Charles Maher Award 2014

Living Streets presented the Charles Mayer Award at the annual Supporters’ Conference on Saturday, June 21 at NCVO in Kings Cross, London.Chair of Trustees Archie Robertson present 2014 Charles Maher Award to John Peacock, collected by John Woods The award recognises an individual, Living Streets Local Group, organisation or local authority who has made a difference to their local streets. The Charles Maher Award was created by Living Streets to commemorate long-standing member and campaigner Charles Maher who left a significant legacy to the charity.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Putting streets on the political agenda: General Election 2015’ and highlights of the day included a keynote address from sustainable transport expert Professor John Whitelegg, and Streets Question Time in which questions were put to MPs from a spectrum of the political parties.


John Peacock, Chair of Norfolk Living Streets Group and Norwich Transport Action Group

John became chair of Norfolk’s Pedestrian Association group (now Norfolk Living Streets Group) in 1997. Over 17 years of pedestrian campaigning he’s brought dedication and innovation to ensuring a strong pedestrian voice in Norfolk through local media, campaigning and alliances with sympathetic bodies.

His creativity getting pedestrian issues in the public eye lead him in 2007 to invent a document based on Highway Code rules that were distributed on pavement parking cars on South Park Avenue. An approach that saw a dramatic reduction in pavement parking, gained media attention and local resident support resulting in the road receiving double yellow lines.

John is motivated by a passion for fighting the injustices that pedestrians are subject to.

The award was accepted on John's behalf by deputy chair of Norfolk Living Streets Group, John Woods.

Highly Commended

Anna Semlyen

Anna has an impressive record campaigning for pedestrian safety and sustainable transport and in particular as Campaign Manager for 20’s Plenty for us. Her work shows great commitment and dedication to improving pedestrian safety and public health.


Leicester Disabled People's Access Group

The Leicester Disabled People's Access Group has worked tirelessly for a number of years to get the streets of Leicester de-cluttered. It has recently been active in stopping a street cafe opening, and is now working with the City Council to keep cars from pavements. The group is also working with a cycling group to stop cyclists using pavements in the city centre area.