Public views are being sought on what ‘active travel’ will look like in Ceredigion in future as work on proposals for routes and infrastructure in the county nears submission to Welsh Government.
Statutory public consultation for the Ceredigion Active Travel Network Maps continues until November 19 with a submission deadline for the plan at the end of December 2021.
Ceredigion County Council’s thriving communities overview and scrutiny discussed the latest route plans and “aspirational” proposals for the county over the next three years, as well as the need for revenue funding to support any approved schemes, at its meeting on Monday, November 1.
Members heard that this was the “third and final phase” of the process and a further opportunity for councillors and residents to suggest where future routes for walkers and cyclists could be included to reduce reliance on vehicles.
The Welsh Government Act covering the work has a focus on Aberystwyth, Cardigan and Lampeter as “designated localities for active travel” but there was an aim to link more settlements with the provision.
Some members, including Cllrs Euros Davies and Dai Mason, raised concerns about small, rural villages and surrounding areas being overlooked.
Others raised issues with existing paths with discussions with land owners delaying completion in some cases, such as Aberaeron to Ffos-y-ffin highlighted by committee chairman Cllr Marc Davies and between Penparc and Cardigan raised by Cllr John Adams-Lewis, with assurance given that discussion continued.
Grant capital funding was available for travel routes and local authorities were lobbying for revenue funding to continue maintenance of them, the committee was told.
Find out more and have your say at ceredigion.gov.uk