Funding to improve road safety is available, and Stone communities are being invited to submit ideas to access a share of the funding pot.
Individual grants of up to £5,000 to local groups in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire will be available from the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. Proposals could include speed watch groups and activities with schools, but projects must be community-led.
Speaking on behalf of the Safer Roads Partnership, Mark Deaville, cabinet member for commercial at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Staffordshire has some of the safest roads in the country which is something we are proud of and have worked hard to achieve.
“We are always looking at creative ways of making our roads safer and this scheme gives local communities the chance to make a real positive difference in their neighbourhoods. We would really encourage groups to apply for a grant and the more creative ideas the better. Working together we can help make our roads even safer.”
The next wave of funding will be open for applications between 1 March and 14 April, with grants starting from £100 up to £5,000 available. It is the second year that the grant scheme has been made available. Last year grants were awarded to 10 groups right across the area and included initiatives such as school-based road safety initiatives and speed indicator signs.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “Road safety in Stoke-on-Trent is one of our top priorities. We are committed to doing all we can to improve safety and reduce congestion.
“We are always willing to listen to residents when it comes to road safety because they are the eyes and ears in their community and experts on the local issues. I’m looking forward to seeing the applications for this latest round of funding come in and continuing our work with residents to make our towns and neighbourhoods great, vibrant and safe places to live and work.”
As well as both councils, the partnership also includes Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and Highways England.
Further information or to make an application to the Staffordshire Road Safety Grant Fund is available at http://www.staffssaferroads.co.uk/my-community/road-safety-grant-fund