Not that long ago Hockley was a very different place – with cars parked on either side of the street, and through traffic from cars and heavy vehicles.
We’ve come a long way. Hockley is a varied and exciting area of the city, full of fantastic independent retailers and businesses, and high quality cafés and restaurants.
Bollards were installed in 2017 to make the area more pedestrian friendly, removing through traffic 6pm-6am, making the area safer. The extraordinary summer in 2018 demonstrated the true potential of the area; warmer weather and less traffic leading to a buzzing café culture, with greater footfall for shops. We have been working with businesses to discuss how best we can move forward to make the area even more pedestrian friendly, an increase the traffic restrictions without harming trade.
We are proposing an extension to the hours in which the road is closed to vehicle making it more pedestrian friendly.
Broad Street, Heathcoat Street and Carlton Street are closed to vehicles from 6pm-6am
Weekends and Bank Holidays:
- Open for deliveries 6am – noon
- Road to be closed to vehicles noon – 6am to create a pedestrian friendly atmosphere
- Road to be closed noon – 2pm for lunchtime trade and then 6pm – 6am as normal
There will be more opportunity for businesses to use the space more creatively when further traffic restrictions are in place. To kick off the pedestrian friendly summer and make the most of the car-free environment we intend to arrange a street market for the first weekend, with lots of opportunities for local businesses to get involved. Hopefully we can turn this into a regular event.
Addressing your comments
The following themes were identified either by businesses and residents or through the public survey (survey feedback can be found here)
Supporting local businesses with deliveries
Concern: Access for deliveries servicing businesses in the area
Our proposal: We will start daytime road closures at the weekend and over lunchtime – when the retail and hospitality trade is highest – for a trial period over the summer months. Allowing two delivery windows (6am -12pm and 2pm – 6pm) Monday – Friday. We will review how this is working at the end of the summer.
Concern: Heathcoat Street has a different range of businesses to those on Carlton Street and Broad Street so has different needs.
Our proposal: We will convert the parking bays on Heathcoat Street into limited waiting bays. These can be used for; businesses loading/unloading, customers collecting bulky items or as blue badge holder parking when the road is open.
Concern: Reduction in car parking spaces in the area.
Our proposal: For the duration of the trial parking will be suspended on Heathcoat Street as mentioned above. Our public survey shows that only 3% of visitors to Hockley park in Hockley when visiting. Nevertheless, to compensate for the loss of spaces we will be adding an additional 30 spaces in the area.
Concern: Access for blue badge holders and/or those with limited mobility.
Our proposal: We will be installing dedicated blue badge parking spaces in the additional parking bays for visitors to the area. In addition, blue badge holders will be able to use the limited waiting bays on Heathcoat Street.
Concern: Difficulty negotiating routes East Street – Western Street – Kipps Street
Our proposal: After listening to feedback we will be amending the one-way system to better support traffic flow.
Linking to the city centre
Concern: Hockley is separated from the city centre by George Street traffic.
Our proposal: In the longer term we will look to improve the pedestrian crossing at George Street from the city centre.
Concern: Areas looking untidy, planters in poor condition.
Our proposal: We are working with the street design team as part of a wider vision for the city centre. The pots will be replanted and we have also secured funding to update existing street furniture such as seating and signs.
Concern: Bike racks in the area always full.
Our proposal: We will install additional cycle parking in the area, work with the cycling team to improve signage of quiet routes connecting the city centre.
Concern: That closures will only benefit hospitality businesses. In addition to this visitors would like to see more events, street art and markets.
Our proposal: There will be more opportunity for businesses to use the space more creatively when further traffic restrictions are in place. We want to work with local businesses to make the most out of Hockley and help you to organise artisan markets and additional events. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch.
Let us know what you think
We would like to hear your thoughts on the above proposals. Please contact 0115 8765 249 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.