School pupils help name street on Birmingham housing development
Local residents have chosen the name Martineau Road for a new development built in Birmingham by Midland Heart and Westleigh Partnership Homes.
A group of pupils from Tile Cross Academy, Shard End, surveyed residents to choose the most popular name and were at the site off Sheldon Hall Avenue to help unveil the street sign.
Local people chose Martineau Road for its historical links to the site which was previously home to the Lower School of Sir Wilfrid Martineau School, named after the well-known Birmingham family. Their final choice was also endorsed by the Tile Cross Residents Association.
The £8.2 million development brings 64 high-quality two, three and four bedroom properties for affordable rent and purchase through shared ownership. The first residents are expected to move in by the end of this year.
Joe Reeves, Executive Director of Growth and Corporate Affairs said: “This scheme is great news for the Shard End area of Birmingham as it not only regenerates a disused site, it helps to meet the needs of the area’s ever-growing population by providing much-needed, affordable homes. This development is an important part of Midland Heart’s commitment to building more than 2500 homes over the next five years.”
The site was cleared early in 2017 to make way for the development which is funded by a £1.86m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and ourselves.
Gino Siani, Westleigh Partnerships’ head of new business for the West Midlands said: “We are pleased to be playing our part in delivering these affordable homes for the benefit of the community in Shard End, which will go some way towards addressing the shortage of affordable properties in the local area.
“We would like to thank our partners at both Midland Heart and the City Council for helping us to make the scheme a success and special thanks goes to the students at Tile Cross Academy for their assistance in finding a name for Martineau Road.”
Chris Etheridge, head teacher of Tile Cross Academy said: “I am really pleased that the heritage of the school is being reflected in the new development. I am also very proud that our pupils were able to work with local residents to help choose what the new road should be called.”
Sir Wilfrid Martineau was Lord Major of Birmingham from 1940-41 and was among five generations of the Martineau family to be Mayor or Lord Mayor of Birmingham in the 19th and 20th centuries. He and Robert, Thomas, Ernest and Denis Martineau were recognised by the Birmingham Civic Society in 2008 with a Blue Plaque within the entrance lobby to Birmingham's Council House.