West Cheltenham transport scheme consultation extended

West Cheltenham Transport Scheme

Gloucestershire County Council is giving residents extra time to feedback on the next stage of the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Feedback from residents is a vital part of the business case for the next stage of a £22 million highway improvement scheme, funded via GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership. Without the local community showing support for the improvements, it could delay being able to secure full funding approval for this essential scheme.

Even though the public consultation events had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, more information about the scheme, including drawings and a feedback form are available online so people can still have their say, whilst staying at home.

This stage of the scheme includes an extra £1.6million investment into walking and cycling infrastructure also funded by the GFirst LEP. The scheme will link up Cheltenham Railway Station to the west of Cheltenham, allowing pedestrians and cyclists of all abilities to get around more easily.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said, “We know giving the council feedback about highways infrastructure is not likely to be at the forefront of people’s minds. However because of the timeline in the funding approval process and the positive impact the scheme would have to the local economy, it’s important to keep moving forwards for the long term benefit of the county. Its important residents have the opportunity to give us feedback on a scheme which will benefit generations to come.  I hope people are able to spare a few minutes to contribute to the shaping of this essential scheme.”

More information can be found online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/WCTIS.