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by Steady rider
25 Sep 2021, 7:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition for a public inquiry into prison plans
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Petition for a public inquiry into prison plans

Starting a clean approach to a petition and providing supportive evidence. Previous info provided at viewtopic.php?f=6&t=128000

A petition asking for a public inquiry into the plans for a Category C mega prison at Full Sutton.

The planned prison has several serious problems that will be harmful to the environment.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/597149

The petition mentions it will likely result in about 20,000 miles of driving per day.

It will be harmful to the area with the massive visual impact of 6 houseblocks each about 14-16m high profile and 70m wide.

The whole process of local authorities dealing with major prison plans has resulted in many issues and the public and planning committee members are left with thousands of pages of documents that often require specialist knowledge to appreciate fully. The planning committee members may have little idea or what is desirable in the design, location and size of a prison. A public inquiry is needed to properly assess the merits and hear from many objectors.
by Steady rider
21 Sep 2021, 9:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: East Ridng rural village under threat
Replies: 49
Views: 10264

Re: East Ridng rural village under threat

Objection details to Prison plans https://newplanningaccess.eastriding.go ... JJ1BJKSV00 is one of the planning applications relating to the prison.

ERYC are now considering details of the prison plans submitted at 'Reserve Matter', these cover a range of issues, foul water (sewage), surface water run-off, the visual impact and other issues and 'condition'.

Foul water
Yorkshire Water advises the ERYC that they are in active dialogue with the Ministry of Justice with the intention of funding a feasibility study which is required to ensure that foul water can properly be discharged without detriment to the existing sewerage in the locality. The timescales and parameters for the study should shortly be agreed but until the study is completed, the solution for foul water drainage arising from the development cannot be determined. Full discharge of Condition 8 should therefore wait until the solution is agreed.

At times of heavy rainfall, Stamford Bridge can already suffer from occasional sewage leakage/overflow as parts of the old system cater for both sewage and surface water, and river levels can be higher than the sewer mains. Yorkshire Water has been unable to prevent this, therefore increasing flow rate via Stamford Bridge should be avoided. Exact details of the sewage proposal have not so far been released.

Surface water
The Foss drainage board comments about the amount of surface water that could be discharged into Millsike Beck and cause major flooding to a monumental area of great historical interest, is of concern. At times of heavy rainfall the area would be made worse by the extra surface water discharge from the prison site, affecting landowners and their businesses/land value. Foss drainage board comments, 'Conclusion - In view of the above, the Board does not believe that conditions 8 and 9 can be discharged'. The new ditch provided by the MoJ actually reduces the area for soakaway, the preferred option to reduce flood risk, so in addition to the building/hard standing areas, the ditch will increase flood risk in the Millsike Beck and nearby areas.

Visual impact Planning reference 18/04105/STOUT
The visual impact of the prison is a major concern with the main house block moving closer, about 30m closer to Moor Lane than shown in the outline planning details and the overall height of the profiles of 6 house blocks with additions on the roof, increasing it to about 16+m, each houseblock is about 70m wide. The views and locations shown in the 2021 documents may not convey the actual major impact that the building will have on the landscape over the next 5 to 20 years. The main house blocks at 14m high, plus roof top additions, will be seen from the A166, from Moor Lane, from Burtonfield's farm area public footpaths, from the Wolds and from Stamford Bridge. The proposed woodland uses 20% oak that may take about 20 to 30 years to grow up to 8m. Other woodland trees, include Alder, Birch, Aspen, Maple that grow to 3-3.5m high and Scots Pine to 6m high. With a 2m bund (earth mound), in most cases the trees may be about 5-10m above ground level compared to house blocks with a profile of 16+m. Residents/cyclist/ walkers on the Minter Way all use the minor road that passes the site.

For the combined reasons above, the planning applications on reserve matters should be refused.
The process of allowing new prison plans to be determined by a local authority is unsuitable in that the size and scale and aspects to be considered has resulted in thousands of pages of information/opinions and need a public inquiry to consider properly. Please object at ERYC planning, email planning@eastriding.gov.uk References 18/04105/STOUT.
by Steady rider
4 Sep 2021, 3:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Humber Bridge now open to cyclists & pedestrians
Replies: 216
Views: 12287

Re: Humber Bridge now open to cyclists & pedestrians

Thanks for the update.
April 2020 was a good month for weather, perhaps this helps.
by Steady rider
29 Aug 2021, 6:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published
Replies: 271
Views: 9190

Re: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published

https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/adv ... t-0206.pdf
not sure if link has been provided previously.

