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Children from St Pauls imagine a safer future

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Children from Cabot Primary School, today (Friday, July 15) were out on Grosvenor Road, chalking out their unique traffic calming design, in an experiment to see if it can slow down traffic outside their school.

The event was part of the Imagine St Pauls project, a joint initiative between Avon and Somerset Police and Sustrans, aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime, in certain areas of St Pauls.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The Imagine St Pauls project is a great initiative, bringing together the community and making the streets a better place for local people. It’s clear the hard work that has already taken place is helping to make people safer and feel safer in the area. 

“It was great to meet the children from Cabot Primary and to see first-hand their efforts to promote road safety outside their school.  I love seeing everyone’s pride in their community, as well as the difference which is being made by local people coming together, tackling the issues that matter most to them.”    

The project began last year, with us consulting a wide range of local people through a series of workshops, street briefings and events, to identify the areas the community most wanted to improve and enhance. This led to five key areas becoming the focus of the project: Rosa Parks Lane, St Agnes Park, Sussex Place, Grosvenor Road and Darlymple Park.

A lot of work has already been completed at Rosa Parks Lane, leading to local people feeling safer. The dense, overhanging trees and foliage which were making the area intimidating for people to use have been cut back, a wild flower meadow has been planted, bird boxes have been installed and regular tidy ups now take place there. One local resident recently said: “I use the lane most days and sometimes several times a day. I think the project will really help make it a less sinister and more welcoming route, especially for our children.”

Local people told us that there is a speeding problem on Grosvenor Road, so we carried out traffic monitoring which showed that this was indeed the case. Children from Cabot School, who are directly affected by speeding traffic outside their school, came up with a bright and creative design which they chalked onto the road whilst it was closed on Friday afternoon.

Traffic monitoring will now take place to see whether the children’s design has worked to slow down traffic and if so, the design will be installed in thermoplastics, following the proper checks and permissions from Bristol City Council’s highways department.

St Pauls Beat Manager PC Ifor Williams said: “It’s great to see local people coming together to address the problems which matter most to them. I’ve worked in St Pauls for six years and know the passion that local people have for their community.

“St Pauls is a strong, vibrant and creative neighbourhood and I hope that this project will help to build a safer and cleaner environment for local people in the future.” 

For more information on psychological traffic calming measures and how they work: www.sustrans.org.uk/blog/every-street-also-place

To find out more about the force’s environment and sustainability policy visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/about-us/publication-scheme/our-policies-and-procedures/environment-and-sustainability/

Posted on Friday 15th July 2016
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