About The Egrets Way

 

Local people living in and around the lower Ouse Valley have set up the Ouse Valley Cycle Network (OVCN)  to encourage the development of The Egrets Way - a network of multi-user routes in the Ouse valley for recreational and utility use.

Please sign up as a friend to the OVCN website to show support for the Egrets way project, join forum discussions, post blog comments or photos.  

FORMAL MEMBERSHIP

If you're already signed up to the OVCN website as a friend of The Egrets Way and would like to become a formal member of The Egrets Way Charity please email your name to secretary@ovcn.org.uk 

Formal OVCN Membership requires that you agree with and support the aims of the OVCN Project (listed in the l/h panel)  and that you become a Member at least 3 months before voting at an AGM.

Membership does not impose any obligations on you other than to continue to support our aims, so you can resign membership at any time.  It does, however, ensure that we'll keep as well informed as possible about progress.

If you would like to become a formal OVCN member please contact secretary@ovcn.org.uk

OVCN Secretary

Susan Thompson 

01273 477070 

info@ovcn.org.uk

OVCN Committee

Neville Harrison (Chair)

Wendy Brewer (Vice Chair)

Susan Thompson (Secretary)

Mick Long (Treasurer)

John Parry

Zara Luxford

Barbara Dart

Steve St Clair

Julie Carr

Alex Wolfson

Registered Charity Number 

115182

Please sign up to our website to support the  OVCN Egrets Way project.

OUR AIMS

1. To establish a network of safe cycle and walking routes linking Lewes, Newhaven and the villages of the Lower Ouse Valley for both recreational and utility use

2. To encourage sustainable and healthy life-styles by creating opportunities for cycling and walking with due regard to the environment

3. To promote routes which join up with other cycle and walking trails locally, nationally and internationally

4. To help support the development of a sustainable local economy, especially green tourism

5. To work with local parishes and communities, other interest groups and relevant public bodies

OUR VISION

 A network of interlinking cycle and walking routes within in the 

Ouse Valley between Lewes and Newhaven including the parishes of Kingston, Swanborough, Iford, Northease & Rodmell, Southease, and Piddinghoe.

 Trails that can be built up piece-meal from sections already in place; sections at an advanced stage of planning and sections

which can be created sharing existing footpaths; sections which

will require more investigation and formal infrastructure e.g. C7

 Accepts most trails will be shared with other users

 Accepts some will be predominately recreational; others utility

 Accepts some will be seasonal or fair weather only

 Accepts surfaces will vary according  to stage of development,appropriateness to use and to the landscape

OUR PLAN

Following a number of open meetings over the last year, facilitated by South Downs National Park Officers, we now have in place an organisation with a Constitution and a Steering Committee.

We have set up four working groups exploring and advising on:

 Communications

 Community consultation

 Routes

 Funding.

We plan to:

 Build on the experience of an earlier attempt to create a safe route along the C7, Lewes to Newhaven road.

 Work with our Parish, Town, District and County Councils;

local schools, community and interest groups; farmers,

landowners and businesses; the South Downs National Park

and other public bodies

 To encourage the healthy and responsible enjoyment of this

beautiful area and its special landscape of river valley,

wetland pastures and chalk downland

 To create a facility to promote better understanding of Living Landscapes using the trails for outreach work through organisations such as the Linklater Pavilion, Sussex Wildlife Trust and the South Downs National Park.

 To invite individuals and groups in tune with our aims to sign up as supporters or contribute to a working group.

OUR ACTIONS

We are now a constituted organisation with officers and a

steering group.

We are building on the experience of earlier attempts to create a safe route along the C7 Lewes-Newhaven road.

We have held a series of open public meetings during 2011

with help from South Downs National Park staff.

We have commissioned a Project Feasibility Study undertaken by Sustrans.

We accept that some trails will be more suited to recreational use.

Some may be seasonal or fair-weather only.

Surfaces will differ according to usage, stage of development

and landscape sensitivity.

We are working with our Parish and Town Councils, Lewes

District and East Sussex County Councils; the South Downs

National Park, The Environment Agency and other public

bodies.

