12 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

MONAGHAN County Council, along with the Town Councils of Monaghan and Castleblayney, is currently participating in a number of national initiatives to encourage more people to walk or cycle, rather than use a private car for all journeys!.
One of these initiatives is ‘Active Travel Towns’, where public authorities work with local communities to put the supports in place to facilitate more people making journeys by foot or bike. Monaghan County Council is now developing a Walking and Cycling Strategy, as a first stage of Monaghan and Castleblayney becoming Active Travel Towns.
Kieran Boyle Consulting has been appointed to prepare the strategies for both towns. He is in the process of consulting with local stakeholders, and hopes to have a draft strategy for the Town Councils to consider at their November meetings.
The Strategy will help identify a range of measures and supports which will facilitate more people to use sustainable forms of transport for more of their daily journeys.
These strategies will form a blueprint for a number of initiatives in the coming years, and will enable the Councils to draw down funding from the Department of Transport to back up the initiatives identified in the strategies.
An online survey has been developed to allow members of the general public to submit their views and suggestions on the development of the Walking and Cycling Strategies
To date the survey has received a good response from the public with more than sixty responses received within less than one week. The survey will remain open until the 15 October next 2012.
There will also be one focus group workshop in each of the towns. The members of the focus group will consist of people from the Community Forum and others who have expressed an interest in attending.
Contact has been made with all primary and secondary schools in the two towns explaining the purpose of the strategy and how they can help. In addition a short survey has been sent to all these schools.
It is envisaged that the strategies will be complete by mid December 2012.

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