In the week that Cabinet released a 113 page report about the health of the city...

18 May 2024
Acocks Green Recreational Ground

Birmingham Labour have once again demonstrated that their Leadership of the council is out of touch with daily operations.

This week, the council’s Director of Health presented a 113-page Public Health Annual Report. The comprehensive report warned that the city’s health was deteriorating with cardiovascular and obesity related diseases on the rise.

Unsurprisingly, the need to improve activity levels was raised as key to improving the city’s health.

Within the same week, the Recreation Ground in Acocks Green remains unusable as a sports facility because the grass has not been mown in over a month. Clumps of grass are now so high, that team-based sports such as football cannot be played.

Councillor Harmer said: “It’s deeply frustrating, because local people have not been able to use the grounds in the good weather. I’ve raised this with the parks department, and they have promised to cut it next week.

However, even if it gets cut soon, with “cut and drop” now standard practice, the field will be covered in hay for weeks after it’s mown. This means that even if it is cut next week, it won’t be usable for the busy half term week”.

“This is the place where people take daily exercise and it’s unusable, yet Cabinet know that the answer to this is providing green spaces.”

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