Online workshop to be held as Active Neighbourhood trial in Heaton Chapel hits next milestone

The workshop will be held on July 13 online and residents can sign up at www.tinyurl.com/activeheatons

Online workshop to be held as Active Neighbourhood trial in Heaton Chapel hits next milestone

Residents and businesses in Heaton Chapel are being invited to attend a workshop ahead of a trial Active Neighbourhood that will take place in their area.

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.

Measures that make up an Active Neighbourhood could include; new crossings; new walking and cycling facilities; traffic calming; measures to prevent ‘rat running’ in residential streets; introduction of measures around schools to improve road safety; and pocket parks.

After a period of public consultation held online in October 2020 via the Commonplace platform, the council has have listened to residents comments and suggestions, and has selected an area of Heaton Chapel in which it will run an Active Neighbourhood trial.

During this trial, the council will be installing some of the measures previously mentioned 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 area more active.

In addition, the council is holding a virtual online workshop to talk through the trial proposal and measures, and get your views on the plans. This workshop, held on Microsoft Teams, will take place on Tuesday July 13 at 7pm.

Residents can now sign up for the July 13 Workshop and leave their details.

The workshop will start with a short presentation followed by a discussion, then break out into small groups where you will get to discuss and give your feedback on the plans for the trial.

After the three-month trial is over, we will return the streets to how they were before, then run a further period of consultation to design a permanent Active Neighbourhood scheme for Heaton Chapel, based on the results and feedback received during and after the trial period.

Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “We want the trial to be a success, and for everyone to understand what an Active Neighbourhood is, and what it isn’t.

“It will be great to hear from as many residents and businesses of Heaton Chapel as possible so they can shape the Active Neighbourhood in their area.”

For more information visit our Active Neighbourhoods pages.