Havant Borough Council has announced that it will be starting work on a formal Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan shortly.
[UPDATE JUNE 2021: We’re still waiting!!!]
This is REALLY important because :
- A formal plan unlocks much more future government funding
- Implementing it becomes a formal policy of the whole council, not just the cycling team
- It forces developers to show how their housing plans fit into OUR bigger plan
- It forces all of us to plan for the best long term solution, rather than just for quick wins
BUT, and it’s a big but, once it’s adopted by the council, it will be much harder to make changes.
And it’s looking a long way ahead, like the Local Plan, to 2036 – that’s 17 years away. So it’s vital that we get it right first time, and try to imagine everything we’ll need over the next 17 years. And that means raising our sights, aiming for the best outcome we can, what we NEED, not just what’s easy. Not just for Hayling, but for the whole Borough of Havant.
They’ve made a good start with an Aspirational 2036 Cycle Network Map and Key Routes Map, but they don’t include some of the things we’re already asking for in 2019, like Haylink, let alone what we’ll need by 2036. Yet!
You can see the announcement at http://www.havant.gov.uk/cycle-paths-and-cycleways (scroll down to ‘Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)’.
During February and March, we’ll be trying to coordinate all your views to build an official response for Cycle Hayling (and for Portsmouth CTC, our Havant-based group within Cycling UK). But we’ll need to hear your views to do that, so we’ll be starting our own consultation shortly, and offering ours for you to comment on. You can send your thoughts sooner here.
By the way, LCWIP is pronounced ‘Elsie-whip’, so if you hear me talking about Elsie and whips, it might not be what you think 🙂
So start planning!