Cally Plan Update Team Cally Ward Partnership September 2014 What is the Cally Plan? • Adopted January 2014 • Extensive consultation and led by a steering group of local residents, business owners and Councillors. • Focuses on an area from Regent’s Canal north to Pentonville Prison. • Supplementary Planning Document used in determining planning applications Vision • to reinforce a strong positive identify • strengthen the high street to attract new businesses and visitors • unite the communities and business on the east and west of the Cally in a sense of ownership, pride and shared responsibility for its success. Delivery – 4 key themes 1. Promoting the Cally. 2. Improving the design and streetscape of the Cally. 3. Improving the management of the Cally. 4. Developing successful businesses. How the plan will be implemented • Plan identifies the council services and external organisation involved in implementation of projects. • Projects have been integrated into the Caledonian Ward Improvement Plan to enable funding to be secured from a range of sources. • The pace of delivery of the plan will depend on how quickly these funding resources can be secured. • Given the current funding constraints delivery is likely to take place over a number of years. 1. Promoting the Cally – Utilising the area’s large number of arts and creative organisations to engage the local community in arts and cultural events and use them to attract visitors. – Coordinate street improvement projects to create a positive identity for the Cally. 1. Promoting the Cally • Funding secured from TFL towards under bridge lighting scheme and bespoke cycle parking. • Some funding secured for arts projects. • A lot of work going on in the community with several consultations about arts initiatives, as well as street art. • Events such as Cally Festival important for local people and attracting visitors and animating the street. 2. Improving the design and streetscape of the Cally Projects: • Improve public spaces • Improve pedestrian environment • Improve cycle routes and parking • Regent’s canal area improvements • Sites and building that should be improved 2. Improving the design and streetscape of the Cally • • • • Improving the east-west route from the Cally to King’s ross some funding secured. Cycling improvements – almost completed scheme at Copenhagen St/Cally Rd road to reduce accidents. Cycle parking also installed. Decluttering of old street furniture took place in 2013 & area re-paved to improve streetscene. Directional information also been installed in the area. 2. Improving the design and streetscape of the Cally • • • • Better use of Tiber Gardens to reduce antisocial behaviour - refurbishment now completed. Making better use of Thornhill Bridge Community Gardens – agreement has been reached to operate the space. New pedestrian crossing and improved junction at Offord Road/Cally Road – scheme consulted on and hoping to implement in January. Preventing parking on pavement - bollards installed on corner of Caledonian Rd & Copenhagen St. 2. Improving the design and streetscape of the Cally Design guidance for new shopfronts and the development of historic buildings on the Cally – on-going. 347 Caledonian Road before and after shopfront restoration 3. Improving the management of the Cally • Improving management of waste – regular information, monitoring and enforcement. • Guidance to make the street and shops more accessible – on-going as projects are implemented and planning applications submitted. 4. Developing successful businesses • Encourage new businesses by allowing more commercial uses on the Cally in large underused shop units – on-going through the planning application process. • Provide advice to independent businesses on the Cally to help them become more successful – through working closely with Business Employment Support Team. No uptake of Green Light programme.