Dear Editor, The final decision on the funding for New Street Gateway is an undoubted triumph for Councillor Whitby and his refusal to blink in negotiations with the Government. Achieving this momentous victory is a great tribute to his determination, nerve and tenacity and he and his colleagues are to be congratulated on their success.
We must also pay tribute to all those in the Midlands who have supported this campaign and who have demonstrated that by working together we can achieve much more than by pursuing our own individual objectives.
No sooner has one challenge been dealt with than another few come into focus. While the ultimate delivery of the project is undoubtedly the greatest challenge, the most immediate one is to ensure that the design of the new Gateway is something in which we can take pride.
There is a risk that we end up with another anonymous new building, like all those boring apartment buildings spreading like a rash across our city. Quiet simply, this must not happen.
We must be brave in accepting a design that will become symbolic of the innovative, creative city that we are. Like it or not, the Selfridge building has begun to awaken a new image for the city. Now, the Gateway has the potential to become the major landmark that people everywhere associate with Birmingham.
So, out of the ashes of the disgrace that is the current station, let the phoenix emerge to become the uplifting, stylish gateway to the most progressive city in the country.
Congratulations and jubilation
Dear Editor, The announcement of the final funding for New Street Station (or Gateway Plus as it is to known) is to be greeted with congratulations and jubilation.
Particular congratulations to the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby, for his perseverance, Liam Byrne and many local MPs for their tireless work behind the scenes, and to the Government for at last listening to the united voice of Birmingham.
The Birmingham business community has for several years had New Street Station at the top of its agenda, not only as the station at the nation's rail crossroads, but also as the single most important traffic infrastructure project for the benefit of the citizens of Birmingham.
Jubilation, too, because now we have proved to ourselves what we can do when we really put our minds to it, we can now go on to really great things.
Birmingham Business Focus
Dear Editor, It is gratifying to learn that the Secretary of State for Transport has at long last given major funding to the redevelopment of New Street Station.
It is now hoped that the consortium of West Midlands Councils will come to a speedy conclusion of their dispute with Ruth Kelly over the funding of the extension to the West Midland Metro.
The demand that congestion charging is implemented before any funding is available is putting the cart before the horse.
Sutton Coldfield ..SUPL: