Birmingham City Council and Walsall Road Allotments find a way forward

Published: Thursday, 11th April 2019

The first images of how Perry Park and areas around Alexander Stadium - including Walsall Road Allotments - could look during and after Commonwealth Games were released today.

Birmingham City Council released the first look at preliminary images for what Perry Park and the area surrounding Alexander Stadium could look like during, and after, the Commonwealth Games. Including how the Walsall Road Allotments will play a key part in the legacy of the park.

At a meeting with representatives of the Walsall Road Allotments, in Perry Barr, Council Leader Cllr Ian Ward showed how the park may look after more than £70m is invested in the regeneration of the stadium to host the athletics and opening and closing ceremonies of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as provide a first-class legacy venue for grassroots and elite sport, and community facilities for the next generation.

The master planning for the long-term use of the Alexander Stadium site has considered a wide range of options, and an early conclusion of that work is that there is not a need to relocate the allotments.

The heritage of the century-old allotments will be protected and have been the part of the inspiration for creating a public space that is focused on wellbeing and leisure. The addition of the newly created green space will give citizens of Perry Hall, and the wider area, diversity of public space with the revamped park complementing the space that is available in the nearby Perry Hall Park. 

Birmingham City Council Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, said: "I'm delighted to reassure Robert the cat and his friends that the Walsall Road Allotments will be protected.

"The residents, businesses and community groups of Perry Barr should be at the very heart of Birmingham 2022 and we want to ensure that they feel the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.

“So, before making any final decisions about the wider Alexander Stadium site, we’ve spent a number of weeks listening to the plotholders and other interested parties about the current and future use of the allotments and the surrounding area.

"They are clearly passionately committed to Walsall Road allotments and that's the type of community spirit that we'd like to see replicated right across the city in 2022 and beyond."

Betty Farruggia, Site Manager of the Walsall Road Allotments said: “I am elated to hear that the allotment site will be retained.

“We will work closely with the council in the months and years ahead to facilitate the smooth running of the Games and further develop the strong feeling of community that we have here and in the wider area.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support and the council who have listened to our comments and concerns.”

The final Masterplan will be submitted to the city council’s Cabinet later this year, and will set out an ambitious vision for the long-term redevelopment for the sport and community use of the Alexander Stadium site and surrounding area.

Alexander Stadium sits within the historic and well-used Perry Park, and the masterplan will include exciting plans to redefine green space in Perry Barr. These early ideas, including a naturescape, promenade and running trails, are currently draft concepts to be further developed for the final masterplan report. 

Council Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, added: “Engaging local communities and improving the health and wellbeing of our citizens, as well as attracting multi-million-pound investment and improvements in housing, transport infrastructure, and community facilities, are key drivers to us hosting the Commonwealth Games and shaping the legacy beyond.

“We are very excited by these early plans and drawings showing us what could be possible to make this area one that is focused on not just a sport but also wellbeing and health living. It truly will be a destination venue that I hope the citizens of Perry Barr will be benefit from and be proud of for many years to come.”

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