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Old September 7th, 2013, 08:33 PM   #1041
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That would be a pretty small school, as mine was the same, 150 per yr group with 6 forms. That's small compared to a lot of schools which have 1000+ pupils.
Must be said mine was age 7-18 rather than just 11-16 or 18. I think they've since upped it to around 180 a year group after expansion.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #1042
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I think we have a great location available for a school on the old TRW site (if nothing is planned to go on that site). Merge it with the primary school next door and you have a really large site, sharing the ground behind it (i believe it's football pitches or something). Could really benefit mere green....and make it a bitch to get around at 3:30...
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Old September 12th, 2013, 11:22 PM   #1043
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Traffic misery for Sutton Coldfield’s morning commuters

Data provided by Centro revealed that in 2012, morning peak trips by public transport into Sutton Coldfield represented a 20.9% share of all trips (bus 16.7% and rail 4.2%) with car representing the remaining 79.1% share.

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Old September 26th, 2013, 03:08 PM   #1044
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http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news...rendum-6095043

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Sutton Coldfield plans ‘breakaway’ referendum

Thousands of residents have signed the petition in an attempt to seize key powers from Birmingham



A referendum over the political future of Sutton Coldfield could be triggered when a 10,000-name petition is presented to Birmingham City Council early next month.

Thousands of residents have signed the petition in an attempt to seize key powers from Birmingham.

As well as the usual powers over parks, street cleaning and community funds, under new legislation, the town can negotiate for a greater say in transport, planning, school admissions and other areas of local authority activity.

The petition calls for the setting up of a Town Council, to operate at a level below Birmingham City Council with a range of powers over public policy.

Residents are keen for a greater say on the future of Sutton Coldfield’s green belt, which is currently being earmarked for 10,000 new houses due to high population pressure from Birmingham,

The petition will kick-start a period of discussion between the council bosses and Sutton Coldfield campaigners over the type of Town Council and its all important powers, which could then be put to voters as early as May 2014.

The petition, collected over the last year, has been driven by the Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Forums.

Chairman Ken Rushton said: “We now need to push hard at the limits of what is legally achievable under the new legislation. We want a significant chunk of primary powers in the form planning and transportation, maybe even an element of education accountability, transferred to Sutton Coldfield from Birmingham.”

Despite having been wholly absorbed into the city of Birmingham during the 1974 local government reorganisation, Sutton Coldfield has retained a distinct identity.

It was famously given Royal Town status by King Henry VIII in 1528 and has been proud of this link and the independence it implied ever since.

But the town’s Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell issued caution, saying residents would need convincing that the Town Council would be more than just another costly tier of local government.

“In Sutton Coldfield there is an aspiration for real local power, but there is also real scepticism that this will be little more than another group of politicians and a talking shop,” he said.

The petition will be presented to Birmingham City Council at its next full meeting on October 8.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:04 PM   #1045
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If this happens, expect other areas of Birmingham to try and get similar powers, that might lead us down the London route of boroughs in the future.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 11:36 PM   #1046
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Residents are keen for a greater say on the future of Sutton Coldfield’s green belt, which is currently being earmarked for 10,000 new houses due to high population pressure from Birmingham,

Being part of Birmingham or not, this is irrelevant and won't change a thing, Infact if Sutton Coldfield did break away from Birmingham the 10k houses may even increase.

All surrounding areas to Birmingham have to help support the city in new home creation. I can't find the figures but I'm pretty sure Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall etc. all have more than 10k share of housing to provide to help out birmingham
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Old October 5th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #1047
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Sutton Coldfield green belt campaigners! Dates for your diary!

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Old November 27th, 2013, 10:57 PM   #1048
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Mere Green Update

Just noticed boots in Mere Green have put in a planning app for a temporary pharmacy store for 12 months while their new store is built in the Mulberry Walk development.


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Boots shall be occupying the new retail unit which is at present being constructed at Mere Green, although the NHS prescriptions contract that has been agreed with the PCT need to start prior to the completion date of the new retail unit. Therefore a temporary pharmacy cabin has been designed & constructed to resolve the above issue which can be located at various locations around the country whenever there is a need. In addition to the Pharmacy cabin there shall be a WC block, which will be linked via a raised platform.
It is proposed that the cabin shall be in place from 10th March 2014 to the 10th March 2015 thus would not fall under the 28days of permitted development.


Could we finally be seeing the start of the Mulberry Walk development early next year?


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Old December 19th, 2013, 06:13 PM   #1049
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I've noticed some staff from Geocore on the Brassington Avenue site recently.
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Old December 21st, 2013, 09:26 PM   #1050
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Just noticed boots in Mere Green have put in a planning app for a temporary pharmacy store for 12 months while their new store is built in the Mulberry Walk development.




Could we finally be seeing the start of the Mulberry Walk development early next year?


http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...DAURI=PLANNING
Couldn't people just use the Boots on the Walsall Road in Four Oaks instead? Parking is a bit of a problem but everyone knows where it is.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 11:43 PM   #1051
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Sutton Coldfield protest walk against green belt homes plan and large scale industrial zone

Sutton Coldfield protest walk against green belt homes plan and large scale industrial zone


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Old January 29th, 2014, 11:20 PM   #1052
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Leisure Centres

Notification today at Arthur Terry Leisure Centre that BCC are pulling out from the site 31st March.
Not sure what will happen to it, suppose the school might take it over.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 01:47 PM   #1053
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Notification today at Arthur Terry Leisure Centre that BCC are pulling out from the site 31st March.
Not sure what will happen to it, suppose the school might take it over.
I wouldn't be surprised if they go into partnership with a private company to help run the facility.

This seems to be where the world is going.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 06:20 PM   #1054
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The Redicapp Tavern in Sutton Coldfield has closed. It is currently being refurbed to turn into a Pesto Restaurant.

It's opening in March 2014.
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Old February 3rd, 2014, 07:04 PM   #1055
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Anyone know if the new Cafe/Bar has opened on Boldmere road yet?

Was fitting out and interviewing staff last time I checked?
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Old February 4th, 2014, 10:27 AM   #1056
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Fire this morning in South Parade Sutton Coldfield.
I think it may be Nationwide.
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Old February 5th, 2014, 07:18 AM   #1057
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Fire this morning in South Parade Sutton Coldfield.
I think it may be Nationwide.
It was. See http://suttoncoldfieldlocal.co.uk
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 03:04 PM   #1058
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Anyone heard anything extra on Mulberry walk recently? I'm going to pass through there later and speak to a few people and see what's going on...
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Old March 27th, 2014, 12:56 AM   #1059
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Anyone heard anything extra on Mulberry walk recently? I'm going to pass through there later and speak to a few people and see what's going on...
Did you find out anything SBN. It was due to open Spring this year lol.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 12:19 AM   #1060
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Did you find out anything SBN. It was due to open Spring this year lol.

Sadly nothing happening on site when I passed it today.
A planning application went in at the end of last year for Boots to relocate temporily to a portacabin in March, which I assumed meant we were ready to go, but alas Boots trading as normal.
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