Pupils show off big ideas for city’s future

A rap, painted t-shirts, posters and other art work were just some of the ways that children have illustrated their hopes and ambitions for the future of Birmingham.

Pupils from a number of schools were asked to share their vision of what they want for the city a quarter of a century from now.

Their work was put on display at the Council House this week during an event at which pupils talked about their aspirations.

The project is part of Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan which has sought wide ranging consultation from citizens on how to shape the physical, economic and cultural environment of the city and wider region over the next 25 years.

Cllr Neville Summerfield, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration who attended the exhibition, said: “Young people are the future of our city and it is vital that they have a say in shaping Birmingham.

“We want to ensure that tomorrow’s generation have an environment in which they are happy to live, work and play.

“This is an exciting project and I was impressed to see and hear about their ideas.”

A number of the building blocks of the Big City Plan have already been secured. Key elements include the new £600m New Street Gateway Project and the £193 million Library of Birmingham.

Citizens across Birmingham have been consulted about their ambitions for the future development of the city.

Their ideas will feed into an overall strategy which is expected to be outlined later in the year.

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