Country park cyclist invasion fears over Olympic path scheme

Echo: Country park cyclist invasion fears over Olympic path scheme Country park cyclist invasion fears over Olympic path scheme

RESIDENTS are concerned plans to widena popular path at Hadleigh Country Parkwill see an influx of cyclists.

In August 2012, Hadleigh Farm hosted Olympic mountain bike events which attracted more than 40,000 spectators over two days.

Piggery Lane will be closed for five days from Monday, as works begin to resurface and widen the path.

The works are part of the Olympic legacy project which will see the area revamped – opening to the public next March.

The 2m path will be widened in places to 2.5m and the gravel path hardened to make it easier for wheelchair users and pushchairs to use.

But residents are concerned the improvements will encourage more cyclists to use it.

David Hurrell, 59, of Willow Walk, Hadleigh, said: “This pathway is historic. It’s beautiful.

Dog walkers love it. It’s a haven for wildlife and billowing with wildlife.

“They’re putting a surface down that will be ideal for mountain bikers.

“Changing it will appeal to the cyclist and, to all intents and purposes, it will become a main road for anyone coming from the Southend side. They will come down Castle Lane and Piggery Lane.

“This will becomeamain thoroughfare for the thousand of cyclists Essex County Council said will use this site. I’m keen on wildlife and I’m very keen our community is not shafted.”

The county council, which is overseeing the Olympic legacy, says the works will improve the path, which is sometimes impassable for four months in bad weather.

The shrub and trees alongside the path will remain and the surface will be identical to the new surfaced trails in the park.

Mountain biker Pete Shrimplin, 48, from Eastwood, said: “It’s a great thing for cyclists. The works at Hadleigh are fantastic for the area and will put Hadleigh on the map.

“The path is great for everyone.

It’s not just for hardcore mountain cyclists.

“It’s shared space for walkers, the leisure cyclist and children.

If it means more cyclists, that can only be good.” A county council spokesman said: “Residents have been consulted on all aspects of the redevelopment, including Piggery Lane.

“Piggery Lane is a key trail which will nowalloweasy access for pedestrians, cyclists, people with push chairs, wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.

“The only visual changes will be an improved surface and wider path to accommodate an increase in visitors.

“These minor changes will make the path more accessible, safer and will ensure visitors are able to use it all year round.”

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6:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

We already know and have been commenting on this since it appeared earlier.....
We already know and have been commenting on this since it appeared earlier..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

7:12pm Thu 10 Jul 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Don't forget the fishermen who use the lakes. A quiet tranquil place will become a hub of traffic and noise.
Don't forget the fishermen who use the lakes. A quiet tranquil place will become a hub of traffic and noise. saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 8

7:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Kursaal76 says...

what a surprise another old **** who doesn't like change.
what a surprise another old **** who doesn't like change. Kursaal76
  • Score: -9

8:09pm Thu 10 Jul 14

marshman says...

It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come?

Silly old sausage.
It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come? Silly old sausage. marshman
  • Score: -6

8:48pm Thu 10 Jul 14

mikepaterson says...

Why do some people think the park is only for walkers and dogs. Utterly bizarre! The newly reworked park will be fantastic and will bring visitors from outside the town to spend money in the area.
Why do some people think the park is only for walkers and dogs. Utterly bizarre! The newly reworked park will be fantastic and will bring visitors from outside the town to spend money in the area. mikepaterson
  • Score: -9

9:03pm Thu 10 Jul 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

marshman wrote:
It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come?

Silly old sausage.
3 inches? how can you ride a bike through 3 inches?

its not a good surface now, i went through this afternoon after some rain, add a few more days worth and it will get muddy, the greenery is growing fast and the actual track is very narrow in places now, its a good thing this path is getting widened and a better surface put down, the improvements in the area are fantastic, the new tracks are a great ride i been on most of them some parts are thrilling you need to go round again,understandably the profession downhill jumps/rock sections are out of bounds and they look lethal in the wrong hands, will be superb once its all up and running, easy to spend 2 hours over there, never come across a grumpy dog walker over there yet OR a nutcase dog on the loose and i must add rarey see a pile of turd either locals tend to look after the area most say Hello and i think the regular walkers are getting used to seeing more MTB'ers going through, we can work in harmony and appear to be already, i also take in the wildlife whilst riding through, very lucky to have this our my doorstep, loving it and so is all the other bikers i briefly spoke to, we are a friendly bunch with 1 thing in common, if i see you over there David i will say hi, we want the same thing we don't want it ruined.
[quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come? Silly old sausage.[/p][/quote]3 inches? how can you ride a bike through 3 inches? its not a good surface now, i went through this afternoon after some rain, add a few more days worth and it will get muddy, the greenery is growing fast and the actual track is very narrow in places now, its a good thing this path is getting widened and a better surface put down, the improvements in the area are fantastic, the new tracks are a great ride i been on most of them some parts are thrilling you need to go round again,understandably the profession downhill jumps/rock sections are out of bounds and they look lethal in the wrong hands, will be superb once its all up and running, easy to spend 2 hours over there, never come across a grumpy dog walker over there yet OR a nutcase dog on the loose and i must add rarey see a pile of turd either locals tend to look after the area most say Hello and i think the regular walkers are getting used to seeing more MTB'ers going through, we can work in harmony and appear to be already, i also take in the wildlife whilst riding through, very lucky to have this our my doorstep, loving it and so is all the other bikers i briefly spoke to, we are a friendly bunch with 1 thing in common, if i see you over there David i will say hi, we want the same thing we don't want it ruined. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -5

