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Stirchley Fun Day – feedback from the SURN stall

October 2, 2012

Thanks to everyone who took time out from having fun to add their thoughts and suggestions to our ideas board and maps.  Hazelwell and Stirchley Parks drew the most attention, but we also identified some underused spaces and opportunities to improve east west links across Stirchley.  Here’s a quick run down of our findings:

Hazelwell Park

More play equipment – rope/tree climbing frames, zip wire, trim trail, big logs

Skate park for older kids – another set of goalposts – a tennis court

More dog waste bins, especially near playground

Outdoor gym equipment next to the playground for adults to exercise on (like Selly Park)

Create meadow and orchard next to River Rea by Hazelwell Rd (planned by FoHP)

More activities for young people from Pineapple Estate – needs funding

Public footpath linking Edwin Rd to Newlands Rd needs clearing and better lighting


Stirchley Park

Build friends group – could Farm Foods work with the Park?

Play area – skate park – Graffiti wall – beach– landscaping

Urban farm and café (like St Pauls in Balsall Heath) – independent café and play area behind Farm Foods would draw people into park and community centre

Create an orchard – plant bulbs

Keep bowling green – use the Kwik Save site as a car park for the new community centre

Comment: “This area feels isolated/closed/not safe”

Open spaces in general

Sow meadow flowers in areas of grassland – leave uncut to support bees

Use green spaces for activities for residents of all ages

Fruit trees/fruit shrubs/edible gardens – use even small spaces for growing vegetables

Underused/empty spaces

Lifford Canal Basin – strengthen the link with the River Rea – create a stop on the River Rea cycle route and canal side walk to Kings Norton – repair canal towpath

Green space next to Riverbrook Drive – fly tipping a problem

Green space on Pineapple Grove – swings/roundabouts/railings would increase use

Create recreation area between TASCOS and River Rea for young people and older citizens

Empty green space at the bottom of Fordhouse Lane next to derelict fireworks shop (rats)

Regenerate derelict Lifford Curve site

Potential to develop/improve embankment between Oxford St and Lea Yield Close – canal bank to the rear of Oxford St is a great view point

Footpath linking Fordhouse Lane to the rear of Falkland Croft – this was created around 20 – 30 yrs ago but is now impassable

Wish list

A village square

More community events – street parties, celebrate local heritage, reinstate the Stirchley Carnival – involve residents

Better shops – a good coffee shop anywhere in Stirchley, pop-up shops supported by supermarkets and city council to regenerate High St

Community facilities – open Stirchley Library outside regular hours for community activities, staffed by volunteers – reopen the Friends Meeting House

More activities and facilities for teenagers – a cinema – and older residents – exercise classes

A nursery for babies and toddlers

Drive-in cinema on vacant site – car boot sales

Disneyland Stirchley…


Cycles routes that are meaningful – safe links to parks/school – set up a cycle hire/repair/tuition scheme

Make more pedestrian links joining east and west Stirchley – create green link across Tesco site – new footbridge over River Rea connecting Hazelwell estate to Pershore Rd

Better access for mobility scooters and wheelchairs, particularly with crossing Dog Pool Lane to reach Cannon Hill Park

Improvements to the junction of Fordhouse Lane and Pershore Road

Paths on Pineapple Estate not well maintained by the council

Residents parking scheme for Newlands Rd 


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  1. Cheryl permalink
    October 5, 2012 11:24 am

    It was a brilliant day. Really good atmosphere and as the rides were free it meant there was no complaining from children and we had more to spend on the fundraising raffle etc. Ride owners were helpful. Good food from scouts. More people may have come earlier if they had been sure there was lunch. The queues for rides were shorter earlier. Raffle prizes were fab and showed support from local businesses. Clown man was brilliant, we spent ages playing there. Only downside was that I missed all the duck races because the announcements couldn’t be heard up the field. May be better to have stage as a central point. Thank you to all involved.

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