News just in on the saga about the new library and the perma-regeneration of Birmingham city centre.
While work on the controversial new 'Library of Birmingham' is finally underway in Centenary Square, new projects are coming in concerning the future of Paradise Circus and John Madin's Central Library.
For those interested in how the site may look like in the future, sketches by architect Glenn Howells for Argent developers will be on display at a public information exhibition which is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at Paradise Forum.
In the meantime, the debate's heating up over the recent announcement that 1,300 Birmingham City Council staff are likely to be axed. The idea is to save £27.7m which, according to GMB union, will affect "frontline services", that is to say "mainly community day nurseries and youth services across the city".
This is big news, because exactly at the same time, as the Birmingham Post notes, "the council intends to borrow £135 million over 40 years, at a total cost of £300 million, to fund the [new library] project".