We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

We asked

During October and November 2023, we asked for your views on the proposals to reduce the speed limit on Birmingham’s roads that have an existing speed limit of 40 miles per hour (mph) to a new lowered speed limit of 30 mph.
There were 25 roads across Birmingham that were proposed to have a reduced speed limit. 
 

You said

During the consultation a total of 1,674 responses were received:

Support 30 mph speed limit - 635 (37.93%)

Neutral (support & oppose) - 90 (5.38%)

Oppose 30 mph speed limit - 949 (56.69%)

Of the 1,674 responses to the consultation, 1,323 provided further comments. These comments were reviewed and categorised into the main concerns/interested area(s) of their response. Details of these can be found in the full document attached at the bottom of this page.

The results of the consultation were shared with the Cabinet Member for Transport together with a technical review assessment on all of the listed roads. Although noting that over 55% of the responses did not support the scheme, a significant percentage of those (approximately 25%) were not necessarily against the scheme proposals but were concerned with there being inadequate levels of enforcement, and as a result, the scheme would not deliver its objectives.

Following this review, the Cabinet Member for Transport has decided to proceed with the scheme proposals for all roads, taking this forward to formal consultation.
 

We did

The scheme is aligned to the core principles of the Birmingham Transport Plan -reducing the speed, volume and dominance of vehicular traffic.

A new Birmingham Road Harm Reduction Strategy is in development that aligns to these principles and will set out the Council’s commitment to a Vision Zero approach to road safety. This aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, whilst increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all.

Following feedback from the consultation, some of the extents of existing 40 mph have been reviewed and will be amended accordingly. 

One road (Walmley Ash Lane / Cottage Lane, Sutton Coldfield) was removed as it did not meet the scheme’s criteria as its existing speed limit was not 40 mph.

Next Steps

The overall scheme requires approval through the Council’s governance process and a Full Business Case (FBC) report is being prepared to gain formal scheme approval.

There will be a formal consultation advertising the Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) currently planned for Spring 2024. This consultation is required to legally introduce the new speed limits.

We will advertise the scheme through local public notices and information boards to advise people of the proposed changes and where they can submit their comments.

We will also run a public awareness campaign when the speed limit changes are being made.


Further information
If you would like any further information, email the Transport Planning Team at connected@birmingham.gov.uk.

We asked

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You said

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We did

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We asked

Birmingham City Council asked for your comments on the proposal to alter the age range from 4-11 to 4-16 years. Increase the pupil numbers from 108 to 287 with effect from September 2025.

You said

A total of 61 responses had been received, 53 in favour, 3 opposed, 4 neither/don’t know and 1 not indicated. 6 of the responses were from Pupils at the School, 39 from Parents/ Carers of pupils at the school, 2 from Governors at the school, 2 from staff at the school, and 9 from local residents

We did

We analysised the consultation results and provided the decision maker with a copy of the summary and all comments received for their consideration (Personal or identifying information is removed from responses before sharing with the decision maker).

The decision maker approved the proposal for implementation. Please see decision letter attached to this webpage. A full copy of the decision report can be found via a link at the bottom of this webpage.

On 19th December 2023 Birmingham City Council determined to implement the proposal as approved. The proposal will be implemented September 2025. A link to the decision report can be found at the bottom of this webpage (this includes a summary of the consultation results).

We asked

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You said

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We did

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We asked

Between 3 June and 2 July 2023, we ran a consultation on a proposed layout option for this area. The consultation received over 1,200 responses to the online survey, around a further 100 emails, and included two very well attended drop-in sessions.

You said

There was a mixed response to the various proposals consulted on. There was support for the aims and principles of the project, with 46% of respondents expressing positive sentiments towards this compared to 43% expressing negative sentiments.

Concerns were particularly highlighted in relation to:

  • the proposed introduction of modal filters on Willow Road and Elm Road
  • proposals to make some roads one-way, especially Beaumont Road and Hole Lane
  • a proposed segregated cycle track on Heath Road

We did

It is clear that there is a need for further engagement with residents, businesses, and other groups to refine these proposals or develop alternative options. This would be arranged on a localised basis, bringing people together to consider measures for a certain group of streets, while still developing a holistic scheme that delivers benefits across the whole area.

Over the coming months, we will work closely with the Councillors for Bournville & Cotteridge ward, Cllr Liz Clements and Cllr Fred Grindrod, to facilitate further meetings and discussions with residents and other stakeholders to develop ideas for a revised scheme.

