Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Its not too late to save our cycle route - keep writing until 14 Oct

What are we trying to save?
We are trying to save a cycle route that has been promised to the residents at the Princess Mary Gate in Wendover for over three years. It is under threat because Wendover Parish Council has recently and at the last minute voted against it. In the week of Monday 10 October, Bucks County Council starts to make a final decision about this route.

Who can save the cycle route?
Bucks County Council will make their final decision this week (ending 14 Oct) whether to let the work go ahead in November 2011, or whether to postpone the work. It will take you five minutes to email Bucks County Council - if you want to save the route, sending an email in the next few days to Peter Hardy at BCC could make a big difference: the more people he hears from who support the route the better. 

Why does this matter?
If the work is postponed now, almost half of the funding will have to be given back, and the cycle route may never happen. A sustainable cycle route is the right of people living on the Princess Mary Gate development and all down the route into Wendover. It was promised over three years ago in the planning permission: the developers had to provide funding for a cycle route between the new houses and Wendover’s schools and High Street.

What are the arguments for and against the route?
Residents on another section of the route (Manor Road, near the schools) would have a ‘pavement-route’ outside their property and have expressed concerns about safety.
We think these safety concerns could be addressed in the route design, however, the Parish Council has overruled the team working on the design. On the other hand, many people cycle to the schools with their children, or to Wendover and to postpone the route would put them in danger along a very busy stretch of roads in Wendover without any dedicated cycle route.

What can I do if I support the cycle route?
Write directly to Councillor Peter Hardy at BCC and copy in Simon Glover at BCC.
Peter Hardy's email address is  (Peter is the final decision maker about the route).
Simon Glover's email address is (Simon is officially gathering responses about the route).
BCC’s final decision making process finishes in mid-October. If you want your cycle route installed as soon as possible and so we don’t lose this investment in our area, write to BCC by 14 October.