Have your say on local transport

PEOPLE have the chance to have a say how council bosses should spend a share of a national £560m transport funding pot.

Hartlepool Borough Council is set to bid for a share of the Government cash to fund sustainable transport projects in the town.

Bids must address specific local needs like improving safety, congestion and carbon emmissions and the council plans to consult residents to gain an understanding of their priorities.

The council’s road safety team leader Paul Watson said: “If successful, we plan to build on the work relating to sustainable transport that we already carry out, including the promotion of walking and cycling to school and car sharing.

“However, it is important that our plans reflect the needs of local residents.”

Bids must incorporate elements of economic growth, enhanced safety, reduced congestion, reduced carbon emissions and the delivery of cleaner environments and improved air quality.

The Government is expected to decide which bids have been successful some time in the summer.

Details of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund were published in January as part of the Government’s “Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon” White Paper and local authorities must submit their bids by April 18.

People can give their views in a questionnaire that can be accessed opposite..

Completed forms should be returned by email to either Road Safety Team Leader Paul Watson at paul.watson@hartlepool.gov.uk or Sustainable Travel Officer Robert Snowball at robert.snowball@hartlepool.gov.uk no later than Wednesday, April 6.