From Birmingham City Council:
In 2020, an area of on-street parking on Kings Heath High Street was suspended to create more space for pedestrians as part of the emergency Covid response. This was done in good faith and in response to views expressed by parts of the local community as to how the environment and specifically air quality in the local centre could be improved.
Regrettably the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order required to suspend the parking has lapsed and was not extended within the required timeline nor replaced with a new permanent order. Due to this procedural error it is not possible renew or extend the temporary arrangement and we therefore have no alternative but to remove the barriers currently in place. This will take place on Thursday 7 September 2023.
We have subsequently carried out public consultation on a scheme to consolidate these changes on a permanent basis including widening the footway and making provision for Blue Badge (disabled) parking and loading/unloading. These proposals have been well received by the wider community and support the aspirations in the Brandwood and Kings Heath Ward Plan. Birmingham City Council remains committed to delivering this scheme. However, the required permanent Traffic Regulation Order’s statutory consultation has only just concluded. A number of formal objections have been received and these will need to be handled in accordance with the appropriate legal and governance procedures before a final decision is made on the scheme proceeding to delivery.
Notwithstanding the requirement to comply with the spend restrictions in place in advance of the Council setting out and agreeing its Financial Recovery Plan, the funding allocated to this scheme comes from a ring-fenced grant which can only be spent on developing and building transport schemes; it cannot be reallocated to other council departments or spent on services which do not deliver a physical asset.