27 January 2020
Writing a letter to your Councillor
The JTLP 4 sets out transport strategy until 2036. Further information about the JTLP 4 is available here. Consultation finished in March 2019 and Councils are now in the process of approving the final plan. As you will see from the pro-forma letter below, there are key issues to be raised.
We provide below a pro-forma letter for you to adapt as you wish. It is important to personalise your letter. Councillors may take obvious ‘pro-forma letters’ less seriously.
You can explain why the issue is important to you by including a relevant local or personal experience. This will help make the issue real and tangible for your Councillor. You may wish to let them know that their stance on this issue affects the way you vote. You can also emphasise that others within your electorate care about this issue as well.
Who is your Councillor?
You can identify your ward Councillors and their email addresses here.
Who are the members of the Executive Committee?
You may also wish to send your letter to members of the Executive Committee who take a decision on this issue on 5th February.
Cllr Don Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Mike Bell email@example.com
Cllr Ash Cartman firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr James Tonkin email@example.com
Cllr Bridget Petty firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Mark Canniford email@example.com
Cllr Caritas Charles firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Catherine Gibbons email@example.com
The pro-forma letter
I am a resident in [Ward name] and I write to you concerning the Joint Local Transport Plan 4 (JLTP 4).
The North Somerset Council Executive Committee meets on 5 February and the full Council on 18 February. The officers have recommended the approval of the JLTP 4.
I have many concerns about JLTP4 which I believe that you should take into consideration before you vote.
Given that the Joint Local Transport Plan process is not subject to public examination, I think that it is both prudent and essential the JTLP 4 should be not be approved but withdrawn. Councillors in North Somerset would then be able to work on a long-term strategy which would take us to a Zero Carbon North Somerset.