Thanks to support from Avon and Somerset Police, we have been able to work with the local community and groups and organisations operating in St Pauls, Bristol, to design solutions that improve safety and the look and feel of public spaces in the area. The project has now come to the end and the final instalments will be put in place over the coming weeks.
The Imagine St Pauls project, which ran between April 2015 and March 2017, gave local residents the opportunity to identify areas that they felt needed attention and investment. Over 100 community workshops, events, meetings and activities where held, which engaged with over 2,500 people. The community highlighted issues and opportunities and came up with solutions to make these areas even better places to live, travel through and spend time in.
So much has already been achieved through the project and long term benefits are already being enjoyed. The project helped nurture new alliances and friendships and supported the set up and running of action groups to run regular activity sessions. These continue to be run by local residents, helping to maintain and further improve the visibility and appearance of the area.
Artwork has been installed and Bristol Playbus are now running fortnightly afterschool play sessions on Fridays in Dalrymple Road. This was set up with support from the project and Playing Out. Over the summer solar stud lighting was installed along a key route through St Agnes Park to help improve visibility and create a safer route for walkers and cyclists. Thermoplastic designs, created by pupils from Cabot Primary School, have also been laid down through the park and along Fern Street to reinforce the park route and to make drivers aware of children playing in the area and to encourage traffic to slow down.
The remaining ideas will now become reality over the coming few weeks with safety features and new infrastructure being put in place in three areas of St Pauls, as detailed below. Work will start 13th November and aims to be completed early December 2017.
- Sussex Place – New bollards will replace the planters to stop people parking on the pavement and bin storage will be improved. Cycle parking will also be installed. This will help Sussex Place feel more open and accessible to walk through and discourage crime and antisocial behaviour.
- Rosa Parks Lane – Thermoplastic images, designed by St Barnabas CE VC Primary, will be installed along the lane, a large mirror will be put in place to improve visibility around the bend of the Lane. Dropped kerbs will also be installed and the metal barriers replaced with bollards to improve access.
- Grosvenor Road – Physical traffic calming in the form of a speed table is going to compliment the thermoplastic lizard, designed by Cabot Primary School, to slow down cars using the road.
Whilst these improvements are being put in place, Rosa Parks Lane will be closed to pedestrians at certain times between 20th and 28th November, and Grosvenor Road, around the Denbigh Street area, will be closed to vehicles at various points between 29th November and 8th December. Temporary signage will be put in place to inform people of the closures and diversions. We apologise for any disruption this may cause.