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Old February 18th, 2016, 09:40 PM   #1221
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Baz, District Council need a County Council which will take care of some services.

Any split in Birmingham would involve a number of unitary councils or a new County level council. This is also why i cannot see Birmingham being split unless it is a number of unitary councils. That would create different issues though.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 10:00 PM   #1222
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yes quite agree DJ
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Old February 19th, 2016, 12:26 AM   #1223
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Wyndley

£1.8 million refurbishment plans announced for Wyndley Leisure Centre in Sutton Coldfield

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A £1.8 MILLION refit at a popular Sutton Coldfield leisure centre and swimming baths is about to be undertaken which will make it one of the ‘premier sites’ in the country.

Serco Leisure, outlined its plans to refurbish the facilities at Wyndley Leisure Centre in a bid to attract more visitors and improve what is on offer, at the Sutton Coldfield District Committee meeting this week (Monday, February 15).

Serco, which signed a 15-year lease with Birmingham City Council last year to take over the running of nine leisure facilities, including Wyndley Leisure Centre and baths. The agreement came in to force on June 1 last year and includes four new builds, including one in nearby Erdington and ‘substantial capital investment in the remaining five facilities’, including Wyndley’s swimming pool and leisure facility in Clifton Road.
Read more: http://www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.c...ail/story.html

Its so needed, the whole site is in decline but so so busy, went tonight, courts busy, classes etc
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Old February 19th, 2016, 10:15 AM   #1224
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Because the Tories are sure of being re-elected (Cllr Pocock is the exception but I think he might lose in May) I don't think they try very hard.

For example - where are the councillor blogs? How many are on Twitter? How many respond to emails? I've had an instance of a non-response this week.

There is a lot going on - like the redevelopment at Wyndley - but they don't pass it on.

My fear is that the new Town Council will be exactly the same - indeed it may be the same people.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 06:08 PM   #1225
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I've been trying to find an article I read on town councils being generally non political but cannot find it anywhere. I have found this though, an attempt by the Conservatives a few years ago at politicising parish councils. Interesting comments telling them to bugger off. Mind, I don't think the Conservatives will be that interested as the posts are unpaid.
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Old February 20th, 2016, 03:22 PM   #1226
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…Mind, I don't think the Conservatives will be that interested as the posts are unpaid.
The Tories have already held a candidates event which was well attended. Even A. Mitchell MP (previously opposed to the TC idea) showed up and was quoted as saying, 'we will make it work'.

I don't they'll have any trouble putting up 24 candidates.
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Old March 15th, 2016, 02:28 AM   #1227
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Been up Sutton Coldfield. Not convinced that's going to be a Primark, seeing it in person. It's very small. I work it out about 15,000 sq ft by a crude measure on Google Maps. Possibly around 20,000. That would put it just over half the size of West Bromwich.
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Old May 24th, 2016, 06:10 PM   #1228
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Went past this piling rig, wondered & then researched.

The Sutton: 41 one and two bedroom apartments.

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Old May 24th, 2016, 10:06 PM   #1229
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Is that the old Town Hall?
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Old May 25th, 2016, 10:35 AM   #1230
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Is that the old Town Hall?
Next to the Council House - Town Hall is the other end.
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 07:55 PM   #1231
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Apres in Mere Green set to close in April.
Town and Country will be opening Fleet Street Kitchen there.

Great news for the area, re-investment from Town and Country.
Look forward to the refit.

Not quite April, but the above refit is now underway.
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Old September 6th, 2016, 10:50 PM   #1232
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So the boundary commission released their final boundary plans using the OS map and I noticed that Sutton Coldfield is named Royal Sutton Coldfield.

As the OS is the authority on maps and place names according to gov.uk has Sutton officially changed it's name?
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Old September 7th, 2016, 12:39 AM   #1233
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I noticed a couple of weeks ago when driving past Sutton Park a delightfully quaint "Welcome to the town of Royal Sutton Coldfield" type sign, then a short distance on a huge and ugly BIRMINGHAM sign with naff logo.
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Here they are.
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Old September 7th, 2016, 12:51 AM   #1235
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I noticed a couple of weeks ago when driving past Sutton Park a delightfully quaint "Welcome to the town of Royal Sutton Coldfield" type sign, then a short distance on a huge and ugly BIRMINGHAM sign with naff logo.
Love them Sutton signs, so olde school. Awesome.

All the Birmingham signage is average to terrible (Is it the Birmingham signing with the little b? I actually think it's better than the blue/red broken heart but still not great). It doesn't help with the reputation of the City but that's another thread in itself...
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Old September 7th, 2016, 01:26 AM   #1236
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It's the newer blue one in italics with, I dunno, a couple of swishes above and below it. It IS better than the old logo though.

The contrast between the two signs though is quite amusing and says a lot about the city and the town!
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Old September 7th, 2016, 01:08 PM   #1237
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I love the Sutton Coldfield signs. Why Birmingham can't put the same effort in is beyond me.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 02:18 AM   #1238
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Wow, this thread has been quiet this year. I'm to blame for that too

Anyway App gone in for signage for a new Halfords at New Oscott Princess Alice, I think replacing the furniture store.
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The Lounge bar in Mere Green is opening on 18/1.

It is called the Renato Lounge in homage to Renee and Renato. Renato used to own La Gondola which was demolished to make way for Mulberry Walk.
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 12:30 AM   #1240
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On a different note, speaking to shop keepers in Sutton's Red Rose Centre. They have a number of backlog works needing to the roof and BCC are doing half arsed work (akin to the Central Library) so that the site will need redevelopment.

Apparently plans are being formed to demolish the site and will include the Grade II listed RBs (The Knot) nightclub.

On the whole it is a move which I think Sutton needs although I cannot see who is likely to anchor such a development. I'm also fearful that a new cinema might be in the plans which will probably kill the Empire.
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