Papal Visit Preparations 2/9/10

Preparations for the Papal visit on 19th September are underway in Cofton Park. The car park has been closed and the surrounding area is now fenced off, but most of the park is still accessible at the moment. Work on temporary structures for the mass and beatification of Cardinal Newman has begun and we’ll keep you up to date as it develops.

Papal Visit Preparations 2/9/10
Papal Visit Preparations 2/9/10

Meanwhile, 10,000 letters have been sent out by Birmingham City Council to residents and businesses in the area, informing them of road closures and access restrictions over the weekend of the visit. It looks like the whole Longbridge/Cofton/Rednal/Lickey/Rubery area would be best avoided!

The map below was included in the council’s letter and restrictions will be in place from 6pm on 18th September until 8pm on 19th September. (NB Lowhill Lane will be closed from 8am on Saturday 18th September).

Papal Visit, Cofton 2010
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The red restricted area will have stewards at all entry points. Residents are advised to carry a utility bill bearing their address to gain access to their homes. People who work within the restricted area will need to carry a work ID, pay slip or letter from their employer. Carers who need to access people in need will need a proof of the client/family member’s address such as a utility bill and a letter from the cared for person.

The letter states that some residents will need an official access pass to get to their properties. These passes will be issued to affected addresses a few days prior to the visit.

There will be no bus services within the restricted area, so check information posted on bus stops or call Traveline 0871 2002233 or Centro 0121 200 2700 for info on alternatives.

Anyone worried about access to the area can call Birmingham City Council’s Papal Visit enquiry line on 0121 675 1164 or request information by email

We have noted that the whole of New Road, Rubery falls within the restricted area so how this will affect pubs, social clubs & restaurants etc on the Saturday night is unclear.* However, the letter does state that the time that restrictions are in place will be minimised if possible.

Here’s hoping this doesn’t cause too many problems for residents and businesses in the area!

*B31 blog particularly hopes Donato doesn’t have any problems getting to his Domino’s pizza!! ;)

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