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Council
Getting on the move in Coventry parks 

19 Jan 18

Dozens of children are helping the Council in highlighting one of 44 locations across the city where run and walk markers are being installed in parks and green spaces.


FixMyStreet
Parks on whole pavement, 18th January 

18 Jan 18

Wheelchair cannot pass.


FOI
Request Information regarding Council Vehicle Fleet and Maintenance of Vehicles 

16 Jan 18

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Andrew Jennings on 16 January 2018 .


Blog
Half term things to do in Birmingham and beyond 

11 Jan 18

The best parks, days out, child-friendly restaurants and free things to do in February half term…


Blog comment
Community asset transfer: news of a Scottish bid and activity in Birmingham 

10 Jan 18

From short-term licences to long leases, local community and voluntary groups are seeking opportunities to take on the management or ownership of buildings and land.


Local news
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 

9 Jan 18

Every January the RSPB asks us to count the birds in our gardens our parks for one hour and submit the results.


Blog comment
Future plans building on past successes 

3 Jan 18

Look around Staffordshire today and you’ll see new business premises and enterprise parks occupied by global companies, inventors, entrepreneurs and local creative companies.


Blog feature
Stocktake’s underway! 

2 Jan 18

From Asha the Asiatic lioness to Zeb the black and white ruffed lemur, every animal has to be counted as Dudley Zoological Gardens begins its yearly stocktake.


News
VIDEO: Floods hit Tamworth… and more rain is on the way 

28 Dec 17

Footpaths, car parks and grasslands were all submerged in floodwater…


News
Event gives council a chance to say thanks to volunteers who help out at parks in Lichfield and Burntwood 

11 Dec 17

Volunteers have been thanked for their support for parks across Lichfield and Burntwood.


Blog
December 7th – Out and about on a sunny, bright but windy day in… 

8 Dec 17

December 7th – Out and about on a sunny, bright but windy day in Darlaston, and passing through the parks I love winter is now in full effect.


Blog
Things to do with the kids in Harborne Birmingham 

7 Dec 17

The best parks, baby and toddler clubs, child-friendly restaurants, events and rainy day ideas…


Blog comment
30 days of human comms: The @FarmersOfTheUK Twitter account 

6 Dec 17

You’d be surprised at just how little of the land is built on in the UK.


Council
Free Saturday parking for Christmas shoppers 

6 Dec 17

Shoppers can park for free in Sandwell Council’s town centre car parks on the two Saturdays before Christmas.


FixMyStreet
Car constantly parked on pavement blocking view of oncomming traffic, 29th November 

29 Nov 17

There is a be who constantly parks on this area of pavement blocking the view of on conning traffic especially buses when trying to turn right.


Blog feature
EcoPark Conservation Day Active Parks 

27 Nov 17

Date / Time Start date: Tue, 28/11/2017 – 10:30am – 3:30pm Tue, 12/12/2017 – 10:30am – 3:30pm Tue, 30/01/2018 – 10:30am – 3:30pm Tue, 27/02/2018 – 10:30am – 3:30pm Activity Details Come and help maintain a variety of habitats at EcoPark and help …


FixMyStreet
Breach or parking regulations, 26th November 

26 Nov 17

An unknown motorist parks a vehicle here every Friday night until Monday morning.


Local news
Children of the Trees 

22 Nov 17

People of all ages turned out to help plant a new generation of trees in Calthorpe Park on Wednesday 22 nd November.


Blog feature
Gifts and festive cards in support of Martineau Gardens 

22 Nov 17

Buy an unusual gift or a festive card from Martineau Gardens, with the knowledge that your purchase is supporting our charity.


Blog feature
Xmas Craft Fair at Lightwoods 

22 Nov 17

Edited with BlogPad Pro…


FOI
The cost of Hospital car parks 

20 Nov 17

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Megan Askam on 20 November 2017 .


