Consultation extended on Harborne Clock Tower

By on 01/02/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council's Harborne Ward Committee has extended the community consultation on the future of the local Clock Tower building.

Following public feedback at the January Ward Committee meeting, the deadline for views on the Clock Tower has now been extended by two weeks until Monday 28th February.

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 areas:

– The type of community use the public would like to see as part of any future development of this site
– How much of the overall building space they would wish to see retained for community use
– Ideas they have as to what the site could possibly be developed into

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 and have therefore extended the deadline for 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.”

Posters & feedback boxes are situated in Harborne Library and at the Medical Practices on Lordswood Road & York Street and forms are also available from key businesses on Harborne High Street.

Further details on the consultation 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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Notes to Editors

The Harborne Clock Tower 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 2010, which led to the building being covered in protective scaffolding and being subsequently closed on safety grounds in July 2010.

The building has recently been declared as surplus to City Council requirements and so it has been agreed to draw up criteria to offer the site on a long lease basis for ownership and use outside of the City Council, with the Council retaining the freehold.

The City Council has developed the following two guiding principles for this process:
– 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 and usage of the building.

For further information contact Belinder Lidher on 0121 303 6969 or e-mail belinder.lidher@birmingham.gov.uk

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