I am writing on behalf of the Meads Community Association to correct the statement by the Bespoke spokesperson Felicity Goodson in her letter last week. In it she said that the MCA had campaigned for a cycle path on the footpath from Bedes School to the Wish Tower as a result of us opposing in 2011 the lifting of the Eastbourne Borough Council bylaw to allow cycling on the lower and the gravel middle promenade. This is simply not true facts.
Yes, we opposed the lifting of the bylaw. Then followed amendments to this proposal by East Sussex County Council to having a dual use of the highway footpath. The MCA opposed this proposal as well. It believed then (and still believes now) that the dual use is an accident waiting to happen. We certainly did not campaign to “stick them on the top path” as she states in her letter.
For the record we, MCA, are for a strategy that is safe and beneficial for both cyclists and walkers, and other users of footpaths, pavements and the promenades.
ESCC approved the shared cycle/footpath plan on September 6, 2011, funded from a Section 106 Agreement from the All Saints development which specified that the money should be for improvements in transport and communications. The proposal was passed but subject, because of our and others’ opposition, to the qualification of an additional safety assessment and further consultation with Meads residents during the construction period. In any case the funds allocated from the section 106 Agreement we were told were insufficient to allow for the Tarmacing of the middle promenade, for which it was not intended. Hence the spending of circa £122k on the joint footpath. The rest is history.
Now the decision has been taken for Eastbourne Borough Council, subject to further consultation by the Communities and Local Government Department, to lift the bylaw from all the seafront promenades to allow cycling. This is now the time, if you oppose this policy, to make your views known.
If you believe that by allowing cycling on all Eastbourne promenades that this will have a significant detrimental effect on this amenity for residents and visitors, the safety of pedestrians particularly for the elderly, for people with disabilities and for families with young children, you need to write or email your objections to Mr Steve McAllister, Bylaws Team, Department of Communities and Local Government, Zone 3/11 Eland House, Bressendon Place, London SW1E 5DU, or email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 4.
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