FENLANDER: Whittlesey residents to help council ease town’s travel problems

PEOPLE living in or near Whittlesey are being asked their views on how to make it easier to travel round the area and access shops, services, work and education.

Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council are drawing up a new strategy for improving transport in and around the town. They want residents to tell them how they travel around at the moment and what they see as the major problems.

A wide-ranging questionnaire is now available in the Fenland @your service shop in Whittlesey and on the two councils’ websites.

It 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.

Firms are also being given the opportunity to outline what they see as the biggest transport barriers to the growth of their businesses.

Anyone who completes the questionnaire and provides their contact details by Thursday March 31, the consultation’s closing date, will be entered into a prize draw giving them the chance to win a �60 shopping voucher.

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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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