'Wet boulevard' suggested for Birmingham

A proposed 'wet boulevard' The report suggests creating a "wet boulevard" with water features to channel run-off

Related Stories

A so-called "wet boulevard" - a pedestrian zone with water features - has been proposed for Birmingham.

The proposed street, which would run from the Bullring shopping centre, towards the River Rea in Digbeth, is one of a number of suggested measures to regenerate the city's environment.

Were the measures carried out, a report suggests they could be worth more than £1bn to the city's economy.

The city council is carrying out "exploratory work" into the proposals.

'Significant flood risk'

The report, named The Ripple Effect, was commissioned by Defra's Technology Strategy Board in 2013 to look at the benefits of environmental regeneration.

It was compiled by Aecom, the company behind the Olympics site.

It said: "In the more urban areas, the Rea is hidden under bridges, behind buildings, and generally out of sight. It receives untreated surface water runoff from Birmingham's streets. The lack of focus and attention given to the river is noticeable."

Currently much of the River Rea flows through the city underground and has been given the Environment Agency's lowest rating for water quality.

The report said the river was the most significant source of river flood risk in Birmingham.

The River Rea The River Rea is "hidden" under bridges and behind buildings, the report says

However, the report also identified "opportunities" in Birmingham, in areas such as Eastside, Digbeth and the Southern Gateway, to improve the river's quality.

It said the benefits of regenerating the city in a "water sensitive" way would be worth around £1.05 billion over 40 years, as a result of improved water quality and supply, reduced flood risk and property values.

Birmingham City Council said it was working with Severn Trent and the Environment Agency to, "explore how the River Rea can form part of the regeneration of Eastside and other areas of the city it runs through, including Digbeth and Highgate".

It added the work was "at an early stage".

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Birmingham & Black Country

Weather

Birmingham

20 °C 13 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Motorcycle reward 12:41:

    BBC Midlands Today tweets: The National Motorcycle Museum is offering a reward of £20,000 after more than 100 trophies were stolen in a burglary

    Motorcyle museum
     
  2.  
    Referee controversy 12:34: Birmingham Mail

    Lee Clark preferred to steer clear of any assistant referee-related controversy despite seeing his side's Capital One Cup campaign derailed by a pivotal decision late in the game.

     
  3.  
    Did he want a trial? 12:26:

    Responding to Ben Foster's tweet about a Walsall FC player turning up at West Brom's training ground, Adam Neaves tweets: Be fair, Ben. He may have wanted a trial.

     
  4.  
    My money's on Manset 12:15: Joe Lynskey BBC WM Sport

    Following the news that a Walsall player turned up at West Brom's training ground earlier today, I can only assume it's new signing Mathieu Manset, who was suspiciously late for his press conference duty this morning.

    mathieu manset

    Unfortunately for him no one has come up with a French - Black Country translation device just yet.

     
  5.  
    M6 lane shut 12:13:

    One lane is closed on the M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work, BBC Travel News reports.

     
  6.  
    Adopt a donkey 12:09:

    Birmingham Donkeys tweets: Open daily 10-3pm In national nature reserve #adoptadonkey to support us http://www.adoptadonkey.org.uk 20 donkeys, 6UK locations, it's a great gift

     
  7.  
    New PCC wants speed cameras on 12:03: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    The new police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands says he wants to turn the region's speed cameras back on.

    Around 300 were switched off last March and replaced by mobile cameras and patrols.

     
  8.  
    Stolen trophies "irreplaceable" 11:54:

    The National Motorcycle Museum was broken into last night. Thieves made off with numerous trophies from a display cabinet.

    Motorcycle museum 28-08-14

    James Hewing, the museum's director, spoke to BBC WM earlier and said the trophies are "irreplaceable" and warned that it would be impossible to sell them because any specialist auctioneer would immediately recognise them.

    He fears, therefore, that they will be melted down, but added "the stupid thing is that a lot of them aren't silver - they're silver plated or nickel".

     
  9.  
    Bears 'must not get carried away' 11:46:

    Warwickshire will be in "confident" mood as they head for Chelmsford in the One-Day Cup quarter-final, according to director of cricket Dougie Brown.

    However, as they look to repeat their T20 win at the same stage against Essex earlier this month, Brown also warned that Saturday's T20 Blast final victory over Lancashire now counts for nothing.

    dougie brown
     
  10.  
    Cradley Heath bus assault 11:44: Halesowen News

    A Netherton man has been charged with sexual assault on a bus in Cradley Heath.

     
  11.  
    Help identify would-be terrorists 11:35:

    West Midlands Police has renewed calls to the public to help them identify would-be terrorists planning to travel to Syria and Iraq.

    The appeal comes after one of Britain's most senior counter terrorism officers, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, revealed there had been a rise in the number of Syria-related investigations in London and the West Midlands.

     
  12.  
    Oops - wrong ground 11:18:

    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster tweets: Ha, some Walsall FC player turned up at our training ground this morning in a taxi, Sorry lad, wrong team!

     
  13.  
    Walsall 0 - 3 Crystal Palace 11:13:

    Dwight Gayle (left) scored a first-half hat-trick as Crystal Palace eased past Walsall and into the third round of the Capital One Cup.

    dwight gayle (left)
     
  14.  
    News at 11 10:59: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    The latest headlines from BBC WM

    • Pressure is growing on South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner to quit following the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham
    • Speed cameras across the West Midlands could be switched back on
    • There's been a big increase in the number of long-term migrants arriving in Britain
     
  15.  
    Watch: Inside Out trailer 10:51: Andy Akinwolere Presenter, BBC Inside Out West Midlands

    Inside Out returns on Monday night with more surprising stories from familiar places. Have a look at our new 30 second trailer - see how many places you recognise.

