Council strategies as dry as dust? Well possibly - but they do genuinely influence spending priorities and scheme development. Having a say at the time when strategies are put together really can affect DBC policies for years to come.
The Council has been consulting on the formulation of its Third Local Transport Plan, which will run from 2011 to 2026. The outline themes have been considered by a joint workshop comprising members of the Council's Environment Scrutiny Committee and the Local Strategic Partnership, and an open Talking Together event in November. Now the outcomes are being considered by members of the Greener Theme Group. A final draft will be approved by Cabinet in March.
The headline priorities which have been identified to date are as follows;
1. To share prosperity for employment, economic activity and sustainable development by providing and maintaining a reliable, predictable, efficient transport network.
2. To tackle climate change through quantified reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from transport.
3. To achieve better health and longer, active and independent lives for everyone by reducing the risk of death, injury and illness from transport, whilst providing active travel options.
4. To achieve a fairer society by enabling people to access jobs, education, training, health, food and green spaces.
5. To achieve a better quality of life for all by minimising the negative impacts of transport such as noise, air pollution and accidents on the natural environment, heritage, landscape and people.
Members are being asked;
a) whether they think the 5 outcomes are right?
b) whether there are any outcomes missing?
c) whether there is one that should be a priority?
If you have an opinion, email me, and I'll ensure your views are passed on.