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Egghill Estate – Northfield

Raven Hays Rd from Beeches Rd - Egghill, Northfield

Raven Hays Rd from Beeches Rd - Egghill, Northfield 07/06/06

Recently described as ‘resembling Beruit’, the Egghill Estate near Frankley Beeches, Northfield, was built during the 1950s/1960s and encompassed many types of poor quality housing from the tower blocks which once lined Lower Beeches Road, to the prefab, concrete housing elsewhere on the estate: demolition and a fresh start was the only economically viable option.

The project has lurched forwards in fits and starts for the past 10 years with no visible signs of it drawing to a conclusion. For the families left inhabiting the largely derelict estate, life became so bad due to the local ‘youth’ stalking the area and smashing everything in sight that the Council employed ex-SAS operatives to undertake covert surveillance in order to build cases for prosecution.

It all seems a far cry from my youth as I grew up in a tower block on Lower Beeches Road and have what is probably a rose-tinted view of the area.  However, the estate today appears to be somewhat in limbo – the majority of the council housing has gone, a sprinkling of housing association housing has been built but vast swathes of the area are just rubble strewn pasture with no visible sign of any ‘regeneration’ at all.

The estate is still a high-crime black spot and, for those residents in surrounding roads, an eyesore and a magnet to the less savoury element of the region’s youth and joyriders. Just what has stalled the process so considerably I don’t know – if you do, please let me know – but I have placed a few photos on this page which should give you a ‘flavour’ of the current state of play including the shot above of Raven Hays Road which is at the heart of the estate and used to play host to the Housing Department’s Repairs Depot – somewhat ironic!

Discussion

3 comments for “Egghill Estate – Northfield”

  1. as a local shop.westcoat.i would like to thank the council for there help.in putting my rates up to £165 per month this year from £119 last year.the fact they can not be bothered with the decent people of egg hill is disgusting.over 8 years and my life savings have gone due to this estate being left.so much for there blind visions

    Posted by NOEL | September 30, 2009, 2:11 pm
  2. Yes I agree, the general abandonment of the estate by the Council is appalling!

    Posted by Andy Doherty | October 5, 2009, 8:17 pm
  3. i ust 2 live in pershore tower lower beeches raod, i moved from thier in 1999 an was told in 18 months 1 would b a returning 2 the new egghill ? nearly 10 years later im in the same rundown property that i thought was 0nly for 18 months , i have been told i am stil movin bk when they build an also have it in written ,from the council 1 have been givin many dates as 2 when they was goin 2 start building but it neva happens . can anyone give me more informatin as the council cant, my flat on lower beeches road was 10 times better than where i am now and the area , why did they put new windows in then waste money by demolising them a year later xx can any0ne please help me as i feel no 1 knows whats happin . thankyou ,

    Posted by hayley power | December 21, 2009, 4:40 pm

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