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[UPDATE: #185676] [UPDATE: 17.6.22 An email from a CYC planning enforcement officer says the case was closed. No-one thought to tell me. The person wrote: "I attach a photograph which shows the steel bicycle rack I refer to [ie the one in my image] which is accessible at the front of the store and is bolted to the ground. I have seen these racks in numerous places and bicycles can be securely locked to them via the wheels or the frame by using a chain/chord lock etc.
Whilst this design wasn’t approved by CYC and the plans showed Sheffield stands, it is considered a minor breach resulting in no harm and we therefore do not consider it expedient to take enforcement action in this case."
Cycling levels in York have fallen. Ever more council tax is spent on ill health-related (including many preventable) conditions. In 2019, the Council declared a climate emergency...
When my appeals and meetings with organisations fail, planning enforcement is where I turn. But it seems I can't count on it to do its job. [Other image with similar response from the same planning enforcement officer: #156629.] Good cycle parking for contrast: #183621, #182710, #170171.

[Image taken 23.10.21] Rodgers, Julia Avenue, Monks Cross, Huntington, York. [NOTE: streetview shows the pre-2018 iteration of this outlet.]

A report in the local paper from February 2018 says there will be a new entrance to this furniture/furnishings retailer:
The same article said cycle parking spaces would be created:
“Planning permission for the project was granted by City of York Council in October and Mr Browne said work has already begun on expanding the car park, with plans for up to 60 parking spaces and eight cycle spaces.”

This was presumably based on the planning application (Ref. No: 17/02020/FUL Received: Fri 18 Aug 2017 | Validated: Mon 21 Aug 2017 | Status: Decided) on behalf of Rodgers Of York Julia Avenue Huntington York YO32 9JR:
“Two storey front extension following demolition of existing front entrance and revised car/cycle parking and landscape works”
The Design and Access Statement of 17 August 2017
Our Ref: 4428_Design and Access Statement corroborated the plans:
1. This Design and Access Statement accompanies a Planning Application on behalf of Rodgers of York Ltd for demolition in part of the existing front entrance, a new two storey front extension for foyer and display space and revised car/cycle parking and landscape works at Rodgers of York, Julia Avenue, Huntington.
But described the situation regarding cycle parking in:
“5. Cycle Parking
5.1. There are no allocated cycle spaces currently on site. The proposed scheme provides for 8 cycle spaces using Sheffield stands, close to the main entrance. The new pathways link to the Jockey Lane cycle path network, and deliver cyclists to secure parking close to principle entrances, in accordance with the City of York design guidance.”
and in:
“11.4. Car Parking 11.4.1 Parking facilities have been improved, cycle parking introduced, and landscape proposals developed.”
The proposed ground floor and site plan shows:
“Rodgers of York Entrance
“Proposed cycle parking (sheffield stands) – shown to right of side entrance.”
Dropped kerb for cycle access.

The transport report for this application is the same as was used for a 2014 application.
14/01551/FULM | Change of use from use class B8 (warehouse) to restricted use class A1 (retail) with insertion of additional mezzanine floor space | Rodgers Of York Julia Avenue Huntington York YO32 9JR
Transport Statement
Date 25 June 2014


“3.5 The Monks Cross area has a large number of segregated cycle routes that run adjacent to the main access roads. Nearby, a traffic-free walking and cycling route links the site to the Heworth, Clifton and Huntingdon suburbs of York. The site is also linked to the York circular cycle route via Malton Road. This allows easy access to all suburbs of York via a signed, safe route around the edge of the city centre.”

“3.6 Secure cycle parking is available at the adjacent retail unit in a covered cycle shelter. There is currently no provision for dedicated cycle parking at the Rodgers of York site.”

So why aren’t there any Sheffield racks? Let alone 8 (presumably creating space for at least 16 cycles)? The tiny shiny structure might be useful as a magazine rack or for holding chopping boards but it won’t support a cycle. And many insurance companies won’t cover cycles not secured to an immovable object. This item is bolted to the ground but even if you can get a wheel into it, the frame can’t be secured…
I don't think any of the - is it - four retailers on this run of outlets that fronts onto Jockey Lane has racks for customers. Even the cycle chain, Evans doesn't provide any parking for customers. Do any of them provide cycle parking for staff? Other images today: #175242 and links.

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