One of the nearest wards in Birmingham to Rise Online is Erdington. It covers the B23 and B24 postcodes and over the years has had its boundaries changed – as have many of the wards in the city.
Erdington has a rich history and is well known for its industry and at the heart of that (for many years) was Fort Dunlop. At one time, the now historic landmark employed over 10,000 workers although ceased to operate in 2014 as the need for the industry declined over the years.
Erdington still boasts The Fort Shopping Centre and Urban Splash which is now home to many offices and retail outlets and offers something different for the city.
Erdington high street is still well used today and although some of the well known high street stores have vacated you will find more and more independent stores as well as independent cafes and bars which all offer something a little different. Oikos Cafe (which is part of the Oikos Church) is a particular favourite of ours and you will often find members of the Rise team in there during a coffee break or even conducting a breakout meeting in their just to refresh the mind.
Erdington borders Sutton Coldfield with the (very long) Chester Road generally setting the boundary for the ward. New Oscott and Kingstanding are now seperate entities to Erdington but they too were part of this north Birmingham suburb once upon a time.
The Sutton Observer delivers to Erdington residents and their local historian often reveals information from the past for Erdington – much of which is very interesting indeed.
Erdington does sometimes get a bad press but there is such a diversity to the area and with regeneration already well underway it is now seen as one of the up and coming areas in Greater Birmingham. Why not pay it a visit soon and enjoy the delights that it has to offer.