Consultation request from the West of England Combined Authority…
How can we make travelling on the A37 & A367 better on foot, by bike and by bus?
The West of England Combined Authority is working with local councils to improve transport across our region. We want to provide better and more sustainable transport to help people move around more easily, lower carbon emissions and improve the environment we live in.
We are working on a number of projects to improve bus services and walking and cycling opportunities, as part of our vision for a greener, better connected transport network in the West of England. By reducing congestion and increasing accessibility we can also support local economies and improve people’s health and quality of life.
Many of these projects have evolved from opportunities identified in our Joint Local Transport Plan 4 which sets out the vision for transport in the region up to 2036 and shows how we aim to achieve a well-connected, sustainable transport network that works for residents. Investment in bus, cycling and walking routes is a significant part of that vision.
The A37 & A367 corridor project is being led by the West of England Combined Authority and delivered in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council. It aims to improve travel between Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Westfield and Bath, through better bus services and enabling more cycling and walking.
Work will be broken down into phased projects focusing on different sections of the route over the next three to five years.
We are currently engaging with people who live near, or travel along, the A37 and A367 for work or leisure, including anyone whose main route into Bristol or Bath is via the A4 or A367. We want to find out what issues you and your constituents currently experience and what improvements you would like to see prioritised on these routes.
The West of England Combined Authority are undertaking a Supported Bus Services Survey. This now only got one further week to run, closing date is Sunday 28th November. Supported Bus Services are very important to residents and therefore WECA are keen to encourage as many as possible to respond to the survey.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) provides support to several bus services operating in the West of England, these are called supported bus services.
As part of an ongoing review of these services, WECA are surveying existing passengers and potential new passengers to help understand how supported bus services can be improved. What is needed are your thoughts on what would encourage you to use bus services more often and what you would will look like in the future.
This process sits alongside WECA’s work with bus operators and the local councils to improve infrastructure and journeys through improved bus priority, bus lanes, bus stops, electronic real-time information and publicity.
If you have any questions, please do email WECA at [email protected] and they would be happy to help.
Following community feedback and in response to a community led poll on facebook, the Parish Council would like your views on installing a pump track on part of the playing field. This would be part funded by funds raised from past local developments (Community Intrastructure Levy), part of the funds would come from reserves held for facilities development and we will also be looking for sources of grant funding.
Initial Feedback from a Community Led poll in June 2020:
I think this is a brilliant idea There’s plenty of space and it would be a fantastic facility for young people
We are suggesting a small version similar in style to the following photos so that it blends into the environment. It would be suitable for all age groups and abilities. They can be used by bikes, skate boards, scooters, wheelchairs and roller skates. We are thinking of placing this on the playing field half way along the hedge behind the village hall.
A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping”—generating momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing. It was originally designed for the mountain bike and BMX scene, and now, due to concrete constructions, is also used by skateboard, and accessible to wheelchairs. Pump tracks are relatively simple to use and cheap to construct, and cater to a wide variety of rider skill levels.
A pump track is a playground designed for all things on wheels. It can be used by mountain bikes, bmx’s, skateboards, roller skates, scooters and balance bikes. It provides communities with a sustainable free activity that everyone can enjoy.
Pump tracks teach the basic skills of speed, momentum and balance and use combinations of rolling jumps with turns they are both accessible and are designed to provide more challenges as you practice. The process of generating speed and momentum through “pumping” means that the risk involved with a pump track is self-regulating – you need a high level of skill to get up to a high speed. A gap jump for a professional can be something a 5 year old rolls through providing a safe and fun environment for all
Benefits of a community pump track
1 – Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
Peeling children and teenagers away from their screens to actively engage in some kind of sport or exercise can be challenging. It is therefore really important to have facilities in local communities that are actually fun for youngsters to use. Pump Tracks are a gateway to developing an ingrained lifelong interest in a sport – not only cycling but also other wheeled sports like skateboarding, scooters and roller skates.
2 – Social Inclusion
The whole ethos behind a pump track is that it should be a resource that is fun and beneficial for all to use – all ages, all genders, all abilities, all wheeled sports.
A good pumptrack is designed as such that anyone is able to use it – all they need is the basic ability to ride their bike, scooter, skateboard, roller skates or any other wheeled equipment. Pump tracks are a place where it’s not unusual to find professional riders riding alongside a four year old on their balance bike. Everyone is having fun on the same track, and importantly the facility is safe for everyone to use.
3 – Help Develop Skills
One of the real benefits of a good pump track design is that it continues to engage people as their skills develop. A pump track is the place where a spark of enthusiasm can turn into a lifelong passion for cycling.
Pump Tracks help to focus teenagers. They are easy to ride, but hard to ride fast. Once the pumping action has clicked, riding a pump track becomes addictive and it’s hard to stop going until you reach the limits of your physical ability. On each lap your speed and flow increases but eventually you’ll reach a limit, and to progress further you might need to learn to manual a feature – that is to “wheelie” on your rear wheel, or maybe you need to jump from one roller to another. It’s this continuous challenge and development that really engages and focuses people, and encourages them to think creatively.
