Report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport
45.1 The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.
45.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to:
(1) Note the results of the stakeholder and public consultation on the five proposed cycle routes in Eastbourne;
(2) Agree that four cycle routes - Horsey Way Phase 1b, Eastbourne Town Centre to seafront, Willingdon Drove and Langney Rise - are taken forward to detailed design and construction as part of the Capital Programme for Local Transport Improvements; and
(3) Agree that one cycle route - Stone Cross to Royal Parade – will not be progressed to detailed design and construction as part of the 2022/23 Capital Programme for Local Transport Improvements, but the County Council will look to identify future funding opportunities as part of our pipeline of schemes.
45.3 The results of the public consultation for the five proposed cycle routes in Eastbourne show that there is overall support for the implementation of all of the routes. Whilst there is concern that the proposed schemes submitted may not fully achieve all of the core design principles set out in LTN1/20, the designs have been reviewed through a Cycle Level of Service assessment, and amended accordingly, to ensure that cyclists have the highest level of provision possible, whilst also considering other road users and their safety.
45.4 At present there is £2.231m of Local Growth Fund available to deliver further improvements for walking and cycling in the Eastbourne and South Wealden area which is not sufficient to deliver all five schemes. Four of the five routes - Horsey Cycle Way Phase 1b, Town Centre to seafront, Willingdon Drove and Langney Rise – will be taken forward to detailed design as part of the 2022/23 Capital Programme for Local Transport Improvements for delivery across 2022/23 and 2023/24.
45.5 In addition, the County Council will explore future funding opportunities to progress the detailed design and construction of the Stone Cross to Royal Parade cycle route, in the future as part of our pipeline of schemes.