We're holding a brand new online-only consultation to hear what local residents in Liverpool think about a set of new designs for the streets around four schools in the area. The designs have been created by the pupils with support from Sustrans design experts.
The designs aim to improve the areas around four schools in Liverpool, making drop-off and pick-up much safer for families and staff.
We are asking local residents in West Derby, Liverpool to give their views about new designs on streets around four schools in the area, in a new online-only consultation.
The design proposals are based on a child’s eye view from children who use the streets every day to travel to school.
How the designs were created
Children worked with our team to survey their school streets.
They assessed what they liked about the environment on the streets around their schools. And they looked at what they found dangerous or unpleasant.
They suggested changes, such as slowing down traffic, closing streets or stopping inconsiderate parking, to make their streets more attractive for everyone.
Improving streets around schools in Liverpool
We are working with nine schools in a two-mile area of West Derby, to help tackle the challenges of traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety. Last month four of these schools won £20,000 to implement their design ideas.
The winning schools are:
- St Paul’s and St Timothy’s Infant School
- St Paul’s Junior School,
- Mab Lane Mixed Primary
- St Mary’s CE Primary.
The designs create more safe spaces for people to walk and cycle.
They include colourful street art and places to sit, temporary school street closures, one-way streets and building out pavements or slowing traffic.
Putting the community at the heart of the changes we make
We work directly with local communities, holding events and activities to find out the issues that matter to people on their streets and creating designs which respond to these needs.
Usually, consultations are held through public events and meetings. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are seeking feedback online and via postcards.
Lou Henderson, our project officer for West Derby said:
“The children worked hard to help our design team understand what problems they face every day when they travel to school.
"These new street design proposals are a result of their ideas.
“We now need to hear from residents who live on these streets to make sure the designs will work in practice and to see how they can be improved.
"If you live near one of the winning schools, please go online and have your say.”
Simon O’Brien, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Liverpool City Region said:
“Now more than ever it’s important to look at how the way we travel affects our health and wellbeing and this project is a fantastic opportunity to do just that
"The designs these young people have worked on have the potential to make the streets around their schools safer, healthier places for everyone.
“We’re asking for West Derby residents to take a look at the designs and let us know what they think because getting everyone on board with the idea of using our roads and streets differently is the only way to make sure things change for the better.”
Ryan Scarr, a teacher at Mab Lane Primary School said:
“We are absolutely amazed and so thankful that we have received funding to make our school a safer place.”
About the Liverpool schools neighbourhoods project
The project is funded thanks to a £200,000 grant from the Freshfield Foundation.
It is part of Sustrans’ work across the Liverpool City Region to make it easier for more people to walk and cycle.