East Sussex County Council are inviting residents to give their views on their first Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.
It is proposed that there should be a series of changes along the B2100 Crowborough Hill from the A26 down to the railway station. The four main junctions on the route, including Croft Road, Church Road and Green Lane are a problem for pedestrians and cyclists.
Among the proposals are:
- making the High Street one-way;
- pedestrianisation of Croft Road from The Broadway to Waitrose;
- redesign of mini-roundabout and pedestrian crossing by the White Hart pub / Sir Henry Fermor School; and,
- traffic lights at the railway bridge, at the bottom of Crowborough Hill, to enable a footway to be constructed on both sides of the road.
Other recommendations include measures to reduce traffic flow on Queen Road (to make it feel like a residential street) and improvements to Poundfield Footpath, including improved lighting.
Cllr Claire Dowling, lead member for transport and environment, said:
Walking and cycling not only improves people’s health and wellbeing, it can help protect the environment and improve air quality.
Some people have been able to re-think how they travel since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic with cycling and walking becoming more of an option. We are keen to put in place infrastructure to support the opportunity to change habits and enable others to find more active and healthy ways to travel.
(Please note the report and Appendix currently refers to A27 – this is a mistake and should be the A26. It is being altered.)
The delivery of the plan, which relies on East Sussex County Council (ESCC) and their partners securing external funding, sets out an ambitious network of proposed cycling and walking routes and measures integrated with existing infrastructure.
This will build upon £23m of funding ESCC has successfully secured since 2014 to deliver active travel measures through the Council’s local transport capital programme. This strategy will be used as a means to secure more funding and an extension to existing networks.
Inline with guidance from the Department for Transport, initially the plan will focus on areas where there is the greatest opportunity to increase levels of cycling and walking and therefore, to attract external funding – this includes the coastal strip and larger market towns in the county.
In rural areas, the Council will look at how walking and cycling can be supported through its local transport plan, as well as local and neighbourhood plans. Officers will continue to work with local partners to identify opportunities and funding for active travel.
Cllr Dowling added:
It’s vital that people take this opportunity to comment and help us create a plan that supports active travel and understands the needs of local communities.
The consultation runs until Friday 11th December and all responses will be carefully considered before a final version of the plan is agreed.
To find out more about the plan and to take part in the consultation, see Views Sought on Walking and Cycling Networks.