The council has developed three strategies which it wants people’s views on and would form the basis for liveable neighbourhoods. They are:
- Low traffic neighbourhood strategy
- Residents’ parking schemes strategy
- On-street electric vehicle charging strategy
Liveable neighbourhoods aim to reduce the dominance of vehicles in residential areas while maintaining vehicle access to homes and businesses and prioritising residential parking. This can be done through a range of measures including vehicle restrictions, traffic calming and one-way streets.
The online consultation has been extended by four days and will now run until Sunday 18 October.
Residents can read a summary of the plans and take part in the online survey at www.bathnes.gov.uk/liveableneighbourhoods.
Councillor Joanna Wright, joint Cabinet Member for Transport Services said: “Our liveable neighbourhoods proposals are so important to improve air quality, create better conditions for walking and cycling and help people to rely less on their cars. If adopted they would help improve people’s health and wellbeing as well as tackle the climate and ecological emergency. We want as many people as possible to give their views on our strategies, so we’ve arranged to extend the deadline for a few more days before we must begin considering the responses. Please have your say if you haven’t already.”
Liveable neighbourhoods usually group residential streets together across a 1km2 area around key amenities, such as schools, shops and surgeries, and bordered by a main road. To reduce through traffic and rat-running, a range of vehicle restrictions can be used. This ranges from modal filters such as bollards and attractive planters to one-way streets, traffic calming, speed restrictions and also residents parking schemes to reduce commuter parking.
There will be opportunities for communities to request individual liveable neighbourhoods once all three strategies are finalised and the project is launched.
Those with no internet access can request paper copies of the summary and survey by calling council connect on 01225 39 40 41. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no public events in this instance.