Credit: Totnes Town Council
Totnes Town Council became the first Council in Britain to adopt our Charter for Walking Neighbourhoods, on 2 September, at the Town Council meeting. The Town Council have pledged to work in partnership with the Totnes Ramblers to ensure that the town’s neighbourhoods are green and walkable, and improve local residents’ physical, mental health and wellbeing by encouraging them to get outside and be active.
“We hope other councils across the country will now follow their lead and help us create a country that is truly designed for walking.” Tom Platt, Ramblers director of advocacy and engagement.
The Charter for Walking Neighbourhoods, sets out five clear steps councils can take to make their neighbourhoods better for walking. A walking neighbourhood is a green, safe and welcoming place to be a pedestrian. Our vision is for networks of green walking routes that connect people from their doorsteps to the places they want to go.
Totnes Ramblers chairman Andrew Chadwick said: “Totnes Ramblers are delighted that Totnes Town Council has adopted the Ramblers Charter for Walking Neighbourhoods. We hope that this will result in positive action being taken to improve the walking environment in the Totnes area and we look forward to working with the council to achieve this.
Tom Platt, Ramblers director of advocacy and engagement, said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of walking and connecting to nature, wherever they live and work. To achieve this, communities and local authorities need to work together to create neighbourhoods that are designed around people, making them green, enjoyable and safe places to walk.
It’s fantastic news that Totnes Town Council have adopted our Charter for Walking Neighbourhoods and we look forward to seeing the positive steps they will take to put it into action. We hope other councils across the country will now follow their lead and help us create a country that is truly designed for walking.”
Totnes Town Council said: “We support the aims of the Ramblers Charter for Walking Neighbourhoods as they reflect objectives set out in the town’s Transport Policy and Strategy and also in the draft Neighbourhood Plan which looks to improve pedestrian access and links, and encourage walking for health and wellbeing as well as being an alternative for car use.”
Celia Minoughan, Totnes Ramblers (second left), with Totnes Town Councillors (from L to R) Councillors Colin Luker, Claire Allford and Louise Webberley. Credit: Totnes Town Council.
A huge thank to the Totnes Ramblers and Totnes councillors for their incredible work in coming together to present the Charter to Totnes Town Council, and recommend it for adoption. As the first council to adopt the Ramblers’ Charter, Totnes is truly leading the way in committing to design towns and cities that put people walking first.
In the light of us celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, which was achieved thanks to tireless campaigning from the Ramblers, this accomplishment by the Totnes Ramblers is yet another example of Ramblers volunteers still doing excellent campaigning to enable more people to enjoy walking.
Totnes Ramblers welcome newcomers to join them for a walk in the beautiful villages, towns & countryside of South Devon – find out more about their walks programme.
All councillors and councils in England & Wales are invited join in and to take part creating walking neighbourhoods – find out more and ask your councillor to sign up.
Do you want your local neighbourhood to be a better place to walk? Ask your councillor to sign up to our Charter for Walking Neighbourhoods today.