The community website for local news, discussion and information
You've been asking for improvements to the B14 community website - so here it is. By popular demand.
B14 Kings Heath follows on from the successful, award-winning AboutMyArea/B14- which has been serving the area as a community website for five years.
This new site will still deliver a rich supply of local news and information, while providing many more opportunities for you to get involved with the local community online. Existing contributors will find it far easier to add their own content - and we hope many more people will get involved too. There are places to post your own photos, start or join in discussions, invite friends and form groups.
The navigation tabs are across the top of each page. Here's what they do...
Local news and blogs
This is where the editorial team will add local news items and other updates. You can also add your own news item - tell people in Kings Heath what you, your group or your school are up to. You could post regular gardening tips or local history items, review a gig, write a report to say how a local activity went or post a report on your football, cricket or hockey team. The space is yours!
The drop down menu gives useful information about Kings Heath
Local events listings
This is where you can have your say on any matter of local interest. Is traffic too fast on the High Street? Do you think Birmingham should have an elected mayor? Are there too many empty shops or takeaways? Join in an existing discussion or start a new thread.
Got a photo of your event - or just a general view of a local place of interest - share it here with the rest of the online community
A directory of local businesses - both as a listing and plotted on a local map. There is also a tab for you to request a free listing for your business. (coming later)
Where is Kings Heath? What area do we cover?
A few rules
This site is for the people of Kings Heath, so please stick to local issues when contributing. That doesn't mean anything happening outside the area is banned - but it should be relevant to local people.
Don't post anything that is illegal, offensive or upsetting. Some content will be moderated (ie checked before it is published) We will not tolerate anything that in our view discriminates against or is designed to offend anyone because of their age, sex, race, nationality, disability or sexual orientation. We welcome and encourage debate, but please make it constructive and avoid personal attacks. Anyone posting this sort of stuff may find their access restricted.
Political discussion is good and we'd love to see more people debating how their local community is run. On the other hand, overt political campaigning may be restricted - especially in the run up to elections (when we will give everyone a fair say and encourage people to vote). The website aims to be balanced and does not support any political party.
Please be careful when sharing any personal information on the web. Click here for advice on how to stay safe online..
Anyone using the site for spamming or posting links to unacceptable third party web content is likely to be banned.
Who runs this site?
You do! The site has been designed to give local people the opportunity to contribute, comment, discuss and generally have their say. As time goes on, more and more content will be provided by members of the online community.
The site has been built and is edited by Actuality Media. It's not a big money-spinnng venture, we are based in Kings Heath and aim to support the local community. We will offer value for money advertising opportunities to local businesses to help pay for what we do.
We want to support all aspects of the local community, so if your business is doing something newsworthy that's fine - do let us know or post an item online and we'll be happy to share it. The normal editorial rules of any local media apply, if it's interesting we'll cover it, but please dont expect us to provide free advertising!
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