Birmingham’s Labour Council are pressing ahead with a £10 million redevelopment of Centenary Square. The plans feature a reflective pool to make people walk round, rather than across the square.
Local Lib Dem Colin Green said: "It is a complete waste of our money. How can Labour justify this when they’re cutting £10m from the homeless and domestic abuse budgets? Their spending priorities are just wrong.”
Ian Garrett added: “The council are failing to make their planned savings, meaning even more cuts this year. Yet they want to blow £10 million on a reflective pool. Centenary Square was only redeveloped a couple of years ago when the new library was opened. It is a great space that is used for craft markets and community events. It doesn’t need a new look.
“Labour needs to rethink its priorities over where it spends our money. When they’re making ever more cuts, this pool is an extravagant waste.”