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.
We await news of the ‘active travel’ fund and whether the east-west route will go ahead once the newly elected county council returns.
The Crow Lane section was opposed by Dean Collins (Labour) and Jack Woolley (Conservative) who were both elected for their constituencies.
The Chatsworth Road section was opposed the the previous county councillor John Boult (Conservative) and the prospective (Labour) candidate Steve Lismore. Interestingly about 100 votes went from Conservative to Lib Dem meaning the Lib Dem candidate was elected. The Labour vote fell by around 200 from the last election. Our Campaign has 35+ members in the ward covered by Chatsworth Road, perhaps the two candidates opposition to the route made a difference!
We have contacted the major parties (Labour, Lib Dem, Conservative & Green) sending them a link to online questions asking about their support for cycling and asking individual candidates to reply.
We have received replies from the candidates below. Clicking their name links to their reply.
Darren Yates (Green) Birdholme
Steve Lismore (Labour) Walton & West
Simon Geikie (Green) Walton & West
Dean Collins (Labour) Brimington, Hollingwood & Tapton
Marion Thorpe (Labour) Staveley North
Ludwig Ramsey (Labour) Spire
Paul Niblock (Lib Dem) Walton & West
By the way, we asked them to estimate how many cycle journeys were recorded on the station link each day in 2020. From data supplied by DCC it varied between a low of 120 in the winter and a max of 250 in warmer months.
John Boult (Conservative) Walton & West – in a personal email reply to our secretary (and to another of our members) he states that he is opposed to the Chatsworth Road section of the East West route and believes the ‘active travel’ funding would be better spent elsewhere in Derbyshire.
You may also be interested in reading about opposition to the route by Chesterfield Civic Society Cycle-superhighway-emails-late-April-2021-1 and Labour candidate Steve Lismore’s leaflet opposing the route Lismore propaganda
Here is a link to a FOI request in which the reply from Derbyshire County Council states who was consulted and what roads received a letter DCC-FoI-response_001
On the other hand Ludwig Ramsey (Labour) will ‘reprioritise road, footpath and cycleway projects’ ludwig Ramsey propaganda
The latest version of the Derbyshire Cycle Map published by Derbyshire County Council is available online and shortly a print version will be released. We’ve been promised a box full so they will be available from the monthly Dr Bike workshop.
The online consultation started today (8th March) for the proposed route from Holymoor Road to the Royal Hospital. Lasting just over two weeks it is really important to make your views known. Our Campaign supports the proposals with one or two minor tweaks and hopefully you will too!
It is important to comment on each portion of the route.
The consultation on the masterplan is now live and you are urged to give your views!
- Approaching from the south cyclists will have to cross 4 vehicle entry/exits to get to the station
- The advisory cycle lane coming into the station from Brimington Road will disappear with no alternative provided initially
- A shared path provided on the south side of Malkin St which should be segregated.
- This shared path ends at the Brimington Road roundabout putting cyclists back on the road in a dangerous position.
- No thought of connections towards the Trans Pennine Trail, College or Stonegravels Way
You can view the proposals in a virtual consultation room which can be visited here https://chesterfieldstation.consultation.ai/ and fill in the response survey here https://aecom.researchfeedback.net/ChesterfieldRailwayStation