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Tim Boyes is keen to see a radical shake-up of Birmingham's schools

Radical shake-up of Birmingham's schools

Chairman of Birmingham Education Partnership Tim Boyes says private sector could play a key role in ensuring city's pupils are less divided and polarised

Keith Marsden, landlord of the Prince of Wales, Moseley

Birmingham pubs raise glass to new law that could bring down price of a pint

Pubs Code given final approval in Parliament, giving thousands of community pubs more power to buy beer without restrictions

Damascena on Alcester Road in Moseley

Birmingham's top 10 coffee houses revealed

Damascena Coffee House in Moseley, which only opened last June, is the number one ranked coffee shop in the city on Tripadvisor

BBC in Birmingham

BBC Midlands fair share campaign backed by production industry

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Senior industry figures say the television production sector in Birmingham has been crushed with BBC investment largely focused on all regions but the Midlands

Architect John Madin in front of Central Library

A brutal end for the vision of John Madin

Demolition starts this month to tear down one of Birmingham's most recognisable landmarks. As fans of Central Library bid it a fond farewell, Tamlyn Jones takes a look at the legacy of its controversial architect

Coun Barry Bowles has left the Hall Green Distrist committee at Birmingham City Council as negative headlines continue to plague the authority

Hall Green councillor resigns over 'remote leadership'

Barry Bowles said to be angry at direction of Birmingham City Council as it grapples with brutal cuts to budgets and the Kerslake review

New £40m Birmingham Conservatoire plans set for approval

Planning officers say brick design, previously compared to an Oxo cube, is 'high standard'

Labour MP Tristram Hunt

Government told about extremists in Birmingham schools four years ago, Labour claims

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt told the Commons that ministers had put city pupils at risk

Swanshurst Park where the fish died

Hundreds of fish die at Swanshurt Park as sluice gate is left open

Local householders and fishermen joined RSPCA to mount major rescue operation over several days to save as many fish as possible at Swanshurst Park

Joe Schuppler pictured at The Custard Factory

Independent Birmingham's campaign to boost Brummie businesses

Joe Schuppler tells Mary Griffin how a city-wide loyalty card is giving the city's independent shops, restaurants and bars a boost

Sylvia Chandler

Former Zen owner Sylvia Chandler dies aged 64

Sylvia Chandler was described as a free spirit who advocated drinking her own urine for health reasons

Launch of the Land Rover Discovery Sport was a popular story in September

Review of 2014 - September: Freelander replacement, Newman Brothers nears completion and 'monstrous' house extension

Land Rover unveiled its replacement for the much-loved Freelander in September while readers were left open mouthed at an astonishing house extension in Moseley which left two properties sharing a gutter

Moor Street Station

Review of 2014 - June: Custard Factory owner on Digbeth, facelift for city tunnel and Hidden Spaces photos on display

Nostalgia lovers across the city flocked to the Hidden Spaces exhibition in June while American pop star Kelis marked the latest chapter in the revamp of Selfridges in the Bullring

Veena Bhambra at the i-lite showroom on Soho Hill

Lighting store i-lite opens offering £100,000 chandelier

Giant lighting store i-lite has opened its doors in Soho Hill, Handsworth, offering the premium chandelier for customers with very deep pockets

Moor Green Primary School

Lifeline for Moor Green Primary School after sponsor collapse

Parents at Moor Green Primary School, in Moseley, Birmingham, were angered when the academy was placed into special measures in November

Sabai Torquil and Juree Chidwick, of Sabai Sabai restaurants.

Sabai Sabai restaurant group marks 10 years in business

Sabai Sabai hosted a double celebration marking both the 10th birthday of the restaurant group and Thailand's Loy Krathong festival.

Planners liken new Birmingham Conservatoire to a cheese-grater and Oxo cube

Despite some criticism of the design the council’s planning committee gave their full backing to the £40 million relocation of the music school to Eastside

MP Steve McCabe who has branded an award for the city council a 'complete joke'

City's planning award branded 'complete joke' by Steve McCabe

Birmingham City Council wins Smarter Planning Champion award for swift and efficient handling of applications

Elizabeth Road in Moseley.

Detached home in a Moseley cul-de-sac that is fit for a queen

An impressive property on Elizabeth Road in Moseley which marks a significant period in history, reports Alison Jones

Bishop Latimer Memorial Church in Winson Green

Hunt is on to recruit second Birmingham conservation officer

Move welcomed by Victoria Society after report said more buildings in Birmingham had been added to 'at risk' register by English Heritage

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