Active Travel and Petersfield Town Centre
Open Zoom Forum. Wednesday 3 March. 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 will talk 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 will outline 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.
During and after these short presentations the floor is open to you to put your questions and comments via the chat function. The host will put your ideas to the speakers and to a panel of interested local people, the aim will be to get some discussion going.
The meeting will be recorded and a summary of the discussion and any points that there might not have been time to adequately considered will be published by the Society and made available to decision makers.
To Book your place on this Open Forum please use the form below to send us your name and email address, and any comment you may wish to make at this time. We will send out and reminder, containing the event link, nearer to the event.
The Panel Members are:
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.
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