Consultation Event for the proposed UCLan development

Galloway’s, will be hosting a Consultation Event in conjunction with UCLan and Lancashire County Council Highways in a bid to ensure the voices of blind and partially sighted people are heard in £200million Preston Campus transformation near to the Adelphi Roundabout area.

 

Picture of Galloway's staff pointing at the word STOP written on a road

UCLan’s vision over the next five years is to create a sustainable and welcoming campus which will enhance the experience for all those visiting the University.  The plans include four major projects; The Student Centre, The Engineering Innovation Centre, The Social Spaces and the new layout for the Adelphi Roundabout which is set to be renamed Adelphi Square.  A key element of transforming the roundabout is to incorporate a new civic square, based on the principles of Fishergate’s shared space scheme.

Here at Galloway’s, we think the proposed  plans at UCLan look fantastic and we’re really hopeful this will be better enhance students experiences of the University. There are four major areas of development for the proposed plans, including an introduction of a shared space scheme around the Adelphi Roundabout.

Our consultation event is open to anybody living with sight loss with a vested interest in the University and/or the Adephi Roundabout area and is being held at Galloway’s in Penwortham on Wednesday 26th July 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

During this consultation event we hope to better understand the plans and discuss small changes the University may be able to factor in so that people living with sight loss still feel listened to within the planning process. We’re also really keen to ensure people with sight loss feel comfortable to independently travel around the Adelphi Roundabout area, especially those attending the university.

As a charity supporting over 7,000 blind and partially sighted people each year, we are acutely aware that a number of those people actively avoid going into the Fishergate area of Preston because they feel unsafe in going independently and we are determined to change this before another shared space scheme is introduced to the City.  Shared Space Schemes rely on eye contact between the driver and pedestrian which obviously isn’t inclusive of our blind and partially sighted community. Early consultation is crucial to the planning stages which is why we’re urging anybody with a vested interested in the area or the University living with sight loss to come along to this event.

You can read more about the proposed changes here http://www.uclan.ac.uk/masterplan/

Anybody wishing to attend the event should call Galloway’s on 01772 744148. Galloway’s will be offering transport from anybody with sight loss living in the Chorley area who wishes to attend the event.