Streets for People programme is paving the way for easier travel

Chedworth close - Streets for People

Nearly 135 Streets for People schemes have been completed so far across the city and work is on track to finish in March 2024.

The Streets for People programme is being delivered using grant funding secured from Central Government through the Levelling Up programme.

While the Section 114 Report means that money Nottingham City Council can spend is currently strictly controlled, because external grant funding has previously been specifically allocated and approved for this programme purpose, it can continue to go ahead.

In 2021, the council successfully bid as part of a competitive process for £18 million from the Government’s Levelling Up fund to improve streets and local town centres and make walking and cycling easier and safer. The largest amount of this money (£11 million) is for the Streets for People programme.

The funding has been split between each ward, with areas most in need getting more funding. The works have been identified by local people and prioritised by ward councillors. Across all twenty wards pavements and walkways are being upgraded to make them safer, especially considering the needs of older people and those with less mobility. Roads and cycle paths are being repaired to help improve traffic flow and safety.

Over 250 trees are also being planted to make neighbourhoods greener, with planting set to begin this month in the Dales on Highcliffe Road. The team will be doing some verge planting as well as creating new tree pits on pavements in areas including Berridge and Mapperley. Schools near the planting areas will be contacted to involve the community and young people in the programme. In Bulwell, a mural has been painted and planters have been filled.

Some of the completed roads and paths include Robins Wood Road, Hartley Road, Rockford Road, Lambourne Drive, Chedworth Close and Green Lane. A lot of further carriageway schemes have been planned on roads including Burford Road, Aspen Road, Bedale Road and many more. Over 11 miles of road resurfacing and surface treatments have been completed so far.

Local signage and leaflets will be used to update residents on upcoming works near them, and the team has been asking residents for their feedback via an online survey.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Planning, Councillor Angela Kandola, said: “It’s great to see work progressing on this ambitious project to improve all twenty of our wards. This work on our local streets will make it easier and safer to choose walking and cycling for short trips, improve air quality, and reduce carbon emissions from transport.”

You can visit this page to find out what work is happening near you.