Waiting for the flag to drop.....
It’s less than a week until the UCI World Championships take place around Glasgow/Scotland. It’s the first combined event including every cycling discipline and should bring thousands of fans to the city. The UCI’s world champion colours are all over the city centre, including on stripey Cyclehangars. The City Council is using the spotlight to consult on a cycle sports strategy. Hopefully there’s more of a legacy for urban sports like BMX from this championship than there was from the Commonwealth Games.
This Digest also has two consultations from South Lanarkshire, one from South Ayrshire, a quick one from East Dunbartonshire and a long Framework from Glasgow.
Addition: Forthcoming consultation event
(new consultations in bold)
1: Current Consultations
- Girvan to Grangeston Active Travel Route
- Lennoxtown Greenspace Improvement Project Consultation
- Cycling & Urban Sports Strategy (Glasgow)
- Hairmyres Transport Interchange
- South Lanarkshire Local Transport Strategy
- Drumchapel Local Development Framework – Draft
2: Consultation Feedback
3: Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders
Section 1: Current Consultations
(in date order for responses)
1.1: Girvan to Grangeston Active Travel Route
Council: South Ayrshire (via Ayrshire Roads Alliance).
Area: Coastal town of Girvan – the area to the north seems to be Grangeston (without an ‘e’) but it’s the Grangestone Industrial Estate.
Subject: Stage 1 of a Places for Everyone project looking at initial route options. Proposed routes go between the industrial estate, community hospital, train station, Girvan town centre and quay. Each section has between two and four options for feedback. Public events have already taken place. Stage 1 results will feed into Stage 2: Concept Design in the autumn.
Website links:Girvan to Grangeston consultation page, Girvan storymap (route plans), Girvan flyer (Easy Read) and Girvan survey.
Deadline: 30 July 2023.
1.2: Lennoxtown Greenspace Improvement Project Consultation
Council: East Dunbartonshire Council.
Area: Two parks in Lennoxtown linked by its railway path: Station Road Park and, to the east, Ferguson Park.
Subject: Proposals to convert old blaes pitches in each park to create new paths and areas of grass and wildflowers. At Station Road, the blaes pitch would have a new diagonal path put across it with a meadow and mown grass ‘node’. Also, there’s an improved entrance onto the side street that links to Main St (A891).
Ferguson Park’s blaes pitch would become a meadow with a ‘node’ and seating. Also, there’s a potential link across the Glazert Water to Milton Rd (further along A891). Apparently, the designs allow for flood risk from the burn as well.
Website links: Lennoxtown Greenspace Improvement Project Consultation page and Lennoxtown GIP survey.
Deadline: 31 July 2023.
1.3: Cycling & Urban Sports Strategy
Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: A draft strategy no doubt timed to coincide with the UCI World Championships coming to Glasgow. Apparently, it ties in with the Active Travel Strategy and Glasgow Transport Strategy. While this isn’t transport, venues like skateparks can become trip generators for the next generation. GCC say: “Cycling, BMX, skateboarding and other wheeled urban sports can play an important role in getting people active and improving their health and wellbeing. This can lead to an increase in active travel (walking, wheeling or cycling) for everyday journeys, helping the city’s transition to net-zero.” This should be music to the ears of the teams behind Clyde Cycle Park and the Devon St Skatepark (formerly GUS M74).
Website links: Cycling & Urban Sports Strategy draft and CUSS survey.
Deadline: 21 August 2023.
1.4: Hairmyres Transport Interchange
Council: South Lanarkshire.
Subject: The first plans for the new Hairmyres train station in East Kilbride. It’s due to be moved a few hundred metres west, to Redwood Drive, where there’s more space for access and park & ride. The new location has an old stone footbridge which is being demolished. SLC say: “There is also provision of connections to the wider active travel networks as well as a new active travel bridge over the upgraded rail line and secure cycle storage at the station building areas.” That sounds promising but there’s no sign of any segregated bike lanes on Redwood Dr or Eaglesham Rd yet (although they are included in EK’s Active Travel Network plan). Also, there’s no link to the north-east towards K-Woodlands or Peel Park industrial estate. The plans are a Proposal of Application Notice from SLC for consultation (like a draft, ahead of a final plan).
Website links: Hairmyres Transport Interchange webpage and Hairmyres TI survey (3 pages).
Deadline: 25 August 2023.
1.5: South Lanarkshire Local Transport Strategy
Council: South Lanarkshire.
Subject: SLC’s previous 10-year Local Transport Strategy came out in 2013. They say: “The new strategy will set the future direction for the council’s approach to the development and upkeep of the transport infrastructure and policy within the area. The strategy will also set out how the council will contribute to the delivery of the obligations set out in the National and Regional Transport Strategies and other key policy drivers.” Policies would include active travel and sustainability. SLC have AT network maps for all its towns but also built dual carriageways in recent years. Locals protested against the Cathkin Relief Road in Cambuslang and received compensation. East Kilbride has had the questionable dualling of Greenhills Rd and proposals for Stewartfield Way plus upgrades due to Hairmyres and East Kilbride train stations. The Clydesdale STAG covers roads, active travel, bus and rail proposals, including two potential station re-openings (Law and Symington).
Website links: Local Transport Strategy 2024-2034 webpage and LTS 2024-2034 survey (quite long).
Deadline: 1 Sept 2023.
1.6: Drumchapel Local Development Framework – Draft
Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Consultation to “inform the final Local Development Framework (LDF) for Drumchapel, a document which will recommend coordinated short, medium and long-term activity to deliver the area’s future development and regeneration. Some examples of the development types the LDF considers include housing, facilities, shops, public spaces, transport infrastructure, parks and play areas. Information from engagement with the local community from late 2021 until the autumn of 2022 assisted in the development of the current draft Drumchapel LDF. The final version of the LDF will help address regeneration challenges and… development opportunities.”
Featured: Digest 102, 1.12.
Website links: Drumchapel LDF page and LDF survey.
Deadline: 5 Sept 2023.
Section 2: Consultation Feedback
2.1: #YouDecide Renfrewshire – Successful projects
Subject: A belated catch-up with this participatory budget project. In 2022, Renfrewshire Council asked local people about how it should spend £1.2million for local infrastructure projects. A vote on the 115-strong shortlist took place at the turn of the year. Apparently, about 50 successful projects were announced a few months ago. Some of the improvements include path and lighting upgrades (and seating next to NCN75 in Elderslie). Works are due to be complete by the end of 2023.
Featured: Digest 125, 1.1.
Website links: #YouDecide Successful projects.
Section 3: Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders
3.1: East Dunbartonshire TROs
Subject: Clachan of Campsie waiting restrictions (yellow lines). Deadline: 22 August 2023.
Website links: East Dunbartonshire TROs.
3.2: Glasgow City TROs and Traffic Calming
Subject: TROs for further School Streets, stopping up the north carriageway of Raeberry St and restrictions on Mount Street/Simpson Street.
Website links: Glasgow City Proposed TROs and Glasgow City Proposed Traffic Calming Schemes.
3.3: North Lanarkshire TROs
Subject: Roadside, Cumbernauld – Installation of Environmental Improvements. Roadside is the name of a street in the north-east of the town. The improvements are mostly speed cushions and traffic islands.
Website links: North Lanarkshire Live Consultations.