We asked

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You said

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We did

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We asked

To seek the determination of a statutory proposal by Birmingham City Council 
(LA) of Gilbertstone Primary School (the School) to:

  • alter the lower age limit from 3 years to become 4 years, resulting in removal of nursery provision with effect from 1st September 2023

You said

A total of 46 responses were received - 4 in favour, 41 opposed, 1 neither/don’t know
The responses were from - 1 pupils at the school, 36 parents/ carer of pupils at the school, 1 local residents and 4 others.

We did

We analysised the consultation results and provided the decision maker with a copy of the summary and all comments received for their consideration (Personal or identifying information is removed from responses before sharing with the decision maker).

The decision maker approved the proposal for implementation. Please see decision letter attached to this webpage. A full copy of the decision report can be found via a link at the bottom of this webpage.

On 12th July 2023 the Council determined to implement the proposal as approved. The proposal will be implemented September 2023. A link to the decision report can be found at the bottom of this webpage (this includes a summary of the consultation results).

We asked

To seek the determination of a statutory proposal by Birmingham City Council 
(LA) of Kings Heath Boys (the School) to:

  • Change the provision from a single sex (boys) school to a co-educational school from September 2024.

You said

A total of 80 responses were received - 65 in favour, 16 opposed, 1 neither/don’t know
The responses were from - 2 pupils at the school, 10 parents/ carer of pupils at the school, 1 governor at the school, 3 members of staff, 50 local residents, 1 Birmingham city Councillor, 1 Member of Parliament and 14 others.

We did

We analysised the consultation results and provided the decision maker with a copy of the summary and all comments received for their consideration (Personal or identifying information is removed from responses before sharing with the decision maker).

The decision maker approved the proposal for implementation. Please see decision letter attached to this webpage. A full copy of the decision report can be found via a link at the bottom of this webpage.

On 3rd July 2023 the Council determined to implement the proposal as approved. The proposal will be implemented September 2024. A link to the decision report can be found at the bottom of this webpage (this includes a summary of the consultation results).

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We did

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We asked

How will the legacy from the Commonwealth Games improve access to physical activity opportunities (both participating and spectating) for our disabled citizens and communities?

You said

You provided different ways in which access to different types of physical opportunities could be improved.

We did

We included these within our recommendations in the report to City Council, and these were agreed on 18 April 2023.  The report is available at https://bit.ly/3ImUSlB.

We asked

Birmingham City Council asked for your comments on the proposal to Amalgamate two schools (by discontinuance and enlargement) at St Edmund’s & St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School from September 2023.

You said

A total of 4 responses were received, 1 in favour and 3 opposed. The responses were from 4 Parent/Carer of pupil at the School.

We did

We analysised the consultation results and provided the decision maker with a copy of the summary and all comments received for their consideration (Personal or identifying information is removed from responses before sharing with the decision maker).

The decision maker approved the proposal for implementation. Please see decision letter attached to this webpage. A full copy of the decision report can be found via a link at the bottom of this webpage.

On 2nd February 2023 the Council determined to implement the proposal as approved. The proposal will be implemented September 2023. A link to the decision report can be found at the bottom of this webpage (this includes a summary of the consultation results).

We asked

  1. We asked if park visitors, nearby residents and stakeholders were in support of the proposed parking charges at Lickey Hills Country Park.
  2. We asked residents, park visitors and stakeholders for their investment suggestions for Lickey Hills Country Park.

You said

  1. The majority (419 of 670) respondents to the informal consultation were not in favour of the proposed parking charges (62.5% against).
  2. A number of investment suggestions were received ranging from improvements to pathways and health and safety improvements, to building/asset investment and improvements to facilities.

We did

  1. The decision has been made to discontinue the proposed parking charges programme in parks in light of the feedback received and the fact that the state of the market/economy has changed since the proposal was first introduced in 2017. Hence the proposed parking charges at Lickey Hills Country Park are no longer proceeding.
  2. The investment suggestions received have been presented to the Cabinet Member for Environment. However, without the funding coming from the now halted car parking income it will be a challenge to raise the funding required for these suggestions but recognising the huge value that parks provide a project has been set up to explore alternative funding sources.

We asked

  1. We asked if park visitors, nearby residents and stakeholders were in support of the proposed parking charges at Woodgate Valley Country Park.
  2. We asked residents, park visitors and stakeholders for their investment suggestions for Woodgate Valley Country Park.

You said

  1. The majority (287 of 407) respondents to the informal consultation were not in favour of the proposed parking charges (70.5% against).
  2. A number of investment suggestions were received ranging from improvements to pathways and health and safety improvements, to building/asset investment and improvements to facilities.

