Tony Burt shared a link to the group: Bromyard.Info.
Bromyard is a medieval market town with narrow winding streets and even a quiet day parking can be difficult. If you consider that the festival is using both of the town’s car parks as paddocks and the main streets as the circuit for the parade you will understand the challenge parking presents to u...
VeloBirmingham UPDATE 24/03/2017 from Councillors Bruce Baker, Alan Seldon and Nigel Shaw.
Following meeting between Herefordshire Council (HC) and VeloBirmingham (VB) 23/03/2017
Ward councillors, Cabinet member (roads) and officers met with two members of VeloBirmingham yesterday for an hour long meeting.
• Concern at lack of consultation by VB with residents was expressed.
• Concern at lack of a business case from VB was expressed.
• Concern at duration of road closures was expressed by HC and discussed with all present. VB unwilling or unable to agree to shorter duration of closure but suggested that there should be opportunity for vehicles to cross the route at manned crossroads. Although HC suggested that any road closure would normally be to through traffic only, allowing residents access to frontages, VB suggested that they could only accept pedestrian access for reasons of safety.
• VB stated that roads might be open sooner than the 15:30 stated time, depending on cyclists’ performance.
• Concern at loss of business and loss of liberty for residents was expressed by HC.
• VB suggested that there would be additional business brought by trade from visitors to Bromyard looking to view the event
• VB confirmed that their company had been retained by Birmingham City Council who were running the event. VB confirmed that theirs was a private company trading for profit and not a charitable institution or a public interest company.
• HC and VB confirmed that no safety case had yet been made and that any decision to permit road closures had not been made.
• Cllr. Rone, cabinet member for roads asked ward councillors to request businesses affected to write to him to confirm likely loss of trade on that day. He confirmed that this, and residents’ concerns would be foremost in his mind when considering the request from VB.
E&OE Nigel Shaw.