A vote to decide whether or not Balsall Heath will have an elected Neighbourhood Council is set to go ahead in November. John Newson explains more.
Good news. The city’s Community Governance Review in May drew an 80% positive response to the proposal for a Neighbourhood Council, belonging to local residents, to co-ordinate improvements, and following the end of the Balsall Heath Forum. . It will be a permanent structure, independent of the City Council and additional to it, having its own funding.
Electors will receive an envelope with a ballot paper in November from the Elections Office, and if a majority of those voting can support it, in 2023 a Neighbourhood Council will be set up. There are 10,000 such ‘lower tier’ authorities for towns and communities across England. National Association of Local Councils (nalc.gov.uk)
The local Steering Group asks;-
- If you can, please spread this news such as email newsletter or social media,
- Suggest any groups which may like a speaker,
- Finally, any help with leafletting door to door during October, would be welcome.
John Newson for BHNC Steering Group email@example.com
A map of Balsall Heath with the boundary area for the Neighbourhood Council outlined in red.
On the western edge the boundary line follows Pershore Rd North of Edgbaston Cricket Ground to the ring road roundabout.
The Northern edge heads East as far as Stoney Lane.
The Eastern edge goes South on Stoney Lane to Taunton Road
The Southern edge goes South round BH Park and then follows Newport Rd, Brighton Rd, Alcester Rd, Edgbaston Rd and round the Eastern and Northern edge of the cricket ground and back to the Pershore Rd.