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Local Motion School Initiatives (W19)

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Portfolio: Leisure and Local Environment Portfolio

Description

The “MegaMotion” programme is a travel behaviour programme targeted at schools, specifically teachers and parents to encourage sustainable modes to school i.e walking and cycling. Its aim is to reduce the numbers of cars at the school gate in the morning and afternoon traffic peaks, as part of the Council’s traffic management duty. There are wider benefits for road safety, physical activity, mental wellbeing and air quality. The schools are supported to achieve Modeshift accreditation.  

The programme has been delivered for a number of years through grant funding and Darlington is nationally recognised leaders in this type of activity. The lack of future grant funding means the requirement to cease the service

The service contributes to strategies to reduce the numbers of cars on the road network and at the school gate in the morning and afternoon traffic peaks, as part of the Council’s traffic management duty.

There are wider benefits for road safety, physical activity, mental wellbeing and air quality.

The Council will retain a core function of 2 to 3 to provide public transport and sustainable transport statutory requirements.  The Council will continue to look to develop funding bids and business cases to fund staff to deliver requirements of workplace travel planning and travel behaviour resulting from planning obligations and new grant funding opportunities that will be cost neutral to the MTFP (ie staff levels above the core function).

Staff Impact

3 posts to be removed

Funding that supports permanent staff to end of March 2016. The cost providing this service is £108,000.

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W19 Local Motion School Initiatives

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