Aylesbury was awarded Garden Town status by the government in January 2017. Since then we have listened to people across Aylesbury and have used the feedback gathered to understand the challenges that Aylesbury will face in the future and to inform the production of a Masterplan.
Our Masterplan presents what is possible for the Aylesbury Garden Town area and identifies eight guiding aims and principles that we believe will create a vibrant and thriving community that is green, healthy, productive and accessible and a place that is simple a great place to be. You can download our Statement of Community Involvement which details how we have engaged with residents, businesses and the wider community during the past three years.
Statement of Community Involvement
Here are some of the key areas of interest that residents and stakeholders commented on throughout the engagement.
There is a clear desire for a larger variety of shopping and activities available in the town centre, with a particular focus on encouraging local and independent shops and businesses
Protecting and enhancing current green and open space provision, particularly along the canals, is a high priority for residents, as well as creating more green spaces within the town centre
The people and community of Aylesbury are considered to be what makes the town particularly special
Enhanced and extended public transport services are considered necessary to reduce car use
Ensuring access for all through the provision of accessible leisure and community facilities that meet the needs of everyone.
Aylesbury’s history and heritage features are considered important to preserve and celebrate
Sustainable transport, and in particular walking and cycling connectivity from outer residential areas into the town centre, and enhancing the existing cycling routes is considered important
There is a clear aspiration to focus on new and growing economies, to encourage local employment and connect with local education providers
Enabling flexible use of vacant building space within the town centre is also considered desirable.
A range of Aylesbury Garden Town projects are underway to improve the local area and benefit local residents and businesses, including.
Working with Community GROW we launched our first community food growing projects in Quarrendon, based at St. Peter’s Church in the heart of the neighbourhood, in the summer of 2019. Here people can grow and share produce, working as a team. The scheme has brought together lots of local groups including schools, families, the church community, retirees, businesss and volunteers. You can find out more here.
Making it easier – and more pleasant – for people to make local journeys on foot, or by bike, is a priority for AGT. A Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan has been developed which sets out a clear plan for walking and cycling route improvements across the town over the coming years. Improvements on the ground are in motion to make cycling a more attractive way to travel. The first year of the Waddesdon Greenway has provided extremely popular with over 40,000 trips in the first six months by commuters, cyclists, runners, dog-walkers, families and tourists. The route will be further extended in 2020. Improvements to the Gemstone routes are also underway with improved signage and additional cycle storage being installed in the Exchange area in the town centre.
In September 2019 a “Pop-up Parklet” appeared in Kingsbury introducing the idea of using parklets to provide a space to stop, socialise and as a means to encourage walking. A Design a Parklet Competition will provide a concept design for an Aylesbury Parklet that will be used to install three temporary parklets in Aylesbury in the summer of 2020 with a long-term aim to have one in every street across Aylesbury. See our case study for more information.
At the heart of our 2050 Vision is an ambition to create an Aylesbury that is designed for everyone. We want the town to be more accessible and inclusive and a partnership project is in action to help disabled adults, children, carers and the ageing population to be more informed about venues and places to visit in town. AccessAble is an on the move app that provides detailed access guides giving information on accessibility, lighting, parking, toilets and even menus. The scheme should be operational in early 2020.
As part of ADEPT’s SMART Places Live Lab Programme the streets of Fairford Leys will see smart
technology installed and trialled on the roads there over the next two years. The inclusion of
‘Smart’ lamp posts made form recycled plastic will accommodate light-mounted sensors to collect
data and contain charging points for electric cars.
Trial road surfacing to generate energy from moving vehicles alongside roadside sensors to collect real-time data about traffic movements, weather conditions and even help guide driverless cars. These transport technologies will make a real impact on traffic congestion, reduce costs and the Live Lab experiments will test conceptual technology in real world conditions.