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Question 3 - we asked:

How will you work with local communities and interest groups to ensure that schemes are well-prioritised, good value for money, and agreed in a democratically-accountable way?

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2 of the 3 candidates (67%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Nik JOHNSON
(Labour Party)

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) have been around since the 1970s and they are an important part of a Healthy Streets Approach . There are some excellent examples as introduced by the Mayor of London. Many more LTNs have recently been introduced as part of the Covid response.Some of these were done quickly to take advantage of Government funding and not always with sufficient consultation of local communities. However, the principle is a good one. With proper consultation we can learn from these recent examples and keep making new future proposals better . It is imperative to keep gathering data and make adjustments to ensure maximising the benefits to public health, to the environment and to economic recovery . Ultimately ,the answer can be found in part of the 3 Cs I am campaigning on and have mentioned earlier .

Co-operation and meaningful consultation is needed to work through the challenges and make adjustments as we go along and avoid the unintended consequences


Zero Emission Zones are another angle in which to hit the Government target and I would like to see these embraced as part of the Combined Authority's focus on Public health . ZEZs help accelerate the local economy and communities towards a carbon neutral goals as well as cutting pollution

ZEZs are friendly for the cycling environment and can help make cycling more attractive to all

Aidan VAN DE WEYER
(Liberal Democrat)

As we have found with some of the temporary and experimental schemes put in place last year, lack of engagement can mean that communities are not as supportive as they could be and that designs can fail to take all factors into account. So talking to communities and to campaign groups early and often helps to getting the most successful and transformative schemes put in place. The doesn’t need to mean formal consultation (which would slow things down and void the benefits of using temporary and experimental orders), but open and visible dialogue is essential.

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