Plans for a Brum 'Fifth Avenue' in Digbeth
Digbeth High Street could be turned into a permanent events area capable of staging concerts attended by 50,000 people, if a senior city councillor gets his way.
Martin Mullaney, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, wants to deliver “Birmingham’s version of New York’s Fifth Avenue”, where parades and other public functions could be staged on a regular basis.
The idea to use Digbeth High Street in such a way was first proposed by Professor Michael Parkinson, who was hired by the council to advise on development of the city centre over the next 25 years.
But the proposal has been given fresh impetus following chaotic scenes last weekend at the Christmas Lights switch-on, which exposed the unsuitability of using Millennium Point for large-scale public events.
A concert starring X Factor winners JLS had to be abandoned after an estimated 24,000 fans broke through a perimeter fence.
Coun Mullaney believes the High Street would be capable of accommodating 50,000 people safely and could become a regular spot for the biggest bands.
Millennium Point has been a controversial choice for concerts since 2003, when a decision was taken to stage New Year’s Eve festivities in Eastside rather than the city centre location of Centenary Square.
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