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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Barrow residents have say on £1m urban oasis

Barrow residents will be making design choices as part of a £1m landscaping transformation.

Barrow Island neighbours are having their say on an urban oasis plan for the open spaces around the flats of Schooner Street, Steamer Street, and Barque Street.

Barrow Borough Council selected Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith as the successful team to design the landscaping vision.

The project is part of the £3.4m funding package from the government’s Clusters of Empty Homes Fund. The government money must be matched the private owners of the flats.

Residents were first consulted on the ideas back in December and now the architects will feed back to householders to take the plans forward at open event taking place from 9.30am to 5pm tomorrow and Saturday at the Barrow Island Drop In Centre.

Those who live in the flats had said the area is filled with cars when only around 10 per cent of them own cars.

They also wanted more green places to sit outside as they do not have gardens. There are also issues with rubbish.

James Smith who is working on the project to ensure community involvement, said: “This is very exciting, we hope that in a year the area will be transform. We feel this project will have a big impact on people’s lives.

“The first consultation was very positive. The big issues that people raised were the rubbish and the bins, wanting more space, improving the lighting, parking and traffic.

“People want a space where they can sit outside and at the moment it is a carpark. Only 10 per cent of residents have cars but the space is full.

We have listened to the residents and we have some proposed designs. This is everyone’s chance to look at the plans and give their views and make design choices.

“We can talk about aspects like planting, paving and benches.

“People love Barrow island, it is a great community with good homes and they can be involved in the changes to their square.”

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Shocking. Who will pay for the upkeep once its built and you cut back on more street cleaners etc. this is madness , spend it on fixing the roads and employing fire fighters. this council is so out of touch it is unreal.

Posted by Andy on 8 March 2014 at 17:25

How very inconsiderate.. where will I be able to park my car if this goes ahead?
Also, Would it be possible for some of the money to be spent of Dog Dirt Bins please? The Pavements are covered in it.

Posted by peskypixel on 7 March 2014 at 18:24

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