No support for cycleway, says councillor

First published in News

ANDOVER County councillor Tony Hooke says he’s been unable to find a single person who wants to see a cycleway built along Weyhill Road – other than Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council officials.

Cllr Hooke, pictured right, said: “I’ve made an effort to find out what the residents think and would say that 90 per cent are against the idea and the other 10 percent are not bothered.

“There’s not a single one who wants it.

“But irrespective of what I do or say their mindset is to go ahead with it and it will be put to executive member Sean Woodward.

“What is the point of having elected members when the decisions are already made in advance?”

A response was requested from Hampshire County Council on Tuesday but was still awaited as we went to press.

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10:58am Sun 6 Apr 14

classof79 says...

I travel on Salisbury road at least once a day and often see adult cyclists using the road rather than the cycleway. As a motorist if I dare to drive in a cycle lane I would be subjected to verbal abuse and possible points on my licence. Any cyclist NOT using a cycleway should be fined £80 where one is provided.

The council should survey adult cyclists along Salisbury road to see if they would want a cycleway along Weyhill road, I bet I know what the answer would be.
I travel on Salisbury road at least once a day and often see adult cyclists using the road rather than the cycleway. As a motorist if I dare to drive in a cycle lane I would be subjected to verbal abuse and possible points on my licence. Any cyclist NOT using a cycleway should be fined £80 where one is provided. The council should survey adult cyclists along Salisbury road to see if they would want a cycleway along Weyhill road, I bet I know what the answer would be. classof79
  • Score: -3

12:30pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Peter.Smith says...

2 days ago he was selling spuds on the High Street, today he's moaning about a cycleway. Goodness Advertiser is it a slow news week?

What is the point of him being elected if all he does is moan and complain, he has plenty of opportunities to make a difference.

For example, a few months ago when it was the buses he was moaning about, he could have suggested an amendment to the County budget to allow for more funding to go to better bus routes, he didn't. Instead he read out the by-election results from Manchester and had a hissy fit in the council chamber. You can watch it on the County Council website.

Do we really want a publicity seeking, liar representing us in Andover?

His supporters rave about all the 'amazing' things he is doing, yet when asked, none of them can say what they are, he's in this paper enough to make public his triumphs but instead he just moans about something different each time.

Maybe he would be better placed selling spuds on the market or selling uPVC windows door to door, something his personality is better suited to, but wait... he does own that garage which provides the Advertiser with significant advertising revenue. That garage with the 'reputation'.
2 days ago he was selling spuds on the High Street, today he's moaning about a cycleway. Goodness Advertiser is it a slow news week? What is the point of him being elected if all he does is moan and complain, he has plenty of opportunities to make a difference. For example, a few months ago when it was the buses he was moaning about, he could have suggested an amendment to the County budget to allow for more funding to go to better bus routes, he didn't. Instead he read out the by-election results from Manchester and had a hissy fit in the council chamber. You can watch it on the County Council website. Do we really want a publicity seeking, liar representing us in Andover? His supporters rave about all the 'amazing' things he is doing, yet when asked, none of them can say what they are, he's in this paper enough to make public his triumphs but instead he just moans about something different each time. Maybe he would be better placed selling spuds on the market or selling uPVC windows door to door, something his personality is better suited to, but wait... he does own that garage which provides the Advertiser with significant advertising revenue. That garage with the 'reputation'. Peter.Smith
  • Score: 0

6:36pm Sun 6 Apr 14

N.Smith says...

I agree with Tony. I spent 2yrs cycling down the Weyhill rd every afternoon on my way home from work. I loved the way cars would overtake just as you enter the narrow parts near crossings and try to drive around you as you wait for traffic to move. A cycleway would deny the right of cyclists to run the gauntlet of physical injury on a daily basis. Thank God that Tony is looking out for us.
I agree with Tony. I spent 2yrs cycling down the Weyhill rd every afternoon on my way home from work. I loved the way cars would overtake just as you enter the narrow parts near crossings and try to drive around you as you wait for traffic to move. A cycleway would deny the right of cyclists to run the gauntlet of physical injury on a daily basis. Thank God that Tony is looking out for us. N.Smith
  • Score: 6

3:47pm Mon 7 Apr 14

i-speak-the-truth says...

Peter Smith you are missing the point. Councillor Hooke is quite right when he says "“What is the point of having elected members when the decisions are already made in advance?”.

Hampshire Council Council run a "Cabinet System" whereby the Councillors that both you and I may vote for, do not have a vote in the decisions that are taken. This unquestionably needs resolving. It's not just not democratic.