11:33pm Thu 10 Jul 14

marshman says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
marshman wrote: It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come? Silly old sausage.
3 inches? how can you ride a bike through 3 inches? its not a good surface now, i went through this afternoon after some rain, add a few more days worth and it will get muddy, the greenery is growing fast and the actual track is very narrow in places now, its a good thing this path is getting widened and a better surface put down, the improvements in the area are fantastic, the new tracks are a great ride i been on most of them some parts are thrilling you need to go round again,understandably the profession downhill jumps/rock sections are out of bounds and they look lethal in the wrong hands, will be superb once its all up and running, easy to spend 2 hours over there, never come across a grumpy dog walker over there yet OR a nutcase dog on the loose and i must add rarey see a pile of turd either locals tend to look after the area most say Hello and i think the regular walkers are getting used to seeing more MTB'ers going through, we can work in harmony and appear to be already, i also take in the wildlife whilst riding through, very lucky to have this our my doorstep, loving it and so is all the other bikers i briefly spoke to, we are a friendly bunch with 1 thing in common, if i see you over there David i will say hi, we want the same thing we don't want it ruined.
If you'd ever done any serious cycling you'd know that's more than enough surface on the ground for a bike wheel to make contact with. The path can be 100 meters wide and flooded but as long as there's a dry 3 inch strip it through it my old Eddy Merckx'll find its way to it. She's been doing it for 40 years I hasten to add so why is everyone making a fuss over it now?
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come? Silly old sausage.[/p][/quote]3 inches? how can you ride a bike through 3 inches? its not a good surface now, i went through this afternoon after some rain, add a few more days worth and it will get muddy, the greenery is growing fast and the actual track is very narrow in places now, its a good thing this path is getting widened and a better surface put down, the improvements in the area are fantastic, the new tracks are a great ride i been on most of them some parts are thrilling you need to go round again,understandably the profession downhill jumps/rock sections are out of bounds and they look lethal in the wrong hands, will be superb once its all up and running, easy to spend 2 hours over there, never come across a grumpy dog walker over there yet OR a nutcase dog on the loose and i must add rarey see a pile of turd either locals tend to look after the area most say Hello and i think the regular walkers are getting used to seeing more MTB'ers going through, we can work in harmony and appear to be already, i also take in the wildlife whilst riding through, very lucky to have this our my doorstep, loving it and so is all the other bikers i briefly spoke to, we are a friendly bunch with 1 thing in common, if i see you over there David i will say hi, we want the same thing we don't want it ruined.[/p][/quote]If you'd ever done any serious cycling you'd know that's more than enough surface on the ground for a bike wheel to make contact with. The path can be 100 meters wide and flooded but as long as there's a dry 3 inch strip it through it my old Eddy Merckx'll find its way to it. She's been doing it for 40 years I hasten to add so why is everyone making a fuss over it now? marshman
  • Score: 0

5:28am Fri 11 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Good place for my Montessa scrambler
Good place for my Montessa scrambler sesibollox
  • Score: -4

