Kings Heath & Moseley Places for People

Closes 5 Nov 2021

Opened 29 Sep 2021

Overview

Places for People in Kings Heath and Moseley aims to reduce traffic in residential neighbourhoods so that it is safer for people to walk and cycle, and nicer to be outside for children to play and neighbours to chat.

In many parts of Birmingham, residents find their streets are busy with traffic, particularly when people are taking shortcuts to avoid main roads. When traffic is reduced the neighbourhood becomes quieter, the air is cleaner, and streets feel safer.

The principle of Places for People is that residents can continue to drive onto their street, have visitors, get deliveries, etc, but it is made harder to drive straight through the area.

The story so far

Last year, we introduced temporary measures in parts of Kings Heath and Moseley, most notably placing large planters and bollards to prevent motorised vehicles from using side streets to cut through and avoid main roads. Most of these changes were made on the west side of Kings Heath High Street, with just a few to the east.

These measures caused considerable controversy, and we received a lot of feedback from the local community, both through our formal engagement and outside this, with numerous conversations, emails, meetings and site visits taking place over the following months. What is very apparent from the feedback received is that people care deeply about Kings Heath and Moseley: they want it to be safe, welcoming and accessible for everyone, for local business to thrive, and for emissions to be reduced or eliminated.

Since the scheme was implemented, we have responded to your concerns where possible and made some changes, for example by moving the planters on Grange Road, supporting businesses on York Road to get vehicle access for their deliveries and changing timings of traffic lights on Vicarage Road. At the same time, we have stood firm on keeping the scheme in place and allowing time for it to ‘bed in’, knowing that changes to travel behaviour don’t all happen overnight.

You said, we did

In winter 2020/21 we conducted a review of the Places for People project delivered in Kings Heath and Moseley, alongside other schemes implemented during COVID-19, and in February/March 2021 we asked for your views to inform phase two of the project. We have also looked at research from other organisations, including the Department for Transport’s Residents’ Survey and Transport for All’s Pave the Way report. As expected, opinions remain divided, some people would like the whole thing scrapped, some feel the measures are not nearly enough and more radical action is needed, and many sit somewhere in between.

Feedback identified some general issues in the area, including too much traffic, dangerous driving and not enough safe cycle routes. Some people also told us about streets where these problems were especially present. On social media, people were concerned that the measures made it more difficult for emergency vehicles to access the area.

Where possible, the new proposals aim to tackle these issues: reducing the number of vehicles using many streets, an option for traffic calming, contraflow cycling on one way streets (so cyclists can travel in both directions) and an option for a cycle lane on Billesley Lane.

Although emergency vehicles have a key to remove the bollards, feedback from these services is that they prefer to navigate around the closures, with the quieter streets making it easier to do this than when lots of drivers were cutting through the side streets.

Finally, we know that residents of the more main roads are concerned about having more cars on their roads. We acknowledge that there will be some initial displacement of traffic as we prevent drivers from cutting through side roads. However, Places for People and other measures in the Birmingham Transport Plan are designed to drastically reduce travel by private car, shifting most local trips to walking and cycling and longer journeys to public transport. This large scale change in behaviour is needed to reduce congestion, but most importantly to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution and respond to the climate crisis.

What now?

Bringing together the results of our review, and the further local feedback received since then, we are now consulting on the next phase of Places for People in Kings Heath and Moseley. Through this, the scheme will be made permanent and new measures will be added, particularly to the east of Kings Heath High Street.

We are presenting four concept designs, meaning that the plans show where a measure might be placed, but do not include the detailed design of exactly how it would be arranged. There are two options for each side of the High Street (to the west - Option A and Option B and to the east - Option C and Option D). We would like to know which of each you prefer and what you like and dislike about them. This is not a consultation on whether the Places for People project should go ahead, it is about finding the best design for the next stage of the project.

A copy of the consultation leaflet, proposed designs and supporting notes, as well as details about online and public drop-in events, are available at the bottom of this page.

Next steps

Following this consultation, we will create a final, detailed design for both sides of Kings Heath High Street. That design will then be turned into an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO, the legal document needed to make changes on roads). The delivery of this scheme is likely to be in early 2022.

Give Us Your Views. Please note, your responses are being collected by Birmingham City Council and will be temporarily held by Jacobs who will prepare the consultation report.

Events

  • Teams live briefing session

    From 5 Oct 2021 at 18:00 to 5 Oct 2021 at 19:30

    We will give a presentation on the Kings Heath Places for People and give you an opportunity to ask the team any questions you have.
    Register for the event at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kings-heath-moseley-places-for-people-teams-live-event-tickets-181032381727

  • Business briefing

    From 6 Oct 2021 at 15:00 to 6 Oct 2021 at 16:30

    A briefing for businesses to find out more about the scheme and ask any questions.
    Register for the event at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kings-heath-moseley-places-for-people-business-briefing-tickets-181592938367

  • Drop in session - York Road

    From 12 Oct 2021 at 15:30 to 12 Oct 2021 at 18:30

    Come along to chat with members of the team, ask questions and give us your feedback. No need to book, just turn up at any time.
    Location: York Road.
    This event may be cancelled should COVID-19 restrictions change. This will be an outdoor event, and we ask attendees to be considerate of others and consider wearing a mask if talking to staff for a long time.

  • Drop in session - Kings Heath Community Centre

    From 19 Oct 2021 at 11:00 to 19 Oct 2021 at 14:00

    Come along to chat with members of the team, ask questions and give us your feedback. No need to book, just turn up at any time.
    Location: Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Rd, King's Heath, Birmingham B14 7DB
    This event may be cancelled should COVID-19 restrictions change. This will be an indoor event, and we ask attendees to be considerate of others and consider wearing a mask if talking to staff for a long time.

  • Drop in session - Kings Heath Community Centre

    From 26 Oct 2021 at 15:30 to 26 Oct 2021 at 18:30

    Come along to chat with members of the team, ask questions and give us your feedback. No need to book, just turn up at any time.
    Location: Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Rd, King's Heath, Birmingham B14 7DB
    This event may be cancelled should COVID-19 restrictions change. This will be an indoor event, and we ask attendees to be considerate of others and consider wearing a mask if talking to staff for a long time.

  • Drop in session - Cambridge Road Methodist Church

    From 30 Oct 2021 at 10:00 to 30 Oct 2021 at 13:00

    Come along to chat with members of the team, ask questions and give us your feedback. No need to book, just turn up at any time.
    Location: Cambridge Road Methodist Church, Cambridge Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 9UE
    This event may be cancelled should COVID-19 restrictions change. This will be an indoor event, and we ask attendees to be considerate of others and consider wearing a mask if talking to staff for a long time.

  • Business briefing

    From 1 Nov 2021 at 16:00 to 1 Nov 2021 at 18:00

    This is an event for businesses only. Residents should attend the drop-in sessions detailed on this page.
    A briefing for businesses to find out more about the scheme and ask any questions.
    Register for the event at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kings-heath-moseley-places-for-people-business-briefing-tickets-191601694827

Areas

  • Brandwood & King's Heath
  • Moseley
  • MOSELEY AND KINGS HEATH

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • cycling
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Regeneration
  • Transport (Including Walking)
  • City Centre Parking
  • Travel