Members of your City Centre Neighbourhood Forum committee are very unhappy with this recently installed advertisement banner on the former Grand Hotel on Colmore Row. It seems a totally inappropriate installation on the facade of such a beautiful listed building. Not only does the banner create a negative visual impact on the building, its prominent location results in it detracting from the cathedral and surrounding conservation area.
Committee member Jon Lord has checked with Birmingham City Council, who confirmed that no application for the banner has been received.
It is important to note that unauthorised works to a listed building is an offence under Section 9 of the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990. Could this apply here?
We are very disappointed that it has been allowed it to deteriorate over the past few years without any realistic action plan to renovate such an important historic building.
What do you think?