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Business
GVA completes Birmingham’s Aqua House with letting to the Environment Agency 

15 Aug 18

Aqua House in Birmingham is now fully occupied after GVA completed a deal to let 27,000 sq ft of Grade A space to the Environment Agency.


FOI
Freedom of Information request – Conservation Area Advisory Panel Information 

10 Aug 18

Request sent to Wolverhampton City Council by Ian Harvey on 10 August 2018 .


FOI
Freedom of Information request – Conservation Area Advisory Panel Information 

10 Aug 18

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Ian Harvey on 10 August 2018 .


FOI
Freedom of Information request – Conservation Area Advisory Panel Information 

10 Aug 18

Request sent to Tamworth Borough Council by Ian Harvey on 10 August 2018 .


FOI
Freedom of Information request – Conservation Area Advisory Panel Information 

10 Aug 18

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Ian Harvey on 10 August 2018 .


FOI
Freedom of Information request – Conservation Area Advisory Panel Information 

10 Aug 18

Request sent to Dudley Council by Ian Harvey on 10 August 2018 .


FOI
Freedom of Information request – Conservation Area Advisory Panel Information 

10 Aug 18

Request sent to Coventry City Council by Ian Harvey on 10 August 2018 .


FOI
Freedom of Information request – Conservation Area Advisory Panel Information 

10 Aug 18

Request sent to Cannock Chase District Council by Ian Harvey on 10 August 2018 .


FOI
Freedom of Information request – Conservation Area Advisory Panel Information Dear 

10 Aug 18

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Ian Harvey on 10 August 2018 .


FixMyStreet
Tree cut down on linwood road, 8th August 

8 Aug 18

This is the second tree to be vandilised on linwood road this summer.


News
Wigginton Park hoping to take gold in regional In Bloom competition 

7 Aug 18

ONE of Tamworth’s best-loved parks is hoping to claim gold, in a Heart of England in Bloom category.


News
Fish Dead in the Water 

2 Aug 18

LOCAL MP, Michael Fabricant, has praised the Environment Agency who have taken immediate action to save fish in the Tame and the Anker rivers.


Event
Writer’s HQ Birmingham Retreats, 5 Aug 2018 

31 Jul 18

5 Aug 2018 – Workshop at Alpha Works A relaxed monthly event in high spec surroundings, especially for writers of all ages and abilities.


Blog feature
Fashion Forward On A Budget 

29 Jul 18

How can I be  fashion forward when I’m on a budget ? The answer? Change your shopping habits, and choose to update your existing clothes, being inspired by current trends and designers.


Blog comment
Big Seven Supermarkets Plastic Bag Sales Down 86% 

29 Jul 18

Plastic bag sales in England’s ‘big seven’ supermarkets have dropped by 86% since the Government introduced its 5p plastic bag charge in 2015, helping to tackle the devastating impact of plastic waste on our environment.


Blog comment
Weather dull? A great sing along showing of Beauty and the Beast starts at 6pm in Brownhills! 

28 Jul 18

Very late notice of something starting in an hour at Brownhills Community Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills – a sing-along version of the Bauty and the Beast film in a relaxed environment which kids and adults will love.


News
Birmingham burning more than two-thirds of the rubbish collected 

26 Jul 18

More than two-thirds of the rubbish produced in Birmingham are burnt, one of the highest rates of incineration in England.


Blog feature
Working From Home – It’s All About Organisation 

24 Jul 18

More and more of us are taking the option of working from home.


Blog politics
A GOOD TURN OUT FOR THE FQNR ACTIVITY SESSION 

21 Jul 18

It was really pleasing to see so many turn up to help during the Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Group at its activity session.


News
Oceans Fish Bar goes green! 

17 Jul 18

OCEANS of Tamworth is doing its bit to save the planet by going green! The traditional British Fish Bar which is based in the Exley Centre in Belgrave re-opend yesterday after its annual closedown with a number of changes put in place for the …


News
Starbucks to ban plastics straws in all stores by 2020 

11 Jul 18

Starbucks has said that by 2020 it will eliminate plastic straws from its stores as a step towards the reduction of environmental plastic pollution.


