Chelmsford Cycling Action Group Meeting 21st January 2019

Matters Arising from the last Meeting, 19th November 2018. – Nothing other than matters included for discussion on the Agenda.

Local Highways Panel –John had seen from list of potential schemes on the LHP webpage that some cycle schemes had been deleted e.g. the intended route in Princes Road from Lidl to Moulsham School, that had been designed, approved for implementation during 2016, postponed to 2017/18. John e-mailed Cllr Mackrory who responded that the LHP Minutes saying he requested deletion were wrong. John e-mailed Dick Madden requesting it be reinstated. Cllr Madden said he withdrew from LHP last year and he will pass request to new Chairman Bob Massey.

Cycle Path adjoining Sainsbury’s Springfield – John had circulated a photo of works widening Colchester Road which has resulted in the shared cycle/footway funded in 2016 by LHP being reduced in width to 1.8m. An example that, when it suits officialdom, cycle path standards can be sacrificed.

Mill Yard by Chelmsford Railway Station – has been built without segregated cyclepath alongside the taxi rank towards New Street shown in the agreed planning permission and there is a lack of cycle direction signage on the wayfinding posts. John had e-mailed Cllr Neil Gulliver concerning this. An officer responded that the Road Safety Audit had said the 2m two-way cyclepath may result in cyclists passing each other in the adjacent footway causing potential conflicts/collisions with pedestrians. This seems illogical because the resulting unsegregated path guarantees cyclists mixing with pedestrians. Also, that width exists on many other segregated paths in Chelmsford.

Parkway Schemes – John had circulated a plan obtained of work about to start at the Manor Road/Odeon Roundabout junction. It seems the scheme has not been amended to reflect comments submitted by CCAG.

New London Road Subway – Following the response on behalf of Cllr Bentley to Allan that the Road Safety Audit on cycling in the subway had been done, John sent an FoI request for a copy. The response said it has not been finished. Whether cyclists will be able to cycle in the subway is still an unknown; a wheeling channel could be a possibility. Members are requested to keep a lookout for any public notices.

Army & Navy Subway - Allan has again emailed Cllr. Kevin Bentley and awaits a response. There is nothing further to report at the moment.

A.O.B. – Allan had received an email request from Mike Whalley concerning better signage for cycle paths. The area in Bell Meadow was discussed and John suggested that some of the cycle slabs evident in the new paved area opposite M & S, could be incorporated in the cycle path around the new opening by Primark. Also, the cycle fingerpost signs that had been removed in New London Road need to be reinstated. John questioned what budget Chelmsford City Council had for the project. It was agreed that Allan should contact Mike Whalley/Asa Pamphillon and discuss the matter further.

Via CCAG website, Allan had been contacted by David Lazarus as he had some thoughts on a Great Baddow to City Centre route. It was agreed that Allan should ask him to email the Group outlining his thoughts and ideas on this route.

Date of Next Meeting: Monday, 18th March 2019.