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Should Moseley Village stay in Moseley?

The promised fightback has begun against controversial proposals to take Moseley villageout of Moseley.

A public meeting will be held to protest against Boundary Commission draft recommendations which would place the vibrant village, Moseley Park, St Mary’s Church and a number of prestigious roads under the newly created Balsall Heath and Cannon Hill Ward.

There was widespread uproar when the news were announced in November with theMoseley Forum claiming the changes would “rip the heart” out of the area and “cut off” its limbs.

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

The meeting, which will be attended by political parties, representatives of businesses, local groups and residents, will be held in the main hall at Queensbridge School, Moseley, from 10.30am to 12pm, on January 16.

David Isgrove, vice chair of Moseley Forum said: “There’s disbelief that the Boundary Commission would do this. There is shock and people are incensed because we’ve been through this before.

“From 1979 to 2001, when we were split, we found it so difficult to get Moseley treated as a whole, there’s a feeling of ‘oh no, not again.’”

Mr Isgrove said the support the forum had received from the public had been tremendous.

He added: “It’s all been unanimous in saying not to the Boundary Commission proposals because they are ignoring the second point of the criteria which says wards should reflect the interests and identities of the communities.”

Mr Isgrove said they will take a vote at the meeting which he hopes “will prove to the Boundary Commission that we are a single community that does not want to be split.”

Protestors are also invited to send their concerns to the Boundary Commission by February 8.

Draft plans have been drawn up for 77 new Birmingham City Council wards to be introduced at the 2018 local election.

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