Minutes of HDCF meeting 5th February 2019

Attendees: Philip Ayerst, Geoff Bragg, Thea Bredie, Ruth Fletcher (Chair), Eric Gimber, Michael Gimber, Louise Skipton-Carter, Francis Vernon Apologies: Richard Bates, Stella Sharp, Peter Silburn (Secretary), Mark Treasure Agenda Sussex Growth Deal There is a Horsham Growth Deal which was signed in Nov 2018. It is a joint exercise between WSCC and HDC with LEP funding. […]

Minutes of HDCF meeting 4th December 2018

Attendees: Philip Ayerst, Thea Bredie, Ruth Fletcher (Chair), John Milne Apologies: Stella Sharp, Peter Silburn (Secretary), Graham Sitton, Francis Vernon Agenda Approval of previous minutes Approved unamended. Matters arising Shelley rides Thea, Ron Bates and Oliver are attending a heritage funding meeting in January and setting up a Shelley Rides Facebook page. Updates Horsham LCWIP […]

Minutes of the HDCF AGM 2nd October 2018

Attendees: Philip Ayerst, Alex Baines-Buffery (Dorking), Thea Bredie, Ruth Fletcher (Chair), Martin Read (District Post), Stella Sharp, Peter Silburn (Secretary), Graham Sitton (FNC), Louise Skipton-Carter (Crawley BC) Apologies: Francis Vernon Agenda Approval of previous minutes Approved unamended. Matters arising Kilnwood Vale bridleway The resurfacing has now taken place, with a generous 2m width, the vegetation has […]

Postcards from the Netherlands – was it all just a dream?

Each summer for the last three years I’ve spent time cycling in the Netherlands. This year, along with visiting Amsterdam of course we went further afield: to the Veluwe National Park in the east with its 1,800 (!) free White Bicycles, to the cities of Delft and Haarlem and – for the first time – […]

Minutes of HDCF meeting 14th August 2018

Attendees: Richard Bates (WSCF), Geoff Bragg, Thea Bredie, Ruth Fletcher (Chair), Deborah Rees + Sam and Mark (West Parade), Stella Sharp, Peter Silburn (Secretary), Graham Sitton (FNC), Louise Skipton-Carter (Crawley BC), Francis Vernon Apologies: Philip Ayerst Agenda We were pleased to welcome Deborah Rees along with Sam and Mark representing the West Parade residents. We were also […]

Cycle tour operator calls for paved surface to make Downs Link accessible for all

Following a ride on the Downs Link with his young family Alex Baines-Buffery, who runs the Wine-Rides cycle tour company in Dorking, has written to the new Cabinet Member for Highways Roger Elkins asking for the route to be paved. Their experience is familiar: when it rains you get plastered in mud, sharp stones in […]

Waltham Forest Mini-Holland scheme shows how to create better streets for everyone

What does it look like when you create a more liveable neighbourhood? What does that change look like on the ground, and how do you get the local community behind the change? These were some of the questions we were hoping to answer from our visit to the Waltham Forest Mini-Holland scheme earlier this month. […]

Ladies-only bike ride basks in the sun

The sun shone for the 2018 ladies-only bike ride. Organiser Thea Bredie sent this report. Sunday 8th July saw this year’s first Shelley Bike Ride, on a wonderful sunny day. The women-only ride was part of Cycling UK’s second annual Women’s Festival of Cycling. At the start Horsham MP Jeremy Quin took time to greet us […]

Fate of popular Christ’s Hospital bridleway to be settled at inquiry

The fate of a popular bridleway at Christ’s Hospital School will be decided by a Public Inquiry. The bridleway crosses extensive school playing fields and is enjoyed by the public on foot, bike and horseback. Objectors are hoping to stop West Sussex County Council diverting the bridleway to the southern perimeter of the sports pitches. […]

Ladies-only bike ride Sunday 8th July 2018

Twice as many men as women ride regularly for the simple reason that the roads are too dangerous. On Sunday 8th July there’s a chance to rectify this with a ladies-only bike ride! The ride will commemorate the life of Horsham-born poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and will take place almost entirely on off-road paths. Ride organiser […]