News
Tamworth’s MP welcomes clamp down on ivory trade 

6 Jul 18

TAMWORTH’S Member of Parliament Christopher Pincher has welcomed the Government’s proposals to clamp down on ivory trading after a bill introduced in Parliament passed its first major hurdle to becoming law.


Blog comment
Online course in Selly Oak: Islam and the Environment 

5 Jul 18

Woodbrooke Islam, like other Faiths, calls for stewardship of the Earth.


News
IKEA will take back your old furniture, resell it and give you the money 

2 Jul 18

Sweden’s famous furniture brand, IKEA, recently announced that it plans to use only renewable and recycled materials in its products by 2030, in a brilliant commitment by a global store group to reducing its impact on the environment.


Blog comment
Business Questions 28 June 2018 

28 Jun 18

I raised with the Leader of the House, that the Government seems to be too busy fighting among themselves to fight for this country.


Blog politics
LOOKING AFTER THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE 

28 Jun 18

As Chair It was nice to meet up with Brenda the Friend of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Groupsecretary and key activist.


Blog comment
Lion Farm Scandal – Who Did Kerry Tell? 

26 Jun 18

Before I start on the latest Lion Farm news can I remind you of tomorrow night’s event – which is important not just to Lion Farm folk but for all those who want to stand up to Sandwell corruption and to protect the local environment with its toxic …


Event
Neighbourhd 16, 2 Jul 2018 

25 Jun 18

2 Jul 2018 – Jazz at The Night Owl FREE GET TO KNOW US: Neighbourhood is about creating a network of local musicians in the city of Birmingham, creating an environment in which progressive urban music can develop, community can be grown and a …


Local news
Home-schooled students invited to Longbridge college information evening 

18 Jun 18

Longbridge based Bournville College is inviting home educated students and their parents to an information evening tomorrow (Tuesday 19th June).


News
River warning after scrap metal blaze near Ryton-on-Dunsmore 

17 Jun 18

Environment Agency staff check the River Avon for pollution following a large fire.


News
Take your taste buds on a real dining adventure with Namco Funscape Tamworth  

15 Jun 18

SUMMER 2018 sees the arrival of Clyde’s Bar Grill at Namco Funscape Tamworth, our newest venture with a host of delicious food on offer!   Taking inspiration from the increasing appetite for high quality and affordable dining, Clyde’s is set to…


Blog feature
£1.2 million boost to crop research at University of Warwick 

15 Jun 18

The University of Warwick is set to receive £1.2 million in funding to support its pioneering research in improving the resilience, sustainability and productivity of UK crops, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced today.


Business
Cutting your carbon footprint with packaging 

14 Jun 18

You can’t use the internet, switch on the tv or tune into the radio these days without hearing about the impact we’re having on our environment.


Business
Do you need a long term flooring solution for high traffic areas? 

12 Jun 18

Epoxy resin self-levelling screeds are ideal for industrial and commercial locations where a durable, hygienic dust free environment is important e.


Blog feature
One World – Celebrating Cultural Diversity 

11 Jun 18

Showcase your country and culture…dance acts, singers, musicians and variety acts wanted to perform! On Wednesday, 20 June 2018, Sandwell College is hosting its ‘One World’ event – the aim of which is, “to celebrate the cultural diversity …


Local news
Clean Up Day 

8 Jun 18

We have recovered  5 bags of plastic bottles and 3 of mixed rubbish from the banks of the River Rea, alongside Calthorpe Park, on 5th June World Environment Day ,  in our Plastic Pickup in Balsall Heath.


Local news
Environment Agency investigate discolouration in River Rea 

7 Jun 18

The Environment Agency (EA) are investigating after residents reported a discolouration of water in the River Rea in Northfield.


Blog feature
Midlands Future Mobility in the driving seat to transform the environment for connected vehicles 

5 Jun 18

Midlands Future Mobility, a consoritum led by WMG at the University of Warwick, will use over 50 miles of Coventry and Birmingham roads to establish the Midlands as a world class UK centre for the development, and evaluation of, connected and …


Business
4 packaging solutions to maximise warehouse space 

1 Jun 18

If you work in a warehouse environment, you’ll know that space is at a premium.


Local news
Plastic Pick Up 

31 May 18

Think Global, Act Local…  Tuesday 5 th June is World Environment Day, to call attention to plastic waste.


