Welcome to our website
Sandlings Safer Cycling Campaign
A group set up to campaign for the provision of safer cycle and pedestrian routes in the area known as the Suffolk Sandlings. Our initial aim is to see the towns and villages of Aldeburgh, Saxmundham, Thorpeness, Aldringham, Knodishall, Snape, Friston, Leiston, Sizewell, Westleton and Eastbridge linked together with safe, preferably off-road, cycle-friendly routes. These, in turn, may link with other routes further afield like Walberswick and Southwold. To this end we have entered into dialogue with officers and councillors at Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Unit, the various parishes, the consultants engaged in the development of Sizewell C nuclear power station and various land owners and businesses. We have been successful in gaining a grant from Groundwork for £1000. Also, our Waitrose Community Matters green token box raised £325 during May 2011.
WE NOW HAVE TWO LOCAL ROUTE GUIDES PUBLISHED – see the Lastest guides section
General membership meetings will be called when considered appropriate and notice of them will be posted here. We shall be very pleased to hear from anyone who feels they can join the committee and bring extra ideas to it.
The second route guide is in the format of a folder in a plastic wallet containing six pull-out route descriptions using OpenStreetMap. Members may purchase copies of the route guides directly from us for the very modest cost of £2.50 each. Please e mail us to arrange for collection from one of our committee members. Non-members may purchase copies of them directly from us at a cost of £4 each. Some copies are available in local retail outlets where the cost may be higher. If you need one sent through the post, this can done at your risk and on payment of the postage. Please e mail us first if you wish to do this to arrange cost and payment. We have designed these route guides to encourage the exploration of our beautiful coast and countryside. Between the rivers Alde and Blyth there is a myriad of paths which can be followed with the aid of our well signed routes. There are clear maps and detailed descriptions for each of the routes, which are divided up into sections with characteristics, distances and main features. Alternative routes are given when advisable. The Sandlings Safer Cycling team would like to express its sincere thanks to the sponsors whose generous funding made the signage of the routes and the publication of these route guides possible: The Britten-Pears Foundation East Suffolk Greenprint Forum The Waitrose Community Support Project
Projects on which we are working include: Identifying possible funding sources. Applying for funding. Identifying and mapping ideal routes. Identifying and approaching land owners. Working with Royal Haskoning, the consultant planners for Sizewell C and discussing a strategy for the provision of cycle routes in the overall infrastructure. Submission of ideas to the planning authorities for the achievement of planning gain for the community under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, to include new or improved cycle routes. We have recently been successful in obtaining grant funding from the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Waitrose Community Matters and Groundwork to further our work, particularly towards the production of route maps. We have also been actively campaigning to get the whole of the section of the B1122, Leiston Road between Aldeburgh and Leiston restricted to 40mph. In conjunction with local residents, a petition has been signed and we have persuaded Aldeburgh Town Council to support this change. Our work has also been acknowledged in the recent publication of the Aldeburgh Town Plan which recognises the importance of cycling in and around the Town.
Ways in which you can support us:
Joining the Campaign (see membership section) Offering your help to the committee and bringing to it your ideas, expertise or administrative assistance. Surveying potential routes. Making a donation. Speading the word and recruiting additional members Giving the campaign publicity through your business or other leisure groups
SUSTRANS – The UK’s leading sustainable transport charity behind the National Cycle Network. – http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ DISCOVER SUFFOLK – http://www.discoversuffolk.org.uk/ REPORT A ROAD HAZARD via The Times safe Cycling Campaign – http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/contact/ JOIN The Times Safe Cycling Campaign – http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/contact/