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Birmingham's highest profile and most widely respected city council officer is leaving the city after being lured to London by the Olympics.
Regeneration chief Clive Dutton is leaving the council after four years to move to the London Borough of Newham, where he will work as the area builds up to the Olympic Games.
He will be responsible for a project that is expected to transform east London in one of the biggest regeneration projects of recent times.
 

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This is one of the biggest problems in the field of regeneration, there is never any continuity with staff. The results of which are manifested in multiple negatives ways. Another Head Of Regeneration will come in with fresh ideas and new approaches. But perhaps thats what the city needs.

Good Luck, a lot for him to get stuck into down there.
 

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he wants to play in the ocean of government & olympic/lottery money, while everywhere else has to do their best with a seasonal stream
 

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Clive Dutton leaves an impressive legacy in Birmingham
Jul 22 2009 by Paul Dale, Birmingham Post

Public Affairs Editor Paul Dale looks at the leading role Clive Dutton played in the projects designed to regenerate Birmingham.

It didn’t take long for the conspiracy theories to start racing around the Council House after Clive Dutton, Birmingham’s director of regeneration, surprisingly announced that he was quitting in order to take a similar job with the London borough of Newham.

Why leave a city of a million people where, we are constantly told, even in these recessionary times, some £20 billion worth of regeneration is in the pipeline and ready to go?

And why join a far smaller council, even if you are going to be responsible for “shaping the country’s Olympic legacy” after the 2012 Games?

The immediate suspicion among whisperers in the corridors of power was that Mr Dutton must have had a falling out, either with council leader Mike Whitby or chief executive Stephen Hughes, or possibly both of them.

There is nothing to substantiate this claim, other than the day-to-day stresses, egos and personality clashes that are common in any workplace, not least in the higher echelons of local government. The next most common supposition is that Mr Dutton must be getting out while his legacy – delivering the New Street Station refurbishment, the new library, the Olympic swimming pool, the Masshouse magistrates court – all appear to be serenely going ahead.

Could it be that one or more of these schemes is in trouble? Again, the answer is no. New Street relies largely on government money and all the indications from Transport Secretary Lord Adonis are that it will definitely go ahead and will not fall victim to the public sector spending squeeze. Similarly, Masshouse is funded by the Government.

Both the library and the Olympic pool will be paid for by the council, either through land sales or borrowing, and should not be affected by the recession.

The short answer to Clive Dutton’s departure, almost certainly, is that he feels he has achieved everything he can in Birmingham and, at the age of 56, it is time to move on to one last challenge. Jobs as important as delivering regeneration post-Olympic Games don’t come along very often, and this is a high-profile opportunity that will sit comfortably with Mr Dutton’s media management skills and ability to deliver the well-honed soundbite.

When he gets to Newham, Mr Dutton will discover, to his distinct advantage, that public money to oil the wheels of regeneration is far more available there than in Birmingham since the Government is determined to ensure that the borough enjoys long term benefits from the Olympic Games and does not simply become a wasteland after the competitors return home.

He is effectively moving with the money, leaving behind a far more uncertain climate in Birmingham where the recession has put the starting date and even the future of several major projects in doubt. Does anyone really expect to see work beginning any time soon on Arena Central and the V Building; the Weston five-star hotel at Snow Hill; Icknield Port Loop, dubbed Brindleyplace2; the vertical theme park at Eastside?

There was a taste of this at the Mipim international property fair in Cannes earlier this year, when city council leader Mike Whitby appealed to private sector developers to help Birmingham turn on a £20 billion investment tap. “We’ve got the plots, you’ve got the pots”, he said.

The trouble is, the council still has the plots but there is precious little sign of any pots of money among the city’s development community.

Clive Dutton will be a hard act to follow. In the four years that he has been heading regeneration in Birmingham he has become an increasingly influential figure and is one of a very small number of officers and councillors guaranteed access to Mike Whitby – usually accompanying the council leader on investment-seeking trips to America, China, India and the Gulf states.

He gave the council’s regeneration unit a new identity, removing it from control by the planning department, and was the moving force behind the Big City Plan – the first attempt to set out a strategy for future expansion of the city centre.

He’s demonstrated toughness in the past 18 months, risking allegations of overstepping the neutrality of council officials by speaking out passionately in favour of controversial planning applications including the expansion of Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s Edgbaston stadium and construction of the British Land Tower in Colmore Row. Some members of the council planning committee, who at times appeared browbeaten into approving high-rise tower blocks and development in conservation areas, may be glad to see the back of Clive.

Attention now will naturally turn to a replacement for Mr Dutton, who is expected to leave Birmingham by the end of October.
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/...pressive-legacy-in-birmingham-65233-24210373/
 

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er, 'his legacy'
none of its actually been done yet, so there is as yet no legacy.
& what about all the others that have worked on the projects, & those that will be financing them?

if we had gone with the original Eastside library plans, would that have been finished by now?
if so, that would be a legacy.
 
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