Sustrans Scotland has been working in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council, residents and businesses, to transform a once neglected part of Dumfries into a genuine people centred neighbourhood. The project is based in a Victorian neighbourhood of housing and businesses close to the centre of Dumfries, including Queen Street, McLellan Street, Brooke Street and Cumberland Street. The neighbourhood has had past problems with speeding, crime, rat running, poor sociability and connection.
Physically, the neighbourhood has been transformed, demonstrating a shift of priorities towards a more sociable and creative destination. The space has been redesigned to improve accessibility and encourage active travel within and through the neighbourhood. There has also been a social transformation with greater interaction and long term friendships forming between neighbours and businesses. Residents feel more empowered to make changes through the newly formed residents group who are looking to build on the project’s successful outcomes.
Further detail can be found by visiting the DG1 Neighbours Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/dg1neighbours/