Proposed closure of Lune Estuary cycle path for 11-15 months

There is a planning application before Lancaster City Council for the “Erection of flood defence walls, security fences, lighting columns, alterations to footpaths and demolition of former pumping station and storage tanks | Land Along The East Bank Of The River Lune Between The A683 Viaduct And Skerton Bridge” Planning ref 18/00751/FUL This would involve closing the cycle path for a year from the motorway to Skerton Bridge. The proposal is to divert the cycle/foot path onto Caton Road.

We have objected, see below. Dynamo, Matt Hodges and others have also objected. These can be seen on the internet. [Lancaster City Planning – View applications and decisions – search 18/00751/FUL – Related Documents – scroll down for Matt etc]

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Cycling UK, Lancaster and South Lakes Group                                                                                             Brian Greenwood Campaign Coordinator

Lancaster City Council - Planning Application 18/00751/FUL                                    Erection of flood defence walls along River Lune.

The importance of the riverside cycle path to locals and visitors has been well argued by Dynamo Cycle Campaign, M Hodges (Right to Ride), S Holden, J Hardiman etc. We re-emphasize their comments.

We also totally oppose the plan to divert the cycle path along the main motor route from the M6 into the city. Caton Road would only offer a dangerous alternative. It would also put the cycle route out of bounds for many family groups, recreation and utility users. It is almost inconceivable that the City Council could consider going ahead with the proposed diversion whilst the work is carried out. Lancaster City Council have a proud record of supporting cycling and the benefits it brings as a healthy, non-polluting means of accessing our rural areas and helping to reduce traffic on busy roads.

We hope that the City Council can suggest a safer diversionary route or maintain a safe passage as the work continues.

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You can object if you wish. Brian