CIVIL ENGINEERS have called for a new UK Highways Act which will encourage residents to challenge the right of motorists to use their streets.
The ICE backed campaign is intended to boost the morale of city dwellers who feel condemned to noisy, fast moving traffic. It claims that people are discouraged from forming communities and taking pride in their streets by the belief that they have no control over them.
New legislation would overhaul whaat the ICE sees as a bias towards vehicle movement, based on a historical 'right to pass'. It would instead emphasise the local community's 'right of place'.
The ICE suggests the new legislation could introduce street management codes, incorporating national performance standards.
The codes would bring together the many powers held by utilities and statutory undertakers to work in the streets, creating a single point of contact.
The plans are outlined in ICE's 2002 Designing Streets for People report which sets out a vision for 2025 and describes the steps needed to transform streets that many believe to be 'unliveable'.
'We have to tackle the problem at source, ' said the report's working group chairman Ed Chorlton.