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Don't break strong Acocks Green community up with boundary change!

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The Boundary Commission for Birmingham ward boundaries recommends breaking up the present Acocks Green ward at the Chiltern Railway line, whereas now the ward boundary is at the bridge of the canal which run below Yardley Road. 

This recommendation seriously fails to understand the strong community that is Acocks Green.   Groups like Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum, Acocks Green Focus Group, Acocks Green History Society, Acocks Green Village Partnership and Acocks Green in Bloom contain many individuals drawn from both sides of the railway line, with the contribution from the north side being very strong.  Local activists work together, with the same ward councillors, and attend the same ward meetings, being involved with numerous and ongoing projects and campaigns.  There is great vigilance in connection with the local shopping centre known as 'The Village or 'the Green'.  In 2004 there was a successful campaign to save the large central island  known as 'The Green' (see above.) and there has been  campaigning over many years for the successful improvements through the village completed in 2015 and now known as 'the Smart Route'.  The gold-award winning Acocks Green in Bloom team now provides floral displays and maintenance for both the village centre and Millennium Green which is in the presently excluded area in the north. The Bloom team is very actively supported by all three local councillors.  

Other work includes a nearly complete community Conservation Area proposal straddling both sides of the suggested new border. This area was developed around the railway station of this 'railway suburb', mainly in the very early years of the twentieth century.  These historically related roads contain many examples of distinctive architecture commissioned for newly commuting industrialists. 

We, the undersigned, call on the Boundary Commission to reconsider their recommendation to place the north boundary of Acocks Green Ward at the Chiltern Railway line.  This would damage a close-knit community and threaten the work to protect an historic area and a strong trading centre.  We ask you to retain the present north border of Acocks Green at the canal which crosses the suburb, and instead to explore possible boundary alternatives.





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