The Living Streets Community Project is funded by the European Commission’s Life programme. The project will temporarily transform streets into community areas with space for neighbours and families to socialise.
The 'living street project' is when residents convert their street from a road into an attractive area that people can meet, grow plants and flowers, create an entertainment space and share food.
Living Streets projects have been created across Europe and have been very successful within their community. The main aim of a Living Street is to encourage residents to try alternatives to the car or encourage car share for shopping trips or commuting for example. By creating a green area with street furniture neighbours can meet and spend time together, get to know each other and form friendships through sharing a lift or food.
The MK living streets will be transformed for at least one month before reverting back. The date of the 'makeover' will take place at a time that is suitable for the residents as it will involve reducing the number of vehicles on the road. The street can be transformed for a few weeks or a couple of months depending on what the residents prefer.