    Inside Out West Midlands
     
  16.  
    Boy struck by car 10:50: Express and Star

    A 10-year-old boy has been hit by a car in Pendeford. The accident happened in The Droveway, near the junction with Armstead Road, at 4.40pm yesterday.

     
  17.  
    Birmingham 0 - 3 Sunderland 10:41:

    Birmingham manager Lee Clark's reaction to the home defeat against Sunderland in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

     
  18.  
    Curfew for flat trasher 10:37: Dudley News

    A man who trashed the Dudley flat he shared with his girlfriend when their relationship hit the rocks has been given a three month curfew.

     
  19.  
    Aston Villa 0 - 1 Leyton Orient 10:29:

    Premier League Aston Villa suffered a shock exit from the Capital One Cup as Romain Vincelot's late header gave Leyton Orient a dramatic victory.

    roman vincelot
     
  20.  
    Library of Birmingham 10:17:

    More than 2.7m people have visited the Library of Birmingham in its first year, managers said.

    library of birmingham

    The £189m building, which houses one million books, was built to replace the previous Central Library, which is due to be demolished.

     
  21.  
    Murder accused 'drank 25 cans a day' 10:08: Birmingham Mail

    A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death at their Midland flat regularly drank more than 25 cans of lager a day, a court heard.

     
  22.  
    West Midlands snubbed by foodies 10:06: Adrian Goldberg Presenter, BBC WM

    The Good Food Guide top 50 restaurants in the country came out yesterday - and Birmingham's been snubbed!

    Even though we've got 4 Michelin starred restaurants, cities with no stars, like Manchester and Liverpool, were both on the list.

    So I want to big up the West Midlands' best restaurants this morning - if you could put one restaurant in to the Good Food Guide, which would it be and why?

    Call in on 03453 00 99 56 or text 81333 (start your message with WM).

     
  23.  
    News on the hour 09:59: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Some 650,000 parents in the West Midlands have cut back on food in a bid to pay their rent or mortgage, according to housing charity Shelter. Hear more in the news at 10:00.

     
  24.  
    Watch: Police riot training 09:46:

    Watch this exclusive footage of riot training in action, offering an insight into the dangers faced by public order officers at West Midlands Police.

    riot police
     
  25.  
    City of Colours 09:44: Birmingham Post

    A sea of colour and artistry will descend on Digbeth next weekend for the first City of Colours festival.

     
  26.  
    Term bus pass 09:36:

    NX West Midlands tweets: Have you got your Term Plus pass sorted for back to school or college? You can sign up by direct debit til 7th Sept http://ow.ly/ALuUL

     
  27.  
    New striker 09:27:

    Walsall have responded to their slow start to the new League One season by making striker Mathieu Manset their seventh summer signing.

    mathieu manset
     
  28.  
    Top headlines
     
  29.  
    'Devoted Dad' 09:18: Birmingham Mail

    A biker killed in a horror road crash was a devoted dad who helped his baby son fight a rare form of cancer.

     
  30.  
    Park ready for winter 09:16: via Facebook

    Sandwell Valley Country park posts: In early June, we re-sowed one of our fields with a special mix, (barley, wheat, linseed and a few others) which are already starting to produce seeds.

    Field in Sandwell Valley Country Park which has been re-sewn

    Over the winter, when there is normally less food available, this field will be a really important source of food for many visiting and over wintering birds.

     
  31.  
    News on the hour 09:00: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Police are investigating a burglary at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. A range of trophies were taken from cabinets in the foyer sometime last night.

    I'll have more in the hourly news bulletin.

     
  32.  
    Watch: Revived donor liver 08:45:

    Doctors have successfully transplanted a "revived" donor liver into a patient.

    Satpal Mahal

    Surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, pumped warmed blood through the organ after it was transported 200 miles in an ice box.

    They said the liver - taken from a cardiac death victim - would previously have been deemed "unviable".

     
  33.  
    Chief executive's expenses 08:32:

    The £232,000-a-year chief executive of two health trusts claimed up to £30,000 in expenses for hotels and transport over the past year, it has emerged.

    The BBC has obtained records of 92 hotel stays by West Midlands and East of England ambulance services chief Anthony Marsh.

    anthony marsh wm ambulance chief exec

    The ambulance services said Mr Marsh's combined role actually saved £130,000 in public money.

     
  34.  
    Some sun 08:21:

    A fine morning with patchy cloud and some sunny spells. Showery outbreaks of rain will spread from the west this afternoon, the odd heavier burst possible, but should only last a couple of hours before clearing.

    weather
     
  35.  
    Solihull diversion 08:11:

    The A41 Solihull Bypass in Solihull entry slip road is closed southbound at the B4025 junction, because of resurfacing work. Diversion in operation - via Lode Lane and Hampton Lane to join the A41 Solihull Bypass. Expect delays.

    See BBC Travel for more local updates.

     
  36.  
    Good morning 08:00: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    Morning all, I'll be bringing you updates from Birmingham and the Black Country from now until 18:00.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can email or tweet us.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.