Dear Editor, As residents of Malvern Road, Acocks Green, the road opposite the Glynn Edwards Hall, we wish to comment on your article. (Birmingham Post – 1920s hall is beyond repair, says landlord, August 23)
Firstly, we, and we are sure fellow residents, object to Acocks Green being labelled a deprived suburb. It certainly is not.
The demolition of the hall is not just opposed by conservationists, but by local residents who have written well over 100 letters of objection to the planning department, aired their views at public meetings and 120 signed a petition.
The Baptist Church and halls are not on the edge of the Stockfield estate.
The nearest part is around five minutes walk and the furthest at least 15 minutes away so it would not provide a ‘focal point’ for the estate.
We do appreciate the Baptist Church, like other denominations, has difficulty raising funds for repairs. However, after touring the Arthur Moore Hall recently, this does not look “in danger of falling down” as stated. But it is definitely suffering from neglect.
Your readers have seen photographs of the much-loved Glynn Edwards Hall, perhaps you should now let them see the proposed £2 million replacement.
Mike and Ann Clarke