Observer Comment: Greenway, would serve as a model for other towns

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WE ARE urging people to throw their support behind a new campaign launched today in conjunction with local environmentalists.

A town-wide network of cycle lanes and walkways will have huge benefits, allowing cyclists and walkers to get from A to B avoiding busy roads and breathing in fumes.

According to Hastings Urban Bikes (HUB), one of the groups spearheading the Greenway campaign, the majority of cyclists are afraid to use the congested main roads around town through fear of being killed in an accident.

Other positive knock-on effects are people getting fitter as they ditch their cars and traffic easing.

And with the astronomical cost of fuel, what better time to launch this campaign.

For far too long in this country there has been gross under-investment in setting up dedicated walkways and cycle lanes. Countries like the Netherlands and Germany are light years ahead, where people can walk or cycle safely through towns and cities.

The seafront cycle lane extension to The Stade and the Bulverhythe Link that joins Hastings with Bexhill are already proving extremely popular with walkers and cyclists alike. The Greenway would take this a step further, linking all four quarters of the town.

It may take some time and money to fully set up but if Hastings gets a town-wide Greenway, it would serve as a model for other towns in the country to follow.

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CONGRATULATIONS all round to the players, fans and directors of Hastings United Football Club.

Last Saturday the team defied the odds to secure their Ryman Premier League status next season with a well deserved win at Lowestoft.

An extra special ‘hats-off’ must go to those dozen or so hardcore supporters who shelled out for the 330-mile round trip to Suffolk. The journey back home must have been one of the most enjoyable in a long while.

So the planning has started already for next season.

And a mouth-watering visit from Gus Poyet and his high-flying Seagulls is just the tonic.

Whispers on the terraces of the ‘play-offs’ could be a little far-fetched, but Sean Ray is assembling a young and ambitious squad that has proved it can mix it with the big boys.

Stability is the key and turning the Pilot Field into a fortress is a must for next season.

Teams from the capital and beyond must wake up on a Saturday morning and dread coming to Hastings.

But our players and fans must feed off that dread, pull on their maroon shirts and show not only Brighton what the club means to them, but the rest of the country too.

And that starts tomorrow with the last game of the season at home to the Met Police. Good luck United.