Birmingham City Council?s plan to rename the historic Gun Quarter have been thrown into disarray following a backlash from the local community and those who accuse the council of pandering to political correctness.

The move had been proposed as part of the Birmingham Big City Plan, described by the council as ?the most ambitious, far-reaching development project in the UK?.

However, a council spokesman told Shooting Times that it is the name of the area in which the Gun Quarter sits that is changing, not the Gun Quarter itself. The spokesman said: ?It?s only right and proper that the wider area is called St George and St Chad?s because the Gun Quarter is only a small element of it.?

Amended drawings show the new St George and St Chad?s area as occupying all of the land formerly known as the Gun Quarter. Only a small part will still be called the Gun Quarter.

The rest of this article appears in 10th August issue of Shooting Times.

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