Green Route - The Dingles-John Morris Jones proposed cycleway
Consultation is now open on this route and will close on 9 May 2014.
Colebank Road to Brook Lane, John Morris Walkway
The existing footpath is in a damaged condition and the majority of the route has overgrown vegetation either side of pathway. The average existing width of the path is 1.5m.
The existing footpath is proposed to be resurfaced with tar spray and chip. Where possible the path will be widened to 2m. Due to the sensitivity of the site it will not be possible to implement a 2.5m wide cycle path. Also the existing edges are in good condition without need to remove and replace. Throughout the route it is proposed to remove a 1m wide verge of the overgrown vegetation either side of the proposed route. There is a section of existing pathway which has completely broken apart which will require full reconstruction. At the entrance from Colebank Road a retractable K barrier is proposed. Initially this barrier will be installed fully open, and if required once in use, it can be retracted to stop illegal vehicles accessing the site, i.e. motor bikes. A finger post is proposed along the site entrance from Robin Hood Lane.
The entire site is protected within a Sites of Local Importance to Nature Conservation (SLINC) status due to its natural habitat, wildlife, species and character. There is a substantial wild flower meadow along the eastern area of the site which must not be affected by any works. Locally the Dingles is an important site and any proposals will need sensitive consultation. The route location is classified as being within zone 3 of the Environment Agency (EA) flood rating. Due to the sensitivity of the site, and its protected status a 2m wide grass reinforcement cycle and pedestrian path is proposed. This material allows grass to grow through, whilst still providing a hard, dry surface to cycle along. This has been approved by the City Council archaeologist. A planning application will be submitted for consent to implement the works within the Dingles which is a protected site.
An image of the reinforced grass material is shown on the palette sheet below:
Subject to consents, weather and ground conditions, the estimated construction start date is July 2014 with completion by October 2014.
The proposed works are shown in the plans below: