the area has grown up over the past quarter of a century, it has
not been free of controversy.
The naming of the Old Peoples' Home, at a time when the
former South African President was still a political prisoner,
caused some comment.
The Mirage Youth Centre was not welcomed by all while the
greatest row, over the proposed Western Orbital Motorway link, which would have scythed through the edge of the area, seems
to have been finally been laid to rest though who is to say that
it might not raise its head again in another guise in the
the edge of Pendeford two developments are still going on, aimed
at attracting jobs and investment to the area.
Work started on the Pendeford Business Park early in 1988
with the demolition of the hutted camp and the provision of
infrastructure for the Park.
Several firms have been attracted to this new site, most
noticeably Birmingham Midshires Building Society which employs
about 250 people.
The offices, adorned with water features and a modern sculpture,
The Champions, by Clare Biggar, were opened in December,
Another recent venture is the Balliol Business Park,
built on land behind the Dowty Aerospace works and named
after Boulton Paul's post war trainer aircraft.
area between the business parks is now designated as
Pendeford Wood and is being developed as a nature reserve
with paths and information boards.
Bluebell Wood, on the corner of Wobaston Road and Lawn
Lane is now part of the Black Country Urban Forest.
of Pendeford is now a pleasant mixture of residential
development and open spaces.
what of Pendeford Future?
Will the Western Orbital Motorway scheme be revived?
Will more housing and business parks be developed to
extend to the M54?
Will the South Staffordshire Community Forest meet up with the
Black Country Urban Forest and bring another massive forest to
Pendeford's border so that history will repeat itself?
That's for the historians of the future to report on!
The original account was published to coincide
with Pendeford's Eighteenth Birthday Party.
Any further contributions which may shed more light on
Pendeford's Past will be welcomed at the Library or by members
of the Pendeford Local History Group.
This ad hoc group also welcomes anyone with an interest in any aspect of
First Edition produced in May, 1996.
Pendeford Local History Group,