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ON THE STREET WHERE I BELONG - THE FIRST HOME ZONE

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A pioneering new scheme to give the streets back to local people - ...
A pioneering new scheme to give the streets back to local people -

improving the quality of life for residents on their doorsteps - was

launched today in Manchester by Andrew Smith, chief secretary to the

treasury.

Visiting the Northmoor home zone, he said:

'The work done here in Manchester shows how much home zones can

contribute to urban regeneration across the country. The local people

I have met have contributed to the overall design and feel of the

locality, and can see the difference on their doorsteps.

'I am particularly keen to listen to local residents' views so we can

apply the lessons here and elsewhere.'

Commenting on today's launch regeneration minister Sally Keeble said:

'Involving local people in the successful design of their streets and

open spaces has provided a major improvement for the community in

Longsight. Children can play safely on the street and people can walk

without fear of speeding traffic. Life on their doorsteps is

definitely getting better. Home zones create a safer, more attractive

place for people to live'.

The Manchester project is one of nine being piloted across England

and Wales by the DTLR. Home zones are designed for people, not just traffic, and

the new-look streets can include benches, trees and play areas as

well as changes in the road layout to improve safety.

The department has invited more authorities to bid for£30m

under the Home Zones Challenge.

Sally Keeble added:

'We are committed to the introduction of home zones, which is why we

recently launched our Home Zone Challenge. This is intended to

generate a rapid growth in the number of these areas all around the

country.

'I am sure that the ideas and experiences of Manchester City Council,

together with those of the other eight pilot authorities will

contribute a great deal to developing guidance on good practice. This

will prove very useful to those local authorities which are

successful in the government's Home Zones Challenge.'

Notes

Northmoor

Northmoor is an estate in the inner-city Manchester district of

Longsight. It has been designated an official Renewal Area by

Manchester City Council. The area has high-density terraced housing

built in a grid pattern with on-street parking and limited

recreational facilities for children. Northmoor covers some 1,400

dwellings dominated by pre-1919 two bedroom terraced properties with

no front gardens and small rear yards.

The Northmoor project has been included as one of the DTLR home zone

pilot projects in England and Wales. Work on the first of four

streets of Northmoor in phase one of the project was completed in

April 2001. A dramatic streetscape design has been adopted after

extensive community consultation. The carriageway has been relaid

with a shared use surface with interesting designs. Parallel parking

has been replaced by echelon parking which also acts as traffic

calming. The council has commenced demolition of some houses in the

middle of each terrace in order to create a green street through the

area, which will provide lawned areas, play areas and walkways. A

number of new three storey houses will be built, overlooking the

green streets and providing natural surveillance.

Home Zones

The other Eight Pilots in England and Wales are: Morice Town,

Plymouth; The Methleys, Leeds; Nobel Road Area, Nottingham; Cavell

Way, Sittingbourne; New England, Peterborough; West Ealing;

Holmewood, Lambeth; Magor Village, Monmouthshire.

Capital Modernisation Fund

The Capital Modernisation Fund was set up in the Comprehensive

Spending Review to support capital investment to improve public

services. The fund is allocated on a competitive basis and on the

following criteria:

- the extent the project applies genuinely innovative approaches to

service delivery;

- the quality and strength of the economic appraisal of the project;

- the impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the service;

- how far the project contributes to the department's objectives;

- how far the project is genuinely additional; and the robustness of

arrangements for delivering, managing, accounting, monitoring and

evaluating the project.

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