We did

  1. The decision has been made to discontinue the proposed parking charges programme in parks in light of the feedback received and the fact that the state of the market/economy has changed since the proposal was first introduced in 2017. Hence the proposed parking charges at Woodgate Valley Country Park are no longer proceeding.
  2. The investment suggestions received have been presented to the Cabinet Member for Environment. However, without the funding coming from the now halted car parking income it will be a challenge to raise the funding required for these suggestions but recognising the huge value that parks provide a project has been set up to explore alternative funding sources.

We asked

  1. We asked if park visitors, nearby residents and stakeholders were in support of the proposed parking charges at Sheldon Country Park.
  2. We asked residents, park visitors and stakeholders for their investment suggestions for Sheldon Country Park.

You said

  1. The majority (83 of 124) respondents to the informal consultation were not in favour of the proposed parking charges (66.9% against).
  2. A number of investment suggestions were received ranging from improvements to pathways and health and safety improvements, to building/asset investment and improvements to facilities.

We did

  1. The decision has been made to discontinue the proposed parking charges programme in parks in light of the feedback received and the fact that the state of the market/economy has changed since the proposal was first introduced in 2017. Hence the proposed parking charges at Sheldon Country Park are no longer proceeding.
  2. The investment suggestions received have been presented to the Cabinet Member for Environment. However, without the funding coming from the now halted car parking income it will be a challenge to raise the funding required for these suggestions but recognising the huge value that parks provide a project has been set up to explore alternative funding sources.

We asked

Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) asked for your comments on proposed bus priority measures on the A435 Alcester Road South between the Maypole island, Druids Heath and Featherstone Road, Kings Heath as part of the Cross City Bus Priority Programme.

The consultation was held between 17 October and 25 November 2022 via an online survey on the TfWM and Birmingham Be Heard websites, on-street surveys within the area, paper surveys available in local libraries (Kings Heath and Druids Heath), drop-in sessions and other feedback (e.g. social media, letters and email).

You said

A total of 1114 responses were received to the consultation with an additional 50 responses via email.

Proposals were presented in four sections:

  • Section 1 Proposed bus lanes northbound (into city) from Idmiston Croft to Millpool Gardens
  • Section 2 Proposed bus lanes southbound (out of city) from Sladepool Farm Road to Stot Fold Road
  • Section 3 Amendments around the A435 Alcester Road South/Broad Lane Junction
  • Section 4 Northbound (into city) bus lane from Appian Close to Featherstone Road

Section 1: Proposed bus lanes northbound from Idmiston Croft to Millpool Gardens

52% of respondents supported or strongly supported the proposals with 24% opposing or strongly opposing the proposals.

Section 2: Proposed bus lanes southbound from Sladepool Farm Road to Stot Fold Road

55% of respondents supported or strongly supported these proposals with 21% opposing or strongly opposing the proposals.

Section 3: Amendments around the A435 Alcester Rd South/Broad Lane Junction

61% of respondents supported or strongly supported these proposals with 24% opposing or strongly opposing the proposals.

Section 4: Northbound bus lane from Appian Close to Featherstone Road

15% of respondents supported or strongly supported these proposals with 74% opposing or strongly opposing the proposals.

Examining the comments from respondents, most people were concerned with the removal of turning movements (in particular, the right turn into Wheelers Lane) and the effect that the scheme would have on traffic using side roads including Howard Road, Howard Road East, Taylor Road and Woodthorpe Road.

We did

We have analysed the consultation results and have decided to continue development of proposals for Sections 1, 2 and 3 (Idmiston Croft to Millpool Gardens, Sladepool Farm Road to Stot Fold Road and Broad Lane) of the scheme, considering comments raised in the consultation. These proposals will be developed and delivered, subject to final approvals and any statutory processes.  

Section 4 (northbound bus lane from Appian Close to Featherstone Road) of the proposals was clearly the most controversial. We will:

  • remove the proposed right turn ban at Wheelers Lane from our proposals;
  • remove the proposed left turn bans at Livingstone Road and Featherstone Road;
  • assess the impact of removing the proposed right turn bans in a southerly (out of city) direction from Alcester Rd South into Livingstone Road and Featherstone Road including consideration of design amendments to include right turn pockets at these junctions; and
  • reassess the benefits we can deliver from this section of the scheme, and we will then re-engage with local residents on the revised proposals for this section, prior to inclusion in the wider scheme.

 

Consultation Summary

Section 1: Proposed bus lanes northbound from Idmiston Croft to Millpool Gardens

52% of respondents supported or strongly supported the proposals with 24% opposing or strongly opposing the proposals.

