Sustainable transport named as number one eco concern for Peterborough residents
The charity PECT recently asked people in Peterborough what they liked about the local area and what change they wanted to see happen. The results of the survey are now in, and sustainable transport has been named as the number one environmental concern for local residents.
People provided data
Said a barrier to action was money
Named transport as the number 1 challenge
What are we doing?
Feedback was collected from more than 600 local residents through a range of different methods – including social media, events, press releases, focus groups and Open Gap poetry.
The purpose of PECT’s research was to find out what is valued in the city and what the main issues are, both environmentally and more generally. The results are now being used to steer the direction of the charity’s focus, to ensure its work best meets the needs of local residents, in order to make the biggest difference.
Transport was ranked first in the list of people’s concerns; with public transport, cycle path provision and maintenance, and growing traffic congestion coming in for criticism from those surveyed.
Ranked second in the list of environmental concerns was Zero Waste. Topics raised under this included litter, fly tipping, excess packaging, and issues around educating people how to correctly dispose of waste. Land Use and Wildlife ranked third in importance, with 20% of those responding in this section being concerned about the impact of housing development on wildlife.
What change do you want to see?
We aim to shape our work to best meet need, in order to make a real difference. We need your help to achieve more.
“No one person or organisation has all of the answers to these issues, so we want to build on our relationships and create new ones so that our focus and action is informed by local needs and priorities and is more transformative as a result,” explains Carly. “We recognise that new thinking may be needed to challenge the causes of many of the environmental, social and economic issues we face.”
There is a huge opportunity for us to collectively create change on critical issues, such as climate change and its wide reaching implications – locally and globally, both now and in the future – plus on issues such as inequity, food and energy security, biodiversity and habitat loss. All of these issues need to be understood and acted upon if we want to create better places to live and a brighter future.
PECT is feeding the results of this work into current and future plans for creating more sustainable places, here in Peterborough and beyond. The charity is developing a reputation as an organisation that carries out engagement work with communities, schools and businesses, sometimes working in partnership with other charities, to ensure work is taking place in the city that really makes a difference to the lives of people who live here.