4 – Reduce antisocial behaviour
A study in Trehafod in the Rhondda Valley shows that a pump track installed in 2009 reduced antisocial behaviour in the local community by 70%. ITV News reported the great news. Further still, in 2014 the project was included in a European Commission list of the best and most promising practises in EU community policing. How is this possible? It gave local youths the golden combination of good exercise, a community to be a part of, and a place to focus and develop their skills. (source back on track http://back-on-track.co.uk/blog/four-social-benefits-of-pumptracks/)
Why wouldn’t Temple Cloud want one?
View Report from Access Sport on Cycling Inclusion
People are being given the chance to have their say and drop in at a
series of events about Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans to
improve poor air quality in Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney.
The council has launched its Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney Air
Quality Action Plan consultation and is inviting people to have their
An Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) has been declared in both
Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney because the levels of nitrogen
dioxide exceed the national air quality objective level for nitrogen
dioxide when considered as an annual average.
Councillor Dave Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services,
said: “We all deserve to breathe clean air and so reducing people’s
exposure to harmful air is a priority for us. There is a real problem in
Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney which we can’t ignore. We need to
reduce emissions by smoothing the flow of traffic and reducing the ‘stop
starting’ of vehicles through the villages.
“We are taking action and we are now asking for people’s views about
our proposals to improve the air quality and the lives of people living
and working in both villages.”
The council has produced a draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) as
part of its statutory duties required by the Local Air Quality
Management framework. The plan outlines the action the council wants to
take to improve air quality in the villages of Farrington Gurney and
Temple Cloud in Bath and North East Somerset between 2020 and 2025.
Councillor Wood added: “Air pollution is associated with a number of
adverse health impacts. It is recognised as a contributing factor in the
onset of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, air pollution
particularly affects the most vulnerable in society, children and older
people, and those with heart and lung conditions.”
To take part in the consultation please follow this link
A series of drop-in events have been organised where people can
discuss the draft Air Quality Action Plan with council officers. The
26th February, 12pm – 2pm. Drop in session at St Barnabus Church.
4th March, 6pm – 8pm. Drop in session at St Barnabus Church.
TO BE CONFIRMED 8th April, 12 – 2pm. Drop in session in Temple Cloud Parish Hall.
25th February, 12 – 2pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (social club).
CANCELLED 18th March, 6 – 8pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (main hall).
TO BE CONFIRMED 30th March, 11am – 1pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (social club).
The Parish Council are delighted to announce that the new Play Area on Cameley Playing Field is now open for everyone to use and enjoy.
Official Launch Event – Save the Date
An official launch event will take place on the morning of Saturday 21st October – further information will follow on the website and the Facebook page but in the meantime please save the date as weather permitting it will be a day to remember!
Hags will be returning to complete a few finishing touches which includes replacing the swing seats for the original swing structures and installing the benches and roof for the shelter but in the meantime, the Play Area is open for all.
We hope you like the new Play Area and that there is something for everyone of all ages and abilities. Please send us your best photos enjoying the Play Area if you are happy for these to be uploaded to the Parish Council Facebook page! You can send your photos to Jenny, the Parish Clerk, at [email protected]
This project has been made possible using Section 106 money. The aspiration was to create a Play Area inclusive of all ages and a space where everyone in the growing Village can enjoy. The project was shaped through a parish consultation which informed the basis of the equipment that was eventually selected. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in and supported this project.
Background to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development.
The Government’s intention is for CIL is to provide a fairer, faster and more certain and transparent system. As CIL is chargeable for every development (e.g. a single dwelling over a certain size) rather than confined to major schemes, it is likely to increase substantially the financial resources available to councils to pay for future infrastructure. 15% of all CIL collected will be given directly to the Parish Council in which the development is located to provide the community infrastructure considered necessary by that council.
Public Consultation Phase
As a result of recent and ongoing development, Cameley Parish Council are due to receive Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money from BANES Council to improve infrastructure or mitigate the impact of development within the Parish. The Parish Council would like to consult with the residents and this is your chance to have your say on how the money should be spent.
Your ideas can be big or small but the Parish Council would like to know what the residents would most like to see the money being spent on. In essence what improvements to existing infrastructure or new infrastructure projects would you wish to see in the Parish or what project would you want to be undertaken to mitigate the impact of development.
How to respond
Please send your suggestions for CIL spend to the Parish Clerk.There will be a standing agenda item at the Parish Council Meetings between now and the consultation closing date so that your ideas can be put forward to the Parish Council. In addition, you are welcome to attend the Parish Council Meetings and present your ideas during the public participation phase. The next Parish Council Meeting’s will take place on:
Wednesday 8th December 2016
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Wednesday 9th November 2016
The Parish Council Public Consultation Phase is open until 31st January 2017 in line with the Play Area consultation.