- Where: St Marks School and surrounding area.
- When: November 2020 onwards.
- What: Transport and highways improvements to support St Marks School expansion including an Active Travel Zone
- Why: To create a greener, safer and healthier school community for everyone by indentifying and making some small changes to the streets and roads around St Marks School that will enable travel actively and minimise private car use.
Residents and businesses local to St Marks C of E School have been invited to contribute to the St Marks Perception Survey about improvements they would like to see in the area. They survey period has been extended until Friday 15 January and the results will be shared in early 2021.
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St Mark’s C of E School is a primary school located on Shirley Road and currently has capacity for 420 pupils. The school has been identified for expansion to help meet that need for additional school places across the city. The St Mark’s expansion project received planning approval in February 2020 and will provide an additional 900 secondary school places, creating a new an ‘All Through School’ providing education from nursery to Sixth Form on the site, along with sports facilities to the rear on part of the of Services Playing Fields.
St Mark’s C of E School is within in a 20-minute walk of over 13,000 households. Around 65% of pupils currently walk, cycle or scoot to the primary school and 12% use public transport. However, the area suffers from a high volume of cut-through driving. With the extra trips that the additional school places will create, there is a requirement to deliver measures to improve transport and travel in the local area. The council is proposing to achieve this through the delivery of a new Active Travel Zone in partnership with the local community.
We are undertaking engagement with the local community to understand what improvements could be made to the area. We firmly believe that the best ideas always come out of the community and invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions by taking part in our perceptions survey. All feedback received will help to closely inform our plans for the area as these continue to be shaped and developed over the coming months.
What is an Active Travel Zone?
An Active Travel Zone seeks to develop a neighbourhood so it is easier to move around on foot or by cycling by reducing and removing traffic and creating an attractive and safe environment. Measures could include restrictions to motor vehicles which seek to create a more attractive environment for pedestrians and cyclists by removing through traffic, reducing speeds, reallocating road space and creating healthier communities. An Active Travel Zone is developed in partnership with the local community.