Selected letters and submissions to the Scottish Government, MSPs, and other national bodies
Scottish Budget 2017/18
b. 1612 Spokes article about influencing manifestos. Related tweet.
a. 1609 Letter to Finance Secretary from Scottish health & transport groups (including Spokes) seeking 10% of the transport budget for active travel. Government reply.
1608 Government Planning Review For our efforts to ease the planning restrictions on bike sheds in gardens see our Bike Storage: gardens page (stemming from 1512 below)
1606 Air Passenger Duty Consultation of Scottish Government plans to halve then scrap APD. Consultation page. Spokes response [pdf] SCCS response [pdf] 2050 Climate Group response [young people concerned about climate change]
CAPS 2016 update
Scottish Budget 2016/17
h. 1602 Budget outcome – no change – website article
g. 1602 Budget letters from MSPs to Spokes members
f. 1602 Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Cycling Group writes to Deputy First Minister & Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP supporting Spokes proposal [(e) below]. Letter [pdf].
e. 1601 Spokes submission to ICI Cttee [pdf] asking to transfer 1% of the trunk roads budget to Active Travel. Spokes website post. Tweet. Minister Keith Brown MSP evidence to ICI Cttee.
d. 1512 Spokes budget commentaries & tweets: 1. Budget transport/cycling & tweet 2. Specific impact on council cycling provision & tweet.
c. 1512 The Draft budget [pdf 1.5MB] Selected accompanying documents: Infrastructure Investment Plan [link]; Carbon Assessment [link] – note, as usual, this only counts the emissions associated with building a road, not with the use then made of it!
b. 1511 Scottish Parliament ICI Committee pre-budget evidence session – Spokes submission [pdf]. Other submissions. ICI Cttee web page for Budget 16/17.
a. 1509 Delay in 16/17 Scottish Budget – Why the 16/17 budget is delayed, and why we fear that when published it may still lack clarity on cycling cash
1512 Trunk Roads Cycling Initiative Minister agrees to our request to update the 1996 TRCI ! Our letter – 1510 below. Reply from Minister [pdf]
1512 Independent Planning Review The government has appointed a panel to review the Scottish Planning System. Review consultation page. Spokes has made two responses… Spokes response on major policy issues [pdf] Spokes response on specific issue of bike sheds in gardens [pdf]. Sustrans response [pdf] Transform response [pdf] Living Streets response [pdf].
1511 Footway Parking and Double Parking Bill (Scotland) – Spokes submission [pdf] – includes links to the consultation site & other respondees.
1510 Circular Economy consultation – Consultation website Our support for bike recycling and bottle deposits [see 0810 & 9703(!) below for previous bottle deposit letters – government still thinking!!!]
1510 Trunk Road cycling projects and the Trunk Roads Cycling Initiative [TRCI] Scottish Government response to our 1504 letter [pdf]. Spokes letter to Transport Minister re need for TRCI update [pdf].
1506 Scottish Parliament ICI Committee Final Report [pdf 3.2MB] of the Inquiry into freight transport in Scotland Spokes submission on cargobikes [pdf 251k]. The report [para 212] recommends the government investigates use of cargobikes for deliveries within towns and cities. Tweet 11.4.15 Tweet 29.6.15.
1504 Town Centres Toolkit government advice on town centres development [cycling p76-83] For our submission to the earlier consultation see Town Centres at 1311 & 1401 below [hope we helped!]
Scottish Budget 2015/16
j. 1502 Budget passed by Parliament – £3.9m extra walk/cycle infra cash added at last minute. 15/16 cycle cash now likely to be similar to 14/15, but several uncertainties
i. 1501 Parliament ‘Stage 1’ budget debate – hints of more cash, nothing certain
h. 1501 Parliament ICI Committee report on budget, wants “substantial additional funding” considered
g. 1501 Parliament Active Travel debate – no new cash, though hints
f. 1412 PQ from Claudia Beamish MSP, inspired by our research, gets unsatisfactory response, giving opportunity for further lobbying & keeping budget profile high.
e. 1412 We identify opportunity for more budget cycling cash via Barnet Consequentials. Jim Eadie MSP suggests this in Parliament and secures meeting with John Swinney.
d. 1411 Correspondence with John Swinney continue. His reply confirms [in our view] his budget speech error. We ask for clear answer to this specific point.
c. 1410 Letter from Spokes to John Swinney [pdf 195k] re ‘additional £10m for infrastructure’ in budget speech. Website article re the above [link].
b. 1410 Scottish Parliament ICI Committee Call for Evidence [link]. Spokes submission [pdf 265k]. Full set of submissions by other organisations [link]
a. 1410 The Draft Budget 15/16 [link]. Oct 9 Budget speech by Cabinet Secretary John Swinney MSP to Parliament [link]. Spokes website report [link]. Spokes Bulletin 120 article [pdf 1.8MB].