Event
Neighbourhd #15, 4 Jun 2018 

28 May 18

4 Jun 2018 – Rock Pop at The Night Owl Neighbourhood is about creating a network of local musicians in the city of Birmingham, creating an environment in which progressive urban music can develop, community can be grown and a generous/collaborative …


Blog politics
Record Rainfall In Edgbaston 

27 May 18

Birmingham Updates is reporting that Edgbaston has recorded 60mm of rain in an hour according to the Environment Agency.


Local news
Plastic Free festivities 

24 May 18

It is the month of Ramadan when Moslems generally fast during the hours of daylight and then meet to share food when the sun goes down Iftar.


News
‘Welcome’ destruction of lorry used in illegal waste dumping 

18 May 18

THE destruction of a tipper lorry involved in illegally dumping a huge amount of waste at a Staffordshire beauty spot is “extremely satisfying”, says a community leader.


News
Lots to see and do this May half term at Birmingham Museums  

18 May 18

Leave those school desks behind for an active and creative half term at Birmingham Museums.


News
Find out more about flood protection at county campaign event 

9 May 18

PEOPLE in Tamworth and surrounding areas can find out more about how they can better prepare for flooding and protect their properties at a town centre event next week.


News
National outrage as government expresses plans to eliminate wet wipes within the UK 

8 May 18

The government has expressed plans to “eliminate” wet wipes in the UK within 25 years.


Blog comment
Volunteering Opportunity – Solihull Libraries 

8 May 18

A smashing opportunity for anyone over 14 years of age to get experience in a work place environment, which will no doubt add value to Records of Achievement and future references.


Business
Plans for Springfield Campus given green light 

2 May 18

New plans for the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the £100m Springfield Campus have been approved.


Blog music
Ikon returns to Perrott’s Folly this Spring 

30 Apr 18

City gallery present sound installation at landmark.


Blog politics
Andrew Mitchell MP welcomes ban on ivory sales 

27 Apr 18

The Royal Town’s MP has welcomed the Environment Secretary’s confirmation that the UK will introduce a ban on ivory sales.


Blog
Gavin welcomes a £150,000 allocation to better protect homes from flooding in Cheslyn Hay 

27 Apr 18

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed the Environment Agency’s recent announcement of £36 million in Government funds to protect properties from flooding Following last Autumn’s budget, 10 schemes across the West Midlands …


Local news
*WIN* a game for four as NEW Nerf arena set to open in Rubery village 

26 Apr 18

A new Nerf arena is set to open in Rubery village, providing a safe, fun environment for all aged 5 and above.


Business
Looking to reduce your plastic packaging? We have a great alternative to polythene mailing bags. 

26 Apr 18

Packaging and waste, particularly the effects of plastic on
the environment, continue to be hot topics on the news agenda this year.


Blog comment
The Loft Youth Club 

21 Apr 18

Frank F Harrison Community Association has opened a new youth club based on new Invention Square (above Greggs shop) providing a safe fun environment for young people aged 9-15 on a Thursday evening.


Event
Improvised Comedy Workshop, 23 Apr 2018 

18 Apr 18

23 Apr 2018 – Workshop at Great Western Arcade FREE Improvised Comedy Workshop, every Monday at LOKI WINE in Great Western Arcade.


News
We caught up with the The Whisky Club who are introducing an exclusive UK Trio Tasting board for £10 with My Bull. 

13 Apr 18

The Whisky Club neighbours the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, perfectly placed, just the right setting for an evening of tasting luxury tipples, a treat for any lover of the spirit whatever your preferences.


Rugby
Gove: Birmingham dragging its feet over air pollution 

12 Apr 18

Environment Secretary says Government will help – but council needs to take the lead…


Sport
Ladies only sessions at Curborough 

12 Apr 18

**Ladies only sessions**  These sessions will be run by a female coach – Phoebe Martin Start Date :- Wednesday 18th April 2018 (every Wednesday) Venue:- Curborough Sprint Course – Traffic free environment.


Blog comment
Walsall TUC event 

11 Apr 18

Rise Like Lions! Banner Theatre Chuckery Club April 17th 7.30pm £5.00 (2.00 concessions) Banner Theatre presents ‘Rise, Like Lions!’: a stirring, stomping, roaring celebration of grassroots resistance to those who plot to tear apart our welfare state, …