THE Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins has officially kick started construction work at Shirley’s Parkgate development.
The multi-million pound mixed use scheme has promised to breathe new life into the town centre by bringing a host of new shops, housing and jobs to the area.
Coun Hawkins was invited to the site this week to ‘cut the ground,’ to officially mark the start of the development.
“This has been a long time coming and I can’t wait to see the development completed,” he told us.
“I have lived here for 29 years and Parkgate is a very positive thing for Shirley.
“I feel truly honoured to be invited here today and I’m very pleased to be able to help get work started and start moving towards a regenerated Shirley.”
The project is expected to be completed by Easter 2014, with demolition work underway in the next few weeks.
Shirley Advance, the developer, has been working on the scheme since 2004.
Robert Birch of Shirley Advance said: “We are delighted to be building a much needed scheme which will make a real difference to this area, both as a retail centre and as a place where people can come to meet friends and socialise.
“We look forward to delivering a scheme that Shirley residents and business owners will be proud of.”