The closing date for the LGN Street Design Awards 2012 is fast approaching! 27 April is the deadline for the awards, which aim to reward best practice and innovation in street design schemes across the UK. Organised by Local Government News, the awards are judged by an independent panel of experts, including Living Streets.
The awards are divided into six categories:
Living Streets has welcomed the publication today of "Signing the Way", setting out the Department for Transport's plans to reduce bureaucracy and help local authorities reduce the unnecessary signs cluttering our streets.
Following Living Streets' reaction to the lack of emphasis on good public realm in the Portas Review of the future of the high street, the government's response has encouraged towns to consider decluttering, wider pavements and shared space approaches 'to help improve air quality and reduce congestion, encouraging local shoppers back to the high street'.
With polling showing that 28 per cent of British adults feel isolated, or have a friend or loved one who does, due to not being able to access local shops and services easily on foot, Living Streets' recent campaigning drew attention to the need for walking-friendly neighbourhoods to be at the heart of the planning system. After a controversial consultation period, the Government's final National Planning Policy Framework was published today and included several elements which Living Streets and its supporters have pushed for:
4 January 2012: Living Streets Scotland are delighted that the Scottish Government has included ‘increasing physical activity’ as a new national indicator in the refreshed National Performance Framework.
As Living Streets continues to put pressure on the Government to ensure that the new national planning policy framework supports walking-friendly neighbourhoods, an influential commitee of MPs has recommended significant changes should be made to the policy before the final version is published in spring 2012.
As Mary Portas’ findings on the Future of the High Street are published, Living Streets has emphasised that safe, attractive, enjoyable pedestrian environments are a key factor that set successful high streets and town centres apart.
As a government report sets out the benefits of additional investment in transport infrastructure to keep the country moving this winter, Living Streets' campaign for ice-free pavements has emphasised the importance of making sure pedestrians are safe - and put forward some low cost ideas that
9 December 2011: The Scottish Government announced the Local Government settlement for 2012-15 yesterday.
London is a world city competing on an international stage. But it's currently falling behind international peers such as New York as a place to walk.
From world famous Oxford Street to London’s hundreds of local high streets, Londoners deserve better places in which to walk and spend time. We are asking the future mayor of London to show their support to making London a truly world class city for walking by committing to the following four calls.
1. A city of twenty