Seafront cycle path given the go-ahead

A SHARED cycle and pedestrian path along part of Eastbourne seafront has been given the go-ahead.

East Sussex County Council approved plans for the one-mile route on the existing footpath between Dukes Drive and King Edwards Parade on Tuesday (September 6).

The council agreed to undertake a detailed design and construction subject to affordability and available funding. Engagement with residents and interested parties will continue throughout the design process.

The Eastbourne seafront cycle scheme report, written by Rupert Clubb, the director of Transport and Environment at East Sussex County Council, said, “The majority of the cost of the scheme will be funded through development contributions from the All Saints development.

“There is currently £116,000 available including interest, which should be sufficient to fund the construction of the scheme.

“This can be assessed with more certainty once the detailed design is complete.”

Jay NcNally from cycle group Bespoke, which has long campaigned for a cycle path along Eastbourne’s seafront, said he was pleased the scheme had been approved by East Sussex County Council and hoped the rest of the promenade would soon be shared use.

Mr McNally said, “We are very pleased that this bit of the seafront is going ahead.

“We feel it will increase the safety of cycling and encourage people to cycle which will improve out health and environment.

“We also look forward to the rest of the seafront becoming a cycle path too.”

Mr McNally explained Bespoke had organised a petition and added, “People really feel passionately about being able to cycle along the seafront.”

The plan has been approved after Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council agreed to improve cycle facilities in Eastbourne earlier this year.

This seafront cycle scheme will form part of what East Sussex County Council describes as an ‘evolving cycling strategy’.