Have your say on greener travel in Brentwood

Ambitious plans to introduce more walking and cycling routes in Brentwood are going on show to the public – and the council wants to know what you think.

Residents are being invited to give their views on safer, greener, healthier cycling and walking proposals with the launch of the Active Travel Essex consultation today.

Essex County Council is launching the proposed plans which aim to allocate road space in certain areas to make more room for people to walk and cycle safely. Brentwood Borough Council together with local community and accessibility groups are taking part.

Brentwood Council leader, Cllr Chris Hossack said; “There are some particularly congested areas in the borough that need addressing including Sawyers Hall Lane where schoolchildren and parents and carers face a daily battle getting through the parked cars that are dropping off at the schools.

“Expanding the area for everyone to walk and cycle would be a huge boost to the safety and air quality those who have to use this area. The research shows that many of the car journeys made are short, often under 5km or 3 miles and some are using their cars for even shorter runs.

“These proposals include plans for walking and cycling connections that improve the route between Brentwood High Street and Shenfield too. A mix of new infrastructure, the introduction of 20 mph areas and the creation of a School Street zone would make all the difference so I would urge residents to take part in the consultation over the next month and have your say in the proposals to improve healthier travel alternatives and reduce the problems caused by heavy traffic at peak times.”

Active Travel Essex is one of a number of council initiatives to transform local cycling and walking routes and the consultation, covering schemes in Chelmsford and Basildon (Wickford) as well as Brentwood, will run until July 2.

Cllr Lee Scott, cabinet member for highways maintenance and sustainable transport at Essex County Council said: “We want Essex to be the walking and cycling county – a safer, greener, healthier place where we don’t automatically jump into the car, especially for shorter journeys.

“With over 90 per cent of Essex residents recently telling us that they were concerned about traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety, our ambitious aim is to make the transport network safer, greener and healthier, specifically designed for people who cycle and walk.

“With input from Brentwood residents, we can help transform the town centre and surrounding neighbourhoods into thriving and healthier areas with fewer cars but more people cycling and walking, allowing us all to breathe cleaner air and enjoy a better way of life.”

To find out more and give your feedback, please visit: www.essexhighways.org/active-travel-essex

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Mick Ferris

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