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Council thanks respondents to cycling and walking consultations

Wiltshire Council has thanked respondents so far to its Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) consultations

Published 30 April 2024

Wiltshire Council has thanked respondents so far to its Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) consultations as it progresses plans for more walking, cycling and wheeling schemes throughout the county.

LCWIPs provide a strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements that are required at the local level.

There are two engagement phases to creating an LCWIP. The first consultation enables people to help shape the plans for their area and identify routes that could be the basis for improved walking, cycling and wheeling networks. Once that initial engagement period is complete, the council takes all the feedback and considers all the available evidence and puts together a draft LCWIP, ready for a final phase of consultation. Then, once that second consultation has ended, the council takes the feedback and finalises the LCWIP ahead of publication.

In Wiltshire, the Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge LCWIPs have passed the second consultation stage and the final documents have been approved by the Cabinet Member and will soon be published. The Salisbury and Wiltshire-wide LCWIPs have passed both stages of consultation, while the Calne and Melksham LCWIPs have passed the first stage of engagement and draft documents are currently being prepared.

Further LCWIPs for Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Corsham, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Royal Wootton Bassett, Tidworth, Warminster and Westbury will be produced in the coming years, as the council aims to have all towns' plans complete by the end of 2025.

Cllr Tamara Reay, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: As part of our Business Plan, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions, increasing walking and cycling opportunities and improving air quality, and that's why we're working hard to progress our LCWIPs.

I'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond to our LCWIP consultations so far as their feedback is helping us to shape the future of walking, cycling and wheeling opportunities in Wiltshire.

LCWIPs can be used to help inform the planning process, and are the platform on which Active Travel England bases its future funding, so people's feedback is really vital to help us with this process.

The council was recently awarded £375,000 from Active Travel England (ATE) to spend on walking, cycling and wheeling planning and infrastructure in the county. This is on top of the £978,000 the council received as part of Active Travel Fund 4 awarded in the financial year 2022/23.

To find out more about LCWIPs, people can go to: Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) - Wiltshire Council

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