Green Councillor makes emergency cycling and walking investment proposals

New cycle lanes on London’s Park Lane. Source:

As part of the coronavirus emergency response, central government has made money available for local authorities to make changes to the road network to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

East Surrey Green Party consulted our members and local cycling campaigners and sustainable travel champions and pulled together a set of recommendations of how this could be done in Reigate & Banstead.

We have submitted this to Surrey County Council.  Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex will work with council officers and others to push for these improvements to be made.

Link to submission:

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  • By Reigate’s cycle scheme scrapped – Press release on Wednesday, 15 July 2020 at 9:45 am

    […] Cycle Planner needed – now Jonathan Essex also called on the council to enquire whether the council would now employ a Cycle Planner, given that it only managed to secure half the funding it bid for from central government for emergency walking and cycling schemes. Jonathan commented, “This indicates to me that the earlier bid was either out-of-scope or inadequate. The council must have the right skills in-house to deliver on actions to tackle the climate emergency here in Surrey. This should include a Cycle Planner with the expertise required to draft future submissions, develop best-in-class plans and implement them across the county.”   This need for in-house expertise was highlighted by the recent two-day ‘trial’ of a cycle route through Reigate High Street, which was criticised in a joint letter led by Cycle Redhill & Reigate. Speaking to local cyclists and the pedestrian forum in Redhill, Jonathan found that residents had proposed cycle routes across the borough area of Reigate & Banstead, but for Reigate itself suggested it would be safer to cycle to the town centre rather than through it. Cyclists instead favoured a widening of pavements for social distancing in the town. (For details see…). […]

  • […] East Surrey Green Party have consulted residents and cycle groups to inform proposals for cycling and walking infrastructure which would power a genuine transition away from the domination of travel by car. For details see…). […]

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