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New Birmingham ward boundaries could push Moseley Village out of Moseley

Proposed changes to the political landscape of Birmingham could "rip the heart' out of popular village as residents digest future of the city

Moseley Village, highlighted, will be in Balsall Heath and Cannon Hill ward under boundary proposals(Image: www.lgbce.org.uk)

Moseley Village could find itself no longer in Moseley under new plans to redraw the boundaries of Birmingham City Council's wards.

Under the proposals, the shopping and entertainment area and historic St Mary's Church would come under the newly created Balsall Heath and Cannon Hill ward instead of Moseley and Kings Heath.

A similar fate awaits residents of Erdington as its train station and historic abbey could find themselves in the newly created Short Heath while the Jewellery Quarter looks set to move from Ladywood to Winson Green.

The moves are all part of plans to revamp the political map in Birmingham which also includes 19 fewer city councillors and wards with either one or two representatives instead of the three currently in place in all wards.

Also, local elections would be held once every four years from 2018 instead of the existing system which sees the electorate head to the ballot box in three of every fours years.

The number of wards will increase from 40 to 77 in 2018 and cover smaller areas (see list below).

Moseley residents have reacted with fury at the news, with the Moseley Forum claiming the changes would "rip the heart" out of the area and "cut off" its limbs.

In spring, trendy Moseley was crowned best place to live, beating London suburbs such as Muswell Hill, Mayfair and Blackheath in a national newspaper.

As well as its independent bars and restaurants which act as a magnet for visitors, Moseley was praised by judges for its "village community".

Moseley and Kings Heath Labour councillor Lisa Trickett called the proposed changes "vandalism" and asked on the Local Government Boundary Commission to think again.

"Moseley has got one of the strongest identities of any place in the city. We have been recognised as a destination place," she said.

"When people are talking about investment in Birmingham, Moseley is a place they reference as somewhere they want to live and work.

"The residents produced a neighbourhood plan which is a proper plan stressing how we define Moseley as an area and the Boundary Commission has ignored that.

"My concern is we have ward boundaries residents can recognise and this will not make sense to the residents of Moseley and Kings Heath.

"We are a night time destination and they decided to split the governance of such an important economic hub of the city."

New proposed ward map of Birmingham(Image: Local Government Boundary Commission)

David Isgrove, vice-chairman of the Moseley Forum which represents 17,000 households, said: "The changes are ripping out the heart of Moseley and cutting off its limbs.

"It goes against the whole ethos of the different groups which have been trying to regenerate Moseley and we would be on the edge of a very large ward.

"We found in our experience of the previous boundary change in pre-2001 that being on the edge meant we were often neglected."

Residents are being consulted over the proposed changes until February 8.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the commission's website.

Birmingham City Council's proposed new wards and councillor numbers

1 Acocks Green 2

2 Allens Cross 1

3 Alum Rock 1

4 Aston 2

5 Balsall Heath & Cannon Hill 2

6 Bartley Green 2

7 Billesley 2

8 Birchfield 1

9 Bordesley & Highgate 1

10 Bordesley Green 1

11 Bournbrook & Selly Park 2

12 Bournville & Cotteridge 2

13 Brandwood 1

14 Bromford & Hodge Hill 2

15 Castle Vale 1

16 Edgbaston 2

17 Erdington 1

18 Frankley 1

19 Garrett's Green 1

20 Glebe Farm & Tile Cross 2

21 Hall Green North 1

22 Hall Green South 1

23 Handsworth 1

24 Handsworth Wood 2

25 Harborne 2

26 Hawkesley 1

27 Heartlands 1

28 Highter’s Heath 1

29 Holyhead 1

30 King’s Heath 1

31 King’s Norton 1

32 Kingstanding 2

33 Ladywood 2

34 Lozells 1

35 Monyhull 1

36 Moseley 1

37 Nechells 1

38 Newtown 1

39 Northfield East 1

40 Northfield West 1

41 Oscott 2

42 Perry Beeches 1

43 Perry Common 1

44 Perry Hall 1

45 Pype Hayes 1

46 Quinton 2

47 Rednal & Rubery 1

48 Saltley 1

49 Shard End 1

50 Sheldon 2

51 Short Heath 1

52 Small Heath 2

53 Sparkbrook 2

54 Sparkhill North 1

55 Sparkhill South 1

56 Stechford East 1

57 Stechford West 1

58 Stirchley 1

59 Stockland Green 2

60 Summerfield 2

61 Sutton Boldmere 1

62 Sutton Four Oaks 1

63 Sutton Maney 1

64 Sutton Mere Green 1

65 Sutton Parkside 1

66 Sutton Reddicap 1

67 Sutton Roughley 1

68 Sutton Walmley & Minworth 2

69 Sutton Wylde Green 1

70 Tyburn 1

71 Tyseley 1

72 Ward End 1

73 Weoley 2

74 West Heath 1

75 Winson Green 2

76 Yardley East 1

77 Yardley West 1

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