West Bridgford Strategic Cycle Network – fewer than 400 people in favour

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Following yesterday’s report on the West Bridgford Strategic Cycle Route, and requests from readers for more detail –  here are the full responses to the consultation held by Nottinghamshire County Council.

 

Approximately 200 people attended the public events, and 238 written responses were received on the proposals (including letters, emails and completed on-line and paper questionnaire responses).

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Of those who responded:

  •   All but 7% lived in West Bridgford; with 61% living on one of the proposed routes
  •   Almost a fifth do not currently cycle
  •   Almost 50% of cycling undertaken was wholly in West Bridgford
  •   Almost 90% support the delivery of improved cycling facilities in West Bridgford.

Below (3 tables) is the summary of objections received by the council as part of the public consultation

Development of the West Bridgford cycle network

  1. A draft proposed network of cycling routes in West Bridgford was developed by County Council officers to deliver a coherent, joined-up north-south, east-west and orbital route to improve cycling access to jobs, training (including schools) and other services in the town, as well as in nearby Nottingham City. Discussions on the proposals were then held with the local County Council members and interested local groups (such as the cycling group Pedals and representatives from the local area forum) to refine the proposals before formal consultation was undertaken.
  2. Following these refinements, public consultation on the proposals, including mail-shots to those along the proposed routes, four public events and on-line information, was carried out in July and August 2016. The aim of the consultation was to establish if the local residents supported the cycling improvements generally; to gather concerns/comments about the proposed routes; to identify preferred routes where more than one option had been identified along a section of the route; and to rank the proposed routes to identify those that consultees felt would provide the greatest benefit.
  3. Approximately 200 people attended the public events, and 238 written responses were received on the proposals (including letters, emails and completed on-line and paper questionnaire responses). Of those who responded:
    •   All but 7% lived in West Bridgford; with 61% living on one of the proposed routes
    •   Almost a fifth do not currently cycle
    •   Almost 50% of cycling undertaken was wholly in West Bridgford
    •   Almost 90% support the delivery of improved cycling facilities in West Bridgford.

      10.Only a very small number of objections to the proposals were received and these objections and the County Council’s response to them is detailed in Appendix 1 to this report. It can be seen that the County Council has been able to accommodate all but three of the objections made, which all relate to a short section of existing bridleway.

    • Appendix 1). As this section of the proposed route is an existing bridleway, cycling is already permitted on it, and therefore the widening of the bridleway will in fact improve the existing conditions.

      11.The consultation has enabled the Council to identify a prioritised strategic cycle network for West Bridgford made up of the types of route approved as part of the Delivery Plan. The proposed network will comprise approximately 17 miles of routes, which is shown in Appendix 2, and provide a central north-south route as well as a circular route around the town. It reflects both the County Council’s and respondents’ priorities; provides improved access to jobs, training and services; and links to Nottingham City Council’s strategic cycle route alongside the tram. The proposed network will be made up of the following routes:

      Central north-south route – highlighted as route no.1 on the attached plan
      This route extends from the Musters Road/Bridgford Road junction south to the Wheatcroft Island. It links to proposed routes 3, 4 and 5 described below and consists of:

      •   a new shared-use facility on the footway between the proposed Wheatcroft development

        and Melton Gardens which is to be provided by the developer

      •   a new on-road cycle lane between Melton Gardens and Melton Road shops
      •   a new 20mph speed limit signed-only route along Melton Road (including outside the

        parades of shops) between its junctions with Rectory Road and Devonshire Avenue

      •   a new 20mph speed limit signed-only route along Musters Road between its junctions with Bridgford Road and Rectory Road (including outside the parades of shops, the medical centre and school).

        A circular route made up of the following four elements:
        Western north-south route – highlighted as route no.2 on the attached plan
        This route extends from the existing cycle route alongside NET tram line south to the Walcote Drive/A60 junction and consists of:

      •   existing off-road routes from the cycle route alongside the NET tram line along Wilford

        Lane to Walcote Drive (the upgrading of a section of the route will be sought as part of

        proposed new development near Wilford Lane)

      •   a new signed-only route along Walcote Drive.

        Southern east-west route – highlighted as route no.3 on the attached plan
        The circular route then continues from the Walcote Drive/Loughborough Road junction to the Boundary Road/Melton Road junction and consists of:

      •   a new signed-only route along Loughborough Road from Walcote Drive to Boundary

        Road utilising the service road which runs adjacent to it

      •   the existing signed-only route along Boundary Road between Loughborough Road and Melton Road.

        Eastern north-south route – highlighted as route no.4 on the attached plan
        The circular route then continues south from Melton Road, along Village Street and Wellin Lane before extending north to link to the existing routes alongside the River Trent and consists of:

      •   a new signed-only route along Village Street
      •   existing off-road routes through Gamston (although there will be improvements to these routes where there are pinch points or maintenance requirements) including the existing bridleways the existing signed-only 20mph speed limit routes through to Lady Bay.

      Northern east-west route – highlighted as route no.5 on the attached plan
      The circular route also provides links from the A52 in the east and the existing cycle route alongside the NET tram line west of the town and consists of:

      •   enhancements to the existing off-road from the A52 through Gamston
      •   the existing signed-only route along Eltham Road
      •   new 20mph speed limit signed-only routes along Gordon Road outside the parade of

        shops; between Gordon Road and Melton Road; and on Devonshire Road (between Musters Road and Melton Road)

      •   the existing signed-only route between Musters Road and Collington Way
      •   the existing off-road routes from Collington Way to the cycle route alongside the NET tram line (although there will be improvements to these routes where there are pinch points or maintenance requirements).

        12.In addition to the integrated transport block funding allocated towards the delivery of the strategic cycle networks, work is ongoing to identify, secure and maximise external funding opportunities to fund their delivery, including:

      •   Developer contributions, such as the cycling improvements already secured works as part of the Sharphill Woods development); as well as smaller s106 funding

        available from developments along the proposed routes

      •   Local Growth Fund contributions from the D2N2 Sustainable Transport Package

        allocation on which a decision should be made shortly (the four D2N2 highway authorities have put forward scheme suggestions that will help deliver the criteria for this funding package; consultants are currently finalising the business case for this package to meet the LEP’s local assurance framework).

        13.Whilst the scheme is still subject to the necessary consultation, negotiation/permissions from landowners, statutory undertakings and other issues arising from detailed scheme design, works are scheduled to start construction and be substantially complete this financial year. The delivery of the sections of the proposed network which will be funded by developer contributions will, however, be dependent on the delivery timescales, build-out rates, and planning conditions for the relevant developments.

        Other Options Considered

        14.A number of options (including alternative routes and types of facilities) have been considered and discounted as part of the scheme development, as set out within this report. These decisions were based on comments received from the public, members and stakeholder groups as part of the consultation on the proposals; as well as the ability of the proposed network to deliver its objectives. Not having a strategic cycle network was also an option available to the County Council. This option was, however, rejected as it was considered that this would not help deliver the County Council’s objectives, particularly those relating to the economy and health, as set out in paragraphs 2-6 of this report.

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3 Comments

  1. Although, as the headline says, “…fewer than 400 people [were] in favour,” one might say, “Almost 90% of respondents were in favour.”
    In choosing which figure to use as the headline, one ought to be careful not to appear partial.

  2. Very few attended meetings as they were not obviously advertised. 200 in meetings. How many of them went to all and voted each time. This was underhanded deal with builders for Sharp Wood development. Residents views not sought properly or respected

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