HS2 Hybrid Bill

Please see below for the latest update from HS2 Community Forums:

Dear all,

I am pleased to confirm that we have published a new page on our website dedicated to the Phase One hybrid Bill.

Click here to visit the page.

Yours sincerely,

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NHWN Newsletter – November 2013

Dear members & supporters,

Please find below the October edition of ‘Our News’ (the NHWN 6 weekly e-newsletter). This edition includes:

Pedalling for Laughs!

When: Wednesday 20 November 2013
Where: The Glee Club
Tickets: £8-£12 (available online or at the Warehouse)

Birmingham Friends of the Earth invite you to come and have a wheelie good laugh at their comedy gig with the fabulously funny Barbara Nice, James Cook, Stella Graham, Steve Day and Adam Kay.

The gig will be raising funds for local projects that help increase the numbers of people walking and cycling, thus reducing the high levels of air-pollution in Birmingham. So, get yourselves into gear and book a seat for what promises to be a spoketacularly good night!

Tickets are available online from the Glee Club or in person at the Warehouse, Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TH.

Visit Digbeth instead of London

New York magazine, one of the most influential publications in the US, has sung the virtues of visiting Birmingham instead of London.

With our world-class culinary, music and arts scenes, it’s not difficult to see why. Of course, Digbeth gets more than just a mention in the article, describing the Custard Factory as an amalgam of East London and Dumbo (I have no idea either!).

The author takes tips from Lucan Gray, custodian of the Custard Factory, on an itinerary through our vibrant streets with stops at award-winning vintage clothing shop Urban Village, art gallery Eastside Projects, Spotlight’s Digbeth Dining Clubthe UK’s best street food event – and finishing in The Rainbow.

Digbeth also features in Visit Birmingham’s new promotional video, with flashes of the Custard Factory and Eastside City Park welcoming people to our city:

It’s great to see such bastions of Digbeth’s creative circle gaining the international recognition they deserve. Hopefully this sort of coverage will help us all feel even prouder of Digbeth, and perhaps entice more people to take that short walk from the city centre – they just don’t know what they’re missing!

Antique & Vintage Bazaar

When: Saturday 16th November, from 10:00
Where: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth
Free Entry

From collectable toys to vintage clothing, from retro furniture to accessories, and from antiques to jewellery, the choice on offer at Saturday’s vintage bazaar will be eclectic to say the least!

This weekend, the Custard Factory will be showcasing an amazing variety of antique and vintage wares, along with vintage inspired food.

The bazaar is now a regular fixture in the Custard Factory’s calendar and each one is bigger than the last, and that’s not all: dates for future events have just been announced, so you can be sure to get your vintage fix in 2014!

  • Saturday 8th February
  • Saturday 5th April
  • Saturday 21th June
  • Saturday 9th August
  • Saturday 18th October
  • Saturday 13th December

Check out the Facebook event page for more photos. See you there!

Eastside Projects – November 2013 News and Exhibitions

Cao Fei: House of Treasures

When: Until 18:00 on Friday 15th November
Where: The Atrium, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Digbeth, B4 7XG
Free Entry

A giant inflatable suckling pig by Chinese artist Cao Fei, is currently on exhibition in The Atrium of Millennium Point.

House of Treasures is described as a reflection on contemporary prosperity and abundance, balancing a serious commentary on consumption with playful interactivity. Visitors may enter the pig through an opening in its side, finding within its belly several films by the artist.

House of Treasures has been brought to Digbeth in collaboration with Eastside Projects, and this is the first time the work has been shown outside of China.

The Atrium is open daily from 10:00 until 18:00; the exhibition is free to enter, and you certainly won’t miss it once you’re there!

Provide Cinema: Never Sorry

When: Tuesday 12th November 2013, 19:00
Where: Spotlight, Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
Tickets: £5 (available online here or on the door)

In this evening’s next instalment, PROVIDE Cinema presents Ai Weiwei – Never Sorry:

Ai Weiwei is a globally renowned Chinese artist who has, to say the least, tested the patience of his government. The film is a look at contemporary China, focusing on Ai Weiwei and the impact his art is having on Chinese people and society at large.

The venue is Spotlight, complete with a big screen, chesterfield sofas and a fully stocked bar, a far more sociable way to enjoy cinema in Digbeth than your average venue!

Tickets can be bought online here, or in person at PROVIDE in the Custard Factory. Advance booking is recommended, but there will probably be a few tickets left on the door.

To whet your appetites, see the trailer for the film below.

Help Protect Yourself

The Digbeth neighbourhood police team are holding advice sessions in Digbeth throughout the autumn.

At the sessions, a trained professional will showcase basic self-defence techniques, and share tips on personal safety.

Click here to book your placebooking is essential.

If you are interested in learning more about policing priorities for Digbeth, the next Nechells Tasking Group meeting takes place at 18:30 on Wednesday 27th November at Highgate Fire Station.

Trams for Digbeth

Last Thursday 7th November, Chair of DRA John Gordon attended a Council meeting focussed on Maximising the Impact of HS2:

“Digbeth Residents Association is broadly in favour of HS2, but we are keen to see good connectivity (including connectivity to the coach station and the High Street), community compensation for the impact on Eastside Park, consideration for the community during the construction phase, quality environmental and public realm responses, and appropriate steps to ensure that Digbeth, and the people who live there, share in the economic benefits that should flow from the project.”

DRA are delighted to say that the meeting gave serious consideration to the option of a tramline connecting HS2 to Digbeth Coach Station, Birmingham International Airport, and the east of the city as far as Coventry. The proposed tramway would leave the new terminal down Fazeley Street, and arrive in Digbeth via New Canal Street, before heading east along the High Street.

John continued: Our response to the HS2 Draft Environmental Statement called for a commitment to a link with the National Express Coach Station, preferably leading through Digbeth to the airport. Linking both existing and emerging communities in Digbeth via a tramway has the capacity to create an inviting promenade through Digbeth, and facilitate the flow of economic and social resources in our direction. It would also help define Digbeth as a welcoming, clean and safe part of the city.”

“We would like to thank Nechells Ward Councillor Ali, as both Digbeth and DRA received recognition throughout the meeting, and the need to ensure good connectivity between Eastside and Digbeth was regularly referenced.”

This is great news for residents of Digbeth, who would have the best of both worlds – being just a short distance from the city centre, and less than 20 minutes from the airport. The benefits of this project could be felt very soon since it was made clear throughout the meeting that the infrastructure connecting transport links in the city centre should precede the completion of the HS2 terminal.

For more information on the meeting, click here to see the supporting documents, and here to watch the meeting in full, which was broadcast live via the web.