Last year, we held the first phase of consultation and engagement around improvements to the Fallowfield Loop and Yellow Brick Road to encourage walking and cycling. More than 5000 people told us what they liked and disliked about the route and provide suggestions of how to improve the route in the future. As a result of these, we now have draft proposals for improvements along the route.
People who took part told us that they like the existing urban greenway along the Fallowfield Loop and Stockport Branch Canal because of its rural feel within an urban environment. Users feel like they can escape the hustle and bustle of the city into this tranquil secluded setting in the heart of Manchester. It does however have issues such as crime, anti-social behaviour, and fly tipping, which detract from its good points and make some users feel so vulnerable that they avoid using it.
Respondents told us that their priorities were:
- Addressing personal safety and anti-social behaviour
- Complimenting the existing habitat and biodiversity
- Providing a more open route
- Connecting to surrounding neighbourhoods
- Revitalising the existing landscape to create more open and less intimidating environment for users.
- Upgrading access points to make the entrances prominent and the route accessible, creating a more inviting route to travel along.
- Transforming and enhancing open areas to provide places for people to enjoy.
They also raised a number of recurring issues such as poor access, signage and visibility of the route, along with the need to eliminate the public perception of the route being unsafe to travel along because of issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour.
The poor access points, connectivity, and signage to and from the Fallowfield Loop and Stockport Branch Canal were all raised during the engagement exercise. Users felt that by improving existing access points and creating more would make the route more attractive and potentially reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by providing a “safety in numbers” approach.