Council Needs to Listen to Druids Heath Residents on Regeneration Plans

Birmingham City Council have this week launched their Masterplan for the regeneration of Druids Heath. The draft plans show how the area will be changed over the next 15-20 years. They include the demolition of all the homes in the south and north east of the estate in several phases.

This week is the first time the community have seen plans.

Julien Pritchard Green Party Councillor for Druids Heath & Monyhull said:

“The Druids Heath community should be at the heart of developing plans to regenerate Druids Heath. But so far, the commissioners, Labour Council Leader, Labour Cabinet member for housing, and Council officers have all had their say, before the community have even seen the plans!”

“When I saw the plans I was taken aback by the extent of the demolition being proposed, and so are many residents.”

“Druids Heath absolutely needs investment, having been forgotten for decades. But the Council has to do this regeneration with residents not to them. This means listening to the community, and being willing to change plans if there are things residents don’t like. This can’t be another Ladywood.”

“Knowing that their homes are going to be demolished is going to cause real anxiety to residents, especially those residents whose homes might be demolished in the early phases in 5 years.”

“Residents need more answers to questions and re-assurance about how this is going to be done. Making sure any changes are as easy as possible for the community.”

“I’ll be doing my best to stand up for residents and make sure their voices are heard.”

Birmingham Birmingham City Council Druids Heath Housing Local News

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