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Kings Heath Post Office petition presented to Full Council

by Claire Spencer

At Full Council on April 9th, Councillor Martin Straker-Welds presented the 1500 signatures we collected over two weeks from local people concerned about the possible loss of Kings Heath Post Office from the High Street. The petition was addressed to Sharon Lea, Strategic Director for Environment & Culture:

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition in person and online – we will make sure that we convey any news on the progress of the petition as we hear it.

Save Kings Heath Post Office – join us on Saturday March 16th!

by Claire Spencer

Plans have been announced to close four Crown Post Offices in Birmingham by re-opening them as franchises in retail outlets – one of these is one of our own, Kings Heath. While it is always positive for services to monitor how well they are serving their community, and to adapt in order to serve them better, we fear that integrating Kings Heath Post Office with a retail outlet will lead to unacceptable consequences.

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The risk of losing elements of the service it provides to local people that are deemed unprofitable, or ‘surplus to requirements’ is a real concern. We do not want to face a situation where the purpose of the Post Office narrows gradually, to the detriment of local provision for local people.

We also fear that it will be difficult to fill the gap on the High Street once the Post Office is gone – there are already numerous charity shops, betting shops and payday lenders on the High Street, and the likelihood is, in a recessionary environment, that those sort of businesses will fill the gap, diminishing the diversity of Kings Heath.

As noted in the Birmingham Mail, the councillors, members of Moseley & Kings Heath Labour Party and other local people will be outside Kings Heath Post Office this Saturday, collecting signatures in support of keeping the Post Office where it is. We’ll be there from 9:30am-12:30pm, if you would like to join us!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, but would like to be added to the petition or to collect signatures in your own time, let us know by emailing mkhlabour@gmail.com – or sign it online here. Post Offices are for everyone, and we need to show that we value ours.

Holders Lane Playing Fields – The Way Forward

The future of the Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Playing fields has been uncertain for some time now.  When Labour took control of the City Council in May 2012, one of our local priorities was to secure a future for these playing fields as a valuable community asset.

The letter below was sent out to residents in the neighbourhood by Councillor Lisa Trickett, together with Councillor Karen McCarthy of Selly Oak. It is self-explanatory, but resident involvement is key and there are several viable future options, so with luck a way forward can now be found for this much-loved site – so that we can all keep enjoying it.

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“On Thursday May 3rd, vote NHS: vote Labour”

While they aren’t to everyone’s tastes, Professor Robert Winston has just delivered one of the most moving Party Political Broadcasts that we have ever seen – and we wanted to share it with people in Moseley & Kings Heath ward, because people tell us every day, in one way or another, how important the NHS is to them.

Labour created the NHS – and now, at its time of need, we will do everything we can to ensure that we protect it. Lisa Trickett is one of thousands of Labour council candidates up and down the country who have pledged to limit the damage inflicted upon the NHS by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition.

Community conference: Our Public Services – the future?

by Lisa Trickett

What happens in public services in the coming years will affect us all, whether we use public services or work in the public sector. It is really important to me, as Labour’s candidate for Moseley & Kings Heath, that local people are involved in the decisions that affect their lives.

So on the 17th November, Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dromey will be joining us to discuss how public services can best be protected from Government cuts and also what we want from public services in the future to meet the needs of everyone. Joining him will be Cllr John Cotton who is the Labour Group lead on devolution of public services.

This is an important opportunity for us to explore, with people who will be shaping policy nationally and locally, how we as a local Labour Party branch can make a difference to the public services around us.

The meeting starts at 7pm at the Moseley Exchange building in Moseley.

Please come to the meeting if you can. Also please forward this to friends and colleagues who may be interested or share the event on share/invite friends to the Facebook event.

I look forward to seeing you.

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