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No plans for low traffic neighbourhood in South Ribble

Posted on - 19th February, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport
South Ribble Borough Council Pic: Ian Greig
South Ribble Borough Council. Pic: Ian Greig

South Ribble Borough Council have released a statement in relation to 15-minute cities, making it clear that they aren’t adopting a policy that is set to be trialled in certain parts of the country.

A spokesperson for the borough council said: “Following some questions and comments on social media, the Council want to make it clear that they are not adopting, nor has signed up for 15-Minute cities.

“15-minute cities are currently set to begin trial in other areas of the country and these policies sometimes use traffic filters, such as planters or bollards to reduce through-traffic and improve conditions for walking and cycling, creating what’s called a ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhood’, or an LTN.

“This is in no way being proposed for any area in South Ribble.”

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Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council said, “It seems there is much traction online about 15-minute cites. The conversation ranges from mis-information right into conspiracy theories as to what 15-minute cites could look like and the motivations for areas trailing them.

“Most of the talk around 15-minute cities is nonsense – including talk about introducing road charging – and we wanted to set the record straight that we as a council have not signed up for this, nor intend to.”

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Residents may have seen reference to 20-minute neighbourhoods in the most recent preferred document for the Central Lancashire Local Plan which is currently being consulted on.

This is not something that authorities sign up to but a principle to ensure people have access to better facilities and a tool to help policy makers when shaping developments or locations for infrastructure to benefit communities. 

Councillor Foster said: “We want development to be better – and have been very vocal on this – and that means having the things you need near to where you live – health, schools, shops etc.

“It is most definitely not about introducing any sort of road charging.”

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