Friday, 27 February 2015

New Cycle Path Appears on Village Green


New path has appeared from Drury Lane leading towards the crossing at East End. Photo: A. Winter
A new tarmac path has today been installed from Drury Lane leading to the crossing at The Green. The path crosses land which is part of the Village Green, which the Houghton Regis Town Council are entrusted to look after.

Local resident, Hazel Keane, wrote on Facebook yesterday, "Well I could not believe my eyes when I walked past Drury Lane today. Who the devil has given authorisation for a non essential path to be put across our protected green."

Meanwhile, a notice on roadworks.org suggested that the work might be something to do with other travel related works that have been going on in the town. These have included:

  • a two way route on a one way road for cyclists in Easthill (something that was approved, but has not been implemented), 
  • pathway widening along Houghton Road to better facilitate the movement of students walking and travelling by cycle to All Saints school. 
  • a new crossing on Sundon Road,  
  • the re-making of pathways behind Hammersmith Close and through Bromley Gardens.


A roadworks notice appeared online suggesting that the works might be for a cyclepath

Local resident Deborah Hamill, said today, "There are people who passionately care about the grassed areas of the village green. We already have a path through to the crossing, why can't people use that. There is no need for another one."

Cllr Alan Winter asked the deputy Town Clerk, today, about the new path on the Village Green, but the clerk was unable to confirm that the Town Council were consulted.

Workmen add top surface. Photo: A. Winter
As workmen were laying down a top surface for the path, a message appeared on Facebook from the Town Council, saying, " Let it be known that the Town Council was not consulted regarding the installation of a path/cycle way on the corner of the Village Green. Officers are currently investigating the matter. Further updates will be provided.."



Update 14:45
HRND learnt from Travel Choices that this is "an approved Travel Choices scheme". Travel Choices is a three year project funded through the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LTSF) to support the economy of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard by providing residents and businesses with an improved choice for local journeys reducing car use, cutting costs and improving health. Find out more from their website.

Update 18 March 2015
A report will go before HRTC Environment Committee on 25th March that will say that the land where the path has been put was compulsorily purchased by Bedfordshire County Council, as agreed at a Town Council meeting in June 1990. Finally in July 1992 the specific strip of land for this pathway was transferred to Beds County Council for the purposes of creating footpaths as part of Land Registry Title number BD171926.