5 April 2012
A public event will be held in Totnes later this month to update the local community on a series of sustainable transport measures being proposed for the town.
Hundreds of ideas on how to tackle traffic issues in Totnes and its surrounding areas were generated through a series of public workshops last March. Over the past year, Totnes on the Move, a community project funded by Devon County Council and the Department for Transport, has looked at those suggestions to develop a transport strategy.
A steering group for the project has been examining a number of ideas which were put forward by the community, and local people will have chance to consider the measures proposed so far at ‘The Totnes on the Move Roadshow’ being held at Totnes Methodist Hall on Saturday 28 April between 10am and 3pm. The event is designed for people to drop in at their convenience during the day and there will be activities for children. Bob the bus will also be hosting their jumble sale in the church hall at the same time.
The event will look at proposals including cycling and walking routes, community bike hire, improvements to the station, it will also be seeking your ideas on other transport issues, such as community transport, park and ride, freight management and ideas for rural areas.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Totnes on the Move is about creating more opportunities for people to use sustainable transport, so it is important that the community is involved in developing local projects.”
Councillor Paula Black, local County Councillor for Totnes Rural and chair of Totnes on the Move said: “The Totnes on the Move project has come a long way since it started, last March. The community put forward their ideas and this event is an opportunity for people to meet the steering group members, who have taken some of those ideas and turned them into projects. I would encourage people to come along, find out more and contribute their thoughts. The community is a key part of this project in helping us shape proposals which will be effective in their area.”
Travel planning advice, supported by the County Council, will also be offered at the Totnes on the Move Roadshow, where people will be able to find out about Carsharedevon.com, cycle training and other initiatives.
The aim of the Totnes on the Move project is to make the existing transport network in and around Totnes perform better for people who live and work in the area, as well as changing travel behaviour and reduce carbon emissions. The project will benefit from a share of the £4.9 million of Local Sustainable Transport Funding which Devon County Council secured from the Department for Transport last year.