Confusion over Station Road pedestrian crossing

Confusion surrounds the new padestrian crossing on Station Rd, Erington. This was designed to save padestrians from having to use a very narrow pavement under the railway bridge by Erdington train station. Shopkeepers on the road have said that they believe it has been put in the wrong place by the Conservative run council and will have to be moved.


From Conservative Party leaflet, March 2008

The campaign to secure this padestrian crossing was used in Conservative campaigning material in March of this year so we asked Councillor Robert Alden for comment. To date we have had no comment from Cllr Alden. We will make enquiries to the status of the crossing, but in the meantime ask you to HAVE YOUR SAY on the issue.

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PDSA calls for volunteers

Kingstanding’s branch of PDSA is calling for enthusiastic volunteers to join their organisation and help raise funds for ‘pets in need of vets’.

The Aston and Quinton PDSA PetAid hospitals are run from funds raised by the Hawthorne Rd and other stores across the country. They are staffed by volunteers and Cherida Derby, the store’s manager, would despirately like to hear from people that could volunteer to staff it. If you are interested then you can contact Cherida, at the store, on 0121 382 2556.

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Shopkeeper highlights the impact of High Street road works. Are more businesses effected?

This week Erdington Echo interviewed the manager of Pindy’s Food Store to find out how his business has been effected by the road works on the High Street in Erdington.

We would like to hear from other businesses on the High Street and how the works have effected their business. We would also like to hear about their experience in claiming compensation from Severn Trent.

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Erdington Echo goes to press in November and December

This month, Erdington Echo has published it’s first printed newsletter. Paid for by advertising, we were able to print an issue for Erdington and an issue for Kingstanding. 2000 copies were printed for each. We currently plan to archive them online and will let you know when we do this. We have already secured income to cover the cost of a December copy in Erdington and will let you know when we secure funding for a Kingstanding issue. We warmly thank our voluntary distributors and the kind help from our printers.

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Government funding helps YMCA’s dreams come true in Stockland Green

Government funding from the ‘Places for Change’ programme will help Birmingham YMCA turn the dilapidated building on Reservoir Rd into a facility offering sport, residential accomodation, community facilities and ancillary offices. The government funded award will give the charity 1.5 million pounds towards the new building, which has just been given planning approval.

An artists impression of the proposed new Building


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“Well done Birmingham City Council on a cracking firework display”

Visitors to Pype Hayes park warmly congratulated the efforts of Birmingham City Council on putting together a fine and free display of sound and fireworks that lit up the night sky. Erdington Echo would like to add to the complements of this fine event on a chilly night. We have included a brief clip of the 20 minute spectacular.

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New Erdington Jitsu Club to attend the Atemi Nationals.

Erdington Jitsu has just celebrated it’s first year. It is only a small club but are part of the largest Jui Jitsu organisation in Britain, The Jitsu Foundation which has over a hundred clubs & 3000 members.

First and formost Jitsu is a self-defence. It is a martial art based on the traditional styles of Jiu Jitsu that originated and developed in medieval Japan. The core of the art comprises a system of throws, joint locks and strikes. Based on the principal of using an aggressor’s energy to their own disadvantage, Jitsu skills can be used by men, women and children to counter aggressive situations ranging from unwanted harassment to armed physical assault.

The ages of our Jitsuka range from 5 to 50+.  Jitsu is suited to anyone with a willingness to learn.
Held in November at The International Centre Telford, the Atemi Nationals are at the heart of what we do, beginners can compete in a safe and controlled environment, whilst the Sunday sees a fantastic display of skill by all instructors in the open competition. All Foundation clubs are invited to take part in this 2 day event, with training and instruction from the Foundations most senior teachers., competitions and an exclusive social venue on Saturday evening.As a club, having the opportunity to train and learn from our Senior Sensei’s and meeting up with our friends from around the country is important to us.
 By Stuart Jefferies

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