Responses from PCC candidates for May 2021 Election:
Minutes March 2021
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Minutes of December’s Meeting:
20s plenty campaign: Transition Wilmslow has supported the 20s plenty campaign for nearly a decade. We want to see residential roads made safer for pedestrians, cyclists and people with disabilities. Research shows that children cannot adequately assess the speed of an oncoming vehicle until they are about 14; and as we grow older our capacity to do so becomes less, making us more vulnerable to traffic. Every 6 weeks someone in Cheshire East is killed or injured on our roads, usually on 30mph roads, How is this acceptable? We have seen a huge increase in traffic on our roads over just the last decade: did anyone vote for this?
We are supporting Cllr Suzie Akers-Smith, Cheshire East’s walking and cycling commissioner, in her bid to get CEC to vote in favour of 20 mph limits on residential roads (subject to local consultation). We were heartened by the recent response to the Pownall Park consultation where many people said they were in favour of 20mph limits on residential roads.
The vote is next week: Wednesday 16th December. We are asking you to write to your local ward councillors to support the motion. A number of us have received a stock response from Cllr Goldsmith where we fear he has misinterpreted the evidence; we have asked Rod King from the 20s plenty campaign to fact check his response and here it is:
While Cllr Goldsmith is of course entitled to vote as he pleases, we thought it was important for you to know how experts interpret the data. We are also impressed by the overwhelming public health data in favour of reduced traffic speeds. Lower speeds mean safer streets and a great deal more: the evidence for 20s plenty is overwhelming on the basis that:
(a) active travel is essential for increasing people’s everyday activity
(b) reduces atmospheric pollution which renders people more vulnerable to the cardio respiratory effects of Sars-Covid-19 and other illnesses
(c) improves mental health and wellbeing
(d) reduces obesity (people who use active travel are fitter than those who do not)
(e) reduces accidents: the vast majority of accidents are caused by cars
(f) improves work efficiency and health https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/avoiding-the-car-for-travel-could-significantly-lower-risk-of-illness-and-death/
Any supportive comments here would also be welcome! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1932437730418344/permalink/2756831097978999/
Please write to your local councillor and ask them to support the motion:
|Councillor Craig Browne||Alderley Edgefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Councillor Barry Burkhill||Handforthemail@example.com|
|Councillor Toni Fox||Handforthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Councillor Mark Goldsmith||Wilmslowemail@example.com|
|Councillor David Jefferay||Wilmslowfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Councillor Charlotte Leach||Mobberrleyemail@example.com|
|Councillor Iain Macfarlane||Wilmslow||Iain.Macfarlane@cheshireeast.gov.uk|
|Councillor Julie Smith||Handforthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Councillor Don Stockton||Wilmslowemail@example.com|
Minutes of the November Transport Meeting
Minutes of the October Transport Meeting
A key part of safe transport is speed. Cheshire East Council will vote on whether there will be a policy on 20mph speed limits on residential roads… 20’s plenty. If the vote is positive, then local areas will be consulted. That’s the point at which we need to change hearts and minds! This leaflet is worth reading and forwarding to friends and family.
Minutes of the September Transport Meeting
Clean Air Day: Can you print out or circulate this poster?
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 21st October 7.30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom link if you would like to join us.
Minutes of the Transport Group Meeting August 2020
Traffic Free Routes in Wilmslow:
29 August: The Pownall Park scheme has been withdrawn following local opposition. Details on wilmslow.co.uk
Want to support the proposed traffic free routes in Wilmslow? Contact https://wilmslowactivetravel.commonplace.is
20s plenty and new cycling proposals for Wilmslow
Webinar by Rod King and Suzie Akers Smith
Rod King from the National 20’s Plenty campaign and Cheshire East Cycling and Walking Champion Suzie Akers Smith gave an excellent Webinar on the benefits of 20 mile per hour speed limits for Wilmslow. Attended by around 30 people, including CEC and Wilmlsow Town councillors, the talks gave a brilliant insight into the benefits of setting 20mph as the default speed limit for residential areas in Cheshire East, followed by a very lively Q&A.
