Controversial park cycle path approved by Hastings council

Hastings File Photo Alexandra Park SUS-151229-162337001
Hastings File Photo Alexandra Park SUS-151229-162337001

The controversial Alexandra Park cycle path was given the green light by Hastings council last night (Monday, January 4).

Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) cabinet unanimously agreed to East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) proposal for a shared bike route with eight additional conditions.

The plans split public opinion with 82 responses to the consultation in favour and 84 against, including a petition signed by 63 people.

Environment, leisure and amenities lead member Warren Davies said the path is ‘part of the park’s evolution’ at a meeting at the Stade Hall.

“These are clear guidelines for another addition to our multifaceted park that does justice to the quality, care and concerns shared across the borough for Alexandra Park,” he said.

The authority’s conditions include removing the proposed route in front of the café; fully reviewing the results of the consultation and incorporating measures; maximising the numbers of signs, bollards, finger posts and surface markings to ensure safety concerns are fully considered and addressed.

As well as using different coloured surfacing as a safety feature; using clearer signs where the route merges or crosses with existing footpaths; using cyclists dismount signs; and providing cycle racks.

Conservative councillor Liam Atkins encouraged a six month review of the path to see how it was working, which the cabinet adopted within its recommendations.

Mr Atkins also asked who would pay for any alterations and the council officer said whoever proposed them would pay for them.

So ESCC if it was it wanted to make a change or HBC if it did.

The consultation highlighted issues around public safety, signage and enforcement.

Cllr Andrew Cartwright said he was glad to hear that changes had been made directly from the consultation such as altering the route to not go in front of the café.

“I think the thing that pleased me most about this is that the consultation had changed important aspects of the proposed route,” he said.

“It’s a good idea for the community to try to observe what’s happening in the park.

“I’m very happy to support the additional recommendation as it’s standard to have a review after six months.”

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