LETTER Just no room on seafront

I refer to the excellent letter by Carol Stanley (July 10) referring to her experience of irresponsible cyclists making the seafront difficult and dangerous. My husband and I are daily cyclists (it is our means of transport, not just for leisure) but we are both against a shared seafront cycle route.

I do wonder if councillors who voted for the historic ban on cyclists using the seafront to be lifted have actually regularly walked along there on a sunny Sunday afternoon? Sometimes there is hardly room for pedestrians let alone the presence of wheelchairs, pushchairs, loads of dogs, scooters, little ones learning to ride their birthday bicycles and the Dotto train.

Seaford, Bexhill, Brighton, Hastings etc all have shared promenades and are excellent for cyclists but our Eastbourne seafront is a totally different layout to all of those.

I am in contact with the Eastbourne Borough Council with a request, yet again, for them to consider using the middle walkway from the pier to Holywell, the stretch from the Grand Hotel to Holywell being very underused. This would require half of the walkway to be Tarmaced, keeping cyclists and promenaders happy. Please, councillors, take a walk yourselves at a weekend and see why the opposition to a shared promenade is so strong.

Jane Schulze

Commercial Road

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