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The planning application reference number is 17/03958/FB.
It can be viewed on the Council’s public website by inserting the reference number.
We have now prepared a re-designed scheme and discussed these changes with representatives of VPAG and Forward Together. We are now undertaking an informal, local community consultation. We will review feedback, make any appropriate design changes and then submit a new planning application in July. You will also be able to comment on the planning application.
This scheme is being progressed by the Council, as part of its Cycle Ambition Fund (CAF) project, which is mainly funded by a successful bid to the Department of Transport. The CAF project is a range of schemes and initiatives that seek to encourage people of all ages and ability to cycle more to reduce traffic congestion, improve the health of citizens, and reduce carbon emissions for a cleaner environment for all.
Victoria Park is part of the Filwood Quietway route we are progressing, which has a number of sections – Whitehouse Street, Victoria Park, St John’s Lane/Wedmore Vale and Northern Slopes.
Following discussions, the route has been changed and is now more central. This is a shorter route for those pedestrians and cyclists wanting to travel along the Filwood Quietway. The majority of the route uses existing paths, which would be widened. At the south end, a short section of new path is proposed to reduce impact on existing tree roots and the old path would be removed.
Plan showing new proposed route (BCC)
The new path is now proposed to be 3.0m wide and approximately 760m long. We found that parts of the existing route are wider than we all thought, because of overgrown grass on its edges. In some places, the existing path is almost 3.0m wide if the grass was cut back and tarmac levels reinstated.
The new path will be shared by pedestrians and cyclists. A shared path should help to encourage cyclists to travel more slowly. To also encourage cyclists to give due consideration to pedestrians, we can use coloured surfacing and rumble strip effects at junctions with other paths and on approaches to access points. We can also provide other markings, such as SLOW and mini Give Way triangles, and some advisory signage.
The new route does not require the removal or relocation of any trees. However, the route does run close to more trees and, therefore, longer sections of the ‘no dig’ cellular confinement system path construction are required. The new route will have minimal impact on other plantings. Planting along the northern boundary will no longer be affected, other than for minor pruning of any overhanging branches. Ground vegetation and grass that has overgrown across the edges of affected paths will be removed.
Route runs through avenue of trees (BCC)
Example of ‘no dig’ construction (BCC)
|Hill Avenue||This route presents poor provision for every user. The road is narrow with speed humps and vehicles parked on both sides. In practice, there is only a single file of traffic. Bicycle users often become congested with cars, which need to find the nearest passing place. An effective and attractive cycle route would require removal of car parking from at least one side of the road. Spaces are well used by local residents and commuters.|
|Cotswold Road||This route is further away from the park and it is also narrow with parked vehicles on either side permitting only a single file of traffic. Additionally, both Hill Avenue and Cotswold Road are often used as rat-run routes in order to avoid traffic on the main roads and they would not create a safe cycling environment, unless traffic management measures were introduced.|
|Marksbury Road||This route presents a significant diversion away from the Filwood Quietway proposals, which seek to create a new high quality link from the city centre into Filwood Broadway. This route would not be a short direct connection between the two areas.|
|St Luke’s Road||Due to the existing width constraint under the railway bridge, in order to install a cycling facility would require major engineering works or the introduction of shuttle working (give and take) for traffic. Approaches for the cycle route, particularly south of the bridge, would require significant layout change. Not considered a viable CAF scheme, due to delivery timescales but is a desirable route that might be delivered in medium/long-term, subject to community engagement.|
|Nutgrove Avenue||This route would require new parking restrictions on one side of the road, in order to create a suitable 2-way cycle route. In addition, the road is quite steep for much of its length, making it less attractive for many cyclists.|
We propose to use intelligent LED lighting heads:-
- The system operates at standard brightness until the suggested time of 7:00 pm, when there are fewer people likely to be using the route
- After 7:00 pm, the lights can be set to dim down to 30% brightness or less
- The lights can be set to switch off if there is low demand after certain hours
- For special events (e.g. bonfire night/fireworks), the lighting can be remotely controlled to fully deactivate, as and when wanted
- All of these times are indicative and can be amended in consultation with the community
There are three options for lighting:-
- Provide lighting along the full route
- Provide lighting on just the north section, from the top of Windmill Close to the junction between the High and Low Routes
- No lighting
We did consider alternative lighting solutions, such as solar-powered studs and bollards, but their lighting output is much lower and does not comply with British Standards for path lighting, which are the recommended standards we use for paths used by the public. If we had decided to use such lighting, we would have had to install lots more, at 5.0m spacing approximately. This would have created a runway effect for the studs and barrier-type effect for the bollards and would have had a significant negative visual impact.
We also considered using shorter columns but we would have needed more of them, which would have resulted in closer spacing and increased power consumption.
Proposed lighting head
(image – Philips Lighting)
Example of lighting column & head on a path
(image – Philips Lighting)
We could light the northern section only, as the local primary school and parents have previously requested this. However, this would mean users of the rest of the route would have no lighting.
Current outline lighting design plans for the route can be viewed here.
Bats hibernate during the winter months when the lights would be most in use. A survey along the proposed route found no evidence of any bat roosts in any adjacent tree. In addition, lighting will be downwards rather than onto the trees.
The minor widening now proposed and the ‘no dig’ construction should have minimal impact on existing wildlife.
Existing path near playpark (BCC)
Upgraded path near playpark (BCC)
Existing path near South football pitch (BCC)
Upgraded path near South football pitch (BCC)
For the Nutgrove Avenue/Hill Avenue entrance, we have also been requested to widen the entrance slightly, by approximately 0.5m, in order to allow larger vehicles to access the park more safely. This will be helpful for certain park events.
Existing Nutgrove Avenue/Hill Avenue access (BCC)
Windmill Close top access (BCC)
Proposed Nutgrove Avenue/Hill Avenue access pillar restoration (BCC)
Barriers were another area of concern during the previous consultation and in responses to the planning application. We have considered this matter further and will not undertake these changes, as part of the revised design. We have discussed this issue with VPAG/Forward Together representatives and agreed on the following changes:-
- 7 existing A-frame cycle barriers will be replaced by new K-frame cycle barriers. Initially, the K-frame pads will not be fitted meaning easier access for disabled users as well as cyclists
- the existing Hill Avenue/St Luke’s Road access will be altered, in order to have the barriers set back into the park, in order to provide a safer waiting area on the external side
Existing Hill Avenue/St Luke’s Road access (BCC)
Example of K-frame (kbarriers.co.uk)
Existing A-frame at St Luke’s Road Underbridge access (BCC)