7:37am Fri 11 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

marshman wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
marshman wrote: It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come? Silly old sausage.
3 inches? how can you ride a bike through 3 inches? its not a good surface now, i went through this afternoon after some rain, add a few more days worth and it will get muddy, the greenery is growing fast and the actual track is very narrow in places now, its a good thing this path is getting widened and a better surface put down, the improvements in the area are fantastic, the new tracks are a great ride i been on most of them some parts are thrilling you need to go round again,understandably the profession downhill jumps/rock sections are out of bounds and they look lethal in the wrong hands, will be superb once its all up and running, easy to spend 2 hours over there, never come across a grumpy dog walker over there yet OR a nutcase dog on the loose and i must add rarey see a pile of turd either locals tend to look after the area most say Hello and i think the regular walkers are getting used to seeing more MTB'ers going through, we can work in harmony and appear to be already, i also take in the wildlife whilst riding through, very lucky to have this our my doorstep, loving it and so is all the other bikers i briefly spoke to, we are a friendly bunch with 1 thing in common, if i see you over there David i will say hi, we want the same thing we don't want it ruined.
If you'd ever done any serious cycling you'd know that's more than enough surface on the ground for a bike wheel to make contact with. The path can be 100 meters wide and flooded but as long as there's a dry 3 inch strip it through it my old Eddy Merckx'll find its way to it. She's been doing it for 40 years I hasten to add so why is everyone making a fuss over it now?
3 inches to pass safely? you need more that 3 inches to pass on a shared space, dogs, walkers, kids etc, its not a road race circuit and can't see the tour de france riders using the area, 2 + foot more like it, you forgot the handle bars on a MTB.
[quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come? Silly old sausage.[/p][/quote]3 inches? how can you ride a bike through 3 inches? its not a good surface now, i went through this afternoon after some rain, add a few more days worth and it will get muddy, the greenery is growing fast and the actual track is very narrow in places now, its a good thing this path is getting widened and a better surface put down, the improvements in the area are fantastic, the new tracks are a great ride i been on most of them some parts are thrilling you need to go round again,understandably the profession downhill jumps/rock sections are out of bounds and they look lethal in the wrong hands, will be superb once its all up and running, easy to spend 2 hours over there, never come across a grumpy dog walker over there yet OR a nutcase dog on the loose and i must add rarey see a pile of turd either locals tend to look after the area most say Hello and i think the regular walkers are getting used to seeing more MTB'ers going through, we can work in harmony and appear to be already, i also take in the wildlife whilst riding through, very lucky to have this our my doorstep, loving it and so is all the other bikers i briefly spoke to, we are a friendly bunch with 1 thing in common, if i see you over there David i will say hi, we want the same thing we don't want it ruined.[/p][/quote]If you'd ever done any serious cycling you'd know that's more than enough surface on the ground for a bike wheel to make contact with. The path can be 100 meters wide and flooded but as long as there's a dry 3 inch strip it through it my old Eddy Merckx'll find its way to it. She's been doing it for 40 years I hasten to add so why is everyone making a fuss over it now?[/p][/quote]3 inches to pass safely? you need more that 3 inches to pass on a shared space, dogs, walkers, kids etc, its not a road race circuit and can't see the tour de france riders using the area, 2 + foot more like it, you forgot the handle bars on a MTB. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 0

8:23am Fri 11 Jul 14

Thames Gateway says...

Shouldn't just be be an area for posh people to perambulate their pooches to poo.
Shouldn't just be be an area for posh people to perambulate their pooches to poo. Thames Gateway
  • Score: -6

8:42am Fri 11 Jul 14

Russ13 says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
marshman wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
marshman wrote: It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come? Silly old sausage.
3 inches? how can you ride a bike through 3 inches? its not a good surface now, i went through this afternoon after some rain, add a few more days worth and it will get muddy, the greenery is growing fast and the actual track is very narrow in places now, its a good thing this path is getting widened and a better surface put down, the improvements in the area are fantastic, the new tracks are a great ride i been on most of them some parts are thrilling you need to go round again,understandably the profession downhill jumps/rock sections are out of bounds and they look lethal in the wrong hands, will be superb once its all up and running, easy to spend 2 hours over there, never come across a grumpy dog walker over there yet OR a nutcase dog on the loose and i must add rarey see a pile of turd either locals tend to look after the area most say Hello and i think the regular walkers are getting used to seeing more MTB'ers going through, we can work in harmony and appear to be already, i also take in the wildlife whilst riding through, very lucky to have this our my doorstep, loving it and so is all the other bikers i briefly spoke to, we are a friendly bunch with 1 thing in common, if i see you over there David i will say hi, we want the same thing we don't want it ruined.
If you'd ever done any serious cycling you'd know that's more than enough surface on the ground for a bike wheel to make contact with. The path can be 100 meters wide and flooded but as long as there's a dry 3 inch strip it through it my old Eddy Merckx'll find its way to it. She's been doing it for 40 years I hasten to add so why is everyone making a fuss over it now?
3 inches to pass safely? you need more that 3 inches to pass on a shared space, dogs, walkers, kids etc, its not a road race circuit and can't see the tour de france riders using the area, 2 + foot more like it, you forgot the handle bars on a MTB.
The only part of the bike that's in contact with the ground are the wheels so the foot print area of the bike is only a few inches, that's the point being made here ;)

Passing space is another matter but widening the path to 2.5m should mean everyone can enjoy the benefits.

