We have learned that the consultation about Hillsborough Sainsbury’s and Claywheels Lane has not been successful and the only solution offered is sub-standard..
I have sent the email below on behalf of CycleSheffield to Leigh Bramhall who chaired the decisions committee and chairs the Highways Cabinet.
If any members live in Hillsborough ward and/or use Claywheels Lane would they adapt this email and send it to your councillors , let me know you’ve done so.
Sustrans may like to know as well
Don’t let the b*gg*rs grind you down!
cc Les Sturch, Cycle Champion
I regret to inform you that CycleSheffield is at best dismayed and at worse infuriated with the road scheme that is to be put in at the new Saisbury’s in Hillsborough.
The consultants are unable to provide a segregated two-way path of 4m for pedestrians and cyclists to access the supermarket and NCN 627 aIong Claywheels Lane.
Their original design was 3m, We asked for 4m as per DfT guidelines but we are now informed that it can only be 3.5m otherwise the consultants and developers would have to redesign the supermarket’s car parking(!)
It may be an accommodation by the consultants but wearily we are precisely where we don’t want to be but where we are pushed to nearly all the time – accepting sub-standard designs.
CycleSheffield feel we are at this position because there seems to be no rigour in the design and monitoring procedures.
And designs are presented far too late for consultation or scrutiny.
The result is not what we reasonably asked for and it is not good enough because it doesn’t fit to DfT guidelines (Next time if we ask for 4.5m then do we get 4m?)
As far as we know the DfT guidelines are available to all designers, so can the advice from SCC to external consultants explicitly refer to them everytime for every development at the beginning of the design process please?
The spec had Claywheels Lane down as a Sustrans Route and there should be safe and appropriate access to Claywheels Lane for pedestrians and cyclists not only to, but also past, Sainsbury’s.
CycleSheffield presume this was known to SCC staff responsible for monitoring progress with the designs and the consultants hired by Sainsbury’s to do the designs
So to us it looks like ignorance or neglect of design criteria and/or ignoring the public who will use the facilities and pander to the client who calls the tune with their dosh!
Having made our points and as it seems sub-standard designs are to be accepted then CycleSheffield will seek legal advice to ascertain the position if cyclists and pedestrians are in collisions with each other or with motorists on this layout – having made our reasonable points clearly we don’t want possible victims of collisions being blamed for design faults that will be the result of sub-standard design and the acceptance of sun-standard design.
We understand cycle audits will hopefully mean that situations like this are not repeated and we urge you to ensure that Highways and Transport implement these NOW.
We will protest and resist sub-standard designs at every opportunity, and we request that those opportunities are created.
If SCC is able to ensure that external consultants share their designs within appropriate time scales then please will you make sure this has happens from NOW on.
If this is not possible we would like an explanation as to why not
If SCC staff are monitoring external consultant’s designs then would you please ensure that they adopt a pro-active stance that recognises the city’s signed-up commitment to The Times’ campaign Cities Fit for Cycling and the Welcome to Yorkshire’s TdF legacy, otherwise these commitments are not worth the paper SCC is signing them on.
We will write to the local councillors about this particular matter and the CEO of Sainsbury’s.
SCC should be ashamed at this outcome.
yours in dismay