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Declarations of Interests
There were no disclosable pecuniary interests.
(a) To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 25th October 2023
(b) Matters Arising
The minutes of the meeting held on 25th October 2023 were agreed and signed as a true record. There were no matters arising.
Report of the Director of Transportation, Highways and Sustainability
To consider two petitions as follows:
a) Petition against Clifford Bridge Road Cycle Lane development
A petition bearing 593 signatures. The petition has been submitted by Councillor F Abbott, a Wyken Ward Councillor, who has been invited to the meeting for the consideration of this item along with the Petition Organiser.
b) Petition - Build the Binley Cycleway to a high-quality standard and in full
A petition bearing 187 signatures. The Petition Organiser has been invited to the meeting for the consideration of this item.
The Cabinet Member for City Services considered a report of the Director of Transportation, Highways and Sustainability on the Binley Cycleway – Section 7 (Clifford Bridge Road) consultation feedback, as captured within the consultation report, and two petitions submitted to the City Council regarding the scheme, for consideration when further developing the proposals for this section of the Binley Cycleway.
A petition headed ‘Petition against Clifford Bridge Road Cycle Lane Development’, bearing 593 signatures, had been submitted. Councillor F Abbott, a Wyken Ward Councillor, sponsored the petition and she, along with the Petition Organiser attended the meeting.
A further petition headed ‘Petition - Build the Binley Cycleway to a High-Quality Standard and in Full’, bearing 187 signatures, had been submitted. The Petition Organiser was unable to attend the meeting.
Binley Cycleway was identified as a strategic cycle route connecting Coventry city centre with the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) via Binley Business Park within the West Midlands Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plan (WM LCWIP). Funding to construct the Cycleway was secured from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Active Travel England (ATE) from the Transforming Cities Fund, Active Travel Fund Tranche 2, and Active Travel Fund 3.
For ease of scheme design and consultation, the Cycleway was divided into two sections. Design and consultation on the first sections of the route was undertaken in 2020/21, and construction was well advanced, with the Cycleway completed and open for use between Gulson Road and Princethorpe Way. The next section, from Princethorpe Way to Clifford Bridge Road, was programmed to be completed in November 2023 once the installation of the new traffic signals along this section of the route had been carried out.
The section of the route between the UHCW and Dorchester Way / Clifford Bridge Road had also been constructed and was open for use.
Additional funding had subsequently secured from Active Travel Fund 4 for a scheme that would extend the Binley Cycleway along Allard Way connecting to the New Century Park residential estate, as reported to the Cabinet Member for City Services at her meeting on 2nd August 2023 (minute 11/23 referred).
The remaining section of the Cycleway, along the southern section of Clifford Bridge Road between Brinklow Road and Dorchester Way, had been subject to three specific rounds of engagement, the first of which was held in 2021 focussed on a fully segregated cycleway, the second held between September 2022 and January 2023 based on a revised design, and the third, in July 2023, focussed on an alternative shared use path design in response to feedback on the first two rounds of engagement. The revised scheme design had also been reviewed by Active Travel England and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).
The engagement in July had triggered two petitions, which required consideration. Both petitions opposed the shared use path scheme consulted on in July, with one asking for the Cycleway scheme to be dropped totally, the other supporting the original, fully segregated, cycleway ... view the full minutes text for item 30.
There are no outstanding issues
There were no outstanding issues.
Any other items of Public Business
Any other items of public business which the Cabinet Member decides to take as matters of urgency because of the special circumstances involved
There were no other items of public business.