A PERMANENT cycle lane along a main Shoreham route has “not been ruled out,” says Adur District Council leader.
Clive Andrews of Shoreham-By-Cycle had asked Council Chair Neil Parkin if he would lobby County Council for a permanent cycle path on Upper Shoreham Road.
Mr Andrews said: “West Sussex County Council is failing to provide the primary strategic routes that are so vital to the network, as set out in the Adur and Worthing Councils Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.
“This strategic document was developed through extensive consultation and expert input before being unanimously adopted in 2020 and given your strong support, Councilman Parkin.”
Mr Andrews claimed the lack of a permanent route along the Upper Shoreham Road “stands in the way of sustainable travel” in Adur following the removal of a pop-up lane in 2020.
Cllr Parkin said the Upper Shoreham Road route had not been ruled out and that his fellow cabinet ministers Angus Dunn and Kevin Boram, who are also county councillors, were “a little wild about it”.
“I’m certainly not going to complain about West Sussex and what they’re doing with their cycle lanes,” Cllr Parkin said.
“The only unfortunate thing was when they hurriedly rolled out the route along Upper Shoreham Road and the water got pretty murky.
“I know you’re very keen for it to happen, but there are a lot of local residents who live there who don’t, so it’s a bit of a tricky situation.”
Mr Andrews was assured that the cycle lane had not been refused.
Campaigners have been pushing for a permanent bike path since the county council removed the pandemic pop-up.
A court ruled it unlawfully removed it and ordered it to pay Cycling UK £25,000 in costs, which started the legal challenge.
The county council was also blocked from bidding in 2021 for more funding from the Active Travel Fund, a government program that funded the Shoreham pop-up trail and others like it across the country.
In an earlier statement, the Borough Council said there was “no prospect of restoring the Upper Shoreham Road temporary cycle lane”.
It held a consultation on the route, but there were divided opinions among motorists, cyclists and local residents.
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