Members of the public will soon be given the opportunity to have their say on the Chichester City Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).

Chichester District Council's Cabinet approved the plan to go out to public consultation at its meeting on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

A Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is a ten-year prioritised plan for developing walking and cycling infrastructure. Examples of infrastructure include new route sections and improvements to existing footpaths and cycle paths. It also outlines broad estimated costings for the delivery of each improvement or improvement route.

The Chichester City plan focuses on the built area of Chichester city and how it links to surrounding parishes. The plan identifies 26 cycling routes for improvement and dual-use routes as well as improvements to the core walking zone.

Improvements are likely to be delivered in partnership with the highways authority West Sussex County Council.

"The plan aims to encourage more journeys by walking and cycling, which will improve public health and I really urge as many people as possible to take part in this consultation," explains Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Chichester District Council. "It will also help to tackle congestion in the city and assist with improving air quality. The Department for Transport has also indicated that authorities that adopt a LCWIP will be better placed to bid for relevant grant funding in the future and so we want to be ready for this opportunity."

Once adopted, the plan will inform both the Local Plan Review and future investment decisions by the agencies responsible for planning, roads and pathways. It will also help when bidding for grant funding and supports the Government's strategy to increase the number of walking and cycling journeys, especially following lockdown.

The six-week public consultation will begin on Friday 18 September. Members of the public will be able to access the consultation documents at Let's Talk surveys

Date: 9 September 2020
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