Officers analyse the feedback

Seaford promenade June 5th 2011 E23091M ENGSNL00120110506181016
Seaford promenade June 5th 2011 E23091M ENGSNL00120110506181016

The deadline to make your views known on the controversial scheme allowing cycling on Seaford Promenade is fast approaching.

East Sussex County Council is running a consultation inviting residents to have their say on the trial which it ran during the summer.

Visit and take part in survey by Friday, October 17.

The county council will use this feedback to decide whether the scheme should be made permanent.

The trial proved divisive in the town, with some arguing it would make cycling safer and encourage more people to take to two wheels.

But others raised concerns about the dangers cyclists would pose to pedestrians.

Sustrans’ National Cycle Network Route (NCR) 2 passes through Seaford and a section of shared cycle/footway was built along Marine Parade in Bishopstone, which means that there is now an off- road cycle route connecting Seaford with Newhaven.

The route provides a safer alternative to the busy A259. It finishes near Edinburgh Road at the western end of Seaford.

Cycling had been illegal on Seaford promenade, which meant cyclists had to use Marine Parade between Edinburgh Road and the Martello Tower.

But the county council’s consultation said, “The section of route along Marine Parade is not ideal for cyclists owing to the presence of parked vehicles on either side of the road.

“Allowing cyclists to use the promenade will provide a safer alternative to Marine Parade.”

The trial scheme that saw cyclists and pedestrians sharing a section of the promenade started on April 13. Cyclists were able to use the section between Edinburgh Road and the Martello Tower throughout the summer.

Ahead of the launch, Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Transport and Environment, said, “This is great opportunity to encourage more people to cycle in Seaford. Our experience with other seafront schemes of this type in the county has been very positive.

“Rather than asking people what they think of a potential scheme, running it as a trial will enable the public to try it out and give us feedback based on their views before any decision is made as to whether or not it should be made permanent.”