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City college plan to close off street stalls.

UNIVERSITY plans to close off a Jewellery Quarter street during the week "to protect students" have stalled.

University College Birmingham wanted to turn Holland Street into a branded 'Skill Street' and shut it off to the public with gates.

But council planning committee member Gareth Moore said it was "not a skills street and more a skills cage" and questioned whether such a move was necessary to protect students who are aged 14 and up.

Coun Moore (Con, Erdington) said: "I would like to support the planning application and support the UCB in what they are doing. But closing off Holland Street is a big stumbling block."

He said other college campus sites are open to the public with no safety worries.

The plan to close the street and create a canopy above it is part of a wider PS90 million campus extension which will see a neighbouring former factory converted.

Committee chairman Mike Sharpe postponed the decision to investigate the case. The council will ask Ofsted whether or not the street closure is necessary to protect vulnerable children.

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