People living and working in Selby and Sherburn-in-Elmet are being invited to give their views on proposals designed to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance public spaces in the towns.
The aim is to achieve more attractive and accessible places by changing the way in which the transport network operates and by reducing the impact of vehicles on the places where people want to move around, work, visit and enjoy leisure time.
North Yorkshire County Council, Selby District Council and York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership have commissioned a study of “place and movement” to identify a potential programme of projects for Selby and Sherburn town centres, including three potential options for the movement of vehicles in Selby town centre.
The views of residents, businesses and organisations are vital to help to shape this programme. A consultation will begin on 6 April 2021 to find out what people think of the first stage proposals.
- enhancement/creation of public spaces;
- redesign of junctions;
- traffic management, with changes to vehicle routing and changes to the types of vehicle allowed in some areas;
- reallocation of road space to active/sustainable travel, such as cycling and walking;
- better integration of modes of transport; and
- amendments to parking provision.
Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development at Selby District Council said: “To make our town centres the true hearts of our communities, help them to recover from the impacts of covid and adapt to longer term trends in retailing we need to make them as attractive, welcoming and vibrant as possible – the proposals in the Places & Movement Study will be a key means of achieving this.
“We want as many people as possible to take part in this consultation. This is an important way we can gather data about how people, drivers and cyclists, among others, move around and use these towns. The information gathered in the consultation can then be used as we look into future projects that can reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance our public spaces.”
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “The aim of this partnership project is to improve the environment of the towns and travel around them. The ideas put forward for comment are at the earliest stage of development. It is important that we hear your views at this initial planning stage, to help shape the potential options.
“The vision of the study is to transform the town centres of Selby District by 2030 to provide exemplary, attractive, and accessible places for all to live, work and explore. This is much needed investment at what will be a critical few years in our economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Should funding become available, we would undertake further consultation on proposals and then on the detailed design. There will be plenty more opportunities for everyone to give their input before projects are finalised, but I would encourage people to have their say at this early stage.”
David Dickson, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure & Joint Assets Board, said: “We are pleased to support this work, which builds on recommendations from a LEP report called 21st Century Towns. It is important for towns to be able to maximise opportunities for economic growth and be great places to live, work and play.”
The LEP allocated funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to support the Places & Movement Study.
Proposals for Tadcaster will be brought forward towards the end of 2021, once there is an agreed way forward on the town centre changes proposed in the Selby District Local Plan and following further technical assessment of those proposals.
The partners welcome views from all members of the public, businesses and community organisations. From 6 April, you can read more about the proposals and complete the survey at www.northyorks.gov.uk/selbyandsherburn.
Paper copies of the survey and information are available on request – please call 01609 780780 or email email@example.com. Anyone needing information in an alternative format or different language can also contact the council using the above details. There is also an opportunity to join an online event to hear more and ask questions before completing the survey. Events will be held on Thursday 15 April and Wednesday 21 April, from 5pm to 6pm.
Find more details at www.northyorks.gov.uk/selbyandsherburn. The consultation will be open until 30 April 2021.