Alan Clawley, Friends of the Central Library, is leading a petition calling on the City Council to review its decision to demolish the Central Library building.

Petition

We call on the City Council to review its decision to demolish the Central Library building and urgently to commission a report that will

i) identify viable new uses for the building
ii) consider the financial, social, environmental and cultural advantages to the city and region of retaining the building for the public benefit

Background information

When reaching its decision more than a decade ago to demolish the Central Library building the City Council failed to consider

a) its potential use for purposes other than that of a library
b) the impact of demolition and subsequent re-building on emissions of greenhouse gases
c) the effect of a collapse in the commercial property market
d) the growing public appreciation of twentieth century architecture, the ruling by English Heritage in 2003 and 2008 that the Library should be statutorily listed, and the call for its protection by the World Monuments Fund in 2011

Any reader who wishes to add his/her signature should go to:

http://epetition.birmingham.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/1912#div_sigs

 

 

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