Opening of Maypole environmental improvements

By on 16/02/2010 in News

Birmingham's Maypole local centre will inaugurate its new environmental improvement scheme when Councillor Neville Summerfield, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, officially opens the scheme at 10.30am on Friday, 19 February 2010.

 The event will be attended by local traders, community groups, ward councillors and other key stakeholders. The main works include upgraded footways, new lighting, the replacement of raised brick planters with grass and trees, the refurbishment of the maypole itself, and new street furniture, including bins, benches and bollards.

 The environmental improvement scheme seeks to stimulate investment and regeneration in the centre, enhance the environment and improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and car users.

 The plan has paved the way for more than £30 million of private sector investment in the Maypole, including two new supermarkets (Sainsbury's and Aldi) and a 60-bed Travelodge hotel with ground floor retail units.

 The environmental improvement scheme has been completed by Birmingham City Council with contractors Colas Ltd.

 The scheme also incorporates an 'interpretation board' which tells the story behind the Maypole name and its unique associations with Birmingham and the surrounding area.

 Councillor Summerfield said, “I welcome the Maypole environmental improvement scheme, which has been completed to a high standard by the city council and Colas Ltd. It was drawn up in consultation with the local community through many consultation meetings. It was the wish of local people that this area of the Maypole, as a gateway point into the City of Birmingham, be regenerated”.

 Councillor Summerfield went on to say, “The Maypole local centre scheme supports a vibrant local centre, generating and sustaining a flourishing and inclusive local economy and community. This well-managed street environment will enhance the quality of life for local people and traders, maintaining a safer, clean, attractive and thriving neighbourhood”.

 Birmingham's Maypole local centre is on the southern boundary of the city, approximately 5½ miles (9 kilometres) from the city centre, and is located at the junction of four roads, including the Hollywood bypass and Alcester Road South (A435).

 In 1997 a local action plan was adopted by the city council and its partners, and they have been working to promote the regeneration of the centre and reinforce the Maypole as a focal point for the local community and as a key gateway into Birmingham.

 In 2003 a Sainsbury's store opened on the corner of Maypole Lane and Alcester Road South, and an Aldi store opened on Alcester Road in 2009.

 A focus group of local residents, traders, councillors and other stakeholders developed ideas for the environmental improvement scheme and commissioned a landscape architect to design an initial solution that served as the basis for the scheme being launched on 19 February.

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Note to editors

 The opening ceremony will take place on the east side of the Maypole local centre, along the Alcester Road South (A435), between the junction with Hawkhurst Road and Maypole Lane at 10.30am on Friday, 19 February 2010.

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