Next meeting: Wednesday 13 June 2018

Next meeting is Wednesday 13 June 2018 at 19.30, upstairs at The Fat Pug, Guys Cliffe Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5BZ.

Cycleways meeting at the Fat Pug 9th May 2018


Eco Fun Day. – Better to have a longer ride for 2019, an evaluation meeting next Tuesday. John Atkins felt the time was well spent.

Cycle Forum:

The Cycle Forum has shrunk considerably in numbers, at this last meeting there was only us, Cllr Bill Gifford and WCC.

It would seem sensible for WCC to contact organisations such as the Warwick Tech Park, and others, to create a more representative membership.

Cycling on the pavement– Will do a press release showing cycle routes.

Warwick Hampton Street link. – WCC will extend the existing cycle route to the gate to the Racecourse, and sign the route. Cllr John Holland should follow this up with WCC, as the local councillor.

Warwick Ansell Way – Needs to e-mail with the Network Rail contact Chris to write to manager of the Midland region of Sustrans.

Warwick to Warwick Parkway station cycle route via the Budbrook estate. WCC required to get permission from Highways England, owners of the land that the A46 passes over. Action, to raise with at the next Cycle Forum meeting. Also, mention was made that Kier run the A46 partnership, needs further explanation, please.

K2L drawings of the proposed route should be available at the next CF (Cycle Forum) meeting.

Crossing of side roads – to be dealt with at the next CF meeting

Cycle signage – Cllr Gifford to get costs for routes in the north Leamington area, from WCC.

Cycle Parking – will follow up at the next CF meeting

Myton Road cycle route should be completed this summer.

Priory Road – no satisfactory explanation given for what has been done.

Leamington station underpass should be opened sometime this month.

The motion passed by WCC Cabinet in March that the Task and Finish group should consider a budget for cycling. The minutes of this meeting should be on the WCC web page. Will contact Jenny Fradgly, Lib Dem councillor for Stratford.

JLR Gaydon – Under a section 106 agreement, JLR are discussing with WCC the potential of a cycle route from Gaydon to Leamington Spa.

Peace Festival 16/17th June – Main areas of focus will be clean air and Cycle routes, with the WCC..

Newsletter, for the Peace Festival, will be a paper copy, will run off 80 copies, price £12 per 100. Need articles and a copy of a photograph of last year’s festival. Also needed are membership application forms.


Raised a number of concerns about Sustrans failure to communicate with its members, and the lack of maintenance on particular cycle routes. A draft letter from Cycleways to the Sustrans Chief Exec was passed round, with the agreement for it to be sent.

Cycle training. – Have put together a training programme for Lillington School, and carried out by a recognised contractor. £1000 ex VAT, with Lillington School reclaiming the VAT. Cycleways pays Lillington School direct, but will require a copy of the contactor’s invoice.

Date of the next Cycle Forum meeting 10th July

Date of next Cycelways meeting 13th June.




Next meeting: Wednesday 9 May 2018

Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 19.30, upstairs at The Fat Pug, Guys Cliffe Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5BZ.

Minutes of Cycleways meeting at the Fat Pug 11th April 2018

Priory Rd cycle route in Warwick. The agreed route with WCC was for an up- hill shared use path, with an on road down- hill route, but that is not what has been delivered. Instead, there is no access to it from the bottom of Priory Rd, thus no uphill route, but curiously there is a cycle route finish sign, just below Yeomanry Close, with a drop kerb and signed for cyclists to leave the path and return to the road. However, such a sign makes no sense since down -hill was always to be on road. Will find out more at the Cycle Forum meeting 17th April.

The Lib/Dem/Green motion for WCC to prepare a budget for cycling for the forthcoming year, was amended by the Tories to consider. Will circulate the WCC committee report.

Peace Festival 16-17th June. Agreement on the new flag, and to go for 2 sided at £85 + vat. Suggested theme for this year- Air quality, the WCC motion, and, if possible, a copy of the draft WCC map of proposed cycle routes for the Warwick District to have on display,.

Cubbington to Leamington cycle route, in the absence of a member, we decided to put any discussion on hold.

Newsletter (Peace Festival version) Will do an article on the WCC motion, an article on the Eco Fun Day, and one on bike security, and possible local rides.

A46 Link Road proposal. Agreed for report to go to Cllr Gifford.

Warwick District Cycle Forum, items for the meeting next Tuesday, 16th.

