AN exhibition designed to showcase improvements to make a village safer for pedestrians and cyclists is set to begin next week.
Villagers in Barton under Needwood are being urged to ‘have their say’ at the event on proposals for changes to Main Street and Station Street that will form part of a new scheme entitled ‘Better Safer Barton Centre’.
The exhibition will be held in Barton’s village hall in Crowberry Lane, from Saturday, March 15 until Saturday, March 22 and, after viewing the proposals, residents will have the opportunity to make comments before final plans are drawn up.
Graham Hughes, chairman of Barton under Needwood Parish Council, said: “For many years residents of Barton under Needwood have become more and more concerned about the volume and speed of traffic travelling through the village.
“We want a village where pedestrians and cyclists can feel safe on the village roads and not feel that the traffic dominates.”
Following the appointment of specialist designers and heritage consultants Node, focus groups, consultations and workshops have all been completed giving all villagers and business owners the opportunity to discuss their concerns and present ideas and suggestions for consideration.
Mr Hughes added: “This is the chance everyone has been waiting for to see how real positive changes can be made to the centre of the village which will improve the pedestrian and cyclist experience of Main Street for years to come as well as improving the appearance of the heart of Barton.”
The move to create a ‘Better Safer Barton Centre’ has been described as a ‘flagship project - a design led by local people for local people’ by Tim Corbett, who represents the village on Staffordshire County Council, which is jointly sponsoring the work with Aggregate Industries and the parish council.