We are engaging with local schools, colleges, community

groups, farmers, landowners and local businesses.

We have been grant aided by the South Downs National

Park Sustainable Communities Fund to help with set-up costs

and are actively seeking further funding support.

WE INVITE

Individuals and groups in line with our aims to sign up as supporters. 

OVCN Secretary

Susan Thompson

01273 477070 

secretary@ovcn.org.uk

 

NEWS

NEW PLANNING APPLICATION AND UPDATE

We have submitted a new Planning Application.  Please follow the link below to SDNPA/17/SDNP/17/05291/FUL

http://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?action=dispatch&keyVal=OXX5RPTUMW300&caseType=Application

This new application amends the original riverside route which was approved in June 2013. 

At the Lewes end an additional section will extend the route from Ham Lane, across the field well-known as the site for the Cliffe Bonfire, and continue through the Railway Land Nature Reserve to finish at the Linklater Pavilion.

At the Newhaven end, the Egrets Way will go through Riverside Park and the recently enhanced wildlife area and then run below the riverbank to the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club Pond where, in a variation from the original plan, it will continue around the pond below the bank to Piddinghoe.  In an agreement with Piddinghoe Parish Council the path will continue to follow the river with a short (200m) section using the footpath on top of the riverbank (where cyclists will have to dismount) and after the barn pinch-point will continue alongside the river until it meets The Street at the north end of Piddinghoe village.

The planning application can be viewed on the South Downs National Park web-site with reference SDNPA/17/SDNP/17/05291/FUL

This link will take you directly to it: 

http://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?action=dispatch&keyVal=OXX5RPTUMW300&caseType=Application

Our previous applications produced a large number of submissions in support and we hope many of our supporters will do so again. The closing date for submissions is Friday January 5th

UPDATE

Here are some other things that have been happening since with the project since our very successful AGM in June held at UTC Newhaven (University Technical College) located on Newhaven harbour in an imaginatively restored heritage building, a former railway workshop:

  • Fund raising. We have successfully raised £8000 funds needed to pay for the planning application including engineering drawings, ecology studies and heritage asset assessment. We have also begun the process of negotiating with a number of funding bodies for the much more substantial funds required to construct the remaining sections of path. Having planning approval for all sections is an important part of that process.

  • Award. In October The Egrets Way Project received a Rural Enterprise Countryside Award from CPRE Sussex. At a presentation ceremony at Petworth House we were presented with a Certificate and a Plaque which will be displayed on the route at Southease Bridge. This award was a great boost to the project and being in the Rural Enterprise category recognises that the Egrets Way can bring additional benefits to local businesses and tourism, and will be helping Newhaven to establish itself as a gateway from Europe to the South Downs National Park.

  •  Swanborough Lodges. We are hopeful that a new section to the Egrets will be constructed as part of a planning approval for a number of holiday lodges at Swanborough lakes. This will extend the Egrets Way from the current path on the Spring Barn Farm corner to the Holiday Lodges, and then on to Swanborough village giving bridleway access to the South Downs Way.

  •  Landowner engagement. We are having on-going discussions with a few remaining landowners to secure their formal consents for the path to cross their land and to join up the gaps that remain in the network.

  • Notices. We have put up notices at Ham Lane and Riverside Park Newhaven showing a plan of the proposed route and which parts are currently available for use by cyclists. In addition similar notices make it clear where cycling on the footpath is not permitted

  • Leaflet. We have updated our Egrets Way information leaflet to show the completed sections and proposed routes, although inevitably, some updates are already needed. This information can also be found on our website

    We remain determined to complete the network so local people and visitors can make full use of the link between Newhaven and Lewes. We don't know when this will be achieved but, as al- ways, we are very aware that we would never have come this far without the support of our partner organisations, especially the South Downs National Park, and many others including the local communities, Parish, Town, District and County Councils, Sustrans, and the Environment Agency. And most importantly, we are grateful to the landowners (around twenty) who have been willing to allow us access to their land.

