A cycle ride around Langstone Harbour

This very accomplished video shows how to use the Hayling Ferry to cycle all the way around Langstone Harbour.

The illustrated route uses the new cycle path from Langstone Technology Park south along the main road. Havant plans to extend the path all the way down to the existing path to the bridge but, for the time being, it’s pavement cycling along this stretch. A quiet alternative is to cross the main road to Woodberry Avenue which becomes Southbrook Road. Turn left into the small cul de sac after Hamilton Close (also called Southbrook Road) and use the tucked-away cut-through on the right to join the Langstone section of the Billy Trail and on to rejoin the described route.

Are you 55 or over?

According to the Hayling Islander, Havant Borough Council has been awarded a £147,000 grant from the National Lottery’s Sport England to promote sporting activities by residents aged 55 or older.

HBC is looking to find out from you what kind of activities it should support. If you are in that age category and would like to see HBC help you get into cycling or other sporting activities, please complete their questionnaire.

Hayling Island traffic consultation

Havant Borough Council is conducting a short consultation about traffic on Hayling Island. This includes a section about cycling and a specific question about use of an all-weather surface for the Billy Trail.

You can get printed copies of the questionnaire at the library or the community centre, or you can complete the survey (which is just 21 questions) online at www.havant.gov.uk/hayling-survey.

Completed surveys have to be in by 10th December.

We’d like your views on a new cycle path

Havant Borough Council is planning a new cycle path. The path would join up with the existing shared path that goes from the north west corner of the bridge, to Mill Lane. It would continue all the way up the west side of Langstone road to the entrance to Langstone Technology Park. The path will be two-way. Some of it will be resurfaced and it will by-pass a tree that is right in the middle of the pavement. Havant is also proposing to improve some road layouts, crossings and amenities.

Click here to see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ plan.

On your behalf, we asked the following questions, and show the answers given by the project manager:

  1. Can you confirm the new shared cycle / pedestrian path to the south of the plan will be continuous from the end of the grey shaded section?
    Yes the grey merely indicates the section we would resurface. South of that, given pedestrian usage, we don’t propose at this stage to do anything physical other than to sign the route as far as Mill Lane. Were Southmere Field to come up for development we would expect a S106 to fund the remainder.
  2. What’s the thinking behind the upgraded crossing point between Woodberry Avenue and Langbrook Close? Is there an intention at some point to help people coming from the entrance to LTP cross to Woodberry Avenue as a route through to the Langstone section of the Billy Trail and then on to the east of Havant?
    That is a S278 commitment with the Langbrook Farm pub development which has been subsumed into this scheme for ease of delivery. It is to cycle standard and thus useful for access to the Billy Trail. It effectively forms part of the ‘jug handle’ for any southbound cyclists on Langstone Road to join the off road route on the west side.
  3. Having reached the north end of the new path, people will be looking for a route through to Havant or towards Portsmouth. Do you have another section in mind? We’ve heard that the Seagate car park is permissive – do you know if that’s right?
    We would be looking at a route continuing up the west side of Langstone Road past the Premier Inn, then through the woods (unregistered land) with a bridge over the stream to meet the cycle route at the subway. As to Seagate etc., yes there is a S106 agreement with SEEDA for a permissive cycle route. SEEDA no longer exists of course, and we never unfortunately claimed the money that the S106 allowed for. In theory the route is established by the agreement, albeit unmarked and unsigned.

NB:

  • A section 278 agreement is a section of the Highways Act 1980 that allows developers to enter into a legal agreement with the council to make alterations or improvements to a public highway, as part of a planning application.
  • An S106 agreement is a planning obligation under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).
  • SEEDA (the South East England Development Agency) was one of a number of regional development agencies – it was closed by the Government in 2012.

We’d like to hear your comments about the planned path. It’s human nature to criticise more easily than to praise, but we would like to hear positive feedback as well as issues you see. We’ll aggregate the responses (including contradictory ones) next week-end (18/19 March) and report back to Havant.

People who cycle do so for a variety of reasons and have a variety of skills, experience, confidence levels and equipment. We’d therefore like to hear from as many people as possible. So, please send your views to me at Andy@CycleHayling.org.uk. It would help if your response could also indicate the kind of cycling you do, whether you are a regular user of Langstone Road, and how the proposed path would affect you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Andy Henderson
Chair, Cycle Hayling

Northney 30mph speed limit to go ahead

I’ve just received the following from the Havant Travel Team:

Thank you for your submission regarding the proposed speed limit reduction along Copse Lane and St Peters Road, Hayling Island from 40mph to 30mph.

Following a review of all consultation comments and with agreement from your district and county councillors I can confirm that the speed limit reduction will proceed as originally advertised.

Our contractor has been instructed to complete the associated lining and signing works in the week commencing 5th December with a view to having the scheme implemented as of 9th December. Due to the time of year, the lining works will be weather dependant so it may be the case that these estimated dates slip slightly but I would hope that the 30mph speed limit will be in force by the end of the calendar year.

Thank you for taking the time to submit comments on the proposals.

Ferry re-launching!

It’s a triumph for a bunch of persistent and hard-working people and for community support – the ferry is due to be re-launched tomorrow 5th August with a full, Summer service starting Saturday 6th August.

The opening event is free and starts at 12.30 including: pyrotechnics, Police guard of honour, music by local star Chloe Anne, free face painting, and the Portsmouth Football Club mascot.

For one day only, crossings will be £1 per trip.

More details of the opening event, fares and timetable on the ferry’s new web site at www.haylingferry.net.

Service updates will appear on Facebook and Twitter. There will also be an on-board mobile phone – we’ll update our ferry status page when we know the number.

Later this evening we’ll be removing the ‘No Ferry’ sign at the top of the island and updating all the sign boards around the island.

‘No Ferry’ signage

Since the ferry closed, we’ve had a procession of walkers and cyclists following out-of-date route maps down the Billy Trail to the ferry only to find they have to retrace their steps!

Neither Hampshire or Havant councils responded to our requests for some warning signage, so we decided to add a sign below our existing map board sited between the bridge and the Billy Trail. It was paid for by a donation arising from last year’s Paris to Hayling ride.

We hope it’s sufficiently prominent to warn people of the problem. We will – of course – be delighted to have to take it down again!

This is the sign’s wording…

The link takes people to this page.