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BCC: Cabinet - Cllr James McKay - Green Safe and Smart City

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First Night campaign launched 

18 Dec 14

A campaign to support refuges in Birmingham has received a huge response with generous donations received to help victims of domestic abuse and violence, who may leave their homes at Christmas.

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City is first in UK to sign new Faith Covenant 

11 Dec 14

Birmingham City Council is the first local authority to respond to a call from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society for all local authorities across the UK to sign a newly developed ‘Faith Covenant’.

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Are you ready for winter? 

3 Dec 14

Birmingham City Council is working with Kwik Fit as part of a national winter driving campaign between the auto repair chain and Road Safety GB.

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Winning Road Safety Week banner design unveiled at school 

17 Nov 14

Pupils at a Birmingham school who have a higher than average risk of being involved in a road accident have been appealing to drivers to ‘slow down and look out for school children’ in an art competition.

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Speed camera pilot project update 

11 Nov 14

Plans are now in place to go out to market to procure new digital camera technology to replace old ‘wet film’ safety cameras.

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Pupils urged to sign up for cycle training 

21 Oct 14

A programme offering cycle safety training to 4,500 schoolchildren during 2014/15 wheeled into Chad Vale Primary School today.

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CCTV plan to help police in fight against crime 

5 Sep 14

Plans to streamline the existing way West Midlands Police accesses Birmingham City Council’s CCTV cameras for directed surveillance are due to be discussed by Cabinet on September 15.

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Council tenant risks losing her home 

29 Aug 14

Birmingham County Court today (August 29) has granted a two year Suspended Possession Order against Lorraine Spence (53) in respect of her council owned property.

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First superdiversity conference to be held in city 

23 Jun 14

The University of Birmingham is hosting the first international conference entirely devoted to the concept of ‘superdiversity’.

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Birmingham Litter Charter is launched 

28 Mar 14

Businesses are being invited to sign up to a new charter designed by the city council to help keep Birmingham clean and green.

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Road safety webchat 

27 Mar 14

Issues relating to road safety will be on the agenda during Birmingham City Council’s latest webchat on Monday (March 31).

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New Sustainability and Recycling Awards launched 

26 Mar 14

Cllr James McKay and chef Glynn Purnell, launching the Sustainability and Recycling Awards 2014.

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20 is Plenty – draft maps published 

25 Mar 14

Draft maps have today been published, outlining which roads are set to be covered by the city’s 20 is Plenty scheme.

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Statement on web-ready businesses 

12 Mar 14

The following is a response to a recent survey that claimed that 80 per cent of independent businesses in Birmingham were not equipped to offer customers the ability to purchase goods and services from their websites.

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Pilot plans for 20mph limits announced 

11 Mar 14

Proposals for a pilot 20mph speed limit scheme, covering significant parts of central, east and south Birmingham are due before the City Council’s Cabinet on March 17.

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Cycling Copenhagen-style in Birmingham 

20 Feb 14

As part of a UK-wide initiative, Birmingham City Council and charity Sustrans are aiming to boost the love of cycling in the city to Copenhagen levels through a new citizens’ survey inspired by the Danish capital.

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Heat network funding boost for city 

30 Jan 14

Funding to help Birmingham City Council develop plans for new heat networks was confirmed by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, today (January 30).

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More materials can now be recycled at home 

27 Jan 14

Residents of Birmingham can now recycle a wider range of materials thanks to a new arrangement between the city council and its waste disposal contractor Veolia Environmental Services.

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Wheelie bin purchase – the facts 

21 Jan 14

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, blogs with an update on the plans to roll out wheelie bins to households across Birmingham… Ever since we announced the plan to modernise Birmingham’s refuse collection system…

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Canal route work to start Birmingham Cycle Revolution 

10 Dec 13

Birmingham’s canal network is set to become more cycle friendly if £6.3m of improvements are approved by the city council’s Cabinet on December 16.

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Alum Rock residents reclaim their streets 

26 Nov 13

 Local residents and businesses have come together to reclaim their neighbourhood after being blighted by harassment and intimidation in Pelham, Alum Rock.

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New online offer for green recycling service 

25 Nov 13

Now the earlybird offer for Birmingham City Council’s new green recycling collection service has ended, it’s still not too late to sign-up for the service at a reduced rate.

