Almost 300 sign petition for Greenway

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ALMOST 300 people have now voiced their support for the Observer’s campaign to set up a town-wide network of cycle paths and walkways for pedestrians.

Signed copies of the cut-out petition that have appeared in the Observer in the last few weeks have continued to come though the Observer’s offices in Woods House calling for the Hastings Greenway to be built.

And since the campaign was launched in April, spearheaded by environmental groups, Hastings Urban Bikes (HUB) and local group Ramblers, doctors, walkers, other health professionals, teachers and students have aired their support.

The proposed Greenway would link Station Plaza to Ore Valley in one direction and Silverhill and Hollington in the other, with a further link up to The Ridge and the Conquest Hospital.

Campaigners from HUB are still waiting with bated breath to see if they have been successful in their bid for money from East Sussex County Council to help kick-start their plans for the Hastings Greenway. They presented their case to the authority, outlining the benefits the Greenway would have.

They hope to get £300,000 to use to build the first link that would run from Hastings station to Sussex Coast College’s Parker Road campus in Ore.

The idea of a Hastings Greenway was first mooted more than 15 years ago.

A group of landscape architects from Timothy Jemison Associates came up with the idea of a ‘loop’ of off-road paths and tracks linking key parts of the town centre together with landscaping improvements.

In 2007 the plan for the Hastings Greenway Strategic Framework was produced, based on the aim of connecting the town centre to the north east, north and north west areas of the borough.

However only parts of this plan were completed, including walks alongside Summerfields woodland.