Living Streets Scotland recently ran an innovative programme with Perth and Kinross Council (PKC), testing inclusive approaches to street design and management. The programme is a response of the Council to a significant increase of requests for street improvements and explores ways how to prioritise requests from people with disabilities and walking impairments.
PKC approached Living Streets Scotland to run a series of Community Street Audits in partnership with the Centre for Inclusive Living in Perth and Kinross (CILPK). Through the direct involvement of vulnerable street users, CILPK members had the chance to demonstrate to City Counsellors and technical staff why certain issues are particularly challenging for them, and the impact of poor street design on their lives. The programme showed the importance and complexity of a system that quickly prioritises requests based on urgency, relevance and feasibility.
The project has been nominated for the Accessibility Project of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards. The 3-way nomination includes Living Streets, Perth and Kinross Council Roads Team, and the Centre for Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross.