Derwent Valley Cycleway Working Group
Minutes of meeting held on 20th March 2014 at St Michael’s Derby
Present: Mr. Derek Latham (Chairman) (DL)
Mr. Ian Scott (Secretary) (IS)
Mr. Roger Jackson (Derwent Valley Cycle Group) (RJ)
Mrs. Jenny Southwell (Derbyshire County Council) (JS)
Mr. Brian Waters (Derwent Valley Trust) (BW)
1.Apologies were received from:
Mrs. Julie Carter (Duffield Cycling Group) (JC)
Mr. David Clasby (Sustrans) (DC)
Ms. Ruth Keeley (Natural England, Derbyshire & White Peak Adviser) (RK)
Mr. Ian Dent (Derby Cycling Group/Sustrans ranger) (ID)
Mr. John Rogers (Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site) (JR)
Mr. Andy Smart (Derby City Council) (AS)
Mr. Mark Spilsbury (Duffield Cycling Group) (MS)
2. Approval of Minutes of meeting held Thursday 20th February:
These were approved
3. Matters arising:
(1) Development of letterhead and publicity material:
BW will pass on the DVT logo to DL along with letter heading and wording so this can be combined with JC’s logo to create a group letterhead. DL’s graphic designer will prepare the final version, both as a printable letter page and as a heading for publicity purposes.
JC had agreed at the last meeting to produce a Schematic Map outlining the route in non specific terms, with dots along the River Derwent , for public publicity events in Belper and Derby.
(2) Local Enterprise Partnership D2N2 actions:
Expression of interest has been registered with D2N2 by the City Council with the support of the County Council for £5m of government money that needs matching but is required to be spent between 2015/16 and 2020/21. Atkins are now prioritising the list that will be forwarded to government in April with a decision anticipated in late summer.
(See “Super Connected” report from AS appended to these minutes as an Appendix)
(3) Derbyshire Wildlife Trust & Derwentwise: In the absence of JR there was nil to report.
(4) Community Rail Partnership:
Contact had not yet been established and will be pursued before the next meeting.
(5) Public awareness & Websites& draft Press Release: Volunteers are needed to staff a stall at “The Big Cycle Day Out” scheduled to take place on 24th May in Derby Market Place. We need a gazebo with posters and information. A draft press release has been produced by BW and DL and will be circulated.
Comments should be sent to DL or IS.
There has also been an invitation from Ian Jackson to be involved with a “Transition Belper” function called Belper Goes Green at the end of May.
(6) Feasibility Study & Funding: This will really have to await the result of the D2N2 submission. In the meantime the group welcomes any other viable suggestions. BW suggested there might be interest from the quarrying firms in the Derwent Valley to assist through the landfill tax and in establishing their environmental credentials.
Matt Easter of Sustrans would like to meet with DL and IS to discuss progress.
(7) Land Ownership: The section from Milford to Ambergate is owned by Kingairloch Estates. IS had enjoyed a constructive meeting on 18th March with the land agent who manages this area on behalf of trustees of the former Strutt family estate. Possible routes were discussed with a view to satisfying the requirements of estate tenants and meeting the objectives of our group. It was agreed that we should keep in contact and channel any proposals through her.
There are difficulties near Little Eaton with farming owners. DL will try to identify the extent of their land ownerships to see if they can be avoided.
The route through Duffield Eyes Meadow is agreeable to Duffield PC in principle.
BW will contact Severn Trent re: utilising the pipe bridge north of Duffield.
JC and Ashley (Franklin) are to identify and approach owners between Duffield Pipe Bridge and the Milford Cottages.
It was suggested that RJ should contact Albin Smith regarding the Forestry Commission’s Lease of Shining Cliff Woods from the National Trust.
DL and IS should negotiate with the owner of the caravan site at Ambergate.
(8) Peak Cycle Links & Greater Peak District Strategy:
Expressions of interest needed to be made to Emily Fox on the above website by 21st March 2014. DL has responded on behalf of our group.
(9)Jenny Southwell re rights of way Maps: Jenny displayed a most helpful series of OS maps along the route showing rights of way. It was agreed a copy of these would be provided to Latham’s as OS Licences. Latham’s cannot reproduce them for use in any way without paying a further fee. It was suggested therefore that Latham’s should become honorary consultants to the DVT to enable the DVT to use them for reference on discussion with landowners. Jenny stated that upgrading the use of existing footpaths to multi-user status or diverting their routes would have to be subject to public consultation in addition to approval of the landowners, but explained that any diversion had to be agreed separately before upgrading of the status could occur, otherwise the former route of the footpath would not be extinguished.
4. External Cycle Liaison Group: An invitation had been received to send a representative to a meeting of Derbyshire County Council External Cycle Liaison Group at 2.30pm on Thursday 20th March in Matlock. IS and DC attended. IS registered the interest of our group in developing a link along the Derwent valley connecting the Matlock end of the White Peak link with Derby and the World Heritage Sites en route. This should be formally recorded with Richard Lovell who has taken over the role of head of sustainable transport at Derbyshire County Council from Richard Flint.
Developments of The Great Northern Greenway and of the Little Eaton branch railway line were noted as of interest as potential linking connections to the Derwent Valley Route.
5. Any other business:
DL suggested that it would facilitate progress if one or two group members were to be specifically allocated to each section of the route. We will provide maps and draw up a table for each section with a list of the issues and permissions required for each. This template can be updated at each subsequent working group meeting to identify progress or obstacles.
7. Date and time of next meeting. This will be held at 4.00 pm in the office of Derek Latham Associates in St Michael’s Church Queen Street Derby DE1 3SU on at 4pm on 17th April.
Super Connected Summary from AS
Derby City Council’s current LSTF programme, now delivered under the Connected brand name, has the dual headline aims of tackling peak hour congestion to reduce the impact that this has on both the environment in terms of carbon emissions and the economy in terms of the viability of the key regeneration sites, and maximising accessibility by sustainable modes to key regeneration sites to ensure that we can get people into work so that Derby’s employers have good access to a local workforce.
The first of five programme strands developed to meet these aims relate to improving sustainable transport options for commuters and businesses. In Strand 1 we are currently delivering three new cycling infrastructure schemes in the south east quadrant of Derby, as well as creating a number of enhanced connections to already popular riverside cycling and walking route (part of National Cycle Network Route 6). This proposal sits within Strand 1 of our current LSTF programme.
As a result of works carried out under Strand 1 it is now our medium term plan to expand upon the existing cycle network and the existing LTSF cycling infrastructure and promotion proposals to develop a number of high quality cycling corridors, primarily targeted at attracting new and retaining existing cycling commuters. These routes aim to increase modal share by developing effective, fast, direct and safe cycling corridors. This ambitious plan has been branded “Super Connected” and its objectives, shared by the LSTF extension proposal, are to:
• create access opportunities for jobs
• make better and more efficient use of existing infrastructure
• connect retail, leisure, housing and employment areas.
Super Connected Route 1 ‘Riverside Connections’ is a project already being delivered in the current LSTF programme and related programmes. These enhanced connections focus on improving access to and from the high quality route, maximising the attractiveness, convenience and legibility of Derby’s most used cycling facility. The aim is to continue to grow cycling traffic on this successful route linking key employment sites in Pride Park to the city centre.
Super Connected Route 2 connects Pride Park and the City Centre in the north with Sinfin Moor and route 66 in the south. This corridor has been identified as a strategic commuter route for a number of reasons. It connects with a proposed major employment development at Infinity Park Derby (formerly known as Global Technology Cluster). It also passes through another area of major employment, Ascot Drive, and travels close to a number of new residential and commercial development sites.
Super Connected Route 3 will examine improvements for continuous cycling connections within the City Centre area. Further commuter routes will then be examined in future years to join with this high quality route network.
The current LSTF programme focusses on Super Connected 1, delivering cycling and pedestrian access improvements to Pride Park, Raynesway Industrial Area and the new Derby Commercial Park. This proposal extends that successful approach focussing on the gateway into Infinity Park, delivering a key section of ‘Super Connected 2’, that if constructed in 2014/15 will significantly enhance connections with a new £9m highway scheme (T12 road, being constructed from 2014), a 3km route which will provide dedicated cycling infrastructure between local cycle route 66 in the south and the city’s major employers.
The Infinity Park development is funded through the Regional Growth Fund and Derby City Council and will be the new home for Rolls Royce, Derby’s largest employer. It will reflect Derby’s strengths in technology and innovation and have a manufacturing and technology focus. Connecting the development with the existing wider transport network, including future plans for super connectivity for cyclists is vital in delivering key objectives. This complements a number of revenue projects within the current LSTF programme that are focussed on influencing commuter travel choice and behavioural change through work place engagement . Rolls Royce and its employees are already engaged in the Connected Personalised Travel Planning service, are recipients of the Travel Advice Service, and are playing a significant ambassadorial role by being active members of the city’s Sustainable Transport Partnership. Rolls Royce has hosted a partnership workshop in June to launch Connected and have proactively supported content development of the city’s ‘connected’ website.
This request for additional capital funding would enable us to provide a wider range of travel to work options for both existing and future employees in this quadrant of the LSTF area as the Infinity Park redevelopment continues.
The LSTF extension proposal scheme consists of the following elements:
• New signal junction at the Merrill Way/Victory Road junction;
• Construction of off road cycle track linking Merrill Way southern service road to Victory Road;
• On road cycle lanes at the Victory Road/Wilmore Road junction;
• Signed on road cycle route on Victory Road approaching junction improvement;
• Construction of off road shared tracks adjacent to Wilmore Road between Shakespeare Street and Merrill Way to connect to the Merrill Way/Victory Road junction improvements.
Super Connected Route 4, not shown on Super Connected proposals map, connects Derby City Centre to the northern extremities of the city. This link would create improved cycle connectivity alongside the river utilising its unique offer and deliver excellent tourism benefits linking the Silk Mill via Darley Park, to the Darley Abbey Mills tow of Derby’s most important heritage assets and part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Once beyond Darley Mills Super Connected would cross the existing flood plain towards the A38 at Abbey Hill. Working with partners within the Our City, Our River initiative a raised cycle route could be provided to act as flood defence as well as a direct and efficient cycle connection to the city boundary.