Have your say on cycling and walking scheme

PEOPLE are being asked to give their views on proposals to improve cycling and walking facilities in St Leonards.

East Sussex Highways has launched a consultation – including two public drop-in events – on the plans, which would affect roads running between Queensway and Sedlescombe Road South.

They include sections of shared cycling and pedestrian routes on pavements, cycle lanes on roads, upgrading pedestrian crossings and installing new road markings and signage.

The scheme is aimed at improving links between residential areas and key locations such as the town centre, seafront, employment areas and education, health and leisure facilities.

It forms part of a wider walking and cycling strategy for Hastings and St Leonards developed by East Sussex County Council and Hastings Borough Council.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “Cycling and walking have huge benefits for people’s health and wellbeing, as well as improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.

“These proposals are aimed at making it easier and safer for people to choose healthier, more environmentally-friendly options for their day-to-day journeys around town.

“It’s really important that we get people’s feedback on the specific proposals, so we can take their views into account before formulating any final plans.”

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, it’s hoped work on the scheme, funded by cash from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, would be completed next summer.

Residents can see the plans in person and find out more information at drop-in events at Four Courts Community Centre, in Sydney Close, on Friday, November 22 2019 from 2pm to 6pm and Saturday, November 23 2019 from 10am to 2pm.

People can also view the plans and comment before the deadline of Monday, December 9 2019 online at https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/hastings-pedestrian-and-cycling-improvement-scheme/