This week (8 June) Birmingham City Council approved plans to submit a bid for £12.7m to fund improvements to Erdington High Street. The money would come from the Government’s Levelling-up fund, and the plans have been developed alongside Erdington MP Jack Dromey, whose support is required for the bid to be submitted under the terms of the fund.
If the bid is successful the funds will be used to transform the high street, with measures to support local businesses, improve public spaces, and make it easier for people to move around the area safely. The funds will also be invested in new housing, cultural, leisure and social activities for people of all ages, and creating better physical and social connectivity within the area.
The bid would see the redevelopment of the former swimming baths into a Community and Enterprise Hub, redevelopment of the Central Square Shopping Centre including new flats, restaurants and cafes, and a new public square.
Another focus of the bid would include making it easier for people to travel around the high street area, improving footways and green spaces, and creating pedestrianised areas.
Jack Dromey, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington, said:
“This ambitious bid to the Levelling Up Fund, if approved, will help us to unlock the massive potential we have here in Erdington. I’m pleased the plans have been approved by Birmingham City Council and am excited about the possibilities this will bring to our community.
“Erdington High Street, like many High Streets, has been in decline for some years. The economic, employment, and cultural opportunities this bid will provide will reinvigorate the High Street and make it a place our community can be proud of.
“We in Birmingham have now done our part. It is now up to the Government to show they are serious about levelling up by approving this bid.”
Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“I am delighted that we are making this bid to the Government as part of their levelling-up agenda. Birmingham City Council has worked closely with Erdington residents to understand their priorities, and I am confident that this bid, if successful, will transform the high street and create new opportunities for residents from the area.”