Posts Tagged ‘ Birmingham City Council

Bradford Street Environmental Improvements

Please see below for a letter sent from Birmingham City Council to residents of Digbeth earlier this week. The original letter can be found here.

As a part of its strategic objectives for the city core and its wider programme for the development for the City Centre, Birmingham City Council is proposing to improve the quality of the public realm along Bradford Street.

We are seeking to implement the following works early 2015:

  • Installation of new Street Lighting
  • Footway re-surfacing with blue brick pavers and replacement of tactile paving where required
  • Construct all vehicular footway crossings with pink setts
  • Installation of new pink Granite/Conservation Kerbs

The Council would like to hear your views on these proposals; we would be grateful if you could give us your feedback no later than 31st October 2014. Your response can be sent to transport.projects@birmingham.gov.uk or via www.birminghambeheard.org.uk.

Plans for Digbeth

Birmingham City Council has made some important decisions regarding the future of Digbeth recently, with development plans for currently unused buildings being approved.

Harrison Drape

An application for the refurbishment, conversion and extension of the former Harrison Drape building on Bradford Street has been accepted. The new development will include a total of 313 residential dwellings, along with a retail opportunity.

If built, the developers will contribute £252,956 towards public realm improvements in Digbeth, such as improved street lighting, way finding and landscaping of public space. For more information about the development, click here to see the planning application, or here to see the plans for the site.

Ladbrooke House

Developers has initially hoped to turn Ladbrooke House on the corner of Bordesley Street and Meriden Street into a hotel. However, a new application now includes a banqueting suite in the basement, along with a four-storey, 51-bedroom hotel with a swimming pool, gym, spa and 25 parking spaces.

Click here to see the the planning application in full.

I for one hope that these projects do go ahead, as the redevelopment of fallow buildings (providing it is done sympathetically) can only benefit Digbeth. As far as we’re aware, plans have not yet been submitted for the recently cleared Connaught Sqaure site, but we will keep readers up to date with any changes.

Award Winning DRA!

John Gordon with our award

Earlier this year, Digbeth Residents Association were – completely unexpectedly – recognised by Birmingham City Council.

Chairperson John Gordon attended the Ladywood District event to represent DRA, and was presented with the pictured placard by Councillor Yvonne Mosquito as part of the Proud People Proud Places awards. It’s safe to say we remain fiercely proud of Digbeth!

We would like to extend our thanks to Birmingham City Council and Councillor Yvonne Mosquito for their recognition of Digbeth Residents Association, and assure all our members and supporters that we will continue to work towards our mission of bringing the community together while building a vibrant place to live in Digbeth.

Thank you!

20 is Plenty

Residents of Digbeth should have recently received a postcard outlining proposals to cut speed limits on most of our streets from 2016. This is the latest stage in the council’s consultation on the 20 is Plenty plans to make roads more pedestrian friendly and reduce accidents.

The consultation is open from now until 17 October, after which plans will be finalised. More information is available on the Birmingham City Council website, but if you’d like to see the plans in person, who can do so at the following places/times in and around Digbeth:

  • The Irish Centre
    14-20 High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LN
    During normal opening hours until Friday 17 October
  • Stanhope Hall Community Centre
    Emily Street, Highgate, B12 0XJ
    Thursday 25 September, 15:00-19:00
  • Birmingham Council House
    Victoria Square, B1 1BB
    Saturday 11 October, 11:00-15:00

Transforming Place – Neighbourhood Strategy in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council released its new neighbourhood strategy, entitled Transforming Place: Working together for better neighbourhoods, in spring 2014.

The strategy has been included below, and you can download it in full at this link.

Chamberlain Forum have created a website to discuss this new neighbourhood strategy, along with its background and previous approaches; click here to visit their Transforming Place website.

Ward Meeting Feedback

Birmingham City Council’s Districts and Public Engagement Overview and Scrutiny Committee are undertaking a public city-wide consultation into Ward Committee Meetings.

