Public engagement exercise launches for Cheltenham Mini-Holland scheme (1)
A public engagement exercise has started today (19 October) as part of our funding bid for a Mini-Holland scheme, which will improve the future of walking and cycling in Cheltenham.
What is the Mini-Holland scheme?
The Mini-Holland scheme originated in London as part of the London Mayor’s Healthy Streets Approach. The aim was to make neighbourhoods as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents. As well as reducing car dependency, which reduces pollution, traffic danger and congestion, the benefits of the scheme include increased active travel which in turn improves residents’ health and quality of life.
The government now wants to roll-out further Mini-Holland schemes across the country, with the Department for Transport (DfT) inviting local authorities to bid for available funding. As part of our commitment to encourage more walking and cycling, we are looking to secure funding for a Mini-Holland scheme in the proposed area of St. Mark’s and the Honeybourne Line.
How the public can have their say
During the public engagement exercise, which runs from 19 October until 16 November, local residents, business owners and people who travel or work around the proposed area are being asked to share their views on active travel in Cheltenham and how it could be improved. Feedback is being collected through an online survey, which can be accessed via the scheme webpage at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/mh
We will also be running two pop-up events and two online webinars, where members of the public can speak to the project team to find out more and ask questions. The pop-up events take place on Saturday 29 October 12pm – 2pm at Hester’s Way Library and Saturday 5 November 12pm – 2pm at Cheltenham Train Station. The online webinars take place on Wednesday 2 November 6pm – 7.30pm and Tuesday 8 November 6pm – 7.30pm. Registration is required in advance for the online webinars, via the scheme webpage.
What happens next
Once the public engagement period has closed, we will gather all the feedback received and use this to shape and inform the feasibility study for the scheme. The study will be submitted to the DfT on 23 December 2022, as part of our bid for capital funding to support implementation of the proposed scheme.
A dedicated briefing has been put together for Members, which can be accessed on the Members Matter website