There are loads of new housing developments in the pipeline across Leicestershire – largely due to Leicester’s growing population. At the moment they encourage car dependancy and don’t support public or active transport options in the solid way we need to address the climate crisis.
The Transport Action Group has just developed a very simple checklist/basic briefing about what good quality new housing developments need to include in terms of transport planning if they are to tackle and survive the intensifying climate crisis. We will be sending this to councillors across the County, but it is also for you if you who want to respond to planning consultations with objections or support asking for a climate-friendly future. You can find it here. For a briefing from the TCPA (Town and County Planning Association) on 20 minute neighbourhoods – better described as 10 minute nighbourhoods – click here.
Please sign our Climate Friendly Freight Plan petition It asks Leicester City Council to:
· Commit to developing and implementing a low carbon freight plan for the City in the next 3 years.
· Work with Leicestershire County Council to develop and implement a County wide low carbon freight plan.
· Carry out a study of where it would be appropriate to put other freight hubs in and around the city, for example Knighton Junction, Syston Junction, Wigston Junction and the sidings below Moat College.
· Ensure Leicester’s Local Plan reflects the intention to develop these freight policies by ensuring that ground floor space is retained at Leicester Train station for a future freight hub.
If you would like to see this Transport Action Group’s response to the Local Plan consultation it is here: transport action group local plan response final
Climate Action’s Transport Action working group is campaigning for council policies which will prioritise people over cars. For example changes which will make taking public transport, walking and cycling easier for people, and make driving less attractive.
Our main aims are:
- To reduce car use;
- To improve public transport;
- To encourage active transport (cycling and walking);
- To shift public attitudes away from the car dependence culture;
- We’ve also been thinking about freight in the city and county. Our suggestions are here: Freight plan suggestions.
At the moment, our campaigning goals are:
1. To ensure that Leicester City Council (LCC) sets annual targets to reduce car use and implement policies designed to discourage car use;
2. To improve bus services. We will encourage LCC to apply for a Bus Franchise under the Bus Services Act. If this proves impossible, we will support an enhanced partnership;
3. To work with the LCC to implement a city wide congestion charge (but with agreed exemptions, and reduction for people on low incomes);
4. To increase and enforce the number of segregated cycle lanes and connect them up to form a network across the city;
5. To encourage the LCC to widen their proposed Workplace Parking Levy to the whole city;
6. To introduce a 20mph speed limit across the city;
7. To ensure that LCC develops a detailed policy for freight. This should include targets for reducing the number of HGVs in the city, and shifting freight to zero carbon options to reduce the impact on cyclists and pedestrians.
8. We have also been reading and responding to council transport consultations. You can see our response to the Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Transport Priorities consultation here.
Links to interesting reading see below: