Bulky Items Collections Suspended
Bulky waste collections have been suspended with the exception of Fridges, Freezers, Washing Machines and Asbestos. These collections are continuing because of Health and Safety concerns. No appointments are being taken for any other goods to enable Birmingham City Council to catch up on refuse and recycling services affected by the recent bad weather and industrial action. Please be aware that bulky waste can be disposed of at local Household Recycling Centres.

Urban Living are organising a funding fair to help third sector organisations find funding in these difficult times. It is to be held on Wednesday 2nd February at Aston Villa Football Club and is FREE with lunch included but you will need to register in advance.

Stop Press: Birchfield Tower Is Coming Down
At the Birchfield Estate Resident Regeneration Group (BERRG) meeting held on Tuesday 14th December 2010 at Livingstone House it was announced by the Housing Department that demolition of Birchfield Tower would commence on Monday 10th January 2011. I know that many residents living near by will be breathing a sigh of relief! I’ll keep you informed of developments as they occur.

FREE EVENT for Birchfield Residents to be held on Thursday 10th March 2011 at the Royal Banqueting Suite, 271 Birchfield Road from 4.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. There will be plenty of fun activities for adults and children including: face painting, Mehndi, Smmothie Maker, Food and entertainment from local artists.

FREE MUSIC COURSE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
This is for young people aged 12+ who want to learn DJ skills, music production, podcasting, filming and other skills using music with media technology. It’s a five week course on Saturdays from 12 midday to 3.00 p.m. at the CMAT Centre, 16 Grosvenor Road, Handsworth, B20 3NP. It is FREE but you have to commit to every week. Come along on Saturday 26th February to find out more and enrol. For further details contact 07971 800 311.

For many years Livingstone Road Allotments had been blighted with a fly – tipping hot spot which always had a varierty of dumped items including household waste, old baths, toilets and more dangerously asbestos. The allotments has a public right of way running through the centre of it and rather than making use of Birmingham City Council’s Bulky household items collections service or taking items to the nearest waste collection depot unknown persons would make the effort to go and dump their unwanted items at Livingstone Road Allotments.