Planning applications

Here are recent planning applications that Dynamo has objected to:

18/01503/FUL – industrial units, Warton Road Carnforth.  Our objection was based on the fact that National Cycle Network route 90 runs along this stretch of Warton Road.  We suggested – optimistically! – that there should be a shared-use path along Warton Road for cyclists and pedestrians.

18/01356/CU – more caravans at Greendales Caravan Park, Carr Lane, Middleton.  We objected because the City Councl keeps approving these small and medium-sized applications in Heysham and Middleton without asking for any contribution towards an overarching scheme to mitigate the impacts of the extra traffic.  Have some plans and imagination, please!

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Your comments, please, for BP garage on A6 south

The BP garage at the moment

Lancashire County Council have drawn up plans to improve safety for cyclists outside the BP garage on the A6 in south Lancaster (just north of Booth’s supermarket).

The plan is attached here.  Changes include colouring the cycle lane green to make it stand out more, plus tightening the kerb and adding an upstand to make sure that cars don’t overrun the footway and have to slow to turn onto the forecourt.

Please look at the plan and either comment below or let Dynamo have any comments asap.

Thank you.

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The plan

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Support Cycling UK’s call for walking and cycling funds to be made available

Across the country, local councils (Lancashire County Council in our case) are currently producing Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans to improve how we move around public spaces.  Great idea . . . but the government isn’t giving councils any funding to build the infrastructure identified in these plans!

Cycling UK and Living Streets are asking the government to give councils the funding they need to put their plans into effect.

What you can do:

Support the campaign by going to https://www.cyclinguk.org/wouldyourather and writing to your MP and Council Leader to ask the government to make funding available.  The website does all the heavy lifting for you: you just enter your postcode and the letter is there for you to send.

Please do support this: there’s little point in having great infrastructure plans if there’s no money to build them.

Thank you.

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Heysham route and Veolia’s plans for an Energy Recovery Facility

Veolia has plans for an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) on Imperial Road Heysham.   This would burn waste from across Lancashire to power a steam-driven turbine, thereby producing electricity.

Veolia is inviting comments on the proposals, so – from the perspective of sustainable transport – Dynamo has sent the following:

To Veolia

COMMENTS ON PROPOSED ENERGY RECOVERY FACILITY ON IMPERIAL ROAD, HEYSHAM

Dynamo (Lancaster & District Cycle Campaign) has noted your proposals to build an ERF on Imperial Road, Heysham, and welcomes the opportunity to engage with the plans at an early stage.  We are supportive of your intentions to create a more sustainable approach to dealing with waste, and the regeneration that this will bring to the area, and wish to offer remedies to the less sustainable impacts of your plans.

Our concerns are:

1.         that the facility will increase traffic along the bypass road and Imperial Road and have a negative impact on cyclists – by both increasing road dangers for existing cyclists and discouraging future cyclists. As you will know, the only direct route between Lancaster and that part of Heysham at present is via the bypass and Ovangle Road;

2.         that the opportunities to promote walking, cycling and public transport are not yet identified and we wish that they be considered and included in your proposals.

Your website mentions 200 HGV movements per working day, as well as travel movements by the facility’s workers (who will be working a shift system).  In addition to your own plans, the City Council’s planning committee has recently approved an application for another industrial unit on Imperial Road (ref 18/00154) and, prior to that, a meat-processing facility at Hillside Farm.  All this is going to make the bypass road even more dangerous and unattractive to cyclists – and at the same time currently doing nothing to promote sustainable transport alternatives.

Section 9 of the National Planning Policy Framework (June 2018) states that “Transport Issues should be considered from the earliest stages of plan-making and development proposals” and that “Planning policies should . . . provide for high quality walking and cycling networks”.

So, our request to you when drawing up your plans is to look at the sustainability opportunities in connection with your intended facility in Heysham more widely and imaginatively: how can you fulfil your duties to ensure sustainability in local transport, reducing the impact on existing cyclists AND make space for potential cyclists, including your own future employees?

Dynamo has long had a proposal for an off-road shared-use path between Salt Ayre leisure centre (see https://lancasterdynamo.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/new-heysham-leaflet_v4-a5.pdf) and Heysham Moss.  Whilst the full link from Salt Ayre to Heysham Mossgate might be beyond the reach of your ERF proposal, we would suggest that the off road section between Snatchems and the bypass road, along with a proper, segregated route beside the bypass, very much fits within the scope of your plans.  Putting this in place would create a shorter and safer route for cyclists from Lancaster to your site than using Ovangle Road and avoids the need to pass a section of Lancaster Road which frequently floods.

We are not proposing that Veolia funds this entirely, although we would note that the cost of these shared use paths proposals are modest. (Sadly the City Council has missed previous opportunities to integrate sustainability in this part of the district.)  But we do ask if you will consider the cycling and walking implications raised and how you will benefit from contributing to them.  You might discuss further with County Council officers who are working on a local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan to meet the challenges of a low-carbon, more sustainable future, and we would also be happy to provide further details and indicative costings of the paths described.

Many thanks

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Notes from the Netherlands

This is what priority for cyclists crossing side roads looks like:

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and this is when cycle paths cross main roads and cyclists have to give way:

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It’s so egalitarian: cars, lorries, bicycles – they all have their allotted space, and cyclists are banned from certain roads where there is a path for them:

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Cyclepaths proliferate, even in towns where space is tighter. In this photo there is two-way cycling on the left and one-way driving on the right:

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It’s not all perfect. The weather, obviously, is no better than at home! Cycling on narrow roads where there is no marked space can be unnerving: Dutch drivers can – and do – pass every bit as close as British drivers.

However, you can cycle as far as you like without ever fearing that you’re going to get dumped on the A6 outside Levens Hall. (Yes, Morecambe Bay Cycleway, I mean you.)

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Advanced traffic lights for cyclists in London

4E510DFC-C002-4D30-9D5F-5E3BA6A94798From Patricia on her travels:

Spotted in London today near Smithfield market: advanced traffic lights for cyclists. They’re easy to miss: I realise I’ve cycled past them before without ever noticing them. They could do with being more prominent so that it’s clear to drivers that you’re not jumping the lights.

They give you a few seconds to pull away from cars until they catch you up, which in my case was before I’d got across the junction!

They are – of course – ubiquitous in the Netherlands and Germany . . . which is where I’m off to. Expect more photos.

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Lune flood works: article in this week’s Lancaster Guardian

This week’s Lancaster Guardian has a report on Monday’s Planning Committee meeting which approved the building of the Lune flood defence works.  You can read it in the paper or view a scan of it here.

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