    We know that many of our supporters want us to move faster to complete the project; we want to assure them that it will be done as quickly as access to the land and funding for construction allow.

    Neville Harrison
    Chair Egrets Way Project December 2017

          

Latest Activity

Susan Thompson posted a blog post

New Planning Application and Update

NEW PLANNING APPLICATION AND UPDATEWe have submitted a Planning Application to amend the original riverside route which was approved in June 2013.At the Lewes end an additional section will extend the route from Ham Lane, across the field well-known as the site for the Cliffe Bonfire, and continue through the Railway Land Nature Reserve to finish at the Linklater Pavilion.At the Newhaven end, the Egrets Way will go through Riverside Park and the recently enhanced wildlife area and then run…See More
Jan 2
Susan Thompson posted photos
Nov 26, 2017
Susan Thompson posted a blog post

New EW signs

‘On Saturday 18th November, Chairman Neville Harrison and committee member John Parry put up signs at the Northern start of the Egrets Way in Ham Lane as well as a reminder to cyclists at the current end of this section that permission is not granted to ride a bicycle along the top of the flood bank. The EW Committee continues to work at securing the funds necessary to join up the existing sections of the Egrets way that have already been completed.  Similar notices have also been erected at…See More
Nov 26, 2017
Andy Lock replied to warren wadsworth's discussion Progress
"The wider footpath would not have narrowed the C7. The plans were to move the carriageway east (away from the houses) where there is land available, AND widen it! There was also the intent to reduce the speed limit, pending consultation. Because it…"
Oct 30, 2017
Barrie Minney replied to warren wadsworth's discussion Progress
"As a new resident in Piddinghoe (moved from Lewes) I can see why the residents don't want cyclists bombing through the narrow streets. The newly laid footpath at the edge of the Hoe is already being used by cyclists at speed. My own suggestion…"
Oct 28, 2017
 
 
 

Blog Posts

New Planning Application and Update

Posted by Susan Thompson on January 2, 2018 at 21:27 0 Comments

NEW PLANNING APPLICATION AND UPDATE

We have submitted a Planning Application to amend the original riverside route which was approved in June 2013.

At the Lewes end an additional section will extend the route from Ham Lane, across the field well-known as the site for the Cliffe Bonfire, and continue through the Railway Land Nature Reserve to finish at…

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New EW signs

Posted by Susan Thompson on November 26, 2017 at 23:22 0 Comments

‘On Saturday 18th November, Chairman Neville Harrison and committee member John Parry put up signs at the Northern start of the Egrets Way in Ham Lane as well as a reminder to cyclists at the current end of this section that permission is not granted to ride a bicycle along the top of the flood bank. 

The EW Committee continues to work at securing the funds necessary to join up the existing sections of the Egrets way that have already been completed.  Similar notices have…

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A welcome addition to the Egrets Way

Posted by Susan Thompson on August 20, 2017 at 20:23 0 Comments

A Welcome addition to the Egrets Way

Following on from the planning approval for holiday Lodges at Swanborough Lakes is a proposal to create new off-road multi-user paths which, going east, will connect the lodges to the Egrets Way at Spring Barn Farm, and going to the west, to the South Downs Way via Swanborough village.  

This is great news for everyone and we urge you to look at the planning application on the SDNPA web-site (…

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New Egrets Way Maps

Posted by Susan Thompson on August 23, 2016 at 19:42 0 Comments



New maps showing new, existing and proposed sections of the Egrets Way can be found here:

EGRETS WAY MAP Northern.pdf…

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Forum

Progress

Started by warren wadsworth. Last reply by Andy Lock Oct 30, 2017. 7 Replies

I note a lot of interest in using the Egrets Way as a leisure facility and rightly so, however i remain hopeful this will become a regulate daily work commute between Seaford and Lewes as currently using either the C7 or the A26 is a very dangerous…Continue

Mobility Scooter user

Started by Roy Neeve. Last reply by Andy Lock Nov 10, 2015. 10 Replies

Hi thereHas anyone found any access to Egrets Way from Newhaven please?Continue

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