The Committee considered a report on establishing a
potential role of Active Travel Officer. The Head of Community
Services presented the report, which sought Members’ views on
whether such a role would be appropriate for Worcester City
Council. He explained that a
neighbouring district council employed
such a post and the report summarised
the role of that post.
The report also provided information on work undertaken by
the Council following the declaration of a Climate Emergency in
The report recommended that further work be undertaken to
liaise with internal services, partner agencies, Worcestershire
County Council Highways and charities to establish if there is
section 106 funding, resources and opportunity to develop a similar
Active Travel Officer role in Worcester City. If agreed, the
further work would assist Officers in developing a business case,
which would be presented to this Committee in February 2022 as part
of Budget Setting for 2022/2023.
In the ensuing discussion, Members raised a number of
points for consideration as part of the development of the outline
The extent to which
there are existing Section 106 agreements which include provision
for Active Travel, including County Council schemes.
An outline of the job
description/role profile for such a post.
Information on how to
measure success if this post is introduced, for example in terms of
value for money, impact on the environment, what works for our
neighbouring Council where there is a
similar post in place.
Any potential for
duplication with the role of the post of Environmental
How we can encourage
staff to support Active Travel including use of e-bikes.
In conclusion, Committee Members agreed that these points
should be addressed as part of the development of a detailed
RESOLVED: That the
agree to direct
officers to undertake further work to develop an outline business
case to support the recruitment of an Active Travel Officer;
note that a report
detailing this business case will be presented to this Committee in