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Birchfield is a diverse inner-city neighbourhood located in the Lozells and East Handsworth ward, approximately three miles north of Birmingham city centre. 

The funding for Birchfield was announced in February 2012. Work on the Big Local plan began in earnest in April 2013 and working groups of local residents set up to create action plans around four key themes:

  • Well built Birchfield – making the most of the physical assets of the area.
  • Well run Birchfield – celebrating cultural heritage and strengthening local democracy and participation.
  • Well served Birchfield – enhancing local services for the young, seniors, and disabled residents.
  • Thriving Birchfield – developing the local economy.

We have a dream that Birchfield will become...

A neighbourhood where the diverse community feels empowered, engaged and enabled to address issues such as health, inequality, unemployment and environment. So creating a happy, safe, clean, prosperous and regenerated area in which to live and work.

A place where every citizen has a collective sense of ownership, belonging, pride, respect, creativity and an equal voice. A place where individual talent and skills are nurtured and people want to come and stay.

In this way we will provide a lasting legacy to all people by giving them a new direction that helps break the cycle of poverty through creating a well-served and connected community.

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