Consultation Hub

Welcome to Be Heard, Consultation Database for Birmingham's public sector. Accessing this website means you can participate in consultations about local issues that interest you. Using Be Heard means you can make your views known when decisions are being made about things that affect you and the area you live in.

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

What's On South Brum Year 2 - your views on making it better and bigger...

We asked:
What people think of What's On South Brum? What people use and don't use? What people would like to keep and what they would like to change? What ideas and contributions people might have to develop and sustain What's On South Brum?
You said:
That What's On South Brum is a great idea and providing a valuable source of information; That people would like to keep it and start to develop a wider, more collaborative approach, as well as provide some more regular administrative help to it; That in general the design, layout and content of the website and social media is either good or excellent; That people want to be kept informed of further consultation, changes, updates etc. to What's On South Brum and a number of people would like to actively take part in the planning and decision making.
We did:
A number of activities have now been initiated, some of which will take several months. So far the website has been completely refreshed to make it easier for different users to interact with it, also the information for practitioners and professionals has been completely re-jigged and updated. The next steps are to establish a multi-agency/multi-user steering group to shape who is involved in administrating What's On South Brum, as well as how. Also what partnerships could be made with other, similar platforms and to help local projects, clubs etc. develop their own presence on the web and social media.

A34 NORTH PERRY BARR PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS INFILL

We asked:
On the 7th November 2014 the consultation on the proposal to infill the three pedestrian subways between Aldridge Road and Walsall Road in 2015 closed. It is proposed to infill the three pedestrian subways between Aldridge Road and Walsall Road for later next year. This proposal is being implemented in advance of the re-development of the Birmingham City University site. The project will help to kick start transformational change within the area, which contains a number of potential development opportunities that are likely to come forward in the short to medium term. The proposal supports creating an attractive, safe and convenient route for sustainable modes and will help to stimulate future investment. The funding is in place and it is proposed to deliver this proposal in 2015 in advance of the redevelopment of the BCU teaching campus site.
You said:
Although we received no adverse comments to the overall proposal there were some specific issues relating to the scheme. • Will there be disruption to traffic during the construction works? There will be some disruption during the works with the extent depending on how the contractor will carry out the work and what access he requires. The Contractor’s temporary traffic management proposals will be submitted to the Council for approval. • The proposal does not address the poor cycling provision in the area? Cycling measures in the area are being considered as part of the Perry Barr to City Centre Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme that has recently been out to consultation. Improvements for walking and cycling in this area are identified within the Aston, Newtown and Lozells Area Action Plan. • Why not provide seating as part of the works to encourage the use of the area for sitting and chatting? Has the introduction of public art been considered? Currently the scheme does not include benches as the scheme is only a starting point of the wider redevelopment of this area. The central green area may be re-configured as part of the wider scheme in near future.
We did:
We would like to thank everyone who responded. We will review and complete the detailed design, taking into consideration the consultation responses. Following that a Full Business Case report will be prepared for approval by the Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy early in 2015. Subject to securing Full Business Case approval we would be looking at starting construction in the summer 2015.

Witton Road / Nobel Way Junction Improvement

We asked:
On the 2th September 2014 the consultation on the proposal to modify the junction of Witton Road and Nobel Way closed. The junction is the main access point into the IM Hub site. The proposal consists in signalising the junction in preparation of the Birmingham Wholesale Market relocation in to the IM Hub site and further development of the site.
You said:
The main comments received from the consultation related to possible impact on Witton Road traffic flows as a result of introducing traffic signals at the junction. Assessments carried out during options appraisal for the relocation of the Wholesale Markets and development of the IM Hub Site concluded that signalisation of the junction is required to better manage future traffic from the IM Hub site and ensure satisfactory operation of the junction, in preparation for the relocation of the Birmingham Wholesale Markets and further redevelopment of the Hub site. The junction was designed to ensure that unnecessary stopping time for traffic travelling on Witton Road is minimised.
We did:
The detailed design was reviewed and completed taking into consideration the consultation responses. Following this a Full Business Case report was prepared and approved by the Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy on 15th October 2014. It is currently proposed to implement the junction improvements in spring 2015.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.