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Local news
New dental hospital set to open to the public at the end of March 

17 Mar 16

The first patients are due to be welcomed to the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry on Thursday, 31 March.


News
New Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry set to… 

16 Mar 16

New Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry set to open on 31st March.


FixMyStreet
Massive pot-holes!, 16th March 

16 Mar 16

There are numerous large pot-holes, the road surface is wearing away, kerb stones are loose road markings extremely worn.


FixMyStreet
Dumping of rubbish and building materials, 15th March 

15 Mar 16

Rubbish dumped on City Road part of corner section and Building Materials dumped on Ravenshaw Road of corner area.


Business
Asian professionals celebrated at Signature Awards 

13 Mar 16

THE Signature Awards celebrated the strength of Asian professionals within the region in front of a capacity audience at Edgbaston Stadium.


Business
University of Birmingham to open new hotel and conference centre 

11 Mar 16

New plans to expand facilities for weddings and conferences on Edgbaston campus as part of wider 300m overhaul…


Business
DAC Beachcroft relocates to Tricorn House, Edgbaston 

10 Mar 16

Law firm DAC Beachcroft is relocating its Birmingham office to Tricorn House in Edgbaston.


Business
Law firm to move its 375 staff to Edgbaston 

10 Mar 16

LAW firm DAC Beachcroft is moving its 375 staff half-a-mile down Birmingham\’s Broad Street to Edgbaston.


Local news
Man charged with two attempted murders following attack at Don… 

10 Mar 16

A MAN has been charged with two attempted murders after an incident at a Sutton Coldfield restaurant.


Business
17th March Morning Meet, MUST ATTEND 

10 Mar 16

The National Apprenticeship Service is hosting a high profile ‘free to attend’ breakfast conference,
aimed at medium and large employers, during National Apprenticeship Week, at Edgbaston Stadium
on Thursday 17th March, 7.30 – 11am.


Sport
Edgbaston Hailed For Having Best Atmosphere 

10 Mar 16

Print editor, Harry Wilkinson, reports on the atmosphere at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and previews some of the fixtures taking place this year.


News
Birmingham MP Gisela Stuart ‘to head up Vote Leave’ 

9 Mar 16

Edgbaston Labour MP Ms Stuart has become one of the most prominent advocates of a departure from the European Union in recent weeks…


Event
​Newly-formed Culture Central Birmingham, announces the appointment of its first Director 

9 Mar 16

Gary Topp, an experienced CEO and leader in the cultural and not-for-profit sectors.


Local news
‘Permanent’ closure of Sutton Coldfield’s Don Diego restaurant… 

9 Mar 16

A TROUBLED restaurant in Sutton Coldfield which was the scene of a suspected assault involving a baseball bat has ‘closed permanently’.


FixMyStreet
Public Rubbish bin not been emptied in approx a year, 9th March 

9 Mar 16

The rubbish bin next to the disabled parking places at the bottom of the car park behind the Ruby Chinese Take away on the Harborne High Street has not been emptied since before Christmas.


Blog comment
The Times lauds Birmingham 

9 Mar 16

Ruth Bloomfield in the Times gives the following grounds for optimism: A report by Knight Frank states that it has more start-ups than any other regional city in Britain, and attracts more foreign direct investment projects than any other English …


Blog feature
Colour and Fragrance in March 

8 Mar 16

If you’re lucky enough to be walking past the sarcoccoca (pictured above) when the sun is out, the sweet smell is so welcome when outdoor fragrance is few and far between.


Blog feature
Peat Free Compost 

8 Mar 16

Care Compost:  SOIL IMPROVER and MULCH Martineau Gardens sells Care Compost.


Business
20 names make the Signature Awards’ shortlist 

7 Mar 16

THE shortlist for the second Signature Awards has been announced.


FixMyStreet
Pedestrian Crossing Fault, 4th March 

4 Mar 16

On Hagley Road West, near White Road, there is a green light not working on the traffic light with Asset ID 2.


Local news
Maypole man who rammed a police car is jailed for possession of a gun 

3 Mar 16

Two men who rammed a police car and were later found to have a handgun and Class A drugs in their car have been jailed.


Business
New Bears boss has held talks about renaming Edgbaston cricket ground 

3 Mar 16

Chief executive Neil Snowball revealed several parties had expressed an interest in naming rights…


999
Pair jailed for possession of gun and drugs 

3 Mar 16

Two men who rammed a police car and were later found to have a handgun and Class A drugs in their car have been jailed.


Business
Birmingham university plans major expansion 

1 Mar 16

A BIRMINGHAM university has submitted major plans for the redevelopment of its campus as it looks to accommodate hundreds of additional students.


FixMyStreet
Potholes, 29th February 

29 Feb 16

There a number of potholes appearing in the road on Woodridge Avenue which need to be repaired.


FixMyStreet
Number of potholes, 29th February 

29 Feb 16

There are a number of potholes and ridges developing in the road which need to be repaired.


FixMyStreet
More than 3, 27th February 

27 Feb 16

Bus Route – Road surface needs severe attention Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 36 Faraday Avenue, Quinton Report on FixMyStreet…


News
West Bromwich man charged over handbag theft 

27 Feb 16

A West Bromwich man is appearing at court today accused of trying to snatch a woman’s handbag from Harborne High Street.


999
Man charged over attempted robbery of woman’s handbag 

27 Feb 16

A man is appearing at court today accused of trying to snatch a woman’s handbag from Harborne High Street.


Event
Trainspotting Theatre Production – performed on 20th anniversary year as part of mac in the city 

26 Feb 16

This punchy production recaptures the passion and the controversy of the famous novel by Irvine Welsh from 23 Mar – 2 Apr.


