Interesting article on the Politics show BBC1 on Sunday.
The beeb gave a very balanced short film on this project which was the best I have seen. They recognised where this building fitted in with future development of West Brom and there was no hysteria about the cost etc. Just good reporting with little political bias.
The two panellists though were poles apart. I wonder where the beeb got the Tax Payers Alliance spokesperson from (somewhere up in Cuckoo land) and indeed I wonder what gives her the right to speak out against this project. She had never been in the building and as far as I know does not live in West Brom and her unscientific claims to have talked to residents about it were totally unsubstantiated. She represents an organisation which is not elected and as far as I can see represents nobody. I never heard such tosh being claimed in such a patronising way about the good people of West Brom. She gets a big thumbs down from me.
Councillor Badham on the other hand gave a well thought out account of what is happening and what will be the future for this building. I think the good councillor won the debate outright and well done to him.
I have said many times on this blog that the centre of West Brom will be revitalised by this project when the rest of the development is underway. At the moment it is perhaps five years ahead of the rest of the development and as such it must be hard for many residents to see where it all fits.
To Sandwell Council please keep faith but not to much council tax money it must be a wealth creator.
We now hear that a Tory MEP and the leader of our local Tories are coming up with proposals for the building and according to local press this gives real hope for the project. The proposals so I believe include a bowling alley and an up market gym. Why am I sobbing over my keyboard? Excuse me for appearing cynical here but the Tories have done nothing but complain about the building with little or no thought what their negative campaigning would cause to the projects future so I have little faith in their crocodile tears approach at this critical time. My advice would be to shut up and leave Sandwell council to get on and run the place.