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Albert Bore talks HS2 at 'Birmingham Made Me, 06 May 2014

Albert Bore talks HS2 at ‘Birmingham Made Me’, 06 May 2014

On 6 May the 2014 ‘Birmingham Made Me’ event opened with a one-hour high-level panel discussion of how HS2 could “contribute to the positive regeneration of Birmingham and the wider city region”.

[‘Birmingham Made Me’, HS2 event description]

Designing “HS2 Curzon” for Birmingham and Beyond
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Launched by Sir Albert Bore, Leader, Birmingham City Council at 11am, Atrium, Millennium Point

A high-level panel discussion with Q & A session that will consider how the high-speed railway and development project, typically referred to as HS2, can contribute to the positive regeneration of Birmingham and the wider city region.

With an emphasis on delivering an integrated approach our eminent panel will focus on how to ensure this investment delivers the biggest positive impact for all those living, working and visiting our city region.

We want to make sure this is not simply about the delivery of a high speed railway line into a new station.

How will HS2 contribute to the regeneration of quarters across our city and better connectivity between them? What are the opportunities for new business start-ups and the SME sector? Do Birmingham’s supply chains have the capacity and resilience necessary for the region’s economic recovery? What role new retail experiences?

This Question Time type debate will also address the opportunities for young people, the city’s skills challenge and the role of education, apprenticeships and industry collaboration.

The Panel will be chaired by Simon Topman, Chairman, Millennium Point, CEO Acme Whistles.

Primary Speakers:

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council
Waheed Nazir, Director Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council
Professor Kathryn Moore, Landscape Architecture, Birmingham City University
Beth West, Commercial Director, HS2

Notable members of the audience:

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader, Birmingham City Council
Richard Burden MP
Stuart Ballinger – Midlands Director, JCDecaux
Jason Wouhra – IoD – Regional Chairman
Dav Bansall – Director, Glenn Howells
Stacey Barnfield – Editor, Birmingham Post
Professor George Feiger – Dean Aston University Business School
Julie Nugent – Deputy Chief Executive, Birmingham Metropolitan College
Councillor Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, Staffordshire County Council
Lucan Gray, Owner, Custard Factory
Jeremy Rogers – Cadbury 6th Form college
Alan Charters – Aston University
Dame Professor Julia King – Aston University
Adam Titchen – EEF
Richard Halstead – EEF
Patrick Twist – Pinsent Masons
Philip Singleton, CEO, Millennium Point
Sardul Dhesi, Deputy Principal – South & City College Birmingham
Robert Eaton – Birmingham Airport
Peter Larkham, Planning TEE
Peter Cochrane – Project Director, Birmingham City University
Christine Thomson – Birmingham City Council
Dr Phil Extance – PVC, Aston University
Martin Dyer – WSP group
Peter Shearer – Director, Aston University
Prof Lubo Jankovic, Low Carbon Architecture and Construction, Birmingham City University

As it turned out, the only speakers were Albert Bore, Prof Moore, and Andrew Round (assistant director for regeneration and planning, Birmingham city council). All of them seemed enthusiastic about HS2 regenerating Birmingham, but there was no explanation at all as to how that would happen. Likewise, there was no mention of the development blight shadowing HS2 at Birmingham Eastside, or elsewhere.

[“HS2 will ‘destroy more jobs than it creates'”, Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph, 4 May 2013]

[…] In Birmingham, MPs and the council are fighting plans by HS2 to seize a third of the city’s available industrial land, scuppering a large regeneration scheme at Washwood Heath that was to create 7,000 jobs. HS2 wants the site for a maintenance depot, which will create only 300 jobs.

Liam Byrne, the shadow work and pensions secretary and a Birmingham MP, said that one globally known company alone wanted to create about 1,500 jobs at Washwood Heath, but that developers were being turned away.

“This is the junction of three of the worst unemployment constituencies in Britain,” he said. “It would be a tragedy if we locked up this huge site, the size of a hundred football pitches, while all around people are looking for work.”

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Written by beleben

May 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Birmingham, HS2, Transport

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