By Leah Conway – KLTV Contributor
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has received £10.053 million from the Government’s Active Travel Fund.
Kirklees is set to benefit from £2 million of this fund.
The fund intends to create more space for people to travel by bike and on foot. It also aims to ease the pressure on public transport and relieve congestion.
In Kirklees, the money will be allocated to schemes for improving cycling and walking in towns across Kirklees. It will also be part of Kirklees Council’s emerging, district-wide ‘Active Travel Agenda’.
Prospective areas of improvement to benefit from the fund include the A62 Leeds Road in Huddersfield, walking and cycling access to the Spen Valley Greenway in and around Cleckheaton, and improved connections to Dewsbury Railway Station.
In addition, the council is also looking into the possibility of creating an ‘Active travel neighbourhood’ in an area of Huddersfield. The goal of which is to improve links to the wider walking and cycling network in the town.
Cllr Peter McBride Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “This funding could make a significant difference to how we travel in future; it is no secret that as a council we are committed to making it safer and easier for people to travel by bike or on foot.
“However, we also recognise how important it is to take into account the views of our local communities, and businesses when planning changes to our highways, and as such we will be consulting fully on our plans for this funding before any changes are implemented.”
Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Greener Kirklees said: “This funding along with all the other investment we are making in improving active travel in Kirklees is essential to encouraging more people to leave their cars at home more often.
“By making [fewer] journeys by car, we can all contribute to reducing our carbon footprint, improve air quality and help tackle the climate emergency.
Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are looking to deliver ambitious, wide-ranging cycling and walking measures across Kirklees so that we can support more people to take shorter journeys by bike or on foot.
“During this pandemic, we have seen how important it is to have more space to move around our towns and villages safely and how this can help create more capacity on the public transport network.”
6 days ago
Today KLTV is looking back on some of our legacy videos. Our 2014 production, Food Banks in Kirklees, remains as relevant as ever. It discusses important issues such as poverty in Kirklees, the need for food banks, personal stories, and shows the people that have gone the extra mile to help out in the community.
Approximately 1.9 million people used a food bank in the UK in 2019/20, which is around 300 thousand more than the previous year.
According to The Trussell Trust’s midyear stats they gave out, on average, 2,600 parcels to children every day in the first six months of the pandemic in the UK. They are also expecting this winter to be their networks busiest time ever.
Now is an apt time to reflect on our community in Kirklees and how we can continue helping each over and moving forward as a community.
Those speaking in the 2014 production show the harsh reality of needing food banks and asks questions of ‘Why do we need food banks?’ and ‘What needs to change?’, but continues to show what we can achieve when communities come together.
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