Councillor wants swift action on seafront

Councillor Patmore was elected to represent Widewater in May
Councillor Patmore was elected to represent Widewater in May

A COUNCILLOR has given his backing to a bid for improved safety for pedestrians on Lancing’s seafront cycle path, calling on the county council to take swift action.

Adur councillor for Widewater Geoff Patmore says the stretch between Beach Green and Widewater Lagoon has been a real danger for years. “West Sussex County Council (WSCC) are making promises but there are no details and it is not a ‘quick fix’,” said Mr Patmore.

“This is not very reassuring for the pedestrians who use the path regularly and risk injury and abuse on a regular basis.”

Mr Patmore said cyclists ‘racing at full pelt ,decked out in black riding gear with all the trappings, on a racing bike travelling at the speed of a silent bullet’ were a real threat.

“The first time you realise they are upon you is when you feel the wind of their passage past you,” he said. “One step either way to avoid them and you risk a serious accident.”

“The path is not designed for budding Sir Chris Hoys or speed racing. It is not an Olympic velodrome.”

The councillor outlined one resident’s suggestion of putting chicanes at strategic intervals to slow the cyclists and accommodate mobility scooters, which he said would offer ‘cost-effective’ protection to both pedestrians and cyclists.

“Come on WSCC, let’s have a quick fix and introduce the chicanes described above before there is another serious injury,” said Mr Patmore.