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Councillors agree meaningful consultation on Armada Way scheme

30 January 2023

A period of meaningful community engagement will take place in February before the designs for Armada Way are finalised.

At a meeting of the full Council today (30 January) councillors voted on a motion in response to a petition from STRAW about the Armada Way trees.

The petition contained around 10,000 signatures, with around 5,000 from postcodes within Plymouth’s boundaries. The petition requested the Council to ‘incorporate a bit more of what we already have’.

The petition was debated as 5,000 signatures were received.

Cabinet Member for Transport Jonathan Drean proposed a response which noted the substantial support by local residents, City Centre Company, many organisations and businesses, but recognised concerns highlighted in the petition about the loss of existing trees.

It also recognised concerns expressed about engagement and arrangements about the tight funding deadlines. The motion called for a comprehensive review of the engagement arrangements for this scheme and future city centre schemes.

Councillor Drean said: “We have listened very carefully to the debate and recognise that we need community engagement.”

The motion was carried by 18 votes, with five against and 22 abstentions.

Details of the engagement will be made available in the coming days.