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,
Dear WSCC TRO Team,
ChiCycle are presenting the following Freedom of Information Request to WSCC TRO Team and WSCC Highways on this the 4th November 2021.
In regard to Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) CHS9038RC
DfT LTN1/20 guidelines on cycle infrastructure instruct that:
6.5.5 Where a shared use facility is being
considered, early engagement with relevant interested
parties should be undertaken, particularly those
representing disabled people, and pedestrians and
cyclists generally. Engaging with such groups is an
important step towards the scheme meeting the
authority’s Public Sector Equality Duty.
Please list which parties representing disabled and/or vulnerable people were actively consulted/engaged by WSCC over the plans to convert Westgate footways into shared use cycle tracks?
Please give details of how WSCC contacted these parties representing disabled and/or vulnerable people and what arrangements were made to promote engagement?
Were all parties representing disabled and/or vulnerable people that WSCC contacted, clearly informed that the proposed infrastructure was significantly below the standards recommended by DfT regarding geometry, minimum widths of shared tracks, minimum widths for cycle crossings, road paint markings and minimum requirements of forward visibility of approaching cyclists e.t.c. ?
If you believe parties representing disabled and/or vulnerable people were appropriately contacted about TRO CHS9038RC through another branch of local government (other than WSCC), please give details of who organised this contact/engagement?
ChiCycle responded to the TRO proposal CHS9038RC by sharing our concerns. These concerns were sent by email and also submitting as a printed copy delivered by hand to WSCC County Hall in Chichester. A copy of our concerns sent to WSCC highways is available on this link. Please confirm whether or not WSCC highways considered these concerns raised by ChiCycle before WSCC granted permission for TRO CHS9038RC to go forwards?
Please indicate if any information you are providing is of a private nature that ChiCycle should avoid republishing on the ChiCycle website.
If possible, I would prefer to receive an electronic copy of the information requested, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for researching and sharing this council information with ChiCycle
Mark Record (Secretary for ChiCycle)
22 Barton Rd.