Coombes A27 crossing at risk of closure

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STOP PRESS! EASY WAY TO OBJECT: Email planning@adur-worthing.gov.uk  quoting planning application AWDM/0961/17. You must include your full name and address.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 2 NOVEMBER 2017 (OR LATER) WHEN THE SCHEME GOES TO COMMITTEE

New flyer here

A4 poster here

Please spread the word! Print and distribute if possible!


Why object?

The crossing over the A27 from the old Shoreham Toll Bridge to Coombes Road will be removed and the Old Shoreham Road junction will be permanently closed if the New Monks Farm proposals are approved!

The proposed alternative crossing for cyclists involves at least a 1km detour with four new sets of traffic lights over a new roundabout and an upgraded A27.

Off-road alternatives have not been agreed and might prove non-viable. Meanwhile this major development would go ahead.

The plans are out NOW for consultation on Adur and Worthing Council’s website. The deadline is 29 September 2017 extended to 2 November 2017. Use the easy method to object by email given at the top of this post.

You can also comment on the consultation here but you will need to register, log in and find planning reference number AWDM/0961/17

See this flyer Please distribute if you can! Some suggested points of objection are below. Please feel free to change or add your own:

  1. I object to the closure of the existing crossing from the Old Shoreham Road to Coombes Road at the Sussex Pad junction for cyclists, pedestrians and other non-car users.
  2. I object to the lengthy, inadequate and hazardous replacement for the existing crossing.
  3. If the existing crossing is removed, it must be replaced by a bridge or underpass which gives safe, direct access across the A27 from the Old Shoreham Road to Coombes Road for all non-motorised road-users. It must be usable in all weathers and at all times of day i.e. well lit, not vulnerable to flooding and with a tarmac surface, not gravel.
  4. The proposed replacement crossing does not fulfil high quality standards in walking and cycling. Reference: Highways England’s Interim Advice Note 195/16.
  5. I disagree with the Transport Assessment on Page 38, Paragraph 4.3.19 which claims that there are “…very low cycle demands for crossing the A27 within the carriageway and using existing pedestrian crossing during the various peak hours, and on a daily basis.”
    This crossing is well used and invaluable for cyclists, cycling groups and cycling events that often use this crossing in large numbers throughout the year.
  6. The proposal also needs to provide more safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes and links so that people, including those with disabilities can have easy access to all destinations e.g. shops, schools, health centres, railway stations etc. and that cycling/walking can reach its full potential and deliver all the accompanying public health and environmental benefits.
  7. Sustainable transport needs to be much more clearly prioritised in this scheme in line with Government and West Sussex County Council sustainable transport policy. The “Technical Note: A27 Access Strategy” section of the Transport Assessment should include proposals for high quality walking and cycling facilities. Reference: Highway England’s Interim Advice Note 195/16.
  8. This proposal will encourage car use. The housing development includes a car parking space for each dwelling (i.e. possibly 600 cars). The proposed IKEA car park would have 1000 spaces, but the A27 is already at capacity and alternatives to car travel should be more strongly encouraged and invested in.
  9. Horse riders need to be better accommodated in any proposed new crossing.
  10. Issues of flooding will be problematic for the proposed development. Flooding must be resolved for any facilities designed for cycling /non-motorised users.
  11. This application is baffling for most ordinary citizens who will be confronted with 400 documents. The key points for cycling are difficult to discern among jargon, spin and complexity with information embedded in so many documents, many of which are slow to download and difficult to view.

New Monks Farm overview

 

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What about the Cuckoo Trail?

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Unlike the actual cuckoo – only with us in the summer – the Cuckoo Trail, an off road surfaced 14 mile Sussex cycle, riding and walking route, has things to offer all year round.

This picturesque trail follows the former ‘Cuckoo Line’ railway track and stretches from Heathfield to Eastbourne Park. It passes through Horam, Hailsham and Polegate. Gentle gradients and a sealed surface along the whole route, makes the Cuckoo Trail usable in all weathers, by all users, and the trail forms part of the National Cycle Network in East Sussex.

Enhancing the Cuckoo Trail

We have been contacted by Hailsham Active, to support their  campaign for walking and cycling infrastructure within any new proposed housing estates.  South Wealden  is planning  on building 13,000 homes in the Hailsham and Willingdon area and the current walking and cycling strategy has a plan that does not include these estates and many of these sites are not within the 2016 Local Plan. To remedy this and try to ensure that the importance of the Cuckoo Trail is recognised and supported, a petition has been put together:

We the undersigned petition the Council to Ensure that the Cuckoo Trail is developed, extended and protected as the main “traffic free” route in South Wealden.

