After years of false starts and deliberation in the next few weeks the city council is expected to confirm demolition plans for a dozen 13 storey tower blocks at Druids Heath.
For many it will be a case of good riddance - the towers appear unloved with peeling paint, broken fixtures and fittings and a weary grey exterior which has seen much better days.
But behind many of the doors are exquisite flats and loved living spaces and a thriving community. Not everyone is happy to see those flats go.
For Alice Hick the views across the north Worcestershire countryside from her balcony are stunning, unrivalled in the city.
She also enjoys watching the fireworks light up the sky for miles around on Bonfire night and New Year’s Eve. For her it’s like living in a posh penthouse.
Mrs Hick and her husband moved into the flat 11 years ago.
Unlike many on the estate she argues the towers are strong and with appropriate refurbishment and investment, could be desirable places to live and play a key role in answering the city’s housing shortage.
But her days there will soon be numbered as the block, Pleck House, is to be earmarked for demolition. Although being in one of the later phases of the sprawling estate’s renewal this is not likely to happen before 2025 at the earliest.
The views are not the only plus point - the sense of community and location near the M42 - convenient for both her and her husband’s daily commutes.
Alice, showing off the view said: “I don’t want to give that up. It’s an amazing location. It’s beautiful, there’s few views like it in Birmingham.
“I love looking out of my window.”
She also loves being close to neighbours and definitely does not want the local community broken up and scattered across Birmingham when the estate is transformed.
“There are very strong community roots here. There are people who have lived here for generations. I know more of my neighbours vertically than most people do horizontally.
“We do live very close to one another and it has bred a community which most would imagine comes from the 1950s.
“People will knock on doors asking for help, giving one another their keys, or to tell you you’ve left the car lights on. Everyone know’s one another’s names and how many streets of 40 residents do you know where you know three quarters of their names and their families. That’s what exists here. I don’t want to give that up.”
She believes the towers, despite recent neglect, are well built and could be restored.
“If only there was investment. These are incredibly built concrete homes are not going anywhere if they are looked after.”
There are downsides, but she feels that the cloud hanging over the blocks means there has been a lack of willingness to look after them.
“My kitchen is from the 70s, our boiler is probably from the 70s. It’s very much patch jobs. There’s water damage in the bathroom - it’s very much a case of ‘patch it up, that will do’.”
She said the CCTV has been out of order, including last November when her car was vandalised and admitted there’s been drug problem on the estate - but these could be tackled.
And wonders if renovation, rather than demolition, would be a better deal for both taxpayers and the residents.
She is worried about the area being filled with ‘beautiful little starter homes which none of us can afford’ while the current residents are ‘scattered’ to far flung parts of the city.
In a plea to the council housing department she added: “They need to at the very, very least need to provide concrete clad guarantees that people will be allowed to remain, that people will not be evicted, that they will be allowed to return to the place they live in.”
Other residents were not so keen to see the towers preserved, but many want to stay in the Druids Heath area. Their councillor Julien Pritchard is lobbying for a right to return once the new housing is available, but with 600 flats to be replaced with 250 homes, of which 40 per cent will be sold, this may not be possible.
Cllr Pritchard argues that the new building should include more low rise apartment bocks to increase the numbers of properties available for those who wish to stay.
Council housing director Clive Skidmore said: “All concerns of residents in affected buildings have been taken into account and factored in to the regeneration plans and where there is a need for relocation, we will work closely with council tenants to ensure that they are suitably rehoused.
“The aim of the regeneration of Druids Heath is to ensure that modern and efficient housing continues to be available for all citizens.”