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Cllr Deirdre Alden: Conservative - Edgbaston

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Council Budget 

7 Mar 14

Tuesday was the budget debate at Birmingham City Council.

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Missing Green Wheelie Bins 

5 Mar 14

Today was the first paid for garden waste collection where I live in Harborne.

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Where Are The Green Wheelie Bins? 

26 Feb 14

Putting out green garden waste in bags for free collection has been stopped by Labour in Birmingham.

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Kingstanding And Edgbaston 

15 Feb 14

After all our campaigning in Kingstanding, the Edgbaston team were back in Edgbaston today, delivering our latest In Touch.

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Conservatives Gain Kingstanding! 

14 Feb 14

Congratulations to Birmingham’s new Conservative Councillor – Cllr Gary Sambrook, on a historic win in yesterday’s Kingstanding by-election! He’s worked so hard for years.

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Invisible By-Election Candidate? 

7 Feb 14

Busy day in Kingstanding today, working on Gary’s Sambrook’s by-election campaign.

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Chinese New Year 

2 Feb 14

This weekend is the Chinese New Year, welcoming in the year of the horse.

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Wheeleys Rd Junction 

1 Feb 14

On October 9th 2013, I put a post on this blog about how the petition which the Conservative Councillors had collected, regarding the Wheeleys Rd/St James Rd junction,  had been handed in at the October Council meeting.

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School Crossing Patrols 

31 Jan 14

I was interested to see a snippet of the Erdington District Committee meeitng this week.

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Vote Gary! 

26 Jan 14

Good reception on the doorsteps of Kingstanding yesterday for local Conservative candidate Gary Sambrook, so wasn’t surprised to hear in the evening that a couple of Kingstanding residents have turned their thoughts into a song! Love it!    …

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KEHS Students’ Manifesto For Birmingham 

18 Jan 14

On Thursday I paid my second visit of the academic year to King Edward’s High School for Girls in Edgbaston Park Road.

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Ward Meeting At Botanical Gardens 

17 Jan 14

This week was a first for Edgbaston Ward Committee – we held our bi-monthly Council Ward Meeting in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston.

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Kingstanding By-Election 

10 Jan 14

A Birmingham Council by-election has been called in the ward of Kingstanding, following the resignation of former Cllr Catherine Grundy.

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Chamberlain Files Seem A Bit Confused 

27 Dec 13

For someone who is supposed to be a political journalist, Paul Dale seems to be slightly confused about the timetable for the roll out of wheelie bins in Birmingham.

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Edgbaston HLB Christmas Party (& Trifle!) 

21 Dec 13

Edgbaston’s monthly Housing Liaison Board meeting was followed this week by the traditional Christmas Party – complete with table decorations, music, lovely food and party hats – and of course Gwen’s famous trifle (which is to…

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Bus Lane Enforcement Fines Mount Up 

20 Dec 13

If you live in Birmingham you will almost certainly have picked up on the controversy concerning the bus lane enforcement in the city this autumn.

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Christmas Refuse Collections 

19 Dec 13

There will no scheduled household refuse collections on Christmas day or Boxing Day.

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Spreading The Word 

14 Dec 13

Edgbaston Conservatives have a had a busy day across the constituency today – spreading the word that our libraries are NOT closing.

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“Weoley” Basic Error 

13 Dec 13

I happened to see a copy of a Weoley Labour News on a colleague’s desk today – and it contained a really surprising statement on the front page.

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Finding Santa 

12 Dec 13

I was invited along to the Youth Club at the Church of the Redeemer tonight to see their Christmas play “Finding Santa”.

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Harborne Conservatives’ Christmas Dinner 

7 Dec 13

Last weekend Harborne Conservatives held a Christmas dinner at Harborne Golf Club in Tennal Road.

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Who Has Signed Up For Garden Waste? 

4 Dec 13

As at November 27th, 16,876 households in Birmingham had signed up for a green wheelie bin (or the equivalent number of sacks if their house is not suitable for a wheelie bin).

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Pre Christmas Event At Roman Way 

1 Dec 13

On Friday night the three Edgbaston Councillors joined residents at a TMO organised pre-Christmas and birthday celebration beside Thirlmere House Groundwork were on hand to help residents make Christmas wreaths (in the marquee as the wind was …

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Pub Quiz! 

27 Nov 13

Edgbaston Ward Conservatives were celebrating tonight as we won first prize at Erdington Conservatives’ Pub Quiz fund raising event at the Conservative Club in Orchard Rd.

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Celebrating At Busy Bees Nursery In Edgbaston 

19 Nov 13

Today marks 30 years since the beginning of the Busy Bees Nursery chain, and I was invited along to the St James Rd, Edgbaston, nursery to join in the celebrations.

