Monthly Archives: March 2016

Darren Cooper RIP

I was heartbroken to hear this morning about Darren’s passing away. I deeply valued his personal friendship and his steadfast personal support over many years. He was someone who I could go to for advice about anything and he’d give it with wisdom, humour and realism.

I have lost a great friend. Sandwell has lost one of its great sons, and Birmingham has lost one of its great allies. We all feel lost today. The political and economic life of the West Midlands is also much the poorer for his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and the family: my heart goes out to them this Easter.

On behalf of Birmingham City Council and the citizens of Birmingham we extend our deepest sympathies to Darren’s family and the people of Sandwell.

Cllr John Clancy
Leader, Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Smithfield video

Video used to sell our city at MIPIM last week.

Birmingham Smithfield to create a new place at the heart of the city, attracting millions of visitors and over £500 million of investment

  • The ten year plan will see the redevelopment of 14 hectares of prime city centre land
  • The site will deliver over 300,000 sq. metres of floorspace, 2,000 new homes and 3,000 new jobs, adding £470 million GVA to the local economy and attracting millions more visitors to the region
  • The plan will see the creation of a sustainable and inclusive place that includes new cultural and leisure attractions, vibrant retail markets and a new residential offer.
  • The launch of the plan marks the start of extensive public consultation as the city seeks to deliver a legacy development

Find out more

Response to BIIP letter of 21 March 2016

In a joint statement the three group leaders Cllrs John Clancy (Leader of the Council, Lab), Robert Alden (Con) and Jon Hunt (Lib Dem) and Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, said:

“We accept in full the improvement panel’s latest assessment which sets out our progress to date against the recommendations made in the Kerslake report. The panel’s belief that it should end the current level of intervention, cease to meet and stand back to enable the council to focus even more sharply on continued improvement is welcome news.

We would also very much welcome them back to review our progress at some point in the near future, as they suggest. The advice and support they propose to offer in the interim would also be very helpful.

“The panel has stated we must build further momentum – and that is precisely our intention. We accept there is still more work to be done and at a faster pace. Therefore, we have no intention of taking our foot off the gas and we will be concentrating on ensuring sustained change across the whole organisation and, more importantly, delivering the best quality services and outcomes for our residents.

“There is a collective commitment to restore the city council’s reputation and help Birmingham realise its full potential, working with partners across all areas to continue this pace of change and improvement.”


Note to editors:

Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel recommends stepping back

To read the improvement panel’s letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark MP, and the associated background documents, please visit