The fate of Acocks Green centre is currently in the hands of politiicans, traffic engineer and concerned Acocks Green people. Will we get the changes that have been needed for thirty years? Acocks Green Focus Group is pleased to announce that at 6.30 pm, on 8 December there will be a presentation in Acocks Green Library on the important new publication Manual for Streets 2. This is a Government sponsored document aimed at bringing about some radical changes in thinking in the design and layout of urban high streets like ours in Acocks Green. The main speaker will be Phil Jones of Phil Jones Associates, with a supporting presentation fron Acocks Green Focus Group.
In 2007 new guide lines for traffic engineers and others involved in the planning and design of streets were produced by the Department for Transport in conjunction with the Department for Communities and Local Government and CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment). These guidelines called Manual for Streets (see our link on the right.) stressed the latest research on safety, and the needs of good community. They advocated a less heavily cluttered and more aesthetic street style with easier access for pedestrians. However, whilst these ideas were always relevant to problems in Acocks Green, the manual concentrated mainly on residential streets with low traffic.
In October of this year Manual for Streets 1 was followed by the much awaited Manual for Streets 2. This continues much of the approach of Manual for Streets 1 but is now targetted on urban shopping centres, like ours. Our main speaker, Phil Jones is one of the authors of both Manual for Streets 1 and Manual for Streets 2. He will be explaining the principles behind Manual for Streets 2 and, in the light of the current discussions already going on, we will consider how some of the ideas in
Manual for Streets 2 could work in our own centre in Acocks Green. However, delegates from elsewhere may also be interested to consider their application in their own in, or around, Birmingham.
More details to follow, but please feel free to contact us now (See our ‘Contact Us’ page on the right) to book your (free) place.