The Big Issue: Store Controversy - University Selfish
Wycherley, Stephen, Birmingham Evening Mail (England)
I WOULD like to make a few points following your piece on the controversy about the siting of the proposed Selly Oak relief road.
First, the university seems to be claiming that if the road went over its land by the Bristol Road, it would virtually destroy its playing fields.
This is quite untrue.
All that would be needed would be a l6 metre strip around one corner.
This would use only about 5% of the playing field. Yet to save this small strip for the university, the council is prepared to see factories and shops destroyed and livelihoods done away with.
Second, the city transportation department says that it is not council policy to build roads on green space.
Yet at the other end of the relief road, it is quite prepared to run a road through the Harborne Lane allotments.
And the whole hospital/Sainsbury's development is based on building on what is now the green space of the Battery Site.
Or is it only university green space that is protected from building? …