There are some things about Acocks Green which we think are wonderful. That is why we are still here! For some of what is good to look at in Acocks Green note our picture at the top of our home page and please do check the excellent Acocks Green History Group website, also our own collection on Flickr – see links on the right here. On the other hand, for some of the not so good that we would like to change, see below …
Here’s the Warwick Road.
Warwick Road, looking towards the town centre
Junction of Dudley Park Road and Warwick Road
Lets have barriers … they encourage speeding! Note the speeding car. Findings are that barriers encourage speeding. In 2005 Birmingham Jazz musician Steve Ajao was crossing here, on the zebra crossing, when a speeding car collected him on its bonnet. He was flung off fifty yards down the road, and was unconscious for two weeks. Steve has spoken out in favour of our campaign.
We can think of a few more things too …
Does anyone, apart from our friends the local graffiti writers, really need this box?
Have we got enough? The Leisure Centre’s great, but how many signs to it do we need on one site? What about the colour and appearance of these signs? Which are more attractive, and which help more to give The Green character and identity, the signs or the buildings half hidden behind?
There’s plenty like this. It looks horrible for everyone. If you happen to be elderly, visually impaired, in a wheel chair or pushing a pram how great are these surfaces for you?
Unfortunately large prominent bins attract large prominent piles of rubbish bags (which is why Kensington has very few bins). Count the piles of rubbish bags in Acocks Green centre near rubbish bins. Better is regular emptying of a limited number of small bins. What about litter? After an attractive re-design areas like Kensington and Leamington report less litter being dropped. Tacky areas attract tacky treatment.
Yes, we have benches. Does this really look like an attractive place to sit, though?
Wouldn’t it be nice if Acocks Green looked more like the examples on our Improved Street Design page?