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Sustrans to walk residents through street designs

Street model processLocal residents and regular users of Braunstone Gate and Bede Street will discuss and try out street improvements at a community street design event this afternoon.

The event is part of charity Sustrans’s project Braunstone Gate Places for People, run in partnership with People’s Health Trust and Leicester City Council.

People’s Health Trust has invested in the project using money raised by HealthBelief through The Health Lottery.

Local people are invited to Café 96 Degrees between 5pm and 7.30pm where they can use a small-scale model of the streets to try out street improvements and vote on the ideas they would most like to see tried in real life.

Visitors will be able to choose from a list of suggestions which has already been gathered from the public, as well as try out new ideas.

There will also be another chance to get involved tomorrow between 12.30pm and 6.30pm outside Natterjacks, Braunstone Gate.

The most popular ideas will be taken forward to the next stage – working out the feasibility of trialing them, before a final decision is taken through the monthly Community Forum.

The street trials will happen next year.

The list of community priorities and physical changes people would like to see has been developed over the past nine months through street events, a monthly community forum and conversations with more than 400 people.

Charlotte Jones, Sustrans Project Coordinator, said: “We’ve found that the most common aspirations and concerns are things such as more greenery, safety at night, traffic problems, and better space for walking. It’s been great how more and more local people are getting involved, helping with the small steps towards solutions such as sorting out parking issues, and maintaining the new planters that have been installed in the area.”