Committee Meetings are regularly held for 40 wards across Birmingham, offering local residents the opportunity to meet with Councillors. Digbeth Residents Association regularly attends the Nechells Ward Committee, which is often held at Stanhope Hall Community Centre in neighbouring Highgate.

The Council is interested in hearing your views as to whether these meetings fulfil the needs needs of residents, or if you don’t attend, why not. Please take the time to complete this short online survey to feedback your experience of Ward Committees.

The consultation is open until the 30th September 2014; please click here for more information.

Nechells Ward Meeting – June 2014

When: Thursday 19th June, 18:00
Where: Phoenix Hall, Tow Path Close, Bordesley, B9 4LS

The next Nechells Ward Committee meeting will take place this coming Thursday at 6pm in Bordesley. This is the one meeting where residents from Nechells Ward (which encompasses Digbeth) can publicly hold their Councillors accountable for their actions, and share their concerns.

  • Do you want Councillors to support plans for fewer shisha lounges in Digbeth?
  • Do you think there is too much litter/not enough street cleaning in Digbeth?
  • Are you concerned about plans for development?

This is the meeting to share the above concerns or anything else. For more information, please see the poster below, or contact Kay Thomas at Birmingham City Council at Kay.Thomas@birmingham.gov.uk.

Final Reminder – Parking Around

When: Saturday 14th June, 12:00 and 15:00
Where: Eastside City Park, Curzon Street, Digbeth

Meet the power walkers,
Ice cream van stalkers,
Determined hill hikers and pose strikers,
All getting grass between their toes, relaxed and unbound, just PARKING AROUND

Parking Around, a visually striking piece of circus theatre, following the weird and wonderful characters met in the park, will be played out through aerial circus, dance and physical theatre at noon and 3pm this Saturday at Eastside City Park.

Witness 17 performers hanging high in the skies above, lifting, throwing, and balancing each other, and dancing away to an eclectic sound track of music and poetry.

Come and support the 12 local participants who have been training alongside RoguePlay’s professional performance team. The performances are completely free and followed by free participatory workshops for adults and children alike. So come along and get parking around!

‘Wet boulevard’ proposed for Digbeth

Birmingham City Council is working with Severn Trent and the Environment Agency to explore “water sensitive” ways of regenerating the city centre and Digbeth.

One of the proposals is to create a wet boulevard – a pedestrian zone with water features – running from the Bullring towards the River Rea in Digbeth.

The proposed 'wet boulevard' for Digbeth

Although most of the river flows through the city underground, it has the Environment Agency’s lowest rating for water quality, and is the most significant flood risk in Birmingham.

The Ripple Effect report, commissioned by Defra’s Technology Strategy Board in 2013, estimated that environmental regeneration in Birmingham could be worth around £1.05 billion over 40 years, as a result of improved water quality and supply, reduced flood risk and increased property values.

Click here to read more on the BBC News website.

CFL Business moves to Digbeth!

Where: Unit S3, The Arch, 48-53 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SL

CFL Business, the business arm of Community Fibre, have moved into new offices in Digbeth!

Taking a unit in The Arch on Floodgate Street, we are delighted to welcome the friendly guys hoping to change the face (and price!) of fibre-optic broadband in the city.

Birmingham City Council recently launched a government voucher scheme, designed to support businesses with installing fibre-optic broadband. The first two vouchers issued in Birmingham went to CFL Business, which is great news for Digbeth but also the digital industry in the city as a whole!

The lack of superfast broadband in Digbeth has restricted the area’s ambition to become a hub for digital business. This news from CFL Business, we hope, is certainly a step in the right direction.

If you run a business in Digbeth and feel you are being held back by the cost of installation of superfast broadband, give the guys at CFL Business a call. They are able to advise you the options available, and the support they can offer.

For more information, visit cflbusiness.co.uk or call 0800 082 0717.