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Survey finds cautious thumbs up for changes to village centre

Ross Crawford 28th Aug, 2021

A TOTAL of 439 responses were made regarding the draft masterplan for the improved Balsall Common centre, says the Berkswell Society.

In what is seen as a major response to the survey, it said the scoring against the eight key questions, indicates the draft proposals were generally well received by those completing the questionnaire.

Set against a benchmark question of ‘How far do you think we achieved this with these proposals?’ the views came out generally in favour of what’s been tabled.

The key issues on the proposals were: Do they make the village attractive and distinctive? A welcoming place to meet? Provides for an active business and social life? Is well connected? Is pedestrian orientated but driver accessible? Green? Is the balance right between parking and meaningful improvements? and are the future connections across the village worthwhile?

The view generated some 64 pages of comments and suggestions and the working group has now started analysing the replies with a local eye.

Meanwhile contractor ARUP will independently conduct its own analysis.

It will then be the aim of the working group to modify and enhance the draft proposals taking account, where possible, of suggestions made by residents and businesses.

The aim is that ARUP will produce a finalised masterplan by October 2021.

This will be then tabled for acceptance by the two parish councils and Solihull Council, which owns the public land.

For more information on the proposals, visit: www.bccentre.co.uk

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