Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) is now seeking views on Phase 2 of its Greenways project that links the new Arborfield Garrison Development to new North Wokingham development via Cole Lane, Coombes lane, Foxhill, Woosehill, Holt lane and Cantley Park. The route for this sustainable link is largely fixed but detailed planning now need to take place and WBC is asking for comments to help shape final decisions on the route and detailed design.
There are 2 documents attached:
Greenways Project information leaflet with maps
Greenways stakeholder letter which includes WBC contact details for feedback from residents
We have only just been made aware of this by a local resident and the consultation period is very short (ends 1st April) but this should be of interest to Barkham residents.
This phase would run from Arborfield Cross, along Coles Lane and Coombes Lane and then via Fox Hill to Woosehill and eventually work its way to north Wokingham. This would have an all weather surface suitable for walking, cycling and horses.
Sections 2 and 3 pass though Barkham.
In principle we think this is a great idea and fully support the concept. However there are a number of issues which need to be resolved. Residents may wish to make the following points (and any others that are important to you) to WBC as part of this consultation, but please use your own words rather than a simple cut and paste:
The section through The Coombes is currently classified as a byway which is open to all traffic. Therefore it needs to have gates so that only authorised vehicles are able to use it. Otherwise providing a decent surface will encourage all sorts of traffic to use the route. This is a particularly sensitive point in view of the various unauthorised activities taking place in The Coombes.
The crossing at Bearwood Road needs to be improved. It is difficult enough already for pedestrians and horses to cross and for traffic emerging from Sandy Lane. At the very least there needs to be improved warning sides and a reduction in the speed limit on Bearwood Road at this point to 30mph. Ideally there should be some kind of warning lights.
The current proposal is for the Greenway to continue along the east side of Bearwood Road and then Highland Avenue. Bearwood Road is not particularly pleasant for non motorised users and Highland Avenue has the additional issue of HGVs manoeuvring near the entrance of the A1 scrap yard. A better solution would be a link from Sandy Lane north towards the existing right of way towards Limmerhill. Besides being a pleasanter route, this would be much more useful for Barkham people. This would involve some land acquisition, but there are at least three different options which could be considered.