FixMyStreet
Dirty Tourist Sign for botanical gardens, 25th February 

25 Feb 16

Dirty Tourist Sign for botanical gardens, becoming unreadable for visitors Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 80 Harborne Road, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet…


Blog arts
Linguistics 2.0 

25 Feb 16

I came across this plaque as I wondered over to Westmere House – a relatively quiet corner of Edgbaston Campus.


News
Three people charged in connection with the murder of Tanveer… 

24 Feb 16

Three people charged in connection with the murder of Tanveer Iqbal.


News
The area between City Hospital and Edgbaston Reservoir set to… 

22 Feb 16

The area between City Hospital and Edgbaston Reservoir set to undergo a major transformation.


Council
Greater Icknield transformation vision 

22 Feb 16

A vision for the sustainable transformation of the area between the City Hospital and Edgbaston Reservoir has been approved.


Blog feature
Kings Head Pub Quiz

22 Feb 16

7:30pm on Sunday 28th of February 3.00 entry per person! A quiz like no other, its impossible to cheat and you can play directly from your smart-phone! (Dont worry, its not as complicated as it sounds!) Fantastic prizes for the winning team and there’…


Local news
Bartley Green ‘gun fanatic’ jailed after shooting neighbour in dispute 

19 Feb 16

A 62 year old ‘gun fanatic’ from Bartley Green has been jailed for 16 years, for wounding and gun offences, after shooting a neighbour… more…


FixMyStreet
Rubbish and debris dumped in alleyway between flat, 18th February 

18 Feb 16

Rubbish dumped in alleyway between flats next to 439 Hagley Road West.


FixMyStreet
Flooding and poor drainage along Hagley Road between Harborne and Five Ways, Birmingham, 18th February 

18 Feb 16

Whenever there is heavy rain, water collects in deep puddles throughout the Birmingham section of the Hagley Road.


News
Wolverhampton man jailed for fatal knife attack 

18 Feb 16

A man who stabbed an ex-soldier to death when a drug-fuelled house party turned violent has been jailed for 12 years.


FixMyStreet
Pothole, 17th February 

17 Feb 16

There is a large pothole in the middle of the road on the roundabout on Worlds End Lane, at the end of Faraday Avenue.


Rugby
St Quinton completes Gloucester buyout 

15 Feb 16

Martin St Quinton becomes sole owner of Premiership club Gloucester after buying the Walkinshaw family’s share.


Blog feature
Friday Photo- Moorpool Estate Bowling Green 

13 Feb 16

Today’s Friday photo is of Moorpool Estate, in Harborne, but more specifically of the wonderful bowling green, one of the estate’s many green spaces.


FixMyStreet
Deep pothole on outside lane, 12th February 

12 Feb 16

Deep pothole which is difficult to see and avoid, could cause serious damage to cars travelling on this road.


FixMyStreet
Multiple potholes on outside lane towards m5 j3, 12th February 

12 Feb 16

Multiple potholes on outside lane towards m5 j3.


Business
Redrow faces more rejection over controversial housing estate 

12 Feb 16

Plans for disused playing fields in Harborne set to hit the buffers again after housebuilder told proposals are ‘unacceptable’ due to loss of recreational space…


Local news
Bomb hoax arrest 

11 Feb 16

A 20 year-old man will appear in court charged with making a hoax bomb threat to a college.


News
Man charged in connection with a hoax bomb threat made to a… 

11 Feb 16

Man charged in connection with a hoax bomb threat made to a college in Sandwell.


999
Student to appear before court accused of copycat college bomb hoax 

11 Feb 16

Police have charged a man in connection with a hoax bomb threat made to a college in Sandwell.


Blog comment
Why developers should be made to provide more off-street car parking spaces 

10 Feb 16

Residents in Edgbaston, Selly Oak and other neighbourhood see their streets blocked as a result of poor planning policies…


Business
Handelsbanken enjoys 11% rise in lending to UK customers 

10 Feb 16

BANKING group Handelsbanken, which recently opened a branch in Birmingham\’s Edgbaston, has reported a strong set of annual results for its UK operation.


Local news
Woman charged with car-boot murder 

10 Feb 16

A woman has been charged with the murder of music shop owner Tanveer Iqbal who was found in a car boot in Edgbaston.


999
Woman charged with murder of music shop owner 

10 Feb 16

A woman has been charged with the murder of music shop owner Tanveer Iqbal who was found in a car boot in Edgbaston.


Cricket
De Kock and Amla humble England 

9 Feb 16

Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla hit centuries to help South Africa beat England by seven wickets in the third ODI.


News
Two people arrested after a man’s body was found in the boot of… 

9 Feb 16

Two people arrested after a man’s body was found in the boot of a car in Edgbaston.


Local news
Car boot murder: two arrests 

9 Feb 16

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of 33 year-old music shop owner Tanveer Iqbal, whose body was found in the boot of his car in Portland Road, Edgbaston on 1st February.


FixMyStreet
No street lighting, 8th February 

8 Feb 16

No street lighting at all on High St, Smethwick on the stretch between Corbett St and Edgbaston Road.


Local news
Seven more bomb-threats to schools 

8 Feb 16

Seven schools across the region, including three in Birmingham, have been targeted by bomb hoaxers this morning (Monday 8 February).


News
Schools across Birmingham and the Black Country targeted by bomb… 

8 Feb 16

Schools across Birmingham and the Black Country targeted by bomb hoaxes.


FixMyStreet
Flooding, 8th February 

8 Feb 16

In heavy rain the road at this locations floods quite heavily causing a sigificant hazard.