Re­assess pri­or­i­ties and re­claim our city

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Edi­tor, Scrolling through the news head­lines on Tues­day and I find that yet again Birm­ing­ham has trou­bles to re­port.

Within a mile of the ICC host­ing the Tory Party Con­fer­ence, a vi­o­lent in­ci­dent oc­curs at Dale End in­volv­ing stab­bings and “mul­ti­ple ca­su­al­ties”.

A po­lice raid on a prop­erty near Five Ways re­sults in the shoot­ing of one of the oc­cu­pants by the po­lice.

The city is gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as a grow­ing crime hot-spot and a feel­ing that those pur­su­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties are tak­ing ad­van­tage of a lack of over­all con­trol by the po­lice and the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. The city needs to be re­claimed as a safe and friendly en­vi­ron­ment rather than an edgy ur­ban land­scape from a Grand Theft Auto game.

It is all well and good for our rep­re­sen­ta­tives to host con­fer­ences and tout for for­eign in­vest­ments in “lux­ury” apart­ment de­vel­op­ments but the ev­ery­day needs of peo­ple who live and work here need to be ad­dressed.

Coun­cils are strug­gling, aus­ter­ity is still bit­ing hard but some­how we need to re­assess our aims and build a city to be proud of from the ground up­wards.

Im­age spin is not go­ing to work un­less the peo­ple of Birm­ing­ham are made to feel they are part of the plan.

The present Gov­ern­ment seems too pre­oc­cu­pied with Brexit and in­ter­nal fights to show any mean­ing­ful lead­er­ship so we will prob­a­bly have to find our own an­swers to these is­sues. Mike Po­gorzel­ski, Bear­wood

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