Council Asks Indian Consulate to Move


Move Has Resulted in a Major Road Being Congested

Residents living in Edgbaston are angry after the Indian Consulate decided to move in to their area.


The move has resulted in a major road being congested. Vicarage Road, in Edgbaston has been called, “unsafe” ever since the Indian Consulate moved there three months ago. Complaints from people living on the road include one-way signs being ignored and the clogging up of private bays.


One resident, Andy Malins said, “This is a residential road with limited parking and its causing chaos. We’ve had parking across driveways, on double yellow lines and abuse of disabled badges. Life is totally intolerable. I’ve even had people offering to pay to park in my drive.”


Previously based in the Jewellery Quarter, it is one of three Indian visa centres in the country; with the others being based in Manchester and London.


With a move in the residents favour, Birmingham City Council has told the Consulate that they have two months to find a new place to operate from.  


Calthorpe Estates have called the use of the building as “unauthorised.” Sales and Marketing for Calthorpe Estates, Jayne Herritty said, “We have not authorised this use which we consider to be in breach of lease covenants.


“We believe the nuisance being reported to us by neighbouring residents and commercial occupiers is unacceptable.”


It is believed that the Council has given the Consulate a list of alternative, but suitable, buildings for it to operate from. 


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