BREAKING NEWS: Government gives Eastbourne right to scrap byelaw preventing cycling on prom

Seafront No Cycle Sign Eastbourne Prom SUS-150618-070831001

Seafront No Cycle Sign Eastbourne Prom SUS-150618-070831001

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The Secretary of State for Communities has granted Eastbourne Borough Council the right to remove a byelaw that stops people cycling along the promenade.

The council decided to put forward a proposal last year to allow cyclists to share the prom with pedestrians by scrapping the byelaw.

At the time (May 2014) 17 councillors voted in favour of the removal of the byelaw, six abstained and two voted against.

Council officers then sought approval from the Secretary of State for Communities to make the change.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has just revealed that the request has been granted.

Their decision now needs to go before Eastbourne Borough Council at its full council meeting on July 22 to ‘seal the byelaw’. The amendment will enable the council to permit and control cycling along the whole length of the promenade, either in an exclusive cycle-only lane or on an unsegregated, shared-use basis.

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