Readers of the regular NEWS and many Members will be aware of the campaign waged by EHTF since before the initiation of the Historic Core Zone (HCZ) project in 1997/8. EHTF are delighted to say that these efforts, together with those of other organisations with similar aspirations, at last seem to be gaining real ground.
At a workshop convened by EHTF at the end of January, the 'great and the good' in the field came together to share intelligence and were delighted by the work now being taken forward by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Government agencies, like CABE Space.
The 'Manual for Streets' expected to be launched by DfT on 29 March, will replace DB32 as guidance on traffic issues and, following extensive research, will espouse some of the traffic calming methods and engineering practices used in the HCZ pilot schemes and already seen in many European towns and cities.
Workshop participants have pledged to continue to work with EHTF on this project and to determine the need for guidance focused especially for practitioners in historic towns. These issues will be explored, and the findings of this group disseminated, at a conference in the summer. Details will be circulated and posted on the website as soon as they are available.