1401 Town Centres Action Plan [see 1311 below] Parliament Debate 16.1.14 [pdf 74k]. Reply from Minister to Spokes letter [doc 119k]. Reply from Minister to CPCG letter [pdf 857k]. Notes from 1403 Spokes meeting with Scottish Government officials [pdf 266k].
1401 NPF3 Proposed Framework [see 1307, 1306, 1211 for previous NPF3 stages]. Government draft NPF3 document. Spokes response [pdf 189k]. Transform response [pdf 92k]. Oral evidence to ICI Cttee by Sustrans and others, cols 2498-2505.  ICI Cttee report [1.5MB].
1311 Town Centre Action Plan The Scottish Government has issued a Town Centre Action Plan in response to the National Review of Town Centres. Spokes letter to Planning Minister Derek Mackay [pdf 150k] over very poor treatment of active travel in the Action Plan. At Spokes instigation the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Cycling Group [pdf 89k] also wrote to the Minister.
Scottish Budget 2014/15 [a-b below]
[includes relevant non-Spokes documents; Spokes docs are marked *]
b. 1310 1208 Scottish Parliament Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee call for evidence – Oct 11 Spokes submission* [doc 77k]. See also Sustrans submission [pdf 148k] Transform submission [pdf 97k] Full set of submissions [link].
a. 1309 The Draft Budget 2014-15 [link] Letter from John Swinney to Patrick Harvie MSP [pdf 1.5MB] giving detailed active travel budget breakdown. Breakdown of budget measures assisting climate mitigation [link].
1309 Infrastructure Towards 2020 Spokes discussion paper [pdf 160k]
1307 NPF3 and SPP [see also 1306, 1211, 1301 for previous stages] Spokes responses to the combined NPF3/SPP consultations. Spokes SPP response [pdf 180k]. Spokes NPF3 main response [pdf 148k] and Annex to NPF3 response – letter to Keith Brown MSP [pdf 192k]. See also the news item on our NPF3 national cycling proposal. Sustrans Scotland response [pdf 632k].
1306 National Planning Framework NPF3 [see 1211 below for previous stage]. Following publication of the Main Issues Report and Draft Framework, which includes a National Cycle Network as a candidate National Development, Spokes wrote to Transport Minister Keith Brown [pdf 192k] arguing that this should be based around everyday travel, as in our 1211 submission, not just leisure and tourism.
1306 CAPS Refresh [775k]. See 1302 below for consultation & Spokes submission.
1302 Low Carbon Scotland, RPP2 Spokes response [pdf 111k] to the RPP2 consultation. See also the draft RPP2 and technical appendix and responses from other organisations. Joint letter to Transport Minister [pdf 199k]. Report into draft RPP2 by Parliament ICI Committee [1.1MB].
1302 CAPS Refresh Spokes response [pdf 158k] to CAPS refresh consultation [pdf 2.2MB]. The Scottish Government is to ‘refresh’ its Cycling Action Plan for Scotland, following a Cycling Scotland CAPS progress report [pdf 1.6MB] and the government’s initial response [pdf 1.3MB]. Useful responses to the Refresh consultation from Paths for All [pdf 187k], Living Streets [pdf 310k], Sustrans [pdf 105k].
1212 Get Britain Cycling APPCG Inquiry [UK All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group]. Spokes response [pdf 940k] – concentrates on (a) the Edinburgh experience (b) cycle use, casualties and the image of cycling. Excellent responses also from Cambridge Cycling Campaign [pdf 1MB], Cycling Embassy of Great Britain [pdf 2.9MB], Road Danger Reduction Forum [link].
1211 National Planning Framework NPF3 ‘National Development‘ Spokes proposal [pdf 114k] to the National Planning Framework consultation. Great submission too from Transform Scotland & others [pdf 140k]. We have also completed the NPF3 Main Issues questionnaire [doc 254k].
