by Roger Harmer on 18 July, 2013
Birmingham City Council is currently (until 30th July) consulting on potential changes along the A41 Warwick Road and Acocks Green Local Centre. The schemes are part of a larger programme called Smart Network, Smarter Choices which is being delivered across the West Midlands.
The scheme, on the A41 Warwick Road, includes improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users, such as the provision of pedestrian crossing points, shared use footways and cycle lanes.
In Acocks Green Village the scheme includes improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users, such as the reduction of carriageway lanes from 2 to 1 in each direction, widening of existing footway, provision of high quality stone footways and street furniture, formalising of parking restrictions and installation of 20mph zone/speed limit.
These proposals build on work I initially championed back in 2008, when I secured development funding to look at options for Acocks Green Centre. At the time funding for implementing the project was not available but I was determined that we should develop plans so that when money did become available – as it then did with the Smart Network, Smarter Choices scheme – we would be in pole position to have Acocks Green Centre improved. My view was that this was the best way to ensure the plans had maximum community input and that by having plans in the file would be an advantage when funding appeared. So it has proved. There was significant community involvement in the development of the plans, with individual residents and groups such as the Acocks Green Focus Group having their say at events in locations such as Acocks Green Library.
The consultation can be accessed here. It affects the full length of the Warwick Road through Acocks Green. On the site the final two attachments are those that affect Acocks Green Village and documents 6-11 impact on other sections of the Warwick Road in Acocks Green Ward. The proposals have not been finalised yet, so your comments are definitely worth making!4 Comments