Sustainable transport improvements approved
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The LSTF is a central government funded project running across the West of England to increase sustainable travel. A total of £600,000 funding has been allocated to support a range of projects across South Gloucestershire which have been suggested by communities, voluntary groups and schools. The maximum amount of funding that could be applied for was £50,000 for each single project, and a total of 18 individual projects have been awarded funds.
These projects will be completed over the next two years and many of them will benefit residents in South Gloucestershire’s six priority neighbourhoods including Filton, Patchway, Yate and Dodington, Staple Hill, Cadbury Heath and Kingswood.
Cllr Brian Allinson, Chair of the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said: “This funding comes as welcome news and will further improve sustainable transport facilities in South Gloucestershire. This additional funding boost will deliver improved road safety around schools, better cycling facilities at a range of locations and adapted equipment for use by people with disabilities, providing a sustainable travel legacy for generations to come.”
Some of the approved schemes include:
£13,264 to the Kingsmeadow Community Flat in Kingswood to fund a bicycle and buggy shelter, along with a range of pool bikes and accessories. This will increase capacity for their current cycling activities, which includes excursions for young people and a community loan bike scheme that works with job seekers, families and individuals to overcome barriers to transport.
£50,000 to the Friends of Page Park to provide signage in and around Page Park in Staple Hill and to install cycle parking facilities. The aim is to highlight the facilities available at the park and the nearby High Street from the Bristol to Bath Railway Path. Plans also include creating a landscaped feature on the railway path at Signal Road to promote the park and raise the profile of Staple Hill.
£50,000 to Patchway Town Centre Group as a contribution towards a large regeneration project to improve Rodway Road in Patchway. The aim is to create a positive urban space for the residents of Patchway and Charlton Hayes to easily access by bike and on foot, which includes more greenery, and improved seating, signposting, and paving. £50,000 match funding has also been secured for the project through the council’s New Homes Bonus grants scheme.
£50,000 to Warmley Wheelers to establish a new disability cycling project in Warmley. This will provide adapted cycles for use by Warmley Park Special School and adult users of the Milestones Trust stepping forward project. The project will be located behind the Warmley Signal Box and will include resurfacing and access improvements, plus the purchase of a storage unit, cycles and accessories needed to run an adapted cycle loan scheme. Warmley Park Special School plan to integrate the cycling in to their PE curriculum.
£50,000 to the Hollow Road Action Group to improve road safety on Hollow Road and Orchard Road in Kingswood. Priorities include a new zebra crossing on Orchard Road, restricted parking, bollards and other traffic calming measures to improve parking and road safety at The Park Primary School.
£50,000 to the Southern Brooks Community Partnership for a community transport scheme to serve residents of the Filton Conygre Ward. The scheme includes the purchase of a low-floor minibus and implementation of a new bus route which will be run by volunteers. The new route will be based on public consultation to assist the community with essential links to health services and isolated areas.
To qualify for funding, projects were required to demonstrate a reduction in carbon emissions, support economic growth or promote active forms of travel such as walking or cycling. These include upgrading pedestrian crossings, extending or improving cycle routes for shared use with pedestrians, and improvements to facilities such as cycle parking or bus shelters.
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