"Make the streets feel safe and attractive for all ages and abilities to live, learn and move independently" (Objective 2)
Waverley Park Liveable Streets - status update/ pause
This project was developed in response to community concerns about through-traffic and safe movement for all ages and abilities around the neighbourhood. The aim was to reach broad community consensus on changes to the street environment to resolve these issues.
The project asked people what these concerns were, collected evidence, developed objectives and offered the community the opportunity to develop ideas on how to achieve them, reporting the contributions at each stage.
All of this information can be found on these pages and at the project website.
We managed this project in partnership with Glasgow City Council’s Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability department and with Transport Scotland/ Sustrans funding. All remain committed to deliver on any community consensus reached.
While the project has identified the key discussion points, draft objectives and while ideas have been developed to a certain point, further work to revisit these is required to agree a broad consensus on the way forward. Rather than continue online, the intention was to continue this in a series of discussions to allow residents to meet and agree on the way forward. Unfortunately Covid (and life!) has impacted our own resources to organise this, which means that we’ve not been able to make progress over the past year.
In the meantime, Glasgow City Council has been progressing it’s own city-wide programme of Liveable Neighbourhoods. This is one of many programmes of change being developed in Glasgow. From February 2023 the Council launched a Liveable Neighbourhoods consultation exercise with the southside, including the Shawlands/ Waverley Park area. This has caught up with our project and we feel that having two projects running at the same time will be confusing for residents.
We have therefore decided to pause the Waverley Park Liveable Streets project and signpost the Council to all your contributions and work to date. All residents can also contribute their thoughts to the Council’s project.
For now, your work to date gives a good evidence base of the issues and views on Waverley Park and we’re sure this will be valuable insight for the Council as they progress the wider project.
As we have throughout, we will keep in touch with the Council to understand how they intend to progress beyond this year to identify whether/ when our community-led contribution should re-start. In the meantime, thank you to you all for the hundreds of contributions made and to those who took time to be involved in managing this project and who got involved with the Advisory Group.
Why this project?
Waverley Park is a fantastic place to live. That's why so many of us choose to make it our home for life. But it could be better.
In short, streets should be liveable.
It seems a reasonable ambition that local people of all ages, on all streets, should be able to live, meet, play, learn and move independently, safely and enjoyably. Normal community activities should thrive.
That's not universally the case
High volumes of through traffic on some streets comes with:
high daytime speeds;
obstructive parking; and
anti-social high speed (>60mph) driving at night.
We collected data to provide an evidence base for what the community was saying and to justify starting the Liveable Streets project. Our surveys indicate that traffic has an impact on the quality of many residents' lives, much of which is unseen. For example:
children have less opportunity to learn, play and move independently;
adult residents are less able to socialise with neighbours and enjoy their living space;
air and noise pollution affects some people's mental and physical health; and
children (and adults) are forced to cycle and scooter on the pavements, which particularly impacts elderly people.
Other residents may have different priorities
What are your priorities? What spaces could be used better across Waverley Park? What opportunities could be taken to benefit the residents of every street? What normal residential activities could be enhanced? We felt it was important to ask all the people who live here.
Between us, we know the answers to these questions, and this is where the Liveable Streets project comes in.
Approx 2,600 vehicles drive through Waverley Park every weekday
Estimated 97% of vehicles on Ravenswood/ Dinmont is through traffic
70-80% of drivers exceed the 20mph limit
61-70mph highest speed recorded
Through traffic dominance
What does 'Liveable' mean to you?
What would you like more of?
There's some inspiration below but it's up to you to tell the project team what you think would make Waverley Park more 'liveable'.
If you want to just get started go to the Liveable Streets project site.
About the project
"Ensure that what affects the community is driven by the community, not imposed on it" (Objective 3)
It is up to the community to act. The Liveable Streets project is designed to give us this opportunity by advancing what the community values most, based on the following core principles:
Everyone in the area should be involved;
Decision-making should be transparently reported and understood by the community;
Understand the priorities first and consider the solutions second; and
Proposals should be deliverable. We have agreed a governance structure alongside the Council that offers a route to implementation. So what you say matters.
A Robust Decision-Making Process
We have set out a process to turn community contributions into action. The Council and all four sitting Ward Councillors support this process.
We have secured funding and commissioned an independent design team to deliver Phase 1.
The project governance structure allows us to act as a constructive partner for the community and the Council to ensure subsequent phases are delivered.
Phase 0: Establish the process
collated traffic speed and volume data
surveyed resident attitudinal data for Ravenswood Drive
secured Phase 1 funding from the Scottish Government/ Sustrans
Set up a governance structure with the Council
Commissioned a design team for Phase 1
Phase completed December 2020
Phase 1: Develop a Community-led street design vision (draft, paused)
The Design Team led by Civic Engineers will:
facilitate residents and school children to identify their priorities;
develop objectives to represent community priorities
validate street design options with the community
Apply for Phase 2 funding
Phase 3: Implement (paused)
work with Glasgow City Council to implement the solutions
Implementation may be phased
Phase 2: Develop the detail (paused)
develop the designs into deliverable solutions
continue to consult the community and stakeholders fully at every stage of design
At every step we will report findings transparently and fairly. As a community, we may not always agree. But to have any say we must take the lead, and we must listen to and understand each others' priorities.