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Planning, Safety, and Equality issues relating to conversion of Westgate pavements to shared use.

Legal action to preserve safe community pavements: Update, January 2022.

Legal action to preserve safe community pavements: Update, January 2022.

Refusal by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to agree to cap legal costs leaves it prohibitively expensive to pursue a community claim to keep safe footways at Westgate/Sherborne-Rd. Map Link https://www.google.com/maps/@50.835739,-0.793768,17z Legal action to preserve safe community pavements: Update, January 2022. On behalf of ChiCycle, solicitor Alice Goodenough has sent a letter of complaint to WSCC dated 27 January 2022. This letter is available on this link (Letter HG to Council complaint 27.01.22). The County Council has refused to agree…

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On New Years Day Residents Visited Westgate/Sherbourne-Rd over Concerns they will Permanently Loose their Safe Pavements

On New Years Day Residents Visited Westgate/Sherbourne-Rd over Concerns they will Permanently Loose their Safe Pavements

In the image below, residents illustrate what it will be like to have bikes rounding this blind North East quadrant of pavement at the Westgate/Sherbourne-Rd mini-roundabout. In the image below, residents line up on the blind corner at the South Eastern quadrant of pavement going past a busy osteopathy clinic who’s driveways will be blind to approaching cyclists. Local Groups are Supporting Mark Record (Secretory of ChiCycle) in a Legal Challenge against the Conversion of the Pavements into Shared Use…

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Funding for Legal Action Against Directing Cyclists Around Blind Pavement Corners

Funding for Legal Action Against Directing Cyclists Around Blind Pavement Corners

UPDATE On the 23rd Dec 2022 the Judicial Review Pre-Action Protocol Letter and Statement of Facts and Grounds were sent to tro.team@westsussex.gov.uk & rebecca.caney@westsussex.gov.uk ORIGINAL POST I (Mark Record) have now started a legal action against the WSCC decision to direct cyclists onto city pavements to ride around blind corners at the junction between Sherborne Rd and Westgate. ChiCycle concerns over use of shared pavements at this junction are available on this link. The illustration below shows one of the potential…

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WSCC formally announce their decision to go ahead with the sub standard conversion of Westgate pavements into shared use cycle tracks

WSCC formally announce their decision to go ahead with the sub standard conversion of Westgate pavements into shared use cycle tracks

On the 29th November 2021 WSCC formally announced the decision to convert sections of unsuitably narrow Westgate pavement into shared use cycle tracks, HT12 21/22. Details are also currently accessible directly from WSCC here. During the statutory consultation, which also involved a number of changes to the highway in other locations away from Westgate,  only five supportive comments were submitted and 30 objections were received which have been summarised in Appendix C to the report (this document also includes Comments…

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24th November FOI request to WSCC regarding conversion of Westgate and Sherbourne Road pavements into Cycle Tracks

24th November FOI request to WSCC regarding conversion of Westgate and Sherbourne Road pavements into Cycle Tracks

Second Update WSCC replied to ChiCycle’s FOI request FOI/3119 ChiCycle’s original questions appear in black type. WSCC responses appear in blue type. ChyCycle comments regarding the responses are shown in red type. The biggest bombshell revelation is answer No 11! WSCC claim to have engaged with an organisation that disbanded 8 years ago. It is not clear how this would be possible without a time machine. Dear Mark Record, Our Ref: FOI/3119 On 24/11/2021 you made the following request for information,…

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Conversion of Westgate Pavements (footways) into Shared Use Cycletracks Freedom of Information Request to CDC

Conversion of Westgate Pavements (footways) into Shared Use Cycletracks Freedom of Information Request to CDC

Update Laura Coombs emailed back almost immediately on behalf of CDC to explain it is WSCC who are responsible for these highway planning decisions. ChiCycle members find it frustrating that key elements of CDC planning agreements are delegated to WSCC highways but this is clearly no fault of Laura Coombs who kindly got back to us very quickly. Here response is as follows: Dear Mark Thank you for your email. Chichester District Council is not responsible for this, we believe…

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Conversion of Westgate Pavements (footways) into Shared Use Cycletracks Freedom of Information Request to WSCC

Conversion of Westgate Pavements (footways) into Shared Use Cycletracks Freedom of Information Request to WSCC

In early August 2021 ChiCycle contacted local residents recommending opposition to conversion of Westgate pavements (footways) into shared use cycleways as this would likely severely disadvantage disabled and vulnerable pedestrians. Our web post on this issue is available here. ChiCycle are preparing the following Freedom of Information Request to WSCC Highways TRO Team, West Sussex County Council, The Grange, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1RH tro.consultation@westsussex.gov.uk Dear WSCC TRO Team, ChiCycle are presenting the following Freedom of Information Request to WSCC…

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Could Chichester Copy South Fulham Traffic, Congestion and Pollution Reduction scheme?

Could Chichester Copy South Fulham Traffic, Congestion and Pollution Reduction scheme?

Fulham council web page explains their new Traffic, Congestion and Pollution Reduction Scheme (TCPR). It was launched in July 2020. Since the TCPR trial scheme began, traffic has reduced by 75% in the streets to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road (WBR) and by 12% on Wandsworth Bridge Road! https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/south-fulham-traffic-congestion-and-pollution-reduction-scheme Westgate is a key walking and cycling route to the West of Chichester but currently suffers from heavy traffic. Particularly during rush hour, the heavy traffic creates a hostile environment…

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A Recommended Action, Oppose the Inappropriate Conversion of Westgate Pavements into Shared Use Cycle Tracks

A Recommended Action, Oppose the Inappropriate Conversion of Westgate Pavements into Shared Use Cycle Tracks

The consultation period for Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) CHS9038RC closes on the 5th August 2021. ChiCycle advise that this TRO does contain some welcome changes (New Zebra Crossings) that should be encouraged; Other elements in this order might become worthwhile infrastructure with improved design (e.g. a Dutch Style Roundabout); However, we believe the creation of sub standard shared cycle tracks around the Sherborne-Rd/Westgate junction (TRO items iii & iv) should be strongly opposed for the following reasons: Cyclists will round…

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ChiCycle Comments on Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) CHS9038RC interventions at Westgate/Orchard-St junction

ChiCycle Comments on Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) CHS9038RC interventions at Westgate/Orchard-St junction

Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) CHS9038RC is open for objections and comments from the public until the close of its consultation period on the 5th August 2021. If you feel these points are worthy of consideration by WSCC, please write to them expressing your views. Thomas Jarvis (of Haywards Heath) has kindly provided ChiCycle with a detailed assessment of where WSCC proposals at this junction (and surrounding roads) could be improved.  A great many comments included in this post are based…

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