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How to make Sheep Street more pedestrian friendly

Sheep Street looking south

Sheep Street looking south away from the town centre towards Hixet Wood

Sheep Street is an important route connecting the town centre with the south of the town. Like many other streets in the town, it has narrow, uneven, pavements which can be awkward to use.

How can we make it better?

One possibility may be to resurface and raise the level of the vehicle carriageway to the same level as the pavements – this would make it easier for people to pass on the narrower bits of pavement.

The street could then become a ‘shared surface’ where pedestrians could walk on any part of the road. This kind of street has proved to be safer in many towns and cities because drivers will instinctively slow down as they look out for pedestrians.

Sheep Street in the future image

Sheep Street in the future? A level shared surface with more space for pedestrians

Lines of stones in the centre of the road could indicate a wider area for pedestrians, allowing more space for people to pass each other and even space for benches or tables in summer.

The narrower area for vehicles could be widened in some places to provide parking spaces.

Tell us your ideas

These are just first thoughts.

  • Do you think this would be a good thing to do?
  • Do you think there should be other priorities if funds become available?
  • Is this the best place in the town to start, or are there better places to concentrate efforts?

You can discuss ideas in the forum

The Poynton street project – an example for Charlbury?

An innovative streetscape project was completed recently in Poynton town centre in Cheshire, which involved the redesign of several important streets to become more pedestrian friendly.

The busy junction in the centre of town (a busier version of Five Ways in Charlbury) was resdesigned as a shared surface to become more pedestrian friendly.

The project has been very successful and has won several awards for congestion reduction, and was shortlisted for the 2014 ‘Great streets’ award from the Academy of Urbanism.

Above is the 15-minute film ‘Poynton Regenerated’ by Martin Cassini, Equality Streets. This describes the background and outcome of the schemes, the views of local residents, and explores the implications of this groundbreaking project. The film has now been viewed by over 125,000 people, and prompted interest from around the world.