If the "Cabinet System" isn't abolished, then what is the point in voting at all?
Peter Smith you are missing the point. Councillor Hooke is quite right when he says "“What is the point of having elected members when the decisions are already made in advance?”. Hampshire Council Council run a "Cabinet System" whereby the Councillors that both you and I may vote for, do not have a vote in the decisions that are taken. This unquestionably needs resolving. It's not just not democratic. If the "Cabinet System" isn't abolished, then what is the point in voting at all? i-speak-the-truth
  • Score: -1

9:23am Tue 8 Apr 14

Lol the Troll says...

Peter Smith certainly seems to bring down the tone!
I think like many other issues the council seem intent on doing what they want, regardless of what the peoples views are, but they cant always win.
I think in this case and that of the bus station upgrade (which includes rest room for bus drivers, offices for bus staff & cafe etc etc ) the money has come from Section 106 agreements. This money can go towards infrastructure, education and a host of other qualifying projects.
Again you have to wonder if this cycle lane like the £2.9 million pound bus station project is best use of this indirect tax on the developers/house purchasers. I haven't seen the plans but history and human nature time and time ago shows people will not travel further, so I suspect people will travel down Weyhill Road where the cycle lane finishes.
If this is the case than more should be done to control the speed of traffic in Weyhill Road, I was only there the other day and witness a lady taking her kids to school texting whilst driving. All they would have to do is change the priority at a few junctions!
What is the cost of this cycle scheme? I wonder if the local population think its money well spent? I don't know Tony Hooke, but fair play for bucking the trend and saying what he thinks or the electorate is telling him.
All we will hear is it is in some plan.
Peter Smith certainly seems to bring down the tone! I think like many other issues the council seem intent on doing what they want, regardless of what the peoples views are, but they cant always win. I think in this case and that of the bus station upgrade (which includes rest room for bus drivers, offices for bus staff & cafe etc etc ) the money has come from Section 106 agreements. This money can go towards infrastructure, education and a host of other qualifying projects. Again you have to wonder if this cycle lane like the £2.9 million pound bus station project is best use of this indirect tax on the developers/house purchasers. I haven't seen the plans but history and human nature time and time ago shows people will not travel further, so I suspect people will travel down Weyhill Road where the cycle lane finishes. If this is the case than more should be done to control the speed of traffic in Weyhill Road, I was only there the other day and witness a lady taking her kids to school texting whilst driving. All they would have to do is change the priority at a few junctions! What is the cost of this cycle scheme? I wonder if the local population think its money well spent? I don't know Tony Hooke, but fair play for bucking the trend and saying what he thinks or the electorate is telling him. All we will hear is it is in some plan. Lol the Troll
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pecanuk says...

I suspect Tony Hooke hasn't found anyone who supports the proposed cycleway, because he has probably made sure not to ask anyone who might actually agree with it? I've cycled down Weyhill Road many times - the traffic is intimidating and some drivers are downright dangerous. I think a cycleway is an excellent idea. Motorised traffic in Andover gets far too much priority, anything that tips the balance in favour of walking, cycling and public transport, is to be welcomed.

Thank heavens somebody in Hampshire County Council and TVBC has some views on road infrastructure that have made it past 1965.

But, as the purpose of Tony Hooke and his chosen mouthpiece - this paper, is evidently to support motor vehicles at the expense of all other forms of transport, and the constantly moaning 'motorists' who's last century views and sense of entitlement seem to dominate the letters section, I'm not surprised to read this.

As a regular local cyclist, I gave up expecting to read anything positive about cycling or cyclists in these pages a long time ago. It seems nothing has changed recently. Tony Hooke and Andover are a match made in heaven.
I suspect Tony Hooke hasn't found anyone who supports the proposed cycleway, because he has probably made sure not to ask anyone who might actually agree with it? I've cycled down Weyhill Road many times - the traffic is intimidating and some drivers are downright dangerous. I think a cycleway is an excellent idea. Motorised traffic in Andover gets far too much priority, anything that tips the balance in favour of walking, cycling and public transport, is to be welcomed. Thank heavens somebody in Hampshire County Council and TVBC has some views on road infrastructure that have made it past 1965. But, as the purpose of Tony Hooke and his chosen mouthpiece - this paper, is evidently to support motor vehicles at the expense of all other forms of transport, and the constantly moaning 'motorists' who's last century views and sense of entitlement seem to dominate the letters section, I'm not surprised to read this. As a regular local cyclist, I gave up expecting to read anything positive about cycling or cyclists in these pages a long time ago. It seems nothing has changed recently. Tony Hooke and Andover are a match made in heaven. pecanuk
  • Score: 5

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