Ratton Councillors Oppose Bus & Cycle Corridor Plans

Thursday 5th October 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Ratton Councillors

Plans to implement bus and bicycle corridors through Ratton are being opposed by the area’s three Conservative borough councillors.

The proposal, by East Sussex County Council, would see cycle routes along Wish Hill and Coopers Hill, with grass verges concreted over.

Councillor Colin Murdoch, Colin Belsey and Tony Freebody, are urging people to go online or write to the County Council, objecting to the environmental damage it will do to the Ratton Ward.

"As a cyclist, I find these proposals unacceptable,” said Tony. “Why on earth would you divert cyclists alongside Wish Hill and Coopers Hill? The roads are too narrow and there are too many blind bends. Before you know it, a cyclist will be seriously injured by an unsuspecting motorist.

“ESCC need to think again about the proposed route."

Colin Murdoch said, "I really cannot understand where this thinking has come from, ripping up the green verges and putting down tarmac is the last thing we want on the main road into Eastbourne.”

Colin Belsey, who is also the County Councillor for the area added, "I am having so many emails and phone calls regarding this subject, there must be better ways to look at this problem.

“We are encouraging all our residents to be responding to the consultation and we will do all that we can to help them.”

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