Audio: Birmingham Wholesale Market

By on 29/07/2011 in Rebuttals

Penny Smith, Assistant Director of Leisure and Support Services at Birmingham City Council, appeared on BBC Radio WM’s Ed Doolan Show  today,  to discuss the future of the city’s Wholesale Market with stand-in presenter Adrian Goldberg:

You can listen to the interview below (Courtesy of the BBC) – The piece begins at 1:06:10

Key issues raised by Penny included:

  •  The existing Market is more than 35 years old and no longer fit for purpose- requiring expensive ongoing work to remain safe to open
  • Remaining in the existing building is not an option due its aging state
  • The proposed move to a purpose built site in Witton has become unaffordable due to the wider economic climate and funding which was withdrawn when Advantage West Midlands closed
  •  The City Council is proactively working with traders and customers to find a solution which is in everyone's best interests, and has assigned a dedicated property expert who is leading talks with private sector landowners in order to achieve this 
  • The Council is committed to doing all it can to ensure the market operation continues and a new site is found

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