Top comments in relation to this section were:

Comment

Responses

%

Positive - Need better flowing public transport

114

15%

Positive – Support this initiative/good idea

105

14%

Positive – Proposals will Improve traffic flow in the area

102

14%

Negative – Will increase congestion

71

10%

Negative – No need/no issue here

66

9%

Neutral – Don’t use the area/Don’t know the area/Won’t affect me

47

6%

Negative – Trees and nature needs to be preserved

40

5%

Negative – Concerns about impact of this change on top of LTN/Changes in Kings Heath

29

4%

Negative – Too costly/waste of money

27

4%

Negative – Will increase pollution

26

4%

 

 

 

Section 2: Proposed bus lanes southbound from Sladepool Farm Road to Stot Fold Road

55% of respondents supported or strongly supported these proposals with 21% opposing or strongly opposing the proposals.

Top comments in relation to this section were:

Comment

Responses

%

Positive – Good suggestion/much needed/why not

112

16

Positive – Safer footpath is good

94

14

Positive – Making it easier for pedestrians/cyclists

60

9

Positive – Will improve public transport/better for the buses

59

9

Negative – Will cause more congestion

59

9

Positive – Will help with traffic flow

45

7

Negative – Stop cutting trees/vegetation down

45

7

 

 

 

 

 

Section 3: Amendments around the A435 Alcester Rd South/Broad Lane Junction

61% of respondents supported or strongly supported these proposals with 24% opposing or strongly opposing the proposals.

Top comments in relation to this section were:

Comment

Responses

%

Positive – Support this initiative/good idea

169

21

Negative – Most issues are concerned with turning right out of  Broad Lane

124

15

Positive – Proposals will improve traffic flow in the area

121

15

Positive – Will improve safety

61

8

Negative – Either an island or box junction/traffic lights would improve flow/Current design will make it difficult for cars to turn

54

7

Positive – Filter Lane/turning pocket is good

54

7

Positive – Currently, buses and traffic are impeded by cars turning into Broad Lane/Difficult to turn into Broad Lane

47

6

Neutral – Doesn’t impact me/Don't use the area/Don’t drive 

47

6

Negative – Concerned for trees and hedgerows that might be destroyed

43

5

Negative – Could make congestion worse/Makes it harder to get around/Creates a bottleneck

40

5

 

Section 4: Northbound bus lane from Appian Close to Featherstone Road

15% of respondents supported or strongly supported these proposals with 74% opposing or strongly opposing the proposals.

Top comments in relation to this section were:

Comment

Responses

%

Negative – Will cause/increase congestion

335

33

Negative – Plans aren’t thought out/will make the issues worse/Don’t agree with proposals

238

24

Negative – These plans will push traffic onto the quieter/narrower roads

213

21

Negative – Right turn on to Wheelers Lane/ on to other roads should be allowed

184

18

Negative – Concerns about the impact of this change on top of LTN/Changes in Kings Heath

177

18

Negative – Will make it hard to get out/in

95

9

Negative – Will increase air pollution/noise pollution

92

9

Neutral – Don’t live in the area/won’t affect me/don’t care/don’t know

73

7

 

 

 

We asked

Birmingham City Council asked for your comments on the proposal to establish Special Educational Needs (SEN) Provision in a mainstream school by providing a SEN Resource Base at Blakesley Hall Primary School for up to 10 pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from January 2023. 

You said

A total of 11 responses were received, 10 in favour, 0 opposed and 0 neither/don’t know. The responses were from 9 parents/ carer of pupils at the School, local residents and 9 member of staff at The School.

We did

We analysised the consultation results and provided the decision maker with a copy of the summary and all comments received for their consideration (Personal or identifying information is removed from responses before sharing with the decision maker).

The decision maker approved the proposal for implementation. Please see decision letter attached to this webpage. A full copy of the decision report can be found via a link at the bottom of this webpage.

On 7th December 2022 the Council determined to implement the proposal as approved. The proposal will be implemented January 2023. A link to the decision report can be found at the bottom of this webpage (this includes a summary of the consultation results).

We asked

Birmingham City Council asked for your comments on the proposal to remove boarding provision from the school with effect from 1st April 2023. 

You said

A total of 6 responses had been received, 1 in favour, 3 opposed, 2 neither/don’t know. All 6 responses were from members of staff at the School.

We did

We analysised the consultation results and provided the decision maker with a copy of the summary and all comments received for their consideration (Personal or identifying information is removed from responses before sharing with the decision maker).

The decision maker approved the proposal for implementation. Please see decision letter attached to this webpage. A full copy of the decision report can be found via a link at the bottom of this webpage.

On 7th December 2022 the Council determined to implement the proposal as approved. The proposal will be implemented April 2023. A link to the decision report can be found at the bottom of this webpage (this includes a summary of the consultation results).

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