The engagement period for the proposed Spaces for People projects in the Stirling area has now ended. Thanks to everyone who shared their views and made their own suggestions. We will provide an update in due course. The Council has successfully secured the funding from the £30-million Sustrans Spaces for People Fund - set up to bolster the local government response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The fund aims to make journeys safer for cycling, walking and wheeling during the pandemic in busy public areas where physically distancing is difficult, such as town centres, though temporary infrastructure improvements.
These measures are also intended to boost the Stirling area’s economic recovery in the important retail and tourism sectors and help keep people safe with the virus remaining a threat.
Residents and local businesses can now express their views on a number of potential projects across the Stirling area and suggest alternatives by visiting this website. The engagement period will last three weeks.
Protect people and support local businesses
Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “By creating safe and welcoming environments in our city, towns and villages, the Spaces for People funding will be vital in the Council’s efforts to protect people and support local businesses in these challenging times.
“The success of the scheme will depend on positively engaging with communities, and this easy-to-use online engagement portal will allow local people to provide feedback and shape how the various projects throughout the Stirling area are taken forward.”
The funding can only be spent on the following measures:
- Selective road closures using planters or cones
- Reallocating road space for addition seating to aid economic recovery
- Reallocating road space for wider footways
- Reallocating road space for cycle tracks
- Reallocating parking and loading
- Reduced speed limits and/or traffic calming measures
- Cycle parking
- Removal of barriers to open up constrained spaces and remove pinch points.
We want to hear your feedback
Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “No one knows their communities better than the local people who live and work there, and this is why we want to hear your feedback on these proposals for temporary improvements.
“It’s important to highlight that if your community isn’t on the list of projects, there is an option to pitch your own suggestion which will be considered as well.”
Spaces for People is funded by the Scottish Government, administered by Sustrans Scotland and delivered by local authorities.
More important than ever
Infrastructure Coordinator for Sustrans, Davina Bright, said: “It is more important than ever that people are able to walk, wheel and cycle around local areas safely. That is what the Spaces for People fund aims to provide.
“This consultation will allow communities to work alongside Stirling Council to create the spaces needed for physical distancing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic."
More information on Spaces for People can be found on the Stirling Council website.