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    The future of Royal Sutton Coldfield: a unique chance to get a town council Residents of Sutton Coldfield have been given a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to ensure that decisions affecting Sutton Coldfield are made much more locally. Ballot papers for the vote on a new town council need to be returned by…

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    Nick Corbett considers what can be learned from the approach taken by renowned architect and designer Augustus Pugin more than 150 years ago. The Gothic Revival architect and designer, Augustus Pugin (1812-52), established Gothic as the national architectural style; he built the Palace of Westminster, completed over one hundred ecclesiastical…

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    1 Coleshill Street in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield is a fine brick town house dating from the early eighteenth century. It is around 300 years old and it has a story to tell.

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    On Thursday, 12 June 2014, the Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP, Minister of State, confirmed in the House of Commons on behalf of the Government that the people of Sutton Coldfield can make use of the title, the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, and this will be recorded for posterity…

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    Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, wished to marry Queen Elizabeth I and he devised a cunning strategy to woo her.

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    Sir Bob Kerslake, the government permanent secretary, has completed his independent review of the performance of Birmingham City Council. The review was commissioned by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State responsible for local government, and Sir Albert Bore, the Leader of Birmingham City Council, following the council’s failings in relation…

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    Tens of millions of pounds are being invested in Coventry’s city centre public realm, including construction of a new pedestrian space and boulevard over the concrete collar of the ring road, to reconnect the railway station with the city centre. Why is this so important? Just as our bodies need…

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    Effective leadership is more important to the economic and social well being of cities than ever before, and design-led leadership is one factor that explains why some cities adapt to and exploit changing circumstances whilst others do not. Birmingham is facing a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to get the governance structures it needs to be…

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    What criteria mark ‘places’ from ‘spaces’? Is it possible to recreate these criteria, or are they purely the result of continued habitation? One of the many definitions of ‘place’ in the Oxford English Dictionary, is: ‘A particular spot or area inhabited or frequented by people; a city, a town, a…

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    It is timely that a conference is being held at the Birmingham Business School today and tomorrow entitled, ‘Leadership in Urban and Regional Development: Debates and New Directions’. Academics have identified that effective leadership is more important to the economic and social well-being of places than ever before, and effective…

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    Alton Towers may again cherish the spiritual dream of John Talbot, the Sixteenth Earl of Shrewsbury and his architect Augustus Pugin.

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    The architect of the Library of Birmingham, Francine Houben, has flown in from her office in Delft, Netherlands, to meet Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who will be unveiling a plaque in the new building. She wants to be sure everything is ship-shape. Before Prince William unveils the plaque there…

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    We are celebrating 10 years of shopping in Bullring!

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    Open in front of us is a book called 1001 Wonderful Things (edited by Walter Hutchinson, Hutchinson & Co, London, 1935). My friend, author Bill Dixon, tells me that back in 1944, when he was ten years old, his father gave him a copy of this book and it was…

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    Crossing from the tiny ports of Uig on the Isle of Skye to Lochmaddy in North Uist is an adventure with a Force 8 Gale blowing in from the North Atlantic.

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    Join us at the Transforming Cities book stall, with author signing, part of the Streetly Village Christmas Market, on Sunday 1st December 2013, 11 am – 4 pm.  It will be a fun day for all the family with a Christmas market, fair ground rides, Father Christmas, choir, and so much…