I would suggest all HGVs be fitted with cameras, to record their movements, inside clearance. Would this also help avoid accidents in general, lower their insurance cost?

https://www.avr-commercial-vehicle-came ... ms-dvr-360

Should new HGV be fitted with cameras as part of their production? How could this be taken forward?
by Steady rider
26 Aug 2021, 6:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published
Replies: 271
Views: 9190

Re: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published

From what I have seen, the revisions are unlikely to make much real difference.
by Steady rider
12 Aug 2021, 11:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published
Replies: 271
Views: 9190

Re: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published

Parliament should examine legislation carefully and if parts need to be reconsidered it should do so, not be given a take it or leave it approach.

The Code can be challenged via judicial review but the costs can be a major problem.
by Steady rider
12 Aug 2021, 6:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published
Replies: 271
Views: 9190

Re: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published

I think this will go to Parliament for approval but as you say changes are made without Parliament sometimes it appears, clarification would be good.
by Steady rider
11 Aug 2021, 8:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published
Replies: 271
Views: 9190

Re: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published

The judge held that the defendant was negligent. Adopting his findings as to the claimant's speed and the time between the lorry pulling off and impact, the judge found that the claimant was 43.5 metres behind the defendant's rear view mirrors when he pulled off. On the basis of a finding that the claimant would have been visible in his mirrors at a distance of 65 metres, it followed that the claimant would have been visible in the mirrors for a distance of 21.5 metres before he set off. At 16.5 mph the claimant would have been travelling at 7.38 metres per second, and so would have been visible in the defendants mirror for approximately 3 seconds before he moved off. The judge found, that had the defendant made a reasonably careful check of his nearside in his mirrors before moving off, he would have seen the claimant. She would definitely have been on the junction side of the brow of the hill, and visible to the defendant at a time when he should have been carrying out his rear view observations.
From the judgment link previously.
I wonder if a suggested of not overtaking cyclists if within X meters of the junction they intend to turn left, having regards to road conditions, cyclist speed and watching out for the cyclist on the inside immediately prior to turning left, some extra bit to add to the Code?
X would need to be assessed.
by Steady rider
11 Aug 2021, 8:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published
Replies: 271
Views: 9190

Re: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published

so dont overtake, the problem is solved, the cyclist isnt put into danger, the truck still makes the turn & it doesnt lose any time at all in its journey. so why is that such a hard thing for people to get ?
It may depend on the speeds of vehicle and cyclist, could a chart be provided for HGV drivers to help them make the right decision
(inserted in the Code)?
by Steady rider
5 Aug 2021, 4:12pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Cycle mag, CTC finally caved in re helmets & sold us out?
Replies: 518
Views: 21415

Re: Cycle mag, CTC finally caved in re helmets & sold us out?

Does ASA apply to the Highway Code? After a phone call, It looks like they do not.
by Steady rider
3 Aug 2021, 7:49pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Liberating
Replies: 82
Views: 2083

Re: Liberating

Can anyone assist?
I don't know.
by Steady rider
3 Aug 2021, 7:44pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Liberating
Replies: 82
Views: 2083

Re: Liberating

https://beyondthekerb.org.uk/passing-laws/

See discussion, in the following fives years improvements may have been possible but Cycling UK has not initially suitable research.
by Steady rider
3 Aug 2021, 7:09pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Liberating
Replies: 82
Views: 2083

Re: Liberating

https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... g_cyclists

The 2016 paper probably provides a way forward, in that riders could follow the same route and time of day several times and record passing distances, with rear lights switch on and not, possibly using several types of rear light as an additional experiment.

Unfortunately, Cycling UK did not support Clarke's AGM motion for a passing law and by now could have saved perhaps a dozen lives if properly supported by Dft action.

https://beyondthekerb.org.uk/passing-laws/ provides some of the discussions
by Steady rider
2 Aug 2021, 7:24pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Liberating
Replies: 82
Views: 2083

Re: Liberating

Time trials have always allowed for choice in helmet use as far as I know. There is mixed evidence for helmet use and no certainty that they improve safety overall. In a typical TT riding position they try to minimise their profile and motorists will probably have a smaller than normal view of a cyclist, having said that, this year in Norfolk I was driving and encountered a TT event and did not have any problem seeing riders - doing about 25 to 30 mph. So if lights in day time make any significant difference may require research.

In hill climbs, allowing for choice is probably a benefit for both the rider and spectator.
by Steady rider
30 Jul 2021, 4:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation complete and Government response published
Replies: 271
Views: 9190

Re: Highway Code revisions: Consultation open until 27 October 2020

The Department of Transport said the changes, along with an extra £338 million to boost cycling and walking, will help to sustain the increase in active travel during the pandemic.
So hopefully the extra funding will be in addition and hopefully spread evenly across the country.