A leading developer took a sideswipe at Birmingham City Council yesterday over big project wrangling.
Richard Allen, chief executive of Calthorpe Estates, urged the local authority to concentrate on "delivery" and not get hung up on obstacles.
Speaking at a Birmingham Forward, Birmingham Business Breakfast Club and Calthorpe Estates briefing at the Botanical Gardens, he said £1 billion of investment would be going into the south-west of the city in the next five years and it was important the infrastructure was in place to support it.
Projects include the development of the Tally Ho site opposite Edgbaston cricket ground, the Pebble Mill scheme and Edgbaston Shopping Centre.
Mr Allen said Birmingham should be focusing on key issues such as skills and jobs, and " one or two major projects".
In his view, the redevelopment of New Street Station had to be the priority. His preference was for a new station at Eastside and capacity problems needed to be solved.
But, in a comment about what he described as the " uncertainties" hovering over New Street and the metro extension, he said it was important such issues were tackled in a timely fashion.
"Let's not focus on obstacles; let's focus on the delivery," he insisted.
There was a danger that continued debate on how to go forward could lead to an " uncoupling" between agencies and, if that happened, there was a danger the city might fail to meet its objectives.
Council cabinet member for regeneration, Ken Hardeman, said he understood the business world's frustrations about the slow pace of infrastructure projects, but it was simplistic to blame the city council.
Coun Hardeman ( Con Brandwood) said: "It is a matter of putting funding streams in place to deliver these big projects.
"Since taking office I have tried to free up the log-jam of major development issues to try to give people confidence to come and invest in Birmingham."