11 things Brummies want for the city in 2023 - from better housing to appreciation for our accent
As much as Brummies love their multicultural city, they also want it to grow and thrive, and here are 11 things that they want in 2023
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The second city has much to offer to residents and visitors. Whether you are looking for beautiful parks, canals, or entertainment. You can enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life and quiet reflection of the countryside in and around Birmingham.
But, while there is much that is great about Birmingham there are a few things that us Brummies feel need to change to make our city thrive even more. This culturally diverse city can become a real place for amazing opportunities and growth for the right people.
As much as Brummies love their multicultural city, they also want it become even better - here are 11 things that we want for Birmingham in 2023 - please let us know if there are any more we should add:
1. More affordable housing
Birmingham has an acute shortage of housing across all sizes and tenure type, according to the Birmingham City Council website.
In October 2022, West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor Andy Street unveiled new Investment Zones. He shared the ‘Levelling Up Growth Prospectus’ which focuses on housing and regeneration as well.
There are projects like the Perry Barr residential regeneration project that are ongoing that will add thousands of homes in the next couple of decades. However, there is great demand for affordable housing now and people are struggling to get on the property ladder.
2. More arts facilities
There are amazing musicals to be seen in Birmingham and with The Lion King show coming here in 2023, it has added to the cultural landscape. However, the city would benefit from more arts facilities and investment.
While the Birmingham Hippodrome, the Symphony Hall, the Town Hall, Utilita Arena and Resorts World Arena have a variety of entertainment options - the arts and entertainment industry in the region would get a push with more investment here.
3. Birmingham City to win the championship
There would be nothing greater than seeing Birmingham City F.C. win the Champions league and Brummies hope that day would come soon. Loyal fans have never given up hope for the club.
4. Aston Villa to win the Premier League
If Brummies want the Blues to the championship, they also want Aston Villa F.C. to win the Premier League. Locals have faith in the two football clubs, after all Aston Villa has won the Premier League seven times already and they can surely do it again!
5. Better transportation
The HS2, Pineapple Road Station in Stirchley and Moseley Village Station are expected to improve connectivity for the city. The metroworks are ongoing and are expected to serve over 80 tram stops, more than 20 transport interchanges and link Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Dudley, Brierley Hill, Digbeth, North Solihull, Birmingham Airport, the NEC and HS2.
More recently, changes to bus routes have taken place with more providers coming in to play as well. All of these initiatives are going forward while also keeping in mind to make the region net-zero carbon.
Some residents want the tram to go up to Birmingham airport.
6. More cycle lanes
There are many people keen to switch to cycling as a mode of transport. For those people, Birmingham City Council has made it possible to hire cycles. You can see the map of docking stations for cycles that can be hired on the West Midlands Cycle Hire website.
However, the city doesn’t have enough cycle paths with many calling Birmingham unsafe for cyclists as well. A council spokesperson had previously told BirminghamWorld: “We are of course fully committed to improving cycling facilities and other sustainable transport options in the city, in conjunction with partners at a regional and national level – as is evidenced by the development of new cycle routes and bike hire services.”
7. Reasonably priced food
With the cost of living crisis, food costs have gone up significantly and pushed people to access food banks as they are unable to afford this necessity. 14938 is the number of parcels for adults given out by the Trussell Trust between April and September 2022. The total number of parcels given out during that period, including children, is 23,424.
While Birmingham City Council has made almost £500,000 worth of grants available to food banks, food clubs, food pantries, social supermarkets, and community cafes people are still struggling.
8. More recognition for the hospitality industry & the excting restaurants and bars
Birmingham’s hospitality industry has created a name for itself with multiple restaurants in the Michelin guide and being named the most exciting food destination in the Good Food Guide in 2022.
9. Less council tax
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt had announced in April 2022 local councils in England and Wales could increase council tax by 5% without a referendum but that is not what the residents of the city want.
Charity Citizens Advice Birmingham said that if you live in Birmingham and are claiming Universal Credit, you can also claim Council Tax Support from Birmingham City Council.
10. Recognition for the amazing tap water
It’s no joke how good Birmingham tap water is and many residents agree. One resident said on Twitter: “Disliking the taste of Birmingham tap water is a sign of an unsophisticated palate.”
Another added: “Birmingham tap water is genuinely God tier.”
The water is supplied by Severn Trent and it comes all the way from Wales’ Elan Valley.
11. Much-deserved appreciation for the Brummie accent
The Brummie accent gets some flak but the dialect deserves to be preserved. If Peaky Blinders’ fame is anything to go by, that accent is not something to be ridiculed. OK the actors may not have replicated it quite as well as we would have liked in the early days, but Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby smashed it in the end. And who doesn’t love those dulcet tones from the likes of Alison Hammond. That OK bab. Now it’s time for us to 0121.