21 Jul 2021
Active travel engagement in Anglesey [UPDATED]
The second stage of the consultation process for the Isle of Anglesey’s Active Travel Network Map is now open.
Transport for Wales and the Isle of Anglesey County Council are working in partnership to provide Anglesey residents with the opportunity to communicate what improvements are required to improve everyday walking and cycling journeys on the Island.
Every three years, Anglesey Council, and other local authorities in Wales, must map, plan for, improve and promote opportunities for active travel – as part of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. The Authority must then propose which routes they want to focus on for the next four years.
As part of the consultation process, Anglesey Council are using a tool called CommonPlace to gather resident feedback on existing journeys and to help identify potential new routes. The proposed CommonPlace map for Anglesey Council can be found here.
Anglesey Council’s Head of Service Highways Waste & Property, Huw Percy said, “The purpose of the second phase of the consultation is to gather the publics views on Anglesey’s Active Travel Network Map.”
“I encourage all Anglesey residents to share their thoughts on the walking and cycling routes we have proposed. Our main priority is to ensure that Active Travel routes provides opportunities for everyone in the community.”
He added, “The feedback we receive will be used to support us to implement plans for future improvements to the walking and cycling network and assist us to develop the Island’s Active Travel Network Map further.”
Earlier this year, Transport for Wales and Anglesey Council held virtual sessions with resident groups on Anglesey to discuss walking and cycling opportunities on the island and identify current barriers residents face when it comes to replacing short car journeys with active travel.
As Phase 2 of Anglesey Council’s CommonPlace map is launched, Transport for Wales and the Anglesey Council are running 5 virtual evening sessions with residents and local stakeholder groups. These sessions will give attendee’s the opportunity to discuss and feedback their thoughts of the proposed new routes.
Louis Mertens, Community Engagement Officer at Transport for Wales, said, “We’re really excited to run these sessions looking at walking and cycling routes across Anglesey. We actively want to encourage people to sign up to the workshops and give their thoughts on the routes that the Anglesey County Council have proposed.”
He added, “Walking and cycling is more than a transport issue, and Transport for Wales want to help involve people in decisions and processes which help shape their communities.”
Anglesey Council’s Highways portfolio holder, Councillor Bob Parry, welcomed the progress of the consultation.
He added, “I would like to thank all residents who engaged with us during the first stage of the consultation process. We are eager to receive further views from the public to help develop more cycling and walking opportunities for everyday journeys here on Anglesey.”
Anglesey residents interested in attending a virtual session can sign up to any of the events below: