LETTER: Cycle route a high priority

It is good that the issue of the Hampden Park to Eastbourne Station cycle route has been raised by Ron Spicer [Letters June 5]. We must all try to get this as a high priority on any proposed new builds within the borough. As he wrote in his letter, Ron has been trying for 45 years to get this excellent route built. His effort is commendable and it must be frustrating.

Over the last five years Bespoke have repeatedly tried to support this idea and get it progressed. Currently, this is as part of both the Hailsham to Eastbourne Sustainability Corridor and the development of Eastbourne Park.

Everyone who believes in this route should show a united front so that this does indeed become a reality. The paths that stop under the bridge on Cross Levels Way, have pointed south towards the beautiful marshes and the sea since the road was built. A beautiful ‘Monet’ mini bridge sits amongst the reeds unused. We have spoken to the St Wilfrid’s Hospice team when their wonderful building was being built, rallying support, as it would be wonderful for families and patients to have a path to the beautiful lake and South Downs view to gain solace in that space. It would be a major safe access to schools, freeing our children up to cycle safely, and the allotment members I have spoken to in the past, who have a massive detour on their bikes to get from Hampden Park to their gardens in Tutts Barn, long for this great potential route. It is there in the Eastbourne park plans, awaiting funding. Like Ron we have written to the Chatsworth Estate, Sainsbury’s and keep a sharp eye on any development funding. We all have, over time, replied to Ron, and are sorry if he has no record of these emails. Come and join our meetings on the third Tuesday of every month, 7.30pm at The Crown and Anchor. Or go on our website www.bespokecyclegroup.org

Felicity Goodson

Bespoke, Eastbourne Cycle

Campaign Group,

Milton Road

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