The state of the streetscape is at last beginning to rise up the agendas of politicians and practitioners. After many years of projects and campaigns, together with other organisation, EHTF continues to pursue this topic - looking at traffic management and the public realm with connectivity. This not only enhances the historic built environment, but there is a growing body of evidence to support the value - in economic and other terms - of investment in the public realm which contributes to regeneration and sustainability.
To progress this further, a workshop was held in January, bringing together experts in the field to identify the guidance already available and what more might be required by EHTF Members to help them to achieve improvements in streetscape management.
To disseminate this information, and the research that will be carried out in the interim, a conference is planned for 5 July to be held in Leicester where an ambitious City Centre Public Realm Strategy is in place, looking at all aspects of the City regeneration through coordinated improvements to the public realm.
The watch words are high quality and simplicity - thereby accommodating the diverse population of the City, reducing maintenance costs and ensuring durability - both physically and strategically.
The conference will explore Leicester and other case studies and bring together work by CABE, English Heritage - 'Streets for All', HEART, and the recent 'Manual for Streets', in order to look at the theories and the practice, with a view to compiling practical guidance in the form of a check list or tool kit - responding to the needs articulated by the conference.