Pop-up Cycle Lanes – Crawley Observer

Anger towards pop-up cycle lanes
30th September 2020 – Crawley Observer

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By Staff Reporter
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A petition calling for the removal of Crawley’s, pop-up cycle lanes has now been signed by more than 4,000 people.

A sign warning motorist of pop-up cycle lanes in Crawley

Last week the Crawley Observer reported the petition was launched to remove Crawley’s two routes from Three Bridges to Manor Royal and Pound Hill to the town centre The temporary cycle lanes were set up by West Sussex County Council after receiving money from central Government to help support active travel as the country emerges from lockdown.

We asked our online readers if the pop-up lanes should stay or go.

Janice Wells said: “They should definitely go. This scheme has caused nothing but major congestion, confusion and in my opinion these areas are so much more dangerous for cars and cyclists alike! I hate driving out of Maidenbower now its just ridiculous planning at best….crazy !!!”

Austen Michael Thompson said: “I have been run off the road too many times even in cycle lanes because cars think that I shouldn’t be there, clearly they have not read the highway code completely :-)) “All in all, the cycle lanes are good but the cones are there so that people know the road is changing.”

Becky Beagley said: “There are miles of cycle lanes already in place in and around Crawley especially in the industrial area and cyclists still cycle on the road, next to the cycle lane!!! Can’t wait for the potholes when the posts are finally removed!!”

Alex Clifford said: “I cycle to work every day and I think they are the most stupid thing I’ve ever seen.”

Mick Holland said: “They should never have even popped up in the first place the highway code states that you can’t drive in the chevrons so you remove the chevrons to make way for a Covid 19 pop up cycle lane which no one is using all you have done is make it more dangerous for anyone using the road.”

Andrew Keith said: “They should be removed and replaced with a proper cycle network, and police who actually enforce the law and stop people cycling on footpaths illegally, and illegally using electric scooters.”

Danielle Kail said: “I think we should have all pedestrian paths shared with bikes too…I don’t think bikes should be considered safe on a road personally (I never feel safe: on a road when on a bike, and certainly wouldn’t with my two children). Either that or have much narrower but secure lanes for them, bikes don”t need a lane as wide as a car … I want to see more bike lanes/accessible spaces for bikes (at least all cycle paths joining up around Crawley … on the shared pathways),”

Tim Taylor said: “Let’s face it, they are there to appease the minority who have been the most Vocal. There’s no requirement for them.”

Lynne Sparshott, said: “Definitely go! An accident waiting to happen and an absolute nightmare, I’ve still yet to see a cyclist using it.”

Covid-19 Pop up cycle lanes

A number of people have requested that the Pound Hill North Residents Association share information on the ability to comment on the Covid-19 Pop up cycle lanes.

The following information has been taken from the West Sussex County Council Website:

Overview
The County Council has been awarded £781,000 from the Governments emergency active travel fund to implement seven new and improved ‘pop-up’ cycle lane schemes, with an expectation that the facilities will be available for use by the end of September 2020.

The schemes are being implemented as emergency measures using Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs). The Three Bridges to Manor Royal, Crawley (1) and Pound Hill to Crawley town centre (2) (4.5km) emergency active travel fund temporary (or pop-up) cycle lane is now open:

  • Starting from: Three Bridges Station (1)
  • End point: Crossing north of Bycroft Way
  • Details: Protected on-carriageway cycle lanes provided on Hazelwick Avenue, connecting with the existing National Cycle Network 21 route.
  • Starting from: Balcombe Road (2)
  • End point: Southgate Avenue
  • Details: Protected on-carriageway cycle lanes provided on Haslett Avenue to complete missing links on the existing route.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet at the bottom of the page and visit the County Council’s ‘Pop-up cycle lanes’ webpage for details of other planned emergency active travel fund cycle lanes.

Accident and traffic flow data will be used, along with automatic counting equipment, to help determine whether the schemes should be adjusted, removed or made permanent. Whilst this is not a formal consultation, we would very much like to hear your feedback on each scheme.

Please take part in this very brief survey to tell us what you think about the Three Bridges to Manor Royal, Crawley (1) and Pound Hill to Crawley town centre (2) (4.5km) temporary cycle lane.

