HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE SHREWSBURY BIG TOWN MAP (Commonplace Map)
Have your say in making Shrewsbury safer and more accessible – both during and after the current coronavirus restrictions.
The initiative has been set up by The Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce Group which is made up of Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury BID and Shrewsbury Town Council (Team Shrewsbury partners). The interactive map will allow residents/visitors to make comments and suggestions predominantly focussing on transport, road layouts, walking and cycling to make Shrewsbury safer and more accessible both during and after the current coronavirus restrictions.
Councillor Alan Mosley, leader of Shrewsbury Town Council, which is leading the project on behalf of the recovery taskforce, urged people to get involved. He said: “A huge amount of work is taking place to make the town centre safe for businesses to open and welcoming for people to visit, whilst maintaining social distancing. A wide range of projects are progressing to encourage more cycling and pedestrian access, and this Commonplace map is a great way that people can make comments and suggestions. We are all working together to make Shrewsbury safer and more accessible for everyone, and we look forward to hearing people’s ideas.”
Councillor Peter Nutting, leader of Shropshire Council, welcomed the launch of the Shrewsbury Big Town Map. He said: “Everything we are doing right now is being guided by the public health guidance to allow people to enjoy Shrewsbury safely and reduce the spread of the virus. Central to the plans is the creation of a pedestrian zone, which will involve the removal of traffic during a period of the day, to allow more space for people to use shops and businesses whilst maintaining social distancing. More details will be issued on the specifics as soon as possible, but any part-time road closures will be introduced on a trial basis and can be removed if necessary. There are lots of positive initiatives being worked on, which we will be sharing with the public over the coming weeks and months, and this interactive map is a great way for people to get involved. Clearly we cannot guarantee that every idea or suggestion will come to fruition, but these comments will be used as valuable feedback when decisions are made about making changes in the town – both during the coronavirus recovery phase and into the future.”
Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, added: “I would encourage town centre businesses to get involved in the project submit their ideas for improving movement into and around the town centre as we begin our recovery.”
Take a look at the interactive map and make valuable comments / suggestions on how the Town could be transformed creating more space for people to enjoy whilst living or visiting our lovely Town of Flowers. .
Road Safety Concerns
Town & Parish Councils have previously received road safety concerns from various sources, the new Commonplace initiative is a new tool that can be utilised for reporting road safety concern. These are collated, discussions then take place with Shropshire Council Highways Engineers to determine whether solutions are feasible. The Council Leaders prioritise the locations and any recommendations are submitted to the relevant committee for onward submission to Shropshire Council.