On 14 December 2022, Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (“BCP”) Council made the decision to keep Whitecliff Road open to motor traffic. Previously, in August 2020, BCP Council had made the relevant section of Whitecliff Road, at the point where it runs under a narrow bridge known as the Keyhole Bridge, subject to an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. The effect of this experimental scheme was that only bikes and pedestrians were allowed; all other vehicle access was prohibited. Cycling UK sought to challenge the December 2022 decision and brought a judicial review application in March 2023. It did so on the basis that BCP Council failed to have appropriate regard to the relevant statutory guidance and thereby misdirected itself; BCP failed to apply the starting presumption in favour of retaining the scheme that prohibited motor traffic from using Keyhole Bridge.
Those judicial review proceedings have now been satisfactorily settled with an accompanying ‘Statement of Reasons’ in which BCP Council acknowledge the merits of Cycling UK’s judicial review claim and its intention not to defend against a judicial review claim.