Until November 2010 our park was run by Birmingham City Council.This was a rather anomalous situation as the park is not in Birmingham and made it an easy target when government imposed spending cuts bit, as they have done at various times over the last three decades. There were no votes at stake. The park was allowed to decay as was the Grade Two listed Lightwoods House which ended its Birmingham days as a ruin. For many years the house had been leased , most recently to a stained glass producer, but the money received was paid into Birmingham’s coffers and never seen again, despite the park and the house belonging to a trust and not to the Council. By the early part of this century discontent was mounting and early in 2005 I took advantage of new legislation to make a Freedom of Information request. More on this next time.