Living Streets Scotland: Walkable Communities Project

Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians. With our supporters we work to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, where people want to walk.

Do you want to help create safer, more attractive streets and spaces in your local community?

Living Streets Scotland Walkable Communities project supports communities to improve their local walking environments and encourage more everyday walking, using our highly commended Community Street Audits to help evaluate and improve the quality of streets and spaces from the viewpoint of the people who use them, rather than those who manage them.

Facilitated by Living Streets Scotland, but in full ownership of a community partner, a Community Street Audit brings together local residents, traders, councillors, officers and other stakeholders to walk a specific route and identify and prioritise barriers to walking and make recommendations for improvement. As part of the audit process, Living Streets Scotland  works  with groups to identify key  stakeholders and action plan  ‘next steps’ so groups can deliver real improvements for their neighbourhood.  Even small changes can make a big difference, and previous audits have resulted in a range of improvements for local people from reductions in dog fouling, more litter bins, and better street cleaning; to the re-surfacing of pavements and paths, the removal of pavement obstructions, better street lighting, and more.

We will be delivering 4 free to attend Street Audit Training session this Autumn. Training is aimed at representatives of community groups or those that work with communities who wish to undertake an audit or other improvement activity in their local area. The sessions are hands-on and include a short sample audit, and delegates will leave with a draft ‘action plan’ and other useful materials designed to support the delivery of audits and improvement activities in communities.

Aberdeen – October 8th, 12.30 till 4.30, Aberdeen Arts Centre

Perth – October 29th, 12.30 – 4.30, The Gateway, North Methven Street

Fort William – November 12th, 10.30 – 3.00 (lunch included), An Drochaid (The Bridge) Claggan Road

Ayr – November 19th, 12.30 – 4.30, Ayr Town Hall

Support from Walkable Communities is free and we are keen to hear from community groups and organisations or those working with communities that could benefit from our support. You can book  your place for training by completing the form on our website at http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/professionals/working-with-communities/walkable-communities-in-scotland,  call our Communities Coordinator  at 0131 243 2649, or email penny.morriss@livingstreets.org.uk.

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