WSCC Have your say on the Pop Up Cycle Lanes in Crawley

There is also two separate petition, where if you have stronger views, you can register your support or opposition:
To: West Sussex County Council

Keep and Improve the Pop Up Covid 19 Cycle Lanes in Crawley

Remove the Pop Up Covid 19 Cycle Lanes in Crawley

You’re welcome to leave a comment on the PH(N)RA website, using the form below. However in order to have your voice hear at West Sussex County Council, please use one/both of the links provided.

Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice is hereby given that the twenty second Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will no longer go ahead due to safety concerns for our membership, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ability of the committee to maintain normal service has been significantly affected. Therefore, the committee feels that the membership Fees for the 2020 ~ 2021 year should not be payable. With the expectation that the next payment date for members subscriptions, will be September 2021 at next year’s AGM.

The majority of the current committee are willing to stay in place. We have a position available for Honorary Secretary. If you are interested in filling this position, please contact the Association on email general@phnra.co.uk

A brief chairman’s report and last years AGM minutes will be circulated in due course to our membership.

Kevan McCarthy

Chairman

WSCC – Public Notice

West Sussex County Council
Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Section 23
Crawley – Pound Hill: A2220 Copthorne Road
Pedestrian Crossing Place

Permission has been granted to advertise the proposed installation of a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing on the A2220 Copthorne Road 140 metres north-east of the Balcombe Road/Worth Park Avenue roundabout junction.

Pedestrian Crossing Place - Pound Hill: A2220 Copthorne Road

As part of the legal process West Sussex County Council is required under the Road Traffic Regulation Act to undertake a formal consultation with you. I am pleased to attach a weblink. This will enable you to view:

  • Plans showing the proposed crossing location
  • Statement of Reasons for proposing to install the crossing
  • Draft Order
  • Public Notice

website Live Consultations

If you have any problems accessing the consultation documents via the link please contact me immediately.

In the usual way if you wish to express support or raise an objection about any part of the proposal please e-mail email tro.team@westsussex.gov.uk, or write to TRO Team, West Sussex County Council, The Grange, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1RH quoting reference TRO/CRW8024/RC

Please note the statutory consultation period ends on 3 September 2020 and any comments you wish us to take into consideration should be received before this date.

Rebecca Caney
FCILeX Legal Officer Chichester, Crawley & Horsham TRO Team

Place Services
Highways, Transport & Planning
West Sussex County Council

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Crawley Borough Council – Press Release

PR 10635
07 August 2020

Have your say on walking and cycling plan for Crawley

Crawley Borough Council has published a draft long-term plan for a network of cycle routes in the town and wants to hear what you think.

During the pandemic we are all finding out how important walking and cycling is for personal and public health, mobility and in reducing traffic problems, but the council was working on a cycling and walking plan for the town long before Covid-19 struck.

Crawley’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is now available at website www.crawley.gov.uk/consultation along with a short survey for you to share your thoughts.

The council has long been keen to develop its cycling infrastructure to a high standard for safe, practical cycling, to improve street space for walking and reduce car dependency.

The LCWIP is based on government guidance on how to analyse travel needs and determine the best routes and areas for improvement. Crawley’s plan was developed in partnership with West Sussex County Council.

The Crawley LCWIP cycle network comprises 16 routes with initial ideas for improvements and estimated costs. Each route will be subject to discussion and detailed design work involving residents and business when they are ready to be taken forward.

The LCWIP analyses the town centre for walkability and identifies improvements needed. Further work across the town’s neighbourhoods is to be undertaken, using LCWIP methods.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “The government has recently announced an increase in funding for cycling and funding will only be available for high quality schemes based on well-thought out infrastructure plans. The council is committed to ensuring that the town is ready for these opportunities.

“We want Crawley residents to take a key role in conversations on how we make our neighbourhoods truly walkable and safe for everyone to cycle. The LCWIP will help us in this process.

“We know walking and cycling has a number of benefits for mental and physical health, as well as for our environment. During lockdown, we’ve seen more people take up active travel which saw improvements in our air quality – a trend we’d all like to see continue. I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in this consultation, so together we can make the town’s infrastructure safer, more accessible and more attractive to encourage more people to cycle and walk.”

