Brandwood Forum organised a ‘walkabout’ 17th May. This area of shops is actually part of the Bournville Ward but used by many Brandwood residents and as a result, Brandwood Residents Forum hope that the Bournville Ward Councillors will look at the concerns raised.
Unfortunately both Bournville and Brandwood councillors had another meeting to attend and sent their apologies . However several key local agency partners met with residents to discuss the concerns which included:
1) Several large areas of potholes which are hazardous for residents in wheelchairs and mobility scooters . The reason for the potholes is that the surface is not suitable for parking and as a result will continue to disintegrate as long as vehicles park infront.
Street Services will deep clean this area early morning when all the shopowners vehicles are not there and the depth of these potholes can be assessed properly. Amey will then issue safety enforcement notices to shop owners but in actual fact this is difficult to ‘enforce’.
2) The parking of vans and cars infront of shops which reverse/drive over pavements onto Vicarage Road.
One resident suggested that if cars/vans could not park infront, then the livelihood of the shops would be reduced and that the cars parked on pavements actually helped slow traffic down . Another resident did not agree with this comment and asked why there couldn’t be an inset parking bay here like the majority of other shopping areas in Birmingham.
3) Faint and redundant road markings – what zebra crossing? The street works programme will not be known until 1st June. BF will contact Bournville & Brandwood Councillors about this.
4) Litter and bins – currently there are only two for aprox 17 shops. New bins will be sited in the near future. It was commented that some of the shopowners in this area do not seem to care about making this a more attractive area for people to shop. Street Operations are contacting shop owners to encourage them to take more ownership of some of the litter which their business creates and will be giving out litter pickers!
5) The parking of vans at the top of Kings Road (Brandwood Ward) both sides which block drivers views . It was suggested that this actually slows drivers down and was OK. This is not OK if you are the driver trying to turn left or right out onto Vicarage Road. Virtually invisible road markings need renewing.