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The Boundary Commission recently published recommendations for new ward boundaries which ignored the proposals put forward by the Moseley community.

Today, the Brummie highlights proposals to merge the Jewellery Quarter and Winson Green districts into a single city council ward. The Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Forum is calling for its own council ward and councillor. Hall Green, Erdington, Acocks Green and Longbridge have also objected to the proposals of the Local Government Boundary Commission

isobel2 knowlesAt a Stirchley Forum meeting on Monday, the chair of the Moseley Forum, Isobel Knowles (right), invited all to a meeting about the Local Government Boundary Commission proposals for a new Moseley Ward.

It will be held on Saturday in the Main Hall at Queensbridge School, Moseley B13 8QB, 10:30am-12pm.

As the illogical division of areas like Moseley, Northfield and Selly Oak was described, one comment was that the civil servants had been handed a map and a ruler and told to get on with it. One bizarre result is in Northfield, where a boundary is running through the middle of one building.

Moseley will be divided, with Moseley Village, Park, Hospital and Farmers’ Market placed in a new Balsall Heath and Cannon Hill ward and the conservation areas split in half.

mose;ey boundary proposals map

The Commission’s stated aim is “to ensure that the pattern of wards reflects the interests and identities of local communities”. In this instance, the aim has been misdirected and proposals made which – in the opinion of residents in at least eight city wards – will damage the interests and identity of these communities.

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For more information, or to respond, go to the Boundary Commission by 8th February, 2016 via https://www.lgbce.org.uk or to The Review Officer (Birmingham), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP


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