A view on Havant Borough Council’s new Hayling Island plan. It demonstrates how the plan will change the nature of the island. It doesn’t, however, make alternative suggestions for how HBC can meet the demands of central government. If it doesn’t meet those demands, it risks losing control over development altogether.
We will, of course, be keeping a close eye on developments, not least the planned upgrade to West Lane which should include a provision for cycling.
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.
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.
Cycling infrastructure shifts up a gear at Havant Borough Council, where a pro-cycling islander, Councillor Tim Pike, has been appointed as Cabinet Lead for Strategic Innovation, Infrastructure and Projects. This is a new role, reflecting the council’s growing realisation that our infrastructure needs a massive boost.
Although a councillor for St Faith’s ward, Tim has always lived on Hayling, and is very aware of the challenges we islanders face. He also knows that cycling must play a key role in fixing the transport and infrastructure problems caused by all the past house building (whether or not the new developments go ahead). When we asked Tim whether a particular project would be ‘cycle-friendly’, he said “all projects have to be cycle-friendly these days!”.
Members of Cycle Hayling have met Tim three times recently to lobby for our programme of cycling infrastructure improvements, so we know he’s actively working with council officers to push through some of them. We’re going to see big cycling improvements during 2017, both on the island and in Langstone and Havant, much of it funded by the controversial Bellway development north of Goldring Close through the Community Infrastructure Levy.
So Cycle Hayling congratulates Tim on his appointment, and looks forward to working with him to make Hayling a happier, healthier and more cycle-friendly island.
Cycle Hayling together with Portsmouth CTC will have a stall at the 3 Churches Fete to be held on Wednesday 10 August from 12.00 to 16.15 in Hayling Park, West Town, Hayling Island. We will, as in past years, have our 2 Turbo Challenge bikes to see who can ride the furthest in 1 minute. This has been very well attended with over 100 riders competing at previous events and is one of the ways we promote Cycle Hayling, our cycling club and generally encourage cycling. Come along and join the fun, and even better help to set up and manage the stall. If you can help out in any way please contact me at Robert@CycleHayling.org.uk
Hayling Island and Havant Labour party have organised a public meeting about the Hayling Ferry. The meeting is being held on Saturday 23rd January from 12pm at The Shades public house, 29 Seafront, Hayling (near the funfair).
It will be attended by Tim Trayte and Dave Baker, the new owners of the ferry, and chaired by Mike Evans, Secretary of Havant Labour Party.
It will be an opportunity to find out about new proposals and to discuss the way forward, including community involvement.
The November edition of the Hayling Islander newspaper contained several letters that might interest our cycle community, and which some supporters may not have read.
One letter-writer singled out for criticism the behaviour of Hayling cyclists (in particular the “lycra clad fraternity” – so that excludes any of us ladies!). The criticism centred on cyclists riding two-abreast and not using approved cycle paths.
Four letters, however, concerned the new 30 mph speed limit on Havant Road, including a letter from John Perry, UKIP Hayling East Councillor. Apart from disapproving of the reduction in speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph, there were also complaints about lack of prior notification and signage from Hampshire County Council.
I’m sure many of us who support Cycle Hayling would disagree with at least some of these opinions. Instead of an “official” response from Cycle Hayling, however, it might be more effective if individuals who felt strongly on these issues were to write their own letter to the Hayling Islander.
The contact details if you wish to do so are:
by post to: The Editor, Hayling Islander, 78 Elm Grove, Hayling Island, PO11 9EE
Don’t forget that Cycle Hayling (jointly with Portsmouth CTC) will have a stall at the Donkey Derby on Saturday 30 May from 1 to 5 pm at Legion Field, so why not come along and show your support. We will be running our normal Turbo Challenge competition so come along and see if you can win a prize! Any volunteers to help set up, run and pack up the stall will be welcome. If you can help out please contact Robert Sebley at Robert@PortsmouthCTC.org.uk
Hayling Lions Club are holding a Donkey Derby & Fete on Saturday 30 May at Legion Field (just off Legion Road), Hayling Island, from 13.00 to 17.00. Cycle Hayling together with Portsmouth CTC will have a stall with 2 Turbo Challenge bikes to see who can ride the furthest in 1 minute. This has been very well attended with over 100 riders competing at last year’s event and is one of the ways we promote our group and club and generally encourage cycling. Come along and join the fun, and even better help to set up and manage the stall. If you can help out please contact me via my usual e-mail address. Robert Sebley
We understand the company that runs the Hayling Ferry has gone into administration. According to the company’s Twitter account, service is closed.
There’s still some hope the service will return if:
Another company buys the company or some of its assets
One of the councils takes it on
An entirely new service is created in place of the old one
That would seem to require renegotiation of either the controversial pontoon fees, a subsidy from Portsmouth City Council (which withdrew its subsidy last year) or both. That leaves little scope for a return in the short term.
That’s sad news for Hayling Islanders. It’s particularly bad for cyclists and cycle-tourism because it disrupts National Cycle Network route 2 which relies on the Ferry. The obvious alternate route (across Farlington Marshes and down Eastern Road) by-passes Hayling Island altogether.