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Friday, 14 October 2016

Crewe and Nantwich cash grants scheme promotes walking and cycling

 

Communities in Crewe and Nantwich are being invited to apply for grants aimed at promoting walking and cycling.

Town and parish councils, charities and voluntary organisations can apply to Cheshire East Council for up to £9,999 in funding.

The grants could be used to run free cycle awareness or bicycle maintenance courses, or for bike loan schemes.

The grants scheme is funded by the Department of Transport’s Sustainable Travel

Transition Year (STTY) initiative, which aims to widen access to skills, training and

employment opportunities by promoting walking, cycling and public transport use. 

The funding has also helped pay for a new website – travelcheshire.co.uk – which will

encourage people to use the car less and opt for healthier and greener forms of transport.

Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and

infrastructure, said: “This new grants scheme will help us to deliver some exciting projects in Crewe and Nantwich to encourage more walking and cycling.

“We’re looking for ideas from local community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations, which will help make it easier to get around by bike or on foot. Ultimately, our aim is to

reduce the number of journeys locally which are made by car. We also hope we can make it easier for people to access jobs, skills and training opportunities locally.”

Applications must demonstrate that they encourage active travel in Crewe and/or

Nantwich, when travelling to employment, skills and training. They must also be in line with the assessment criteria as set out in the “Policy for the Allocation of Transport & Accessibility Grants”

The closing date for applications is November 4, 2016. Applicants will be informed of the decision within six weeks of the closing date.

For more information on how to apply, email: ltp@cheshireeast.gov.uk or telephone Janet Mills or John Davies on 01270 686348.

Details of how to apply can also be found at: http://www.travelcheshire.co.uk/news/grantstopromotewalkingandcycling/

More information about Cheshire East Council’s bid for STTY funding can be found at:

http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/public_transport/transport_strategies.aspx

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