Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Poll: Should Colchester build new cycle facilities as part of expansion across A12?

Councillor Bill Frame

Councillor Bill Frame

A velodrome and mountain biking course could be among the first developments as Colchester expands across the A12.

shares

The options have been put forward as part of Colchester Borough Council’s (CBC) plans for a Northern Gateway into the town.

Apart from a service station, the only current development with planning permission north of the A12 at the town is the park-and-ride initiative, due to open in March next year, and a restaurant.

However, under a draft framework drawn up by CBC’s planning consultants Allies and Morrison, an extended sports and recreational facility could also be built on land currently designated as countryside between the park and ride site and Severalls Lane – and outside the existing Colchester town boundary.

It would tie in with the growth plans of Colchester Rugby Club, which is considering a move from its current home in Mill Road to a bigger site north of the A12. Homes, plus a park to maintain the green space, could replace the existing rugby pitches.

The cycle park would be linked to the town centre by a new footbridge across the A12 between junctions 28 and 29.

A masterplan for the Northern Gateway project has long included plans for a hotel, health and fitness centre and restaurants around the stadium, which until the past year has stood alone as the only development on the southern side of the A12 at the new junction 28.

Now two car dealerships are in the process of being built along Axial Way, with one already completed.

Work is also under way on the final phase of the Northern Approach Road which, when completed, will link the park-and-ride at the junction to the town centre.

The overall framework for the Northern Gateway initiative, including the new plans, was debated and backed by CBC’s local plan committee at a meeting on Monday night. It will now go to public consultation with initial events in the next two months.

Councillor Bill Frame, the committee chairman, said: “The real issue is us going over the A12 and we have already had some people say they are not happy with that, but we are not building any houses or structures over there apart from probably the rugby club facilities.

“From our point of view it is an exciting development setting out our vision and shows we are looking ahead. This could be a major regional centre for cycling.

“The other controversial point is what we do with the current rugby club site they move, and at the moment it is suggested there’s some housing, with a park and green space. We are not sure how much at this stage but the reality is we have to pay for this and get the income from somewhere.”

shares

1 comment

  • North Colchester is worst equestrian area in Essex for the provision of safe, offroad riding. There is just one bridleway in Boxted where I live and to exercise our horses there is no alternative than the roads, including Straight Road, which is very busy. This proposed development could easily incorporate a circular bridleway (pedestrians and cyclists can also use bridleways) and provide much needed off road options for local riders. The proposed bridge over the A12 would allow riders from North of the A12 to use tolled tracks in and around West Bergholt if it is suitably constructed. There are many precedents for these bridges. There is even one over the M25.

    Report this comment

    Cheryl Damen

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Artist's impression of The Wonderhouse in Colchester

A heritage centre project expected to showcase artefacts from the history of Britain’s oldest recorded town will not be going ahead as planned after representatives decided not to pursue further funding to complete the concept.

Air Training Cadets corps parading through Felixstowe to mark 75th anniversary of the movement

A number of air training cadets paraded through two Suffolk towns today to mark 75 years of the movement.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

A man fell critically ill in a Suffolk forest this morning.

Annie Munson of Bury St Edmunds' Women's Aid refuge centre

For women suffering the cruelty of domestic abuse, Christmas can be anything but a time of goodwill.

Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable of Essex Police.

A candidate for the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner role has questioned the ‘high’ salary paid to the chief constable of Essex Police.

Police are attempting to trace the driver of a blue Audi to establish their involvement in a road traffic collision that took place on the A120.

Klaudia Sokolowska was last seen at her home address in Unicorn Place, Bury St Edmunds, shortly before 4.30pm on Friday and has not been seen since.

A 15-year-old girl from Bury St Edmunds has gone missing.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24