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Consultation Response – North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College are proposing to redevelop part of its site with over 200 homes. This has understandably created a bit of local concern around the loss of sporting facilities at the college, and the potential for increased traffic levels in and around Nuneaton.

Whilst a drop-in meeting has already been held where the concerns of 200 people were noted, an online informal consultation is open until 26 February which I have responded to – but not in terms of objecting to the idea itself (I don’t feel qualified to comment on whether it’s a good idea for the area and the college long-term or not), but to ask that consideration is given to proper cycle provision within the area being developed. That is, any new roads be built with Dutch standard cycle provision, and that existing roads affected by the development be updated to the same CROW standards. Continue reading

The Slow March to Cleaner Travel

The government have announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned from 2040 in an effort to improve air quality, and joining other European countries who have made the same pledge.

I’m pleased a date has been set, but I’m disappointed it’s not sooner. 2040 is still a long time away – 23 years – and I would have liked there to be a bit of ambition here, perhaps with a deadline of 15 years. After all, technological advancement is rapid and a lot can improve with electric vehicles in that time. Saying that though, with the increasing appearance of electric cars now, I’m hoping that market forces will make this deadline largely meaningless by the time it rolls around.

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