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Road Safety Team
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Previous consultation events
Which trees for Whitleigh?
An integral part of the Whitleigh: Safer and Sustainable Travel scheme is the inclusion of trees within the scheme.
Plymouth Transport and Highways worked with the Plymouth Tree Partnership (PTP) and Whitleigh Open Spaces Project (WOSP) to choose the most appropriate trees for each of the Whitleigh gateways.
A series of site meetings were held in June 2012 to discuss the issues involved and develop planting schemes that will link to existing trees and enhance the wider area. Factors like sight-lines, shading to gardens and views, as well as growing conditions, were all taken into account.
The full agreed planting schemes are described in the document below, with the details of the trees which were selected, provided by the Plymouth Tree Partnership. A short summary of the trees which were chosen for each location is below. To find out more about the trees, copy the botanical name (shown in brackets) into your web browser.
Summary of trees chosen for each location
Location one: Junction of Lancaster Gardens and Budshead Road
- Himalayan Tree Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster Cornubia) in the new build-out.
Location two: Junction of Taunton Avenue and Lancaster Gardens
- Mountain Ash variety (Sorbus x arnoldiana ‘Schouten’) in both of the new build-outs.
Location three: Junction of Aylesbury Crescent and Taunton Avenue
- Lime in the new build-out, and a number of Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia) in the verge along Aylesbury Crescent.
Location four: Junction of Taunton Avenue and Oakham Road
- Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia). One in the new build-out and one on the green opposite.
- English oak (Quercus robur). One on the green opposite the build-out.
Location five: Junction of Taunton Avenue and Shrewsbury Road
- Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) in both of the new build-outs, and two on the green on the eastern side of Taunton Avenue.
Location six: Junction of Milford Lane and Budshead Road
- Wild Cherry (Prunus avium). One on each side of the new gateway.
Community tree planting day
On Saturday 10 November 2012 we held a community tree planting day for residents to come and help plant trees in Aylesbury Crescent.
The event was hosted by the Whitleigh Open Spaces Project. Council staff were there to provide professional support and volunteer Tree Wardens were also available.
Becoming a Tree Warden or Tree Friend
The new trees planted in Aylesbury Crescent and elsewhere in Whitleigh will need to be cared for until they are growing strongly and it is particularly important to water the trees during dry spells in summer. It is a valuable community service and the work can easily be fitted in with other commitments. If you would like to volunteer to look after one or more of the new trees please visit the Plymouth Tree Partnership website to find out more about becoming a Tree Warden or Tree Friend.
We held consultation events at the following locations and times
- Woodfield Primary School Playground Surgery - 15 March 2011
- Whitleigh Primary School Playground Surgery - 17 March 2011
- Whitleigh Green - 16 March 2011
- Whitleigh Neighbourhood Meeting - 23 March 2011 and July 2011
- Whitleigh Green Fitness Festival - 7 April 2011
A consultation leaflet was created to give you information about the scheme ideas and ask for feedback. Copies of the leaflet were available from Wednesday 20 April until Friday 6 May at the Whitleigh Plymouth Community Homes Housing Office, St Chad’s Church, the Albermarle public house, local businesses / facilities and online. Some house to house leaflet drops were also made in the Whitleigh area.
Using the feedback from Whitleigh residents and key stakeholders, a programme has been developed which will reduce average traffic speeds, make it easier and safer for people to cross the road and encourage people to travel sustainably to and from Whitleigh.
We have also completed a full consultation report and a proposed programme summary which are available to download below.
A summary of the key consultation findings and the schemes which will be delivered as part of the initiative are described below. A full construction calendar is also available.
During the consultation residents suggested that:
- There is a need for formal pedestrian crossings in the local area.
- There is a need for cycle parking at Whitleigh Green.
- In some areas buses are finding it difficult to pass each other due to parked cars.
- There are concerns about speeding traffic especially on Taunton Avenue, Budshead Road, Shrewsbury Road and Brentford Avenue.
- Issues with parking have been raised, including concerns about poor visibility when exiting Whitleigh Green due to vehicles parked in the nearby lay-by.
- There is a need to address potholes, particularly on Taunton Avenue and Budshead Road.
To address the comments raised and encourage more safe and sustainable travel in Whitleigh we are:
- Introducing gateway features on the approach to Whitleigh, from both the Crownhill and Ernesettle direction and on each of the northern roads coming off Budshead Road. The features will advise motorists that they are travelling into, and through, a local community and therefore should drive at an appropriate speed.
- Introducing bus build outs at popular bus stops on Taunton Avenue to increase accessibility to public transport and naturally calm traffic travelling on Taunton Avenue.
- Introducing a build out near Woodfield Primary School to make it easier and safer for children and their families to cross the road. We will also refresh school keep clear markings in the community.
- Modifying the lay-by near Whitleigh Green to improve the visibility for vehicles exiting Whitleigh Green.
Designs for the gateway signs can be viewed below.
We are also introducing more cycle parking in identified areas such as Whitleigh Green. Have a look at the letter delivered to local businesses below for more information on what will be happening.
Public transport services
Citybus asked you if you wanted the 44/44A buses go one way around Taunton Avenue. From the responses we received it was very clear that you wanted the service to be left as it is, so Citybus will not be changing the route to one way. Thanks to all of you who completed the postcard below and sent it back to us.