LETTER: Keep bikes off the seafront

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Replying to Bespoke (Felicity Goodson, Letters, June 19), I have the copies of emails between Bespoke and myself that have taken place over the years and can affirm that, probably due to my persistence for establishing the track between Hampden Park and Eastbourne through the parkland area, they ceased replying to my correspondence quite some time ago. Further, it was not until recent times that the matter was at last included in plans for the future, with Bespoke finally accepting. As late as March 12 this year Alan Cook, the Principal Transport Manager for East Sussex County Council, informed me that the route was not regarded as a Primary Route for support until those routes supported by Bespoke were completed. He also said, “Bespoke deem the railway track scheme as less important than other schemes that were agreed as part of the Eastbourne Cycling Strategy.” During that time I had tried unsuccessfully to get our local and county councils to accept it as a very necessary creation. Strangely, we now find that Bespoke sees all things good about the idea – and about time!

Due to Bespoke’s past obvious lack of support for such an important endeavour and its dogged persistence in pursuing the matter of cycling along our seafront I could not support it. Now that they have at last affirmed their support for such an important enterprise, I welcome the change of mind but still do not agree with cycling along our seafront parades. In persisting with such an idea, Bespoke shows it has wandered from its original conception of safe cycling and become one advocating a nuisance and danger to pedestrians and cyclists alike.

Ron Spicer

Meadowlands Avenue

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