Space, Dyslexia Information Point, Public Toilet, Wheelchair Access.
Small Heath Library - Hearing Aid Loop, Sight Impaired Facilities, Wheelchair Access, Study Space, Public Internet Access.
Spring Hill Library - Sight Impaired Facilities, Wheelchair Access, Dyslexia Information Point, Study Space, Public Internet Access.

Customer Service Centres
Ladywood Customer Service Centre - Appointment Service Operated.
Newtown Customer Service Centre - (Including Housing Advice Service).

School Crossing Patrols

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Useful Links

Internal:

Cabinet and Committee Report and Decisions
Council Tax and Benefits
Waste and Recycling
Parks and Open Spaces by District and Ward
Housing Services
Planning Applications
Services for Children, Young People & Families
Information Zone for Older People
Disability Information Zone
Bereavement Services (including cemeteries and crematoria)
Jobs with Birmingham City Council
Highways
Family Information Service
Events

External:
Information about external links on birmingham.gov.uk

Arts Champion - Fluid Space Arts
www.chamberlainforum.org
www.tntnews.co.uk
www.notebenders.org
www.sport4life.org.uk
www.stgeorgescentre.org.uk

Neighbourhood Forums and Residents Associations:
Soho Finger Neighbourhood Forum
Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Forum
Digbeth Residents Association