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Crow Lane Re-opening Debacle

Unfortunately the county council seem to be making a real mess of their Chesterfield East to West Cycling and Walking Route – the latest debacle is the failure to reopen Crow Lane.

Whether you agree with the permanent closure of Crow Lane or not, the fact is that the county council’s powers to close it ended on 1 December 2021 and it should have been reopened. A more permanent closure proposal will then be subject to a statutory notice and consultation period. During this period the lane has to be opened.

The civic society contacted the county council, giving them until close of business on 10 December to reopen the highway. The highway has not been reopened so we have now complained to the Secretary of State and the Local Government Ombudsman.

We hope that you will agree with us that the county council must operate within the law.

Our chairman’s original communication to the county council over the matter can be downloaded below.

There’s also an article in the Derbyshire Times on the failure of the county council to reopen the road.

As the road wasn’t opened by the close of business on 10 December our chairman has written to the county council, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman and to Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State at the Department for Transport. You can download the letters below.

This post was updated on 12 December 2021, adding the letters sent by the civic society following failure by the county council to reopen Crow Lane, by close of business on 10 December 2021. The post text was also amended to reflect this.

More on the Chesterfield Cycle Super-Highway

Earlier in 2021 Derbyshire County Council announced a plan to extend an existing cycle route through Chesterfield at either end. The Civic Society has previously objected to aspects of the proposals. In this post we revisit these proposals as the council has presented a paper to their Cabinet of 14 October recommending that the proposals are accepted.

The controversial aspects of this proposal are centred around the closure to motor traffic of a road forming the proposed eastern extension (Crow Lane) and the building of a new two-lane high-speed cycle ‘super highway’ along a very busy main road (Chatsworth Road, A619) which forms the western extension.

The Derbyshire County Council Cabinet paper is available to download below.

The Civic Society are unhappy with many aspects of the scheme. Our objections and concerns over the proposal are contained in a paper we have sent to the Secretary of State for Transport. Download this paper below, together with the covering letter.

We have written to the Local Government Ombudsman, over the issue Download our letter below.

Our circular to Brookside residents can be downloaded below. This also outlines some of the objections we have.

We are making these papers available in the interests of open governance.