FENLANDER: Chance for Wisbech people and businesses to have say in new transport strategy

PEOPLE living in or near Wisbech are being asked to help with new moves aimed at making it easier to travel round the area and access shops, services, work and education.

Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council have just begun the process of drawing up a new strategy for improving transport in and around the town.

This week they launched a month-long consultation to find out people’s current travel experiences and what they see as the major problems.

A detailed questionnaire is now available in the Fenland@ your service shop in Wisbech and on the two councils’ websites. Anyone who completes it and provides their contact details by Friday February 4, the consultation’s closing date, will be entered into a prize draw giving them the chance to win a �60 shopping voucher.

The questionnaire is designed to provide a detailed picture of different groups’ current travel patterns. It asks people how often they visit various facilities such as hospitals, shops and social clubs, how easy they find it to get to them and what particular problems they face.

It seeks the same sort of information about getting to places of work or education and gives firms the opportunity to outline what they see as the biggest transport barriers to the growth of their businesses.

The results will be used to pinpoint where improvements are most needed. A draft strategy will be formulated this summer before going for further public consultation in the autumn. Final plans will then be adopted in early 2012.

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