A spokesperson for the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) said:
“A lot of hard work has gone into the Egrets Way shared path network by SDNPA, Sustrans and OVCN and it’s always been a long-term goal to connect Lewes with Newhaven. We’re very grateful to the many landowners who have given over land for the project, we also respect people’s reasons and rights not to do so at this time. We are delighted that the next stages of work – linking Southease to Deans Farm north of Piddinghoe and Ham Lane in Lewes, under the A27, to the River Ouse – are due to start in July and we’ll continue to work with the OVCN and local communities on other opportunities in the future.”
Neville Harrison, chair of the Egrets Way project said:
‘We are excited that construction of some further sections of the Egrets Way will start shortly. This has been made possible thanks to the agreement of landowners and funding from the South Downs National Park’s ‘Cycling ambition’ fund.
We will continue to pursue our goal of a complete safe shared route linking Lewes, Newhaven and the villages of the lower Ouse Valley. The Egrets Way project has always been seen as one that will take time and require the goodwill of local communities, organisations and landowners. New sources of funding will also be needed but we remain optimistic that our goals will be achieved and will bring many benefits to local people, visitors and the wider community, including businesses’.