Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

The Failed Casino Bid

The Failed Casino Bid

The Casino Advisory Panel has today published the provisional shortlist of successful proposals for a regional casino from cities across the UK.

The Council's flawed decision not to submit a bid on behalf of Birmingham, but to support a bid on behalf of Solihull means that the Midlands does not appear anywhere on it.

Having tirelessly campaigned on behalf of the region with help from supporters, local businesses, and a petition of over 50,000 signatures, Birmingham City Football Club is utterly disappointed that Birmingham is now well and truly out of the running in the competition for a regional casino and the limitless and potential opportunities it would have opened up.

Yet again, leading UK cities, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow are amongst the eight successful proposals that will now be taken forward to the next step of evaluation and Birmingham has missed out.

Despite the efforts and words of warning to Birmingham City Council concerning the utterly stupid decision not to submit a bid, but to plough on with the flawed joint application with Solihull, the Birmingham Sports Village was snubbed for a site-specific location in Solihull, as opposed to a broader location in Birmingham.


'As we quite rightly anticipated, the NEC project has been rejected and there is absolutely no opportunity for Birmingham to be chosen in its own right,' said Blues' Managing Director, Karren Brady.

'I have claimed all along this would be a travesty for the region if we missed out and I am so saddened that this is now the case.

'We have lost a once-in-a-lifetime chance to catapult this region into a true international destination.

'We have now lost the opportunity to regenerate an inner city area, create thousands of jobs, homes, wealth and generate a huge economic boost for the city.

'The Birmingham Sports Village would have done this and without a shadow of a doubt it represented the strongest bid for the area and one that I am sure could have won on a national level.

'It cannot be said that the Government has snubbed the Midlands; we snubbed ourselves, as an application for Birmingham was never submitted.

'It was foolish to believe that the Midlands could win it when Birmingham never applied.

'Birmingham City Council's appalling decision not to submit an application that would have had a huge impact on the city and region, today and in the future, was based on a short-term solution to support the ailing NEC and not on the long-term benefits for the people of this city.

'With no back up plan considered or in place and a distinct lack of foresight from the City Council cabinet, the City of Birmingham has yet again missed out and sadly we have to wonder if we have a council worthy of running our city, as slowly their decisions drain us of our second city status.'
Source: Official Site

With Midlands' football as a whole suffering a somewhat disasterous season as least we can take solice in the fact that our astounding, and forward thinking Council can't possibly be as bad as our neighbouring hero Mr Ellis. Whilst other cities move forward and take advantage of whatever scheme they can cling to in an effort to improve the area I can't find fault with anything in the statement from the club. The decision to not even attempt a sole bid from Birmingham is ludicrous and although no apology from the Council will be forthcoming, they certainly owe us one.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Wednesday May 24 2006
Time: 5:18PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Will Be Back!

Comments

0
unlucky
green giant 12
25/05/2006 00:49:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Birmingham City Articles

One To Watch: Marvin Emnes

Sask's opinion about the oppositions best player.

Fan View: Blackburn Rovers

Rob Wildey speaks to a Blackburn Rovers fan ahead of their trip to St. Andrews.

EFL - The Stats Ten Games In (30/9/16)

The Football League, or as it wants to be known now, the EFL, have compiled the statistics with the vast majority of clubs now ten games into the new 2016/17 season.

Key player Vs. Blackburn

Luke Turner picks a key player for this weekend's game...

Archived Vital Birmingham Articles

Vital Birmingham articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Editor email
Profile
Christopher Handy
no email
Profile
Saskia Bowes
no email
Profile
Rob Wildey
no email
Profile
Luke Turner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where do we need to strengthen in the emergency loan window?
Suggested By: Tom Heslop
In goal6%
In defence21%
In midfield5%
In attack68%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 10 7 1 2 22 5
2 Norwich 10 6 2 2 20 5
3 Newcastle 10 6 1 3 19 11
4 Brighton 10 5 3 2 18 6
5 Brentford 10 5 2 3 17 9
6 Bristol City 10 5 2 3 17 6
7 Birmingham 10 4 5 1 17 4
8 Sheff Wed 10 5 2 3 17 0
9 Reading 10 5 2 3 17 -3
10 Barnsley 10 5 1 4 16 6
11 Wolves 10 4 3 3 15 2
12 Fulham 10 3 5 2 14 -2
13 Ipswich 10 3 4 3 13 0
14 Leeds Utd 10 4 1 5 13 -2
15 Forest 10 3 3 4 12 -2
16 Q.P.R. 10 3 3 4 12 -4
17 Aston Villa 10 1 7 2 10 0
18 Burton 10 2 4 4 10 -2
19 Preston 10 3 1 6 10 -4
20 Derby County 10 2 3 5 9 -4
21 Wigan 10 2 2 6 8 -2
22 Blackburn 10 2 2 6 8 -7
23 Cardiff 10 2 2 6 8 -9
24 Rotherham 10 1 3 6 6 -13
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 14 2016 7:45PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 7:45PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 21 2016 7:45PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.WayCoolBlue59
2.gazal45
3.David Village14
4.Rob Wildey7
5.Plynch6
6.BcfcTom4
7.LukeTurner2
8.Mark Jones2
9.savaloy1231
10.Sask1