To have your say visit website www.crawley.gov.uk/consultation before the closing date of Monday 14 September.

For more information email email cycling@crawley.gov.uk

WSCC – Public Notice

West Sussex County Council

(Crawley Borough) Parking Places And Traffic Regulation
(Consolidation) Order 2010
Byron Close & Various Roads Amendment Order 201*

Permission has been granted to advertise a proposed Traffic Order the effect of which will be to introduce lengths of prohibition of waiting at all times (double yellow lines) on sections of both sides of Byron Close, Park Way, Chaucer Road and Wordsworth Close.

As part of the legal process West Sussex County Council is required under the Road Traffic Regulation Act to undertake a formal consultation with you. I am pleased to attach a weblink. This will enable you to view:

  • Plans showing the proposed waiting restrictions
  • Statement of Reasons for proposing to install the crossing & make the Order
  • Draft Order
  • Public Notice

Crawley Live TRO Consultations

If you have any problems accessing the consultation documents via the link please contact me immediately.

In the usual way if you wish to express support or raise an objection about any part of the proposal please e-mail email tro.team@westsussex.gov.uk, or write to TRO Team, West Sussex County Council, The Grange, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1RH quoting reference TRO/CRW1902/RC

Please note the statutory consultation period ends on 26 August 2020 and any comments you wish us to take into consideration should be received before this date.

Kind Regards

Rebecca Caney
FCILeX Legal Officer Chichester, Crawley & Horsham TRO Team

Place Services
Highways, Transport & Planning
West Sussex County Council

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phone 03302 226345
email rebecca.caney@westsussex.gov.uk

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WSCC – Public Notice

West Sussex County Council
Temporary closure of Balcombe Road, Pound Hill, 22nd July 2020

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from the date specified below, West Sussex County Council has temporarily closed to all traffic Balcombe Road, Pound Hill, in the Crawley District under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, on Balcombe Road between junctions with Radford Road to junction with Antlands Roundabout

websiteBalcombe Road, Crawley

The temporary closure is scheduled to commence on 22nd July 2020 for up to 5 days (It is estimated to be completed on 23rd July 2020) and is required for the safety of the public and workforce while West Sussex County Council undertakes a road Closure to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake carriageway patching works.

The restriction will be in place day-time only from 09:00 until 17:00
An alternative route will be signed on site but please visit websiteone.network for more details.

Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.

For information regarding this closure please contact West Sussex County Council on phone 01243 642105 who will able to assist with scope of these works.

Dated 29th June 2020

Matt Davey
Head of Highways and Transport

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Southern Water – Water Usage

A message from Charlie Palmer (Policy Manager Southern Water)

Due to the combined impacts of recent hot weather and increased household consumption following lockdown restrictions, people across our North Sussex Water Resources Zone (which stretches from north of Chichester to Crawley) are using eight million litres a day more than usual. Across our region, consumption is 13% higher than usual, based on an average of the last five years.

While the weather is expected to be cooler in the coming weeks, and lockdown restrictions are being gradually eased, we’re asking for our customers’ – support to save water. Please see the infographic below which shows the increase in daily use compared to an average over the last five years as well as some water efficiency tips.

This is a joint effort and our operations colleagues are working hard to maintain water pressure and keep customers in supply. Since April, our field teams have found and fixed almost 4,500 leaks – potentially saving 46.5 million litres per day. This includes more than 260 leaks we’ve helped our customers find and fix on their own pipework.

We’re providing regular updates through our Twitter and Facebook pages, so please check those regularly for the latest updates.


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phone M 07900 704323

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News from Gatwick Airport Limited

A message from Alison Addy (Gatwick Airport Limited)

I would like to update you about changes to Gatwick’s operations.

From 15th June operating hours will increase to 06:00-22:00 and North Terminal operations will resume with easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Belavia, Vueling and Blue Island flights. Whilst we have remained open throughout the COVID-19 epidemic – for repatriation flights and for the transportation of key medical supplies – we have hugely scaled back operations, including consolidating into our South Terminal.

This is a positive first step in helping our sector to recover. The recovery will be slow, and we continue to push the government to help our industry, not least through the replacement of the 14-day quarantine system with more evidence-based, country-by-country measures that allow for travel when safe to do so.

