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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

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About SSCC

SANDLINGS SAFER CYCLING CAMPAIGN (SSCC) SUMMARY OF OBJECTIVES AND AIMS The group was formally constituted at a public meeting at Thorpeness on 3 September 2008. Our constitution states the following objects: “to campaign for the provision of safer cycle and pedestrian routes in the area known as the Suffolk Sandlings and to do everything calculated to further the achievement of such provision.” The following more specific aims have been identified: To identify routes which may be suitable for dedicated off-road cycle paths To introduce traffic calming measures To seek dedicated off-road cycle routes through planning gain should Sizewell “C” go ahead To campaign for dedicated cycle lanes To seek funding from appropriate sources To include pedestrian safety in our considerations To maintain contact with and seek advice from Sustrans To make cycling to school and workplaces safer To canvass support from local politicians To raise awareness in local media To seek support from local businesses To monitor and report poor highway maintenance and safety hazards To campaign for more rigorous enforcement of traffic regulations To seek mutual support with cycle-friendly businesses To seek information as to how cycling impacts on and to influence local parish plans To provide local cycling information Publication of maps



To join the Sandlings Safer Cycling Campaign please click on the highlighted text below, print off and complete the application form and return it to the address shown on the form with the one-off £2 joining fee (make any cheques to “Sandlings Safer Cycling Campaign”).   Alternatively return the form to us by e mail and pay your membership fee directly into our account at the Norwich & Peterborough, sort code 40-65-00, account no: 33747819 At our AGM in 2013 we changed our constitution to abolish the annual subscription.  We will contact you by e mail at least once a year.  In the event that 3 years pass without our having heard from you we will assume you do not wish to remain members.  At our 2014 AGM the one-off joining fee was set at £2 for all the members of one household.   Members may buy copies of our route guides for only £2.50 each (see “current publications” page).


 We held our Annual General meeting on Thursday 21 May 2015 at the Garrett Room, Longshop Museum, Main Street, Leiston.
The following members of the Committee were re-elected: Mike Laschet (Chair), James Richards (Treasurer), Karen Mountford (Minutes Secretary), Rachel Fraser Steele (Membership Secretary), Merv Lambert, Terry Hodgson, Ann Granger (Publicity Secretary) and Nick Hubbard (Secretary).
 Our committee meets regularly to formulate and give focus to our specific projects.

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.


CYCLING THE SUFFOLK SANDLINGS AND BEYOND THE SANDLINGS Following the success of our first route guide “Cycling the Suffolk Sandlings”, we are pleased to announce publication of our second guide “Beyond the Sandlings” containing routes based around saxmundham.

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

Our first project describes 14 practical routes in a 40-page booklet, showing these on extracts from the local footpath maps compiled by Wilfrid George. We are very grateful to Wilfrid George for allowing us to use his maps as a base. The booklet gives details of the current problems, legal or practical, associated with those routes. Places where the routes are less easy to follow will be waymarked by special stickers bearing our logo and the route number.          


Current Projects

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.

Supporting Us

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


Useful Contacts

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/


Outdoor events

We are planning a number of family cycle rides.  Details will appear here.