By Ours project
By Ours Cowley Hill Liveable Neighbouhood
By Ours Cowley Hill is a joint community project in partnership with Sustrans and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA). The project aims to help residents, businesses and schools reimagine our local streets. Together we want to create a vibrant neighbourhood with cleaner air, where more people walk to shops and services, stop and chat to each other, and children can play out safely.
In May 2020, the LCRCA in partnership with Sustrans, secured funding with the Freshfield Foundation, a grant making trust, to develop a Liverpool City Region wide Liveable Neighbourhood programme. St Helens Borough Council was one of the first districts in the Liverpool City Region to trial this approach, securing £500,000 Active Travel Tranche 3 Funding to progress various initiatives within the Cowley Hill area.
Community Engagement and Consultation
From 2022 into 2023 a series of consultation workshops were held, alongside a survey asking the community about current issues and what they would like to see in the streets and spaces in the area. People responded that they feel Cowley Hill is a good place to spend time in, both for socialising and for walking but highlighted better maintenance, traffic speed, traffic volume, more dropped kerbs, more seating, places to dwell and better street lighting as key areas of improvement.
The majority of people answering the survey supported all 19 of the design proposals suggested through community consultation workshops. Council officers have reviewed the feedback and prioritised the list of proposed infrastructure improvements requested by the local community against the allocated budget.
You Said, We Listened
The main design propoals the community asked for were:
- Controlled Crossings
- Footway Improvements
- Junction Improvements
- Green Space Improvements
- New Paths through the Park
- Traffic Calming Measures
The council has since reviewed these infrastructure improvements and appraised them against council policies, funding availability and delieverability within the prescribed funding timeframe. The details how we have come to our conclusions and the map below details the scheme proposals within the Cowley Hill area, which includes:
- A signalised puffin crossing on Duke Street, to the west of Hamer Street.
- Footway accesibility improvements across a West-East corridor from Bishop Road to North Road, with the inclusion of dropped kerbs.
- Junction improvements through the provision of raised junction tables incorporating uncontrolled pedestrian crossing facilites. These also act as vertical traffic calming features. The 5 junction are: Bishop Road/ Wynne Road junction, Wynne Road/ Cowley Hill Lane junction, Cowley Hill Lane/ Windle Street junction, Windle Street/ Stanhope Street/ Morello Close junction, and Windle Street/ North Road/ Lord Street junction.
- A new green space 'Pocket Park' at Cooper Street / Chapel Street that includes a new footway link between Cooper Street and Halefield Street, incorporating new seating provision, tree planting, bin storage, improved lighting, and cycle storage.
- A new 3.5 metre wide active travel route through the park providing a shared use footway and cycleway across Bishop Road Playing Fields, between Bishop Road and Elderflower Road. This will link the community to local primary schools and green amenities, with the incorporation of new seating provision, tree planting, bin storage, and improved lighting.
A further round of community engagement will take place in March to share details of the final designs for the By Ours Cowley Hill Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme (as illustrated below) ahead of scheduled commencement of construction later in Spring.