It's a Big Lottery funded community led street design project focusing on the improvement of Kings Heath High Street following a collaborative approach to create a long term design vision for the area which aims to:
To create a safer and more attractive environment for everyone
Encourage more ‘green travel’ on local journeys to and from the High Street
Balancing movement and place functions: improving Kings Heath as a destination where people want to spend time.
We are working in partnership with Birmingham City Council.
Where are we at with the High Street Designs?
We are now moving into the final stages of the project which involve refining the details, making amendments according to the feedback we get. At this stage the design is still very much in development and open for feedback, we would like to hear from you if you haven't spoken with us already! We are following an adaptive process to try and reach an overall local consensus on the most appropriate solution to make the High Street a safer and more attractive place for everyone that uses it.
Getting your feedback on the current proposals at the Kings Heath Winter Fest in November.
How long do you have to feedback?
The community engagement and input into the design is ongoing until the end of January on the emerging designs before we collate all the information and pass it on to the council to undergo their formal consultation and approvals process. The comments we have had so far (and will receive until the end of January) will feed into the ongoing engagement we have been doing in KH with the local community so please tell us what you think and put forward any suggestions you may have.
As you know, the High Street is a busy local centre with many different functions and stakeholders. It’s our task to take all of this into account and consider the needs of the many different people that live, work, go to school in and visit this area within the final proposal.
The Future of the Kingsway..
Proposals have been submitted to the Council for the redevelopment of the Kingsway site on the High Street by a developer:
This part of the High Street has been highlighted regularly throughout the DIY Streets project as an area people feel needs improvement so we are trying to feed in your comments and ideas from schools workshops into the planning process to ensure cohesion with emerging plans for the High Street wherever possible.
The students from Queensbridge School worked very hard with the 'Old Picture House Project' and we are trying to translate their much as possible to try and translate their innovative ideas into the process.
After the success of our summer road painting trials to test out the road carpets on Valentine Road designed by the children at Kings Heath Primary. We are now looking for the remainder of the funding to make these road carpets permanent on Valentine and Poplar Road to act as an informal traffic calming measure and to highlight the presence of the school entrances. We are continuing the involvement of the Y5 street designers from the school who were very pleased to see their ideas come to life outside school!
For anyone who hasn't yet seen the Valentine Road playing out film, here's the Youtube link:
The Birmingham Mobility Action Plan (BMAP) has recently been published by the Council which sets out the 20 year vision for the City. Kings Heath and the High Street are identified in this as a 'Green Travel District' with a long term plan to create districts “with less congestion, less pollution, fewer accidents, and healthier, safer, more productive communities.” There’s more information on BMAP here: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/bmap . There is a specific action plan relating to how the Green Travel districts will actually be achieved in the supporting technical documents (package 4 pg 96 on the right hand side of the webpage) which does include reopening the train station in Kings Heath to help relieve congestion in the area along with other actions.
Image courtesy of BMAP.
Dates for your Diary..
Our upcoming events are to enable people to get more involved with the development of the designs and be able to input with feedback and suggestions. Its not too late to get involved!
16th December7:30pm: The High Street and Cycling. We will be running a workshop on the High Street design with a specific focus on cycling at Bike Lounge in the Hare and Hounds pub, 106 High Street, Kings Heath.
24th January 12 - 3pm: 'On the street' design workshops. We will be at various locations on the High Street (tbc) running workshops on different aspects of the High Street to help feed into the emerging design in order to help make final developments in the proposals. Come along and have your say!
Please get in touch for any further information about the above events.
We have some dates coming up where we would very much welcome a few extra pairs of hands please get in touch if you are interested:
Thursday 15th January 9 - 5pm & Saturday 17th January 9 - 5pm: High Street visitor travel surveys. We will be collecting vital data to inform the design so if you can spare an hour on either of these dates that would be great!
Saturday 24th January 12 - 3pm:'On the Street Workshops'. We are looking for volunteers to help with the different ideas stations along the High Street to facilitate discussions on various aspects of the High Street to help feed into the final stages of the design.
I'd love to hear from you....I’m Jenny Barlow, Sustrans’ project co-ordinator for the DIY Streets Kings Heath project. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the emerging High Street design, have any questions or to get involved.