Following the street trial over the Ouseburn Festival weekend we’ve been looking at what did and didn’t go well, considering all the comments we’ve received and coming up with some possible improvements.
The original designs and the suggested changes will be on display in Ouseburn Farm from 11th to 31st August, opening times Monday-Sunday 9.30am-4.30pm. There will be feedback forms for you to fill in so please come along and let us know what you think.
We’ll be running another street trial in September on Stepney Bank where the road will be one way – this would give us the opportunity to create some public space at the top of the bank, widen the footpaths joining up to the residential areas and bus stops and possibly give some extra space for loading and short stay parking. We’ll tell you more about this in a future post.
All of this work will then be passed to the Council who will look at the technicalities and costs in order to produce a set of formal designs. We’ll display these in the Farm again when they’re ready, hopefully towards the end of September-early October. If everyone is happy with the plans we’ll be able to crack on with delivery!
In April we produced two surveys – a general one, and one for businesses and organisations in the Ouseburn. We also chatted to people in the street, carried out a survey of visitors to the Open Studios Spring Salon and ran two public events. The responses showed us where people felt the issues were, and from this we agreed that the project would focus on Stepney Bank, Stepney Road and Lime Street. We took a short report to the Council’s Cycle City Ambition Fund Group to sign this off.
In May, we contacted everyone who lives and works on the focus streets plus all the people who provided an email address in their survey response, and invited them to workshop sessions on the 19th May and 21st May led by site architecture. These workshops involved a walk along the focus streets and then a discussion of the main issues. The key points that came up were:
- Slowing down traffic speed
- Creating joined up, safe spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and horses
- Tackling problem junctions
- Managing parking to meet local needs
- Reducing rat-running traffic, possibly with one-way systems
- Having some sort of signage/features/planters along the streets
- Keeping streets tidy and improving lighting
We won’t be able to tackle everything through the DIY Streets project but all of the comments gathered will feed into wider conversations with the Council and help us plan for the future. The next steps will be to work up designs based on the feedback we’ve received so far, and we’ll be posting some draft plans here at the end of June for you to comment on. We then hope to try some ideas out at the Ouseburn Festival on Sunday 6th and we’ll have a stall near Lime Street so that you can take a closer look at the plans and let us know what you think.