Hastings Greenway Group continue to put pressure on East Sussex County Council (ESCC) following its diversion of funding intended for walking and cycling projects to bail out two over-budget road schemes. 

“This has caused widespread dismay and anger in Hastings and goes against the local and national social policy imperatives to cut car use, reduce pollution and give people the opportunity to make safe journeys by bike or on foot,” state the campaigners in a letter to ESCC.

HGG stress the importance of proposed Ore Valley routes that “would have far and away the greatest positive impact on increasing walking and cycling for utility, health and leisure journeys; for connectivity; for safe cycle routes and for disabled access.” Had funds not been diverted, the group claim, it would have been possible to complete both a dedicated route from the seafront to Station Plaza in Hastings town centre and “much of the National Cycle Route 2 improvement and green tourist route across Hastings Country Park”. 

HGG also criticise the county council’s failure to consult the community. “The views and suggestions of local groups have been ignored,” they argue. “This has got to change.”

More information from the: Hastings Greenway Group website and Facebook page.

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