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Temporary exemption from Clean Air Zone


Residents living inside Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ), and those who work there but are on low incomes, can now apply for temporary exemption for their vehicles. The temporary exemption permits will run for up


to two years, and are also available to businesses within the zone for certain types of vehicles. The Clean Air Zone will cover all roads within the


A4540 Middleway Ring Road (but not the Middleway itself) and is part of the council’s plan to tackle air pollution across the city. The exemption permits are available for people


living within the zone but have a vehicle which does not meet the required emission standards, and low income workers (less than £30,000 per annum). In addition, those with commercial vehicles


registered within the CAZ (maximum of two vehicles per business) can apply for a year’s exemption, as can those with commercial vehicles registered within the zone which are registered within the zone and are subject to existing finance agreements. Community and school transport vans and minibuses will be able to apply for an ongoing exemption if they are registered for operation in Birmingham and not as taxis. Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and


McDermott’s fund home-from-home


A groundworks and civil engineering firm has laid the foundation for 1,000 nights’ accommodation at a ‘home away from home’ that supports families with sick children. McDermott’s Building & Civil


Engineering has raised £25,000 to support the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK in Birmingham, which provides accommodation for families with children who are being treated at nearby Birmingham Children’s Hospital. As part of their 25th anniversary


year, employees of McDermott’s arranged many events including a charity football match and a sponsored challenge on the world’s fasted zip wire. Three team members even flew to Peru to take on the colossal five-day Monkey Run. Malcolm McDermott, director of McDermott’s, said: “I would like to thank every employee within the company for their contribution and continuous support of our charity partners. The hard work of our people to be able to sponsor a room at Ronald McDonald House, Birmingham is inspiring.”


To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities UK visit www.rmhc.org.uk


Environment, said: “The Clean Air Zone is a huge step towards a cleaner and safer future for Birmingham residents. “Air pollution in the UK is now at dangerous levels


and contributes to health impacts on people suffering long term respiratory conditions. As I have stated before, doing nothing is not an option.


‘The Clean Air Zone is a huge step towards a cleaner and safer future for Birmingham residents’


“We are conscious of the impact the zone could


have on key groups of people so the range of exemptions and financial support will help individuals, businesses and other organisations to make the transition to a clean air Birmingham.” Vehicles that do not meet the emission standards


for the CAZ will have to pay £8 per day, and for trucks, coaches and buses the charge is £50 per day. Vehicle owners are now able to use the


Government’s Vehicle Checker tool to confirm whether or not they will need to pay the daily charge in Birmingham, Leeds and the other CAZs due to be introduced during the next few years.


Yakinori opens fifth restaurant


Birmingham-based Japanese restaurant firm Yakinori has opened its fourth venue in five years, thanks to a £140,000 loan from HSBC. The new restaurant is at the


Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull, and includes a new state- of-the-art kitchen. The eatery will create 18 full and


part-time jobs, and will serve a wide range of staple Japanese dishes, such as sushi and pokénori. Owner and founder Ali Karakaya


(pictured), who launched his first restaurant in 2015, said: “As a Birmingham-born family, we’re thrilled to open another Yakinori restaurant close to home.” The funding is part of HSBC UK’s


£1.1bn lending fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands.


Rum festival to make return


The hotly anticipated Birmingham Rum Festival returns on Saturday 27 June to Moseley full of exciting rum brands, music and Caribbean food.


Rum connoisseurs, fans and


curious guests can enjoy a taste of Havana, sip on over 120 different premium rums from around the world and savour flavours both much-loved and new. Brands including Birmingham-


based Burning Barn, Island Slice and Bay Noir will be back to join the festival. New to the festival this year is the world’s most decorated rum, Bumbu Rum Co. and Ron Izalco, made from rum sourced in Central America, then blended and bottled in the US Learn more about the flavours,


stories and names behind each bottle and brand, try something new, listen to rum experts and brand representatives and immerse yourself in the tastes and scents of real rum. Get the inside track on trends


and tips from leading names in rum, tap into inside knowledge and visit the rum shop to purchase a special bottle or two to take home. Spiced Rum is tipped to be the


rum to be seen drinking this year, and Stratford Upon Avon based, crowd-funded brand Queen Cleo


Spiced Rum will be popping up at the festival alongside a whole host of others. Another Midlands-based brand is Three Tides Rum. Three Tides is built around a


Demerara rum, and features some intriguing ingredients alongside it, like scorched gorse, wild elderflower and oats! Not what you usually expect from a spiced rum, but the result is marvellous, with fragrant smoke and dark chocolate bitterness offering tasty juxtaposition to the vibrant rum. There will be exotic street food


filled with the flavours of the Caribbean and Latin America to enjoy alongside exclusive signature


rum cocktails. Completing the carnival vibe, live


performers will be creating an atmosphere like no other, providing a summer soundtrack of salsa, samba and reggae to create an immersive rum experience. Join the fun this summer for a


spirited celebration of rum. Discover new flavours, speak to the experts, sip cocktails, sample street food and enjoy live music. Early Bird tickets are on sale


NOW from £13 + booking fee. VIP tickets start at £25.


Get your tickets here: https://birminghamrumfestival.com


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