EDGBASTON CRICKET GROUND – A STATEMENT
The Planning Committee’s decision to defer planning permission on the £32m proposal for the redevelopment of the Edgbaston County Cricket ground was the right decision and in the circumstances the only decision.
Edgbaston cricket ground needs to be refurbished, it needs to compete with the other major cricket grounds across the country and it needs to retain test cricket. That is necessary for the Club and necessary for Birmingham and the businesses of Birmingham.
No one who attended the Planning Committee yesterday, Residents, Pressure groups or the Councillors would disagree with that as we are sure would the majority of the people of Birmingham.
The message from the Planning Committee, which had support from Politicians from all parties, was that the CEO, Mr Povey, and the committee of the club needs to talk to residents and local groups and get a generalised agreement what is acceptable to all sides.
Mr Povey’s, Warwickshires Chief Executive, response was thus to hit out which is surprising. Mr Povey our message to you is that Local people do change things in their communities, they will not be brushed aside by Councillors, Big Companies or others. The Local people elect our Councillors and we have respect for and from them for the job they do.
This scheme was well thought out and well presented what it lacked was local involvement. Justice Not Crisis are happy to be part of the talks to resolve this issue, we like most people will be delighted to see a first class stadium at Edgbaston.
As you read your morning papers today Mr Povey perhaps you will decide the first step is to talk Leo Nation, Chair of the Cannon Hill Neighbourhood Forum, who we are sure will facilitate the road to peace and see Birmingham with the stadium it deserves and the Local residents with the community they want and deserve.