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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

14 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
  4. If anoyone has any info I’d be interested to know too – I get the feeling the Council have forgotten about the place to be honest!

    Posted by Andy Doherty | January 3, 2010, 9:12 pm
  5. i have been told by a tenant that lives on raven hayes that thier is work startin in march ? i have phoned the housing an the person dealin wiv egghill is of intill the 12 jan , SO WHEN SHE PHONES ME BACK WITH ANY INFORMATION I WILL LET U KNOW ,

    Posted by hayley | January 4, 2010, 2:49 pm
  6. Much appreciated – look forwarding to hearing their reply.

    Posted by Andy Doherty | January 11, 2010, 1:34 pm
  7. Interesting to find mention of Lower Beeches Road after having a look round on the internet. My gran lived in Northfleet Tower on this since the flats were built until she was moved out due to demolition in 2000 sadly passing away only 6 months later.

    If anyone has any information about why these tower blocks were knocked down when there is still no visible sign of any regeration of this area I would be interested to know!

    Posted by Chris Johnson | June 6, 2010, 3:03 pm
  8. well i was reading this page and didn’t understand where you were all talking about but thinking back we lived in the masonetts at the back of the digle years ago my old man and gus and his twin had motor bikes and mick had one arm and they would repair cars and bikes in the early seventies and i remember there been lots of rats around and the bon bon and chippy were great after school hang outs i would never had thought the council would have let this place run so low and im shocked that the tower blocks have all gone where i would sit with girlfreind tracey kalien on the park i feel for you all down there my heart always belonged there and ashamed to say im glad im not there my farther now lives in frankley and even thats the pits

    Posted by darren sherwood | September 24, 2010, 1:55 am
  9. the people of egghill and surrounding areas must realise.we are all worthless nobodys to the council.we have had third class service and somtimes no service from that shower of s***.its really about time every decent person in northfield got together and told them what we want.and not what they decide what we get.i could write a book on how bad we have been treated and used here in northfield

    Posted by noel | October 22, 2010, 9:56 am
  10. I see some building of 50 or so houses has started on the Tessal Lane side of the site but it’s a drop in the ocean and surely much more is to come if the area is to be ‘regenerated’.

    Posted by Andy Doherty | October 22, 2010, 7:21 pm
  11. I also lived in Pershore Tower,moving in november 1969, We moved out in 1971 choosing the over spill option of which i have never regretted , Birmingham Coucil said it would be up tp 10 years before any possiblty of a house in the area . I have been back in the area and yes it is sadly neglected. Yvette

    Posted by Yvette Skett | December 18, 2010, 6:15 pm
  12. Hi Andy Heath here. Having read through some of this site I see that you’re a bit of a Guru for all things Northfield. Is there anything out there about Vineyard Road? I lived there from 80 to 87 and even though it was deemed as one of the worst places in Birmingham to live (high praise indeed and I kid you not, we were told this by a Birmingham Council officer many years ago, apparently it was where the trouble tenants from all of Birmingham were evicted to to keep the trouble in one place – lovely). I however had a fine old time there in spite of the burned out cars, flexible attitude to ownership of property and various other issues. It backed onto the school playing fields (known affectionately as the “players”) and was the home of the Northcross Boys Club too. I would love to know/read more about the place as in spite of it’s very obvious shortfalls I have fond memories of pretty much all of my time there. Hope that you’re well buddy. Heath

    Posted by Heath Thomas | March 1, 2012, 10:48 am
  13. Reading all of your comments I feel really sad. My grandparents lived in Trescott Road from 1930 until 1993. My Mum worked in the shop next door to Trescott Road school from 1942-1952. I used to love going to visit and playing in the ‘Spinney’. Although I knew it was never the poshest of places I always felt safe and secure as a child there and my grandparents were always very proud of their house and the area.
    Can someone tell me the name of the churches in the area as it is my Mum and Dad’s Diamond wedding anniversary and they got married nearby? I’m not sure of the name of the church. Would love to arrange a surprise visit on the day. Thanks

    Posted by Kim Pickford | May 29, 2012, 3:46 pm
  14. at last.now building work has begun can we remember the very old egg hill estate.i will kick it off by remembering the old scout hut that was at top off frogmill lane.also.way befor tower blocks was built there was a fete in the fields backing on to where they was going to be.only ever remember it once.and the old level crossing.we used to talk to train drivers leaning out there steam trains and letting us put little stones on the track

    Posted by noel | August 25, 2014, 4:48 pm

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