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Cycle Path to Henley

Afternoon, I understand that over the years there have been various discussions relating to the contruction of a cycle path between Shiplake and Henley but I would like to get some sort of comprehension as to how far the discussions have gone. In this current climate of environmental awareness not to mention the increased congestion in Henley as well as the new development at Thames farm which will bring further traffic chaos, is it worth re-visiting this area and try to vercome the obstacles. Having just visited a number of European cities and towns and seeing how they have embraced cycling and adopted their infrastructure to cater for this mode of transport, I feel we should really push for a Shiplake link once again. Interested to hear opinions and the history of this topic.

Posted by: Fraser White | 18/09/2019 1:33 pm

Hi Nalini. Please see below re Thames Farm. If you want to have a go with the Lottery Fund, the details are here: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Posted by: Cllr David Bartholomew | 28/09/2019 7:22 pm

I believe that quite a few years ago Lottery Fund was going to be made available to build a cycle path along the rail track. It was turned down because of a scare campaign by a couple of people in Shiplake. According to them Shiplake will get flooded with unreasonable number of people coming to Shiplake to use the path. Can we not apply for help from Lottery Fund ? Perhaps Thames Farm could be persuaded to help with this in view of the increased traffic after the houses have been built.

Posted by: Nalini Shah | 28/09/2019 5:19 pm

Pam, please see below for my response to Edward. The same applies to the Wyevale development. With regard to Retirement Villages, we await the results of the appeal and I very much hope it will be dismissed.

Posted by: Cllr David Bartholomew | 20/09/2019 8:33 pm

A footpath into Henley, that is also a cycle path would be wonderful. I know we have been discussing this for tens of years but can only say that it would be most welcomed by my family and by many other walkers and cyclists in Shiplake. I think it is an excellent idea that the two developers currently wanting to build houses on the edge of the village (Regency Place and the new Retirement Village) could cover the costs!

Posted by: Pam Hudgell | 19/09/2019 6:21 pm

Edward, it is too late to get the Thames Farm developers to pay as they have planning permission and thus no incentive to spend money they don't have to. At the inquiry I pointed out the lack of cycling options Henley but the inspector did not challenge the developer's assertion that the A4155 was safe for cyclists (!) or that the footpaths were an alternative (actually that's illegal!).

Posted by: Cllr David Bartholomew | 18/09/2019 9:43 pm

Fraser, a route along the edge of the A4155 was investigated but the cost was estimated at £2m and there is no funding for this.

Posted by: Cllr David Bartholomew | 18/09/2019 9:40 pm

I stand corrected. The new footpath is for he Bremont factory and paid for by them. How about asking the developers of Thames Farm to contribute towards a footpath to Henley?

Posted by: Edward P Harding | 18/09/2019 4:58 pm

Thanks for the direction David. I wonder if the fact that the housing development at Thames Farm is now in full swing would now add extra momentum to an argument for a safe route into Henley. I fully understand this is a very complex project. From looking at the land either side of the A4155 I can't help but think that with a little bit of compromise some form of solution may be possible. Even if a complete end-to-end route isn't possible, some form of safe passage could be found.

Posted by: Fraser White | 18/09/2019 4:25 pm

Fraser, Please refer to the earlier thread on this topic started by Monica Collings in May. Edward, the work at the Tesco roundabout has been funded by the developers of the Bremont factory which it is to serve.

Posted by: Cllr David Bartholomew | 18/09/2019 3:38 pm

A fortune has been spent on a footpath and road surfacing near the Tesco roundabout. A footpath for the benefit of Harpsden but first the rat run lane has to be negotiated. A similar footpath between Henley and Lower Shiplake could double as a cycle path. Many people would welcome the opportunity of walking to Henley.The only safe route is by the river and that is very limited by the weather and is very lonely. The disused rail track was, I believe, turned down on safety grounds.

Posted by: Edward P Harding | 18/09/2019 2:39 pm

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