Back in 2017 the Society objected to the proposed de-designation of Austin Village’s Conservation Area status, and again in June this year, when the Council announced that it would be going ahead with its cancellation. This week, our Planning Committee Chair, Matt Vaughan met with Ian Ward, local councillors, local MP Richard Burden and local residents to work out how best to protect and preserve the special status and character of the Village that is so important to Birmingham’s industrial and social history.