Dear Cycle Seahaven member.
Just a quick update to let you all know what’s happening from your committee. After the AGM in February it was unthinkable to foresee where events would take us with the restriction on meeting people for a bike ride because of the Coronavirus.
In early summer, just as rides were beginning to re-start, there were three resignations from the committee, two of which were the key executive positions of Chair and Secretary. We thank those members who have served us all and for the hard work they have put it.
By late July the committee had temporarily co-opted Andy Lock and Dave Sutton to assist with getting things up and running again. Andy is the new temporary Chair of the Club and Secretary duties are now being carried out by Charlie Ireland.
Committee meetings are now being held online using Zoom, whilst not as good as face to face meetings, the new committee is finding it’s feet and moving things forward.
The committee process starts with a meeting, the minutes for that meeting are then ratified at the next meeting and published as soon as practicable afterwards. This means that minutes will not appear on the website for at least a month, but usually no later than 6 weeks after a meeting.
Club members are welcome to attend meeting on the same basis that they have always been and will just need to inform the Secretary.
The Committee have been busy keeping the COVID guidance up to date to ensure we’re compliant with our affiliating body’s insurers and the ever-changing status of the Government guidance.
We have purchased a new standalone card reader for outside events, so we’re now able to work in our cashless and contactless society. This is safer for our Dr Bike crew and allows us more options when dealing with payments. The card reader can also print paper receipts if required.
After many years of amazing support and a free site provided by Three Ponds Holiday Park, we are planning for a new trailer location. A suitable site had already been found and there is now the kind offer from a club member for an alternative which is being considered by the committee.
During COVID restrictions our amazing ride leaders must deal with ever-changing restrictions, personal circumstances and vulnerabilities, family ‘bubbles’, track and trace requirements and keeping numbers within limits.
More and more rides are beginning to appear on the Calendar as our Ride Leaders get used to the new rules and members staying in their “six”, recent examples being Ladies Rides, Social Rides, Tony’s Off-Road Touring group and the Regular Road Touring and Touring Plus group rides. On the 31st October there will be a multiple Group MTB ride from Seaford along the SDW to Southease and back along the Egrets way.
Our regular surgeries continues to be a fantastic event for the club, with the recent addition of a regular session at Paradise Park Newhaven, thanks to Lee and Donna Turner and the whole Dr Bike Team for their efforts in providing a much needed surgery at Newhaven. Dr Bike now has three sessions each month, Seaford, Peacehaven and Newhaven on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month respectively. The funds for the club charity are nearly at last year’s total so well-done Lee Turner and the Dr Bike team.
Our Campaigns leader Simon Mcfarlane put many hours of work into suggestions for the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund to support active travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. This fund was created in reaction to the massive uptake in walking and cycling and the restrictions placed on public transport use. Regrettably for cyclists in the area, East Sussex County Council decided that it couldn’t act fast enough to meet the deadlines set by central government. The council insisted on consultation rather than trialling emergency measures as other councils have done. This is a big blow as already traffic levels in the county are above pre-pandemic levels and the trial could have given a great insight to possible future permanent solutions. ESCC will be spending £350k of the £560k that the government awarded – £210k will be handed back. There is a second much larger fund now available but ESCC has refused to take suggestions for this.
We would like to thank Club member Cllr Carolyn Lambert who did a fantastic job of fighting cyclists’ corner at the meeting where the decision was made.
As part of the fund additional cycle parking was offered. We submitted a selection of locations around the area. We have had confirmation of the first rack to be added in Newhaven Town Centre, next to Portside Vets. Conversations are still underway to ensure we get the stands we were promised in locations in Seaford.
We would also like to thank club members who contributed to the East Sussex Highways Exceat Bridge Consultation. We have formally responded with collated comments. Let’s hope the updated design takes into account our comments as the initial design didn’t sufficiently cater for cyclists.
Simon has been attending both Cycle East Sussex and Lewes District Council Cycling Forum meetings. These are a great opportunity for us to work together with other clubs, groups and councillors to try and improve cycling in the area.
Membership and Finance
The treasurer has been busy keeping records up to date with Membership on 23/08/20 at 370 of which 141 are female and 73 household.
Cash at the bank as at 12/10/20 was £7,688.35 of which £2,130.00 is for the Paris Ride 2021.
By the time you read this the Committee will be starting preparations for the AGM, which is likely to be held on Zoom and we have a lot to do so that a new committee can be elected and move the club forward on its own elected mandate. If you think you would like to serve on the committee, come to a meeting see what goes on and put yourself forward when a call for nominations goes out.
Happy Cycling from the Cycle Seahaven Committee