A round-up of interesting local news from the past week
Morrisons Supermarket – Work Starting at Five Ways Site
After being granted planning permission last March for a cosmetically enhanced second submission, work has at last started on a new medium size Morrisons supermarket between Hagley Road and Harborne Road just West of the Five Ways junction complex.
The supermarket will be 4,276 sq m, smaller than the recently built Tesco store at Spring Hill but still sizeable enough for a decent selection, I hope. The complex will also include 5 retail shops and some offices.
You can see the planning permission on the Council Website.
I imagine it will take about 1 year to build. Meanwhile the burning question is “Will the Five Ways Tesco supermarket remain?” The Spring Hill branch probably serves a different area to the Five Ways one, but will Morrisons dilute the custom sufficiently to make closure the only solution.
Is there a battle looming or has it already been fought with Morrisons coming out victor?
Paradise Forum Public Consultation Event
A “Pre-Planning Application Public Consultation Event”, so called by the developers, Birmingham City Council and Argent, is to be held from 22 to 25 February.
This will show the latest plans for redeveloping Paradise Forum after the new Library has been finished and the old one is redundant. Work could start sometime after 2013.
At the event you can give your views both verbally to key people and by a feedback form.
The first public exhibition of ideas for redevelopment of the site was in February 2010. Two years on and a substantial investment in the design will have been made.
So, I imagine, like many public consultations, the main ideas are already planted in fast setting concrete, especially as outline planning permission proposals will be submitted in Summer 2012.
It should be very interesting. But… will it be what we, the local population, want for social and leisure purposes or is it designed to attract wealthy businesses to set up their offices?
Well worth a visit I’d say, if only to show that the local population is watching…
The exhibition will be held in The Waterhall Gallery in Edmund Street, (rear of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) on:
*Wednesday February 22 between 3pm and 7pm
*Thursday February 23 between 8am and 8pm
*Friday February 24 between 8am and 3pm
*Saturday February 25 between 9am and 1pm
An updated website showing the proposals will be available at http://www.paradisecircus.co.uk from 22nd February. This will also enable on-line entry of your feedback.
Library of Birmingham Tower Crane Removal
TC2 was erected in July 2010 over a weekend, and is one of the tallest cranes in the country with a 100m mast and 89m jib.
Dismantling will take place this weekend starting on Saturday. This should be a very dramatic site especially as the mobile crane to be used to lower the TC2 sections is a 16 wheel monster capable of lifting 500 tons! It will be located in Centenary Square by the Library/Crescent Theatre intersection.
This is a massive logistical exercise with a stream of large lorries scheduled to arrive at the appropriate hour to cart away giant sections of TC2.
Cameras at the ready!
Submitted by Geoff Caine