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Birmingham's transport vision: A38 tunnels future questioned

The future of the A38 tunnels, closed for much of the summer, is to be debated Credit: ITV News Central

The future of the A38 tunnels which run through Birmingham city centre is to be debated, the city council's transport vision for the city says.

The council's 110 page consultation document into the future of Birmingham's transport says the long term future of the A38 will be openly debated in order to improve movement around the city centre.

The Queensway Tunnels were closed for six weeks this summer for highway maintenance.

Read: Solar powered buses could be brought to Birmingham.

Birmingham's 25-year transport vision unveiled

A 25-year vision for Birmingham's transport system has been unveiled by the city council which will include a network of electric and solar-powered buses.

Birmingham's new Mobility Action Plan, a 110 page document released by council leader Sir Albert Bore, will also include a London-style tube map as well as a smart card system similar to the Oyster card in London.

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Council setting out vision for future transport needs

Birmingham Council House Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Birmingham City Council is setting out its 25-year vision for the city's future transport needs.

It says an action plan is needed to map out future investment and infrastructure. Three million journeys are made around the city every day.

Plans for 51,000 homes near Birmingham

There are plans to build tens of thousands of homes outside Birmingham. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Plans to build over 51 thousand homes will be discussed by Birmingham City Council on the 21st October.

The Birmingham Development Plan includes proposals for how and where new homes, jobs, services will be created in and around the city.

An additional 51,100 new homes are planned for mostly Brown Field land, though 6,000 of these will form a housing development extending into the Green Belt west of the A38 by Walmley and Falcon Lodge.

The report will also look in to how the city will need to provide additional jobs for the new residents as well as focussing on transport plans.

The deputy leader of Birmingham City Council Ian Ward said: “Our expanding population means that we need to provide around 80,000 new homes by 2031 and our urban area does not have enough space. If we don’t explore other options we will have a shortfall of 30,000 homes.

Mother wins move from 'danger' flat

A mother-of-four has won a move from her ninth-floor council flat in Birmingham after claiming her children were at risk of falling to their deaths.

Birmingham City Council (BCC) agreed to move Fartuuna Warsame's family from Thames Tower in Nechells before her case could reach court.

It is thought that by settling the matter outside court, the council has sought to avoid setting a legal precedent for other families in a similar situation.

It was OK when we moved to the flat about seven years ago - we had only one child and it was fine.

But when the children grow it is getting dangerous because the locks are not safe as the children can open (it with) one finger - it is not safe.

– Ms Warsame speaking to ITV's Daybreak

Though the family were given the right to be moved in this case, no admissions were made as to the merits of the appeal and the appeal was dismissed.

– A BCC spokesman

Council doubles number of top earners

The Tax Payers' Alliance has published a Town Hall Rich List, detailing which councils have the highest earners.

The report claims Birmingham City Council has doubled the number of staff who earn more than £100,000 per year in 2011-12. This increase from 12 to 24 is the biggest of any local authority.

Birmingham City Council is one of the councils hardest hit by the Government cuts and has announced 102 million pounds worth of savings. They have issued a statement.

“The figure includes eight schools staff in an organisation which employees over 40,000. Pay packages can include redundancy payments, therefore figures being reported do not always relate to basic pay."

“One-off redundancy payments continue to be anticipated in the coming years, as the council reduces its staffing levels as part of the effort to make savings required as part of reduced funding due to government cuts.”

– Birmingham City Council spokesperson

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Spotlight on facilities of Library of Birmingham

Carillion Operations Director Simon Dingle, Terry Perkins, Birmingham City Council Leader Sir Albert Bore and Brian Gambles (left to right). Credit: Four Colman Getty

Members of Library of Birmingham staff, council representatives and Carillion employees gathered in the dramatic rotunda which will house the five-storey book wall.

The rotunda, at the very heart of the library, features a series of cantilevered circular balconies each providing access to a different part of the shelves that comprise the book wall.

Escalators zigzag across the space, providing stunning views throughout the library and access for all to over 400,000 books, more than double the amount currently on show at Central Library.

The Hobbit: First book on Library of Birmingham shelves

Sir Albert Bore places The Hobbit on the shelves of the Library of Birmingham. Credit: Four Colman Getty.

The Hobbit has become the first book to be placed on the shelves of the Library of Birmingham.

The book, J.R.R. Tolkien’s much-loved 1937 children’s fantasy tale, was placed on the shelf by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, to mark the imminent handover of the building by Carillion, the Library of Birmingham’s construction partner, to Birmingham City Council.

£189m Library of Birmingham handed to council

An artists impression of the 'Book Wall' Credit: Mecanoo Architects

The new Library of Birmingham will be officially handed over from the builders to the council today.

Leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore will place the first book inside the £190 million building.

It's going to be Birmingham author JRR Tolkein's The Hobbit. The library will open to the public in September.

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