Nechells Ward Councillor Tahir Ali, recently established an advisory group in Digbeth. Digbeth Residents Association are pleased to sit on the Digbeth Forum, which represents the views of businesses and residents.
The Birmingham Mail reported on the main issue for discussion at the first Digbeth Forum meeting: HS2 and its possible effects. The main concern was that the new station could isolate Digbeth and restrict any economic growth. The HS2 proposals as they currently stand would have major implications for connectivity; New Canal Street and Fazeley Street would be closed during the seven-year construction phase, blocking any movement between the city core and Digbeth.
Lucan Gray, owner of the Custard Factory, said: “We are in overall support of the HS2 proposals but our concern is the development could create an impermeable barrier between us and the remainder of the city core. This could seriously affect the economic prosperity and the on-going regeneration of Digbeth and its contribution to Birmingham’s wealth generation and identity.”
The next meeting of the Digbeth Forum is planned to take place at South and City College‘s Digbeth campus this week; rest assured that DRA will keep our members updated of any important outcomes.