Scottish Budget 2013/14 [a-d below]
[includes relevant non-Spokes documents; Spokes docs are marked *]
d. 1212 Barnett Consequentials – Letter to Transport Minister* [rtf 6k] Not part of the Scottish budget, but money from the UK autumn budget statement for Scotland capital investment.
c. 1211 Funding and Campaigning* [pdf 166k] Spokes paper for Cycling Scotland Go-Dutch conference. What should be invested? What is invested?
b. 1208 Scottish Parliament Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee call for evidence – Sep 22 Spokes submission* [pdf 153k]. Also submissions by Pedal on Parliament [doc 143k].
Sep 26 Spokes letter to ICI* [pdf 110k] following Sep 26 oral evidence session [link to Official Report].
a. 1208 Scottish Parliament Finance Committee call for evidence prior to publication of draft budget – Aug 23 Spokes submission* [pdf 176k]. Also, submissions by Transform Scotland [pdf 161k], Pedal on Parliament [doc 583k], WWF Scotland [pdf 38k], Cycling Scotland [doc 203k], Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Cycling [doc 37k], Stop Climate Chaos Scotland [pdf 439k].
1203 Scottish Govt ‘Cycling Safety Summit’ Meeting called by Tranport Minister Keith Brown MSP following cyclist casualties and call for summit by Alison Johnstone MSP (Spokes member). Spokes briefing paper [pdf 107k], Herald news item [link], CTC Briefing paper [pdf 48k], STV Local report [link], Government news release [doc 34k].
1110 Scottish draft Budget 2012/13 and Spending Review to 2014/5
[includes relevant non-Spokes documents; Spokes docs are marked *]
*Spokes response to draft budget [pdf 184k]
*Spokes budget info flyer/handout [pdf 761k]
Official documents [link] – draft budget, draft carbon assessment, etc
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland response [pdf 188k]
Sustrans response [pdf 431k]
Transform Scotland response [pdf 153k]
Living Streets Scotland [pdf 201k]
Cycling Scotland [pdf 388k]
WWF Scotland [pdf 36k]
Scottish Environment Link [pdf 96k] letter to Minister
Nov 24 Scottish Parliament Climate Debate [pdf 127k] extracts on active travel funding, relating to draft budget and to RPP proposals
*Dec 1 Agenda for meeting with Edinburgh SNP MSPs Marco Biagi & Jim Eadie [doc 22k]
*Dec 4 Briefing paper re expected meeting with Transport Minister [doc 36k]
Dec 9 Parliament ICI Cttee report on draft budget [1.3MB – see Annex I for ICI report; see also Spokes news item Dec 15]
Dec 15 Alex Neil [Cab Sec for Infrastructure] letter to ICI Committee [pdf 2.1MB] and Annex A, breakdown of SAT funding [pdf 395k]
*Dec 20 Updated budget analysis and response to above Alex Neil letter [pdf 118k]
*Jan 18 Updated budget analysis [pdf 157k] after FTF announcement
Opposition parties combine over active travel funds [pdf 116k]
*Feb 1 Briefing for meeting with Transport Minister [pdf 175k]
*Feb 6 Spokes news item re possible budget concessions [link]
Feb 7 Transform Scotland budget debate briefing to all MSPs [pdf 78k]
1109 Inquiry into Preventative Spending [pdf 137k] Spokes response to Scottish Parliament Finance Committee inquiry into whether public spending should be focussed on preventing negative social outcomes.
1101 Provisional Scottish budgets to 2016 [rtf 11k] Email to Cabinet Secretary John Swinney MSP on cycle funding issues in forthcoming indicative budgets to 2016. The email references our 2011/12 budget response (1011 below).
1012 Building Standards – Sustainability Labelling [pdf 133k] Spokes response to consultation. Domestic bike storage not taken anything like seriously enough in this consultation.
1011 Scottish Budget 2011/12 – currently in draft, to be voted Feb 2011.
Official documents [link] – draft budget, draft carbon report on proposals and policies,..
Spokes response on cycling issues [pdf 229k] – possible loss of CWSS; need for higher funding. Please contact your MSPs in support!
Transform Scotland response [link] – excellent response on wider transport issues
1004 The Scottish Independent Budget Review aims “to inform public and Parliamentary debate in advance of the next UK Comprehensive Spending Review (which will cover the three years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14) about the challenges and choices in a significantly constrained public spending environment.” The Spokes response to the IBR [pdf 123k] seeks reduced trunk road spending and a transfer to active travel.
1003-0911 Scottish Parliament Inquiry into Active Travel by the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee.
