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Backpedalling on Eastbourne's promenade cycle ban

Council at war over shared use path that could see cycles allowed again

Cyclists could be allowed back on the promenade at Eastbourne, subject to public consultation this month.

Eastbourne’s Lib Dems have already suggested lifting the ban on cycling between Fisherman’s Green and the Wish Tower, and a 28 day public consultation has already begun, before the final decision on creating a shared use path goes on to East Sussex County Council.

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The opposition Conservative group on the council however, fiercely opposes any lifting of the bylaw.

Tony Freebody, leader of the Conservatives said he was not of the opinion that the area was suitable for a shared use path.

“The lifting of the bylaw could open up the possibility of cycling along the length of our seafront,” he told the Eastbourne Herald.

“Whilst improvements need to be made to our cycling infrastructure, potentially allowing cycling between Fishermans Green and the Wish Tower is not the answer.”

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