Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Lib Dem Council Leader calls for urgent County Council action to improve walking and cycling

With air pollution down by over 60% in parts of the Vale of White Horse, Cllr Emily Smith, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, has urged for radical steps to be taken to keep this in place longer term.

The letter was sent to Ian Hudspeth Conservative leader of the County Council and acknowledges that action needs to be taken to fulfil Council's pledge to tackle the Climate Emergency.

Though Liberal Democrats are putting the climate and healthy communities at the heart of their work at the district council, decisions on highway's infrastructure sits with Oxfordshire County Council.

After Oxfordshire County Council lost out on half of the potential money from the Government’s active travel fund, Liberal Democrats are offering to work with the County Council to ensure this does not happen again.

The letter follows a motion from a meeting of the council where Liberal Democrats proposed several steps to improve active travel across the Vale of White Horse District.

The Vale’s Cycling Champion, Cllr Eric de la Harpe said: “It’s clear that more active travel benefits everyone. We need bold and urgent steps, and we will work with the County Council to make this happen.

Getting people, who are able to, out of cars so that they are walking, or cycling is good for our health, our air and makes our towns and villages better to live in.”

Cllr Hayleigh Gascoigne: “I’m so encouraged to see the great changes people have made to their lifestyle during lockdown. They are seeing the benefits to their health and the environment.

The County Council now has a perfect opportunity to listen to people across Oxfordshire who are pushing for better cycling and walking paths.”

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