Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 300 - 301)



Mrs Ellman

  300. What are your views on the Home Zone experiments?
  (Mr Earley) I think we are pleased to see the Home Zone experiments. Paul mentioned earlier Woonerven over in Holland. We ourselves did an annual report back in 1989 which is called Mean Streets which is trying to address the same sort of problems.


  301. Is it working?
  (Mr Earley) I do not know. You might ask the DTLR or the people involved in the experiments directly or, more importantly, the people living in those areas where they should be working. I think what we generally would acknowledge is we do have a difficulty in trying to create environments which are child friendly, particularly in urban areas of some age. Home Zones and playgrounds have their part to play and informal facilities have their part to play, and so do any measures intended to make the environment more friendly to people generally, and to children in particular. We make reference to it in the Six Acre Standard and it is featured in various other ways.

  Chairman: On that point, thank you very much for your evidence.

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