Future Southampton

📰 Woolston District Centre Improvement plans on show

An exhibition and presentation of the plans for the future of the Woolston area will be on display from 10am-7pm on 25 February 2014, at St Mark’s Institute, 37a Victoria Road, SO19 9DY.

The latest designs take into consideration construction constraints and local requests for more traffic calming, safer crossing points and mitigation of parking, which has been identified through continued dialogue with community groups and individuals.

    • Woolston District Centre Improvement illustration jpg

    Woolston District Centre Improvement illustration jpg

The groups and individuals included within previous consultation formed an ideal sample population of the community. Using their thoughts and views on the vicinity, the following priorities were identified, which have informed the latest designs:

  • One way system in Victoria Road and Keswick Road
  • Play space provision, and finding the right location for it within the scheme
  • Victoria Road improvements – new trees, street furniture, traffic calming and safer crossing points
  • Improved traffic calming on Obelisk Road
  • Footway improvements at the bus station area and Portsmouth Road.

Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “I am excited to see these latest plans for the Woolston District Centre improvements, and that they take into consideration the key views of local residents so well. The new traffic calming measures are critical to improving the feeling of safety within the area and slowing traffic in such a pedestrian heavy area, used well by families and children. The new play park will also be a welcome addition to the area, giving families a place to play and enjoy. I’d encourage people to come along and take a look at the plans and feedback their thoughts.”

    A number of previous consultation activities throughout 2012-13 have informed the design of the area, including public exhibitions, street surveys and engagement with local groups.