Archive for August, 2008

HEAVY PRICE FOR RESTORED BATHS

Posted on August 12, 2008. Filed under: News |

The queue outside the baths

The queue outside the baths

There was a huge turnout for the Bournville Lane Baths open day, with queues stretching all the way up the street.

The numbers of people just go to show how much interest and affection there is for the derelict baths. It would be wonderful to see this fine building restored but local residents need to ask themselves what price they are willing to pay for this to happen.

Our councillors tell us that this is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ and imply that this is only possible by welcoming a large developer such as Tesco. However, a massive supermarket will also bring more congestion, more pollution and more shop closures. Tesco themselves predict that the Co-op would lose around 40% of its business. It’s hard to imagine that Co-op could survive such a downturn and the store would therefore close, transferring the dereliction from one side of the Pershore Road to the other.

It’s also worth remembering that although Stirchley would be getting a brand new community  centre it is ultimately only a replacement for what already exists. The chronic lack of facilities in the area would only be marginally improved. Moreover, anyone who peeked inside the baths today and dreamt of seeing the historic interior restored would have been sadly mistaken. Only the facade and the chimney would remain and everything else would be demolished. (more…)

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BATHS OPEN DAY

Posted on August 9, 2008. Filed under: Upcoming events |

Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum have arranged for the derelict Bournville Lane Baths to be opened to the public from 11am to 12pm on Tuesday 12th August.

The City Council plans to regenerate building as a community centre.  According to the Birmingham Mail, Councillor Nigel Dawkins said that the renovation would be paid for by either Tesco or Co-op, “Part of the purpose of this visit is to involve local people in our plans to convert it into a community centre for Stirchley and for them to be involved in giving us ideas“.

Councillor Dawkins’ admission that the Tesco development is not a done deal is very revealing.  We at Another Stirchley Is Possible certainly believe that the fight  isn’t over yet and will be campaigning to get the council to reconsider their decision to mind Tesco as their preferred developer. While nothing is signed there is still plenty of scope for protest.

In the meantime we want to be as constructive as possible, whatever happens. In this spirit we will be accepting our councillors’ invitation and presenting them with the findings from our consultation (see the posting ‘Residents Have Their Say’ below). It would be great to have as many people come along to the Baths to either make their concerns about Tesco known and to offer ideas about what would be best for the people of Stirchley. The more we make our presence known the harder it is for the council to ignore us. So come along to the Baths and let your councillors know what you really think.

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