Much of the current ESCC planning for walking and cycling revolves around 5 year strategies and plans. Routes therefore reflect the priorities of a few years ago when many of the new housing developments were unknown. In the current planning climate, where sites that are not even in the Wealden Local Plan are being considered, the approach must be much more proactive. The possibility of more than 10,000 additional houses in South Wealden requires that clear guidance is given to developers.

This early guidance to developers, especially in the Hailsham area, should include:-

1) The Cuckoo Trail is the main north-south “traffic free” route in the South Wealden area and must be both protected and enhanced. It is part of the National Cycle Route 21 from London to Eastbourne and has a direct route into the centre of Hailsham.

2) Developments should, where possible, include a “traffic free” pedestrian and cycle link to the Cuckoo Trail. Ideally sites should also have a “traffic free” route around the edge of the site as part of this wider network.

3) New estates should provide healthy more direct routes, away from main roads, for pedestrians and cyclists and provide permeability between estates, shops, community resources and schools. This will encourage exercise and a healthier population.

If you would like to support this petition by adding your name, click HERE

If you would like to know more about the Cuckoo Trail see the East Sussex website HERE

For maps of the trail, click HERE and HERE

Cuckoo Trail cycling   Cuckoo Trail walking  The Cuckoo Trail

A Neighbourhood Plan for Hove


Neighbourhood planning was introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act. A neighbourhood plan allows local residents and businesses to develop their own planning policies that reflect their priorities for their area and impact upon planning and development in the neighbourhood

The Hove Station Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared by the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum.  The plan will set out the vision of the Forum and details policies for development of the area north and south of Hove Station and further to the west covering the area popularly known as Poets Corner.
This Sunday (July 3rd) the Forum will be hosting a ‘Hove Your Say’ event for local people to find out more and get involved.
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What has this got to do with cycling?

The developing Neighbourhood Plan for the area has much to say on the need for an improved local environment:

“…both in terms of greening up and in terms of high quality hard landscaping with the station at its core. Associated traffic calming and management of pedestrian and cycle based flows, spaces for children to play, connections between Hove Park and Hove Station all aim to create an attractive environment to live,work and play in…”

Policies are being developed by the Forum which explicitly support cycle infrastructure and facilities:

Policy 21: Developer Contributions will be required to jointly contribute to the infrastructure requirements set out in the master plan to allow the Hove Station Quarter Area to be developed comprehensively.
Reason: a number of requirements for example in terms of highways and utility infrastructure will be required to enable developments on site. The master plan sets out highways linkages and north south connection for cycling and pedestrian traffic as well as a number of place making features. These are seen to be critical to allow the area to be developed comprehensively in an attractive manner.
Policy 26: New developments should aim to minimise car based travel, which will require travel plans as well as a range of other measures such as designated car club spaces to be allocated throughout the area in discussion with the city’s car clubs and extensive cycle parking to standards as set out in SPD 13.
Policy 27: The Hove Station Quarter will be easily accessible on foot and by cycle; where car based through traffic is allowed this will be at low speeds typically on shared surfaces. Surrounding residential roads will also be subject to traffic calming measures to avoid rat runs and undue traffic pressure arising from new development.
Policy 30: The following improvements to the road network will be necessary:
  • The opening up of Fonthill Road / Goldstone Lane southwards to allow better bus circulation following redevelopment of the bus station. (This is related to redevelopment of the areas between the high rise blocks of the Clarendon Estate);
  • The closure of Fonthill Road under the railway tunnel, with access for pedestrians and cycles only. (This is to control rat running and allow the tunnel to become more user friendly)
  • The continuation of the segregated cycleway along Old Shoreham Road;
  • Provision of missing footway provisions such as by the petrol station off Station Approach and provision of safe pedestrian crossing outside Hove Station for visually impaired.
It is early days yet for the Neighbourhood Plan and may seem a very dry policy based process, but it seems very much that the local community through their Neighbourhood Forum is seeking to create a liveable neighbourhood, promoting walking and cycling and seeking to include real measures to make this happen.
To help make sure that the plans that they are developing – which will shape this area for a generation and beyond  – properly reflect the needs of local cyclists, it would be great if any  Bricycles folk living/working in their area could get along and see what they are up to, and give support to what seems a positive and measured approach at improving this neighbourhood.
Sunday July 3rd, 11-3pm, Ralli Hall, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove
(PS – If you live in this part of town or cycle through it regularly, do have a look at our ward pages and let us know how else it could be improved; Goldsmid Ward HERE and Westbourne Ward HERE)