One of the most important sites in the city is about to be developed and it will have a direct impact on the JQ – and we have the chance to comment.
It is of course Paradise Circus. Whatever your thoughts are on the merits or otherwise of the Central Library, pretty much everyone is agreed that the current Paradise Circus strangles pedestrian flow from Broad St to Colmore Row and virtually kills it into the Jewellery Quarter. And that is not even mentioning the fun to be had on the road network.
The good news is that the outline plan for Paradise Circus – brought to us by Argent (developers of Brindleyplace) and Birmingham City Council – gives the JQ a reconfigured Great Charles St junction by getting rid of the underpass by the Town Hall. It also gives us a surface-level pedestrian crossing connecting Summer Row with Congreve Passage and Chamberlain Square. But is it enough? We are still left with an enormous Snow Hill-esque road junction in front of Summer Row. If you don’t like this – or do – now’s the chance to apply some pressure to the city’s Transport Department and say so. The JQNF will make a formal response but if each and every resident replies then the developer and the City will listen.
Do you want to see cafés there? More bars? Shops? A foodstore? Let them know by going to www.paradisecircus.co.uk and leaving your comments. Comments close on March 16th but don’t leave it that long! What a great way to perform your citizenly duties whilst munching a sarnie this lunchtime J”