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Discount Extended 

14 Nov 13

I blogged some time ago that the Council was offering a £5 early bird discount on the green wheelie bin for everyone who signed up before November 15th (tomorrow).

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Garden Waste Charge Campaign 

11 Nov 13

It sounds like some Labour Councillors are getting rattled over the Northfield Conservative PPC’s campaign against the garden waste charge (£35 per annum for a green wheelie bin or you get no more garden waste collected ever from next spring).

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Remembrance Sunday 

10 Nov 13

Today I attended the Remembrance Service and Parade in Centenary Square, Birmingham.

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November Council Meeting 

6 Nov 13

There was an interesting debate about Labour’s garden waste charge (£35 if you want a green wheelie bin) at yesterday’s Council meeting.

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Eyes & Ears Campaign Relaunched 

30 Oct 13

Birmingham City Council is relaunching its award winning Eyes Ears adult safeguarding campaign next week.

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Who Will Collect These Leaves Next Year? 

29 Oct 13

I have just been sent the attached photo by a constituent.

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Ward Lunch At Priory Tennis Club 

27 Oct 13

Fifty people attended Edgbaston Ward Conservative Association’s Sunday Lunch fund raiser at the Priory Tennis Club today.

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Happy Birthday Morrisons! 

22 Oct 13

It’s one year ago today that Morrisons super store opened at Five Ways in Edgbaston, so a great day to be invited there by the store’s Community Relations Manager, Nasser Khan, for a store tour and to hear about the work they are doing …

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BCC Service Review Green Paper 

17 Oct 13

The Birmingham City Council Service Review Green Paper on Safe, Clean and Green Neighbourhoods was published yesterday.

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Book To The Future 

15 Oct 13

Birmingham’s own version of the Hay Festival is taking place at the Birmingham University Campus in Edgbaston.

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The Rules Of Debate 

10 Oct 13

From school debating societies through to the Houses of Parliament,  the rules of debate are pretty much the same – and Birmingham City Council Chamber is no exception.

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Petition Re: Wheeleys Rd & St James Rd 

9 Oct 13

At yesterday’s Full Council meeting Cllr Fergus Robinson handed in a petition collected by the Edgbaston Councillors.

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Conservative Party Conference 

1 Oct 13

Just enjoyed watching Cllr Robert Alden on the TV, addressing the Tory Party Conference on the subject of Labour waste in Local Government – plenty to talk about there…

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Residents’ Meetings 

29 Sep 13

I have attended residents’ meetings in the Woodview and Tally Ho! areas of the ward during the past couple of days.

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Council Has Started Collecting Green Garden Waste Charge 

26 Sep 13

As mentioned here before, the Labour Council have decided to introduce a £35 per annum charge for green garden waste collection from next February.

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Just Remember Who’s To Blame 

23 Sep 13

The next time Birmingham’s Labour Councillors moan that the amount of money the city gets from Government hasn’t increased as they’d like, they should remember why.

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How Much Would Labour Cost You? 

22 Sep 13

With the Labour Party conference taking place this week, now might be an interesting time  to take a look at the website mentioned below.

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Calthorpe Business Alliance Meeting At Priory Tennis Club 

21 Sep 13

Very enjoyable Calthorpe Business Alliance get together at the Priory Tennis Club yesterday afternoon.

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Wheelie Bin Call In Request 

20 Sep 13

The Conservatives’ request for a call in on the Cabinet decision about the roll out of wheelie bins across the city was heard at Scrutiny this morning.

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And They Say Times Are Hard? 

17 Sep 13

A continual cry from Birmingham’s Labour Councillors is that times are hard.

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Two Consultations With Differing Results 

16 Sep 13

As the wheelie bin report goes to Cabinet today, there is a timely article in today’s Birmingham Mail, pointing out just how much more comprehensive the Conservative’s survey on wheelie bins was, than the Council one.

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Police Meeting & Wheelie Bin Pilot Results 

5 Sep 13

I attended a lively police PACT meeting at the Clarendon Suites tonight.

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Why Would They? 

2 Sep 13

Before the wheelie bins were introduced in the two pilot wards of Brandwood and Harborne, I asked the Labour Council Cabinet Member how the Council planned to stop people who are given wheelie bins, from adding their extra back bags (which don’…

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1 Aug 13

Congratulations to Birmingham Conservative Group Leader and former Council leader Cllr Mike Whitby on being made a Lord.

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Assisted Collections Letter 

30 Jul 13

As I blogged previously, the number of people requesting an assisted collection (where the Council removes the rubbish from the front of the property rather than from the kerbside) has increased dramatically in the pilot wards where wheelie bins were…

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