Chesterfield Cycle Campaign promotes cycle use in Chesterfield for both leisure and utility journeys.  By campaigning for a comprehensive network, we aim to improve conditions for cyclists so that cycling becomes a safer and more attractive option than car travel for local journeys.

Hipper Valley Trail Walton Dam

There have been reports on local forums and Facebook pages about the path in the woods near Walton Dam being blocked off. I've been down there today and can confirm that this is NOT the Hipper Valley Trail. The trail remains open but in its usual winter muddy state!

Campaign matters

Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th Feb at 7.30pm in the Chesterfield Community Centre. Agenda and previous minutes available from this website. All welcome.

Our spring newsletter will be being printed in mid February, if you have any articles or bits of information you would like to submit please send to the secretary.

Recent Planning Applications

On Monday 8th January the Campaign secretary spoke at CBC's planning committee against the housing development off the Sainsbury's roundabout citing poor sustainable transport connections against CBC's core strategy of 'prioritising walking and cycling access to and within developments'. Unfortunately the application was passed by the committee.

On Thursday 11th January DCC's lead member for transport Cllr Simon Spencer was considering the DCC project to build a shared path between Unstone Green (Peak Resort entrance) and Dronfield. Our secretary spoke to give our Campaign's and Dronfield's 'Cycling4Everyone' support. Unstone parish councillor Richard Smith and DCC 'lead member for young people' Cllr Alex Dale spoke against the idea despite it will provide a safe route to Unstone Junior school. The decision was deferred for two months pending further consultation.

You can view the officers report supporting the scheme here. If you wish to write a letter of support before the scheme is finally decided in March the DCC councillors names above are links to their email addresses.

Queen's Park Cycle Track

The Brampton Bicycle Club held their first session on the old Queen's Park cycle race track today and twenty riders turned up despite the sub zero temperatures. They are running similar sessions on 4th Feb & 4th March.

Club sessions are normally for under 16's on a Thursday evening between Easter and October but this is a new venture for both adults and children.

 

2018

Happy new year to all. We look forward to additions to the Chesterfield Cycle Network! Rother Washlands path upgrade, opening of the Avenue site, Unstone to Dronfield, Peak Resort bridleways and plans to connect Whittington Moor roundabout to Peak Resort.

The Campaign will continue to lobby for better facilities during the coming year. The more members we have the more influencial our voice, recruit a new member for '18!

Social meeting December

We will have a social meeting on Tuesday 12th December (replacing our normal meeting) in the bar of the Portland Hotel at the bottom of New Square. Gather from around 7.30pm. All welcome.

New Lidl on Chatsworth Road

Following representations from our Campaign and Transition Chesterfield Lidl have amended their plans to include a shared path from Goytside Road and repositioned the cycle parking for easier access from the shared path using crossings to get across the car park.

We had originally asked for a route direct from Goytside over the flood prevention swale. The two green areas fronting into Goytside will be subject of a separate housing application.

Campaign AGM and November Meeting

The Campaign AGM will be on Tuesday 14th November at 7.30pm in the Chesterfield Community Centre (near the coach station). The AGM will be followed by our usual monthly meeting. All welcome to attend.

Cycling to the new Queen's Park Sports Centre

Regular readers will know the Campaign submitted an official complaint to the Borough Council about cycling access to the new sports centre. We have finally managed to get the exit changed onto Boythorpe Avenue which is now safer and easier to access the shared footway.

We still await news of progress officially allowing cyclists through the park to join the Hipper Valley Trail. Potentially this could be incorporated when the old sports centre site is redeveloped.

Cutting Back of Foliage

We are pleased to report that having contacted our local authorities, Derbyshire County Council has cut back a lot of the overhanging foliage on major cycle routes.

Unfortunately there is no ongoing budget for this annually and we will be pursuing that at the next DCC Cycle Liaison Meeting.

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