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Birmingham to roll out 'mobile' HWRCs -
Mobile Recycling Vans
Litter Picking
PEM Surgeries

Edgbaston Village Artisan Markets

[12.06.24] We have been advised by Calthorpe Estates that travellers have moved onto the King Edwards School Lloyds playing field site off Bristol Road, just south of the golf club. Last week there were just two caravans but that number has now increased to over 40 caravans parked. CRS members should be vigilant. This is a King Edwards School site and they are liaising with the police.

[26.05.24] CRS has organised a walk for members along a stretch of our local canal system between Selly Oak and Barnes Hill. The walk has been organised with the Lapal Canal Trust and will take place on Tuesday July 2nd, 2024. Please download the pdf here for further details of the route and arrangements for the day.

[11.05.24] CRS Members are invited to a private, invitation only COFFEE and CAKE MORNING at the new Green Heart Books Bookshop, 4 Greenfield Crescent on Monday June 10th between 1100 and 1300.

This will be an opportunity to view the Bookshop and Poetry Coffee Bar and to meet the owners and hear about their vision in advance of the official opening of this exciting new addition to Edgbaston Village on Wednesday June 12th. Drop-in when you wish, and stay as long as you like between 11:00 and 13:00.

If you would like to attend please RSVP by May 31st to

In the meantime, you may subscribe to Green Heart Books customer newsletter by emailing Peri Cimen at  Put “Add to newsletter” in the subject line of your email.

You can support the new Bookshop by buying books online from Green Heart Books via their online platform. Details here

For more information on Green Heart Books please visit

[16.04.23] A message from the Birmingham City Council Libraries Team:
The Libraries consultation is now live and will run until the 17th July 2024.
To have your say and be involved in the consultation for Library Services please take part in the online Libraries Consultation Be Heard Survey link HERE
We are also hosting a number of online and in-person sessions. Dates can be found on the Be Heard link above and the BCC Library Consultation page HERE
Paper copies of the Be Heard questionnaire in both standard and large print can be requested from any Birmingham City Council Library.
Your views really matter, so please take the time to be involved.
Kind regards, Libraries Consultation Team
Also of relevance, we understand that there is to be a public meeting about Harborne Library on Wednesday April 24th at 7pm at Harborne Baptist Church. This information comes from Cllr Brookes as part of Save Harborne Library.

[29.03.24] The AJ Bell Half Marathon, organised by the Great Run company, will take place on Sunday 5th May 2024. Go here for their website. Details of road closures and a map of the course are here.

[07.02.24] Birmingham City Council have an online consultation on Road Harm Reduction. The link is here. We invite members an residents to take part in this consultation and maybe also share their views with CRS so that we might make a collective response.

[29.01.24] The University of Birmingham is making changes to its car parking arrangements. From the beginning of April 2024, the daily change for University staff who pay on arrival will be £2.50. For those who choose a monthly permit, the cost will be calculated at 0.75% of gross salary, capped to a maximum of £32 per month.
Other changes include the introduction of charges as weekends, bank holidays and closure days (at a flat day rate) and an increase in visitor parking fees. Blue Badge holders will receive free parking on campus.
The last changes to car parking charges occurred in 2007, when the daily cost increased from 70p to £1. Since then, operating costs for car parking have increased fivefold.
This decision has not been made lightly and follows careful consideration of many factors, including comments from staff and students that we need to discourage use of cars, the need to have a fair offer that is comparable within the sector and region, and listening to other feedback.
The new arrangements are aimed to encourage more sustainable commuting. Staff and student commuting generates 11,343 tCo2e emissions – 59% of which is from solo car journeys – and more than a third of respondents to our 2022 travel survey believed that the University is not doing enough to meet its sustainability goals.
Parking charges income will be ring-fenced to fund the parking operation and to support and enhance the operation of the car parks and for environmental, social, and governance goals.
We understand that people who work in Edgbaston and the surrounding area may choose to park on nearby residential roads. We have been and will continue to work with Birmingham City Council to minimise the impact of overspill parking on to neighbouring roads. The council advises residents to report any illegally parked vehicle with them.
If you have specific queries, please visit the car parking web pages or email
Caroline Durbin
Interim Head of Communications and Engagement
University of Birmingham

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