Flowers and a funky lizard

May 29 2018

Pupils at St Barnabas CE VC Primary and Cabot Primary School have been working with the Sustrans charity alongside community groups in St Paul’s to help design solutions which tackle anti-social behaviour and improve public spaces.

The Imagine St Pauls project, supported by Avon and Somerset Police, ran between April 2015 and March 2017 and the last few improvements are being put in place now, helping to transform parts of the area.

The project worked alongside the community to identify areas which needed attention and investment, highlighting areas of local concern and providing solutions to make these areas more enjoyable places to live, travel through and spend time in.

The most recent improvement includes bright and colourful images, designed by children at St Barnabas CE VC Primary, laid in thermoplastic along Rosa Parks Lane creating a trail to the school, making the lane more inviting to use.

Jon Barr, headteacher at St Barnabas, said the children working on the project had enjoyed getting involved:

“We have been proud to work with Sustrans on the Rosa Parks Lane project. Our children enjoyed making the designs and now their journey to our school will be more colourful. We hope people in Montpelier and St Pauls will come and see them on their way past our school,” he said.

Other improvements to Rosa Parks Lane include the extension of dropped kerbs and the metal barriers replaced with bollards to improve access for pushchair, mobility scooter and wheelchair users. 

Vegetation was cut back and a large mirror put in place to improve visibility and create a more ‘open’ and safe

 feel. 

A funky lizard, designed by pupils at Cabot Primary School, will shortly take pride of place on top of the speed table on Grosvenor Road, alerting drivers to slow down and look out for pedestrians.