Active Neighbourhood trial to take place in Milkstone and Deeplish

Active Neighbourhood trial to take place in Milkstone and Deeplish

Pic: Caption: Artist impression of how streets will look once the Active Neighbourhood scheme is in place

The council has approved the trial of the active neighbourhood scheme in Milkstone and Deeplish.

The scheme prioritises residents over cars by creating spaces for safer streets while maintaining access but preventing rat runs.

The aim is to make it easier for residents to make short trips on foot, by bike or on public transport rather than in cars, and will also create areas where young ones can play in a safe environment.

The trial will run for six months during which time public consultation will continue on an ongoing basis. Following consideration of consultations during this period, a final decision will be made by councillors.

The approval from the council follows extensive consultation with residents that started in 2021. An area wide engagement was carried out which saw information posted out to residents and businesses. This was followed by surveys, online consultations and public meetings.

Councillor Daniel Meredith, cabinet member for highways and housing, said: “This trial is great news for the residents of Milkstone and Deeplish. It will significantly improve their lives through creating a better environment in which to live.

“We want all residents to enjoy the space where they reside and the measures this scheme will bring about will certainly aid the area being more pleasant for all.”

The result of the engagement was that each of the proposed interventions were subject to more support than opposition which has led to the trial. It is planned this will start at the end of the year.

The process going forward will see a number of measures implemented. However, they are not final and the council encourages residents and businesses to express any concerns or indeed support so that plans can be amended to everyone’s benefit.

Several roads will see prohibition measures, meaning filters will be constructed to manage traffic flow. Other roads will become one way, and vehicles will be prevented from parking as restrictions come into place.

Should the trial become permanent further work will then be done to the area. Green space will be created with benches and planters added. Stoneyfield Park will also be improved alongside other enhancements.

The scheme is part of a Greater Manchester-wide project and is being carried out in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester.

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