Web petition launched by Hastings Greenway campaigners

CAMPAIGNERS battling to get a town-wide network of cycle paths and walkways for pedestrians have launched an online petition.

Hastings Urban Bikes (HUB) set it up last week in a bid to elicit more support for the Hastings Greenway.

The Observer launched the campaign in April, which was spearheaded by HUB and walkers’ charity Ramblers.

The move comes after supporters suffered a major blow last month in their attempts to get funding from East Sussex County Council.

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

County Hall in Lewes put in a bid for £4.92 million from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, a pot of money designed to promote greener ways of travel.

But the authority only received £2.2 million instead for the coastal towns and the £300,000 that HUB and Ramblers wanted was cut out altogether.

Ian Sier, campaign co-ordinator for HUB, said: “Almost 100 people have already signed the online petition and it will be on our website indefinitely.

“We have desperately got to get up to 1,000 people to sign it and we should be able to, what with it being online.”

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.

Mr Sier said HUB and other Greenway supporters were aiming to set up a meeting between Hastings Borough Council officers, as well as the county council to discuss potential funding.

“It looks fairly definite that the county council will be putting the £300,000 in for the first link of the Greenway by using funding within its transport budget,” he added.

Since the Observer campaign was set up doctors, walkers, other health professionals, teachers and students have aired their support.

More than 300 people have also voiced their support by signing copies of the cut-out petition that featured in the Observer. These will be presented to County Hall in Lewes in due course.

To sign the online petition log onto www.hastingsurbanbikes.org.