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Yesterday a correspondent directed attention to the Wholesale Markets progress report, presented to the Council’s Cabinet members on October 21st by Mark Barrow, Strategic Director of Development and Culture. It opens by putting critics firmly in their place – stating that “the City Council is not under any legal obligation to operate a Wholesale Market through its Market Charter”.

New readers are reminded that Cllr John Clancy’s reaction in the Post represents the views of many whom the council is supposed to serve:

Certainly we have crossed a dangerous line by kicking out from the city centre what to me is the epitome of the city’s proud history. Another set of traders gone from the city to be replaced by different kinds of traders indeed – commerce and finance and property traders. You know – the ones that got us into the mess in the first place . . .   

Robert Darlaston: Tyseley signal - ’stop’)

Robert Darlaston: Tyseley signal – ’stop’)

The Cabinet heard that, in addition to the relocation options of Witton and Washwood, the Council’s advisers Lambert Smith Hampton have put forward Signal Point in Tyseley (B11 3DA), following consultation with the traders and their representatives.

 A search reveals that several developers are interested in this site, including Helical/Mucklow. Their vision for the regeneration of Tyseley may be read here.

There will be formal consultations on this third option with the relevant stakeholders, which would include Open, Wholesale, Rag and Indoor tenants before the final business case is brought to Cabinet. Decision-makers involved include two councillors elected to serve the people, Cllrs Carl Rice, Tahir Ali and  Ian Ward.

Many fear that the Clancy prediction of a heartless city will be fulfilled as the productive markets are: “Transplanted from the city centre, replaced by an anaemic, clone-commerce world”.