‘Keep walkers safe on prom’ says new group

Seafront No Cycle Sign Eastbourne Prom SUS-150618-070904001
Seafront No Cycle Sign Eastbourne Prom SUS-150618-070904001

A new group has been set up in Eastbourne to support the safety of pedestrians along the town’s seafront as the debate over cycling on the prom rumbles on.

The group is called Afoot and came about in response to Eastbourne Borough Council’s decision to repeal the byelaw prohibiting cycling on the seafront promenades.

A spokesperson for the group said it strongly supports both walking and cycling and believes that pedestrians and cyclists should each have dedicated space.

“Afoot strongly opposes shared space or shared use proposals, which have been proved to be detrimental to the development of both walking and cycling activities.

“The borough council’s decision was based on out of date evidence and a badly flawed and totally unrepresentative consultation.

“It is unbelievable that at a time when such schemes are falling foul of equality legislation, and are being remove by councils all over the country, our council is rushing headlong into this folly.”

The council’s decision is now being reviewed by the Department of Communities and Local Government and members of the public have until August 24 to register their views on the change.

The spokesperson said, “We would encourage all Eastbourne residents to make their views known, and for those opposed to join our campaign.”

The campaign website is at www.afoot.org.uk

The controversial issue of whether cyclists and pedestrians will be able to share the seafront promenade between Fisherman’s Green and the Wish Tower is currently being consulted on.

Eastbourne Liberal Democrats are in favour as is campaign group Bespoke, which says there needs to be a safe cycling route along the seafront.

Eastbourne Conservatives however, are against it.

The consultation lasts 28 days and if there is overwhelming support to the consultation by the government’s department of Communities and Local Government, it will be down to East Sussex County Council to come up with a cycle path for segregated use for cyclists and pedestrians.