Plans to be unveiled for ‘Crab and Winkle’ bridges in
The designs for two new bridges in Whitstable will go on display later
this month at the Horsebridge Centre so that local people can give their
views on them.
Where: The Horsebridge Centre, 11 Horsebridge Road,
Whitstable CT5 1AF. When: Friday 12th March 12-5pm,
Saturday 13th March 9am-1pm.
The proposed bridges will go over Old Bridge Road and over Teynham Road
and are being shown to the public before planning permission is sought.
The bridges will be part of a newly created route for pedestrians and
cyclists between the existing Crab and Winkle Way at All Saints Close
and the seafront. At the public exhibition, drawings and plans will be
on display and members of the steering group for the project will be
available to discuss it.
Sustrans has been working in partnership with Kent County Council,
Canterbury City Council and The Crab & Winkle Line Trust to create
this high quality route as part of a multi-million pound project which
will complete a greenway and promenade along a 12 mile stretch of the
Kent coast and will be an extensive walking and cycling scheme which
will extend the existing route to Canterbury – the Crab and Winkle Way,
complete the circular Viking Coastal Trail and create the coastal route
between Whitstable and Reculver – the Oyster Bay Trail. It will also
provide a quality traffic free facility for locals to get to work and
school in a sustainable way which benefits their health and the
Simon Pratt, Regional Director of Sustrans, said, “This will be the
first time people can come and see the new bridge plans so we hope they
take this opportunity to come and talk to the project team and give us
their feedback. These bridges are for Whitstable so it’s important for
the local people to see the proposed designs and have a say.”
Ruth Goudie, Partnership Officer, Kent Highway Services, said “We are
pleased that this project is moving forward and we hope that as many
people as possible will give us their views on the bridges so we can get
this route created and people in Whitstable can really start using it."
After the exhibition, the designs will then go on display at Whitstable
Library from Monday 15th March until the closing date for feedback which
is the 26th March. Original planning permission for these two bridges
was given in 2006 but has since expired. At this time Canterbury City
Council considered that the construction of these bridges was acceptable
in principle, in planning terms. Following detailed surveys and
discussions with key stakeholders, the bridge designs have also changed
since the 2006 application and will require the submission of a new
Sustrans is part funding the Whitstable scheme with £500,000 from the
Big Lottery Fund. The charity won £50m in ‘The People’s Millions’,
the UK’s largest lottery competition, in 2007 with a national TV vote
to create new walking and cycling routes on a national scale showing
that communities across the UK support investment in creating these
networks for pedestrians and cyclists.
02nd Mar 2010