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Bournemouth’s First Home Zone Completed!

Residents of St James’ Square will be the first in Bournemouth to benefit from living within a ’Home Zone’.

Designed to create a safer street space for all, the Home Zone extends from St James’s Square into part of Parkwood Road, and includes the two primary schools, Corpus Christi and St Thomas Garnet’s School.

‘Home Zone’ schemes are aimed at reducing the dominance of cars in residential streets, encouraging low vehicle speeds and providing a more pedestrian friendly environment than in the typical highway space. Space is created where residents, pedestrians and cyclists of all ages can enjoy equal priority to motorists.

The original park area, previously surrounded by railings, has been opened up and re-landscaped, creating a space for residents to enjoy.  It has also been enhanced with a new children’s playground and a sculpture of a scallop shell, the traditional emblem of Saint James.

John Satchwell, Bournemouth Road Safety Manager, said: “The ‘Home Zone’ is visibly different to surrounding roads with distinct divisions between road and footways removed.  The space is more accessible and flexible to meet the needs of local residents in the area with fewer kerbs and easier access  for pedestrians to move around. Local children will also be able to make use of the area to cycle and play. We would like to encourage drivers not to consider this area as a main through road, but as a space they need to share with others.”

The scheme was set up by the Council working in partnership with a local Steering Group to design the scheme, which received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The Steering Group worked to ensure that the St James’s Square Home Zone reflected the wishes and ideas of local residents.

Warren MacDonald, chair of the Steering Group, said: “We’re really pleased that the work of local residents and the Council has resulted in this fantastic new open space.  We hope that this will be the first of many Home Zones created in Bournemouth. It’s been great to see families in the new playground.”

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