Improving access

Solihull Street Charter

Solihull Street Charter front page

Solihull Council has launched a new Street Charter alongside RNIB as a sign of our commitment to the borough’s vulnerable road users.

Vulnerable road users are those of us who may have difficulty seeing or hearing approaching traffic, or may have decreased mobility. This can include the elderly, the disabled, children or even cyclists and horse riders.

By committing to the Solihull Street Charter, the Council is aiming to improve highways access and movement for vulnerable road users in the borough, and has promised to continue to develop and change to meet their needs and requirements.

The charter, initially developed by the RNIB, has continued to progress through partnerships with local stakeholders including blind and partially sighted residents and organisations such as: Solihull Vulnerable Road Users Group; Solihull Association for the Blind; and Guide Dogs.

As part of the Charter, going forward the Council will promote easy ways for vulnerable road users to report issues and will involve and consult vulnerable road users on new highways developments and, where reasonable and possible, make changes to those schemes.

The Solihull Street Charter will help to shape and influence future development of transport and highways within the borough, alongside the Council’s recently launched transport strategy Solihull Connected and its Walking and Cycling Strategy.

Vulnerable Road Users group

You can view our coordinated approach to improving access for vulnerable road users by viewing the most recent group minutes:

Improving and amending public rights of way in Solihull

Right of Way improvement plan front page

The boroughs Rights of Way Improvement Plan is the document in which we set out our plans for improving the network of rural public footpaths, bridleways and byways.

It is a statutory document and can play an important part in the process of making the countryside more accessible for everyone.

The Councils first Rights of Way Improvement Plan was released in 2007.

Acknowledging that there have been lots of changes that have affected or have the potential to affect the network since the publication of the first improvement plan, the Council carried out a review and consultation with stakeholders on a new revised plan throughout 2015.

The result of this is a new Rights of Way Improvement Plan for the borough which will cover the period 2016 - 2026.

This new plan provides information on the current state of the network of public rights of way in the borough, and sets out a number of goals and actions that we intend to target and prioritise over the life of the plan. Doing so will help us to work with local stakeholders to maintain and improve the network for the benefit of all.

Moving forward, the plan, in particular the action plan, will become an active document that is reviewed every three years and will assist us in providing direction and focus for the service.

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