As you will know from our recent article, Cycle Winchester is deeply disappointed in the implementation of this new cycleway.
Phil Gagg, WinACC Transport Lead, and a member of the Cycle Winchester core team, has published a detailed evaluation of the new route (attached). Phil’s report compares the new scheme with conditions laid out in the 2018 planning consent for the Leisure Centre, and with DfT cycle infrastructure design guidance (known as LTN 1/20). The new scheme falls short on both counts.
We take very seriously the shortcomings relative to the planning conditions. As a result, Sue Coles has written, on behalf of Cycle Winchester, to the Chief Executive of Winchester City Council. I quote from the opening paragraph of Sue’s letter.
As you are aware, the completion of this route to the agreed design was a condition of the planning consent granted in 2018. Under the terms of the consent, the development “shall not be occupied until a S278 agreement is completed with the Highways Authority to secure off–site highway works that will include the improvements identified within the Walking Cycling and Horse-riding Assessment and Review report”. Unfortunately, this condition has not been met and so the new Centre should not open until improvements are made to the cycleway/footway.