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Old March 31st, 2015, 02:41 PM   #101
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Purely a sweetner at the start of operations..Let's see if the harborne staff feel the same way this time next year !!
My son worked for them up in the North West, absolutely lousy operators, nothing but staff cuts, taking on apprentices on the lowest possible wages, staff were and are leaving in droves, definitely didn't listen to staff. Lost their Manchester contract altogether...I wonder why???...and Birmingham takes them on
Harborne isn't run by Serco. But yes, Serco do have form and none of it's good. Luckily for them, Birmingham City Council probably won't have negotiated it in a way which means they can lose the contract at all. We'll probably end up paying them more if that happens!
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Old March 31st, 2015, 11:41 PM   #102
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Harborne isn't run by Serco. But yes, Serco do have form and none of it's good. Luckily for them, Birmingham City Council probably won't have negotiated it in a way which means they can lose the contract at all. We'll probably end up paying them more if that happens!
..... and our Councils run all of our services in a "good" and cost effective way with little or no waste, then?
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Old April 1st, 2015, 10:06 PM   #103
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Do we know anything else about this proposal

http://jrossdevelopments.com/project...l-development/
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Old April 1st, 2015, 10:44 PM   #104
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Do we know anything else about this proposal

http://jrossdevelopments.com/project...l-development/
That is this site https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...5cf584ff8621e3
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Old April 1st, 2015, 11:02 PM   #105
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thank god for that!


Always thought about what impression it leaves for visitors to soho house


Do we have any more info? Has a planning app been submitted etc.?
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Old April 1st, 2015, 11:14 PM   #106
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It's very old. Been floating around for years.
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 01:43 AM   #107
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..... and our Councils run all of our services in a "good" and cost effective way with little or no waste, then?
No, of course they don't. I'm not saying that, as I suspect you well know.

I'd much rather push for efficient public ownership than farm it out to equally inefficient private sector organisations (with far worse pay and benefits for staff) on contracts which are invariably non-beneficial to the public purse over the long term. But if it were up to me I'd look at setting them up as third sector, mutually run organisations which operate for the benefit of their members and the wider community - models like this exist, are successful, and would lend themselves exceptionally well to this type of operation.

The choices are not, or should not be, the desperately poor management of Birmingham City Council as it is now or the desperately poor management of the likes of Serco. Both models are, in their own way, completely unsuited to the management of community infrastructure.
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 11:02 AM   #108
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Not sure if anyone saw this, and I couldn't find the relevant thread.

Apparently Swift is being rolled out across London Midland city trains and Midland Metro in the next two years!
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 04:34 PM   #109
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Yup. I put it in the metro transport thread.
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 06:44 PM   #110
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No, of course they don't. I'm not saying that, as I suspect you well know.

I'd much rather push for efficient public ownership than farm it out to equally inefficient private sector organisations (with far worse pay and benefits for staff) on contracts which are invariably non-beneficial to the public purse over the long term. But if it were up to me I'd look at setting them up as third sector, mutually run organisations which operate for the benefit of their members and the wider community - models like this exist, are successful, and would lend themselves exceptionally well to this type of operation.

The choices are not, or should not be, the desperately poor management of Birmingham City Council as it is now or the desperately poor management of the likes of Serco. Both models are, in their own way, completely unsuited to the management of community infrastructure.
I agree with what you are saying - but, for example, and not totally relevant, we only tend to hear about the private companies that happen to accidentally let a prisoner escape from a prison or prison van ..... Trust me, the state run prisons are worse, the only difference being is that you won't get to hear about it

Whilst a particular council has 'guaranteed' income from us council tax payers, they will fritter away our money at will. Or they have done so in the past. Now, they are having to become more accountable and 'open' and realise, actually, they cannot afford to run these facilities - they cannot run up debt on our behalf, and private companies - which are not as badly run as the BBC would like us to think they are (as they want to protect the licence fee - 'guaranteed income') will make mistakes like any other organisation - publicly owned or private.
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 08:32 PM   #111
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Does anybody know what's happening to this site on Walsall Road, these buildings are currently being demolished

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Wal...2,29.8,,0,9.64

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Wal...2,34.4,,0,6.12

If nothing is planned Perry Barr really will become a ghost town once BCU goes too.
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 09:29 PM   #112
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Nope nothing planned yet... well i mean no app yet. I don't think the site is within emerging policy. either housing or more industrial i think would come forward.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 12:30 AM   #113
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Utter disgrace regarding the library opening hours,
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 02:18 AM   #114
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Does anybody know what's happening to this site on Walsall Road, these buildings are currently being demolished

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Wal...2,29.8,,0,9.64

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Wal...2,34.4,,0,6.12

If nothing is planned Perry Barr really will become a ghost town once BCU goes too.






How much of BCU is actually staying at the Perry Barr site?
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 05:49 AM   #115
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An interesting article on the Planning Portal site that I can`t post a link to because I don`t know how.

Apparently, Think Tank IPPR has called for new 'City Villages' to be built to help deal with the housing crisis.

'City Villages' should be built within cities, particularly London and any other major area with pent up housing demand.

These should be "areas of regeneration and redevelopment with a much broader mix of housing types and tenures, at a range of prices and rent levels, but also with a view to being developed as whole communities with modern retail, transport and commercial facilities".

To achieve this, "Local Authorities should leverage their land ownership, especially their own council estates, and work together with developers from different sectors as well as local authorities and the government".
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How much of BCU is actually staying at the Perry Barr site?
Just the student halls and sports centre.

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An interesting article on the Planning Portal site that I can`t post a link to because I don`t know how.

Apparently, Think Tank IPPR has called for new 'City Villages' to be built to help deal with the housing crisis.

'City Villages' should be built within cities, particularly London and any other major area with pent up housing demand.

These should be "areas of regeneration and redevelopment with a much broader mix of housing types and tenures, at a range of prices and rent levels, but also with a view to being developed as whole communities with modern retail, transport and commercial facilities".

To achieve this, "Local Authorities should leverage their land ownership, especially their own council estates, and work together with developers from different sectors as well as local authorities and the government".
Back to 1997 labour regeneration policy it seems to suggest.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 09:29 PM   #118
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I wonder how much they're going to charge for those halls? I can understand living as a student in Perry Barr when uni's next door, but not so much when it's in the city centre.
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Old April 4th, 2015, 12:52 AM   #119
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I could have misinterpreted what was said, but can anyone clarify this for me.
In December when we had a rash of proposals submitted for planning, I believe it was mentioned that developers were trying to secure planning permission before the council broke up for the elections at easter. ( the 12 weeks required before a decision as to be made)
Does this mean there will be no planning applications decided now till after the May elections
Just wondered because I know Left Bank was submitted in early December with the hope of a 12 week decision and site prep beginning in May and building starting in August. (4 months ago)
I assume the start will be delayed now
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Old April 4th, 2015, 03:22 AM   #120
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left bank is an ugly proposal though i'd rather it was refused. We need quality buildings on broad street.
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