We are told that the new plans for the Warwick Road/A41 currently being drawn up in conjunction with Birmingham City Council, Solihull Council, Centro and Atkins Global, will be available for viewing on the Warwick Road website from around Friday 4 December. These plans are the result of consultations with local groups so far. There is a link to the Warwick Road Project Team website here These plans will be for the full length of the Warwick Road from Stratford Road to Lode Lane, Solihull. The earlier plans, however, looked promising for Acocks Green, and, hopefully, local suggestions are now being taken on board. There will be a second phase of consultation at the end of January when details like the precise locations of items like trees and traffic lights will be added in.
Meantime, we are sad to note that Acocks Green Prontaprint closed recently. The franchise print and business admin services shop has served the local business community and local organisations, including The Focus Group, for many years.
We hope that the new plans will continue to take account of issues like the poorly planned layout of the Warwick Road as it enters Acocks Green village from town, with its present chaos of notorious and unloved bus lanes which cause hold-ups for all (including buses), three crossing stages between Wilkinson’s and Barclays, central paved section, guard rails and generally wasted space. Shops caught behind guard rails in the section between Barclays and Pizza Express have long complained of difficulties of access for both deliveries and customers. Stephen Andrews of Prontaprint was reported in the local press as far back as 2005 noting that he was tired of seeing 60 year old delivery men having to vault the railings in front of his shop. Stephen repeatedly warned us that he was not sure how much longer he could carry on, given that getting supplies delivered on time was becoming a worry because
of the guard rails. The Vitamin Shop owners complained of similar difficulties at an Acocks Green Village Partnership meeting in June this year. We witnessed this for ourselves, with staff having to leave the Vitamin Shop to collect deliveries passed to them over the rails; something very difficult with larger items. The Focus Group has also had discussions with the management of Pizza Express on problems caused by the railings.
This is just one of many issues which urgently requires redress. We eagerly await the new plans.
There is also some further information on immediate plans for this part of Acocks Green Centre, on Cll Roger Harmer’s site here.