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Chesterfield East-West Cycling and Walking Route

Chesterfield East-West Cycling and Walking Route

Chesterfield Borough Council has welcomed a planned investment of £1.6million to improve active travel in the borough.

 

The proposals for a new east to west cycling and walking route across Chesterfield are currently out for public consultation by Derbyshire County Council.

Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Deputy Leader of the Council and portfolio for climate change, has welcomed the plans in principle, adding:

“The investment supports the borough council’s own aims to address the climate change challenge by reducing carbon emissions, encouraging more people to walk and cycle and reducing the use of the car.

“The planned east-west cycling and walking route also supports our commitments to reduce carbon emissions as a borough by increasing the viability of low carbon modes of travel while at the same time helping to support healthier lifestyles, improve air quality and make Chesterfield a more attractive place to live and visit.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to provide a strategic link from the east to the west of our borough, linking schools, workplaces, the town centre and the hospital. We recognise the importance of working together to make sure we get it right. 

“While I welcome this in principle, with this in mind, I will be raising my concerns direct with Derbyshire County Council about the apparent lack of opportunity to comment on alternative solutions which may be preferable, safer and more convenient, and also about the length of time which has been allowed for local communities to engage with and comment on the proposals.”

The consultation is open until 25 March and can be viewed at www.derbyshire.gov.uk  

Cllr Serjeant added:

“Chesterfield Borough Council stands ready and willing to work with Derbyshire County Council to make sure that we arrive at a solution which meets our shared objectives and enables people who live, work and visit Chesterfield to move around our borough safely, conveniently and carbon-free.”


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