As we go to press Assistant Director message it gives the driver in association Planning, Transportation & Highways with all of the other changes we are Colin Knight writes on the 20 mph city making. Unfortunately in any system centre speed limit: there are drivers who will exceed “Twenty zones have to be designed to be whatever limit is set and it is about self enforcing as the police won't enforce damage limitation. On the positive side, them. There are two reasons for this: the measures we've introduced on resources and the reliability of the Gosford Street have brought average speeds down from 24mph to 18 mph measuring equipment at lower speeds. The whole point about 20 zones is the which is a good result and bodes well.”
As the Shared Space controversy rumbles consult more closely with organisations between bus drivers and pedestrians has on, we understand from press reports like Guide Dogs when they are been particularly serious. that streets within the Ring Road will developing future shared space schemes, John Marshall’s photo (left) shows us the to ensure they are safe for all.” become a blanket 20 mph zone in a few new layout. John writes: “In the past, weeks time. Extra training for bus Coventry and Warwickshire Accessible motorists have seemed unable to Transport Committee, has raised a recognise or obey the “buses only” rule drivers has also been proposed to help petition opposing shared space. It posed whilst pedestrians have been unsure them cope with the new junctions. But the question: “[What] are the legal whether the junction is part of the how long will it take to see the sort of culture change that is needed? highway or part of the wider pedestrian implications for drivers and pedestrians One of the watchwords of organisation when no rights of way/stops are square. Equality Streets is ‘Instead of priority, let defined?” “Further difficulties have arisen from its there be equality’. They are very clear close proximity to a busy pelican crossing about traffic system reform: ‘It asserts on Fairfax Street which provides the main pedestrian access to Pool Meadow bus the right of all road users to use station. It is here, in particular, that buses commonsense on roads free of counterproductive traffic controls. and pedestrians seem to engage in a The aim is to change the basic rule of the constant battle of will – reminiscent, road from priority (a traffic engineering perhaps, of some medieval jousting construct) to equality (a social model). contest. Priority makes us compete for gaps and “The new design incorporates a clearer green time. “Get out of my way!” it demarcation between roadway and shouts, as it denies infinite filtering footpath ‐ with distinctive concrete balls opportunities and expressions of fellow marking the way ‐ and a central feelings. Equality says, “After you,” as it We know there are now a number of pedestrian island separating the two‐way stimulates empathy and encourages examples of shared space across Europe bus lanes. drivers to see pedestrians as fellow that work well. Some are highlighted in a “Is this an improvement or does the You Tube sequence lasting some five road‐users.’ junction require a more radical re‐design? A bit high faluting but Interestingly, when minutes. Ben Hamillton‐Baillie, a Is it safer for pedestrians and is it easier specialist in reconciling traffic movement for bus drivers to negotiate the junction lights are out of action and there is no priority, we approach carefully and filter and quality public spaces talks about the safely? Does the new design ease the principles of shared space and its impact problem of gaining access to in turn. As courtesy thrives, congestion on modern cities. It’s worth a look—do a Pool Meadow? Is it now more attractive? dissolves. But we have to ask the question: ’Is that the whole story? Google search on ‘Shared Space The jury is out.” Tony Murray for the Guide Dogs for the Hereford’. Let us know what you think. Blind was quoted in the CT recently: It seems appropriate to also review the Comments can be emailed to the “We would like to see the Council alterations at Millennium Place outside Coventry Society at re‐instate light‐controlled crossings and Sainsbury’s store where the conflict email@example.com Coventry-based Imagineer Productions are one of the UK’s foremost producers of large-scale outdoor events, carnival and site specific theatre. At our next meeting Founder and Co-Director Jane Hytch presents
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Will Coventry be one of the towns to pitch a city centre recovery plan to Mary Portas and a chance to win a share in one million pounds worth of taxpayers’ money? Last year the TV presenter’s Government – commissioned report into the future of our high streets concluded that many town centres have reached ‘crisis point’. Now the retail expert with local government minister Grant Shapps are offering the cash to towns that come up with the best blueprints for the future. The 12 winning towns will apparently become one the so‐called Portas Pilots and share in this pot of money—that’s almost £85,000 each. Can Coventry come up with a plan? What might it include? Coventry has displayed great innovation in the past. Time and again we have re‐invented our industry, even showing a new style of post‐war central area with our shopping precincts. Mr Shapps, has encouraged towns to use YouTube clips in their pitches. He said: “I want to see how these town teams plan to try new things and ensure that their high streets and parades become destinations for local people.” The deadline for bids is March 30. Please share your ideas with us and the Council. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or Martin.Yardley@coventry.gov.uk
The Coventry Society is one of a family of hundreds of civic societies across the country. We recently had contact with our nearest neighbours, the Bedworth Society when one of our committee members, John Payne, gave a video and slide show presentation about Foleshill. Bedworth residents were amused to find out that before 1932 they were administered by Foleshill Rural District Council. The Bedworth Society meets on the first Monday of every month at 7.30 pm. at the Old Meeting House United Reformed Church, which is the oldest building in Bedworth. The April meeting looks particularly interesting—a talk on Toye, Kenning and Spencer, 325 years of history. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for visitors. More information about the Bedworth Society on its website.
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Anyone visiting our website over the past week or so might have been New supermarket: Illustrations of the alternative style of building put forward for the surprised by how out of date it has Daventry Road site. The art deco design (right) was approved by the Council become. Please accept our apologies for this. The website was properly up Despite significant local opposition, Asda has successfully gained planning permission for a to date until our website hosts had new supermarket on the site of the old Cheylesmore pub in Daventry Road. their servers hacked. They were able The planning committee was split ‐ with four votes in favour and four against ‐ but to recover most of the content from approval was given following the casting vote of chairman Cllr Kevin Maton, who agreed a backup, but unfortunately the that Asda could build a store with an art deco design. An alternative “modern” design was backup was last done in November unanimously rejected. and all the changes made since then Approval was also given for a new community centre on the site but this is unlikely to go have been lost. Unfortunately we ahead because Asda owns the land and is now likely to proceed with its new supermarket didn't keep copies either so we will plan. have to recreate the lost content from other sources. We will be working on this over the next week and hopefully next time you look it March 12. "What I would do if I was the elected mayor of Coventry!" This is intended to should be back and up to date. We be an inspirational and visioning but non political event. We have invited several have learned lots of lessons from prominent people to give short presentations about their vision for the city. this incident and hopefully it won't April 16 (one week late because of the Bank Holiday) Annual General Meeting. happen again.
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Published on May 8, 2012
Light refreshments Visitors welcome consult more closely with organisations like Guide Dogs when they are developing future shared space sch...