Silver Waters. I kid you not…

Soon to be developed… What’s in a name, anyway? Imagery from Google Earth.

I notice with some amusement that the Taylor Wimpey housing development between the Watermead and the Tesco petrol station in Brownhills has been given the nod, and has been christened with the utterly preposterous name of ‘Silver Waters’. Obviously harking to the name Silver Street and the presence of a canal within driving distance (but not exactly waterside), this will conjure up wonderfully bucolic visions of mountain streams and babbling brooks in the minds of unsuspecting potential buyers. Until they see it, that is.

Of course, I may have missed the point totally, and there’s some Aussie connection and the moniker is designed to evoke lost cult antipodean reality show ‘Sylvania Waters’ whilst avoiding copyright traps. Whichever the case, we’re getting a new 36 home estate up the back of Tescos and B&M, and they’ll have a derelict shopping centre to look out on.

Mind you, it’s also nice to see that this development ‘…forms a key part of an ambitious master plan to regenerate the town’, which I’m sure will be excellent news to all readers of the blog. Would anyone having sight of such a plan please post a copy to Walsall Council immediately, as they seem to have lost their copy.

You can find out just how excited Taylor-Wimpey are by this enterprise over at their site. Lovely jubbly.

Here’s the press release:

Housing plans given the go ahead in Brownhills

18th May 2012

Taylor Wimpey Midlands has been given the go-ahead for a select development of 36 homes on Silver Street in Brownhills.

Silver Waters will include a range of two, three and four bedroom properties suitable for both first time buyers and growing families. Homes will not be released for sale until the summer, but already Taylor Wimpey has received a high level of interest from prospective purchasers.

Roger Northam, managing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, said: “Silver Waters is an attractive development in a great location close to the town centre and adjacent to the canal. Although there will only be 36 properties in total, we have still designed a scheme with a good choice of homes to suit a wide range of local people. Not surprisingly, we’ve already had a lot of enquiries about the homes and would urge people to register their interest as soon as possible so we can let them know as soon as the properties go on sale.”

The development will be the first opportunity for people to purchase a Taylor Wimpey property in the town for many years. The five star rated housebuilder prides itself on building well designed, quality homes and offering a range of schemes to help buyers get on or move up the property ladder.

Silver Waters, enjoying handsome vistas to the east…

The company also invests in the wider communities where it builds through various donations and sponsorship opportunities and this will continue in Brownhills. In addition to supporting local initiatives, Taylor Wimpey will be contributing £300,000 towards local education, healthcare facilities, affordable housing and public open space in the town.

Silver Waters takes its name from its location in close proximity to the Wyrley and Essington Canal, which during Brownhill’s thriving coal mining era in the mid 19th century, formed a fundamental part of the Midlands transport network. The exciting new development forms a key part of an ambitious master plan to regenerate the town.

To find out more about the new homes available at Silver Waters, visit

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7 Responses to Silver Waters. I kid you not…

  1. Rob says:

    On the subject of bucolic visions do you ever wonder what the name “brownhills” conjures up in the mind of unsuspecting travellers?

    • Hi Rob.

      Not really, Brownhills seems self-explanatory. For years, other areas have brought their spoil & rubbish here and dumped it, whereupon we rearrange it a little and declare it scenery.

      Let’s not forget late Victorian Clarkson ‘wag’ Charles G Harper, who made a living travelling the UK and slagging off anything that wasn’t London:

      We have reached that abomination of desolation called Brownhills. Words are ineffectually employed to describe the hateful, blighted scene, but imagine a wide and dreary stretch of common land surrounded by the scattered, dirty and decrepit cottages of the semi-savage population of nail makers and pitmen, with here and there a school, a woe-begone chapel, a tin tabernacle, and a plentiful sprinkling of public houses. Further imagine the grass of this wide spreading common to be as brown, and innutritious as it is possible for grass to be, and with an extra-ordinary wealth of scrap iron, tin clippings, broken glass, and brick-bats deposited over every square yard, and all around it the ghastly refuse heaps of long abandoned mines. Finally clap a railway embankment and station midway across the common, and there you have a dim adumbration of what Brownhills is like.

      It’s not pretty, but it is home, and I do love it so.



    • dinkey says:


  2. Hi folks. Had some alternate suggestions from someone who’d rather stay anonymous, anyone got any others?

    Stairlin Wairter’ (took me awhile, read out loud if you’re thick like me)

    Cairleigh Close
    Wairleigh Close
    Silverstone Drive
    Batters Way
    Donkeys Meet
    Cowens View
    Aitchessfore Cutting
    Locomotion Lane
    Kingdoms Close
    Whippet Moor
    Station Way
    Couplings Close
    Engine Lane
    Beemers Park
    The Settlement
    Copper Close
    Steeler Way
    Slackness Alley
    Brownhills Lodge
    Skylarks View
    The Badgers

  3. JeepBoy says:

    Silver Waters – more like Golden Showers 😉

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