Birmingham’s Christmas market will lose the big wheel and ice rink from this year. Labour’s £10 million reflective pool in Centenary Square means there will not be room for the City’s usual attractions. The pool is a wasted opportunity to do some social good in the city. Now it is going to spoil the Christmas festivities too.
In July's edition of Focus, we said "The next time Labour tells you there's no money, remind them of this. They're spending £10 million pounds redeveloping Centenary Square. We reported in December that it was a missed opportunity and that the money could be better spent.
"The redevelopment work over the last 30 years has transformed the city centre. It is a wonderful place, but Centenary Square has already been done. It is already a great public square. It doesn't need a £10 million reflective pool. So the next time Labour tell you there is no money for building a homeless shelter or a centre for helping people who have been abused, remember it is because they spent it on a decorative pond."
The money for this project comes from more than once source and couldn't just be spent on anything, but the same objectives could be met while spending the money on something more worthwhile than a pond. It is dissapointing because it is a lost opportunity.