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Roads & Rights

Roads & Rights presents the latest information on local road closures, new cycle routes, campaign and rights issues.  Our local Cycling UK RTR Rep, Peter Williams, provides update reports every few months.  Comments, announcements and queries may be left below.

Peter Williams:

Winter 2016/2017 Report (February 2017)

SUTTON NEW HALL FARM LEDSHAM 2000 homes being built.
Planning Permission was granted in 2015 for 2000 dwellings following a lot of controversy with the CWaC planning department and local residents.  One condition was that the developer improves the junction of Ledsham Road and the A 550 Welsh Road when a few houses are occupied.  The developer REDROW had requested that they delay this until they had sold 65 houses.  This has been refused and I can report that work has started on this junction, which will have traffic lights and a short cycle path along the A550 from the traffic lights leading up to Badgersrake Lane and NCN Route 56.  I was hoping this development would provide a safe cycling/pedestrian route to Capenhurst Station, but this has been refused as it would involve private land which is not part of this development.  (NOTE 2000 HOUSES COULD GENERATE 4000 CARS).

Cheshire East Council has just informed me that our application to modify the definitive map has been reviewed.  This is done annually and our application is registered as CN/7/27 and has a score of 50.  We now lie at no 2 on the waiting list.  I will email the Public Rights of Way office to see when this application is going to be processed as 2 years ago we were at no 2; then last year we went to no 3.  With local authority cuts and lots of land developments taking place effecting PROW’s we could have a long wait.
I with two other members of the Chester Cycling Campaign had a very good meeting with three officers of Cheshire Police on the 25th January 2017.   When the minutes are completed and agreed with all parties,   I will share them with you all.
Cheshire Police will be having a road safety conference later this year.

This new shared/path facility, which has been created along the A 41 from the Backford Dip up to the Liverpool Road Moston to the entrance of Chester Zoo and on the other side of the road, has been completed and new lampposts have been installed off the path.  This leaves a few signposts posts in the path, but the old lampposts that were in the new paths have gone.
The cycle path along the river Dee as it exits The Cop Park has been closed.  This is required because the developer of this site has recommenced work by the old locks from the Shropshire Union canal to the river Dee.
See our web page for details.  The Chester Cycling Campaign has engaged with CWaC to see if this missing link here can be put in at some time.  At present there are no plans to put in this missing link.  The developer had planning permission granted many years ago and put in the foundations then left the site.  Apparently, once a builder starts a site, the planning permission stays live for years.
BURTON MARSH USER FIGURES, part of route 568.
The latest figures show a steady increase in user use.  Last August there were a total of 13,441 cyclists using the Burton Marsh route, a steady increase from the previous year 2015.
Our efforts to get the signage corrected at the end of route 568 in Church Lane Neston are very frustrating

In November last year, I wrote to Pauline Martley widow of Brian Martley who gave us the plaque two years ago.  Sadly Brian died before Reg had restored the plaque.  The Winged Wheel Plaque is now in its new home at the Wirral Transport Museum in Birkenhead.
Pauline wrote me a letter back in which she says:
“I was delighted to receive news of the Winged Wheel and to hear that it at last has found a home.  You have done a lot of research and it has been beautifully restored by Reg Waud.  It must have taken ages.  My husband Brian would have been delighted and so interested; I wish he could have known.  We are left wondering where Alan (his brother) got it from in the first place, one of many items he had hoarded!
 Yes there was indeed a bike shop in Runcorn and I have forgotten its name, it was between the baths and Delph Bridge.  We all spent a lot of time there.  Happy Days.
With very best wishes and thanks.  Yours sincerely,  Pauline Martley. “
Both Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester Council have failed in their recent bids to get funding from the DFT to deliver sustainable transport projects.
Chris Smith forwarded me a link concerning the Marsh which has lot of activity on it at the moment re WIND FARMS etc see:  http://www.marshescbf.uk/  for details of grants available to the local community.   I have contacted the Frodsham/Weaver cycling campaign group who are aware of this and would like the NCN route 5 over the marsh improved.  There is a lot to consider here.  I have said I will attend their next meeting in March, but I am not going to get to involved.

Peter Williams
9th February 2017

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