Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Census 2011

I received an email from Moseley's Census Collector asking if a reminder could be put on the blog for Wake Green Park Resisents.

The deadline for filling in the 2011 Census is 17th March.

You may fill out the paper Census you will have received in the post, or fill it out online.

I chose to fill it out online and it was a really easy process that took about 5 minutes.

Please visit the Government's How to Complete Your Cenus Online page for instructions and further information.

There is also a really informative Frequently Asked Questions Page.

A bit more about the Census 2011

2011 Census: 27 March 2011

Help tomorrow take shape

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods.

The next census will take place on 27 March 2011. ONS will be sending out questionnaires for around 25 million households to complete, asking about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, marital status and so on. The answers will be turned into statistics used to build a picture of today’s society.

Why should this matter to you?

Census population statistics are really important in understanding people’s needs and making sure all communities get the services they need where they live.

It’s simple. If the census can’t see you, the organisations responsible for delivering the services you need won’t be able to see you either. In discovering and understanding communities, the census could make a very real difference to people’s lives. The census needs to include everyone, everywhere – and that’s why everyone has to take part.

What will you need to do?

Just answer a few questions about yourself and the people who share your household with you on census day, 27 March 2011.

Whatever you tell the census will be in strictest confidence and will only be used to produce statistics. ONS will not share your personal information with any other government department.

You’ll be able to do it online. Or by post. But you must do it. If you need help and advice, you will be able to find everything you need online and on the census helpline from 4 March 2011.

The census needs everyone to take part in helping tomorrow take shape – and this will be your chance to make a difference.

For more information, visit

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Beware! Spate of number plate thefts in the area

UPDATE: This has happened to TWO residents of the estates who parked on Belle Walk in the last few days.

Please be aware that there is a rise of number plate thefts in the area. Recently a resident had his number plate tampered with on Belle Walk. According to Kings Heath Police there has been a significant rise in this crime.

Stolen plates are used to fit over or replace an existing plate and are often used in crimes. The criminals use them to evade getting caught when committing a crime such as

•illegal parking
•not paying congestion charges
•driving away from a petrol forecourt without paying
•not paying for parking tickets or speeding fines
•‘disguising’ a stolen vehicle

The Safer Birmingham Partnership has written a guide on how to protect your number plates and your identity. have written a guide on what to do if your plate is stolen and also advise on theft resistant number plates.

There is lots of information in the above guides advising of a number of things you can do to prevent number plate theft.

With parking spaces at a premium on the park, the safest place to store your car would be your garage. Not all cars will fit in the garages, so please park considerately on the estate. For example a motorbike was parked in a car parking space recently.

Just be aware and park as safely as you can and hopefully we can avoid being a victim of this crime.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Our blog is up for an Innovation Award at the Midlands Media Awards 2011

Great news Wake Green Park-ers! Our blog is up a Midlands Media Award alongside other local communities blogs in Birmingham!

The Birmingham Mail supports local blogs like ours and last year set up a Communities page on their website dedicated to hyperlocal websites and in addition the Birmingham Mail prints highlights from the blogs in their newspaper on Tuesday.

We (this blogs and the other community blogs) are up for the Innovation Award. Myself and Dave Harte from the brilliant Bournville Village blog will be attending the award ceremony tonight courtesy of the Birmingham Mail.
Keep your fingers crossed that we win in this category and become an award winning blog! :)


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