In breach of the council’s bylaws

THE Herald has recently printed a series of letters on the subject of cycling on the town’s promenades.

The council has written separately to Mr Webb, who was one of the correspondents and it has been clearly explained to him that if he is cycling between Fisherman’s Green and Holywell, he is in breach of the council’s bylaws.

If he is stopped by an officer from the community enforcement team, the council will seriously consider prosecuting him.

This of course also applies to all members of the public who breach this by-law.

Mr Webb has invited the council to respond to comments on this issue made by himself and Jane Schulze, one of the other letter writers.

Ms Schulze would like to see councils promoting further unsegregated, mixed use of pavements and promenades by cyclists and pedestrians. The council agrees and supports this view.

The council has recently completed a borough public consultation on the cycling strategy and the results will be reported to Cabinet in February.

In the meantime the council is progressing with the provision of new cycling lanes in the borough.

For example a new cycle lane has been approved in principle sharing the pavement with pedestrians between the South Downs and the Wish Tower. Further routes will come forward as finance is secured.

As regards the reason why cycling is permitted from Fisherman’s Green to Prince William Parade, it would appear that this promenade was purpose-built to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists and is a quieter area of the seafront.

As part of the Cycling Strategy the council has an aspiration to see a seafront cycle route but the detailed work on the location of that route has yet to be undertaken. It needs to be safe for both pedestrians and cyclists.

As finance becomes available the council will be consulting the public on the detail of future routes.

As regards cycling on parts of the promenade where it is prohibited, in a recent prosecution brought by the council in November last year, the defendant was ordered by the Magistrates Court to pay a fine of £175 with a further £175 costs.

Mr Webb has also raised the use of extending dog leads by people exercising their dogs.

These leads, Mr Webb believes, represent a danger to cyclists who can get caught up in them when a dog suddenly darts across their path.

The council does maintain and enforce local by-laws and orders which deal with both cycling on promenades and the control of dogs on the seashore and promenades.

While these rules cannot deal with every possible danger, and do not currently deal with extending leads, they are intended to be a reasonable and proportionate framework which helps enable all of the different users of the seafront and promenades to coexist safely and enjoyably.

Officers would and in practice do intervene if they believe that the way a dog is being controlled is causing a nuisance to other members of the public.

SUE OLIVER

Environmental health

and amenities manager

Eastbourne Borough Council