£15,000 for measures to help weary legs

December 23 2013

SUSTAINABLE Bishopston has won £15,000 in a bid to reduce unnecessary car use for local journeys, and to encourage cycling and walking in the area.

SUSTAINABLE Bishopston has won £15,000 in a bid to reduce unnecessary car use for local journeys, and to encourage cycling and walking in the area.

The money, which has been awarded through the council's Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will be going towards the installation of
benches on Gloucester Road and hilly streets leading to and from the main road, allowing shoppers to rest while visiting the local shops.

The benches are expected to be implemented next year.

The group will also be working with neighbours on Sommerville Road to incorporate two planters, which are to be sited on the highway.

According to Martin Fodor, who is the Sustainable Bishopston representative on the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership, the planters will enhance the local environment and will help make streets more liveable and pleasant. He also believes that it will act as a traffic calming measure and will allow children to cross roads more easily.

A third round of funding is now open for local community groups to apply. Grants are available from as little as £500 to a maximum of £3,000. Ideas put forward for funding should encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport; increase physical activity to improve health; and reduce unnecessary car trips. To apply, visit:
www.bristol.gov.uk/page/communities-grant