0911 Spokes written submission [pdf 264k]
0911 Oral evidence to the Active Travel Inquiry [link to Parliament website] See 24 November session for Spokes oral evidence]. See also 26 January, where oral evidence was given by Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson MSP and by Phillip Darnton of Cycling England. Some contentious statements were made by both, which we followed up as follows…
1001 Email to members of TICC Committee re 26 January session [pdf 78k]
1003 Letter to Local Transport Today [rtf 12k][published 5 March]
1003 Report of the Inquiry into Active Travel – an excellent document!!
1001 Letter to MSPs on TICC Committee in advance of 20 Jan budget debate [pdf 122k] Giving feedback from members and urging them to propose transfer of funding to cycling in budget negotiations and Budget debate.
0912 Response to Dr Ian McKee MSP [SNP] [txt 9k] on inadequate cycling investment in the Draft Budget 2010-11 [NB – if this download shows up in long lines, save it as a file, then open that].
0912 Letter to Cabinet Secretary John Swinney MSP re Transport Committee Report on the Draft Budget 2010-11 [pdf 120k] Asking him to implement their recommendation of an immediate investigation into reallocating funds within the transport budget.
0912 Copenhagen Climate Summit – Spokes letter to Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP [pdf 143k] Part of our contribution to Ride Planet Earth.
0912 Copenhagen Climate Summit – Spokes letter to UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband MP [pdf 110k] Part of our contribution to Ride Planet Earth.
0911 UK Parliament all-party Light Rail Inquiry – Spokes comments [htm 13k]. Inquiry details are at www.pteg.net/PolicyCentre/LRInquiry.
0911 Letter to Cabinet Secretary John Swinney MSP re Scottish Draft Budget 2010-11 [pdf 107k] also picking up on his comments at SSN Sustainability conference.
0910 Handout at SSN Sustainability national conference 29.10.09 [pdf 136k] Very useful quotes for writing to MSPs about cycle funding in the budget.
0910 Spokes submission on Scottish Draft Budget 2010-11 [pdf 281k] Lots of useful facts and figures here! Please contact your MSPs in support.
0909 Spokes response to CAPS Our response to the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland consultation [also includes our response to last year’s consultation, as an appendix]. [pdf 297k] Spokes response
0906 Funding – letter to John Swinney Meaty letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance (etc) pointing out that investment in cycling is falling, contrasting this with the government’s new 2020 bike use target, and putting forward our proposals to remedy the position. [pdf 150k] Letter
0906 Funding – letter to Stewart Stevenson Slightly cheeky but very fair letter asking the Transport Minister to justify the Scottish Govt claim that cycling investment is at ‘record’ levels. [pdf 85k] Letter
0902 Climate Change Bill Spokes response to this consultation. We ask for immediate 3% annual targets, and point out that the Bill does nothing to ensure that the government implements the ‘quick wins’ which it could use to help with early emissions reduction. [pdf 57KB] Climate Change Bill Response
Budget – Letter to John Swinney Reiterating the Spokes budget proposals in the light of the forthcoming Budget Bill and the positive recommendations by the Parliament’s Transport Committee. Also tying this in to our Sept 22 ‘Challenge’ letter. [pdf 117KB] Budget – Letter to John Swinney
0810 Expert’s letter supporting Spokes Budget Submission As another element in our campaign on the SNP’s 2009/10 budget, this letter was sent to the Transport Committee, signed by top experts in Public Health, Climate Change, and Transportation. [pdf 87KB] Expert’s letter supporting Spokes Budget Submission
0810 Scottish Government Budget 2009/10 Spokes submission on the draft budget. Rationale and evidence for a new £20m cycle projects fund, paid for by a £20m reduction in the trunk roads budget. Please contact your MSPs to support this proposal.[pdf 189KB] Scottish Government Budget 2009/10
0810 Zero Waste Consultation Our response to the above – calling for a deposit on glass containers, and Scotland-wide recycling of damaged and disused bicycles. [text 4KB] Zero Waste Consultation
0810 Adapting our Ways – Consultation Response Spokes response to the consultation on adaptation to climate change impacts. Consultation closes 30.10.08. The paper under-represents the seriousness of the challenge, and we also suggest current transport spending patterns don’t take climate change adaptation (or mitigation) seriously. [pdf 131 KB] Adapting our Ways – Consultation Response
9703(!) National Waste Strategy Our 9703 Waste consultn Spokes response277 calls for bottle deposits to reduce glass on paths & roads.