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20ft lamp-post installed hidden in a tree in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council highways contractor installed the lamp post
Birmingham City Council highways contractor installed the lamp post Credit: BPM Media

Residents in Birmingham suburb have been left confused after a lamp - post was installed hidden in a large conifer.

The lamp-post in Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield does not emit any light on to the street corner as it is covered by the large tree leaving residents walking in the dark.

The 20ft post is hidden within a conifer
The 20ft post is hidden within a conifer Credit: BPM Media

The lamp was installed by highway contractor Amey who have been brought in by Birmingham City Council to upgrade the cities street lamps. Old fashioned and expensive fluorescent lights have been replaced by energy-efficient LED models.

Amey are now talking to the homeowner to trim the hedge back but local councillor Rob Pocock said the contractor should have removed the foliage first.

Amey will have replaced or upgraded 41,000 of Birmingham's 95,000 street lights by next year. The council will save £3 million a year from the council's electricity bill as the new lamps can be remotely dimmed and do not have to be changed as often.

Commissioner for children's services in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council says more children in the city are being abused than they know about.

Officials said that for a city of its size and with its levels of deprivation and poverty, they would expect Birmingham to have more cases of child abuse.

Today a new commissioner has been appointed to help the authority improve. The council has been criticised heavily in the past for failing to protect children.

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Find out more about adoption in the West Midlands

Birmingham City Council says it's currently at crisis point with the number of children needing adoption. Credit: PA

Birmingham City Council says it's currently at crisis point with the number of children needing adoption.

In Birmingham over 177 children are waiting for a home and family.

That's compared to:

Wolverhampton: 90

Worcestershire: 55.

Leicester: 40

More people are eligible to adopt than you might think:

Anyone over the age of 21

Single parents, unmarried and married couples, whether the same sex or opposite sex

People with good enough health to provide a loving home for a child - there is no age limit

Employed or unemployed, in rented or own accommodation

Any religious background is acceptable.

Adoption website: www.adoptionbirmingham.co.uk.

Birmingham adoption and fostering information line: 0121 303 7575

Bus lane fines: thousands of drivers may get refunds

Thousands of motorists fined for going through bus lanes in Birmingham city centre may get their money back.

Birmingham city council has accepted it should have done more to make warning signs about bus lanes more visible to drivers. At a meeting today the council pledged to put up extra signs and says it will look again at the cases of many people already caught using the lanes.

Of 100,000 fines issued since 10 new cameras were erected across the city centre last September, 18,000 are under review. Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council has spoken to ITV Central:

If you think you may be due a refund, click here to find out how to challenge a parking fine.

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Birmingham could lose 53 CCTV cameras

53 surveillance cameras could be scrapped Credit: PA

A review of Birmingham’s fixed-camera CCTV network is underway. It's proposed that 53 cameras will be decommissioned from the 276-camera network.

Currently the cameras cost Birmingham City Council £966,000 annually. The proposed changes would reduce that to £780,500 from 2014/15 onwards.

The council has concluded 53 could be decommissioned with limited impact upon the integrity of the overall scheme. The details of those cameras will be made public in the upcoming Cabinet report, due for publication early next month.

Cllr James McKay said: “CCTV cameras are a vital tool, helping councils and the police to fight crime.

“The Government has raised the bar over when and where CCTV can be used, so we have got to take that into account when reviewing our network of cameras.

"Also, taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for cameras that don’t help in the fight against crime."

Birmingham City Council job losses 'a further blow'

The GMB union has criticised Birmingham City Council's announcement confirming 1,000 jobs will be cut in the next year.

This is a further blow to Birmingham City Council workers. The services across Birmingham are already stretched and our members are already over-worked.

To find more cuts across Birmingham and local services is very upsetting as our members are already uncertain about their jobs. We will expect a Labour council to look at alternatives and to mitigate the worst aspects of these cuts.

– Gillian Whittaker, GMB

The council says a cumulative total of £822m will need to be saved between 2010-2018 due to central government cuts.

Birmingham City Council confirms 1,000 job cuts

Birmingham City Council says it will have made £822m of cuts during 2010-2018
Birmingham City Council says it will have made £822m of cuts during 2010-2018 Credit: PA Wire

A further 1,000 jobs are to go in the next year at Birmingham City Council, it has been confirmed.

The council says a cumulative total of £822m will need to be saved between 2010-2018 due to central government cuts.

Another £85.7m of budget cuts will be made in 2014-15 in addition to £375m already made between 2010 and 2014.

The council estimates cuts of more than £200m for the following year.

Nearly a third of staff from 2010 have already been made redundant.

Leader Sir Albert Bore says the council will have to reduce spending per household by £147.42 compared to a national average of £45.32 - based on next year's figures.

But it said £9.2m will be invested in children's safeguarding.

In December the council announced a consultation period where it revealed the job cuts which have now been confirmed.

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