Transport consultation extended due to lack of responses


Cheshire East Council has extended its consultation on local transport plans for the borough due to the low number of responses.

The online public engagement, which seeks the views of communities, residents, elected members and other stakeholders, began in December and was due to end on 31st January, however it is now being extended to 31st March 2021.

To date, the council has received only 408 responses, which they said could be in part because the impact of Covid-19 has limited the ability of people to access paper copies of the local transport plan delivery plans in local libraries – which are closed due to lockdown restrictions.

The results of the consultation will help shape ideas to improve transport, walking and cycling in towns, alongside vitality plans for town centres.

A separate consultation on parking arrangements has received nearly 3,000 responses.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "Local transport delivery plans are substantial and important documents and, with our libraries closed due to coronavirus and people being directed to stay at home whenever possible, we have decided to extend the consultation period.

"This consultation is a real opportunity for us all to work together and get the right blend of local transport and walking and cycling infrastructure in the right places. That is why it is so important that people take the time to have their say in helping shape future plans.

"Alongside these proposals, we are also developing town centre vitality plans for our key urban hubs, helping us to better understand and respond to local needs.

"We also need to consider the potential longer-term impacts of coronavirus. This may include using our public spaces differently to enable greater social distancing, more reliance on active travel, as well as increased home working."

The local transport plan consultations are based around the following themes:

● Accessibility for all – considering all travel needs;

● Sustainability – improving walking, cycling and public transport;

● Quality of the public realm – managing traffic to support town centres and the visitor economy;

● Better neighbourhoods – improving amenities where people live; and

● Connectivity – the strategic links needed to access work, education and essential services, such as hospitals.
The responses to the consultations will be used to shape future policies and proposals.

To find out more and take part in the consultations, visit the council's web page.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Dale Longworth
Friday 29th January 2021 at 11:11 am
Perhaps if the council stopped wasting time and money on useless consultations, and put that time and money into fixing the appalling, third world state of our roads and pavements there wouldn't be such apathy from the public? More workers & less pen pushers may be the answer.
Marcia McGrail
Saturday 30th January 2021 at 4:48 pm
A consultation when the residents haven't been informed? Surely not! Will the poor pedestrian remain well down the resources pecking order even if those pounding the pavements respond?
Walk, we are told, it's good for your mental, physical and emotional health; good for the environment etc. So we brave the elements only to endure ignorant drivers who insist on speeding through rain-filled gutters and puddles; slalom around pavement-parked vehicles only to trip on the raised flags and deep furrows they leave behind; negotiate the mud encased verges; plough through neglected boundary hedges hogging half the pavement when attempting to keep 2m from fellow covid-avoiding citizens; squelch through the mounds of dog poo; mourn the piles of postie-dumped elastic bands destined to add to the sewer system blockages....[many pages later..] no, don't get me started about public transport..
Gemma Evans
Sunday 31st January 2021 at 10:38 am
Out of interest Marcia how would you prefer to be told of consultations?

It seems at present they are promoted on the Cheshire East website, in libraries (when open), in local news papers and on local news websites and by individual councillors on their social media accounts.

Cheshire East has 171,122 households so if the cost of printing the consultation and sending one to every household is £2 per household then that'll increase the cost of consultations by almost £350,000 and that presumes households with multiple residents don't want multiple copies. Would you be happy to pay the £2 extra per consultation to ensure that a copy is delivered directly to your household?

Although, I do agree with you that more money needs to be spent fixing pavements, which means fixing them properly not just spraying a new seal over the top of the old surface.
Bob Bracegirdle
Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at 3:20 pm
Guilty as charged. Not seen the Cheshire Esst website/cannot get to the library/don't read the local paper/occasiobally look at local news websites when there is time. I'd missed the consultation.

I'll now have another look. Be nice if there was a copy in our local shop.