21 December 2011
Caerphilly County Borough Council has been awarded with a prestigious Gold award in recognition of excellence in the field of travel planning.
The council was awarded the Welsh Government-backed All Wales Travel Plan Award at Gold level – the scheme was introduced to recognise best practice and excellence in travel planning. The scheme is available to all organisations where ongoing commitment to travel planning is clearly evidenced.
Cllr Rob Gough, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Engineering and Transport accepted the award on behalf of the council recently.
He said, "To achieve this Gold award for our travel planning is a testament to the hard work of so many – it is especially pleasing that while in the guidance for the awards it stated that new applicants, which we were, could only apply for the bronze award, we were in fact awarded gold. This truly reflects the quality of work being undertaken across the organisation to promote and implement sustainable transport projects".
To achieve the Gold Level award, Caerphilly County Borough Council has achieved a variety of sustainable travel initiatives including undertaking a staff travel survey, introducing a staff car share scheme, providing showers, lockers, cycle shelters and pool bikes for staff to use during work and leisure time.
The council has also worked to raise awareness and understanding of sustainable travel to staff, introduced a cycle to work scheme and developed sustainable travel plans for the main council buildings.
Cllr Colin Mann, Cabinet Member responsible for Sustainability added, "I am delighted that once again we are leading the way here in Caerphilly with our sustainable development initiatives".
For more information on the All Wales Travel Plan Award or on the sustainable travel planning initiatives being implemented please contact Tracy Evans, Education for Sustainable Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Cooke, Team Leader for Sustainable Development and Living Environment at email@example.com
For further information on sustainable development in Caerphilly county borough, please visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/sustainable.
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