4. Active Neighbourhoods
What is an Active Neighbourhood?
An Active Neighbourhood aims to help residents to make short trips on foot, by cycle or by public transport, instead of jumping in their car. Active Neighbourhoods also seek to make our roads a safer place for all users.
This can be achieved through:
- new crossings
- new walking and cycling facilities
- traffic calming
- introduction of measures around schools to improve road safety
- measures to prevent ‘rat running’ in residential streets
- pocket parks
Active Neighbourhoods in Stockport are part of a Greater Manchester-wide programme to improve the areas where people live, and all 10 local authorities are taking part. Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Transport Commissioner, explains more about what an Active Neighbourhood is in this video.
Heaton Chapel trial
After the public consultation held online at the end of last year, we've selected an area of Heaton Chapel to run an Active Neighbourhood trial. During this trial we'll be installing some of the above measures on a temporary basis, to see how they can help reduce through traffic and make the streets safer and more pleasant for walking and cycling, and cut out rat running through residential areas.
The proposed measures will be in for a period of around 3 months to allow us to assess their effectiveness and understand how they can contribute to making the residents more active.
You can view the Heaton Chapel Active Neighbourhood map to find out where the Active Neighbourhood will be located.
How the trial will impact the roads, footpaths and accessing properties
Drivers may have to take a different route to normal, however there'll still be vehicular access to all properties.
We'll be keeping an eye on the traffic throughout the trial. More people walking and cycling will reduce shorter trips by cars and free up space on the roads.
No footpaths will be blocked. All proposed measures will be designed to accommodate wheelchairs, mobility scooters and non-standard cycles.
Emergency services will have access to all properties.
For more information visit the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) website.
How we'll monitor the trial
Once the trial Active Neighbourhood scheme has been in place for one month, we’ll be holding a drop-in feedback session for residents. It will be held at Broadstone Hall School on 5 October from 6pm to 8pm. This will be subject to any coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions at that time. It will be a free event for residents to talk to us about the scheme, feedback their experiences of the trial so far, and let us know of any issues and successes. There will also be an online feedback workshop on 6 October 2021 at 7pm for any residents who are unable to attend the session on 5 October.
After the 3 month trial is over, the streets will go back to how they were. We'll then run a further period of consultation to design a permanent active neighbourhood scheme for Heaton Chapel.
For more information, and to sign up to the workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Active Neighbourhood Engagement in Romiley and Heatons
A 7-week engagement period took place in Autumn 2020, which gave residents the opportunity to leave comments on whether they support the introduction of an Active Neighbourhood in the Heatons and Romiley.
The comments left on the consultation pages for each area can be found at:
The project team are currently analysing the data left during the engagement process and further details will be released this summer.
Cheadle Active Neighbourhood
In partnership with Sustrans and Transport for Greater Manchester, we're consulting on plans to create an Active Neighbourhood in the Cheadle and Cheadle Heath areas of the borough.
A 3 month trial of an Active Neighbourhood will take place in Cheadle in September 2021.
We'll be keeping an eye on the traffic throughout the trial if it's approved by members at Area Committee in September.
The trial is scheduled to finish in December 2021. At this time all point road closures will be removed.
Based on the results of the trial, a permanent scheme will be developed, with a full public consultation for the permanent scheme being held in early 2022.
For more information, email email@example.com