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7 February 2020

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council.




Birmingham has earned prestigious Tree Cities of the World Status. The accolade celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests.

The findings of the first phase of an independent review into the city’s waste collection services are set to be endorsed by Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet on 11 February.

Proposals for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium have been approved, marking a major milestone in the preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. In a series of reports to Cabinet on 11 February, Birmingham City Council members will be asked to note overall strong progress in preparing for and delivering the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Government has this week launched its Vehicle Checker for Clean Air Zones. This is the only source you should use to check if your vehicle is compliant with Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone.

On Wednesday, 12 February (9am-6pm) and Saturday, 15 February (10am-4pm) members of the Clean Air Zone team and key public transport providers will be at Banqueting Suite, Council House, Victoria Square, city centre, B1 1BB, for an informal drop-in event that all are welcome to attend.

Birmingham residents, especially families with young children, are being encouraged to ditch sugary drinks and take part in Fizz Free February.

A national campaign aimed at preventing child abuse is being supported by Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Children’s Trust.

Kier Highways has been appointed as the preferred bidder to manage the city’s interim highway services contract, which includes traffic operations, planned and reactive maintenance, inspections and winter servicing.

Did you know that you should test your smoke alarms at least once a month and that you should have smoke alarms on every floor of your home? The Fire Kills campaign promotes fire safety behaviours to adopt around the home.




It’s half-term from 17-21 February, enjoy half-term activities at mac Birmingham; Botanical Gardens; Ikon Gallery; and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and other local museum venues.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is offering the perfect setting for loving couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14 February with a special after-hours dinner.

Lauren Zhang, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 and a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, makes her debut with Orchestra of the Swan in Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto on Wednesday 26 February, at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, at 2.30pm. You can enjoy a 40% discount by using the code: BCC.

The Exhibition of Photography from the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival, which took place throughout the region in the heat of last summer, is on the Main Concourse of New Street Station until 28 February.

The 2020 YONEX All England Badminton Championships is set to attract the world’s best players and fans from across the globe to make Birmingham their home for five days, from 11-15 March.

The 2020 Gymnastics World Cup returns to Arena Birmingham on Saturday 28 March and will showcase some of the best gymnasts in the world.

Entries are now open for the Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Run, on Sunday 31 May. The event is on the same day as the Great Birmingham 10k, which has a new city centre route.




Win tickets to the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, 26 - 29 March 2020

If you’re thinking of extending your home, converting your loft space or bringing your self-build dreams to life, a visit to The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is a must. Come away inspired, confident and motivated with exclusive show content. 

The shows will give you access to 500+ exhibitors; 18 daily seminars; 50 masterclasses; Advice Centre – where you can enjoy free impartial one-to-one advice with housing experts. Plus lots more. 

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, just answer this question:

Q: How many masterclasses are set to take place at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show?

A. 50   B. 10   C. 25

Send your answer and contact telephone number to by 23 February 2020. Put Home in the subject field.

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Climate Emergency Citizen Survey

We are engaging with Birmingham people to find out more about your awareness and understanding of climate change. We also want to understand what barriers you face and what can be done differently to ensure everyone can make positive changes to help tackle climate change. Help us to make positive changes and take part in our short survey.