The Egrets Way project have applied for planning permission at two locations:
- to create a link from Railway Lane (just off Cliffe High Street, Lewes) through the Railway Lands past the Linklater Pavilion, and on to Ham Lane. This will join up to an existing section of Egrets Way that goes from Kingston, past Spring Barn Farm, through the Stanley Turner ground, along Ham Lane to The Cockshut, and on to the Lewes waste disposal site;
- to create a link through Piddinghoe village using existing footpaths along the river bank. This take the route past the boathouse and onto the newly-laid footpath and round the sailing pond. The new section of footpath retains its No Cycling status, so we will need to walk this bit.
The full planning application (SDNP/17/05291/FUL) is available on the South Downs National park website HERE, or you can jump directly to this planning application be clicking HERE.
Finding a route through Piddinghoe has proven to be tricky for many years, so we urge everyone who wishes to see a flat, traffic-free walking and cycling route between Newhaven and Lewes to support this proposal. There are already some objections to these plans, so every letter of support will help secure the next steps in achieving the whole route.
There are a few ways in which you can show your support:
- log into the SDNP site (you will need to set up an account) and go HERE then click on the button ‘Make a comment’ to leave support as a member of the public;
- use the form at the bottom of this page to leave comments which we will collate and add as part of the club’s formal response.
This is very short notice and we only have till noon on Friday 5th Jan, so please do it now.
Thanks in advance.
If you don’t use the SDNP website to leave comments then please use this one –
This option has now lapsed. You have until the end of Friday 5th jan to use the above links to leave your support.
Pointers for supporting comments:
- when completed Egrets Way will be a flat, traffic -free route from Newhaven to Lewes;
- suitable for kids and the less able, as well as cycle commuters between Lewes, Peacehaven (via Valley Road and Dean’s Farm) and Newhaven;
- it will link up –
- our International sea port to our county town;
- the villages all along the West bank of the Ouse: Pidinghoe, Rodmell, Southease, Northease Swanbourough, Iford, Kingston and Cranedown;
- the South Downs Way, pubs, farm shops, wildlife areas, the Railway Lands & Linklater Pavillion;
- rail stations at Newhaven, Southease and Lewes (meaning you can get the train for part of the way if you wish).
Click HERE for more on the Egrets Way project.
Click HERE for the Egrets Way website