Providing feedback to consultations

Laptop: Responding to Consultation

Cycle Winchester is keen to ensure that all cyclists take the opportunity to provide feedback to consultations by local and national authorities. In recent weeks we have issued reminders to our community about important consultations which impact on cycling in Winchester. We will continue to bring relevant consultations to your attention, and provide additional information which may help you formulate your response.

Central Winchester Regeneration Area

(Consultation closed 17th January 2018)

This document sets out how the council plans to redevelop the area previously known as the ‘Silver Hill’ development, taking in the area bordered by the Broadway, Middle Brook Street and Friarsgate Street.

We’re concerned about the plan because it doesn’t currently include any safe cycle routes through this key central area of the city. This development is a golden opportunity to make it easier to cycle into and through the city centre – but cycle routes hardly get a mention.

Although the artist’s impressions in the report show a few cyclists, the report itself talks mostly about “pedestrian-friendly” streets. We think it should mention cycling as well – particularly in Riverside Walk, Tanner Street, Lower High Street, Middle Brook Street, Friarsgate Passage and Silver Hill.

M3 Junction 9 (Winnall)

(Consultation closed February 2018)

Highways England, the agency that manages our trunk roads and motorways, has published its proposals to redevelop Junction 9 of the M3, building direct slip roads between the A34 and the motorway. The good news is, the plans include a new (and better) cyclepath linking Winnall with the country lanes to Easton and the Itchen Valley. However we want to see a commitment from Highways England that they will build this to the “preferred” government standards (not the “minimum” standards), so there’s space for increased numbers of cyclists to pass safely. We also want to see a traffic-free cycle path branching off from the junction to run alongside the A33 to Kingsworthy – something they’ve put in their plans, but only as a footpath. We think it should be designed for bikes too as it would give a safe, easy, direct route from Kings Worthy to the shops and employment areas in Winnall, as well as being another route out of town.”>

Highways England, the agency that manages our trunk roads and motorways, has published its proposals to redevelop Junction 9 of the M3, building direct slip roads between the A34 and the motorway.

The good news is, the plans include a new (and better) cyclepath linking Winnall with the country lanes to Easton and the Itchen Valley. However we want to see a commitment from Highways England that they will build this to the “preferred” government standards (not the “minimum” standards), so there’s space for increased numbers of cyclists to pass safely.

We also want to see a traffic-free cycle path branching off from the junction to run alongside the A33 to Kingsworthy – something they’ve put in their plans, but only as a footpath. We think it should be designed for bikes too as it would give a safe, easy, direct route from Kings Worthy to the shops and employment areas in Winnall, as well as being another route out of town.

Winchester Sports and Leisure Park

(Consultation closed 21st January 2018)

An opportunity to comment on the Bar End project’s cycling provisions or lack of (in particular how cyclists will access the new Sports Centre) as well as more generally about the design concept.

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