The chance to ride a bicycle along Eastbourne’s seafront came a step closer today as Eastbourne Borough Council have announced that they have been given permission to change the seafront byelaws.
In May 2014 the full council voted in favour of changing the seafront byelaws to allow cycling.
As byelaws create new criminal offences, these byelaws have to be approved by The Department for Communities and Local Government. The news today confirms that the DCLG has approved the proposed byelaw.
The next step is for Eastbourne Borough Council to approve and seal the byelaws, and this will be presented at the full council meeting on July 22nd 2015.
If this is approved, it will go to the Secretary Of State of Communities and Local Government for final approval.
Once approved, the Eastbourne Borough Council can then choose to open parts of the promenade to cycling as either shared use, or segregated cycle paths.
Bespoke welcomes this news, and hopes the council will agree to vote in favour of the new byelaws on July 22nd. Our neighbouring towns, and over 125 other seaside towns in the UK, allow cycling on their proms without major incident. We believe Eastbourne will be the same.
There is more on this on the Eastbourne Herald’s website – Breaking News: Government gives Eastbourne right to scrap byelaw preventing cycling on prom