Nottinghamshire residents will be able to have their say on proposals to improve walking and cycling infrastructure.
The intention to run a public consultation on the proposals was granted approval at September’s Transport and Environment Committee.
Nottinghamshire County Council has been working with the three other D2N2 local highway authorities to develop a D2N2 area wide Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). The next stage of the LCWIP development is to undertake public consultation and the Council has secured funding from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Capability Fund to undertake the consultation this year.
The County Council has also secured £50,000 from the DfT Capability Fund to start design work on the routes identified as priorities through the development of the LCWIP.
This funding will help the county council to start to develop feasible and deliverable schemes along these priority routes in readiness should funding for their delivery become available in the future.
Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Chairman of the Transport and Environment Committee, said: “When the DfT suggested that local authorities should develop a local cycling and walking infrastructure plan, we decided to develop a D2N2 area wide plan in partnership with the other highways authorities in D2N2 area to help ensure cross-boundary links and consistency of infrastructure in the immediate area around Nottinghamshire.
“Our collective strong commitment to improving cycling and walking infrastructure means that we have been able to secure £10,000 from the DfT’s Capability Fund to undertake a public consultation on the plan and its priorities in Nottinghamshire.
“This will be an excellent opportunity for our communities to comment on the proposed walking and cycling networks which we hope will make Nottinghamshire an even better place to live, work and bring up your family.
“We are keen to stress that the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan will be a live document which will be reviewed regularly. This means that any scheme or route can be evaluated and assessed for inclusion in the network.
“Bringing this plan to life to put cycling and walking at the heart of our communities remains a priority for us and we look forward to hearing the views of Nottinghamshire residents once the consultation goes live later this year.”