Deadline looms for cycling plan across the town

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There are just four days left for the community to have its say on controversial new cycle routes for the town.

East Sussex County and Council and Eastbourne Borough Council are behind the £2.4 million for six new routes in Eastbourne and members of the public have only until Friday January 31 to have their say on them.

The proposed new routes are the Railway Station to Ringwood Road, Lottbridge Drove to Langney roundabout, along the Promenade from the Wish Tower to Fisherman’s Green, the seafront to town centre via Cornfield Road, the University (Meads) to seafront and town centre and Eastbourne DGH to town centre via Commercial Road.

The most controversial route is the seafront cycle path which could see cyclists and pedestrians sharing the middle tier of the promenade.

Eastbourne councillor Steve Wallis said, “The town already benefits from a number of established cycle routes, but the western side of the town has very limited cycling infrastructure, despite accommodating schools, colleges and university campuses. With more than 80 per cent of Eastbourne’s working population living within 5km of their workplace, there is great potential to increase cycling and these new routes will help us to achieve this.”

A spokesperson for the county council said, “In June 2012 the council was awarded £2.4 million from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to introduce measures to improve conditions for those walking, cycling and using public transport. The aim of the LSTF programme is to support local authorities in delivering local transport schemes that will help deliver economic growth, whilst cutting carbon emissions and increasing levels of physical activity.

“The money is to be used to introduce packages of local transport improvements in Lewes, Eastbourne, Newhaven and Peacehaven. This has to be spent by the end of March 2015, by which time all of the schemes will have to be implemented. In Eastbourne our focus has been to provide a network of routes for cyclists linking key destinations in the town.”

To fill in the online consultation visit by the end of the day on Friday January 31.