LETTER: Cycle track is long overdue

I was somewhat incensed by part of Paul Humphreys’ column in the Eastbourne Herald of May 29.

After a prolonged failure to support my proposal for a cycle/pedestrian track adjacent to the railway line between Hampden Park and Eastbourne Railway Station, away from the inherent danger and fumes from motor vehicles, and the failure to answer my emails to Robert Macgowan as the Bespoke representative, including failing to support the matter during the public consultation on cycling needs, we now find comments favouring the necessity in a Herald guest column as if it is a fresh idea from that organisation. Has Bespoke been waiting to obtain kudos?

That same organisation has helped to create some of those useless white line systems which lead cyclists to more dangerous road sections; and we now see the effrontery of back-pedalling and putting forward that most commonsense suggestion of mine to utilise our parkland for safe cycling after having failed to support it for so long.

Don’t forget, Bespoke will continue trying for cycling along our promenade and interfere with our quiet pleasure and safety where accidents through the presence of cyclists have already occurred.

As well as letters in The Herald I have communicated umpteen times with the councils concerned, our local MP, Chatsworth Estate and the CEO of Sainsburys as well as members of Bespoke, and I can say that my idea of a safe cycle track between Hampden Park and Eastbourne alongside the railway line is a definite must. It should have long been supported by Bespoke; after all, it’s only been around for the past 45 years!

Creation rather than wasteful altering and bodging is long overdue from all concerned, including Bespoke.

Ron Spicer

Meadowlands Avenue

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