The health of our staff and passengers remains our top priority. As such, key measures at the airport will include:

  • Passengers will be required to wear a face covering throughout the airport with Gatwick staff mandated to wear face coverings in passenger-facing areas of the terminals. Face mask vending machines will also be made available at the airport;
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene with ample, well signposted hand washing facilities and numerous hand sanitising stations – including touch-free models – throughout;
  • Frequent, enhanced deep cleaning of common-use surfaces throughout the airport with dedicated teams visible to respond to any passenger concerns on cleanliness;
  • Social distancing procedures in place at check in, security, gate rooms, seating in departure halls and in restaurants, bars and shops;
  • Installation of Perspex screens throughout the terminals, including check in desks, and gate rooms.

As we ramp up operations, sustainability will continue to be a key part of our strategy. We have just published our latest Decade of Change report on how we are doing on a range of sustainability measures. The report can be found here. In 2019 we continued to deliver in all areas while increasing our focus on local economic and community initiatives, further improving our recycling rate, and collaborating with industry partners on the roadmap to decarbonise UK aviation. We have committed publicly to become a net zero airport well before 2050, and to play our part in UK aviation getting there too. As we evolve our next Decade of Change plan, we’ll seek to build on what we have already achieved.

We know the importance of a strong Gatwick to the region and to the country as a whole. That is why we are doing everything we can to get our sector moving and help fuel the economic recovery. I hope you will do all you can to help support our endeavours over the coming weeks, but also through the expected turbulent years ahead. We have been clear on what is needed from government, which includes:

  1. Make borders fair: Develop risk-based quarantine rules and Foreign Office advice on a country-by-country basis, and build ‘air bridges’ between countries
  2. Unlock capacity: Allow airlines to take over vacant slots through a resumption of ‘use it or lose it’ slot allocation rules
  3. Protect jobs: Extend the furlough scheme to April 2021, protecting thousands of jobs in airports and airlines
  4. Free up communities: Allow airports the same business rate exemptions as other businesses, freeing up local authorities from rate collection
  5. Streamline regulation: Provide a common-sense approach to regulation and fees for the Civil Aviation Authority, air traffic control, and others

We appreciate your continuing support.

Kind regards,

Alison

Alison Addy
Head of Community Engagement
phone M 0744 959 3171
email alison.addy@gatwickairport.com
website www.gatwickairport.com

Update on Grass Cutting

This message forwarded on behalf of Crawley Borough Council regarding work carried out by the Network Services Team.

Dear Crawley Resident

The Neighbourhood Services Team has been busy every day since the start of the pandemic. They team has taken care of essential maintenance work such as litter picking, dog and litter bin emptying, fly-tip removal, graffiti and responded to any urgent grounds maintenance requests. They have also been vital in supporting the council’s emergency response at the food distribution hub at K2 Crawley, delivered thousands of leaflets across the borough, assisted the council’s waste contractor, Biffa, with bulky collections and bin deliveries and assisted the Housing Cleansing Team. Other non-essential grounds maintenance work such as grass cutting was temporarily stopped to adhere to the Government’s guidelines (i.e. grass cutting was not essential work) and to support our emergency response efforts.

On Tuesday 26 May, the teams switched from their emergency response teams back into their Patch Teams so they can continue the essential maintenance work (listed above) and begin the unenviable task of tackling the two million square metres of neighbourhood grass cutting. The grass needs to be attended to now; if it grows any more our machinery won’t be able to cut it.

The teams are currently cutting in various neighbourhoods across the town. The work will take longer than normal due to the sheer volume of grass that needs cutting and the additional safety measures and different work methods that have been introduced to protect the staff and the residents they serve. The finished quality of cut will be below the normal standard for a while; the teams are doing the best job they can in very difficult circumstances, so we appreciate your understanding at this time.

There has been a fair number of positive comments on social media and emails into the council regarding the wildflowers in roadside verges. Whilst there is growing support for wildflower areas there is a larger contingent of residents who continue to request that verges are cut. We will hopefully continue our work next winter/spring season, expanding the number of wildflower areas in places where it is appropriate.


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