Figure 1: Location of the site in Weymouth, Dorset, UK
Figure 2: Location of the two streets
Figure 3 shows a view of Bath Street, a typical street in this part of Weymouth. The street is narrow, with parking down one side of the street. The footways are very narrow, in order to maximise the available width for cars, so that pedestrians have to walk on the road. It's just as well that the traffic flow on this street is so low. Despite this, over half of the width of the road is taken up with car parking. Apart from the public house on the right-hand side of the photograph, none of the house owners/occupiers has added planting outside of their houses - the width of the footways prevents it.
Figure 3: Bath Street, Weymouth
Figure 4 shows a view of Welsey Street. Without vehicular access, the street has been relaid using brick paving rather than tarmac. Additionally, many of the houses have put flower displays in pots outside of their properties, which improves the quality of the street. What is also noticeable is the property on the left-hand side of the photograph - the near absence of windows on this aspect of the building leaves a blank wall, and does nothing towards the appearance of the street. This contrasts greatly with the same view of Bath Street.
When asked where the cars belonging to the residents are parked, the response was that the cars are parked in (aptly) Park Street. In other words, the pedestrianisation of the street has displaced the parking onto another street.
Figure 4: Wesley Street, Weymouth
Figure 5 shows an amended version of Figure 4, clipped to exclude the very unattractive black gate. This gives a much better idea of the feeling of the street. The ambience is much better than Bath Street, and similar streets in this part of Weymouth.
Figure 5: Wesley Street, without the gate