Many thanks to Louise Curry of Earth to Heaven Specialists in Handmade, Natural Willow Coffins for the loan of the coffin. It was beautifully, tastefully but simply crafted from natural materials.
We sent the following text to the local press to explain our objectives and motivations-
Campaigners met on Saturday to raise awareness of planning decisions that will affect the future quality and safety of cycle-ways in our city. Residents are aware that some planning for cycle routes is ongoing due to all the new developments coming to the City. Cyclists are keen to get across the message that provision must be of the highest quality to enable more people to leave their cars at home. Local campaigners were lent the coffin by Louise Curry of Earth to Heaven Eco Friendly Coffins. The Coffin represents the campaigners’ grief at the prospect of losing much loved cycle provision through a series of poor planning decisions.
Michael Neville, a resident of Bosham who cycles into the City for work, explained that he was particularly anxious about the proposed plans for Westgate. Michael said, “The plans incorporated into the S106 agreements show poor cycle provision. I use the A259 every day and at every stage of my commute, poor planning of new development is destined to make cycling increasingly impractical and unpleasant. There has to be an acknowledgement of a climate emergency. Every stage of planning must not simply consider, but prioritise opportunities to get people out of cars and moving around on foot or by bicycle”.
Mark Record added, “I fear that the car-centred design of the mini-roundabout at the junction of Sherborne Road and Westgate will prevent future cycle ways joining when the new access road from WHF gets put in. This locks in poor design on a key part of National Cycle Route 2”.
John Grimshaw, the original architect of Centurion Way and founder of Sustrans, contacted the campaigners expressing his disappointment with slow progress. “What a long struggle! One despairs that planning for walking and cycling provision is not being prioritised. Of course they should be taking a continuous and good quality route suitable for all through to the City Centre. Please let me know how best I can provide support“.
Sarah Sharp, Former Chair of ChiCycle, “I have come down to find out about the event today and to speak to campaigners about their concerns. I hope that the new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure plan that the councils are working on will give us a much needed new chance to put together higher quality plans for the future – not only for the people in White House Farm but also for around the City with all the new developments going in.”
Notes on the back-story
I have put up a website article with drawings http://chicycle.co.uk/south-coast-route-getting-longer outlining (what is believed to be) the future routes of cycleways to the west of Chichester based on draft plans from the West of Chichester Development. However the developers have not yet published plans on their own website (that I am aware of) showing the proposed southern access road and diversions to cycleways
An additional website article http://chicycle.co.uk/plans-ending-future-of-west-of-chichester-cycleways explains why the new layout for the Sherbourne/Westgate mini roundabout will prevent the future provision of adequate cycleways to the West of Chichester.
Proposed plans http://chicycle.co.uk/chemroute/plans-gallery put forward by ChEmRoute to improve the cycle route between Chichester and Emsworth.
ChiCycle is kindly hosting these articles and plans on behalf of ChEmRoute – a project to improve the cycle route between Chichester and Emsworth.
Legal Agreement plan for mini roundabout showing no room for future cycle way to cross junction and continue Westwards. https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/files/EC77A836A02F287A825D48AD5D6D2B7C/pdf/14_04301_OUT-SECTION_106_PLANNING_AGREEMENT_-_11.04.18_-_PART_4_OF_9-2467452.pdf