Funding will help keep Staple Hill on the map
Published on: 31 Oct 2013
STAPLE Hill is set to benefit from a £50,000 bonanza to raise the profile of the area.
The welcomed cash injection will be spent on highlighting some of the area’s main attractions, helping increase visitors, boost trade and encourage cycling.
The money will be spent on signs directing people to Page Park and the bustling shopping area from the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.
There will also be improved signage in the park pointing out various attractions, as well as cycle storage near the entrance.
Plans also include creating a landscaped feature on the railway path at Signal Road.
The scheme is part of a £600,000 bounty from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) for various projects across South Gloucestershire.
The LSTF is a central government funded project running across the West of England to increase sustainable travel. The application was made on behalf of the Friends of Page Park in early September and has now been given the green light.
Staple Hill councillor Shirley Potts said: “The Bristol and Path Railway Path runs through the heart of Staple Hill yet few people have any idea of the excellent facilities available just a matter of yards away. With the help of the Friends of Page Park new signage will direct cyclists and pedestrians to our beautiful Page Park and our vibrant shopping area. It will also encourage people to use the path and make the most of the extensive network of cycle tracks around Staple Hill.”
Fellow councillor and chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Ian Boulton, said: “I’m delighted that these improvements will help keep Staple Hill on the map.”
The £50,000 is being held by the council and works will be carried out by the authority’s community landscapes and traffic management departments.
The money will be spent in the 2014/15 financial year, with some design work and a project package made up by March 2014.
The Friends of Page Park will be invited to help input on the design of the project.
The maximum amount of funding that could be applied for was £50,000 for each single project. A total of 18 individual schemes have been awarded funds.
The projects, which have been suggested by communities, voluntary groups and schools, will be completed over the next two years. Many of them will benefit residents in South Gloucestershire’s six priority neighbourhoods including Staple Hill, Filton, Patchway, Yate and Dodington, Cadbury Heath and Kingswood.
Councillor Brian Allinson, chairman of the planning, transportation and strategic environment committee, said: “This funding comes as welcome news and will further improve sustainable transport facilities in South Gloucestershire.
This additional funding boost will deliver improved road safety around schools, better cycling facilities at a range of locations and adapted equipment for use by people with disabilities, providing a sustainable travel legacy for generations to come.”