Active Travel and Petersfield Town Centre

This Open Zoom Forum took place on Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 7:30pm

Active travel for everyday access to goods and services; shopping, schools, doctors, leisure… must become the norm if Britain is to meet its climate/carbon targets. The question is not if; but how and when.

We all want a happy, healthy, flourishing Petersfield, but how are we to get there?

How do you access the Town now, how do your children travel to school, to sports, to leisure facilities, what facilities would increase your use and enjoyment of the town centre and at the same time reduce your carbon footprint? Come and have your say.

Rob Mocatta, SDNPA member, Hampshire and EHDC councillor and a champion of active travel spoke about the current short term measures seen around the town centre and progress on longer term goals on how we access services and businesses. Then John Palmer, PTC councillor and one of the main authors of the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan  outlined the vision agreed by residents for the town centre and getting about around the town. What progress has been made and are any changes needed? The Plan is being revised so this is very topical.

Questions and comments were submitted via the chat function from the 75+ attendees and were addressed, where possible, by the panel, who were:

Tim O’Kelly, One Tree Books, Lavant Street

Fifi Crowley, Gallery 30, The High Street

Sacha Fairweather – Sacha is a co-host of the podcast, Generation Green on Shine Radio (Petersfield’s local radio). At 15, Sacha organised the ‘hopeful earth’ conference in 2019, a large event for speakers and students. This was televised on BBC South Today and she has been commended many times for her efforts.

Meg Allin – Meg is a co-host of the podcast, Generation Green on Shine Radio, a Greenpeace speaker and advisor on many theatre pieces surrounding Climate Change. Meg likes to gain knowledge about the climate crisis through reading and podcasts.


Unfortunately Robert Mocatta’s technology let him down and he was unable to display the slides he wanted to talk over. Whilst he quickly recovered and spoke without the support of slides, they are available as a pdf download for those who are interested here.

Hampshire County Council is asking local people to have their say:

Hampshire County Council is asking local people in Petersfield for their views on proposed plans to maintain and enhance the current traffic restrictions in the town centre.
The survey closes Sunday 21 March 2021.
They have also published the a document outlining these plans, which can be downloaded here.

Futher reading and downloads:

In October 2020 Hampshire County Council welcomed 130 delegates to an online summit to help shape the county’s green and healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fed up with the stress of the school run and finding it more and more difficult to park near the school gates? Then why not get involved in My Journey, a project funded by the Department of Transport that aims to encourage alternatives to car travel in and around your local area?

Energise Me – Active travel for schools, with the Healthy Schools Toolkit:

In December 2020 Hampshire County Council was invited by Highways England (HE) to submit Expression of Interest (EoI) forms for schemes that they wished to be considered for funding from one of their Designated Funds. The four Funds include ‘Safety and Congestion’, ‘Environment and Wellbeing’, ‘Users and Communities’, and ‘Innovation and Modernisation’.

Cycle Lanes – Dispelling myths

Pop-up bike lanes don’t slow ambulances according to… the ambulance service:

Separated cycle lanes are good for business, reduce congestion, are fantastic value for money, get more people cycling and are what the public wants. 

Petersfield Hospital has a Sustainable Travel Policy, the aim of which is to reduce economic, social and environmental impacts of Trust business travel. More can be found in their pdf document available here

Public Health England have published a briefing for local authorities: Working Together to Promote Active Travel – A briefing for local authorities