A scheme to restore old and abandoned bikes is benefiting children at Shinewater Primary School.
When Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First team find abandoned bikes, if nobody comes forward to claim them they are donated to Sussex Downs College for the students to fix up.
Funding is needed for new bike parts and a total of £900 was donated by Eastbourne Homes’ Langney Area Panel, Langney Ward Councillors’ Devolved Budget and the Joint Action Group.
Four reconditioned bikes have already been donated to the school and another three are currently being worked on.
The scheme means that children who don’t own a bike can borrow them to learn new cycle skills on the Bikeability courses which are held at school.
Candy Vaughan, Chair of Eastbourne Homes’ Langney Area Panel, said: “This is a wonderful idea and we were glad to give money to help keep it going. It ensures that all the children are equal and can do a Bikeability course.”
Cllr Alan Shuttleworth added: “It’s a brilliant scheme and encourages people to be healthy and promotes bike riding, which is important in terms of health and developing good habits. I’d also like to encourage people in the wider community who have unwanted children’s bikes to donate them to the scheme.”