Sparkbrook and Springfield Festive Lights

By on 17/09/2009 in News

Switch-On Friday 18th September 6.30

Aldi Car Park, Stratford Road, Sparkbrook

Join in the celebrations this Friday as the legendary Festive lights in the Sparkhill and Springfield area. including the Balti Triangle, are back – bigger and brighter than ever thanks to Birmingham City Council!

The £25,000 festive lights will be on every evening throughout Eid, Diwali, Christmas and New Year, reflecting the amazing diversity of the local community in and around the wards of Sparkbrook and Springfield, and adding to the warmth and vibrancy of one of the city’s most important local centres.

Having taken a break last year, there was a real determination from all the partners in the area to come back with a great display through the winter months. Led by Richard Welch, Sparkbrook and Springfield Town Centre Manager, and supported by a strong partnership including Birmingham City Council’s East Planning and Regeneration team, the City Council’s Enterprising Communities programme, Springfield Ward and local traders, the festive lights will underline the unique identity and increasing confidence of the area.

Much of the funding for this year’s display comes from the £3m Stratford Road Corridor Programme, managed by the Council’s East Planning and Regeneration team.

Following on from the highly successful Tornado Recovery Programme, the Programme will focus on the Stratford Road Corridor, and will include support for land and property grants, provision of new business and investment opportunities, infrastructure improvements and marketing support.

Richard Welch, Town Centre Manager said: ” I am delighted that we are one of the first local centres in the City to have our lights up this year, I hope that they will be enjoyed by the local community as well as the many visitors to our area.”

Councillor Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to see the Festive Lights go up, they will be a great boost for shoppers and traders, and symbolise the optimism and confidence of the area.

With the continued success of the Balti Triangle and the hard work of everyone across the Sparkbrook and Springfield wards, the area has been a real inspiration for local centres across the city, showing how regeneration and entrepreneurship can combine to prosper even in the face of difficult economic conditions.”

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