Transition WIlmslow believes a 20mph default speed limit is a foundation for equitable use of public spaces for all Wilmslow residents, enabling safe and fulfilling community life. It should apply on roads with possible conflicts between cars and pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
The issue will go to a vote of Cheshire East council at the next full meeting, now delayed until October due to COVID.
In the meantime:
Write to key decisionmakers http://www.20splenty.org/email_a_decision_maker
Write to your local councillor https://moderngov.cheshireeast.gov.uk/ecminutes/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0
Join the 650 who hjave already signed the petition https://www.change.org/p/cheshire-east-20-s-plenty-for-cheshire-east
and let’s make this the foundation for a transformation of the shared spaces in our town.
If you want to comment on the Wilmslow Cycling consultation you can find it here:
June 2020 Update:
The Transport group have been busy! Lots of activity around green routes within the town to encourage safe walking and cycling, pop up cycle lanes to allow social distancing, and the vital aspect of 20 mph limits on residential roads to make streets safer for everyone.
Please join us for a virtual Town Hall meeting on Monday 6 July at 7pm with Rod King (founder of 20s plenty) and Suzie Akers Smith, CEC Councillor and Commissioner for Walking and Cycling. Email email@example.com for Zoom link details. More information here:
January 2020: New Transport Group!
We are delighted that Rob Sharpe is convening a transport group. The remit will be sustainable transport, particularly walking and cycling, and making suggestions about how the transport issues in the Neighbourhood Plan can be implemented.
If you are interested, the key issues in the NP are policies NE4, NE3 and PR1, and the Cycle Strategy Appendix 8. In addition there is useful information on http://www.20splenty.org, http://www.living streets.org
Let us know if you would like to join the group. We would be delighted to hear from you.
The 2019 Transition Wilmslow Lecture annual lecture is soon approaching and this year will be all about transport from Dr John Whitelegg on “21st Century Transport: A Vision for Cheshire” (further details below).
Alongside this we thought that now would be a perfect time to resurrect our Transport Group!!
So … please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are concerned about sustainable transport and interested in joining a group of like-minded people to address some of the local transport issues in Cheshire East.
We will be having a first meeting in November after the lecture (date to be arranged), all are welcome!
In the meantime there are some interesting documents about local travel that might be of interest:
“Transport policy and transport spending at national and local authority level in England is an example of public policy failure. After decades of high quality research and discussion of how to improve quality of life and public health we have year-on-year growth in congestion, air pollution that kills c50,000pa and rampant growth in greenhouse gas emission from the transport sector. We also have an epidemic (the word used by the World Health Organisation) of obesity, cardio-vascular disease and diabetes all linked to declining levels of physical activity and reduced walking and cycling. This failure is much more expensive than the policies and interventions that work well to improve quality of life and public health.
Fortunately there is a lot of good news around the world showing how easy it is to change transport policy and spending and deliver the 3 zeroes: zero death and injury in road traffic, zero air pollution and zero carbon. I will show how these policies can be applied in Cheshire and suggest that the time is right to shape a sustainable transport future in Cheshire and do that now.
In this talk I will present information on what is being done to achieve success and demonstrate that we can all benefit from reductions in car use and large increases in walking, cycling and public transport. We can do so much better than is currently the case and it will cost less. Why is this so difficult for our politicians?”
John Whitelegg is Visiting Professor of Sustainable Transport at Liverpool John Moores University and an Associate of the German transport research organisation Zentrumfuer Mobilitätskultur in Kassel in Germany. He has authored 11 books on sustainable transport and related issues and his latest book “Mobility: A New Urban Design and Transport Planning Philosophy for a Sustainable Future” was published in September 2015. He has worked on sustainable transport projects in India, China, Australia, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia and on the same subjects with the European Parliament and European Commission. He is the technical author of the world’s first technical standard on reducing demand for private motorised transport and published by the British Standards Institution. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate and Energy in Germany and a board member of the Californian organisation “Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities”, an invited contributor to seminars and training course on road safety at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. He is the founding editor of the journal “World Transport Policy and Practice” which is now in its 23rdyear of publication.