Seeing the Wood for the Trees

Seeing the Wood for the Trees – How many people presently use Lucy’s Mill Bridge – how many could?

We did some very specific surveying of how people presently use the bridge. We could have just counted numbers crossing, a very simple method. The most complicated way to find out about use would have been to have had questionnaires to give to people on the bridge, but that would have prevented people from going about how they normally use the bridge and we could only have taken a sample of the numbers of present users.

What we did do, Read more

Questions and Answers

This is what you’ve said so far – and answers to questions you’ve had – what would you like to add, now you’ve seen all the evidence?

Over 2017 we did lots of public consultation. We had an online and paper questionnaire that people contributed to. We held an Open afternoon in the Town Hall where people could see seven presentations and give their thoughts and then the Stratford Facebook Forum very kindly promoted our posts and hundreds of people comment – and thousands look at them.

All this feedback is below plus the transcript of an interview we did for Welcombe Radio. In that interview two of our ‘expert friends’ answered many questions people have raised. Read more

Joan MacFarlane – Best Friend of Lucy’s Mill Bridge

Joan MacFarlane – one of the very first ‘Friends’ of the bridge

 

It was with great sadness that we heard of Joan’s misfortune. Joan was a stalwart of our group called Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge. Joan joined in November 2014 when the group was first started following a Town Hall Public Meeting, and for four years she has been one of the main driving forces in the group which is aiming to achieve full access for everyone over Lucy’s Mill Bridge. Joan was Chairman of the group for a large part of the time and she was present for the most recent milestone exhibition when we presented the designs at a Town Hall Public Exhibition earlier in the month.

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Ramps for Lucy’s Mill Bridge

Ramps for Lucy’s Mill Bridge

Possible Ramps for Lucy’s Mill Bridge

First shown to Residents at our Open Afternoon
Saturday 2nd December – in the Town Hall

Over the past two months, the Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge have completed 29 hours of physical surveying of people using the bridge (actually counting as people arrive and come off the bridge rather than interviewing bridge users).

We’ve also had paper surveys available in three of Stratford’s Public Buildings, alongside an online survey (of the same questions as the paper versions) that has been widely publicised, especially through the help of the Stratford Herald, the Stratford on Avon Facebook Forum and the ‘SUAhour’ Twitter group.

Lots of information and videos about this work was on display at the Town Hall, but pride of place was the results of several months work by Hawkes Edwards and the Avon Navigation Trust. The Herald had a preview of the architects drawings but people attending the exhibition were able to see a three dimensional video – a flyover of what the ramps would look like when in place and from the perspective of someone walking along the riverbank then over the bridge.

Flyover Presentation – If you would like to see the Flyover Presentation please CLICK HERE.

Hawkes Edwards are one of Stratford’s premier architects and are Historic Building Consultants. Our thanks go especially to Trevor Edwards and one of his team John Quinn. The bridge was surveyed through the Avon Navigation Trust, the group who manage all the waterways in and around our town. To look closely at accessibility, a mock of the proposed ramps was laid out in a car park (thanks very much to Stratford District Council) and representatives of Accessibility Groups invited to test out the proposed layout.

This design would only use publicly owned land. None of the new specimen trees on the south side of the river would need to be removed. In fact they would create a boulevard for the ramp on the south side. The advice of the Avon Navigation Trust (and their support) was invaluable in showing the best ramp route possible and we would very much like to thank Roger Clay, Mike Sheard and Jeff Holt for all their involvement and advice. It was also through the Trust that we do have a professional estimate of the project costs, work done by John Redmond of Faithful+Gould. Thanks very much John for all your work.

The Friends would very much like to hear what you think – please email Designs@lucysmillbridge.co.uk . A link to this feature has been posted on the Stratford Facebook Forum so you could respond there but if you would like to reply privately, please do email us as soon as you want to (same email link). Please do say what you feel, whether you like this option or you would rather see something else – a replacement bridge or a new bridge further downstream.

You can also take a look at all the other presentations from the Open Afternoon –

1) This is a summary of the physical surveying – at least four hours of each day of the week

Presentation – Bridge counts and more

The peak numbers crossing the bridge were in excess of 300 residents and visitors over an hour and the minimum numbers (per hour) we observed were around 60 bridge crossings.

We classified people by age and then whether they had a dog, a bike, pushchairs etc and how easy it was for them to climb the steps. All of this information is in an Excel spreadsheet and we will make this available to anyone interested (not just sending it to Warwickshire County Council). If you are good with Pivot Tables, or would just like to see these results, please do email us and we will send them to you. We’d really appreciate seeing your own analysis.

All these survey results will combine with the spreadsheet model we’ve made of the different areas of Stratford, and how individuals and families could use the bridge. This model will be available for you to look at in January.

2) This is a presentation of some of the feedback from the online and paper surveys that residents and visitors have completed

It’s lots of quotes of what people said about their use of the bridge, and the other options – both positive and negative.

We will analyse the full results and present them in January and put all this evidence into the pack we will give to all the statutory authorities who would be involved in making a decision about the bridge, and the viable option of the ramps above.

3) This is a video of all the entries in the ‘Lucy’s Lifts’ competition – the fun design competition for 12s and unders to be architects and designers for a day.

Link to Lucy’s Lifts video on YouTube.

There are some small prizes and winners will be announced on Friday 8th December with a number being presented at Bishopton School that afternoon – Congratulations to those young people who have won a prize and our thanks to everyone who entered. There was lots of creativity and fun!

4) Finally, this is a video of many of the ‘Paws’ who cross the bridge each day. As you will have seen from the physical surveying, we counted nearly 600 ‘dog crossings’ (we saw some dogs more than once). If your ‘Best Friend’ isn’t on this montage, please do take a picture and send it to paws@lucysmillbridge.co.uk so that when we produce our final video, they will be there!

Link to 1000 Paws video on YouTube.

That is it for 2017. We are only a very small team who could not have done any of the above without the support of professional people and groups who, like us, would love to see Lucy’s Mill Bridge be a bridge everyone can use.

The option of these ramps is viable. There is work going on at the site of the new marina that will bring more people to our town, people who would find Lucy’s Mill Bridge a far more convenient way into our lovely town than using the riverbank walk.

But, and all our surveying shows this, there are hundreds – actually thousands – who already do use this bridge, some with great difficulty, and because the bridge hasn’t been ‘for everyone’ for many many years, there are going to be hundreds (at the least) who just don’t go down to Stratford’s third footbridge, because they know they cannot use it.

This number could well be over a thousand; if you look at the 25,000 or so people who live in our Town and then break that down into young families with pushchairs, into those who have retired but find steps difficult, and especially anyone who uses a mobility scooter or a wheelchair – people who simply cannot use the bridge.

Have a wonderful time over Christmas and the New Year. We thank you for all your support and please do share this page with friends who may be interested.