Ouse Valley Cycle Network
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 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:
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
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.
Chair Egrets Way Project December 2017
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