Good move from the council. The people who haven't got anything better to do than complain need to get over themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: It's a perfect surface for cyclists now and don't forget they only need about 3 inches to pass safely. Why will improving the path for walkers make more bikes come? Silly old sausage.[/p][/quote]3 inches? how can you ride a bike through 3 inches? its not a good surface now, i went through this afternoon after some rain, add a few more days worth and it will get muddy, the greenery is growing fast and the actual track is very narrow in places now, its a good thing this path is getting widened and a better surface put down, the improvements in the area are fantastic, the new tracks are a great ride i been on most of them some parts are thrilling you need to go round again,understandably the profession downhill jumps/rock sections are out of bounds and they look lethal in the wrong hands, will be superb once its all up and running, easy to spend 2 hours over there, never come across a grumpy dog walker over there yet OR a nutcase dog on the loose and i must add rarey see a pile of turd either locals tend to look after the area most say Hello and i think the regular walkers are getting used to seeing more MTB'ers going through, we can work in harmony and appear to be already, i also take in the wildlife whilst riding through, very lucky to have this our my doorstep, loving it and so is all the other bikers i briefly spoke to, we are a friendly bunch with 1 thing in common, if i see you over there David i will say hi, we want the same thing we don't want it ruined.[/p][/quote]If you'd ever done any serious cycling you'd know that's more than enough surface on the ground for a bike wheel to make contact with. The path can be 100 meters wide and flooded but as long as there's a dry 3 inch strip it through it my old Eddy Merckx'll find its way to it. She's been doing it for 40 years I hasten to add so why is everyone making a fuss over it now?[/p][/quote]3 inches to pass safely? you need more that 3 inches to pass on a shared space, dogs, walkers, kids etc, its not a road race circuit and can't see the tour de france riders using the area, 2 + foot more like it, you forgot the handle bars on a MTB.[/p][/quote]The only part of the bike that's in contact with the ground are the wheels so the foot print area of the bike is only a few inches, that's the point being made here ;) Passing space is another matter but widening the path to 2.5m should mean everyone can enjoy the benefits. Good move from the council. The people who haven't got anything better to do than complain need to get over themselves. Russ13
  • Score: -8

9:13am Fri 11 Jul 14

ddf35 says...

hopefully most other people will say "isnt it nice they've improved their path so it's not a muddy bog after some rain" - Seems an over the top concern - who decides to listen to the people who phone up with a 'story'?

Would they like one about my weed smoking neighbour & the ones who can't park responsibly?
hopefully most other people will say "isnt it nice they've improved their path so it's not a muddy bog after some rain" - Seems an over the top concern - who decides to listen to the people who phone up with a 'story'? Would they like one about my weed smoking neighbour & the ones who can't park responsibly? ddf35
  • Score: -2

10:34am Fri 11 Jul 14

The King of Southend says...

The last thing we want is people doing exercise in the park.

Let's leave it for irresponsible dog owners to foul the paths up.
The last thing we want is people doing exercise in the park. Let's leave it for irresponsible dog owners to foul the paths up. The King of Southend
  • Score: 0

11:20am Fri 11 Jul 14

Eastwood Biker says...

Surely the idea always was that the facilities would be improved so that it would be available to all,cyclists and walkers. The only mystery is why it is taking so long!!!
Surely the idea always was that the facilities would be improved so that it would be available to all,cyclists and walkers. The only mystery is why it is taking so long!!! Eastwood Biker
  • Score: -7

11:55am Fri 11 Jul 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

Be worthless when he sees all that japanese knot weed there no matter how long he is but 3 inches is small
Be worthless when he sees all that japanese knot weed there no matter how long he is but 3 inches is small Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Fri 11 Jul 14

MilesBond says...

Is that Brian Badonde?

The knotweed is a problem, along with the on-going fox situation.
Is that Brian Badonde? The knotweed is a problem, along with the on-going fox situation. MilesBond
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

I think it is Brian Sewell

I bet he is really dogging down there
I think it is Brian Sewell I bet he is really dogging down there Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: -1

3:48pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

The real truth is people who walk dogs don't want to take the full response that goes with it. They would rather be letting their dogs run free, leaving nice piles for others to step in. And whoa betide any cyclist who might happen to go near their beloved pets.
The real truth is people who walk dogs don't want to take the full response that goes with it. They would rather be letting their dogs run free, leaving nice piles for others to step in. And whoa betide any cyclist who might happen to go near their beloved pets. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -10

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