Hazardous Access Paths to Aldi Store
Two new access paths have been cut through from the Aldi site to the Ling Road Pedestrian/Cycle Path. Both are surrounded by high dense vegetation and are almost invisible to cyclists descending the slope down to the Woodthorpe Roundabout. There have already been collisions at the largely hidden path junction at the toucan crossing near Bainbridge Road, and these new junctions are likely to prove more hazardous as riders (many being students rushing to Rawlins Academy in the morning) will probably be travelling at higher speeds.
Local Councillors have been contacted with the suggestion that the vegetation needs to be cut back much more aggressively to provide good sight lines for both those on the pedestrian/cycle track and those leaving the Aldi site. An alternative might be “chicane” barriers with signs for exiting pedestrians warning them to be on the lookout for cyclists.
Councillor Ted Parton has liaised with the property manager of the Aldi retail park and the relevant Highways Inspector for the Loughborough area and it is to be hoped that the situation will be addressed before the surrounding trees and shrubs come back into leaf in the Spring.
This is meant to be a “Safe Route to School” for students from Rawlins, but these hidden paths and the very hazardous crossing at the Woodthorpe Roundabout puts this into question. With the growing volume of traffic accessing the housing estate and Aldi site, it is becoming very apparent that either the junction needs to be redesigned, to slow vehicles exiting the roundabout onto Allendale Road, or a Toucan needs to be installed.
Secure Bikehangar Parking
Enfield Council is introducing secure cycle parking spaces for use by residents of the north London borough. Cycle Enfield are installing bikehangars, covered parking units that can accommodate six bicycles (see picture).
Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability, Cllr Guney Dogan, said: “Part of Cycle Enfield’s plans to help encourage more active travel in Enfield are to provide more secure cycle parking to residents. Our aim is to make cycle parking as convenient as possible.” The Council want to help those who struggle to store a bike easily, such as those living in estates, terraced housing and flats.
Perhaps Charnwood Council could make it a condition for future developments that such facilities be provided and seek funds to make these facilities available for existing flats, such as those in Rendell Street where no provision has been made for residents to store bicycles.
Rendell Street Flats
Charnwood Local Plan (2019 – 36)
Charnwood Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which sets the planning framework for Charnwood. It will contain a vision for Charnwood, objectives and a set of planning policies to guide development and investment decisions up to 2036. It will identify locations for development (for example new homes, schools, open space, roads and jobs) as well as the infrastructure required to deliver growth.
A draft version of the Local Plan for consultation can be viewed on the Council’s website at along with the evidence which supports it.
The draft plan is an informal stage in the process which will allow representations to be made and considered before the final version of the Local Plan undergoes further consultation and submission to the Secretary of State.
You can make comments on the draft Local Plan, and the sustainability appraisal which accompanies it, during the consultation period which ends on Monday 16th December 2019 at 5pm.
The Council welcomes comments through its online consultation portal .
If you would prefer to submit comments by email or by letter, or are unable to make comments online, you can email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Plans, Policies and Place-Making Team, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfields Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TN.
The Council is holding exhibitions on the draft Local Plan around the Borough and there will be one in Loughborough on Thursday 28th November from 2pm to 7pm at Loughborough Town Hall, in the Beacon Room, at which Council officers will be available for discussion.
Whilst there are a few “nice” words about the benefits of cycling in the documents and a suggestion that it should be encouraged as part of “active travel”, there don’t appear to be any concrete proposals as to how increase cycling levels (and the associated health benefits).
Members might like to suggest that requiring cycle parking provision in all new developments (see above) and designing the road system so that cycling will be quicker than taking the car for short journeys, should be part of the plan.