A senior councillor met with the prospective Parliamentary candidate for Penistone to discuss plans to improve active travel routes across the area.

Last Monday, Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, met Labour’s prospective MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge Dr Marie Tidball, to take a look at the ‘innovative’ suggestions.

They looked at junctions and crossing points where residents had raised road safety concerns.

Ms Tidball has created a proposed active travel route through the town that distances pedestrians from busy roads, one which would allow school children to walk safely to school.

Speaking after the meeting Coun Higginbottom said: “It was a pleasure to meet Marie Tidball and to hear her suggestions as to how we can improve access to active travel routes in Penistone.

“The safety of pedestrians, especially those walking to and from school will remain a priority.”

Ms Tidball added: “I am determined to support all residents in Penistone and Stocksbridge and work towards improving both road safety and active travel across our community.

“Today’s productive meeting with Coun Higginbottom will hopefully lead to greater use of safe active travel schemes in our area.”