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House music arrived on a weekly basis at Balsall Radio on Friday 16th March 2018 to considerable acclaim as the versatile Adam James launched his new live show.
Adam’s debut show – which runs every Friday from 8 pm – pulled in listeners from all over the West Midlands and wider-world with shout-outs to listeners from as far afield as Toronto and Holland.
The show aims to showcase various styles, including deep, soulful and funky house and become a regular port-of-call for house music listeners old and new:
“I want to create a community among our listeners,” explains Adam of his ambitions for the show.
“And for it to become a weekly event that people don’t want to miss.”
To join in with Adam’s Moving House Show and get your weekend off to a flying start email your shout-outs and dedications to email@example.com
Email your shouts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday’s from 8 pm. The Moving House Radio Show, LIVE on @balsall_radio. Be part of the show by sending your shouts to email@example.com and get your weekend started in style! pic.twitter.com/OOzAh5U1zl
— Adam Joyce (@AdamJamesJoyce) March 23, 2018
Balsall Common teenager Mikey Akers earned the Pride of Birmingham’s Stephen Sutton Award in recognition of the inspiring work he does raising awareness for verbal dyspraxia, a little known neurological speech disorder, with which he was diagnosed when he was 2-years-old.
The neurological condition and the challenges it presents are wide-ranging. In Mikey’s case, this was a condition which left an otherwise intelligent boy feeling isolated at school due to the immense difficulty the condition caused learning to verbalise his thoughts.
The catalyst for Mikey becoming an inspiration to others dates back to the time he penned a poem, ‘I Am the Boy’, which underlined to his family how he really felt about his condition. It became the inspiration for Mikey’s Wish, a charitable project that raises awareness for the condition and funds for related causes:
I am the boy who has so much to say
I am the boy who says it my way
Not always proper, not always right
With my brain I must put up a fight
The words don’t come easy, they hide away
When I find them some sounds go astray
It’s not ‘cos I’m stupid, it’s ‘cos I am me
I am the boy with Verbal Dyspraxia, you see
I have one desire, I have one wish
And that is that there was more awareness of this!
Learn more about Mikey’s story and his Stephen Sutton Inspiration Award at the Birmingham Mail:
The spectre of a new town-sized development “around Balsall Common” looms as Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council considers the content of the Greater Birmingham Strategic Housing survey final report.
The report highlights the settlement as one of four potential locations for major housing development to tackle the national housing crisis and now also sits against the backdrop of National Government’s aggressive new plans to solve the housing crisis.
Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has spoken belligerently about local Planning Authorities failing to keep up with demand:
“At the moment there is nothing in the system that checks to see they are actually delivering. There’s no comeback or sanction and that is going to change.”
Javid told The Guardian newspaper:
“We have a housing crisis in this country. We need a housing revolution. The new rules will no longer allow ‘nimby’ councils that don’t really want to build the homes that their local community needs to fudge the numbers.”
“This area is free from nationally significant constraints.”
It’s a description which suggests there is a strong chance of major development. With National Government’s aggressive new stance on housing policy this will undoubtedly pile pressure on Solihull Council in terms of accommodating the proposals.
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In a report which mentions Balsall Common more than 20 times, here are a selection of notes from the Greater Birmingham Strategic Growth Study:
Campaigners against proposals to develop land opposite Berkswell Windmill say it could threaten its’ future as a working mill:
“Dense building in the vicinity of the Mill will interfere with the wind flow and the sails will not turn.” explained Jeanette on behalf of campaigners.
“Further, the Mill is a local, regional and national heritage asset and should not be surrounded by dense housing. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) would be contravened as such building would cause harm to a heritage asset.”
Solihull Council’s Consultation on development on Brownfield Sites concludes on Wednesday 14th February 2018 and campaigners are hopeful that residents will air their views.
In an appeal to local residents a spokesperson for the campaign says:
“Please help to save the Berkswell Windmill and stop 230 flats and houses being built in the fields opposite the Mill.”
Campaigners have compiled a list of their suggested answers to specific questions on the survey which they feel could help protect the future of the Mill as follows:
Q1 – No. Object to inclusion of BLR/018
Q2 – Yes. BLR/018 does not comply with the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2017 (Brownfield Land Register) in terms of “Suitability”. Regulation 4 requires that regard be given to “any adverse impact on the local built environment, including in particular on heritage assets”.
The grade 2* Berkswell Windmill, directly opposite Windmill House, has not been considered by SMBC in making this assessment. Development of this PDL site will cause harm to the setting, and indeed operation of this unique designated heritage asset, acknowledged by SMBC officers as “the best tower mill in the West Midlands”. This contravenes NPPF para. 132
Q3 – No
Q4 – No
They say they would be grateful to any residents that would be complete the Council’s Survey by clicking the following link:
Follow the Berkswell Windmill campaign online: