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Council says it did consult on planned cycle route

Created on 26/02/2018 @ 16:29
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As work begins on a new cycleway in part of Newtown, Powys County Council has denied that it did not consult with residents over its route.

Over the weekend, MyNewtown reported on the start of the work this week and concern raised by a number of town councillors and residents over its route through Garthowen and what they said had ben a lack of consultation.

According to some residents, the route runs passed their homes where they will lose parking.

Cllr Susan Hill was one of the town councillors who said that while they welcomed cycle routes to help people get around the town, she had been concerned at the lack of consultation with residents on the Garthowen housing estate.

Today, Powys County Council said it had written to local residents and held meetings with town councillors and others.

Cllr Liam Fitzpatrick, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We are committed to making Powys a walking and cycling county and want to encourage more people to undertake active travel for short journeys instead of using motorised vehicles where it is suitable for them to do so.

“The planned route was identified as part of a wide stakeholder and public consultation process that asked for views on improvements to the active travel network in Newtown and the other designated active travel localities across the county. The town council, local groups and residents were actively involved in this process."

He added: “As part of this process and in line with the Active Travel (Wales) Act, the integrated network map was developed for the stakeholder and public consultation and this route was included in that map. Newtown Town Council were consulted over the map and made no objection to the route.

“Last month, affected local residents received letters about the works for the planned route and they were invited to give their comments. Designs were available for any resident who wished for more information and we only received two responses.

“Our officers met with town councillors and local residents last week to explain the planned route and its individual elements and agreed minor amendments following positive discussions.

“We are keen to engage with communities, councils and residents in developing and designing active travel scheme and are happy to incorporate ideas that improve active travel facilities in our town but we cannot always accommodate every viewpoint.”

Photo: The roundabout at Garthowen that could removed as part of the new cycleway

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