Greens press for path improvements

Andreas Heinemeyer and Councillor Andy D'Agorne at the riverbank, with the river levels rising in the background.
Andreas Heinemeyer and Councillor Andy D’Agorne discuss the riverside path to Jubilee Terrace

Green campaigners are pressing for investment in the footpath and cycleway that connects Jubilee Terrace via the riverside to Scarborough Bridge, the station and onwards to the city centre.

Micklegate Green campaigner Andreas Heinemeyer said:

“Widening the path, or segregating the path will make it safer for bikes and pedestrians to share the route. Raising the footpath by 1 metre at its lowest point could keep the path open for many more days every winter. Improved lighting and CCTV would encourage more people to walk or cycle to the station and into town.”

At a meeting next week (21st March) Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Leader of the Green group on the council, and Executive Member for Transport, will receive a report on the Active Travel Programme including the proposals to improve the path.

Last year, the council carried out extensive consultation, with in-person events held at St Barnabas church and a user survey to which 444 residents responded. The consultation made clear that while the council had set aside £600,000 to deliver improvements to the area, it may not be possible to deliver all the improvements needed within that budget. The report suggess that consultation responses should be used to explore available solutions and make informed decisions within the budget, and to apply for additional funding where necessary.

Key improvement areas for consideration included lighting, seating, security, widening or segregating the path, reducing the impacts of flooding and the maintenance of the path.

Feedback from the consultation showed:

  • 96% of respondents support plans to improve the path, with 83% of respondents ‘strongly’ supporting
  • The top three user priorities identified through the consultation are:

  1. Making space available for different types of users (83.6% of respondents chose this as a priority)
  2. Lighting (82.1%)
  3. Usability during flood events (78.2%)

  • 68.57% of respondents chose safety and security (e.g. CCTV) as an area for improvement

In relation to the top priority, consultation shows that – of two main approaches to creating more space for different types of path users – users would prefer widening the existing route. 79.25% of respondents classed this as ‘high’ or ‘highest’ priority.

Further comments were received on topics such as path maintenance, accessibility, resting areas and the need to protect existing trees and green spaces.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne will be asked to approve lighting and CCTV improvements to the path which can be delivered more quickly and within the existing budget.

To reflect the priorities of respondents, the council has submitted an Active Travel funding bid to the government to enable progress of the full scheme (such as widening the path and reducing flooding on the path). 

Subject to approval, delivery of the initial, funded improvement phase costing an estimated £210k will be progressed irrespective of the outcome of the active travel bid. In addition, the report recommends further investigation into areas of uncertainty, such as the flood compensation requirements and impact on trees of widening the path, to confirm costs and facilitate delivery of the further improvements.

Cllr D’Agorne said;

“I want to thank everyone who attended our events or responded to our consultation providing helpful feedback as we look to design and deliver the best improvements possible for this part of the city. 

“Our Active Travel bid reflects the commitment, concerns and creativity of respondents and allows us to show Government the strong support for improving this path which is so important to residents.

“This update helps us to progress the project where we have funding, so we can start installing lighting and CCTV, while we await the outcome of our funding bid, which will allow us to deliver all the improvements residents have told us they want to see.”

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