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Shared space gets thumbs-up

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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A VISION to turn Compton into one of the country’s first ‘shared space’ schemes has been signed off as a financial possibility.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet members met last week to approve a £5 million transport improvement package among which was a scheme that would see Compton transformed by using a revolutionary concept known as shared space.

The concept involves removing kerbs and signage and giving priority to all road users - both pedestrians and motorists - and freeing up space for parking provision.

Fans of the scheme, which has been running in Poynton, Cheshire, say it will lead to improved traffic flow and could revitalise the surronding economy but critics, including national charity Guide Dogs for the Blind, say the shared priority system can be dangerous.

The cabinet approved funding to the tune of £150,000 at its meeting last Tuesday but the scheme is still subject to planning and consultation.

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