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Cash-strapped council makes plans to sell-off parts of NEC Group

Inside the NEC during Autosport International. Credit: Associated Press

Birmingham City Council have announced they will be reviewing their ownership of buildings within the NEC Group, including the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the National Indoor Arena (NIA) and the LG arena, in a bid to ease budget challenges.

NEC from above Credit: Associated Press

The LG Arena alone boasts a capacity of up to 14,000 people. But after a review of their commercial holdings, the council may still decide to sell the venues to private buyers.

The council has disposed of assets to the value of £76m over the past two years consisting mostly of excess land and office accommodation.

Inside Birmingham's Symphony Hall, also owned by the council Credit: Associated Press


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.


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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