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Council’s vote paves the way for seafront cycle route

Eastbourne Bespoke cycling group on the promenade near the Southern Water Treatment Works, Langney. A cyclist can clearly be seen in the pedestrian lane. 25th September 2011 ENGSUS00120140301170049

Eastbourne Bespoke cycling group on the promenade near the Southern Water Treatment Works, Langney. A cyclist can clearly be seen in the pedestrian lane. 25th September 2011 ENGSUS00120140301170049

A proposal to remove the byelaw that stops people cycling along the promenade was approved at a meeting of Eastbourne Borough Council last night (Wednesday, May 7).

The council were able to take forward four of the six proposed new cycle routes for the town at a meeting last month but the seafront route continued to be a source of controversy.

In order to facilitate the provision of a cycle route between the Wish Tower and Fisherman’s Green, the council would have to amend the current local byelaw relating to the use of the promenade.

At the full council meeting last night, a named vote took place in regards to the proposal to remove the byelaw. Seventeen voted in favour, six councillors abstained and two voted against.

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.

Eastbourne Borough Council has recommended the proposal to officers, who shall now seek and obtain approval from the Secretary of State for Communities.

See Friday’s Herald for more details and reaction.

 

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