NEW: Take our Survey – What do YOU think of Acocks Green?

Take the survey or read more first. We have been running our survey for a while now. This year , however, it is more relevant than ever, which is why it is still here. A re-design is seriously being proposed for the centre. Discussions are taking place now. What do YOU think of Acocks Green centre? What do you like? What do you dislike? What would you change? Have your say NOW. An Acocks Green Shoppers’ Survey was commisioned by Birmingham Council at the end of last year, and the results have already been processed. However, as Council employees have themselves conceded this survey was mainly targeted on those who were shopping in Acocks Green. If you live, or work, in Acocks Green, but don’t shop there all the time why not? If you do shop in Acocks Green but missed the Council survey, here is your chance to jump in with your say, before it is too late. If you took the Council Shoppers’ Survey there may have been other questions you would like to have been asked. If you are a local trader, or service provider, in Acocks Green, what is your ‘take’ on things? Some of our questions are different, and there is space for extra comment. We will be sharing our results with the Council and the local media.

So far only 23.1% of respondents have agreed that they would feel happy showing visitors around the centre.

Here, verbatim, exactly as written, are the last ten responses to our question: What three things would improve the centre of Acocks Green? What do YOU think?

1. 1. Roads and pavements could be more attractive
2.The place could have a better “village feel” (think Knowle)
3. It does feel like it is “run down”.
Sun, Nov 8, 2009 4:48 AM
2. – A nice safe park with benches you can sit and watch people.
– Remove the guard railings.
– Have some more international restaurants, not just pubs.
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 2:15 AM
3. Improve main street paving (and more uniform), more flowers (i.e. like Olton), improve maintenance (i.e. more frequent street refuse/litter collections, removal of graffiti). Sat, Oct 24, 2009 1:04 AM
4. Remove barriers around the centre
Paint and brighten up the centre
Add a variety of new retailers such as bookshop, restaurant/gastro pub for families to eat
Wed, Oct 21, 2009 12:05 PM
5. Support locally owned and run businesses to develop and meet more of the needs of local people; Cut maximum motor vehicle speeds for safety of all road users, and better flow; Greatly increase the ratio of tree, shrub and flower plantings to hard landscaping; Sun, Oct 11, 2009 8:19 AM
6. Traffic flow thru the green.
The bus lane should go.
Too many lowrent shops
Sun, Sep 27, 2009 11:59 AM
7. more bins, local events, civic pride schemes

Remove parking opsite library & add grass & plants.

Tue, Sep 22, 2009 4:37 AM
8. Remove parking next to Wilkinsons & add grass & plants.
Bring in a farmers market on wider pavements.
Mon, Aug 24, 2009 1:26 AM
9. Make it less a through route for traffic and make it more inviting for pedestrians. Mon, Jul 13, 2009 3:36 AM
10. More indie shops/junk shops/book shops/curios shops
Get rid of graffitti
Disperse gangs/chavs and stop vandalism/destruction to public and private property
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 9:32 AM

4 Responses to “NEW: Take our Survey – What do YOU think of Acocks Green?”

  1. I am very disapointed in ‘the green’ and do not feel proud of it at all.
    In fact sometimes a bit embarrassed by it.
    It feels scruffy and run down.
    The roads and the most of the shops are scruffy and not useful.
    Like a previous poster said said ‘think Knowle’. Here there is a lovely village atmosphere and it looks clean and not run down at all.

  2. Bill Greenwell says:

    Traffic is the biggest problem in Acocks Green. Sherbourne Road is treated like a race track. Council seem totally disinterested. Mr Hemming seems more interested in outing footballers.

    • Justine says:

      I have complained about Sherbourne Road being a rat run and people driving their cars along the pavement when pedestrians are there, to Roger Harmer who wrote to the Council. They replied basically saying that until someone is killed or seriously injured they will do nothing about it!

      Seems a backward attitude to me, wait for someone to get injured then react? Why not act to prevent someone getting injured?

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