PEOPLE in Solihull are feeling increasingly discontented about the area’s regeneration, according to one of the neighbourhood’s leading community figures.
Rev Neil Roberts is based at Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church and is calling for more discussion between local residents and the people driving the regeneration project.
“I think that the regeneration people did try and involve the people early on in the consultation, but less so as the projects have developed,” said Rev Roberts.
“The community isn’t really used to projects on this scale and they probably needed more time to get their heads round it. Now they are starting to raise questions and issues about the project.”
His comments follow a damning verdict by resident Maxine Greenwood - who had initially supported the regeneration scheme, but began to doubt whether the developers were listening to the people’s views.
This week, Rev Roberts encouraged locals to make their thoughts known to the partnership.
“I think people need to write in, come along to community meetings and make sure that they have their say. We need to take that opportunity.”
In-Partnership, the driving force behind the £1.8 billion scheme, said last week that they took consultation very seriously.
Duncan Sutherland, director of the partnership, said: “We are still committed to working with people each step of the way, and many of the schemes already underway have been altered through the direct input of local people. Our consultation has, and always will be, more than a paper exercise – we go out to the communities, even knocking doors to get people involved.”
For more about Maxine’s views and the full response from the regeneration partnership go to www.solihullnews.net.