Blog
New shops you can go to this Christmas that weren’t here last year 

18 Nov 17

All the new stores at Bullring, Grand Central, Resorts World and Touchwood plus the new out-of-town shopping parks too…


Blog comment
Giant traveller camp plans shelved 

17 Nov 17

But environmental health bosses say major site for up to 60 caravans is still needed to relieve pressure on parks and open spaces…


News
Free town centre parking in run-up to Christmas  

14 Nov 17

TRADERS, shoppers and visitors to Tamworth are being given an early Christmas present – free festive car parking.


Blog feature
Temporary closure in November – Pavilion Update 

13 Nov 17

Martineau Gardens will be closed for a week from Monday 20 November, re-opening on Monday 27 November – read on to find out more.


Rugby
‘Idiot’ BMW driver parks in centre of busy road – parallel to EMPTY parking space 

11 Nov 17

One driver brought traffic to a halt by parking up in the middle of a road in Birmingham…


Business
Legal 500: Experienced director to boost 3PB’s city vision 

10 Nov 17

James Parks is the latest recruit to new Birmingham office…


Blog feature
LoveBrum and our Vegetable Beds 

8 Nov 17

Have you seen the film about our vegetable beds?   Vote at LoveBrum for us to receive £2,000 from Monday 20 November.


Local news
Trial of mobile app to book space at Longbridge Park and Ride – take part! 

8 Nov 17

A new parking trial at Longbridge Park Ride started this week as Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) continue to explore new ways of improving travel for commuters across the West Midlands.


Blog feature
Prestigious Ceremony to Crown County’s Best Tourism Businesses 

7 Nov 17

  Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses are to be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony next week.


Blog feature
A new chapter begins … a new Director 

6 Nov 17

2017 has been the year we have celebrated 20 years of Community Gardening, dedicated a building to former patron Mollie Martineau and begun the refurbishment of the Pavilion.


Blog
This stunning trampoline park is opening 30 minutes from Birmingham 

2 Nov 17

RedKangaroo Trampoline Parks will cut the ribbon on the new park in 2018…


News
Families urged to explore Staffordshire over Halloween 

29 Oct 17

FAMILIES looking for something to do over Halloween break are being encouraged to take a ‘staycation’ and explore what the county has to offer.


Rugby
The way you pay for car parking at these places in Birmingham is changing in November 

25 Oct 17

No need to find change for the pay and display machine at Birmingham’s suburban car parks in future…


News
Families urged to explore Staffordshire over half term 

23 Oct 17

FAMILIES looking for something to do over the half term and Halloween break are being encouraged to take a ‘staycation’ and explore what the county has to offer.


FixMyStreet
The chap at 85 Fernbank Rd keeps parking across pavement. He does it every night and no one can walk up the Grove without walking in the road.., 20th October 

20 Oct 17

This problem has been ongoing for months the chap parks right across the pavement making it impossible to walk up the Grove.


Blog feature
Out of School Activity Lead Worker 

19 Oct 17

Murray Hall Community Trust is looking to appoint an out of school activity worker to plan and implement park based physical play activities across the Rowley area.


Blog feature
Winter Bird Walk with Active Parks 

18 Oct 17

Date / Time Start date: Sun, 05/11/2017 – 11:00am – 1:00pm Learn some interesting facts about the variety of species we get on site and why they have chosen to make Birmingham their home.


Council
Bonfire events at Sandwell Parks 

17 Oct 17

Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich will be hosting Sandwell’s main bonfire and fireworks event on Saturday 4 November.


Rugby
New Costa Coffee drive-thru to open at Erdington retail park 

13 Oct 17

The new caf will use up 49 of Castle Vale Retail Parks current 658 car parking spaces…


Blog
New Costa Coffee drive-thru to open at Erdington retail park 

13 Oct 17

The new caf will use up 49 of Castle Vale Retail Parks current 658 car parking spaces…


Blog
October 12th – In Darlaston Green on a sunny day, outside the… 

13 Oct 17

October 12th – In Darlaston Green on a sunny day, outside the old Charles Richards works, I spot a small but amusing bit of whimsy.


