Roger presented the detailed accounts of the Forum. Thanks to the increase in annual subscriptions from £5 to £10 last year we are on a much sounder financial footing, although there was a fall in members from 66 to 60. This is being addressed by regular reminders for those who need to renew. The report can be found on the website. The meeting approved the report without dissent.
Jon has been Chair for 3 years and is finding the commitment too much to bear. He stood down and asked if there were any nominations for a replacement. None was forthcoming so Jon has agreed to stay as interim Chair for 3 months. He urged members to think about candidates and we will need an EGM to elect a new Chair. Jon also asked for nominations for vice-chair and secretary. Jon also explained a little about the roles. No nominations were forthcoming and so both will need to be chosen at the EGM. Roger was only candidate for Treasurer and was willing to continue. Other roles for committee members were explained.
Chairman: Jon Spencer will continue for 3 months as interim. Replacement to be decided at EGM.
Vice-chairman: to be decided at EGM.
Secretary: to be decided at EGM.
Treasurer: Roger Inkpen was the only nomination. He was elected nem.com.
Notice: an EGM will need to be held by mid-July.
7. Committee members: A communications officer is needed to co-ordinate posts for the website, Facebook, Twitter and chase stories for newsletters. Jon Riding agreed to take this role. Roger will continue organising rides. The following were sole nominations and were elected nem.com. en bloc:
8. Close: The Chair thanked all for attending.
The AGM closed at 7.45pm. This was followed by an exercise to follow-up the City to Share cycle strategy. Feedback from this will be uploaded to the website.
Low-cost suopermarket chain, ALDI, received has permission from Portsmouth City Council for a new shop on Southampton Road, Paulsgrove next to Racecourse Lane.
At the planning committee meeting on 3 February, councillors agreed to the construction of an 1800sqm store with 113 car parking spaces.
Both Portsmouth Cycle Forum and Sustrans representatives made deputations to the meeting since the store will affect the cycle paths on both sides of Southampton Road. The north side path will be interrupted by a 15 metre wide vehicle entry and exit whilst that on the southern side, which is part of NCN route 236, will be narrowed to accommodate road widening for a new traffic light controlled junction.
The Cycle Forum has been critical of the access for pedestrians and cyclists onto the site and for the minimal amount of cycle parking. We were unhappy that the plans show little encouragement for staff to cycle to work since there was no evidence of secure cycle parking, showers or changing rooms.
Portsmouth Cycle Forum’s vice-chairman, John Holland said, “We have no problem with Aldi bringing a new store to this location but we do expect the well-designed facilities to encourage people to travel by sustainable means. Shoving a handful of cycle stands in an out the way location and degrading existing cycle paths is not the answer.”
Following the meeting, John Holland and Roger Inkpen met the applicant’s planning consultant, Dan Templeton of Planning Potential and Aldi property director Phillip Warner to discuss the plans. There is room for negotiation on many issues and the final provision for pedestrians, cyclists and others will be agreed with Portsmouth City Council under Section 278 and 106 agreements.
A CITY TO SHARE includes accessibility for all to our coast and heritage. The proposed new flood defences for Southsea seafront present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete a missing section of the seafront cycle.
Do you want a cycle route along the seafront between the two piers so that you and your family can cycle without fear of being squeezed or reversed into? The consultation has a question on cycling so it’s important to respond.
See the link for details of the consultation roadshows or study the plans online. Don’t forget to fill in the feedback form to answer that knotty question!
The coastal defences along the north of Portsmouth, from Portchester to Havant are in need of strengthening and options are open for public consultation. It is possible that footpaths and cycleways could be included in the plans so the cycling community should take an interest.There are consultation events to be held on the following dates:
Portsmouth City Council is planning changes to the city centre roads and a planning application will be submitted in early 2014. The area concerned is bounded by Marketway, Hope Street and Commercial Road. The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that the road network will cope efficiently with the future development and growth of the locality and the city. The city centre cycle route network and pedestrian crossing points will be significantly affected by the changes – it’s up to us to make sure that those changes are for the better.
There is a leaflet which explains the proposals and at the time of writing this was not available on the PCC Web site so we’ve made it available for you to download.
There will be a public exhibition in a Portakabin on the Marketway car park at the following times:
Thursday 24 October 9am – 8pm
Friday 25 October 9am – 4pm
Saturday 26 October 9am – 4pm
Portsmouth Cycle Forum has already had two meetings with the Portsmouth City Council team behind these plans. They have been extremely proactive in engaging with us – an approach which we have found very refreshing. However, our conclusion on the current plans is that they are still very much centred on the private motor car. Cycling, and indeed other sustainable transport modes, come out very much second best. You can read our initial response to the design here – note that this is limited to the specific concerns and issues discussed in the meeting. PCF will submit a full response to the consultation.
Don’t miss this opportunity to understand and comment on the proposals. Once implemented, this road system will be in place for 30 years or more, and it will be exceedingly difficult to change. It’s vital that officers and politicians hear as many voices asking for better cycling provision as possible. If you can’t make it to the consultation sessions then you can respond by email, by post or by phone. Details are in the pamphlet linked above.