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Birmingham City Council

Chief Executive gives reassurance on city regeneration

Chief Executive gives reassurance on city regeneration

Chief Executive Stephen Hughes tonight gave reassurance that the Big City Plan and regeneration in the city was in good hands after news that planning and regeneration assistant director, Philip Singleton, will leave the city council for the London Borough of Newham.

Stephen, who has headed up the Planning and Regeneration Directorate since Clive Dutton left a month ago, said tonight: "Assistant Director Waheed Nazir has been given responsibility for the Big City Plan and all regeneration in the city. He has done a fantastic job outside the city centre, particularly at Longbridge and Selly Oak, he has the right skill set for this role and it is right to have all this under one person. Now the team is in place to tackle issues like worklessness and the transport strategy.

"In my role I am having meetings with developers and looking at diversifying our approach to the economy, business support, investment and innovation. Building buildings is important but equally we need to grow the city’s economy by providing better support to business, attracting investment and stimulating innovation."

In terms of Clive Dutton’s replacement, he added that the city council would go through a thorough process to find the right person to take forward the city’s strategic regeneration, which included employment and skills, business support and climate change.

Commenting on leaving the city council, Philip Singleton, said: "After living in Birmingham for 19 years and working at the city council for six, I have taken the opportunity to work where the pace and scale of regeneration is very significant and where transport, as ever, is the key to regeneration, with an expanding airport, Cross-Rail, Docklands, Light Rail and the new Stratford station.

"It is an incredibly ambitious borough and a whole new career challenge for me. The new role there is Divisional Director for Major Sites around the Olympic legacy, huge growth in homes and the Thameside projects. The key is also creating long-term jobs for the local people of Newham."

He added that he would miss Birmingham rather a lot.

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  • Category: Local Services
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  • Issue date: 04 November 2009