Community views sought on Harborne Clock Tower

By on 16/12/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council's Harborne Ward Committee have launched a community consultation on the future of the local Clock Tower building.

The Harborne High Street landmark is a Grade II Listed Building which dates from 1881 and was most recently used as a local Adult Education Centre.

Serious structural problems were identified in March this year, which led to the building being covered in protective scaffolding and being subsequently closed on safety grounds in July.

The consultation is aimed at gaining the views of as many local residents, community groups, businesses and others with an interest in Harborne around the following key principles:

– The quality and the character of the Listed Building to be protected, brought up to standard and, wherever possible, enhanced.
– An element of community use is important and should be incorporated into future plans/usage of the building.

The Leader of Birmingham City Council and Chairman of the Harborne Ward Committee, Councillor Mike Whitby, said:

“We are fully aware of the importance of the Clock Tower to the local community and that the character of this Listed Building must be protected.

We are therefore seeking the views of local people to ensure the future of the building is not only protected, but that any future uses fully reflect the needs of the Harborne community.”

The consultation will run until Friday 11th February 2011 and notices & feedback forms will be situated in Harborne Library and at key businesses on Harborne High Street. Further details are available by telephoning 0121 303 3703, e-mailing edgbaston@birmingham.gov.uk or visiting the website at www.birmingham.gov.uk/edgbaston

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For further information please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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