Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the path through Gorhambury has been closed. However, this should not be a problem to those cyclists on their daily-exercise rides as the A4147 Hemel Hempstead Road is very quiet.
Following advised restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak, meetings and events have been cancelled, however we do have several topics to report on.
Every member of STACC who has paid their subscription for 2020 should now have received their membership card, togther with a new edition of the St Albans City & District Cycling Map. If you have not, please let us know your current address in a reply to this e-mail.
We have been very busy trying to digest the South Central Herts Growth and Transport Plan. We are working with other cycling groups and individuals in the south central area to produce a thorough response. If you would like to give your own feedback to the County Council, click through to their Consultations page.
St Albans district falls into both the South Central and the South West areas for Growth and Transport Plans. The South West GTP was out for consultation in 2018 (we responded). Six Councils (Districts / Bororughs and County) in SW Hertfordshire are now working together on priorities for the future and to tackle challenges around transport, healthcare, schools, infrastructure and quality of life. They are seeking residents' views: https://www.givemyview.com/swhertsyourfuture
STACC is consulted by Hertfordshire County Council as a stakeholder group in Highways schemes, Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and Greenspace Action Plans (GAPs). We have recently given feedback on proposals for the Buncefield Lane Quietway in Hemel Hempstead, roads around the new Katherine Warrington School in Batford, the Codicote Road roundabout in Wheathampstead, the Ayot Greenway GAP and the Jersey Lane GAP.
One area that we struggle to find enough time to deal with is reviewing Planning Applications and commenting on accessibility and parking / storage space for cycling. Could you help with this? Please get in touch or come to a committee meeting if you could contribute to the vital campaigning on this or any other concerns.
Our next committee meeting is on Monday 30th March at the Civic Centre.
STACC AGM - will be on the evening of Wednesday 3 June in St Albans. It is a registered SustFest event. SATCC will also have a stall at the SustFest Market Takeover on Sunday 24 May.
Our Punch cartoon this month illustrates one of the Community Safety Partnership priorities that we feel needs emphasis - see section below.