As most members will be aware, various committee members from time to time represent the club, to campaign for improved cycling facilities in the Seahaven area.
Denis Bass (Treasurer) represented the club at a recent meeting with East Sussex County Council to discuss our priorities for possible funding from the LSTF (Local Sustainable Transport Fund). LSTF is a £560m pot of cash to be spent over 4 years on sutainable transport – walking, cycling, buses, trains, etc. More details here: LSTF
Denis focussed on the following areas of concern that would need funding to improve the facilities for cyclists in the Seahaven area.
1) The development of the C7 cycle route, the use of the riverbank route and consideration for a cycle friendly route
2) The need to improve the A259 Exceat hill was a high priority especially due to death and injury that has occurred over the past few years. Denis explained the clearance work Cycle Seahaven had already completed.
3) The development of the Newhaven Centre to ensure the best route from the Ouse Estuary to a C7 route.
4) Allow cycling on the promenade in Seaford
5) Carry out improvements at Bishopstone Bridge by extending the cycle path from the promenade in Seaford to the Ouse estuary cycle path that proceeds to Newhaven.
6) The need to improve the route from Gibbon Road, Newhaven to the NCN2 route at the east of Peacehaven.
7) The need to improve the link at Saltdean through Rottingdean with Brighton.
8) Consideration must be given to the implementation of Bike Racks on Buses. Denis commented that Brighton & Hove Buses would provide a good project from Brighton to Eastbourne.
9) Increase the opportunity of taking Bikes on trains to and from the south coast.
We expect the results of the deliberations that will be taken by the ESCC to be to be known later this year. Watch this space, we are positive about getting some good results.