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Here are some issues to look out for when considering Function:
  • If you want to your street to allow space and time to stop amid a busy town centre, site market stalls and accommodate street entertainers, for example, you will need to design in wide pavements and other considerations. These functions can all attract local residents and visitors and add vitality to the area, but you must design for this type of use, otherwise the street might not work as you want it to.
  • Level access crossing for deliveries helps small shops that don’t have one big supplier, helping to sustain local distinctiveness.
  • Regular cleansing helps reduce anti-social behaviour
  • You may need a range of seats to cater for different age groups (walls with flat tops can be used as occasional seats, but elderly users might prefer benches), but everyone likes an interesting outlook.
  • An outdoor café in a quiet backwater is pleasant place to relax away from traffic, however to be viable it needs to be visible from a busy area and be on a pedestrian route.

Click here to access our lesson on Quality audits for highways schemes

Funding and decision-making

Funding for our streets and public realm comes primarily from the government. That is, from taxation, though it is allocated through different authorities and under different headings, and for different priorities. Some money also comes from contributions made by developers, paying for new streets or improvements to existing ones.

Click here to access our lesson on Making balanced decisions about highways schemes