Published: 13th Dec 2018

Lynda Clinton and Ray Goodwin Spitfire Services is a resident-led charity at the heart of the sprawling Castle Vale estate in Birmingham. On chief executive Ray Goodwin’s wall is a framed picture of Cuban revolution leader, Che Guevara. He says Guevara has been a ‘bit of a hero’ in Castle Vale’s own community revolution, which saw them take control of the estate library and swimming pool from Birmingham City Council. ‘Communities need to stand up and be counted,’ says Goodwin. ‘Because if they don’t and there are going to be cuts and cuts, where does the line stop unless you say – enough. ‘It takes a community to say – it’s my swimming pool, it’s my library and these are services that matter to me.’ Year Zero When local MP Robin Corbett visited Castle Vale in the late 1980s, he found a chronically underfunded estate, calling … (To read the full article, subscribe below)