If you are a recent visitor to Hurst Street and the surrounding areas within the Southside district, you will have noticed that it is currently subject to major residential development.
Car parks in close proximity to well-known LGBTQ+ businesses are being purchased by property developers for demolition and development into new residential apartment blocks.
Redevelopment should and must be supported for the continued regeneration of the area - but NOT if the cost is the destruction of Birmingham Gay Village’s cultural heritage, which has been developed over the last 50 years.
Progress and change is good if it is considered, sympathetic to people’s needs and takes into account the needs of ALL the communities that use the area.
A jam-packed turnout of Birmingham LGBTQ+ community members, to object to the planning committee members of Birmingham City Council.
Birmingham City Council held a planning committee meeting in December where a decision on the future of a planning application within the Birmingham Gay Village was deferred, despite having been recommended for planning permission approval.
The session was packed with members from the local LGBTQ community, along with concerned venue owners. Together they objected to the most recent planning application, arguing plans could threaten the future of LGBTQ+ spaces and businesses in the city’s Gay Village.
The planning application is for the demolition of existing buildings, including Amusement 13 (formally DV8), to provide 116 new residential apartments in a nine-to-12-storey building.
A deferred decision on the planning application will stand until the planning committee have further investigated the historical and cultural impact of the Birmingham Gay Village in relation to future apartment developments.
Members of Birmingham City Council out in force to observe the vibrancy of the Birmingham Gay Village.
Following a nighttime site visit on Saturday 26 January, city planners will revisit the Gay Village on Thursday 7 February for a daytime inspection.
The LGBTQ+ community have used the area around Hurst Street for in excess of 50 years. It’s the LGBTQ’s safe space and is the lifeblood and heart of the community. We should refuse to be marginalised or pushed out.
Join the Save Birmingham Gay Village Facebook page HERE to keep up to date with all developments.
Here are some of your comments on social media...
For me, this isn’t about what I identify as. It’s about the complete lack of regard for a community of people, and how the council are under the impression that people can be swept away! The council’s approach reminds me of the Nazi Party’s ethnic cleansing. Simply disgusted.
Until I can go to a non-LGBT club and not get harassed, sexually assaulted and verbally abused, safe spaces are needed. Also, gay culture is important, a safe space to dance how we like, to dress how we like and kiss whoever we want without being looked at like zoo animals.
What if we all moved into those residential buildings? Then the only downside will be that taxi drivers won’t be needed anymore.
Thomas James Bolton
It's a dive round them areas anyways. I think the LGBTQ area should be somewhere better. Somewhere safer but in the town centre.
Our columnist Steve Ball talks about the importance of Gaybourhoods HERE
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