Acocks Green Today
Acocks Green Today
Acocks Green is about four miles south-east of Birmingham city centre. It has a recognisable centre itself, known as "The Green", which is at the junction of the Warwick Road and three local through-routes. The boundary of Acocks Green can be seen as the canal along the northern edge, the city boundary along the east side, then Lakey Lane as far as Broomhall Crescent. From there a line can be drawn to Fox Hollies Leisure Centre and continued along York Road to the North Warwickshire railway line. To complete the boundary the railway forms a barrier, as far as the canal.
From the Local Government elections in June 2004, the new ward of Acocks Green mostly reflects this geographical area. However, the area north of the Warwick Road is at present technically in Yardley District and the area south of it is in Sparkbrook District. To overcome this, the City has provisionally assigned the whole of the Ward to Sparkbrook District pending Boundary Commission decisions on constituencies for Birmingham.
Transport access to Acocks Green is good, if congested much of the time. There is a station on the Birmingham to Leamington line, and another on the border with Tyseley, on the North Warwickshire line. A number of bus routes to and from the city reach here, and the Outer Circle route and a number of cross-city routes also serve the area. The Warwick Road is very congested much of the time, but other roads such as Shirley Road, Fox Hollies Road, Stockfield Road, Olton Boulevard East and Yardley Road provide alternatives for many road users. Many years of controversy about a bypass have not led to any far-reaching solutions, as businesses have concerns about loss of passing trade and residents do not want increases in traffic past their houses.
There is some terraced housing in the area, but also a significant number of fine earlier Victorian houses. Very large municipal estates needing a degree of refurbishment are to be found in the south and to the west, and two early municipal estates have been rebuilt recently. Modern developments have been in the nature of replacement of large houses with small flat blocks or groups of smaller houses, and building over former sports clubs and nurseries with new estates. Three 1960s towers at Fox Hollies have been converted to warden-controlled blocks for the elderly. Acocks Green Ward is two thirds owner-occupied. There has been an increase in the number of private residential homes over the last decade: the Christadelphian home is still the largest in the area. There is a children's home.
The population comes from a variety of cultural backgrounds. There is a high degree of mobility of younger families and there are many elderly people in the Fox Hollies area. There has been an increase recently in the ethnic minority population.
Industry exists on the western edges, by the railway and at Tyseley. The city is putting resources into regenerating Tyseley. Commercially, Acocks Green is an important shopping centre. The Warwick Road through to Olton is bordered by businesses of all kinds, although the number of charity shops has increased in recent years at the expense of other High Street enterprises. The Warwick Road has two supermarkets, and there is another at Fox Hollies.
There are seven Primary schools and two secondary. There are now a number of private nurseries in the area. Adult education takes place at Stone Hall, Archbishop Ilsley Technology College, Ninestiles Technology College, and Fox Hollies Leisure Centre. There is a large library also at the Green, where informal adult education also takes place. There is a yoga institute on Westley Road.
A variety of places of worship can be found locally. St Mary Anglican, Acocks Green Methodist, Acocks Green Baptist, and Holy Souls Roman Catholic churches are the largest, but there is a Christadelphian Hall, a Church of God of Prophecy, Acocks Christian Centre, Birmingham City Mission, and a mosque on Alexander Road.
Culturally and socially the excellent Leisure Centre at Fox Hollies and the refurbished public library are the most important facilities, but there is a very active community centre at Fox Hollies Forum. The British Legion have a local office and club. Hall Green Little Theatre is in Acocks Green. Acocks Green Bowl also has laser combat. There is a snooker club on Spring Road. The Greyhound Stadium is just over the border in Hall Green. There is also a social club situated on Broad Road and a Bingo Hall on Stockfield Road
These are to be found at Acocks Green Library, Fox Hollies Leisure Centre, Fox Hollies Forum, Royal British Legion, Westley Hotel, Bridge House Hotel, Greswold Park Hotel, Lincoln Poacher, Inn on The Green, Fox Hollies Forum, Oaklands Primary School, Acocks Green Baptist church, Acocks Green Methodist church, and Holy Souls club. The church meeting rooms, the Forum and the library concentrate on non-commercial meetings.
There is a Neighbourhood Office at Botteville Road. Yardley Road has a large police station. The Health Clinic on Shirley Road has been extended. Local Residents' Associations, two Neighbourhood Forums and a long-standing Community Council represent the area. Acocks Green Carnival takes place on the first Saturday in July. Acocks Green now has a town centre manager, who is reinvigorating the sense of place of the area.
Statutorily listed buildings are:
Cottages at 89-93 Arden Road (Grade II), the Baptist Church on Yardley Road (Grade II), the Baptist church hall on Alexander Road (Grade II) and the canal bridge at Woodcock Lane.
The City's Local List includes:
The Fire Station (Grade B) and Caretaker's house (Grade A) on Alexander Road, Police Station on Yardley Road (Grade B), a house on the corner of Elmdon Road, and the Library on Shirley Road (Grade A).
There is some interesting and attractive green space in Acocks Green. The Recreation Ground, Fox Hollies Park, Curtis Gardens in front of the tower blocks on Fox Hollies Road and the linear open space along the Grand Union Canal are the largest examples. Millennium Green off Yardley Road adjacent to the canal is a more recent addition.
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