With Shipley’s bustling market square and Saltaire’s iconic Gordon Terrace, our local area ought to be a beautiful, healthy, and social space. But priority is given to the high volume of through traffic, making our main roads amongst the most congested in the UK, and turning a World Heritage Site into a rat run. As a result, our streets are noisy, unsafe, and polluted. We want this to change.
The national lockdown provided us all with some perspective. We have spent more time at home, got to know our neighbours, and seen a better way – peaceful neighborhoods, stress-free access to the outdoors, birdsong. The fresh air that resulted from reduced traffic was amazing! We can turn a crisis into an opportunity.
More than ever, our local independent businesses need our support. Increasing space to walk, cycle, and socialise has been shown to benefit shops, cafes, and restaurants. We must start with our own community.
Then there’s air pollution – toxic to breathe and especially damaging to the youngest people in our neighbourhood. Bradford Council has declared a climate emergency, and we urgently need to reduce transport emissions. But what can ordinary people do? We can lead change from the bottom up.
We believe it’s time for the residents and businesses of Shipley and Saltaire to lead the way in West Yorkshire. Our vision is for local streets that are truly shared. Streets that are socially and economically successful. Streets that are nice places to reside, shop, and visit. Streets that are living.
And you can help.