Cycling on the Felixstowe Promenade

I’ve been sent the following, and advise you all to vote.

Dear Colleagues,

Please could we ask you to share this information with staff, members (if you are a membership organisation) and forward on to anyone you think it may be of interest to.  Thank you.   Felixstowe Forward is seeking your views on whether cycling should be allowed on Felixstowe Promenade.

Are you for it, or against it? Please let us know!

Background

In January 1983, Suffolk Coastal District Council passed some byelaws about ‘Riding Bicycles’, which make cycling on the Felixstowe Promenade unlawful where there are signs put up to prohibit this. There are signs on the Promenade which prohibit cycling, so it is currently unlawful to cycle along there.   In November 2015, Felixstowe Town Council considered the Byelaws purpose, asking if it was still appropriate.

The Town Council asked: ‘’Suffolk Coastal District Council to consider the removal of notices prohibiting cycling on Felixstowe Prom for a period of no less then 12months; and, pending an assessment of the success of this initiative, consider permitting and promoting safe and considerate cycling on the prom on a permanent basis’’believing that the Promenade should provide a safe environment for all to enjoy.

However, before it considers the Felixstowe Town Council proposal in detail, Suffolk Coastal is keen to find out what local people think – so has asked Felixstowe Forward to carry out a public consultation on this issue.

Consultation

There are two clear options:

Ø Keep the signs which prohibit cycling on the promenade, so continue to make it unlawful; or,

Ø Allow cycling, by removing the signs and making cycling on the promenade legal.

So, we would like you to answer this simple question: ‘Should Suffolk Coastal remove the signs and revoke the bylaw to make cycling on Felixstowe Promenade legal?’

We would welcome your opinion on this issue. Views will also be sought from relevant authorities, including the Police and Suffolk County Council.

Timescale

This consultation will run fromMonday, 18 April, to 5pm on Friday, 27 May 2016.

Next Steps

The consultation results will then be reviewed, before a report is put before Suffolk Coastal’s Full Council for a decision on this issue.   We would appreciate your time in returning the attached, with any comments you wish to make – or email your response to me atfelixstowe.forward@eastsuffolk.gov.uk.

Thank you for your assistance.

Helen Greengrass

Felixstowe Forward Change Director

Felixstowe Forward Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils

Tel: 01394 444576 Mail to: Felixstowe.forward@eastsuffolk.gov.uk   http://www.felixstoweseafrontgardens.org.uk

Word Document to download: Cycling on the prom – response FINAL

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