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Pinfold House May 12, 2010

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Pinfold House, situated on the corner of Mansfield Road and Yardley Road, is a detached listed building that is in need of some real care and attention. Perhaps it’ll get this after it has been sold at auction on Saturday 26th May.

Birmingham City Council’s Conservation Department are also asking for suggestions of other buildings in Acocks Green for listing. Do you know of any?

Send suggestions to Julie Taylor at BCC julie.d.taylor@birmingham.gov.uk


The Best Snowman in AG January 8, 2010

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With lots of snow still around and the possibility of more over the weekend I’ve started the hunt for AG’s best snowman! Send your pics to nicolatoms@hotmail.com and I’ll post them on the site. Here’s one to get your started spotted outside Kadi’s Hair Salon on Yardley Road.


Off Peak Gone Off January 4, 2010

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I read today on twitter, with a link to The Stirrer’s website, that London Midland have recently changed their off peak rail ticket restrictions. For people who use AG rail station this now means that if you travel after 09:30 you will have to consider what type of ticket to purchase. Previously the decision was easy; a £2 off peak return. But now, if you travel back to AG and leave Birmingham between 16:35 and 18:00 you’ll need a regular day return for £3:40. A massive increase.

I’ve no idea why London Midland have changed their restrictions. Perhaps they thought the trains were too busy between 16:35 and 18:00 and the people who bought tickets before 09:30 deserved the seats more but I doubt it. I travel on this line at varied times at least 4 times a week. The trains aren’t overcrowded unless they are delayed or there is a cancellation.

What is does mean is that people who travel after 09:30 are restricted in when they return. If I didn’t know when I’d be coming home I might chose a different form of travel. I might drive as part of the freedom of the train has been removed.

So, do you think the price increase is fair to peak users or just another way to squeeze money out of a very average local train service?

Interestingly I saw the back of a 37 bus today offering £2.50/ £8.50 day returns/ weekly passes for that route only. Can’t find any info on Travel WM’s site but I’ll post more if I find anything out.  Is this a new or old thing I’ve missed?


Oh yay, AG gets another blog :) August 26, 2009

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This time it is Acocks Green Traders with a lovely site with lots of info on it already including the new plans for AG centre.  The blog itself is formed by:

Co-editor is Acocks Green trader Tim Brown, of Costa Coffee.  Tim was, until recently, Chair of Acocks Green Traders’ Association.  He has now resigned from that role because it was taking up too much of his time,  but he continues to be keen to promote improvements for Acocks Green village.  During his time as Chair he built up considerable knowledge of Acocks Green’s commercial area and of local traders’ concerns.    He is also the owner of a franchise and has thirty years trading experience himself.

With editorial support from our friends over at Acocks Green Focus Group.  So if you are an AG trader why not have your voice heard via the blog.


Skip over – Power of a micro-blog? August 13, 2009

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A skip collecting lorry arrived about 4pm this afternoon, and huzzah the offending skip has now gone.  But what made this happen?  It is difficult to tell really but the former blog post got a lot of traffic this afternoon.  I doubt Weir understood my threats of “move it or I’m writing a blog post.”  And does my blog have much weight anyway?  My comments on Twitter can’t have helped their company appearance but have they even noticed?

The AG Ward Support Officer was on his hols but the lady holding the reigns was very helpful  She phoned them too so I’m sure that escalated Weir’s awareness of my unhappiness.

I suppose the bigger question is why the skip companies have so much power over a load of rubbish right outside your home.  I see full, stinking, rotting skips all over the place and bad mouth the people who ordered them all the time.  Perhaps they have been as powerless as me.  Is there any legislation in this area?   How long can a skip sit there for?  Any horror stories out there?


Not Skipping For Joy :(

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Having work done on your house is stressful right?  Especially an unplanned concrete floor!  So a skip was needed to take away all the sand and soil, the old concrete tiles etc.  The chap doing the work ordered a skip.  He paid cash on delivery and now I am a slave to them!

It is full.  They know it’s full, I phone and tell them nearly everyday.  And I’ve been waiting a month, four whole weeks for it to be collected!  Weir Waste Services, don’t bother using them!

This isn’t a very good blog post 😦 I’m just desperate for it to be gone.



Chill @ Costa June 26, 2009

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chill at costaDriving passed the Costa Coffee in AG on a Friday evening I’d normally expect it to be all closed up, lights off.  However, I saw a few young people coming out and I remembered something I’d heard at the neighbourhood forum.  There were music events at the Costa for 13-19 year olds but the funding had been pulled!  Yes, the funding was pulled from Community Chest, but fortunately they got Youth Opportunity Funding.  Yay!

I really hope that isn’t true 😦

I found a few details about Chill on facebook.  Does anyone have any other info?

I’m hoping to be invited to the next one to do an interview or two.



What’s in a name? June 23, 2009

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I haven’t come across this site before but William Dargue’s – A History of Birmingham Places & Placenames has some fantastic information and pictures of Acocks Green on it.

It seems the Acock’s family gave us our name but actually they lived a bit further down the road!  As Dargue explains:  “The change of location of Acocks Green took place as a result of the surveys which were undertaken in preparation for the cutting of the Birmingham & Warwick Canal in 1792. The mapmaker mistakenly applied the name Acocks Green to the hamlet of Westley Brook.”

We’ll probably stick with it for now though eh?  Although I’ve had some funny looks/ comments when giving someone my address who lives outside of Brum.  “A … cocks … green?!”


Shared Space May 14, 2009

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This week Moseley Neighbourhood Forum held a public meeting about their proposed Shared Space scheme.  This was picked up by the Birmingham Mail and featured architects’ impressions.  The images are heralded as what Moseley “could look like if it was turned into what would be city’s first “shared space”.”  This is all wonderful news for Moseley, something that could also benefit visitors to the area, which I am regularly 🙂

However, AG’s Shared Space bid/consultation/request has been on the table for a very long time.  Why are the priorities of other areas of Birmingham coming before Acocks Green?  Why is our voice not being heard?

Moseley Shared Space


Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum public meeting and AGM, Thursday 14th May May 10, 2009

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Baptist Church Hall, Yardley Road, 7.30pm

Guest Speakers from Acocks Green Focus Group will be discussing proposals for a Conservation Area of Acocks Green.

Everyone welcome and there will be refreshments!  See you there? http://acocksgreenneighbourhoodforum.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/next-meeting-for-acocks-green-neighbourhood-forum/