Who has responsibility for decisions on cycling?
Building communities where cycling is accessible and enjoyable for all takes collaboration between lots of different organisations and people.
This page shows you who you can contact, and where you can find out more information. (Last updated May 2022)
Our roads and streets are the responsibility of Gloucestershire County Council, whilst local planning is the responsibility of Cheltenham and Tewkesbury District Councils.
Other organisations, including the Department for Transport, Homes England, Active Travel England and Sustrans all have a role to play in shaping how easy and safe it is to travel by cycle in Gloucestershire.
It’s really important that our local leaders know that cycling is important to you, and that we together show how important it is to a wide range of local citizens. They’re also people who can help with particular issues.
Don’t forget to also become a member and share your issue with us as well, so we can speak with a louder and more representative voice of the cycling community across the county.
Within Gloucestershire county council, the majority party (currently the Conservative Group) is responsible for proposing the priorities and funding allocations, and leading the employed teams of the council in their daily delivery of the council’s business. The key roles that impact on conditions for cycle users are;
- Lead councillor for Highways – Cllr Dominic Morris (Conservative)
- Lead councillor for Green Transport and major highways schemes – Cllr David Gray (Conservative)
- Lead officers – Colin Chick (Executive Director of Economy, Environment & Infrastructure), and Jason Humm (Director of Transport and Highways)
Much of the council’s business is now shared online, and you can watch our county leaders in action via the council’s local democracy site and their Youtube channel. Key meetings that we follow are listed below. As a local resident, you are entitled to submit questions to the county council and cabinet on issues that concern you.
Environment scrutiny committee meeting dates
Scrutiny committee dates and papers are available here. Scrutiny allows a cross-party group of councillors to investigate issues in more detail, and to review the decisions taken by the council. Advertised meeting dates are;
Our Gloucestershire county councillors are some of the most important decision makers for the liveability and safety of our streets.
Together as a council, they lead the setting of budgets and priorities for the council, whilst at a local level, they work with an allocated member of the Highways team to address issues on the roads in their electoral area (not just potholes!).
If you want to share your experiences of cycling, they’re a great person to contact, and perhaps even to invite them to join you on a ride.
However, the amount of money they have direct control over is relatively small, and so for bigger projects, they will need to persuade the Highways team that the issue has sufficient priority.
Our map shows you who the current elected county councillor is for streets in and around Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, and how to contact them. We endeavour to keep this map as up to date as possible, but you can always check this using the council website.
Find the local Gloucestershire County Councillor
Borough Councils and Councillors
Your local borough or district councillors are maybe the most familiar faces you’ll recognise on the doorstep. Whilst they don’t have direct responsibility for streets and roads, they can be a valuable contact for supporting you in talking to your county councillor.
They also have a key voice in planning decisions, and their voice can help our local councils bring forward funding for initiatives that enable cycling, such as cycle parking.
Our local Cheltenham Borough Council (Liberal Democrat led), Tewkesbury Borough Council (Conservative led) and Gloucester City Council (Conservative led) also have responsibility for green spaces and routes away from the highway network.
Members of Parliament
Our local Members of Parliament have the most potential for impact through shaping national policy and funding, so it’s important to let them know that active transport is important to you, particularly when making your vote.
The campaign experience is that they are reluctant to conflict across party political lines with local county council decisions, but if you have a particular issue that you’re struggling to get any engagement on, they may be helpful to contact.