This is our Hayling Islander column for February (excluding any editing by the Islander, images may differ).
Cycle Hayling launches our new website and ‘Smooth the Path’ campaign.
Smooth the Path
Does Hayling deserve smooth, all-weather paths that can be used safely by everyone? Not just by cyclists, but by parents walking with buggies, kids with scooters and balance bikes, wheelchairs, disabled buggies, and even people who struggle with balance? Like the ones on the mainland in Havant?
Because Hampshire County Council says we don’t.
And that’s why Cycle Hayling is launching our new 2019 website with our ‘Smooth the Path’ campaign.
This is REALLY important because :
- A formal plan unlocks much more future government funding
- Implementing it becomes a formal policy of the whole council, not just the cycling team
- It forces developers to show how their housing plans fit into OUR bigger plan
- It forces all of us to plan for the best long term solution, rather than just for quick wins
We understand that work on repairing the section of the trail that eroded away last year is due to start in early November.
This will seek to restore the trail to the state it was in before the storms. It’s not a permanent fix, however. We can expect erosion to continue until a longer-term solution can be implemented.
The work will involve some lorries on the trail and, therefore, some closures. We’ll let you know if we hear more.
See below for an update from the Havant Transport and Implementation Team. We don’t yet have dates for the closure but will post them here when we do.
It’s good to see more improvement. It’s early days, but the new section seems much better than the southern section, so we’re hoping it will set the standard for future improvements.
The section at the north of the island is now open again, although all users are being asked to treat the new surface with respect while it is bedding in.
There’s also some more work to do that will not require the path to be closed, so please watch out for people working.
Peter Drury’s blog has some photos of the new section and some taken while it was under construction.
We are all hoping that this will prove to be an excellent development that will show the way for future Billy Trail improvements. We’ll be keeping an eye on it as time goes on.
Thanks – once again – are due to Peter Drury who has done so much to bring this about through his Hayling Billy 50 work. I’m sure he’d be the first to point out that it’s been a team effort involving Havant, Hampshire, National Lottery and a bunch of others.
Havant Borough Council – acting as agent for Hampshire County Council – is closing the top end of the Billy Trail for three weeks starting on 19th May. That’s so they can lay a new surface over a 250 metre section.
The latest progress report on the bridge works (Works Progress 7: 16th April 2014 on this page) says…
We’ll then move off the road and work on the ‘Hayling Billly 50’ Trail rebuilding, completing everything by mid June.
That’s a reference to Lottery-funded project initiated by Peter Drury as part of the Hayling Billy 50 years commemoration.
It looks like something is definitely going to happen. We understand that the project will:
- Use the same surface as recently laid at the south end of the Billy Trail
- Resurface a limited section of the trail (and not, as hoped, as far as the Esso Garage)
We are concerned over the quality of recent cycle path development by both Havant and Hampshire so – at Peter’s request – I have documented our concerns with an offer to help. Peter has passed them to the project board.
In this update…
- Footpath 88 extension project cancelled
- Billy Trail Phase 4 development
- Billy Trail south end development
- Issues with new cycle paths
- Bike security session
Havant Borough Council has had a second go at improving the south end of the Billy Trail next to HIADS. This after the first attempt caused safety concerns and had to be reversed.