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Birmingham’s Carbon Roadmap is launched 

25 Nov 13

The Birmingham Green Commission Carbon Roadmap is a strategic plan that highlights the key initiatives that Birmingham will aim to complete to ensure: - the city achieves its vision of becoming a leading green city - a reduction in carbon dioxide …

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ASBI granted after persistent rubbish dumping 

22 Nov 13

Birmingham County Court granted an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI) today (November 22) against John Mcfarlane, age 43, of Vicarage Road, Brandwood.

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Birmingham business to get better connected 

15 Nov 13

Birmingham businesses are set to be given an extra boost with financial support to help them access high-speed broadband services,  enabling them to compete with the world’s best.

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Anti-social behaviour injunction awarded 

12 Nov 13

Jermaine Pencheon (24) has received a 2-year Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction this week from Birmingham County Court, the conditions of which include: Use or threaten violence towards, verbally abuse, harass or intimidate named individuals; Cause …

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ReUsers reunites City Freedom Regiment veterans 

6 Nov 13

Birmingham Forces veterans were reunited today to mark the discovery of the original framed plaque commemorating the award of the Freedom of the City of Birmingham to their regiment, more than 47 years on from the event.

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Super-fast free WiFi launched across city centre 

6 Nov 13

Virgin Media Business launches super-fast free WiFi across Birmingham city centre •    Unlimited free Wi-Fi now available in Birmingham city centre •    Eight locations to be connected, providing 2.5 square miles of coverage •    Mobile…

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Early bird catches the worm in green recycling scheme 

30 Sep 13

Green recycling in Birmingham is moving to a chargeable £35 opt-in service next year – with an early-bird discount offer available for those signing up by November 15.

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Cycling challenge brings the bike back to Brum 

25 Sep 13

Birmingham’s own ‘cycling champion’ Cllr James McKay is calling on families to welcome back scores of cyclists when the 7-in-Seven Big Bike Challenge reaches its exciting climax with a festival on Sunday 29th September.

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Next wave of council property improvements announced 

19 Sep 13

The next wave of improvements to Birmingham City Council’s housing stock will start this month, with regeneration specialist Keepmoat delivering the energy efficiency home improvements to up to 347 homes in Maypole.

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Allotment rents in Birmingham 2014-17 

16 Sep 13

The following is a statement from Cllr James McKay on plans to increase allotment rents in Birmingham on a gradual and phased basis over three years between 2014/15 and 2016/17 to ensure the service operates on a break-even basis.

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Council publishes biomass policy 

12 Sep 13

A new policy to control the emissions from biomass in Birmingham is due before the city council’s Cabinet on Monday (September 16).

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Wheelie bin webchat with Cllr McKay 

10 Sep 13

Anyone wanting to know more about the plan to introduce wheelie bins on a city-wide basis to Birmingham can take part in the latest Birmingham City Council webchat on September 16.

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Green Living Spaces Plan for Birmingham 

10 Sep 13

Birmingham’s Green Living Spaces Plan (GLSP) is set to reshape the role that parks and green spaces play in the city’s wider green agenda.

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Birmingham to benefit from railway station cycle scheme 

21 Aug 13

An innovative £140,000 scheme which allows rail passengers using Birmingham’s three city centre stations to hire bicycles and continue their journeys by pedal power is to be launched later this year.

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City set for cycle revolution after government backs bid 

12 Aug 13

Birmingham’s journey on the road to becoming one of the UK’s leading cycling cities has been boosted after the government today (August 12) awarded the council £17million for an ambitious programme of improvements.

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Virgin teams up with council for wifi scheme 

23 Jul 13

Birmingham City Council and Virgin Media Business are set to launch free public wifi across key parts of the city centre after Birmingham’s wireless concession was awarded to Virgin Media Business as part of a plan to boost connectivity across the …

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Plans for free wifi in city centre unveiled 

8 Jul 13

Free wifi access across key parts of the city centre forms part of a plan to improve broadband coverage in the city due before Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet on July 15.

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Women on Wheels sets cycle training standard 

19 Jun 13

A programme designed by Birmingham City Council to get more women from black and minority groups into cycling has been hailed a success in a new report.

Service changes to make waste management savings 

7 Feb 13

A number of changes to waste collection services have been announced by Birmingham City Council in its 2013/14 budget following central government cuts to the authority’s finances.

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