Haslemere Town Council has finally given permission for a bike stand outside HasleWorks, the co-working workspace in Petworth Road. But it again turned down Transition Haslemere’s application for two stands in the High Street near Hemmingways and Darnley’s.
Councillor David Round said it was “laughably weak” of Transition Haslemere to quote Government goals for encouraging cycling in towns in support of their proposal. He also said it was “ridiculous” that cyclists want to keep their bikes in view when stopping for coffee. And he claimed that no one shops on a bicycle because …
“you can only carry one or two items”.
Councillor Melanie Odell said that bike stands are “litter” and no more are required on the High Street. And Mayor Simon Dear added that bike stands would be “obstructing the pavement” and “cluttering the High Street scene”.
A spokesperson for Transition Haslemere said, “We have now exhausted all avenues for getting permission for the stands for the time being.”
Have these Conservative councillors not read Jeremy Hunt’s latest broadsheet missive?
‘Climate Change Must Start Locally’ he implored, pledging to ‘Cut Toxic Pollution’ in a recent photoshoot.