Highbury estate


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Highbury consultation ends

There was a public consultation meeting about the future of Highbury, on the 26th November at Queensbridge School.
The City Council (sole Trustee for Highbury) has decided to proceed with their preferred option, presented during the consultation. This will involve, leasing Chamberlain House to nearby Uffculme School.
For further information contact please call : Birmingham City Council, Neville Davies Highbury Estate Consultation Team on 07824433497 or go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/legalservices/highbury

See at the bottom of this page the response sent by Moseley Community Development Trust.

a brief history

The Highbury Estate was left by the Chamberlain family for the citizens of Birmingham . Moseley CDT and others have struggled since 2004 to have a constructive dialogue with Birmingham City Council about the future of the estate. The campaign by local residents groups to save Highbury Trust has forced the City Council to think again about how it manages Highbury Trust, its conflict of interest and the Charity Commission's request for Highbury to be used for charitable activities. For many years the City Council used this charitable asset for its core activities until the Charity Commission intervened, some 13 years ago. In recent years, the City Council has removed its offices from part of the estate, but left its civic catering operation there, commissioned an options appraisal and has begun to introduce some charitable activity.

An overview of Highbury (photo prepared by David Papadopoulos-Friends of Highbury Park).

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Highbury south elevationHighbury south elevation

Joseph Chamberlain

Joseph Chamberlain was born in Camberwell London, coming to Birmingham
aged 18 to work for his uncle Joseph Nettlefold at his screw factory. He was
elected as a Liberal town councilor 1867 and became mayor of Birmingham in
1873 holding the office for three successive years. He was responsible for
domestic gas and electricity, the building of Corporation Street and the
beginnings of slum clearance; largely thanks to Chamberlain Birmingham
famously became known as 'the best governed City in the World'.
He entered Parliament 1876 and became Gladstone's President of the Board of
Trade 1880. He was largely responsible for the fall of the Liberal government
following which he led the Liberal Unionists who joined a coalition with the
Conservatives; Salisbury appointed him Colonial Secretary 1895 after which
Chamberlain was instrumental in directing government colonial policy during
the Boer War.
He built and lived at Highbury in Moor Green, Moseley; his library
remains intact. He was married three times; his eldest son was Austen
Chamberlain; his son by his second marriage was Neville Chamberlain, who
also became Lord Mayor of Birmingham and then Prime Minister

Response to Highbury consultation paper 2012_Dec 2012.pdf548 KB