Study starts about park cycle route

A STUDY to see if a cycle route should be created in Hotham Park in Bognor Regis starts next week.

Arun District Council is to launch the three weeks of consultation on Monday to find out if enough support exists for the route.

It would be a shared path with pedestrian priority around the park’s perimeter.

Cllr Paul Dendle, who heads the council’s leisure services, said: “One of the key aims of the council’s leisure strategy is to improve cycling opportunities in the district.

“This is a chance for the public to input where those opportunities should be and whether Hotham Park fits the bill. Comments from the feasibility study will be reviewed by the council after the November 4 closing date.”

As reported, the idea is one of several which Arun is considering to see how it can meet residents’ requests for more cycling opportunities.

It has promised to ensure signs for the route will not mar the park’s appearance.

“The fact that Hotham Park is away from the road means that adding a potential cycle route could make it more suitable for cycling with the family or for children learning to ride bikes,” said Cllr Dendle.

But he pledged people’s views would be considered before a route was created.

Comments can be made at www.arun.gov.uk, Bognor Regis Town Hall, the Parktastic! event in Hotham Park from 10am-2pm on October 30 or the Arun Civic Centre.