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STRING - Streets for Living
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Description

Neighbourhood regeneration in urban areas often focuses on the use of public spaces to help promote strong, vibrant communities and improve the quality of life. But roads, while public spaces, are often viewed as primarily transport routes, divorced from the communities that they pass through. The objective of STRING is to use the planning of streetscape as a mechanism for achieving community regeneration. Led by the UK’s Swindon council, the 5.6 M Euro project seeks to increase the [...]
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 STRING - Streets for Living

Lead Partner:
Swindon Borough Council
Swindon Borough Council, Environment & Property, Premier House, Station Road, SN1 1TZ Swindon
UK
Tel +44 (0)1793 466266
Fax +44 (0)1793 466362

Contact:
Adrian Dean
Project Manager/Coordinator
adean@swindon.gov.uk

Measure: 1.1

Start date: 2003/09/01
End date: 2008/03/31

ERDF Grant: € 2 689 835
Total eligible cost: € 5.6 M€


Partners involved:

UK - Swindon Borough Council

UK - Wiltshire Constabulary

FR - La Courneuve Service du développement économique

NL - Gemeente Hilversum


Project type: Action


Summary
Neighbourhood regeneration in urban areas often focuses on the use of public spaces to help promote strong, vibrant communities and improve the quality of life. But roads, while public spaces, are often viewed as primarily transport routes, divorced from the communities that they pass through. The objective of STRING is to use the planning of streetscape as a mechanism for achieving community regeneration. Led by the UK’s Swindon council, the 5.6 M Euro project seeks to increase the involvement of socially excluded local residents in efforts to improve car dominated street environments, while showing how improved traffic management can improve quality of life. It also seeks to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by improving the design and management of the street environment so that it becomes a resource valued by the whole community. As part of the project, representatives of the three communities will have the opportunity to meet one another and share experience. Once the project is over, its lessons will be disseminated to other NW European cities and towns facing similar problems of traffic and social exclusion.

Objectives

  1. To develop community participation in planning the street as a driver for community regeneration
  2. To demonstrate the potential for traffic management actions to lead to an improved quality of neighbourhood living through:
    • A reduction in social exclusion
    • Reduced levels of crime and disorder
    • An improved street environment
    • Improved economic circumstances
  3. To make the street a community space, valued and used by the community
  4. To test the practical application of different traffic management techniques in fulfilling a community regeneration role
  5. To develop ways of linking spatial planning, community regeneration and street planning agendas together, which has transnational application

Activities

Expected Outcomes

  • Maintain the vibrancy of communities
  • Address issues of inequality and exclusion
  • Improve the quality of urban living
  • Maximise new use of urban areas in order to reduce the need for greenfield sites
  • Create community cohesion

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