Birmingham Mail have picked up on the vigil we organised yesterday, as did Midlands Today, Break Tru TV and others. Thank you to everyone who turned up. We're so close to 1000 signatures now- the council can't continue to ignore Reservoir users.
To: Birmingham City Council (and councillors Albert Bore, Kath Hartley, Sharon Thompson and Carl Rice)
Birmingham City Council to meaningfully engage with Edgbaston Reservoir users about its future
We call for Birmingham City Council to openly and meaningfully engage with Reservoir users about developments on and around Edgbaston Reservoir.
To date, Birmingham City Council has engaged in tokenistic 'consultation' with Reservoir stakeholders and decisions about the Reservoir's future are being made without the community's genuine involvement. Some decisions being made risk the reservoir's future as a Local Nature Reserve which is open and available to all. Thousands of new homes being built in the area will rely on the Reservoir for their green space. You don't know what you've got until it's gone. We call on Birmingham City Council to enter into an open, transparent collaboration with Reservoir users by:
- asking unbiased questions about the future of the whole Tower Ballroom site.
- recognising what reservoir users are saying in its future actions.
- co-designing workshops to democratically shape a long term future for the whole Tower Ballroom site.
- revaluing the Reservoir in wellbeing terms rather than financial terms.
Why is this important?
Signing this petition will help guide us Reservoir users towards shaping the future of Edgbaston Reservoir that WE want and take a stand against BCC's tokenistic consultation processes.
The resa is a Local Nature Reserve loved by its users, and should be valued in terms of its huge contribution to our wellbeing, not something which can be repeatedly cited by the council for financial exploitation by developers.
Together, we can look after and shape our reservoir. You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.