Blog feature
Pavilion Appeal Finale 

12 Oct 17

Midnight tonight … Our Pavilion Refurbishment Appeal has just a few hours left to run, at Midnight tonight, on-line donations will close.


Business
Simworx rides wave of BGF support to target international growth 

12 Oct 17

Our latest profile of BGF’s clients in the West Midlands takes us to Kingswinford and Simworx which design indoor attractions for theme parks…


Local news
Warley Woods voted one of Britain’s best parks again 

11 Oct 17

Warley Woods has again received aclaim as one of Britains favourite parks in a national vote organised by Keep Britain Tidy.


FixMyStreet
Car parking on both sides of road, alongside the Methodist church, 10th October 

10 Oct 17

Train passengers are parking their cars instead of using the official car parks.


Blog politics
Steve McCabe MP calls for change in law to help combat unauthorised encampments 

10 Oct 17

Speaking in the debate on Gypsies and Travellers on 9 October, Steve McCabe MP called on the government to consider practical changes in the current law to help authorities deal with the problem of unauthorised encampments.


Blog feature
Pavilion Refurbishment Update – final week 

10 Oct 17

It’s the final push! We have but 2 days remaining of our month-long crowdfunding appeal to raise funds to refurbish the Martineau Gardens’ Pavilion.


News
LETTERS: Our beautiful parks spoiled by dog mess 

7 Oct 17

Letters in this week’s print edition of the Solihull Observer…


Blog
Alton Towers owner Merlin ‘targets SeaWorld deal’ 

5 Oct 17

The London Eye to Thorpe Park firm is understood to have approached SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment…


Blog feature
What’s On October Half Term and Halloween 

4 Oct 17

Earth Oven Baking, Wildlife Activities and Halloween Storytelling The nights are drawing in, and  it’s tempting to spend more time indoors but come and enjoy Autumn outdoors at Martineau Gardens this October with a range of activities.


FixMyStreet
Remove, 30th September 

30 Sep 17

Plenty of room but parks next to other delinquent Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 23 Dettonford Road, Woodgate Report on FixMyStreet…


Blog feature
Pavilion Appeal Reaches Halfway 

29 Sep 17

Week 3: The Martineau Gardens Pavilion Refurbishment Appeal In just 17 days, we’ve raised half our target – this is TREMENDOUS! Please keep the momentum going: spread the word, encourage people to view our film and donate here:   martineau-…


News
Wigginton Park takes gold in regional In Bloom competition 

28 Sep 17

ONE of Tamworth’s best-loved parks has scooped gold, in a Heart of England in Bloom category.


FixMyStreet
Parking on the pavement and double yellow lines!!, 28th September 

28 Sep 17

This vehicle always parks on double yellow lines and the pavement with no regard for other road users.


Blog feature
A space for you 

26 Sep 17

Week: 3 The Martineau Gardens Pavilion Refurbishment Appeal The Pavilion is at the hub of our Therapeutic Community Garden, it helps us to deliver the activities and events throughout the year that make Martineau Gardens such a special place to …


Blog feature
September 23rd – Returning through Lichfield, Festival Gardens… 

26 Sep 17

September 23rd – Returning through Lichfield, Festival Gardens looked gorgeous too with the autumn thing going on.


News
Tougher action needs to be taken against travellers say residents 

25 Sep 17

A number of parks have recently been targeted by travellers including Brueton park where Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) is currently working to move them on.


Blog
September 19th n- One of the odder fruits of the autumn is the… 

19 Sep 17

September 19th n- One of the odder fruits of the autumn is the snowberry.


Blog feature
A building that won’t cost the earth 

19 Sep 17

Week: 2 The Martineau Gardens Pavilion Refurbishment Appeal Refurbishing our Pavilion means Martineau Gardens can continue to be the place where people, plants and wildlife meet.