Warwick-Hampton Street route via the Racecourse stand. Really positive response from the Race course, so now up to WCC to take it on. To discuss at Cycle Forum

Warwick – Ansell way, the possible route alongside the railway. Has lodged an interest on our behalf with Network Rail and will follow that up. To also pursue through the Cycle Forum.

Cycle route to Warwick Parkway via Budbrook Trading Estate. The current footpath beneath the A46 needs widening to shared use. This requires permission from Highways England. To follow up through the Cycle Forum.

K2L Need to find out how the £8.5 million from HST2 is to be spent.

Europa Way. Good news about an on road, but separated 2 way cycle route. Need to know details of how it will link into the current cycle facilities on the Old Warwick Road.

 Cycle signage. Cllr Gifford and one other, possibly Cllr Davies, will use their discretionary grant to fund proper route signs.


Mentioned that WCC are looking at a dock-less cycle scheme for the new estates west of Europa Way, principally for commuting to/from Leamington station. When ideas have been firmed up, the guy at WCC could give a talk on this at a Cycleways meeting.

Kenilworth Alltogether Green Group. Has arranged to attend their next meeting 22nd May. Hopefully we could recruit a new contact (s) in Kenilworth from this.

Date of next meeting – 9th May

Minutes of Cycleways Monthly Meeting at the Fat Pug – 14th March 2018

Priory Road Infrastructure Changes

Much work appears to have been completed.  Will contact Warwickshire County Council to ask about its plans to enable cyclists to navigate through the existing traffic systems once they have reached either end of Priory Road.


Access to Warwick Parkway Railway Station from Warwick

Will contact Warwickshire County Council to ask about the progress of the conversion of the footpath between Budbrook Industrial Estate and the station into a cycle route.


Warwick Racecourse/Hampton Street

The Jockey Club, the General Manager of Warwick Racecourse and the Chief Executive of Warwick District Council, support the extension of the current racecourse cycle route south-westwards on to Hampton Street.  The work will involve the replacement of woodchip with ‘fibresand’ on the route in front of the grandstand.  The project awaits the confirmation of funding as well as the approval of the British Horseracing Board.  Other details to be confirmed concern the installation of CCTV and the design of the access gates.


Cubbington to Leamington town centre route proposal

Will contact Councillor Sarah Boad to suggest how sections of his proposed cycle route could be implemented ti improve cycle safety and convenience along residential service roads adjacent to main roads.


Peace Festival

To enquire about the cost of a new ‘feather’ flag which includes the new Cycleways logo.  Ideally a new flag would fit the existing flag pole to reduce costs.  The flag could also be used at Cycleways stall at Pump Rooms at the Eco Fun Day on 29th April 2018.




ECO Fun Day (Sunday 29th April 2018)

Cycleways needs volunteers to staff its stall.  It will be open from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm.


Green/Lid Dem motion to be proposed at full County Council meeting of 20th March

Cllr Jonathan Chilvers (Green) and Jenny Fradgley (LibDem) will propose, “That the Council requests that Cabinet develops a strategic, costed three year (2019-2022) cycling plan that supports a network of safe, accessible and direct routes that link places people need to get to, including a prioritised programme of works and setting out the funding implications for the County Council so that this can be considered as part of the 2019-2020 budget refresh of the medium term financial plan.”

Supporters of local cycling provision are asked to congregate at the front of Shire Hall, Warwick between 8.30am and 9am on Tuesday 20th March to try and catch members of the majority Conservative group before they go into their 9am meetings.


Peace Festival

It was suggested that three themes be promoted at the Cycleways stand at the festival on 16th/17th June:  improving air quality; extending the local cycle network; increasing public spending per head on cycling.


Forthcoming editions of the newsletter

The next edition will be distributed electronically.  The columnar format will be changed to make it easier to read on screen.  The following edition will return to paper again so that it can be distributed at the Peace Festival.  The newsletter editor asks for ideas for the next editions.  Please email  Possible topics could include cycle security, Stage 3 of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour race which ends at Leamington on 15th June, changes to Priory Road/Butts and proposals to improve cycling infrastructure between Cubbington and Leamington town centre.


Schools Cycle Training

Arranging for the funding of cycle training for children attending Lillington Primary School.


Next meeting

Wednesday 11th April 2018 at the Fat Pug, 23 Guy’s Cliffe Rd, Leamington Spa CV32 5BZ.