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Low traffic neighbourhoods high on the agenda for Bath

Councillor Joanna Wright, joint cabinet member for Transport and Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of Waltham Forest Council

More than 250 residents in Bath and North East Somerset took part in a discussion about ambitious ways Bath might be able to create low traffic neighbourhoods.

The event heard from guest speaker Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of Waltham Forest Council, about how traffic has been reduced in areas of North London and has helped to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Bath & North East Somerset Council hosted the event at Bath’s Guildhall to encourage discussion about ambitious ways to change the way people travel around the city, including prioritising active travel.

Councillor Joanna Wright, joint cabinet member for Transport, said: “I want to see a connected city fit for the future which will promote active travel, improve community health  and reduce car journeys and so I was greatly encouraged to see the large turnout at our low traffic neighbourhoods event last night.

“It’s clear that residents have a desire for change and want to improve traffic congestion, air quality and reduce the impact on our climate and our health. I’d like to thank everyone who attended and hope this is the first step towards making real change in Bath

Low traffic neighbourhoods provide efficient use of street space, curb rat-running and help to create attractive local environments for residents, visitors and business.

They are actively being considered by the council alongside its parking strategy and resident parking zone area review.   

Watch the event.

See the presentation.

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