Dear Manchester City Council,
I would like to see a copy of the ecological survey that has been conducted regarding the Fallowfield loop plans. A full copy would be appreciated, as well as any communications that have occurred regarding the plan to add artificial lighting along the route. I would also like to see documentation relating to any community consultation that took place regarding these plans and this issue specifically.
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Ecological Survey regarding the Fallowfield Loop plans
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Our Reference: FOI/0000/5031
Date: 12 July 2021
Dear Gemma Parker,
Re: Your request for information – FOI/0000/5031 - Environmental
Information Regulations 2004
Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Manchester City Council on 16 June 2021 and has been considered under the
provisions of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).
You have requested the following:
I would like to see a copy of the ecological survey that has been
conducted regarding the Fallowfield loop plans. A full copy would be
appreciated, as well as any communications that have occurred regarding
the plan to add artificial lighting along the route. I would also like to
see documentation relating to any community consultation that took place
regarding these plans and this issue specifically.
In response to your request, I attach a copy of the following documents:
1. Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Report for the Fallowfield Loop –
PEAR FALLOWFIELD FINAL 1.1.pdf
2. FALLOWFIELD LOOP consult survey results.pdf
3. Manchester Cycleway Stakeholder Update.pdf
In the previous consultation, street lighting was the issue which was most
frequently raised by people who took part. Feeling safer on the route –
and as part of that having better lighting – was a recurrent theme in the
feedback received (65% of the responses indicated that better street
lighting was required because they did not feel safe along the route in
the hours of darkness particularly during winter months). However, a
number of people (35%) also expressed concern about the impact of street
lighting on wildlife, so this was an aspect of the scheme which had to be
Before any proposals for improved lighting were made a thorough ecology
report, along with a bat analysis, was completed to ensure that there
would be no negative impact on wildlife in the area if additional LED
lighting columns and lit bollards were installed.
The attached ecology report recognises the presence of a whole host of
wildlife, to the extent that the ecologist who carried it out was
surprised that such an urban space was so rich in wildlife. It concluded
that wildlife in the area included multiple bats nests and runs and even a
number of endangered species one of which is particularly light sensitive;
five badger sets; multiple fox dens; great crested newts; a host of birds
on the red endangered species list and a healthy hedgehog population.
This information provided a challenge to the design interventions both in
terms of how the construction and shrubbery clearance is done, and the
amount of lighting that could be incorporated into both routes.
For this reason, we have reduced the lighting proposed to very limited
areas (e.g. not under bridges where bats are most likely to be but where
it was possible to install lighting without impacting wildlife). They will
operate only in late autumn and winter and will also be on timers so that
they provide additional light at times that children are most likely to be
cycling or walking to school along the route, or commuters using it to get
to and from work.
So that you are aware there is also a second stage online consultation
currently taking place on the Fallowfield Loop which will end on Friday 30
July 2021 at 12 noon. Please see below a link which can be copied and used
to enable you to provide your comments.
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